I moved house recently, so instead of having a window feeder like we had in the flat, I now I space for a proper bird feeding station! My parents bought us a bird feeding station and some squirrel buster bird feeders as a moving in present.
My boyfriend put up the feeding station a couple of days ago, and today I finally filled it up with seeds!
I put a mixture out because I’m not sure what birds we have in the area yet. I’ve seen two blue tits, a wren and a coal tit, as well as bigger birds like crows, magpies and pigeons. It’s the small birds that I get excited about. In the flat our regular visitor was Mr Chaffinch, sometimes accompanied by Mrs Chaffinch. He used to sit in the window feeder for ages, having a feast and then just letting the world go by.
In the feeders I have used (left to right):
- Suet sticks with meal worms
- Peanuts and fat ball
- Wild bird mix
- Sunflower hearts
- Finch seeds
And of course a dish of water. I can’t wait to see what visitors we get!
Today’s nature task was totally unplanned. I had some time to kill, so I sat for half an hour and listened to the sound of the wind through the trees and the birds outside.
Since having our seed feeder out, I have learnt the sound of a Chaffinch calling. Mr Chaffinch is our most frequent visitor and I could hear him calling in the nearby trees. I can tell it’s a Mr Chaffinch by his bright colours. He then came to visit our feeder.
There was a Magpie about too – also a frequent sound I hear. But there was another couple of birds that I couldn’t identify, so I’ll have to research these sounds:
For Christmas I got my boyfriend a seed feeder to stick to the outside of our window. It has been up for four months, but yesterday was the first time we had a visitor to it. They have finally found it!
Within a minute of the great tit visiting, a jay landed on the window sill. It could see me through the window, and kept ducking down behind our clothes horse that was up. I tried to snap a picture but it flew off.
The great tit visited twice, and later on the jay tried the window sill again. We are super happy our seed shop finally has customers!
This year the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch was over the weekend of 28th – 30th January. I really enjoy taking part, counting the birds outside for an hour. It’s a great chance to catch up with my mum too!
This year I did two bird counts – one at my parents’ house and one at my flat. I did both with my mum which was lovely. Although, my parents’ garden had way more interesting birds visiting. I miss getting so many. But the results were not surprising – my parents have 8 bird feeders in their garden vs none in the garden of the flats.
The results were as follows *drum roll please*:
At the flat:
- 8 wood pigeons
- 1 carrion crow
- 1 great tit
- 2 squirrels (bonus guests)
- 1 rat (super bonus guest)
At my parents’ garden:
- 2 robins
- 4 blue tits
- 2 great tits
- 5 black birds
- 6 wood pigeons
- 4 goldfinches
- 2 bullfinches
- 2 dunnocks
- 1 sparrow
- 2 starlings
- 2 nuthatches
I have watched the wildlife from my window for months now and have never made a note of what I actually see. So today I spent 20 minutes, whilst eating my breakfast, to make a note of the wildlife that came to visit. Here goes:
- Carrion Crow
- Noisy Blackbird
- 2 small brown birds that were too fast to identify
- Flying overhead: Swift
Nowhere near as much as the wildlife that visits my parents’ garden. I also visited my parents’ house again and got to see an adult starling with two young starlings visit the feeders, and also a blue tit adult with two young blue tits. I really enjoy watching the birds visit – there is always something going on in the garden to watch. One juvenile blue tit was furiously vibrating its wings to get the adult’s attention. I managed to take a photo just at the right moment to catch the adult feeding the juvenile – amazing!