Catching up on a few videos.
Yesterday I spotted a Song Thrush with a snail in its beak hopping across the lawn. It was heading for some stepping stones so it could use one as its anvil to crack open the shell.
A few days ago I heard an unknown, to me, songbird close by. Right near the top of a dead tree next door was a Goldfinch singing its little heart out. This is the first time I have seen one singing so that is another bird song I have learned. The contrast is poor as the light was on the wrong side. It was very breezy so the top of the tree was waving about in the gusts of wind. You can also hear the constant chirping of the House Sparrows which were a lot closer.
From six months ago when I was bemoaning the fact that Goldfinches never visited my garden they are now regular visitors. I only ever get two adults at a time but as there are a couple on and off all day there may be more than one pair. A couple of days ago there was a baby but it didn't stay long enough to be photographed.
This is the same Goldfinch I filmed singing. As soon as it had stopped it came down to recharge its batteries.
The Goldfinches are endearing birds. Often when two are feeding one finishes before the other and waits on the cables above the feeders. The second one eventually joins the first and then they fly off together. They never bother other birds and always seem very laid back. When Bobby goes out the back door most of the feeding birds scatter but the Goldfinches just ignore him and carry on feeding.
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