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Friday, June 19, 2015

A first on the table

Today i was a bit shocked to find a Bull Finch on the bird table when i opened the curtains this morning. Although i did spot it in the trees a few weeks ago i have never seen it down in the garden let alone on the bird table or on the floor just a few feet from the back door.
I scared it off with the movement of the curtains but within 5 minutes it was back. It didn’t stay long, maybe one minute in all, but as it happened it turned out to be a good day.

With my interest sparked i kept a close look out for it but it didn’t return. Then with a mass exodus of the smaller usual visitors a Greater Spotted Woodpecker landed . Again i have never seen it on the bird table although it spends many a happy hour up high in the trees across the way.

My usual visitors are Chaffinch, Blue and Great Tits, Robin, Dunnock, Blackbird, Starling, the odd Sparrow, the occasional Jay, many Goldfinches and a couple of Doves. So i was particularly pleased to see another first timer, the now rare Coal Tit.

I managed a few pictures but these were taken through the window and without a tripod so they do lose a bit of clarity.

 I wasn’t going to put this image of the Goldfinch in as i had the camera settings wrong but i actually quite like the contrast so i left it in.

Just a guess but i think i have been getting these visitors on the table because they have young to feed and its an easy food source.


Louise said...

That might be a juvenile great spotted woodpecker? The red cap and pale undertail markings.

AlanR said...

I think you are right Louise.

Dawn said...

Cracking photos there Alan, spot on. You will have to get a wee tripod? Somewhere or another I have small gorilla pod.

AlanR said...

I do have a small and a full size tripod but you know what it's like, never just to hand when it's needed.

afootinthehills said...

Never seen one on a bird table before but plenty feast on our blossom trees! I've never been quick enough to get a shot of the woodpecker that visits occasionally.

AlanR said...

The Bullfinch has been missing for a few days but the woodpecker has been here everyday, for hours. It's a right bully. Good to watch though.

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