Every year, we have done this bird count, which is to identify which birds are doing well and which are in danger.
Every year, for weeks we have a wide range of birds, usually in large flocks.
Every year, on the weekend of the Big Bird count, all the birds vanish. Who tells them and why don't they want us to count them?
These are goldfinches and they turn up in flocks of twelve or more. The two feeders they go for have twelve ports for them to feed from. At the moment, they seem to have gone off the niger seed and they are demolishing the sunflower hearts.
No birds on this photo, but it does show that the trees think that Spring is on the way. These catkins are huge and so beautiful. All my photos are slightly fuzzy, despite using a fantastic camera, but I was shooting through the double glazing, which never helps.
I did do my count this morning at the time that my garden is normally full of birds, not to mention squirrels, but the numbers were well down on the rest of the week, so I am going to try again tomorrow to see if there is any difference. So, please, if you have stolen my birds today, send them home tomorrow for me to count them.