An avian Piccadilly Circus

by Helen Hooker November. 14, 2016 1770 views


One of the benefits of working from home is that I can stand in our kitchen and watch the comings and goings around our bird feeder tree.  Since the weather turned colder I've started putting out food for the birds and they were making the most of it today.  At times our wrought iron tree was the avian equivalent of Piccadilly Circus, with a never ending queue of feathered friends waiting patiently (and sometimes not so patiently) for their turn at the sunflower hearts and fatballs.  I left my camera and long lens on my tripod in the kitchen all day, and photographed whatever was around when I popped out to make a cuppa.  I made a note of the species I saw through the course of the day and it's quite an impressive roll call, even if I didn't manage to catch them all with my camera: greenfinch, blue tit, great tit, coal tit, nuthatch, starling, goldfinch (lots of them!), bullfinch, chaffinch and, finally, a long tailed tit!

14 November 2016

The Goldfinches and Greenfinches seemed happy enough to share the available food

A lone Blue Tit tucking into the fatballs

I was delighted to see a Nuthatch - such elegant little birds

This was the first time I'd seen a Coal Tit in our garden - I had to go and check my bird book to be sure I what it was!

Goldfinches are supposed to like niger seed best but the ones in our garden have always preferred sunflower hearts.  This one was stuffing it's beak as fast as it could!

I think I was spotted by this one!

This Goldfinch waited patiently for its turn, despite the rain

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Joe 4 years, 7 months ago

Excellent set of photos. Nothing better than watching the gifts of nature. Thanks for sharing, Helen. Made my day.

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Jay Boggess 4 years, 7 months ago

WOW! Wonderful series! I must get a bird feeder!

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Gillian Parsons 4 years, 7 months ago

Brilliant..............................they are just the best to watch, every morning after John fills our feeders we sit and enjoy them all arriving for their breakfast.

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Helen Hooker Replied to Gillian Parsons 4 years, 7 months ago

Thanks Jill - they're a great time waster! :-)

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Becky Brannon 4 years, 7 months ago

Great capture! Love those sculpture like branches

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Helen Hooker Replied to Becky Brannon 4 years, 7 months ago

Thanks Becky. We bought the tree from a sculptor in Norfolk - so much prettier than the mass produced bird feeding stations.

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Sara G 4 years, 7 months ago

Wonderful assortment of gorgeous every one!

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Helen Hooker Replied to Sara G 4 years, 7 months ago

Thank you Sara!

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