So I spent most of the day proped up against my window, watching the coming and goings in the garden, which actually paid off in it's own way, with 32 species being seen, 20 of those came into the garden, which is a good total here. The highlight was without doubt the male BLACKCAP that was feeding on the apples that I had impaled onto the Elder tree, but it was also good to see both MARSH TITS, 2 COAL TITS, 2 NUTHATCH, a WREN, a JAY, a couple off GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKERS, 3 JACKDAWS and a pair of MAGPIES, all along with the ''Usual'' 11 species of, BLUE and GREAT TIT, GREEN, GOLD and CHAFFINCH, HOUSE SPARROW, DUNNOCK, BLACKBIRD, ROBIN, STARLING and COLLARED DOVE. By far the most numerous bird was the Blue tit, with 14 seen in any one time, but there was probably 50 or more of them actually came in at some point.
Hopefully my back will ease, and I will be able to get out tomorrow. The target for the month is to beat 62 species, the highest December total, which was set last year. Just 30 more needed and I haven't been out the door yet!
Above: A recent addition to my mammal list - Brown Rat!
Above and below: The male Blackcap - looks like he is regretting the idea to spend the winter here, and wishes he'd gone to the Med. with most of his other chums.