We feed the birds all year round. Some people stop in the Summer thinking the birds have plenty without any supplements. Wrong! Those birds have come to rely on you.
We supply peanuts, sunflower seeds, wild bird seed, niger seed, fat balls and scraps from our food, toast, bacon rind, porridge, also from the cat food, left biscuits, all well soaked. (Cat biscuits swell in the stomach, ok for cats, not for birds, so make sure they are soaked and have expanded .)
Although we do have many starlings we have to wait till night fall for them all to gather up from all around and create this. A Murmuration.
The Rooks, Crows and Jackdaws can be quite bullying.
But the Warblers are quite sweet.
And the Goldfinches are beautiful.
This year we had a tree creeper. Not feeding on anything we provided, other than the tree he investigated.
Woodpeckers are regular visitors.
Okay, we get the doves, but not the Peacocks.
The pleasure we get from the birds is just fantastic. We have seen lots of baby birds being shown the feeders and the water provided.
I have an unending panorama of subjects to paint and draw.
We send in our counts to the British Trust for Ornithology for their records, on a weekly basis.
25 different birds is our usual count. What's yours? If you have never looked before, why not!
And if the pheasants dont mop up the bits on the ground, there is always this wee chappie.