This weekend was the garden bird census. So last night I filled the feeders, and food trays and so in great expectation was up and ready I had taken 09:00 until 10:00 slot as I know from experience that this is the busiest time at the feeders. Bur alas no one had told the birds, though there was a few it was but a smattering of what is normally about at that time. We normally have a dozen Goldfinches ducking and diving to get prime place at the feeders, but today just one solitary Goldfinch
. But the great Tits did appear in great numbers as did the ringed doves and wood pigeons, but they go anywhere for a free feed. Of course the Siskins have now moved further South so no appearances there. I suppose that is the reason for the census at this time of the year, to find out not only the numbers but also their breeding range.
But my hour count was:
Great Tits 7
Blackbirds 3 (they are very territorial at this time of the year)
Bullfinch 2 (a pair)
Goldfinch 1 (where have they all gone?)
Crows in the tree 2 nesting pairs
Wood pigeons (the voracious pair that visits each day)
Collared Doves as above
Also various geese, ducks Black-headed, Herring gulls as they did a fly past.
The weather was also to blame as earlier in the week there was warmth so that brought the birds out to sing in competition from their choral perches. Ah well that's it for another year, next count is the autumn census.