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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #300 on: June 27, 2014, 08:06:14 pm »
Looks like a Chaffinch from the colouring!
 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #301 on: June 29, 2014, 01:12:45 pm »
Not too sure - it's got quite a thin bill, so I'd guess an insectivore of some kind. Perhaps a dunnock?
 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #302 on: August 28, 2014, 06:45:22 pm »
Couldn't resist taking a few snaps of our robin having a bath this afternoon.
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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #303 on: August 28, 2014, 10:48:35 pm »
Beautiful photos Dave, thanks for sharing them   :)
 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #304 on: August 29, 2014, 01:50:54 pm »
Beautiful photos Dave, thanks for sharing them   :)

Actually, the robin deserved a bath; it had been working with me in the garden all day, following me as I dug out roots, and stuffing itself with the grubs and worms that appeared. At one point I almost trod on it because it had got so close.  :)
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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #305 on: November 25, 2014, 08:55:52 am »
Eight parakeets in our garden this morning. This one looked particularly cold and miserable.
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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #306 on: November 25, 2014, 09:10:27 am »
Plump, Dave, is how it looks! Your garden is the bird equivalent of the best table in the best restaurant  ;)
 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #307 on: November 25, 2014, 09:25:23 am »
Plump, Dave, is how it looks! Your garden is the bird equivalent of the best table in the best restaurant  ;)

They are plump because they get through two feeders full of seed a day. It's costing me a fortune.  :-\
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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #308 on: November 25, 2014, 10:49:49 am »
They are plump because they get through two feeders full of seed a day. It's costing me a fortune.  :-\
You'll regret it!


If they decide to stick around, not only will they keep you awake with their screeching, they'll out-compete native species, particularly at breeding time, when their custom of nesting earlier means they've bagged all the prime sites when 'our' birds get around to looking. Even now, do other species get a look-in at your feeders?

 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #309 on: November 25, 2014, 11:21:24 am »
You'll regret it!
If they decide to stick around, not only will they keep you awake with their screeching, they'll out-compete native species, particularly at breeding time, when their custom of nesting earlier means they've bagged all the prime sites when 'our' birds get around to looking. Even now, do other species get a look-in at your feeders?

But what can I do? They don't stick around long and then the other birds use the feeders. I've had blue tits, great tits, coal tits, long-tailed tits and a couple of green finches on the nuts this morning with collared doves, robins, blackbirds and wood pigeons feeding on what falls to the ground. There are always other birds in the nearby bushes and trees waiting for the parakeets to go away. But I am not sure what to do about them. They do consume one hell of a lot of seed each visit. The tits - pic of one below - seem chilled about it all.
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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #310 on: November 25, 2014, 11:56:07 am »
Interesting you get parakeets Dave, we used to see quite a few around Trent Park when we lived in Enfield. My OH thought the "green bird" I was convinced was a woodpecker would turn out to be a parakeet but I was able finally to get some photographic evidence of it actually being a green woodpecker...
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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #311 on: November 27, 2014, 07:30:47 pm »
A pair of collared doves waiting patiently for me to throw some seed on the patio. 
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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #312 on: November 29, 2014, 03:43:35 pm »
What a lovely picture, David.
 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #313 on: December 04, 2014, 04:09:23 pm »
Interesting piece about invasive non-native species of birds just tweeted.

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #314 on: December 10, 2014, 10:49:17 am »
For all those who like watching birds feed in their gardens, I have just spotted a tweet with a great idea for making a DIY bird feeder.

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #315 on: December 15, 2014, 02:28:08 pm »
A jay and a pied wagtail in our garden this morning. Sorry the wagtail is a bit out of focus. There are two reasons. 1) they don't stay still long and wag a lot, and 2) the picture was taken with an 800 zoom. We have two jays visiting these days.

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #316 on: January 28, 2015, 09:00:03 pm »
Just seen this tweet about making sure bird feeders are cleaned regularly in order to prevent disease. Thought it might be of interest to locals who feed birds. Tweet below and the pdf at the end of the link is embedded, too (save you clicking). Please retweet if you are concerned and want others to know.


<a href="http://www.gardenwildlifehealth.org/files/2013/10/Feeding-garden-birds.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.gardenwildlifehealth.org/files/2013/10/Feeding-garden-birds.pdf</a>
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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #317 on: March 06, 2015, 03:01:27 pm »
This the best detail shot I have got so far - and in the rain - this one is a regular visitor
 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #318 on: March 06, 2015, 03:06:15 pm »
And a couple more from the feeder
 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #319 on: March 06, 2015, 03:38:49 pm »
Lovely pictures in all three threads Webman, thanks for sharing.
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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #320 on: March 06, 2015, 07:15:09 pm »
Nice shot of the Goldcrest - an uncommon visitor to our garden feeders.
 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #321 on: March 06, 2015, 11:28:04 pm »
I haven't had any Siskins on my feeders this year and wondered if anyone else has.
 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #322 on: March 08, 2015, 04:24:25 pm »
There was an article in the BTO News about the dearth of Siskins in gardens this winter. Apparently the glut of Sitka spruce seeds combined with relatively mild dry weather has meant that Siskins have stayed on their breeding grounds. We had a couple in our garden at the end of January and singletons twice in February, but otherwise nothing. Redpolls and Bramblings have also been conspicuous by their absence this year.
 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #323 on: March 19, 2015, 07:08:56 pm »
Not sure this fits in the heading "...unusual sightings" :)   We keep hearing a bird from the garden that doesn't sound very native to Britain.  It seems to move around, so doesn't seem to be an avery bird in the area. 

We've managed to get a recording which I have attached to this message (hopefully!). You can open it with Windows Media player.

  It is not the loud tweets in the foreground, but the call in the background.  The best way I can describe it is:  Beeabubbub  Beeabub :)   Any ideas??
 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #324 on: March 22, 2015, 07:07:11 pm »
I'm intrigued. I don't recognise this at all and I've been birding for 40+ years. I've sent the sound-file to the BTO to see if they can shed some light on its identity.
 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #325 on: March 24, 2015, 08:51:20 pm »
Aqila, The BTO people reckon it might be a Starling. Thier reply is below:

A couple of people here at the BTO have now had a listen and we think it is most likely a Starling. They are well known for mimicry and their impressive vocal abilities. Perfect for confusing those listening! They can warble, whistle, chatter, make smooth liquid sounds, harsh trills and rattles, and imitate other birds.


 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #326 on: March 24, 2015, 10:55:01 pm »
Hi Nobby

Thanks for investigating.  We did wonder if it was a starling, but I am  not totally convinced.  Oddly enough there is a starling that tries to mimmick it, but that one is clearly a starling, with all its various warblings and variations in between! The Beeabub bird (as I shall call it) is precise and consistent each time.  The sound is quite haunting and doesn't sound like any starling I have ever heard.

  I have also been wondering if it is in fact an avery bird, or poultry.  It seems to move around, but that could be to do with wind direction etc.
We'll try and get a better recording, but it is elusive :-\

 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #327 on: March 28, 2015, 07:14:42 am »
Heard a cuckoo this morning   :) 



 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #328 on: June 08, 2015, 02:34:33 pm »
Is this a juvenile jackdaw? It's been sitting in our garden for a couple of hours. Doesn't look very happy. Its parents are around. I hope the cats don't get to it first.
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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #329 on: June 08, 2015, 06:14:20 pm »
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regular and unusual sightings

Isn't this traditionally referred to as "sightings". Or is there a third option?
 

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