Tit flocks are one of the more obvious features of autumn. With family parties of Long-tailed Tits banding together in search of food, they pick up other birds along the way which usually include Blue and Great Tits and the occasional Coal Tit. If they do visit your garden, well-stocked feeders and fat balls may encourage them to pause and feed; try counting how many of each species you can see, and look out for birds such as Chiffchaff or Goldcrest which might have tagged along.
Finches will also be more noticeable now, along with our resident species such as the Chaffinch, Greenfinch and Goldfinch, the first winter finches may also appear – Siskins and Lesser Redpolls are now more likely in gardens, especially those which also have Alder and Birch trees. Niger seed is always a firm favourite of the finch family and will help attract them to your garden.
Distinguishing some of our feathered friends can at times be tricky so here is a tip, study closely any green/yellow finches carefully as they may well be either female Siskins or young Goldfinches (Goldfinches have blacker wings with yellow).