Spot a bird
Whether you’re listening to the local robin proclaim its territory or are lucky enough to have a great spotted woodpecker visit your peanut feeder, watching the enchanting antics of the local birdlife can be fascinating.
What to look out for:
Look out for the blue top to its head, a black stripe through the eye and a bright yellow chest. Like most birds, blue tits can see ultra-violet (UV) light and to them the blue crown on their heads glows brightly.
Key features are a black head and the yellow chest with a thick black line running down the middle. In males the stripe is thicker, and females find males with the thickest stripes most attractive.
Mainly grey and white, look out for the white patch at the back of its neck as this distinguishes it from marsh and willow tits (which are very hard to tell apart!)
Look out for their bright red chests. These birds sing nearly all year round to show neighbouring robins that this is their territory.
This common bird is often overlooked; but watch as it darts over the ground picking up insects, rarely slowing down and with its tail frantically wagging when it does.
Smaller than the more common house sparrow with a chestnut brown head instead of grey. Both sparrow species have suffered severe declines since the 1970s.
Look for these on the ground around the bird feeders. Males have lovely red chests, the females are much duller to keep them camouflaged against the woodland floor.
Distinctive birds with blue-grey backs and orangey chests, with a black stripe through the eye.
Look up to spot this bird as it soars high in the sky using thermals to gain height without using extra energy. Listen out for its distinctive mewing call.
Great spotted woodpecker
Consider yourself lucky if you spot a woodpecker, they are very good at hiding from view on the back of tree trunks.
The UK's largest and commonest pigeon is largely grey with a white neck patch and white wing patches. Listen out for its repetitive call.