I haven’t posted much about my back garden here before so I thought that now was as good an opportunity as any. Given that I currently rent a very modern house the garden is very small with a single large shrub as a token gesture towards planting. I have done my best to attract birds in with a large frame that holds three feeders for black sunflower seeds and a single peanut feeder. Elsewhere in the garden there are a couple of other feeders and a large birdbath.
The normal species that I get are as follows: Chaffinch (10+), Greenfinch (10+), Coal Tit (2), Great Tit (3), Blue Tit (4), Blackbird (1+), Dunnock (2+), Robin (1), Wren (1), Collared Dove (3+), House Sparrow (2+) along with assorted Wood Pigeons, Jackdaws and Bullfinches with odd visits from Goldfinches, Bullfinches, Siskins, Nuthatches, Long Tailed Tits and a suspected Sparrowhawk.
This week has seen a few notable new entries to that list. At least two different Bramblings have paid a visit to the garden, feeding in the hedges behind my back fence and on the feeders themselves. It appeared that they had associated themselves with the flock of Chaffinches as they were moving around with them. Also paying a visit was a single Redwing feasting on the berry crop again in the hedges. Hopefully these birds will stick around for the rest of the winter but it just goes to show what variety can be accomplished with a little bit of encouragement.