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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2840 on: March 23, 2022, 06:36:37 pm »
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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2841 on: March 23, 2022, 06:39:57 pm »
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Gorgeous bird


Was it just calm and not going mad trying to get out?
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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2842 on: March 23, 2022, 06:44:46 pm »
Gorgeous bird


Was it just calm and not going mad trying to get out?

He ran about a bit, but we just let him do his own thing so he calmed right down. He even jumped up onto the arm of the couch and sat next to us at one point.

Last night he jumped up onto a chair, perched on the top of a cushion that was standing on its side, then he went to sleep.
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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2843 on: March 23, 2022, 06:46:24 pm »
He ran about a bit, but we just let him do his own thing so he calmed right down. He even jumped up onto the arm of the couch and sat next to us at one point.

Last night he jumped up onto a chair, perched on the top of a cushion that was standing on its side, then he went to sleep.

That's mad that, almost like he is an escaped bird rather than a wild one
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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2844 on: March 23, 2022, 06:47:29 pm »
Gorgeous bird


Was it just calm and not going mad trying to get out?

I was about to ask that! What would you have done if he’d started going crazy trying to get out?

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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2845 on: March 23, 2022, 06:53:12 pm »
I was about to ask that! What would you have done if he’d started going crazy trying to get out?

I was keeping hold of him until I got him to the bird hospital regardless. He was close to getting run over by a car before I went over to try to catch him. He just wouldn't have survived, so I'd have just kept him in the house. He had free run of the living room, so could hide if he felt insecure. I think the fact we just let him do his thing calmed him down. I tried to put him through as little stress as possible.
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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2846 on: March 23, 2022, 07:02:20 pm »
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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2847 on: March 23, 2022, 07:31:58 pm »
What a beauty.  :D
Yes, he was a lovely little fella.

I've tried to post another photo but I keep messing it up.  :rollseyes

I'm blaming tiredness.  :)
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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2848 on: March 23, 2022, 07:36:45 pm »
That's mad that, almost like he is an escaped bird rather than a wild one
For a bird of prey I was surprised how calm he was, but we did give him a lot of room so he could feel as safe as possible.

I think it's one of the local hawks. I see them hunting quite regularly.
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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2849 on: March 23, 2022, 09:31:01 pm »
That's great SoS, well done mate.

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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2850 on: March 24, 2022, 03:31:27 pm »
Saw a brambling on the feeder today. First one I've seen in the garden.

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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2851 on: March 24, 2022, 06:07:10 pm »
Saw a brambling on the feeder today. First one I've seen in the garden.

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Beautiful birds and not often seen in gardens so well done.

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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2852 on: March 24, 2022, 06:08:40 pm »
That's great SoS, well done mate.
Cheers John. I'll email them next week to see how the little fella is doing.

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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2853 on: March 24, 2022, 06:47:08 pm »
Saw a brambling on the feeder today. First one I've seen in the garden.

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I have never seen a Brambling, but they do look beautiful.
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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2854 on: March 24, 2022, 06:54:19 pm »
I have never seen a Brambling, but they do look beautiful.

They're sort of a cross between a reed bunting and a chaffinch Jill but nowhere near as common.

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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2855 on: March 24, 2022, 06:57:40 pm »
They're sort of a cross between a reed bunting and a chaffinch Jill but nowhere near as common.

My sister who lives in Derbyshire gets very different birds to me, but they had groups of mixed finches over the winter. Mainly siskins, goldfinches, greenfinches, but I am pretty sure she had a brambling as well. They are obviously rare visitors to bird tables.
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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2856 on: March 24, 2022, 07:39:01 pm »
My sister who lives in Derbyshire gets very different birds to me, but they had groups of mixed finches over the winter. Mainly siskins, goldfinches, greenfinches, but I am pretty sure she had a brambling as well. They are obviously rare visitors to bird tables.

They will mix in with flocks of finches during the winter so it wouldn't surprise me if she has and they will visit gardens too.

They are woodland and farmland birds but they're also quite common in reed beds especially on the east coast.

That's where I've seen them previously, at Tetney Marshes on the Humber.

We've had long tailed tits on the peanuts recently so I set the camera up today, quite close to get some good pics and instead, the fatballs behind the camera we're buzzing with life 🙄

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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2857 on: March 24, 2022, 08:33:07 pm »


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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2858 on: March 24, 2022, 08:34:58 pm »


That's a dangerous place to have him, I surprised he was pecking at your wires.  ;D
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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2859 on: March 24, 2022, 08:37:14 pm »
They will mix in with flocks of finches during the winter so it wouldn't surprise me if she has and they will visit gardens too.

They are woodland and farmland birds but they're also quite common in reed beds especially on the east coast.

That's where I've seen them previously, at Tetney Marshes on the Humber.

We've had long tailed tits on the peanuts recently so I set the camera up today, quite close to get some good pics and instead, the fatballs behind the camera we're buzzing with life 🙄

You obviously live in very similar conditions to my sister, she also gets loads of long tailed tits I love those birds, so cute. Yes, I had heard about finches travelling in flocks during the winter i guess it makes perfect sense, a bit of security and safety in numbers. The beginning of spring is so exciting, everything is very competitive at the feeders at the moment.
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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2860 on: March 24, 2022, 08:44:56 pm »
You obviously live in very similar conditions to my sister, she also gets loads of long tailed tits I love those birds, so cute. Yes, I had heard about finches travelling in flocks during the winter i guess it makes perfect sense, a bit of security and safety in numbers. The beginning of spring is so exciting, everything is very competitive at the feeders at the moment.

We didn't get many in the summer so I've only been noticing them recently.

