Three cheers for the birds

Where I live there is a super abundance of bird life. As I write this the winter has, so far, been ultra-mild (and very wet). Presumably our expected flocks of fieldfare and redwing haven’t felt a need to venture this far south. They have been conspicuous by their absence. But others have been varied and numerous. Four varieties of tit have been common – blue, great, long tailed and coal. The coal tit was a bird I saw in my childhood and then it seemed to vanish. Seeing them again has brought real pleasure this year. They seem to make even the blue tit seem calm and sedate. They are so rapid in their movements. We get three finches regularly – chaffinch and gold and green varieties and then at a slightly larger size we get two kinds of woodpecker – the great spotted and the green. And here’s a green I snapped last month.

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These beauties may be a common sight for us, but they still excite me. I love to see them, probing in our grassy areas for ants. They are such handsome, colourful birds.

Wonderful.

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