Although the meadow is only a couple of hundred metres or so from our garden as a bird flies, some of the meadow's small birds never visit out feeders - these twites, which are frequently found moving around the meadow, are an example.
Another bird which is often up there is the rock pipit, identified from the other pipits by the thin and monotonous 'tweet-tweet' call which it emits as it hunts through the grasses and wildflowers.
But it's interesting to watch some of our frequent garden visitors, like this fine male redpoll....
....and this yellowhammer, in what is their normal environment. The only difference between the behaviour of these and the non-garden visitors is that they allow one to approach much closer before flying off.
This fat cuckoo chick was being fed by two tiny and very anxious little birds that may have been warblers. The parents of this monster are already back in Africa and their offspring will follow once he's built up enough reserves to make the long journey.