On a lovely sunny day last week I was hanging out the washing in the garden, enjoying the peace and beauty of the place, when I heard a ‘squeak-squeak-squeak’ from the crab apple tree. This was followed by more squeaks and what looked like blue-tits, hopping around the tree. I stood very still and after a while was able to observe one of them up close and I realised it was a flock of long-tailed tits.
I’ve always been interested in birds but found it very frustrating because you could so rarely see them clearly to be able to distinguish them. so I was delighted when someone introduced me to the Chirp app for the Ipad. It has a recording of about fifty birds so you can check what you hear. It also has a wonderful Puffin, laughing its head off!
As a result of this app, I have been able to identify in our locality, chiff-chaffs, chaffinches, golden orioles, huppoes, black redstarts, cirl buntings, green woodpeckers and of course, the usual sparrows, starlings and blackbirds.