I’ve been taking more of an interest in our bird feeders since the Big Garden Birdwatch. They are clearly visible from our kitchen window and are a good distraction from our washing up duties. Lately things have become quite active and we have even had a visit from a brambling which we only had 13 records of in Wharfedale last year. I hope it returns so we can get a better photo. In the meantime you’ll have to settle for this picture of a lesser redpoll from this afternoon. This year we’ve had visits from good numbers of siskins sometimes as many as eight at the same time. Interestingly the birds seem to have similar feeding times to our own and there are periods throughout the day where the feeders are empty. They appear to get up earlier for breakfast than us but you can almost guarantee they’ll be tucking in to our niger seed and sunflower hearts come lunchtime.