Posted: 13/05/2015 at 08:45
No greenfinches for several years and no goldfinches here at all but we have had more chaffinches than previous years and the usual assorted blue, great and marsh tits, house and tree sparrows, assorted small brown jobs including warblers and dunnocks and wrens, robins, blackbirds, turtle doves, greater spotted woodpeckers and, recently, jays who come in the day time and not just at dawn.
We used to get magpies but, touch wood, not for the last couple of years although we get crows now and there's a pair of jackdaws trying to build their nest on our central heating boiler's chimney pot. There are moorhens and mallards and Egyptian and Canada geese and herons in the stream bordering our boggy paddock across the road. I am told there are snipe but haven't seen them. We get great egrets in winter and little egrets in summer and there are barn owls and buzzards in the woods across the paddock next door and we get occasional sparrowhawks swooping in.
Our main bird feeders are in the veggie plot behind the kitchen window but in winter I hang extra peanut and fat ball feeders along the edge of the terrace so I can see the birds from the sofa in the living room. This morning I have put out dried insects for the first time. It remains to be seen how long it will take before the birds spot them or if we get new visitors.