Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Love is in the air... every SIGHT and every SOUND...

Another nice morning and a chance for me to sit out in the garden with my tea to do the head count. Mind you, every morning will be a good one from now on for me. I hate the winter. Being a Spring baby myself, once the New Year is over and the birds start singing for their mates I start to flourish! Today was no exception. I'm in the groove now. I started off with Blackbirds x 6, 1 Jay squawking up in the tree, 3 Carrion Crows up and about in the top of the trees and making a fuss about something, 1 Magpie, 2 H Gulls, 2 Wood Pigeons and I am sure the one was saying to the other "I wanna be your boyfriend sweet little girl"!. The Songthrush was also up and about (he sits in the tree just above me every morning, facing me, head held high and singing. I could fall in love with him myself, unless he's a she of course, because I'm not that way inclined!). 7 Starlings and more further up the street in the top of a tree having a conflab. 1 Blue tit, 2 Great Tits.... and then... the Firecrest. I heard him before I saw him. Cute little fella! He had a feed and then went off again, but I could tell he was full of himself, darting about as if he had somewhere better to be. 2 Coal Tits (Simons), 1 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 4 House Sparrows (those girlies really need to stop flapping and flaunting in front of the lads), 2 Chaffinches and 2 Blackcap (M & F). There's the love thing again! Just as I was about to go in for a shower I heard the tuneful notes of the Firecrest again, and what do you think he was singing...
"When you kiss me I just gotta say... baby I love you... come on baby..."
low and behold another Firecrest came flitting around him and off they went together. Pretty sure after that we must have 2 Firecrest and 1 Goldcrest. Goldy get your act together I say - time is running out!
The Abbot reliably informs me that we had a newby today... A Greenfinch or a Siskin... Think the Abbot should get his act together too especially as he was looking at it through his bins!
On the roof at work today I had 2 Jackdaw, about 50 F Pigeons and 18 H Gulls, 1 Pied Wagtail.
Walking the Wuffa I had Blackbirds (lots!), 2 Great Tits, 1 Blue Tit, Goldfinch (heard but not seen), 2 Magpies.
The Abbot added to the feeders today as we felt we needed to improve the chances of the Goldfinches sticking around so we now have a very posh Niger seed feeder. Come on lads.. you need to build up your strength!
That's all for today... I love birding!


  1. I put a Nijer feeder up once. The wind blew it all out!! I wasnt amused. The cocks are certainly displaying to the females at the moment as potential breeding partners are being sought.

    The GC Grebes are very elegant at Stiths...

  2. I think the Sparrows are ahead in the mating game. The females look like they are trying to do the locomotion!
    Looking forward to seeing the GC Grebes at Stiths. I've seen them before at Chasewater near Brownhills (Midlands). It used to be my patch.


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