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Garden Birding

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I have not been out of my studio much recently, but there has been plenty to watch in the myriad of birds coming into my garden for food in the cold weather. Apart from such treats as the first Yellowhammer for eight years, regular Coal Tit and Ring-necked Parakeets, the most numerous bidrs is generally Chaffinches. Up to 20 of these charming birds come each day, most are of the typical British race, but recently these have been accompanied by several of the more richly coloured Continental race. Also a beautiful partially leucistic female, frosted with white on the mantle.