Garden Visitors

For those of us with a garden, it is always nice when you can look out and view nature at it’s best. Breeding season has been a busy time here. We had a robins nest in the garage and the robin is so used to me that it didn’t leave the nest as I came and went.  Well of course, I set up a feeding station beside the nest for them and they successfully raised 3 chicks. I haven’t identified them since they left the nest but they may return in the winter.

I have a robin (I named Bobbin) that fledged 2 summers ago. That’s him sitting on the garden fork. I’m not sure if it’s male or female but I call it ‘he’. He stayed in the area right through his first winter and we became friends. When I called him he would come and eat mealworms out of my hand. Don’t blink or you’ll miss it, but it comes to my hand twice in the video.

Bobbin left spring 2018 to find it’s own area and maybe start a family, but returned in winter and came to me as usual.  He left at the end of February beginning of March and I’m hoping to see him back when the colder days come again.

We have several different bird families coming to the feeders. there are hanging mesh ones, high basket/trays and not forgetting the ground feeders. When I counted it up, there are 12 different feeders around the garden which brings lots of birds in. We’re well into the breeding season so I think some of them are second broods. There is a family of Starlings (parents and four juveniles), several families of coal tits, blue tits, blackbirds, siskins, hedge and house sparrows, gold finches, green finches and I think 3 families of woodpeckers.

The woodpeckers are approaching from 3 different directions and it appears there are perhaps 4 juveniles between them. The photo on the main page is a juvenile, easily identified by the red cap on it’s head. The mums don’t have red heads and the dads have a red bit at the back of their neck.

With more and more destruction of their natural habitat the birds need support to help them through all seasons now. Support feeding in breeding season is as important as feeding during the colder months. In the short video we have a parent coal tit with one of it’s fledglings. The parent is the smaller of the two but you will see that both hold the food between their feet and break it up to eat, so you are safe to feed them as they know what to do. 

Unlike a lot of people we are very happy to feed the squirrels. Maybe that is because it’s red ones we get up here in this part of Scotland. It’s fun to watch the contorted positions they get into while trying to eat from the mesh peanut feeders. We have several different ones coming, but no idea whether they are related or not. There is a little very bright one with the bushiest tail you ever saw. It darts around the 5 different peanut feeders I have out, but it’s favourite one is beside the hedge which it uses to get up to it quite easily. Our neighbour’s kids call them all Suzy squirrel, but there must be at least one male, so I hope he doesn’t mind the name. 

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