What’s in the garden?

I’ve not been up to much this week, so most of my photographs are from the garden. The Goldfinches are back visiting the feeders and since we have been putting out more seeds the Sparrows have returned.

After a slow beginning the Fieldfares have now arrived in numbers. You can hear their clacking noise as they fly over in their groups, this is completely different to the whistle of the Redwings when they pass over.

The female Great Spotted woodpecker has been around the garden while the male has been in next doors or out the front. When the male Great Spotted Woodpecker comes the female follows him but the male ignores her, pecks her or flies away.

One of the other birds that has been very visible around the garden picking at the berries is the Mistle thrush.

Today the feeders have been a little quieter than usual and we have evidence of a visitor. A sparrowhawk. Early this morning there was a mess of pigeon feathers over the grass. The Pigeons and Collared Doves that normally sit on the telegraph wire and pole at the bottom of the garden have been keeping their distance on a neighbours roof. The only birds that don’t seem bothered by the visitor are the Jackdaws and Crows who were waiting for their food as normal. Does anyone know whether Sparrowhawks would attack a Jackdaw? Our feeders are very close to a climbing rose, a Hazel tree and a Clematis so we don’t often get the smaller birds like the Blue tits being taken, but the Doves and Pigeons do tend sit out in the open.

The sunset at 4.21pm today and just afterwards as the sky turned a slate grey, it was filled with a huge amount of gulls. As they flew over in their hundreds they often paused, circled a couple of times then flew on.

Sparrow

Sparrow

Goldfinch

Goldfinch

Fieldfares

Fieldfares

Female Great spotted woodpecker

Female Great spotted woodpecker

Mistle thrush

Mistle thrush

Sparrowhawk attack

Sparrowhawk attack

Gulls passing over

Gulls passing over

I have managed to get out for a couple of walks after school this week and was lucky enough to bump in to two Roe deers.

Roe deer

A couple of the cows in the field spent ages fighting. One of the cows pushed the other one right down on to its knees.

Cows

Male and female pheasants

Male and female pheasants

About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. I am a keen amateur photographer using a Canon SX60 HS. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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2 Responses to What’s in the garden?

  1. You get some great wildlife in your garden, I’m quite jealous, my small “yard” has little room for birds (let alone something that would attract a GSW), although we do our best.

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