Flying a Kite
The Red Kite is becoming quite a common bird nowadays, but it is still a rare pleasure to see one right over the house, we think it is because they a using the up draught from edge of the cliff that they seem to hover just over the house before drifting off on the light breeze. We do not know for certain but suspect the at least one pair has taken up residence in the nearby woods, we have certainly been seeing the more often in the last year or so.
What sort of birds do you find using you bird table? the lady guest inquired as I carried her bags through the sunroom which overlooks the bird table. After running though the various types of tits, finches, bigamy birds, nut hatches hedge sparrows etc. I said my greatest disappointment is that we never get the goldfinch, although several pairs can often be seen like erratic sudden beams of sunlight glittering through the trees, they never visit the bird table. Oh she said airily we get them all the time, you need to put our Niger seeds for them.
Isn’t is amazing how coincidences mingle to make a fool of you, it was the very next morning whilst serving breakfast to the same lady, that I casually remarked on a bird pecking merrily away at the peanuts. I have not seen one of those before, do you know what it is? Oh yes she said airily it’s a gold finch! Honestly in the six years we have been here I have never known the gold finch to use the bird table, but since that morning we get them all the time now and you do not need Niger seeds, peanuts will do, but just in case I am of to the pet shop tomorrow to get in a small store of the goldfinches favourite.