|Blackbirds were the bird I saw most of -|
there were nine when we first put the food out
It's surprising how many different birds you can see in just an hour, but also, other birds you've seen every day in the garden might not always turn up. Chris Packham tweeted that he had four nuthatches in his garden at the same time, Norman, the name I gave to a Nuthatch that visited us a couple of Autumns ago, didn't turn up sadly, but hopefully somebody else saw him :)
Just had 4 Nuthatches at the same time , don't think I've seen that all winter - just shows what you see when you look #BigGardenBirdWatch— Chris Packham (@ChrisGPackham) 28 January 2017
Anyway, the birds that I did see were:
|Dunnock peering out of the hedge|
1 Coal Tit
3 Blue Tits
2 Great Tits
2 Long-Tailed Tits
3 Wood Pigeons
1 Collared Dove
1 Song Thrush
1 Carrion Crow
6 House Sparrows
I also saw 18 Mallards, 1 Herring Gull, 3 Black-Headed Gull, and what I'm pretty sure was a flock of about 30 Waxwings but these were all flyovers, so we didn't count them.
|Zip in grab a seed and zip off again!|
|Little and large - my biggest and smallest visitors.|
It was interesting watching the different bird behaviours. There was a Carrion Crow that was just sat at the top of the trees, watching everything happening, surveying the area and occasionally taking off to go and explore something in the next field, but it didn't venture onto the bird table.
The Coal Tit and Blue Tits just zipped in for a few seconds to grab some food, and then flew off straight away taking their haul somewhere to enjoy safely. The Woodpigeons just walked around the bird table eating as much as possible it seemed, and the Sparrows (who dive into the hedge behind if there's any movement or noise) just jump on every so often to grab some, and then go back to the others. The Wren hardly ever stopped doing little circuits of the garden constantly hopping around searching for scraps to eat. It was nice to get a picture of the Wren next to a Woodpigeon, my smallest visitor next to the day's biggest.
|Surveying the area.|
The Blackbirds were another one that were interesting to watch. Most took it in turns to peck around the floor but now and again they would squabble to get a place on the bird table. They all seemed to get a good amount to eat and even if they didn't get onto the table the flapping and fighting made sure a few more bits of food found their way onto the ground. The Dunnocks happily helped to mop this up too.
This year I only had one Robin. In other years I've watched a few having little battles about territory, but not this year. In fact the Robin was unusually shy and didn't hang around very long.
|One of the House Sparrows - they do well in our garden|
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Hope you enjoyed,