During August and early September most of the birds desert my garden but every now and then a whole load of Starlings descend.
Here's just a portion of them, think there were about 3 times as many as I've got here.
Right little piggies for my SF picture.
A load of young Starlings flocking together plotting their next raid on my window feeder!!
This was most of the ringleaders, there were a few more on the other gable end, on the aerial and in the tree pretending not to be involved in the decision!
..... there were SIX!
I knew there were more but it was so difficult to count them as they were back and fro so quickly. I think I've seen more but again difficult.
This is the most I've got in one picture.
Ok I'm guessing it's dad, no woman would appear in public in such a mess!!!
However, he seems to have managed to rear about 5 youngsters, as they all arrived at the same time.
I was actually beginning to despair of seeing any as the weather had been so cold and wet it seemed the majority of...
The fledgling Blue Tits were brought straight to my window feeders when they left the nest. So decided it was 'their' territory.
It's been difficult to count them, but there's generally 5 and on odd occasions I've had about 10 I think.
This one looks really angry about something LOL
Some of you will know the difficulties I have trying to get pictures of a Great Tit at the window feeders.
They're usually in and out so quickly but this one seemed to really savour the half coconut filled with fat and seeds.
I think she was checking out the behaviour of the young sparrows. Though there don't seem to have been so many of them this year.
Up on top of the beech hedge, which had had a real short back and sides (and top too) last year.
By now I had so many Starlings in the garden after a whole shed-load of youngsters had spilled out from their nests. Oh the noisy squabbles that produced over the food.
It got to the stage where they'd empty the fatball feeder within a couple of hours, as well as two coconut shells of filled...
....the pretty pink tinge to the upper breast area. Must have just caught this one in the right light and the right angle.
I've also noticed that the woodies are mostly keeping away during the day and coming to the pole feeder in the evening. Not sure what caused this change of behaviour...
The very end of May and at last some babies start to appear. Well.... one is a start.
With the cold, wet weather throughout May, it delayed nesting quite drastically.
Here's a proud dad giving his new hungry bairn a feed.