Variety

There’s been plenty of spring-time variety at the bird-feeding today!

The long-tailed bushtits have become regulars…

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…along with the blackbirds and the great tits…

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…but the siskins (left…) were new customers today!

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The tree sparrows and the woodpeckers are returning customers as well…

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… as are the bluetits and the coal tits…

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… and… oh! Oops…

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Well, there’s plenty for everyone! 🙂

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Coal tit cutie

This little individual is so cute – not least because it really doesn’t care for the other birds, who have no problem chasing it from its preferred food (peanuts), but also doesn’t seem to mind me hardly at all, and so whenever I come out and the other birds leave, it takes the opportunity to hang around to eat in peace, allowing me a few close-ups in the process! 🙂

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New hunting grounds

I’m moving houses, and I spent a couple of hours at the new place the other day, shifting some stuff, viewing the garden, and meeting the avian neighbours… The first to greet me was, to my delight, a new acquaintance.

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A coal tit – one of many around, apparently – chatty, unafraid, and very, very cute.

There was also a flock of bullfinches who dropped by to say hello. Did I mention I love bullfinches?

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We have them here, too. We hear them all the time, but we rarely see them, and certainly not up close. But I suspect that since my new place has been empty for a while, they’re not so withdrawn around there. So far…