Had a Yellow Wagtail in my garden in Reverdy Road last week for the first time since I've been there. The cold snap has definately bought the birds out. We also have wrens, blackbird, sparrows, bluetits & robins so I feel quite blessed !
Sarah - thanks for your post - I now feel a bit of an idiot. What I had assumed were greenfinches were in fact yellow wagtails - never heard of them before but a look on the RSPB website assumes I have been wrong for some months (and perhaps a bit colour blind!)
Isn't it amazing, with all the costly forms of entertainment, we are all so excited by seeing a robin? I felt so privileged to see a wren on my balcony last week and because it couldn't see me through the glass, I was able to watch it for ages. We have a variety of birds in our garden on The Cut, along with a rather cheeky squirrel. When I am gathering fallen leaves, I am often followed - at very close quarters - by a blackbird hoping I have uncovered something tasty. When I stop for a break, I get a very impatient look!
I grew up in the country so was always used to seeing a rich variety of birds visiting our extensive garden/vegetable patch, and three apple trees.
Much though I enjoy feeding the tits that come to my window balcony, watching them crash into each other and taking it in turns to sit on the telephone line opposite, its hardly the same. A robin can often be seen hoping about and certainly heard (they're not quiet birds) on a walk down Union St, toward BHS.
Yes, Karen I - simple pleasures, missed by those who cannot walk further than a yard without a mobile blackcurrent glued to their ears :p
As a Yorkshireman who goes misty eyed when he sees the occasional 'Heartbeat' and saw the Beatles aged 14, it is so 'cool' to sit in Leathermarket Gardens and hear/see the wildlife.....excluding the human visitors from foreign fields.