Posted: 28/01/2015 at 16:58
oh the goldfinches - we've been inundated with them for years, nesting in the wisteria, feeding from teasel heads in autumn and nyger feeders in winter, but despite it not being all that cold we've only seen the occasional solitary one this year. Loads of blackbirds, and surprisingly house sparrows increasing year on year. What I have noticed this year that we have fewer birds on the feeders, but many more in trees and shrubs, and eating the fallen apples I left on the ground. My theory is that there are more insects surving and seeds and berries remaining so they don't actually need the feeders....yet.
Our greatest pleasure this years has come from seeing two tree creepers on the apple tree last weekend and i can't recall ever seeing them in the garden before - but then they are secretive little birds so perhaps we just missed seeing them.