I find it almost unbelievable that I am writing about seeing a Greenfinch, but that's what I'm doing. I took a walk across to Maxims Pet Shop, Newington, to get seed for the aviary and garden birds. The area of fallow ground is still intact, although the rest of the farmland has been ploughed and awaits the next crop, whatever that may be? Maize, potatoes or Spring barley, perhaps? Cauliflowers will surely follow later, as night follows day!
I'd seen a decent flock of finches, through my binoculars whilst standing at the kitchen door, and thought it about time I made an effort to walk the patch. So my pet shop foray was just the job. The finch flock was a nice mix of approx. 120 Linnet, 20 Chaffinch, 12 Greenfinch and a couple of Reed Bunting - bloody wonderful. Why are none of these birds visiting my garden feeders, just a few hundred metres away? Good numbers of Pied Wagtails present along the farm track with the odd Meadow Pipit flushed from the field margins. It was good to be back out there again just looking. Discovering a group of Greenfinches made my day - how sad is that? My year list has now reached the grand total of 78 species - that's even sadder?