Friday: When I went to put some bits in the recycle bin I thought I could hear the unmistakable twittering of Long-tailed Tits. Sure enough within a short while there were 8 to 10 of them in next door's Christmas Tree. It started life many years ago as a 2m Christmas Tree which Joan, who lived there then, planted out and it has grown, and grown.
There must have been plenty of food as they stayed, unusually, for about an hour as did a similar number of Blue Tits, mainly juveniles:
What made the hour even better for me was a couple of other birds flitting about the same tree. I am pretty certain one was a Chiffchaff:
If I am correct then it's my first sighting of a Chiffchaff.
It didn't end there.
Among the branches I spotted a Goldcrest rapidly darting about:
Altogether it was a very enjoyable morning's garden bird watching.
One unusual thing. All the time I was watching these visitors I didn't see one of the usual large group of House Sparrows.
Mac app 'Picture Collage Maker 3' was used this time.
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