Sunday, 2 February 2014

Garden Watch

I had just arrived home from my brothers football tournament so I just decided I would go up to my bedroom and watch the garden feeders for a bit.

My feeders are always usually being used by all the Goldfinch. I counted up to 8 on them at one point. Feeding on the floor below my feeders there was 5 Blackbirds, 4 Chaffinch, a Greenfinch and a cracking little Dunnock. After probably about 10mins of watching the feeders I spotted something a little different land on my bird table, I quickly grabbed my binoculars and then I focused on the bird table. I then shouted Blackcap!!! I couldn't believe it. This one was a stunning female, last year on my feeders I had a male. I was really pleased to have one back visiting my garden.


Blackcap and Goldfinch
The Blackcap came back quite a few times to feed along with Goldfinch, Chaffinch, House Sparrow and Collard Doves. After she flew of up into our apple tree but after about 2mins she came back down to feed of the bird table. Just a few seconds later another bird dropped down just beside her, I then picked up the binoculars, looked through them, and then realized it was another one!!! I just really couldn't believe it. This one was another female, after that they then both kept on coming down to feed together. A little while later they both flew of up into one of the trees. I was extremely pleased to now have 2 feeding in the garden!

Both of the Blackcaps
other birds in the garden included:
a Wren (first one in the garden for ages)
10 Blackbird
5 Chaffinch
2 House Sparrow
3 Collard Dove
Wood Pigeon
2 Dunnocks
15 Goldfinch
Blue Tit
Great Tit



  1. Best days birding in ages mate. We'll have to stay in more often......
    I'm joking ;-))
    Great spot with the Blackcaps.

  2. Great stuff Ellis , you get an amazing variety in your garden , well done mate .