Just delighted this morning to spot this cheeky little fellow sitting in our Lilac Tree (a male Siskin!) (Sorry this isn't the best quality picture as it was taken through our office window at a reasonable distance too!)
Over the last two years we've had a little collection of Siskins visit our garden each spring - I never had them in the UK and so was v. excited to see them visit our garden here in Brittany. They've normally arrived at the beginning of January but this is the first sighting I've had of them - this one is a male with it's predominantly dark head. It has similar colour plumage to that of a Greenfinch but is only the size of a large Blue Tit - the females in comparison don't have the dark head but a still a mix of the green and dark plumage. They really are cute little birds and before they left us late spring in 2009 they were really becoming very tame - often at the bird table when I was working in the garden close by!
We've not had our regular spring visits from either the Nuthatch or the Brambling this year - these are the two that I'm missing... so will keep you posted as and when they appear... here's hoping!
I'll post again over the weekend but thought this would keep you going for the time being...