Courting in the garden is now in full swing. The Redpolls are the loudest and most boisterous. Around 20-30 Redpolls come and make use of the feed and there is a lot going on. The males are constantly fighting and trying to get the attention of the females. Many of them now boast a pink chest and the red patch on their forehead easily catches one’s attention where ever they go.
The Redpolls gather round the feeding tray and we make sure there are enough sunflower seeds for everyone. We haven’t had so many Redpolls in the garden since January. Where did they go? We don’t know but this morning there have been more than one hundred.
They woke us early this morning because they are louder and fighting among themselves, a sign that it is almost spring.
In the last few days temperatures have been dropping and snowfall on and off everyday. We are waiting for spring and hoping for a summer this year. Last year summer was a total letdown so we do not know what to expect but we are full of hope. The photoes are taken this morning.
This Merlin lady is a daily guest in the garden. She preys on the small birds and tries to catch them unawares. The Redpolls are her favourites but she also makes do with Snow Buntings and Starlings.
There were around 50 Redpolls here today. These photoes are taken in the garden, February 26.
This winter the Redpolls in the garden have been from around 40 up to 100. This one posed so peacefully on a branch just outside the living room window.
In the lack of daylight in the last few weeks photographing birds in the garden has been difficult. Now the days are getting longer and it’s easier to get good photoes. Today I managed to take two rather nice photoes, if I say so myself, of a Common Crossbill and a Redpoll.
The birdlife in the garden has been very lively today.
This is a list of today’s birds:
- Merlin (smyrill) 2
- Sparrowhawk (sparrhaukur) 1
- Blackbird (svartþröstur) 6
- Redwing (skógarþröstur) 3
- Raven (hrafn) 3
- Starling (stari) 50
- Robin (glóbrystingur) 1
- Chaffinch (bókfinka) 5
- Redpoll (auðnutittlingur) 30
- Common Crossbill (krossnefur) 3
- Snow Bunting (snjótittlingur) 50
For further information on the garden birds: