|Redpoll and Goldfinches.. what a treat! (c.OOS)|
We had a terrific bright dawn on the eve of the first day of the 13 week survey, let's hope that continues all week: it is forecasted to be dry and a bit cooler, perfect for garden bird watching.
Maybe its the increased effort on this lovely morning, but the birds have responded well: a Redpoll joined the six or more Goldfinches on the Nyjer feeder.. I didn't get one all winter last time out!
This selection of birds brought great colour to the garden, but the winter garden has its own charms too.
The showy Japanese Cherry, arguably at its best in May when festooned with pinkish white blossom, still has another week or so with leaves, turning a rich gold, highlighted by the low early morning sun, the first fallers no less attractive, carpet the lawn.
|Japanese Cherry in early morning sunshine (c.OOS)|
Likewise the showy perennials, Goldenrod, Crocosmia and Teasel have long forsaken their bright yellow, red and lilac flower heads respectively, but the beige palette of winter seed heads is striking and attractive to birds..
|Perennials in Beige mode (c.OOS)|
The queue for the Nyjer seed is alleviated somewhat by a Goldfinch extracting seed from a withered Echinacea, just when I might have been tempted to tidy up with the secateurs.
|Goldfinch on Echinacea (c.OOS)|
* Full details of the 2014 /15 Garden Bird Survey are to be found on www.birdwatchireland.ie