|Blue Tit - first bird of 2012|
I usually go out on New Years Day to begin my new year list. It is just a bit of fun and starts birding activity in earnest. Well the diabolical weather continues and most of the day it just bucketed down with rain and high winds as well. I topped up the garden feeders and thought I might as well start 2012 by watching from the window. Unsurprisingly the first species was a Blue Tit and things did not get much better for a while. Soon 3 Siskins arrived at the niger feeder quickly followed by a Goldfinch so the pulse quickened. Great Spotted Woodpecker arrived as usual as did a couple of Nuthatches.
I struggled on peering into the gloom and it was mid-afternoon before I got a House Sparrow. Going outside in a lull in the rain produced Jay, Carrion Crow and Magpie. In the dusk a Wood Pigeon and a Collared Dove went into oaks in our car park.
Finally my total reached twenty when I was putting out the refuse sacks for collecton. A couple of Tawny Owls were noisily performing by the house. Sunshine is forecast for tomorrow so watch this space.