Sunday, February 10, 2013

My own personal brambling - and a long-tailed tit is the big winner!

On Tuesday morning, when I stopped briefly to watch the many birds feeding in our garden, I spotted a beautiful female brambling. Not a garden visitor you get to see from the comfort of your armchair every day! And the little bird - we named her Brambolina, haha! - has been visiting every day since Tuesday, along with huge numbers of chaffinches, greenfinches and all of my other regulars, such as starlings, house sparrows, goldfinches, dunnocks, blackbirds, collared doves, woodpigeons, great spotted woodpeckers, blue tits, great tits, coal tits, magpies and a pied wagtail.

Meet Brambolina! :)

Video and photo taken through glass, with a small digital camera so please excuse the poor picture quality.

A few long-tailed tits visited last week as well. I love these cute little birds. When the company I order my wild bird seed from, Ark Wildlife, announced on Facebook that there would be a photo competition every month this year, I entered a long-tailed tit photo for the January comp. Guess what - I won!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My prize is a £30 voucher which I will very soon spend on sunflower seed and peanuts. I'm very happy and so are "my" birdies...a big thank-you to the lovely long-tailed tit in my photo for posing for me! :)

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