On 30th and 31st January the RSPB Bird Garden Bird Watch takes place.
You can order a pack from the RSPB website. It is a great way for you to help the RSPB by recording all the birds and mammals in your garden.
Our bird feeders have been very busy lately, full of Blue tits and Great tits and at around half past three every afternoon a zephyr of Long Tailed Tits arrives. First I can hear their high pitched call before about 10 to 12 of them appear all trying to squeeze on to the fat ball feeder at the same time. The slightest noise sends them in to the hedge, for them only to reappear moments later.
One of the Great tits looks like it has ticks or avian pox but he is feeding well and is very good at keeping any other birds off the feeder.
We have three pairs of Collared doves that are often in our garden. I have noticed recently that one of the doves has what looks like a broken tail, it holds its tail off to one side and has difficulty flying. The Collared doves nest in conifer trees and can have up to five broods in a year. They can live up to ten years old.