Birds , birds, everywhere @britishbirdfood
This week has really seen a lot of activity in the garden. Many birds are on their first or second brood and some are still contemplating where to make their nest.
We have a Blackbirds
nest just outside our office window, they have already produced one clutch and three successful fledglings flew the nest a six weeks or so ago. The female Blackbird is kept fed by two males, this is not unusual, but many people do not realise that they are seeing two birds going in and out of the nest. It just takes a few minutes to stop and watch as the birds fly in and out, you will soon be able to follow them in flight and see where they go to. The two males in our nest seem very happy to work together to provide for the female. She has just hatched another three eggs and so the feeding of the chicks is now taken care of by all three birds! One of the results of this type of breeding is that we have many young Blackbirds around this year (last year was bad for them). With a good summer, hopefully they will mature and the numbers will get back to normal next year.
There also seems to be a high number of finches this year. Particularly Greenfinch
. They seem to congregate around our Black Sunflower Seed feeder
, they are not nesting in the garden, they just seem to prefer our Black Sunflower seeds!
Robins, Blue Tits and Great Tits, as well as Goldfinches are all in the garden this year. We are hoping the Goldfinches might nest with us, they were eyeing up the Wisteria during the weekend, but it is not in sufficient leaf for them yet and so they have moved on. Maybe they will return later. We have two pairs of Robins, they have both selected nest sites and laid eggs, in the evening one of the males sits on top of the fruit cage and sings loudly, a delight to hear and the noise belies the slight frame of such a powerful songster. The Robins do sometimes come to the Observer Window feeder
on our office window and have a feed of the Robin and Tit food
we feed from there, we also get Blue tits and Great Tits feeding from the window feeder as well, this lets us get a really close viewing of the wild birds feeding in your garden.
If you have any photographs of birds in your garden do send them in for inclusion in our wild bird gallery, they pop up at random on the home page so your picture may be seen by thousands of people and we have some really nice pictures in the gallery so far.
The latest one we have received was from Craig Wolley, this morning, a young Owl in his garden.