My Garden in January

12th January 2011
Hemmed in by bad weather I decided to see what birds had survived the horrendous cold spell in Nov/Dec 2010. I'm happy to say most species have survived with the noteable exception of Greenfinch, which as well as the cold spell, are being badly effected by trichomonosis. Goldfinch numbers are down by about 50%, however, Great Spotted Woodpeckers appear to be flourishing with 3 in my garden today and they are already displaying. The usually shy Jay is making tentative approaches towards the peanut feeder and a Treecreeper and Long Tailed Tits are starting to visit. The local male Sparrowhawk is still passing through and I intend to make a greater effort to photograph him this year. See Gallery.