Watch out for Long-tailed Tits on your feeders. Essie has been fortunate to have these beautiful little birds visit her feeding station - fat balls and peanuts are amongst the foods that they like. They go around together in little family parties, often about a dozen tof them although you may see larger numbers. They don't usually hang around for long so make the most of it if you're lucky enough to get a party in your garden! They also do a lot of chattering so you can often hear them if they're around.
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The last few days have produced a couple of interesting reports. Gordon had three Woodcock sheltering at the base of a hedge in the garden. In the past we have had them in the garden, but only single birds, three is impressive! Most people will see Robins in the garden but the Robin that Diana has coming to her feeding station has attracted more than the usual attention. It's red breast has areas of white feathers so we have a 'Farther Christmas' Robin just along the road!
Keep yours eyes open for other birds with unusual plumage.
And more reports of Long-tailed Tits. This time from Dale at Millhill. who had a 24 Long-tails at her feeding staion recently. And another smaller group were seen by Diana at Hill House along with the unusual "Father Christmas" Robin (see below).
Diana has reported that several times in the last week she has heard a Green Woodpecker calling. The Long-tailed Tits are still regularly visiting her feeding station, as is the "Father Christmas" Robin.
A short walk on the Glebe this morning produced a flock of Yellowhammers at least a dozen birds, Buzzard’s pairs displaying overhead and blue tits going about in pairs. All very spring like and along the Church road the celandines are starting to open, and with a short search I found one fully open.
Not in Abernyte, and not a sighting, but members of the garden club had a good hearing of a chiff-chaff whilst walking round the grounds of Gagie House, near Wellbank on Sunday 12th April. We haven't heard one in Abernyte - any reports out there from Kinnaird?