No… I’m not talking about the ‘award-winning American pop group that enjoyed success in the late 1980s and early 1990s as a boy band’. It has been a long time coming, but I’m back to talking once again about the birds that visit my garden.
The truth is that with the lush foliage plants in my garden these last few months I can’t actually see the birds quite so well - nor have I had the time when it hasn't been raining to get any photos or video. I do miss properly seeing the blackbirds as they run along the ground and around my plants at this time of year. Ah… but it is not the blackbirds I want to chat about either – although they are one of my favourites that visit my Scottish garden.
The new kids on the block that are catching my attention at the moment are the absolutely charming, ever so endearing, extra speedy and tiny (drum roll please) …. Coal tits (Parus ater). The video above, taken a couple of days ago, gives you a tiny idea of their speedy visits to one of my feeders - the processing can't keep up with them!. This bird is definitely my favourite at the moment zipping through the branches, trees, shrubs and even looking for food in my hanging basket. Shh... don't tell them but they are about to get a surprise soon as I am about to change this feeder – it should be in the mail as I type this. I have a strong feeling they will approve of this new one when it arrives.
The coal tit is very much, in appearance, like the American Chickadee which I have posted on previously. I saw three coal tits visit yesterday. Mm... perhaps it is time I did a Sunday morning bird count to see if there are any more. I also wonder what the species count in the garden is at the moment too as we are about to go into October. Oh yes.. I also wonder what visitors I may be missing glimpses of. I did spot a few starlings the other day so I expect the feeders are going to get quite busy shortly.
I do apologise for my lack of bird postings over the summer months but as winter beckons this will all change as my focus once again will be on watching and feeding the birds. Mm... I'm not the only one taking a keen interest in my visiting garden birds! A neighbour's cat (not Edmund of hedgehog fame) has been seen hiding below my hedge in wait, near the feeders, then darting out in the hope of catching a closer encounter with one. I do have a plan to put a stop to this stalking opportunity over the weekend. As activity at the bird feeders increases at this time of year so do cat visits - you can understand why I know.
Blog visits and postings, I have noticed, do start to increase at this time of year too. I guess many of us have been too busy enjoying our gardens or out and about throughout the summer months and really that is the way it should be! What do you love about visiting garden and wildlife blogs?
Joe, a teenager from Buckinghamshire in England, began a wildlife blog back in June this year writing about the birds and wildlife that visits his garden. His enthusiasm shines through in his postings and I have very much enjoyed our email exchanges. I would like to wish him well with both his blog and with his GCSE exams. Joe also likes to capture videos of his garden visitors and is now getting interested in plants, plans to build a pond and hopes to get a Nestbox with a camera in it soon. Welcome to the blogging community Joe!
Okay, so I’ve another reason for mentioning Joe today. I came across a wonderful book in town last night that I thought he might like to add to his Christmas wish list. Sorry Amazon, but this book was on a great offer in the shop! The RSPB Wildlife of Britainis an inspiring photographic reference book and I am certain enthusiasts like Joe would love it. Flicking through its photos I did find myself cringing at the beetles and invertebrates, however, another image caught my eye that made me smile.
What ‘new kids’ are visiting or returning to your garden at the moment? I spotted a very bold wren the other day bobbing up and down as it does. It was on the roof of the bird table! Enjoy your garden at the moment with all that it brings – oh yes and have a great weekend!
The photos above were all taken on July 10th 2007. The video above was taken on September 25th 2008.