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Most of the time they spent snacking at the niger seed feeder ...
... with an occasional sortie into the covered feeder which, amongst other seeds, contains Sunflower hearts.
Every so often they would fly into a nearby tree but it wouldn't be long before they were back again.
One of the Goldfinches was the first bird I had seen try out the new water supply.
Other bird visitors included a Wren which I always find difficult to photograph as they are either constantly on the move or when they do stop they are so small they vanish behind the smallest of obstacles.
During the Winter I had put up some roosting pouches for birds to find shelter if they needed it. I don't think any was actually used though I did once spy a House Sparrow go inside one. Today a Great Tit was investigating the outside of a roost but I think that on both occasions the birds were looking for food.
Of course a day does not go by without one unwelcome visitor to the feeders. I have tried all sorts of things to discourage it but in the end the best that can be done is damage limitation. Make sure that the wire on the peanut feeder is strong enough to withstand those teeth!
I have found another individual Rook visitor. Just look at the size of the underhang on this ones beak. No mistaking him / her when it revisits. It looks a bit on the tatty side but I think it had recently been having a paddle.
All in all, in spite of the gloomy weather, it was a good day for watching the bird visitors to the garden.