So here it is, the big one of the year, hopefully half a million of us all taking the time this weekend to count our garden birds.
It's our once-a-year snapshot of the health of the nation's gardens.
And I've got my Coxes and Spartans out and ready to try and ensure I get this beauty back in my garden.
Isn't it stunning? Yes, the snows have pushed the Fieldfares over the Downs and into gardens all around here in Sussex.
I took the photo on Wednesday. I don't have a garden big enough for a lawn, so this is actually on my garage roof where I let a bed of moss grow. It's such a safe place for them to feed up above all the cats below.
Every now and then as you're walking around you hear their loud 'chak chak chak'. It is really distinctive from this winter visitor from Scandinavia.
And then if you get a view like this they're easy to identify - it is a identikit bird, with grey head, dark streaked breast over a warm buff background, white belly, yellow bill, chestnut back and grey rump.
But the bit I like the best? The black chevrons along each side.
May your Big Garden Birdwatch be blessed with Fieldfares too!
Missed the BGB for a variety of reasons, mostly the volume of 'traffic' on the site.
I have got my wife SERIOUSLY interested in the bird watch thing.
Garden is not big but I have a bird table, seed feeder, nut feeder and fat ball feeder, also a ground feeder.
I like the posts about the field fare 'we' think we have one, or more' visiting
Still got fieldfares in the garden!
We have had several redpolls coming on the niger seed for several weeks now. Never seen one before but they keep coming back. I have only ever seen gold finches on this feeder before but the redpolls seem to have taken it over at the moment. AND we had a few days of field fare (beautiful birds) but they left when they had finished the last berries off the holly tree!
We've had two visiting our garden on the Cambs/Lincs border for the past two weeks....loving apples...........and our son in Spalding is also being visited by a pair. Never had them visit before this year!
mine came to Brafield, Northampton and left before birdwatch after eating red cottonester berries
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