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Not always easy to photograph, great tits are typical of many of the tit species in darting to the feeders, grabbing a seed, and flying quickly off into the adjacent bushes to eat.
Greenfinches immediately established themselves the commonest visitors to the feeders when I first put the feeders up a few years ago. They seem to be one of the most gregarious bird species and often visit the feeders in large family groups. When feeding, they usually remain in place until they are satisfied or until they are chased off by another bird.
The pictures above were both taken in September 2006. Those below are older.
Sparrows seemed to be almost dying out a few years ago, so it is pleasing to see them appear at the feeders. Sometimes it seems that they are daily visitors, but at other times I might not see any for several weeks.
The males have a dark streak through the eye and the females a pale streak behind the eye.
I have often seen jays when I have been out and about in the countryside, but this visit to Pennington Flash in May 2007 was the only time that I have been able to photograph one. Pictures were published April 2008.