The week ends as it started, very grey, very gloomy, and wet!
I didn't get out at all this afternoon, the rain came in pulses, and it barely got light at all, so I opted to stay in and watch the garden feeders, which was a bit of a mixed affair. 16 species came in to feed on the Sunflower Hearts and Peanuts provided, but there were some notable omissions, species such as Greenfinch, House Sparrow, and Starling all kept away, they only come in now when the SPARROWHAWKS become less frequent in their visits, even then, the House sparrows are few and far between.
The BLUE TITS whizz in, take food and go again, with up to 15 at one time making raids on the Sunflower Hearts, fewer GREAT TITS are seen, up to 4 at one time, and then there's the COAL TITS, which 2 -3 are coming in, the last visiting Tit species is the MARSH TIT, I got some great close up views of it, but the light was so poor there was no chance with the camera, the same went for the JAYS and NUTHATCH'S.
5 CHAFFINCH and 2 GOLDFINCH came in, but stayed only for a few minutes, I can remember in my pre Sparrowhawk days seeing up to 80 finch's at the feeders at this time of year. 2 ROBINS, a DUNNOCK and a BLACKBIRD came and went, they are also aware of the Sprawks and don't stay longer than is necessary. A GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER fed on the hanging peanuts, 2 MAGPIES stole the loose peanuts put out for the Jays, and 3 WOODPIGEON, plus 2 COLLARED DOVES picked up what the Tits and finch's dropped.
Hopefully tomorrows full patch walk will see some improvement in the conditions ;-)