This morning was sunny but frosty so I decided to wait for the sun to shine on the grass and trees out back before scattering the bird food around in preparation for doing the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch.
I’d even cleaned the back room windows and borrowed a pair of compact binoculars so all I needed was pen, paper, a cup of tea and a few digestives.
The regulars were all quick off the mark with the woodpigeons, blackbirds and robin all appearing almost as soon as I’d gone indoors. I usually tap on the window to scare off the woodpigeons when they get too numerous but I didn’t do that today and saw more than ever!
A couple of impressive looking magpies strutted around, followed by two even larger, inky-black carrion crows. Then the starlings landed to work their way across the grass in close formation.
Up in the tree tops I spotted a handful of blue tits, and then on the service road was the tail bobbing grey wagtail. I’m pleased that the latter continues to visit since the snow has gone as it’s mostly seen by, or very near, water.
That was it I thought as I couldn’t count the half a dozen ring-necked parakeets that nosily overflew.
I then noticed something on one of the tree trunks which when I looked could hardly believe my luck as it was a great-spotted woodpecker! This is a bird that I often hear, with it’s strident tchack tchack call echoing through the trees, but rarely ever catch a glimpse of.
That’s it they’ve all gone leaving me to have some toast and a second cup of tea whilst reflecting on the hour I’d just spent enjoying watching the birdies!
So I ended up seeing lots more than I expected with blackbird 2, blue tit 5, carrion crow 2, great-spotted woodpecker 1, grey wagtail 1, magpie 2, robin 1, starling 8 and woodpigeon 12.