Identify the birds in your garden

A wide variety of bird species visiting your garden is a sure sign that it is both healthy and bountiful (or that you regularly stock up your birdfeeders).

We all know what blackbirds, robins and pigeons look like, but there are plenty of other species that may well be visiting, so here is a guide. The illustrations are simplified to give you the key identifying markings.

Sparrow

Goldfinch
goldfinch

The vivid colours mark out the Goldfinch from all his garden bird cousins.

Starling

Collared Dove

Greenfinch

Dunnock

Wren

Great Tit