Having read about the appearance and seeing images of a very pretty black headed blue tit at a local nature park and the fact it was a regular visitor to the feeders I thought I'd take a ride the couple of miles to try for a photo myself. Sadly no bhbt for me but the feeders were busy as expected.
One young lady taking photos was quite thrilled with the rats that were running around under the feeders, four was the max I saw above ground at once, their burrows being right under the feeders.
A quick look over the windy and cold lake revealed a few teal and golden eye among other ducks and geese. A bittern is reportedly on site at the moment and a rather spectacular starling murmuration at dusk, some reports say as many as 20/30,000
The birds of the visit for me though were the tree sparrows not often seen here nowadays and the jackdaws.
I used to have one of these follow me to and from school when I was young. It would fly down to our back door first thing in the morning, follow me to school often sitting on the classroom window sill, tapping at the glass. Joining the kids in the playground untying laces and other mischief. Follow me home and flying off at dusk. I have no idea why, but a very fond memory indeed I'll try for the bhbt another day just waiting on the weather. watch this space ian.
The jackdaw you mention could well have been someone’s pet once Ian, it certainly sounds like it, in fact as a young lad I kept quite a few members of the crow family which was fairly common back in the day, jay’s magpies and jackdaws mostly for their ability to talk and mimic, although mine were rescued birds and ones that other people simply gave up on being rooks and carrion crows.
All mine had their own shelters and freedom, the jackdaw in particular would follow me whenever I went out and would perch on my shoulder, but during the day would sit up in the trees over the meadow with the others flying down in answer to my feeding calls being the banging of a spoon on an old tin dinner plate.