I've been birdwatching today - from my windows. It's freezing out there. I've got my Grandson visiting this p.m. and the suggestion of a walk was not greeted with rapt enthusiasm. Can't say I blame him!
The cold snap has brought in the usual suspects but I've not seen a brambling for two days now. The blue tit with the irregular beak is still a regular and constant visitor. I've noticed how it turns its over-long beak to one side to get at food on the ground. If it can perch on the side of the mesh tray, then it can get food conventionally as the depth to where the foods is will accommodate its beak length.
Magpies x 2
Blackcaps x 2 (1 x male; 1 x female)
Song Thrush x 1 (infrequent visitor)
Goldfinches x 17
Chaffinches - 2 x male, 3 x female
Greenfinches x 9
Robins x 2
Ring-necked Parakeets x 7
Jay x 2
Blue Tits x 3
Wood Pigeons x 4 (doesn't happen that often)
Feral Pigeons grrrrrrrr 20+ (happens all too frequently)
Starlings x 3
Blackbirds x 3
Coal Tit x 1
Great Tit x 1
Blue Tit - with fluffed-up feathers trying to keep warm.
And as I finish this, we've just had a flurry of snow - but now there's no evidence of it. Methinks we'll wake to a white world in the morning.
I've just taken my grandson home and as I was driving back, it started to snow. Now - about 30 minutes later (it's 19.15) - everything is white!! So footprints in the garden by morning will, hopefully, identify my overnight visitors.
5 hours ago