I have been getting ready for the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch for several weeks now. I always like to feed the birds in the garden in the winter, mainly to help them, you understand, but it is wonderful to be able to watch them so closely. As the Birdwatch date approaches I find myself watching that bit closer and finding tastier morsels to put out in the hope of being able to record something unusual.
This last week I have been fortunate to see a female siskin and two bramblings along with the usual visitors. What excitement! However I think it must have been the low temperatures we were experiencing then, because come Birdwatch time and higher temperatures there was no sign of them. Do they know we are trying to count them do you think? Well that’s just how it is!
Here is just a selection of the birds I see in my garden:-
My aim is eventually to have a go at painting all my local birds. There’s a long way to go but the research will be enjoyable!