We have for many years being trying to attract birds to the garden other than Woodpigeons and Magpies and suddenly we seem to be on the radar.
The last year or so has seen an increase in House Sparrows, Blue Tits, Great Tits and the occasional Goldfinches. But the last few weeks has gone bananas!
The Goldfinches are now hear all the time and occasionally turn up mob handed, going for both the niger seed and sunflower hearts, then at last Bullfinches. The last time we saw a Bullfinch was in 2008! But now they are a daily visitor, we are made up!
We have had another first for the garden this month as well, a Collared Dove, chuffed with that too!
Also this week a Blackbird family has been about, its been a delight to watch the parents feeding the 3 fledglings. So all is looking good in the back garden.
Yesterday I manged a very quick walk down to the canal, there wasn't a great deal about except a Coot family that allowed me to get quite close:
|Bald as a Coot, perhaps|
|This youngster seemed to be with the above little uns!|
|Speckled Wood Butterfly (I had to look this up, as I don't do Butterflies!)|
|I have no idea! Some kind of Hoverfly?|