My entry for Nancy’s Challenge this week. It was the first bright morning we’ve had in a while and I took the chance to photograph a couple of the birds visiting our garden feeders…

Starlings…

and Ring-necked Parakeets…

Starlings are on the RSPB’s Red list as a species in severe decline. Ring-necked Parakeets are a naturalised species expanding their range and this is the first time they’ve actually visited the feeders in my garden.

There’s always one who’s late to the party! Just after I finished this post the Jay’s popped in. Here’s a couple of bonus shots 🙂 …

… Jay’s are UK residents and not considered to be at risk. As members of the Crow family, they’re also highly intelligent 🙂

It’s very much spring and the nesting season in London. Our garden see’s many bird species foraging in the undergrowth, shrubs and the Rowan tree. We’ve sometimes played host to nesting birds too. Years back I had a nest box which was used by Blue Tit’s who successfully fledged 4 out of 5 nestlings. More recently we’ve had Robins nesting twice – once in the old outside toilet and once in my shed. Remember this baby photo?

The old nest box that the Blue Tit’s used gave up the ghost a long time ago. At the time there was a great deal of concern about the collapse of the House Sparrow population in the UK so I bought a Sparrow sized communal nest box and mounted that on the wall. The Sparrows have never used it though I’m glad to say they’ve been using a hole in the eaves of the house at the front regularly over the last few years and there is now quite a healthy small flock that spends a lot of the day in a neighbour’s hedge.

Up until this year the only species to use the nest box for brood purposes was a type of Bumble Bee! Other than that it’s been home to various spiders and other creepie-crawlies. But this year we had a surprise – there is a brood of Great Tit’s growing in the nest box. Here are some images of the adults delivering food to the infants…

It’s a bit of a struggle getting these images because Great Tit’s are small and fast. Additionally I’m having to shoot from my Son’s bedroom so as not to disturb the birds as they go about their business and that’s quite a distance from the nest box. So apologies for the grain, blur and limited detail in these shots. It’s much easier when you’re shooting stationary birds in a tree or you’ve got a 500mm Telephoto on an EOS 1DX 😉