Posted by: Ross Gardner | December 1, 2012

Garden Birds

For a while today the garden was full of wings.  Not those belonging to rare birds, nor any that most would find unusual.  Just the wings belonging to ordinary garden birds and lots of them.

A handsome male Chaffinch on the sunflower feeder and Great Tit flying to and fro, taking a seed and then returning to its perch in the cover of a shrub to get at the kernel within the shell, while a Robin watches on.  The Greenfinch out-number them both.  For a time two, sometimes three Blackbird, tossed about the brown leaves long-fallen from the cherry tree, optimistic that each one would reveal some small creature hunkering from the cold.  A Woodpigeon waddled across the lawn, inspecting the ground beneath the feeders for fallen crumbs.

A clamour of wings sees a flock of Starling descend onto the cherry, perhaps as many as 40 at one point.  A few at a time then drop onto the feeders, pecking furiously at the peanuts and squabbling as they do so.  A pair of Magpie briefly share the branches of the tree, while few Black-headed Gull swoop low overhead.  A Crow flies past and a couple of Collared Dove flutter across, before settling in next door’s garden.

Seemingly unremarkable birds crowding into an ordinary suburban garden; simple things that remind us of the small wonder…… no, not small……..simple things that remind us of great wonder of nature at close quarter that can even appear on a cold and grey December day.

A couple of pictures, somewhat rough and ready, snapped through the kitchen window.

A beady-eyed Blackbird. Ross Gardner 2012

A beady-eyed Blackbird. Ross Gardner 2012

Squabbling Starling.  Ross Gardner 2012

Squabbling Starling. Ross Gardner 2012

 

 

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