|Breaking the ice on the drinking water is always a popular move|
This Christmas, the Contesse was presented with a more sophisticated lens to go with the new camera she got last Christmas (I'm not very good at the imagination thing), and her photos of the visiting birds are suddenly a lot better - so much so that I thought I'd share some of them. Nothing too rare or exciting in the varieties that turned up, but it's nice to see them close up, enjoying a meal on some of our more pleasant days (i.e. before the gales started). We have an extensive menu of lunch specials on offer, including niger seeds, sunflower kernels, suet, nuts and some extremely disgusting dried mealworms. The customers seem to approve. The only question we would like an answer to is, where have all the greenfinches gone? Two or three years ago they were among the most common visitors, but we see hardly any now. The answer, I'm almost certain, is simply that they are dining in someone else's garden, but I would be upset if something more dramatic had happened to them.
Anyway, here's a selection of what constitute common-or-garden birds on the East Coast of Scotland around New Year time.
|Blue Tits on the nuts|
|Handsome male Chaffinch|
|Collared Dove - won't go near the feeders, but will hoover up anything dropped|
on the ground
|I love these little guys - Goldfinches - you either get none or you get a crowd|
|The enigmatic Nuthatch - spends most of his life hanging upside-down; a|
pretty bird, but aggressive. One of Nature's failed prototypes?
|Robin (yes, yes, all right...)|
|My favourite of the lot - a female Greater Spotted Woodpecker - sometimes we get|
an entire family group on the feeders together, which is spectacular