My botd is also Bullfinch, male and female returned to the garden. We have 3 males and 2 females and I haven't seen any of them for a couple of weeks so it was a bit of a relief to see one pair back today.
After a dull BBS survey in Ealing (seem to get less birds in number/variety each year, though a tame Cormorant sitting by a tiny pool was a first, only had flyovers before)we went up to Ruislip where we had a really good few hours of varied natural history.
First highlight was I went towards a fence in front of the cafe to count wildfowl when I saw a wader which I expected to be an LRP, but as I looked through my bins (it was only about 15-20 feet away) it was clearly a Ringed Plover- a first for me at the site. It seemed unconcerned by my proximity but was less keen on a boy bouncing a ball + flew across to a raft where 30 Herring Gulls were loafing.
The other highlight was a regularly encountered species- a Little Egret, but feeding in a pool close to people, actively catching sticklebacks + tadpoles amongst other things. Unconcerned by people it flew up as a spaniel appeared + as it flew up another egret, previously unseen joined it in flight.
This for me is more like a bird of the summer rather than the day as i just do not get chaffinches in the garden in never seen one in the garden after late march before well not till now any way 1st pic taken though window
The Starlings that regularly bath together in my small garden pond, often significantly lowering the water level. Today by almost 2 inches. But the surrounding marsh plants got one very good soaking. Wonderful to watch, I must try and get a photo when they are all in their en masse having a great splash around. 15 in or next to the pond is the current "record".
My bird of the day ( a couple days ago) are Wood Pigeons.
They seem to like bathing in a bath that is too small for them.
Just before the photograph was taken there were two trying to trying to have a bath. It was quite funny; two of them trying to bathe in a bath that was obviously too small for them. After some argument one of them left. I think it was who was there first won!
The jays came several times this morning and again in the afternoon- they dive down and grab so quickly from their table it's difficult to get a decent photo, so this is the best I was able to take today.
Has to be this bluetit fledgeling calling for his mum. It seems very early for them to be out of the nest already! Mum is looking very frazzled by it all, she was on the peanut feeder, pecking away frantically.