As most of you are aware my birding opportunities are a bit limited at the mo, so I have been spending a bit more time watching my garden wildlife. During the 9 years that Bev and I have lived in this house we have transformed our long narrow terraced house garden from concrete and lawn into a wildlife haven. Yet ironically for all the feeding of birds, nectar rich plants we have put in I have been guilty of not monitoring it as much as I perhaps could/should. Anyway below is is a break down of interesting garden wildlife snippets from the past week or so.
Thursday 16th February 2012
This morning there were now 3 overwintering Blackcaps (2♂ & 1♀) visiting the garden feeding station.
Tuesday 21st February 2012The first 2 Common Frogs returned to our small wildlife pond.
Wednesday 22nd February 2012
2 Blackcaps (1♂ & 1♀) present at Garden feeding station.
Thursday 23rd February 2012
One of the overwintering Blackcaps was heard singing for prolonged periods on this mild sunny day. 3 Hoverflies (2 Drone Fly and 1 sp) noted. There were now 10 Common Frogs present this evening.
Friday 24th February 2012
One of the visiting Starlings was heard mimicking a Common Buzzard and a Green Woodpecker. A Blackcap was heard singing again and 2 Common Frogs were seen mating on the evening.
Below is a sound recording I took of the Starling mimicry from the 24th. If you listen closely you can hear the mew of a Common Buzzard, the beep of a car immobiliser setting and the yaffle of a Green Woodpecker.
Starling Mimicry - Kidderminster, 24th Feb 2012 by Shenstone Birder