I didn't do a patch visit today, the wind was still cool, and the sky still filled with grey heavy clouds, not conducive for Flutters, Damsels or dragonflies at all, and going on yesterdays poor showing of birdlife, I decided to treat myself to a visit to the best wildlife reserve in Hadlow - My Garden!! :-)
I ensured the feeders were full, and settled down at the upstairs window, tea, biscuits, Camera and bins at the ready. As Always the first birds to show up are the colourful finches, maximums of 6 GOLDFINCH, 6 GREENFINCH, 4 CHAFFINCH and the male BULLFINCH all visited. Only one pair of BLUE TITS showed up, and just one GREAT TIT, all looked shabby after their endeavours feeding their broods. A family of recently fledged DUNNOCKS skulked around the shrub border, as did a Juv. BLACKBIRD, another recently fledged species a STARLING also came in to investigate the sunflower hearts. Four COLLARED DOVES gobbled up the spilt Sunflower hearts, 2 ROBINS and a disappointing 2 HOUSE SPARROWS came and went.
Of the more scarce species to visit the garden, GOLDCREST was one, as was the WOODPIGEON, GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, JACKDAW and MAGPIE. Speaking of Magpies, my neighbour came round to see me during the afternoon, she has a Magpies nest in her garden, and the young had fledged, hiding themselves in her shrubs, she was worried that her dog might get them, so i went round and re-located the young into my garden :-) all 3 of them, it wasn't long before the parents found them again, I'm not sure they are any safer in my garden, with the Fox coming in during the evening - but thats just a chance they have to take!
As for photo's, well I couldn't not show you the Magpie Fledgling, this is the 16th species to have successfully bred on my patch this year.
Below is one of the Dunnock, this is an adult