It rained from dawn 'till dusk today, and the worst of the rain was reserved for the afternoon, so I gave up on the idea of a patch walk, and stayed in to watch the garden feeders.
It was so dull and dank I had difficulty seeing the birds at the end of my garden, where most of the feeders are situated, a distance of just 40 feet away. There was, from what I could see, plenty of activity going on this afternoon though, mostly from the common garden species, BLUE TITS peaked at 14, but many many more of these birds visit during the day, GREAT TITS dont hang around the feeders for long, and only peaked at 4 birds, but again, I wouldn't be surprised if 15-20 different ones visited over the afternoon. COAL TITS peaked at two, not so many of them around the local vacinity.
The finch's arrived in small gangs, 14 CHAFFINCH'S, 13 GREENFINCH'S and 5 GOLDFINCH'S all fed together, but even these colourful birds didn't do much to brighten the garden with their wet plumage. The once common HOUSE SPARROWS have been coming back to the garden in bigger numbers since the Sparrowhawk ceased to dine here, a peak of 9 came in today, but thats well down on the 30-40 birds I used to get 5-6 years ago.
On the ground, a peak of 5 BLACKBIRDS fed, with two DUNNOCKS, and two ROBINS making awkward forays to the tube feeders, the COLLARED DOVES, of which there were 7, just ate everything, they are now adept at using all the feeders! Another once abundant bird in my garden - the STARLING was represented by just two birds, they hung from the peanut feeders, but if I put out fat I could get up to a dozen.
The less common birds, but still regular visitors, that used the garden today included; WOODPIGEON, JACKDAW, MAGPIE, a pair of GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKERS and a pair of NUTHATCH, the only scarce bird to visit was a lone male SISKIN.
All very nice, but i'm not going to find any new patch species for the month or the year in the garden!
I thought I try the 50D camera out in the dire conditions, if I could get a half decent photo today, then it would go a long way to making me part with the cash to buy one. Well I was very impressed, the following shots were taken through a rain splattered window, with the ISO set to 2000 allowing a shutter speed of just 100, thats how dull it was! I think the results are quite good, just think what could be acheived if the light ever improves!
Above is a Robin