It's just a year since we moved here and we didn't have the feeders then so maybe they're passing through rather than locals.

Hopefully they'll hang around now they're being fed as I have a soft spot for them too.

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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2861 on: March 24, 2022, 08:47:53 pm »
That's a dangerous place to have him, I surprised he was pecking at your wires.  ;D
Good job it wasn't plugged in.  :D

He'd just jumped down off the plant in the corner. I'm missing him now.  :-\
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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2862 on: April 2, 2022, 04:27:23 pm »
Pretty sure i saw a snowy owl on the roof out back,not seen one of them before.We get Coopers Hawks hanging out often over the winter i think the rats make an easy dinner for em.

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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2863 on: April 12, 2022, 04:23:32 pm »
We've just had 6 male wheatears in the garden!

A summer visitor to the UK but not that common.  I've only ever seen them once before whilst I was ringing.

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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2864 on: April 17, 2022, 09:31:23 pm »
Spadge.

Bloody hell! I just came on to say we had a Sparrowhawk at our back door and we think it took our favourite blackbird Tommy (who has a white tail feather - no sign of him).
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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2865 on: April 18, 2022, 12:04:21 am »
Bloody hell! I just came on to say we had a Sparrowhawk at our back door and we think it took our favourite blackbird Tommy (who has a white tail feather - no sign of him).
Oh no! Poor Tommy.

At the family home yesterday I could hear the Starlings kicking off and pigeons flapping about. Overhead was a circling Sparrowhawk. I'm always conflicted. I do love birds of prey, but I also love the little fellas they prey on.  :-\  Nature, eh.

I hope Tommy turns up ok.
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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2866 on: April 18, 2022, 12:14:53 am »
Oh no! Poor Tommy.

At the family home yesterday I could hear the Starlings kicking off and pigeons flapping about. Overhead was a circling Sparrowhawk. I'm always conflicted. I do love birds of prey, but I also love the little fellas they prey on.  :-\  Nature, eh.

I hope Tommy turns up ok.

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« Reply #2867 on: April 18, 2022, 12:27:20 am »
Let me tell you the story of a poor bird...
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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2868 on: April 18, 2022, 08:50:32 am »
He’s alive! Must have been another blackbird. Tommy has a white tail feather.

This is the terrible attempt at a video of the hawk.

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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2869 on: April 18, 2022, 11:42:07 am »
Good old Tommy. 🤗

I'm glad he's still with us. Hopefully he and Raquel have some chicks soon too.

Blackies are great. Not many around now compared to years ago. Same with the Songy, which is another lovely bird. I remember a kid you could always tell a Songy nest because it had a mud cup.

Anyway, long live Tommy the Blacky.

I can't make much out on the video as I'm only viewing on my phone.
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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2870 on: April 18, 2022, 12:34:59 pm »
I am glad to hear Tommy has survived.  ;D

I've just come back from staying with my sister in Derbyshire. It was a pretty successful trip bird wise I saw bullfinches, bramblings, siskins, tree creeper, the whole tit family, blackbirds, robins, her three communities of sparrows. The best news is in their bush in their front garden they have a Long Tailed Tit nest! It's a thing of beauty. They also had a baby badger who visited most nights as well, adorable.
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« Reply #2871 on: April 18, 2022, 12:36:57 pm »
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« Reply #2872 on: April 18, 2022, 12:58:10 pm »
I am glad to hear Tommy has survived.  ;D

I've just come back from staying with my sister in Derbyshire. It was a pretty successful trip bird wise I saw bullfinches, bramblings, siskins, tree creeper, the whole tit family, blackbirds, robins, her three communities of sparrows. The best news is in their bush in their front garden they have a Long Tailed Tit nest! It's a thing of beauty. They also had a baby badger who visited most nights as well, adorable.

Liam and Noel?

Seriously though, what a lovely experience for you. We had similar the other week staying next to Moel Famau in Wales. Nature is a joy.
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« Reply #2873 on: April 18, 2022, 09:20:34 pm »
;D

They’re a few broods in - we used to be able to see into their nest from a bench but they’ve moved house a few trees away sadly. Mealworms everywhere at our door.
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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2874 on: April 18, 2022, 10:17:05 pm »
Liam and Noel?

Seriously though, what a lovely experience for you. We had similar the other week staying next to Moel Famau in Wales. Nature is a joy.

I liked that.  ;D

Without nature life would be entirely different.
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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2875 on: April 28, 2022, 09:00:11 pm »
 

This guy was up in my hood from down south,sadly i didn't see it while i was out by the river today.
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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2876 on: May 1, 2022, 10:15:19 am »
Startled a woodpecker as I came out of my house yesterday. Flew out of the hedge and across the road but saw a flash of yellowy/green and a red cap so had to be a woodpecker I think.

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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2877 on: May 15, 2022, 09:21:47 pm »
A Woodpecker was pecking at one of my bird boxes which has chicks in. I've never seen anything like it to be honest. Would it be just pecking the wood for grubs or would it be after the chicks?

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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2878 on: May 15, 2022, 09:27:05 pm »
A Woodpecker was pecking at one of my bird boxes which has chicks in. I've never seen anything like it to be honest. Would it be just pecking the wood for grubs or would it be after the chicks?

Woodpeckers can go for the chicks inside, that's one of the reasons why I fixed metal plates around the holes in mine, this year.

However, if they want to get through the sides of the box, there isn't much to stop them.

https://community.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/f/wildlife-questions/15542/woodpecker-destroying-blue-tit-box
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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2879 on: May 15, 2022, 09:43:49 pm »
Woodpeckers can go for the chicks inside,

Ta Red, new one to me that. Yeah, I'll be placing something round the hole once they've fledged.