Not really entitled to any fanfare I know, but for me I'm really pleased to see a pair of chaffinches in my garden. There's a pair that regularly come now and seem to ground-feed beneath the peanut and sunflower seed feeders that I'm hanging below a bird table just now. Never seen them at the feeders. Will they do this? I've only once seen one bird briefly on the bird table before going below to ground feed. I'm assuming they're male and female as one is more distinctively marked than the other, and they're always together.
Now I know these are common birds to be seen regularly, and I have seen them about not far away, but never for whatever reason, in my garden, strange as it may seem for the 15 years I've lived here! It's a bird I've seen almost predominantly in my cottage garden in the Poitou-Charentes region of France. A beautiful bird I've always enjoyed with its attractive song and flashes of white when flying. I'm pleased, and hope they stay around.
One other bird I'm waiting to return is the greenfinch. I used to see many about mainly enjoying peanuts a few years ago, but then they seemed to disappear and have never returned. Does anybody know why this might be?
I do see a great variety of garden birds where I live; recently all the usual including long tailed tits, goldfinch, coal tits etc. I'm now pleased to be able to add -at last- the chaffinch!