The garden bird feeder is quite busy at the moment. These Blue Tits Cyanistes caeruleus are certainly taking advantage of it and they are welcome too. May 2019, rear garden, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.
My neighbour has a large cherry tree and one or two Starlings have been perched in it of late in the high branches. They make the most varied and curious bird song I have ever heard, which is quite fascinating. Starling Sturnus vulgaris, April 2018, rear garden, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman
April 2018, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, England. © Pete Hillman
I spotted this little Robin when I peered out my window this morning as the rain fell from darkened skies. Because of the low light, distance and because I took the shot through the windowpane, I did not think it would turn out very well. Even when viewed on the PC I thought there was… Read More The Robin Always Braves The Rain
Woodpigeon (Columba palumbus) taking a moment on my birdbath, rear garden, Staffordshire, England. September 2017.
Dunnock (Prunella modularis), September 2017, rear garden, Staffordshire, England.
As I was pottering about in the garden this morning this little one suddenly appeared out of nowhere close by me. It is a young Dunnock (Prunella modularis.) It appeared quite inquisitive and didn’t fly far. Rear garden, Staffordshire, England. June 2017.
Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris) male, rear garden, Staffordshire, England. May 2017.
This Blackbird was singing so beautifully from my rooftop aerial this late afternoon when it decided to take off. Blackbird (Turdus merula), Staffordshire, England. May 2017.
Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) juvenile, rear garden, Staffordshire, England. May 2017.
This afternoon the Robin has returned to my garden. He sat in a bush at the bottom and sang a little tune before flying off. Photographs of Robin (Erithacus rubecula) taken November 2016, front garden, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2016. Camera used Nikon D7200, with Sigma 105mm macro lens.
Art thou the bird whom Man loves best, The pious bird with the scarlet breast, Our little English Robin; The bird that comes about our doors When autumn winds are sobbing? Verse from the poem “The Redbreast Chasing the Butterfly” written by William Wordsworth in 1802. Robins have to be one of my favourite birds,… Read More More of Super Robin
This male Chaffinch was a regular visitor to my feeder during the summer, but I hadn’t seen him for the past few weeks, until today. The last time I saw him I noticed he had a problem with one of his feet, which looked like it was covered in a growth of some kind. It… Read More An Old Friend Returns
I was sitting in my garden earlier having some lunch, and I suddenly heard such sweet bird song coming from a nearby tree. It was very breezy, and amidst the cacophony of rustling leaves I managed to pinpoint the source of this delightful singing. And there, perched on a tree limb, was this most beautiful… Read More Super Robin!
Photographs of Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris), taken September 2016, rear garden, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2016. Camera used Nikon D7200, with Nikon 70-300mm telephoto zoom lens.
Photograph of young Goldfinches (Carduelis carduelis), taken September 2016, rear garden, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2016. Camera used Nikon D7200, with Nikon 70-300mm telephoto zoom lens.
Our little Robin friend here was tempted by what my feeder (which is just out of shot) might offer him. Whilst at the same time keeping a close eye on me. But the feeder was a lot more interesting than me. You got some on the end of your beak there … Photographs of juvenile… Read More Little Robin
Great Tit (Parus major) I was out in the garden this morning when I heard the tits in the trees. There was quite a lot of chatter, so I gathered a family had arrived. And I saw an adult Great Tit come down to my feeder, take some fat nibbles, then disappear into the high… Read More Calling For Mum
This is the delightful little fellow who has been helping himself to sunflower hearts from my feeder for the past few weeks or so. This was the first time I have managed to get a photo of him. It is a male Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs), and he always appears to visit around five in the… Read More On The Fence
Cyanistes caeruleus These have to be one of my favourite small perching birds. I am fortunate to have them regularly visit my garden and to be able to watch them feed. I often hear them singing in the trees. A colourful and joyful garden visitor, this small bird has blue wings and tail and a… Read More Blue Tit