I still think there’s something up with the birds in the Lungau. Usually in April my table and the ground under it are cleared by Jays and a Lesser spotted woodpecker and I’ve yet to see them. There’s a few more Green finches, occasional Chaffinches and a beautiful Siskin who comes every evening. There’s even more Marsh tits than usual, who sit in lilac bush while I’m pegging our washing and shout for food. The usual Sparrows and Great tits and Blue tits are here though. The Blackbirds are singing like there’s no tomorrow in the evenings which is wonderful.
They are all going mad for the fat, I’ve never seen the Sparrows go for fat balls but they are permanently on them, likewise they are trying to get the peanuts out of the feeder, where I thought their beaks aren’t the right shape for such feeding. Edith has also noticed less birds this year, and she’s on the other side of the Lungau. Could it just be that they knew the bad winter was coming and all flew further afield? I’ve a great respect for the instinct of any aninmal over humans!
I’ve also noticed one of the Great Tits has a white streak on the back of its head, like a coal tit, but its feathers are blue and yellow, most odd, I’m trying to get a picture of it!
The birds are also feeding far more in the evenings, where as usually its the mornings. I suppose I’ll go on putting stuff out but tail it off towards the end of the month. Still, they’ll all soon be nesting if not already, and then they’ll disappear to the mountains in May – or maybe not!