Garden birds - small included finches, tits and warblers all of which are regular visitors and many are residents in the garden. Having ran out of blog-space to add more, I have added Garden birds - medium. Here I include larger birds such as thrushes, starlings, wagtails and woodpeckers. Some are regular visitors and others come to the garden only very occasionally.
Blackbirds are year-round residents of the garden. Winter migrants can swell numbers such that in one winter we had over twenty Blackbirds feeding in fallen apples.
They nest in or close to our garden and use it to collect food for their young.
Female feeding at a raised vegetable bed.
A Blackbird juvenile. The soil on its beak indicates it is feeding itself.
Song thrushes are unfortunately in decline in Britain. Thrushes visit the garden reasonably regularly, leaving tell-tale broken snail shells on their anvil areas. Male Song thrushes have sung in and around our garden for the last 3 years but failed to find a mate and breed here.
Fieldfares only visit the garden in the very coldest of winters when freezing conditions force them from their main wintering areas in Eastern Britain in search of a milder climate in the South West.
Redwings too are rare winter visitors to our garden. This one is feeding on seeds I have put out for other birds, which are not ideal as they normally would eat hedgerow berries.
Starlings are birds we very rarely see in the garden though they are commonplace in the town.
Pied wagtails are common in Sidmouth town and along the esplanade but only very rarely visit the garden.
Grey wagtails are often seen along the River Sid, about 1 kilometre away, and very occasionaly drop into the garden and briefly explore the pond margin for insects.
Green woodpeckers regularly visit the garden sending long periods of time eating Red ants in the lawn.
Green woodpeckers breed locally and every year bring their young to feed in the garden.
Great-spotted woopeckers can be heard drumming for much of the early spring and almost certainly nest locally. They are occasional visitors to the garden, especially when we had an ancient apple tree which eventually went rotten and was destroyed by gales.
This is a juvenile visiting the feeder last summer.
Nuthatches are small birds which I have included with woodpeckers. They are in the local area but only visit our garden occasionally. Once they start to use a feeder, usually in late summer, they become frequent visitors. By autumn there is much food in the wider countryside and they move on.
Treecreepers too are small birds placed here with woodpeckers. They are rare visitors to the garden. They almost invariably visit and work their way up the Silver birch tree, on which they are pefectly camouflaged, looking for insects in the fissures of the bark.