House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)

January 23, 2021

Scientific name: Passer domesticus Family: sparrow, wagtails, dunnocks Wingspan: 21 – 25cm (8 – 10″) Diet: A diverse diet, they consume nuts, berries, peanuts, insects and suet Feed with: Sunflower hearts, seed mixes, peanuts & mealworm Habitat: House Sparrow are gregarious little birds and are often found in city centres, farmland and gardens. Being an all-year-round bird, you’ll see them all the time. They are never …

Continue reading

Robin (Erithacus rubecula)

January 23, 2021

This cheerful little bird is best know for its orange breast, cheeks and throat, plump demeanor and and relatively small stature. Being an all-year-round bird, the robin is commonly seen around woodlands, hedgerows, gardens and parks…everywhere, although during the moulting period (July-August) it is rare to see one. Known for its ‘cute’ appearance, the robin is in fact aggressively territorial, and will fight to the …

Continue reading

Marsh Tit (Poecile palustris)

January 23, 2021

Scientific name: Poecile palustris Family: Tits (Paridae) Wingspan: 18 – 19cm (7 – 8″) Diet: Mainly insects and seeds Feed with: Peanuts, seed and suet Habitat: Marsh Tits can be located in parks, gardens and broad-leaf woodland. They are abundant in southern England and South Wales. Marsh Tits are small birds and part of the Paridae family that includes willow tits and coal tits. In …

Continue reading

Redpoll (Carduelis cabaret)

January 23, 2021

There are four different types of redpoll in the UK, the most common of which is the lesser redpoll. Our most common redpoll resident features a black and yellow streaked plumage with a dark brown forked tail. In contrast to these plain coloured streaks, the redpoll features a dash of red on its head. This tiny bird bird is part of the finch family and …

Continue reading

Siskin (Carduelis spinus)

January 23, 2021

Scientific name: Carduelis spinus Family: Finches (Fringillidae) Wingspan: 20 – 23cm (8 – 9″) Diet: Mainly insects and seeds Feed with: Ideal food for the siskin includes peanuts, seeds and fats. They happily feed from hanging feeders. Habitat: Siskins can be found commonly among the tops of trees. During Winter, they are abundant through England. Lifespan: 2 – 3 Years The Siskin is a small …

Continue reading

Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)

January 23, 2021

Goldfinch video by Maurice Baker. Scientific name: Carduelis carduelis Family: Finches and Buntings Wingspan: 21 – 25cm (4 1/2″) Diet: Mainly seeds and insects Feed with: Niger seed Habitat: Goldfinches are most commonly seen in the southern parts of England. Their favorite places to be include bushes and trees, seeding plants and thistle-laden ground. During particularly bad spells of weather, it is not unknown for …

Continue reading

Long Tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus)

January 23, 2021

Quick off the mark and ‘twitchy’, the long-tailed tit has evolved a tail that is actually longer than its body. As a matter of fact, among all species of birds in the UK, the long-tailed tit has the longest tail in direct proportion to its body. And, interestingly, the long-tailed tit is not a member of the Tit family, but of the Aegithalidae family which …

Continue reading

Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos)

January 23, 2021

Scientific name: Turdus philomelos Family: Chats and Thrushes (Turdidae) Wingspan: 33 – 36cm (13 – 14″) Diet: Mainly worms, snails and fruit Feed with: Suet pellets, sunflower seeds, suet coconut shells and bird fat balls Habitat: Song Thrushes are commonly found in woods, parks, gardens and hedgerows all across the UK. Lifespan: 3 Years The song thrush is a very familiar small bird in British …

Continue reading

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major)

January 23, 2021

Scientific name: Pyrrhula pyrrhula Family: Finches Wingspan: 22 – 29cm (9 – 12″) Feed with: Sunflower hearts, sunflower seeds/mixes and peanuts Habitat: Bullfinches love woodland areas, hedgerows and orchards. Lifespan: 2 Years THE GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER is characteristically and primarily black and white apart from dashes of deep scarlet at the end of the tail and the rear of the crown. With a white breast, …

Continue reading

Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)

January 23, 2021

Scientific name: Cyanistes caeruleus Family: Paridae (Tits and chickadees) Wingspan: 17.5 – 20cm Diet: Mainly seeds and nuts Feed with: Sunflower hearts, sunflower seeds and peanuts Habitat: In most places, but prefers lots of tree coverage Lifespan: 3 Years The blue tit is a stunning colourful little bird and one of the most recognisable garden visitors throughout the British isles. With a black bill and …

Continue reading