The birds come into the garden by the bucket full. With or without the snow there is always a large number both at the feeders and on the ground.
With the prolonged snow, birds that wouldn't normally share
have had to learn a bit of give and take
and brush up on their aerodynamic skills
But some birds just aren't prepared to call a truce. This blackcap had no doubt where he fitted into the pecking order -
right at the top. He seemed unaware of his size - small, and quickly gained the reputation of playground bully with a particular aversion to blue tits
The fieldfare had no (bird)table manners and used all his energy to chase off the thrushes and blackbirds hardly leaving time for lunch
And this was lunch! Niels would watch (Niels is a husband and not a bird, though he would say he was henpecked!) as his favourite apples and cheese went out into the garden each day. Some days I'm sure I caught him looking longingly at the bird table!
I've never thought of myself as especially a bird person and I don't have masses of bird knowledge, but they are delightful to watch and it somehow feels a privilege they come into the garden to feed. These long tailed tits are so flighty and sociable together, they could teach the blackcap and fieldfare a bit of social etiquette!