We sat down on Friday lunch time and decided to start counting whilst eating our sandwiches. Earlier, through the kichen window, I'd seen four magpies having a bit of a tussle. Three of them had the fourth backed up against a shrub with flapping wings. open beak and its claws in the air it looked quite distressed. It eventually got away from them and flew off. The other three stalked across the lawn as if to say 'job welll done'.
It was the appearance of three Long Tailed Tits on one of the fat ball feeders that decided us to start the count.
In the hour we counted nine Sparrows. one Robin, five Chaffinches, three Long Tailed tits, one Blue Tit, one Dunnock, three Wood Pigeons, two Collard Doves, six Goldfinches, three Bullfinches and three Blackbirds.
Where were all the Goldfinches? We usually have at least fifteen of them gathered around the feeders and earlier this month we had eight and sometimes ten Collard Doves pecking around under the feeders especially when the Goldfinches were feeding and dropping seed to the floor.
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