This Green Woodpecker was on the back lawn on Sunday ,
Once the mist/fog started to lift , I set off for a walk locally , and basically saw nothing except for a noisy flyover of 17 Magpies and the odd Corvid , Finch and Tit . I arrived back home chilled to the bone wondering was it worth it .
When I went upstairs and looked out the back bedroom window , I knew the answer was no . The back garden and adjacent gardens were alive with birds , and even the sky above held many more birds than I had seen on my walk .
The Cotoneaser bush is noticably denuded of berries now , with about two thirds down , one third to go . It was noticable also that more Redwings have found the 'supermarket' , hence the speed up of the berries' disappearance . The good thing for watching now is that the back , furthest from the house side of the shrub is empty , so they show better feeding on the remaining berries , mostly on the front . Just like the other Winter visitors , they do not hang around the food supply , feeding quickly , then flying off to adjacent high cover to digest the meal , to repeat the whole thing again some time later .
A few 'foriegn' Blackbirds are feeding on the berries , but one of 'our' Blackbirds , recognised by the white pigment on the ends of a couple of feathers , doesn't seem that interested and spends a lot of time turning over fallen leaves looking for food , or just tucking in to the free handout . The Redwings did occassionally come down on the lawn , but well out of camera range today .
At one point , about half a dozen Fieldfares flew over 'chac-chacing' , but they overflew and appeared to come down in gardens in the next street .
Four times in total , we have put feed down on the path , and within half an hour , it is all gone . Admittedly , they main culprits are the 'hoovers' , Wood Pigeons and Collared Doves . At times there were half a dozen of each 'hoovering up' . Also around in numbers were Starlings , but they were feeding on the lawn , but no more than a dozen seen at any one time . Every now and again , the local Jackdaws put in an appearance , but they soon got fed up with picking up small bits of food .
At one point , four Rose Ringed Parakeets flew into our neighbour's Laburnum tree , and proceeded to feed on the ripened seeds still hanging in pods , which incidentally are poisionous to children . It was interesting to see at close quarters just how dextrous they can be , ripping off a bunch of pods , then carefully teasing out the seeds .
Later on , one landed behind the garage , and proceeded to feed on the seed heads of Buddleia . Earlier in the day , they were feeding on the Cotoneaster berries , seen in the background , then the Laburnum seeds and then the Buddleia seeds , and this is why I think they have been so successful in the wild , because they will eat anything and everything , and I still predict that when they get into the commercial orchards , they will get the same as the Bullfinch got , because of the damage that they will do . To finish , a couple of shots taken yesterday and Sunday .
and yesterday , whilst hedgelaying with volunteers from LB Bromley , this juvenile Common Toad was found amongst the leaf litter .