Breckland Birder

Breckland Birder
Water Rail at Thompson Water, Norfolk Photo by Paul Newport

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Siskins




















Most of my birding today was done in the garden as I wanted to get some shots of Siskins.  These delightful little Finches have been visiting the garden for a few days now, however, today, at least 8 birds were present.  These Siskins will be feeding up in readiness for their migration to Scandinavia to breed.
A male Siskin has been singing on and off throughout his stay, his song includes the familiar long and drawn out buzzing note.  His plumage is brighter than the female bird and he has the diagnostic black cap and bib which is lacking in the duller female bird.

I addition, to these Siskins, small numbers of Goldfinches have been visiting the garden and Blackbird and Dunnock are nest-building.
A single Common Buzzard passed overhead mid-afternoon.


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