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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #90 on: July 12, 2011, 10:54:27 am »
Is it because they is black?

The pigeons? :o
 

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« Reply #91 on: July 12, 2011, 11:42:31 pm »
Nice shot of a male Sparrowhawk, and the Tufted Duck looks good too.
 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #92 on: July 13, 2011, 07:35:20 am »
Hoping for a more peaceful morning. The sparrowhawk was impressive but the circumstances were upsetting.
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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #93 on: July 17, 2011, 02:12:01 pm »
I know some consider them pests but I think they are beautiful.  Canada Geese taking food from our hands, Gobion's, 14th July 2011.
 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #94 on: July 17, 2011, 05:13:10 pm »
Very nice EvieMay, thanks for sharing.
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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #95 on: July 24, 2011, 02:07:07 pm »
Not quite garden birds, but a walk around Brookmans Park today produced some nice suprises.
Highlights were a Wood Warbler (a very rare bird in Herts), and a family of Spotted Flycatchers in the woodland strip between the golf club and Chancellors School. Also a Red Kite over the garden, and some very noisy newly fledged youg Buzzards calling from Peplins Wood.
 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #96 on: July 25, 2011, 11:23:31 am »
Hello Nobby, like you I saw the buzzards yesterday over Peplins Wood. However, I was not lucky enough to see the spotted flycatchers and wood warbler - neither of which I have  seen before in the area. Were you able to see these from the path round the back of Chancellor's school?
 

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« Reply #97 on: July 28, 2011, 12:04:47 am »
Yes, they were seen from the path. I expect the Wood Warbler has moved on by now, but the flycatcher family is probably still in the general vicinity.
 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #98 on: July 28, 2011, 11:27:35 am »
Hi Nobby, thanks for the reply. I went and had a look last night but no joy I'm afraid. By the way, have you ever seen any Lesser Spotted Woodpecker in the vicinity? I believe one was recorded in the same place a few months ago.
 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #99 on: July 28, 2011, 10:49:16 pm »
Yes, I saw a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker last year in the oaks between the small paddock and the south-eastern edge of the the golf course - viewable from Golf Course Road. I also had one calling this summer to the rear of Bluebridge Road.
They are very elusive and getting rarer, but I think there's probably a pair at the golf club. Not being a member, I haven't had the chance to do a thorough check.
 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #100 on: July 29, 2011, 09:22:51 am »
Thanks Nobby, I've been regularly birdwatching in the area for 8 years now and am still yet to see one of these. I'd certainly be interested in any other uncommon bird sightings you may have made in the area.
 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #101 on: July 29, 2011, 10:29:03 am »
Not uncommon but saw a pair of goldfinches feeding on plants at the Railway station car park....very tame and was about 5 feet from them for about 2 mins while they got stuck in to some seeding plants....great stuff..
 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #102 on: July 29, 2011, 11:55:18 am »
Always a pleasure to see goldfinches. I've got a couple that spend most of the day feeding on niger seed from a feeder in my garden.
 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #103 on: July 31, 2011, 09:11:51 am »
For anyone worried about the bird with the deformed beak, it seems to be surviving, as do a few of the other regular visitors. I like the way the dunnock clears up on the floor and pecks at whatever the others drop.







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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #104 on: July 31, 2011, 08:55:01 pm »
Love your photos David :).
 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #105 on: August 01, 2011, 07:11:36 am »
Breakfast in our garden and the great spotted woodpecker is back.





Also a song thrust, I think, taken in Gobions yesterday with zoom on max.





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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #106 on: August 02, 2011, 09:20:29 am »
Great spotted woodpecker having breakfast, this time caught on video.

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #107 on: August 02, 2011, 09:26:45 am »
And the ring-necked parakeet has been around this morning, too. Captured on video.

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #108 on: August 03, 2011, 07:17:15 am »
BBC Radio 4's Today programme suggested that avian pox could be spread by contaminated feeders. Seems it is spreading from SE England. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14380813

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A virus affecting garden birds is spreading to new parts of the UK, researchers are warning.

This form of avian pox causes lesions, often around the eyes and beak.

The virus, affecting great tits, is believed to be a new and more severe strain of a disease that has affected other bird species for several decades.

When it was first found in the UK in 2006 it seemed to be confined to south-east England, but has now spread further north and west.

Perhaps those of us with feeders should wash feeders in boiling water between fills?

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #109 on: August 03, 2011, 10:37:40 am »
Lorikeets on the balcony in Brisbane
 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #110 on: August 08, 2011, 10:49:08 am »
Had a visit from a nuthatch this morning. Pity it was on the shady side of the nuts.

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #111 on: August 08, 2011, 12:10:49 pm »
the shady side of the nuts.


Was'nt that a Pink Floyd album?
 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #112 on: August 08, 2011, 12:13:42 pm »
the shady side of the nuts.


Was'nt that a Pink Floyd album?

I see you had an interesting and possibly complex 70s

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #113 on: August 31, 2011, 09:16:55 am »
Spotted a deformed sparrow on the seeds this morning. At first I thought it was just having a bad hair day, but on closer inspection (via a telephoto lens), it looks like it's got a growth on the back of its head. Otherwise, it seems healthy enough and is eating well. Nobby, have you seen this before?





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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #114 on: August 31, 2011, 06:46:10 pm »
Hi Dave,
It looks like a nasty lesion on the back of the sparrow's head. I've seen them in the same place on female mallards. This is caused by aggressively amorous males during "courtship", when the male holds the female down with its beak..
However, I haven't seen this on a sparrow before.
 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #115 on: August 31, 2011, 06:57:11 pm »
Hi Dave,
It looks like a nasty lesion on the back of the sparrow's head. I've seen them in the same place on female mallards. This is caused by aggressively amorous males during "courtship", when the male holds the female down with its beak..
However, I haven't seen this on a sparrow before.

Thanks Nobby, perhaps it will get better once the male loses interest. The bird looked fairly healthy otherwise, and was back again this afternoon.
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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #116 on: September 25, 2011, 09:06:57 am »
Because they like to have fun.

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Short clip (25 seconds) and a bit wobbly because of distance and zoom, but nice to watch.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAED0w2ZAu4
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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #117 on: September 25, 2011, 02:23:22 pm »
 :D That's so lovely. Thanks for posting
 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #118 on: September 25, 2011, 04:02:03 pm »
Where's the 'Save water, bath with a friend' sign?  :icon_scratch:  :icon_jokercolor:
 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #119 on: September 25, 2011, 05:23:35 pm »
This is lovely David, thanks for posting  :)
 

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