I haven't taken many pics in recent months of the birds that visit my garden, but have started again, and thought I'd post a few. Nothing exciting, I'm afraid. No rare species, but I'm always thrilled to see any birds coming here. They're so wonderful to watch. Sorry the pics aren't of the best quality. I usually take pics through the patio door windows and they need a damn good clean! Will get onto that soon, lol! Btw, I don't know where the blackbirds have gone but I haven't seen any in the garden for ages and they used to be here daily! I hope they return.
I've since thrown out this grubby looking seed feeder, which was getting harder to clean properly, and got a brand new one, that has extra feeding ports.The Goldfinches are practically living on it at the moment, they sit on the perches for ages, munching away. So adorable! :)
The Greenfinches do get a look in occasionally, when the Goldfinches take a break from eating! Lol. Actually I have an extra feeder out now too, so there's more food for them (and more expense for me, but what the hell! Lol) :)
I do adore this noisy, squabbling bunch! They're so entertaining to watch! :)
I must take more photos. As I said, the Blackbirds seem to have vanished lately, as have the Wood Pigeons. I hope they return. Last winter I had lots of Long Tailed Tits visiting but none at all this year, sadly.
As for this beautiful fella below, these pics were taken in St James' Park in London, when I was there last month. Such a beautiful Jay, and so tame. I was literally a foot away and he/she didn't fly off but just sat there looking at me and listening to me as I made cooing noises, lol. Probably thought "who's this mad woman?!" Lol. I never thought I'd be able to get such great, close up photos of a Jay like this! It even ate from my hand too, but sadly no pics of that!
Haven't Jays got such beautiful pale blue eyes?
Beautiful photos, Ella.
Hiya Ella what a lovely set of photos those Jay ones are stunning
Thanks a bunch ella, they are a brilliant set of pictures, keep em coming. Alan
Hi Ella, some lovely photos of your garden visitors, like you I always find my birds wonderful to watch.And how wonderful to have a jay so close and be able to feed him from your hand.I wonder why he's so tame, as they're very shy birds.
Don't worry about your blackbirds, mine are absent as well, although I do see them hanging around the neighbourhood still....there's still loads of natural food out there.They'll be back eventually.
absolutely gorgeous , when we lived in England we had a jay who was a regular visitor but alas I dont think we have them in Scotland.
loving the jay story, what a delight and of course wonderful pictures
Great photos! The Jay is definitely high on my list of birds to see, along with the kingfisher.
Rosie, we do get them in Scotland. I think one of the bird sites (Scotbird or Clydebirds?) reported a flock in a park in Motherwell last year and when I was trying to confirm that I came across this link: janeslog.wordpress.com/.../clyde-walkway-strathclyde-park-to-crossford
Fabulous photos Ella, particularly love that bunch of starlings! I haven't had anyy in my garden since last spring, but I do have five blackbirds. The jay is spectacular - such a close up. Hope I manage to see one of those this year too.
Thanks everyone. I must take some more pics soon. I was in London again the past couple of days and of course went to my favourite park to feed the birds and squirrels. I saw the Jay again, so beautiful. I also fed sardines to a gorgeous Heron! He always looks so left out when everyone is feeding all the other birds there, but no one ever has fish for him. So I thought I'd bring him a little treat this time and he went crazy for the sardines, wolfed them all down! I should have asked my friend to take pics or film but didn't think! I'll take some more sardines another time, although not regularly so he won't get to used to it! Such gorgeous birds, Herons, aren't they? Oh and the adorable little Great Tits were there again and they ate from my hand again! So unbelievably tame!