Garden Birds surviving the Winter weather

The weather we usually get in January appears to have brought itself forward to early and mid December.
A few evenings ago I wanted to use the webcam and in error clicked on the Nest Box Camera only to find a Blue Tit had found it’s way in there for night time shelter!

Whether or not he or she has claimed it as territory I’m unsure about, but every evening since, just as it’s getting dark, it will pay about three or four visits looking around I guess, to make sure there hasn’t been another bird take over, then finally settling down and with a few twitches, fluffs up the feathers and settles down for the night !

Around the Feeders

birds feeding in winter
Just see the Goldfinch on the Nyger Seed Feeder top left




These are over busy at present with birds present all day long; Blackbirds, House Sparrows, all the Tit family, Dunnocks, Goldfinches and the ever present Great Spotted Woodpecker.
It’s not only a joy to watch but a masterclass in how these tiny creatures can get through the rain, sleet, cold and wind to survive.

Good news about Coal Tits

An article recently in the Telegraph was saying how Coal Tit numbers are increasing.

Coal Tit on Fence Post

Having observed this bird, one of my favourites, I agree with the Journalist who wrote how they are bullied off Feeders by their cousins the Great and Blue Tits.
I’ve found they tend to sit on my Acer Tree and wait their chance to swoop in, take a couple of bits in a well timed manner and always just avoiding the chase off!

Apparently, becuause of this, they store their takings in Moss or other suitable ‘containers’.

Seems to me the smaller the bird, the more clever they are in survival pursuits !





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