to mygardenbirds.co.uk, a webcam and general information site about birds in an urban garden in the Black Country in central England, as well as some photos of birds in general.
38 species of birds have been recorded (landed) in this garden, with an extra 18 species observed flying over. A grand total of 56 since February 2000.


Grey Heron, probably related to the one that took our Goldfish last winter!

Report for last week 
The feeders have had 2 Greenfinch, 4 Goldfinches, 2 Blue Tit and 2 Great Tit.
House Sparrow numbers are at a maximum of 12. Starling numbers have fallen locally with the departure of the migrants and the remainder appear to be the local 30 or so.
Our male Robin and Blackbird are singing well now. What appears to be the resident male Blackbird chases off the visitors. We have now had to guard our feeders with netting to keep the resident pair of Magpies off and stop the Woodpigeons from hoovering up the seed: they discovered the feed included mealworms and were becoming a nuisance to the smaller species
There have been two visits by female Chaffinch during the cold weather and a female Pied Wagtail was a daily visitor during January and early February. A Wren has been active here recently.

How about having this in your back garden? This young Black Bear was one of two that visited the waste bin dumpster when we were in New Jersey .

Encouraging More Wild Life

We’ve recently had a big push for encouraging more wild life in the garden after reading a few inspiring blog posts. This includes adding some new nesting boxes. We have put them in places that are sheltered from the elements and hopefully they will be in use very soon.

Alongside this we’ve added some more wooden structures to the garden along with an open log store and notably a triple wheelie bin store (this is one the we bought). Now we only have two bins, but we decided to use the spare compartment to try and get some hedgehogs into the garden. It’s not cheap but seen as though we wanted something to hide the bins for quite a while this seemed like a good reason to finally buy after we attended a talk about the plight of the hedgehog a few years ago . We’ve done a bit of hacking around and actually created a house in the third compartment that is well insulated and has three stages to make sure badgers or foxes cannot get in. The plan is to turn the lid of the third compartment into a bird table as well. This should be a useful feeding perch away from predators. We still have some room left in the top of the compartment too which can be used for storage so we’re happy with the end result.

Below:: a winter plumage Semi-palmated Plover (2009) and right, Piping Plover also winter plumage (2010)
both on Brigantine Beach nr Atlantic City New Jersey USA – cute or what?

The Indigo Bunting was photographed along the Liberty Trail on the Wallkill River Refuge. A very tame Tree Swallow sat in a Sumach as we walked from New Jersey into New York State on a part of the trail that is also a short section of the 2,000 plus miles of the Appalachian Trail.

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Fed up with difficult to clean feeders?
after years of trying different types I have decided this is the best . . . .

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This feeder is available at various garden centres . . . all you need is an empty drinks bottle.