Wednesday, 13 January 2010

I decided it was time to put up an update from work as that seems to be the only place I get to watch birds lately apart from the odd stolen hour at the weekend, locally and as I got the New Year list at work to 25 today. In the last post that I mentioned work, I said that I was working on getting feeders up and thanks to my friend FRAN we now have several feeders around the gardens and a selection of our feathered friends visiting daily. The list of birds seen so far this year in the garden or from my window at work comprises of: Mallard, Buzzard, Black Headed Gull, Herring Gull, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Songthrush, Redwing, Blackbird, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Coal Tit, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch.

In the garden at home the Goldcrest has been seen, but the Firecrest has not. I am still hopeful though. We had two Blue Tits in the garden this morning. They have dwindled since summer so it was nice to see two together. I also saw three Great Tits together in the garden at lunchtime, which is a good sign they are doing okay.

One bird that is having no problem around here is below - they cost a fortune to feed in their numbers, but it really is worth it!


  1. Great sharp picture Angie, the Starling is one of my favourite birds to photograph. I have not seen many around Stithians this season however this maybe a good thing because they would make short work of Simons Feeding Station and the other birds would go without! It always amazes me how the colour of the Starling changes from its summer glossy black with purple and greenish iridescence to its winter coat of kaleidoscopic white spots. Also its beak changes from yellow to almost black - very strange! Mike

  2. Thank you Mike. I love the way you describe them! The Starling is one of my favourite birds too and I love their markings and colours. They also have great characters! Take care, Angie.

  3. I agree with Mike.
    Lovely shot.