With this cold weather and frozen ground we have had more birds than ever at the feeders and on the ground below them at Roundhouse Barns. A new addition has been the pied wagtail – a very pretty bird – new to our garden although we have seen them on the beach and there is often one on the King Harry Ferry!
He is however a bit of a bully and will chase away the chaffinches and the robins – although seems to know to leave the blackbirds alone.
I managed to count 8 chaffinches, three robins, over ten bluetits, three coal tits, two great tits, two green finches, four blackbirds, a collared dove and the wagtail before something startled them and they flew into the bushes – all except the wagtail who seems to be a bit of a cool character and only flies off when we open the door.
Don’t forget to keep feeding the birds in this weather – and leave some water for them if you can – I am having to put fresh warm water out two or three times a day as it freezes over every so often.
Looks like the cold snap is about to end for Cornwall though – we have a forecast of between 4c and 10c for the rest of the week.