Our garden here at Waverley is home for a wide range of birds, many of whom stay with us throughout the winter weather. Some, like the fieldfares and redwings, are migratory and visit to feast on the berries.
Over the last few months we have been trying to catch as many of these on camera as we can. Not an easy task as some of them move so very quickly and many are very shy creatures.
Here is a selection of the residents for 2017/18.
Blue Tit (Parus caeruleus)
Food: Small insects, larvae and other invertebrates plus seeds, fruit and buds
Wood pigeon (Columba palumbus)
Food: Seeds, grain, fruits, vegetables, berries and some insects and worms
Ketrel (Falco tinnunculus)
Food: Small mammals and birds, worms and insects
Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos)
Food: Worms, snails and fruit
Blackbird (Turdus merula)
Food: Worms, insects, berries and seeds
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
Food: Berries, fruits, worms and insects
Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)
Food: Insects and seeds
Great Tit (Parus major)
Food: Mainly insects, spider and small invertebrates but also fond of nuts
Coal Tit (Periparus ater)
Food: Insects, seeds and nuts
Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)
Food: Some insects but mainly weed seeds
Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris)
Food: Seeds and insects
Nuthatch (Sitta europaea)
Food: Insects, seeds, nuts and other fruits
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major)
Food: Mainly insects and larvae but will also rob nests for young birds. Will visit feeders for nuts in winter.
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus)
Food: Mainly insects and spiders but also seeds.
Robin (Erithacus rubecula)
Food: Mainly insects and spiders plus some fruit, seeds and berries
Redwing (Turdus iliacus)
Food: Berries, fruits, insects and worms
Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula)
Food: Seeds, berries and fruit
Dunnock (Prunella modularis)
Food: Insects and small invertebrates with seeds in winter
In addition there are some I have not managed to catch on camera yet. These include wrens, collared doves, sparrow hawks, magpies, buzzards, jackdaws, jays, carrion crows, sparrows and more.
By trying to provide garden habitats that offer seeds and attract insects our aim is to encourage as many of these beautiful birds as possible. They all add interest to the garden and keep us occupied with the binoculars for hours!
All photographs and videos are the property and copyright of Dr Stephen Lucey, 2018