One of a pair of wood pigeons, rarely seen apart, taking a rest high up in the willow tree
Further down, a jackdaw watches out for any signs of activity
This pair spend most of their time together.
He might be a mongrel but he is a welcome and tame visitor
A ubiquitous pigeon and a now much rarer collar dove.
Orville the herring gull – has been visiting for some years, occasionally with a sulky teenager in tow.
Bob also remains year after year.
Pheasant has an air of being permanently bemused as if he has arrived by accident. By the time he gets round to eating the birdseed, most of it has already gone.
Two for joy.
A greenfinch, a rare and welcome sight.
Happily, there are many other residents to brighten our days – busy bluetits unable to make up their minds which nesting box to use, two pairs of dunnocks flitting around the neighbourhood, wrens nesting in the outhouse, occasional rooks and an even more occasional crow. The hen blackbird is braver than her mate and hops indoors in search of currants, while once in a while, we are rewarded with the arrival of goldfinches, long-tailed tits, yellow wagtails, redstarts.