Tag Archives: Yellowhammer

First day of spring sign!

The first day of spring, snow showers and, right on the dot, I heard my first yellowhammer singing this morning whilst I was in the outhouse….managed to capture one short “Little bit of bread” phrase.
“1896, Edward Marston, By meadow and stream: pleasant memories of pleasant places
It is delightful to hear the yellowhammer’s song — his only song : “A little bit of bread and no cheese.”
1937, Lovely places I remember (in The Rotarian, volume 50, number 2, February 1937)
“A little bit of bread and no cheese!” cry the yellowhammers petulantly. But no one takes any notice of them.”
In Norwegian they sing:
En-to-tre-fire-fem-seks-syv) with weight on syv.

Birds in the garden 13th February 2018

1. Nuthatch and Great spotted woodpecker atop a spruce tree

2. My handsome grey red squirrel disappears up the tree with a grunt

3. I had a  rodent visitor in the night on the balcony on the second floor outside my bedroom…it had climbed up through the Clematis

4. Redpolls with several others

5. Long-tailed tits

6. Bully Robin!

 

Birds in the garden 7th February 2018

Goldfinches

About 10 goldfinches (stillits) in the garden again today, both under the bird feeder, on burdock and chicory seed heads!
Chicory (sikkori) is another great vegetable to let go to seed, save seed for next year and leave some for the birds!

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Weekend birds

A small flock of waxwings (sidensvans) appeared today and the second fieldfare (gråtrost) didn’t tolerate them trying to steal the apples

Waxwing vs. Fieldfare
Sidensvans vs. gråtrost

A large flock of up to 35 yellowhammers (gulspurv) appreciated me putting out oat flakes (havregryn)

 

…and this Fieldfare (gråtrost) sat and defended these apples pretty much the whole weekend!

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Garden birds weekend 11th-12th February

Avian diversity

21 species of bird registered in the garden this weekend feeding both on natural food and at my bird feeder:
Great spotted woodpecker
Redpoll
Nuthatch
Bullfinch
Hawfinch
Goldfinch (25+)
Chaffinch
Fieldfare
Blackbird
Robin
House sparrow
Greenfinch
Yellowhammer (7)
Magpie
Hooded Crow
Jackdaw
Woodpigeon
Waxwing (20
Hooded Crow
Blue tit