My garden has a variety of different wildlife, some of the wildlife I can take photos of, others I have to rely on my trail camera.
While I was at school I left the trail camera pointing at one of the bird feeders. It took over a hundred photos, mostly of Blue tits, Sparrows, and a couple of Chaffinches which I don’t often see in the garden.
Because I have been watching the birds more frequently I have noticed not just the species have their own personalities but the individual bird has its own too. As species, generally the Coal tit flies in takes a seed and flies off, the Long tailed tits scatter whenever a larger bird flies over, such as a Pigeon and the Blue tits hop about everywhere. But when I start looking at each bird individually I have noticed some of the Great tits will fly straight in onto the feeder while others will hop around on the fence or on the bug hotel waiting until they think it is safe or perhaps this could be signs of social hierarchy within a species, where the dominant birds get the safest space on the feeders.
There isn’t much squabbling on the feeders and the same birds seem to visit the same feeders. The Great tit with the bad eye only feeds on the peanuts nearest the hazel tree and the ringed Blue tit only feeds from the bird table with the roof, again this might be all worked out between the birds??
When the squirrel is on the feeder the birds move to the other feeders.
The trail cameras point of view
We have around 15 Blue tits in our garden, my mum thinks their faces look like stormtrooper helmets.
The Blue tit on the right of the photo has been ringed, I have noticed it before and tried to get a clear photo of the Blue tits ring but its so tiny its hard to see what is written on it.
We have two Red Kites who often circle the garden
It looks like one of the Muntjacs that visit the garden could be pregnant, it’s belly is quiet rounded
Cookie the Badger looks like he/she has been putting a bit of weight on too.