Male Siskin, Carduelis spinus
Female Siskin. Carduelis spinus
We used to have numerous Finches when we moved here. Goldfinches, Greenfinches and Siskins. The mixed flock would arrive here in October and stay until moving on again in March. They didn't come in the winter of 2006/2007. I did see a pair of Greens and a pair of Goldies in spring. But these only visited a couple of times till early September. On the day the Irish Wheelchair Association came to bring us to Cork Airport, and a juvenile Goldfinch had me clinging to the window. At first I refused to leave ( of course!) So had they all been breeding here all along?
I'd see Goldfinches now and then in the Summer since then. And Greenfinches would visit very sporadically.
Hence my surprise to see a pair of Siskins yesterday and today! I got the birds a new peanut feeder, this winter. Mr. Chaffinch too, has been trying to find his balance, and today I even spotted the Blackcap on top of it.
Robin, Erithacus rubecula
Dunnock, Prunella modularis
This lady House Sparrow, Passer domesticus got herself a bit in a twist.
Why bite of bits of nut when you can pass a whole nut through the mesh. I had no idea this was possible.
House Sparrow, Passer domesticus.
Great Tit, Parus major
Blue Tit, Parus caeruleus
"We want more peanutcake!"
"OK, just give me some time"
Coal Tit, Parus ater
Blue Tit and Siskin
Rook, Corvus Frigulega
I love those 'crest' feathers on the Rook's head.
Chaffinch, Fringilla coelebs
Pied Wagtail, Motacilla alba.
The Collared Doves, Streptopelia decaocto, have been around too, but did refuse to pose for a picture.
LEAVE YOUNG BIRDS BE!!
Please, do not hamper a young bird's life by picking it up, and taking it home with you. It is calling its parents to help them in locating it.
After fledgling from the nest, the parent birds will keep feeding it, and look out for it, until it will be able to look after itself.
And the reason you cannot see a parent is because of your own proxomity to the young bird. And while you are ebating if or not you should take the bird home, you keep the parent from giving it well needed nutrition in the form of a meal!
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