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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #60 on: June 10, 2011, 06:06:04 pm »
That's confusing, David, as Hedge Sparrows are Dunnocks  :icon_scratch:
 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #61 on: June 10, 2011, 08:24:02 pm »
If the incinerator goes ahead the only birds we'll have round here will be crows picking at torn black bags.    :(
Come to Hatfield now, there are plenty of black bags already left lying around here, crows, magpies, starlings, blackbirds all having a feast. In addition to the domestic cats and dogs who love them too, I have seen rats. I can assure you all wildlife abounds in the rubbish! And I have a plethora of emails to our Council and Letting Agents complaining, there's no shortage of bin bags incinerator or none.
 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #62 on: June 10, 2011, 09:25:25 pm »
That's confusing, David, as Hedge Sparrows are Dunnocks  :icon_scratch:

Sorry my mistake. I meant house sparrow and dunnock. Apologies.
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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #63 on: June 10, 2011, 10:06:41 pm »
Nice to know you've got house sparrows too  :)
 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #64 on: June 18, 2011, 09:06:38 am »
The parakeets are back.
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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #65 on: June 18, 2011, 09:45:43 am »
david thats very cool

whats the secret of getting them in the garden-I need my fix of surban melbourne garden in BP

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #66 on: June 18, 2011, 10:30:09 am »
david thats very cool

whats the secret of getting them in the garden-I need my fix of surban melbourne garden in BP

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Loads of nuts and seeds in squirrel-proof feeders.

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #67 on: June 24, 2011, 07:10:15 am »
I have just been watching a great tit with an unusual long, curved beak struggling to feed on our feeders.  It's beak looks like the beak of a treecreeper.  I can't take a photograph of it because my camera is not that good, but I have adapted this picture from one of my bird books to try to illustrate what it looks like.  I searched the web and found this article about the deformity.

http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/227533/Bent-beaks-are-the-squawk-of-the-town

Has anyone else seen birds with deformed beaks? 

Would be interested in Nobby's input.

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #68 on: June 24, 2011, 07:42:44 am »
maybe its an optional add on from

pimpyourbeak.com


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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #69 on: June 24, 2011, 09:21:35 am »
In domesticated birds this kind of deformity is usually caused by a malapposition of the jaw which doesn't allow the normal wearing down of the 'horny' part of the beak, hence some parrots and budgies needing frequent beak clipping.  It's certainly very common in the aforementioned species.  Some of the examples in the article were extreme (the starling notably) and I'm surprised they've survived. 
 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #70 on: June 24, 2011, 05:57:46 pm »
British Trust for Ornithology are carrying out a survey on this problem as many Garden Birdwatch survey members have reported deformed beaks on garden birds.  More info can be found on www.bto.org and search on Big Garden Beak Watch.
 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #71 on: June 26, 2011, 11:07:28 pm »
We had a blackbird with a deformed beak for most of the winter of 2009/10. It seemed to survive the cold snap without too many problems. I think it met its end at the claws of a sparrowhawk.
 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #72 on: June 29, 2011, 07:09:03 am »
Update for anyone worried about our great tit with the long, deformed beak. It seems to be doing fine. It was on the nuts today and was using the long curved beak with impressive dexterity. It looks healthy, a bit fat in fact and extremely active.

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #73 on: June 30, 2011, 07:55:47 am »
I am merging a few existing threads with a new title and using the change to upload a few pictures of breakfast at ours today.







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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #74 on: June 30, 2011, 09:05:38 am »
And here are a few of the great tit with the long, curved beak.





It looks healthy enough. 
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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #75 on: June 30, 2011, 01:37:42 pm »
A neighbour reported a grey cockatoo (or similar) in his garden recently.  The other reports and photos have been of green ones.

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #76 on: July 02, 2011, 08:44:21 am »
Short video of juvenile great tit on feeder in our garden - cute.

http://yfrog.us/j3nv0z
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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #77 on: July 02, 2011, 09:41:00 am »
Nice to have a great spotted woodpecker join us for breakfast this morning. 











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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #78 on: July 02, 2011, 10:35:35 am »
FYI, if anyone likes any pictures in this thread (and in the forum generally) there is a new feature to allow you to share them. 

Hover over the image and you get an invitation to 'click to share'.

Click and it will reveal a host of sharing options including Twitter, Facebook, Email, Print, Google, Digg etc. 

Just click on one and the pic is either posted to your social networks, printed or emailed to you or anyone else.

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #79 on: July 02, 2011, 11:23:44 pm »
I think the video is a juvenile blue tit, David - very nice.
 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #80 on: July 03, 2011, 12:01:21 am »
Lovely photos  :)
 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #81 on: July 10, 2011, 04:40:18 pm »
Been trying out a zoom lens at Gobions Pond. The one of the moorhen was far away and a bit out of focus, but I like the reflection.





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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #82 on: July 10, 2011, 09:00:35 pm »
Great shots!  How do you add photos? 
 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #83 on: July 11, 2011, 06:02:37 am »
For those concerned about the tit with the deformed beak, some good news. It looks as though the bottom part has dropped off. It appears as though only the top part of the beak is too long now. Perhaps that will break off at some point. Some pictures from this morning.





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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #84 on: July 11, 2011, 06:57:20 am »
The ring-necked parakeet has just arrived for its breakfast.









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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #85 on: July 11, 2011, 09:45:49 am »
    Great shots!  How do you add photos? 

    Hi EvieMay,

    Sorry, didn't spot your question when I uploaded the last shots.

    There are three ways of adding photos to this forum. 

    • The easiest way is to click on the 'Attachments and other options' link immediately below the area where you write messages.  You then browse to the file on your computer and upload. That way is size-limited but you can still upload decent images.
    • The other way is if the pictures are already online and you know the web address. You then copy the web address into your message, highlight it and click the picture icon   to put the display code around the link.
    • The third way is to upload the images to this site's gallery and promote it in the thread. You can also carry out step two mentioned above once you know the web address of each image.

    I look forward to seeing your pictures.[/list]
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    Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
    « Reply #86 on: July 12, 2011, 06:53:05 am »
    Sad scenes in the garden this morning when we lost one of the regular visitors to a sparrowhawk (I think it's a sparrowhawk, perhaps someone can confirm).  Very sad, but that's nature.

    http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/birdguide/name/s/sparrowhawk/index.aspx





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    Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
    « Reply #87 on: July 12, 2011, 08:05:44 am »
    I have to say its all going on in your garden. best I can muster at the moment is a few pigeons and a blackbird....
     

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    Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
    « Reply #88 on: July 12, 2011, 08:36:54 am »
    We have them, too. My wife thinks I am being elitist in not taking pictures of them.
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    Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
    « Reply #89 on: July 12, 2011, 10:45:52 am »
    Is it because they is black?
     

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