Over the last 2-3 weeks I've noticed that there hardly seems to be any House Sparrows or Dunnocks visiting my garden and I was wondering if it's common just around this time of the year that they are 'busy' with feeding in other areas? They have been the prominent variety in my Garden up until now but in the last few weeks I've noticed a lot more Goldfinches visiting and I was also thinking that maybe that's put the Sparrows off, although I wouldn't have thought that they would have a problem with Goldfinches.
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When it's minus ten in the day, water becomes something of a full-time job.
It's easy to clock up dozens of species from the garden. You just need to cheat: once you've "seen everything", you just move house to a different habitat, and start counting again ;-)
There's lots of posters on these forums very knowledgeable about feeding, Mark. I'm sure others will weigh in with tips. You only need to ask.
Regarding the pandemic, well, let's hope there are more like you out there. Some of us may feel that we've been engaged in some life-or-death struggle these last 18 months (and some of us genuinely may have been), but it's potentially a great leveler when we realize that birds are always engaged in a life-or-death struggle. But still manage to make us laugh, capture our attention, and lift our hearts with song.
All the best -
Are they not just keeping a low profile while they finish moulting post-breeding? It takes a lot of energy and can make flight harder, so reducing risk is a big deal.
It's possible your goldfinches are on migration -- sure I read somewhere that the ones that overwinter with you aren't necessarily the same ones that spend summer with you.
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