My early morning routine has changed somewhat since I’ve been scattering bird food – a mix of seed, peanuts (whole and crushed), porridge oats and some days half a crumbled fat ball – out back.
I put the kettle on, scatter the seed, make a cup of tea and then go into the back room by which time there are nearly always some birds on the grass feeding.
There are the regular pairs of blackbirds and robins, a handful of starlings and wood pigeons galore.
Two magpies are appearing more often and even a carrion crow on occasion.
I thought that a couple of blue tits, which are always visible up in the trees, were venturing onto the ground around the two small conifers,but now I’m not so sure as during the week I’ve seen two great tits there.
Another bird that I’m now seeing everyday is a colourful male chaffinch like this one.
I’m not the only one who’s been happy to see one as Ellie wrote in her Wildlife Special yesterday.
The other birds that I’ve now seen feeding on the grass for the past four days are a pair of jays! This is a bird that until now I’ve rarely ever caught more than a fleetingly glimpse of so to get a good look at these two like this is wonderful!
On the allotment site Trevor thinks that long-tailed tits are building a nest in his fig tree. Fingers crossed as these are the most delightful little birds.
I’m rather thankful that most mornings I don’t have to go out early and can spend some time looking out the the window at our feathered friends. It’s such a good way to start the day!