The mild weather over the last month has seen a dearth of the usual suspects at the bird feeders. Last winter at this time the bad weather had brought in throngs of siskins, linnets and bramblings alongside other finches. This year so far the tally has been a pair of bramblings – no siskins, no linnets, no redpolls!
That said the lack of competition on the feeders has resulted in greater numbers of the more secretive winter visitors including four blackcaps and up to ten goldfinches at a time.
Will the siskins turn up? They may do if the weather turns or they strip the seed from the local plantations where they can be seen in huge flocks at the minute. Still it keeps the seed bill down when you don’t have to cater for 50+ birds every day!