16th February 2013 – New garden tick…

Well I wasn’t expecting to get this species on my garden list – bloomin’ Stonechat! Over the last 3 years or so we have had some good birds in, or over, our garden  – amongst my favourites have been Woodcock, Arctic Skua, Little Gull, Whimbrel, Brambling, Gropper and Lesser Whitethroat, but at lunchtime today I was totally shocked to see a stunning drake Stonechat – what a beauty. It was perched on a post about 30 yards from the house before quickly moving to some overhanging branches nearby, but to my frustration during the 20 seconds it took me to get my camera it had vanished…. and I never saw it again. Bummer. Still, I reckon there’s a good chance it’s still knocking about nearby so maybe I’ll see it again, you never know.

I spent the next couple of hours at the window hoping it would reappear, but as always there were plenty of birds to watch and take photographs of….

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We now have good numbers of Tree Sparrows in the garden, no doubt helped by the provision of the nest boxes we’ve put up for them, and the constant supply of suitable food we put out for them – which costs us a small fortune! It all seems to have been worthwhile though, and hopefully they will breed in the garden for the 3rd consecutive year…

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Other bits n bobs included…

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One Response to 16th February 2013 – New garden tick…

  1. Carl Baggott says:

    Stonechat on your garden list – not bad. Stonechats are now something of a rarity down in Leicestershire. Their numbers have fallen dramatically after the recent bad winters. Great photos of the woodpecker by the way.

    Cheers,
    Carl.

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