Posted by: mynaturaldiary | December 19, 2010

Grappling with Grapes

At Cafe Twitch, winter reigns supreme and deep snows cover the ground. The birds need regular feeding, and so extra food is on the menu. New items placed out in the garden include red grapes, hanging from the tree. This attracts a Mistle Thrush.

Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscivorus)

He’s soon on the ground eating the grapes.

Blackbirds are difficult to photograph against the snow, but here’s one eyeing up the ripe banana left on the lawn.

He did eat it later, as he did some grapes.

Blackbird (Turdus merula)

High in the trees was a Chaffinch, pink breast puffed out.

Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)

Greenfinch were voracious eaters of the sunflower seeds in the feeder.

Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris)

Starlings were also busy taking the food on the snows.

Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

Doves and pigeons were also visitors.

Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)

Woodpigeon (Columba palumbus)

The Woodpigeons are a rarer visitor to Cafe Twitch. Come back soon!

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