Once a year, the RSPB organises a Big Garden Watch, where we dutifully record all the birds that fly into our gardens in an hour over the weekend towards the end of January. Last years results are here.
So armed with a camera, feeding table freshly stocked with seed, Café Twitch yielded the following.
First, a Dunnock. It sat cautiously on a branch, looking out for danger, before heading to the ground to feed.
Finally satisfied the coast was clear, it flew down to the seeds on the ground.
Notice how well camouflaged the grey body is against the earth.
Notice though it remained cautious, always on the look-out.
(see video here)
Dunnock (Prunella modularis)
Secondly, a messy blackbird (some birds accidentally put seeds on the ground for the Dunnocks).
Blackbird (Turdus merula)
(see video here).
Finally, a Starling, up in the branches of the tree.
Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)