7 January 2015

So, that's Christmas gone then...

Blimey, isn’t December a busy month?! No sooner had it started than it seemed to have ended – plenty of family and friends and fun and laughs and good times, but all over a bit too quick for my tastes… and with not much time in between for birding.

Green Woodpecker (photo: Peter Walkden)
What highlights there were came from that most regular, if not always fruitful, of patches – the garden.

Along with our regular visitors – blue and great tits, house sparrows, starlings, dunnocks, blackbirds, robins, wrens, wood pigeons, magpies and one or two others – we were delighted to see the colder weather bring to our feeders daily flocks of long-tailed tits, the occasional goldfinch, our first great spotted woodpecker for several years and, most excitingly of all, a garden tick – our first ever green woodpecker.

And now, as we head into 2015 I have a number of birding related resolutions in mind, including a bit of effort towards some new lifers. But, as ever, we'll see how that pans out in practice. 

Bird of the month: Green woodpecker (Picus viridis), the largest of our three woodpeckers and a real garden treat in a largely birding free month.

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