Early morning visitor to the “Chez Walter” facilities was the little Coal Tit (Parus ater). It took the opportunity of a quite garden to indulge in breakfast of Sunflower seeds and the luxury of a cold water bath.
Busy day today doing other tasks – still managed to keep one eye on “Chez Walter” feeders. Very early visit by Coal Tit (Parus ater), to early for me and too quick for me to grab my camera and get a shot of him/her. These little birds are very quick, quick to land on the feeder, quick to get a sunflower seed and quicker to scapper with the seed to a place where they can eat it in safety.
The regulars were in force today, 4 Woodpigeon (Columba palumbus), several squawking Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) fighting over the small fat pellets and the stately pair of Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto). The feeders or rather the water feature, a pump, was graced by the visit of an old friend, Robin (Erithacus rebecla).
Today my partner (Susan) and I finished off the restoration of our garden after the ravishes set on it by the storms of Winter 2015/16. The almost constant storms brought down 8 Garden Panel fences, destroyed a fair few feeders and damaged two water features. Remedial work had to wait for dry days which we got this week. During the hiatus the famed “Chez Walter” bird feeding station was abandoned by its once colourful clientèle. Over the past 4 days we have been visited by a Magpie (Pica pica), Robin (Erithacus rebecla) and Woodpigeon (Columba palumbus). Yesterday some Starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) paid a raid visit to grab meal worms. However they were seen off by the Magpie. Today, whilst we were doing the clean up (washing the slabs) we were made aware in no uncertain terms of the displeasure of a male Balckbird. I think he was upset that his bathing area was not yet in operation, nor had we left out his usual fare. He paid a revisit about 5 pm and carried out a full inspection of the refurbished garden. I think we passed his rather thorough check up, we will soon find out tomorrow if he uses the water feature as his shower/bath.
Starling (Sturnus vulgaris). Canon 50D, Sigma 150-500 zoom
Prior to the winter of 2015/2016 our garden looked nice and attractive to small garden birds as well as larger ones. It was in 2012 the our wee garden began to attract the tits, finches etc. In fact it was in that year we got our very first visit from a Coal Tit (Parus ater). This little bird flits around and is hard to get a good shot, it was as a result of this picture I decided to keep a camera next to my computer in the living room. Picture taken with Canon 500D, Sigma 150-500 Zoom on 18th October 2012