I did my one hour (09.15 - 10.15 hrs) stint recording the garden birds and have to admit that I rather enjoyed myself, however predictable the visitors were. The weather was kind and I was able to stand on the patio, outside my study door, to conduct my observations. This is what I recorded:-
Herring Gull - 14 to bread on the lawn, many more attracted but unwilling to join the battle.
House Sparrow - maximum count of 43 was a little disappointing, but there were other flocks visiting gardens a few doors to the north.
Goldfinch - maximum count 19
Greenfinch - adult male (the female was recorded later in the day, after my hour was up!)
Great Tit - 2
Blue Tit - 5
Blackbird - 1 adult male
Robin - 1
Dunnock - 2
Collared Dove - 5
Wood Pigeon - 1 (very unexpected - landed in the boundary Elder)
Magpie - 3 - as above
Jackdaw - 2 coming to the mealworms
Sparrowhawk - adult male twice creating havoc amongst the feeding throng
Rose-ringed Parakeet - just a single, right at last knockings
All in all, not a bad return for an hour stood watching the feeding station. Nothing new for the BWKm0 list today, although I did see Raven, Common Gull and Cormorant whilst I was outdoors. The most obvious absentee from this garden list is that of Starling! At this time of year they are very sporadic visitors, using both fat balls and mealworms when they do turn up, but sadly not today. With the weekend forecast being fairly dire, I might give it another bash just to see how it compares. Nothing better to occupy my time - so why not?