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Birds (garden)

Steve Stamford | Woodpecker on feeder

Woodpecker on feeder

The Great Spotted Woodpecker - Dendrocopos major is normally a shy bird being heard more than seen however it seems my suet log feeder proves to be irresistible to this male woodpecker and makes a change from the more normal grubs and larvae it hammers out of trees.
Steve Stamford | Fluffy Goldfinch

Fluffy Goldfinch

On a chilly winter day this Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis sits on a bird feeder with feathers well and truly fluffed as a defence against the cold.
Steve Stamford | Turnstone

Turnstone

The Turnstone (arenaria interpres) is a small bird found around most of the UK coast and gets its name due to the way it feeds - turning over small stones in rock pools and shallow water to look for crustaceans, insects and molluscs.
Steve Stamford | Ruffled Blue tit

Ruffled Blue tit

Blue tit perching on a branch and having a 'bad feather' day as the wind ruffles its feathers.
Steve Stamford | Green Woodpecker

Green Woodpecker

The European Green Woodpecker (Picus Viridis) is often seen as here, amongst grass where it hunts one of its major prey - ants. Although it does create holes on trees it does so for nesting rather than feeding purposes.
Steve Stamford | Wren nest building

Wren nest building

The wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) is a very active small bird, weighing around 10g - about half an ounce. This male has been building this nest for some weeks, however it will be one of several he builds in an attempt to woo a female. This one has chosen the build under the front overhang of a boat roof.
Steve Stamford | Wren leaving the nest

Wren leaving the nest

The wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) is a very active small bird, weighing around 10g - about half an ounce. This male has been building this nest for some weeks, however it will be one of several he builds in an attempt to woo a female. This one has chosen the build under the front overhang of a boat roof.
Steve Stamford | Wren 4

Wren 4

The wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) is a very active small bird, weighing around 10g - about half an ounce. This one has chosen to build under the front overhang of a boat roof.
Steve Stamford | Young house sparrow

Young house sparrow

This rather fluffy and ruffled juvenile house sparrow (passer domesticus) was doing its best to convince the parents it still needed waiting on.
Steve Stamford | Wren 5

Wren 5

The wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) is a very active small bird, weighing around 10g - about half an ounce. This one has chosen to build under the front overhang of a boat roof.
Steve Stamford | Adult Blue tit

Adult Blue tit

The blue tit - Cyanistes caeruleus is a common garden bird in the UK often seen in small flocks and more than happy to make use of bird feeders. Its diet consists of everything from seeds to small insects.
Steve Stamford | Great tit looking left

Great tit looking left

The Great Tit - Parus major is a common bird in the UK and a frequent visitor to gardens where it will happily eat at hanging feeders. It has been known to mimic the alarm call of other competitors at the feeder which scares them off so it has free run.
Steve Stamford | Blue tit with meal worm

Blue tit with meal worm

This blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) discovering that meal worms are actually quite long.
Steve Stamford | Robin on feeder

Robin on feeder

I love to see the variety of birds that visit the feeders that hang by my window and robins (Erithacus rubecula) are regular visitors. Taken through glass from a little over 4ft and despite using flash there is still a little movement in the tail feathers.
Steve Stamford | Great tit looking right

Great tit looking right

The Great Tit - Parus major is a common bird in the UK and a frequent visitor to gardens where it will happily eat at hanging feeders. It has been known to mimic the alarm call of other competitors at the feeder which scares them off so it has free run.
Steve Stamford | Robin comes for lunch

Robin comes for lunch

I love to see the variety of birds that visit the feeders that hang by my window and robins (Erithacus rubecula) are regular visitors. Taken through glass from a little over 4ft and despite using flash there is still a little movement in the tail feathers.
Steve Stamford | Proud Robin

Proud Robin

This Robin (Erithacus rubecula) has taken to staking its claim of the willow next to my boat and is not shy about telling everyone else.