Thursday, 11 January 2018

Greenfinch revival?

 The garden was busy with feeding birds today.The female Blackcap put in another appearance and Blackbird numbers were still quite high. We are still missing the hoped for for visits from Bramblings and Siskins and one of the erupting Hawfinches would be a great treat.

 The number of Greenfinches visiting gardens has been greatly reduced in the last few years. This is due to the disease trichomonosis. The birds become sluggish and unable to swallow food. There seems to be a small recovery, at least in my garden with several spick and span birds around each day. 

 The number of House Sparrows suffered a huge reduction, particularly in large urban areas and 10 years ago we hardly had any around in the garden, but hey are now doing rather better. 

Goldfinches numbers seem to be going from strength to strength.

 When I first put up the mesh feeder it attracted very little attention but now it is one of the first to be emptied and often is crowded with several species.


  A strange winter, very little really cold weather and Hebe in flower during January seems rather odd.

Goldfinch and Greenfinch on the mesh feeder.

 Collared Dove

1 comment:

Derek Faulkner said...

Very few Greenfinches seen these days on Sheppey. The commonest finch by far, on the farmland at least, is the Linnet, followed by Goldfinches, then Chaffinches.
House Sparrows are to be seen in most parts of Sheppey in large numbers.