by Peter Hanscomb
Here we go again , another Wednesday in lockdown and it’s back to my temporary hide. The garden has been a lot busier in the last few days. Regular visitors include hedgehogs, foxes and squirrels. Wood pigeons, collared doves , magpies , blackbirds , sparrows , great tits , blue tits , starlings and for the first time a woodpecker. The garden comes to life early in the morning with the early birds and late hogs , and again in late afternoon.
One of our regular visitors around about 5pm ( you can almost predict the time ) is a female grey squirrel. Always on the lookout for nuts and any fruit the birds have left behind.
Say hello to the Jackdaw , Corvus monedula The Jackdaw is Britain’s smallest black crow ( a family of birds collectively known as corvids), which also includes ravens, crows, rooks, jays and magpies. With a distinctive silvery sheen to the back of its head. The pale eyes are also noticeable. The jackdaw call is a familiar […]
Meet the Model – Jasmine the Jay The Jay or Garrulus glandarius is undoubtedly the most colourful member of the crow family of birds Family name Corvidae. The genus term, Garrulus, means noisy and chattering; the secondary term, glandarious, means “of acorns”, pertaining to the Jay’s habit of favouring acorns as part of its diet […]
BULLFINCH Pyrrhula pyrrhula Length 16 cm Wingspan 28cm Weight 35 g Population 400,000 One of the larger finches’s the bullfinch has a rounder more compact body , with a black face and head , bright pink underparts and […]