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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #330 on: January 21, 2016, 08:26:24 am »
The last one is just an example following the previous subject but the others are genuine garden shots

Hi Webman, how to you always manage to take such wonderful pictures? Amazing images. What camera are you using? I have a Canon PowerShot SX 30 IS but I don't get such great pictures. Do I need to invest in a better camera, or is it just that you are better at taking pictures? David   :-\
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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #331 on: January 21, 2016, 09:29:29 am »
After saying that, don't forget that I didn't publish any of the dozens of duff shots I took at the same time!  ;D

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #332 on: January 21, 2016, 08:01:01 pm »
Hi Webman - now I've seen the enlargement I would concur with your heron identification. The wings are grey and the legs are trailing and it's chest is bulging. Some very good shots from your garden - you're lucky to get a Song Thrush. They are all too infrequent visitors to mine.
The egrets I've seen along Mimmshall Brook have all been of the Little species. The Great White has a thick yellow bill, is heron size and is a rare visitor to England, while the Little Egret is considerably smaller, has a much thinner black bill and breeds locally in the Lee valley.
 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #333 on: June 21, 2016, 07:25:14 am »
Is there a nightingale singing in Georges Wood Road?
We are not sure but after watching BBC Springwatch the other day where they were searching for an elusive nightingale, we are wondering if we have a nightingale in Georges Wood Road.  We heard it the first time on Sunday night at around 10pm and again Monday night at around the same time (might even have been two).
I have uploaded a video on YouTube (not very good quality I am afraid) if anybody would like to listen and could confirm our suspicion, please?
https://youtu.be/C-sUtqTbudc
Actually,  I can hear it singing now :-)
 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #334 on: June 21, 2016, 12:44:16 pm »
I think it's a Song Thrush, Susa.  They are the ones who always repeat their phrases.
 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #335 on: June 21, 2016, 09:33:59 pm »
Thank you.
And here we thought we had something special in our front garden  ;)
 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #336 on: June 21, 2016, 11:03:26 pm »
There's a good site where you can check bird-song at:
http://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Luscinia-megarhynchos

Sadly, Nightingale is a rare bird in Herts these days - the nearest ones are in the Lee Valley near Fishers Green
 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #337 on: June 22, 2016, 06:38:46 am »
Thank you,  Nobby.
Very interesting site.
 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #338 on: June 22, 2016, 11:06:58 pm »
A very unexpected sighting yesterday - from the upstairs back room window yesterday evening at about 8pm I saw a kingfisher flying the length of my neighbours back garden.  I have frequently watched kingfishers zipping across water,  and the speed/pattern of flight  together with the unmistakable irridescent blue of yesterday's bird means I am 100% sure this was a kingfisher.

However I believe the only pond in the local gardens (Peplins) is our own, and that is very small and currently covered in netting to protect against seeds from trees above!  Why would a kingfisher have been in a garden?

 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #339 on: June 23, 2016, 09:39:39 pm »
The territory of the Kingfisher is pretty big and it may have young somewhere. They often fly there territory to maintain it and a garden pond or small stream could attract them.  A very short distance for a Kingfisher to go from Peplins to Mymmshall Brook.
 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #340 on: December 18, 2016, 08:56:59 pm »
Hi Webman,
Strange bird! I'd go for an albinistic goldfinch
I've referred this to the BTO Garden Birdwatch team for their views. I'll let you know.
 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #341 on: December 19, 2016, 07:08:53 am »
One of the collared doves that frequent our garden died over the weekend. I am pretty sure it was one of the older ones in a flock that's been visiting twice a day. It was just sitting on the patio and didn't move when I went out. Later, it tried to fly into the magnolia tree but fell off the branch. Then it staggered on to the lawn and the next thing I know it had been attacked and killed by something. The RSPCA has an article about a disease the can kill collared doves. It's called Trichomoniasis. I have no idea whether that is what was wrong with the lethargic bird, but the RSPCA recommends not putting seed out for a while in case the parasite is still around and might infect others. Thought it worth sharing in case others notice sick collared doves in their gardens.
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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #342 on: March 06, 2017, 03:42:46 pm »
We've been getting a lot of birds in our garden over the cold snaps in January and February. Up to 40 Chaffinch and 35 Blackbird simultaneously. We've missed out on the Waxwing invasion so far, but rarer species have included up to 6 Brambling,  6 Reed Bunting and 5 Siskin. I would be interested to hear what visitors other people have had this winter.
 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #343 on: March 07, 2017, 05:22:45 pm »
We had a red legged partridge in the garden the other day. Also a few pheasants on the shed roof. An improvement on the usual crow and magpie setup!! BP
 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #344 on: March 10, 2017, 12:37:26 pm »
Red Legged Partridge is a good one, Brooky P. I've only had two records in 20 years in my garden. You must be close to fields.
 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #345 on: April 21, 2017, 08:53:56 am »
Seen at our bird feeding café this morning.
 
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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #346 on: April 23, 2017, 05:14:32 pm »
Brilliant
 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #347 on: July 03, 2017, 10:34:42 am »
Dumb collared doves trying to build a nest behind our Sky dish - again!. The last time they tried that was almost exactly five years ago - and it failed. Below a picture from then, and below that, two pictures taken today.

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #348 on: July 17, 2017, 06:37:13 pm »
David, nice to bump into you today in the idyllic surroundings of the Woodman beer garden.
If you'd like to maintain a permanent searchable record of all your sightings and contribute to a national ornithological database, try using BTO's Birdtrack at https://app.bto.org/birdtrack/main/data-home.jsp
It's quite simple to use... you register, set up a site(s) (e.g. Brookmans Park, Wildhill etc.) and submit either a list of species seen during a site visit, or casual one-off records. You can subsequently refer back to your historical records using the Explore My Records tab.
 
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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #349 on: July 17, 2017, 06:51:40 pm »
It's quite simple to use... you register, set up a site(s) (e.g. Brookmans Park, Wildhill etc.) and submit either a list of species seen during a site visit, or casual one-off records. You can subsequently refer back to your historical records using the Explore My Records tab.

Yes, nice to bump into you today. And thanks for the link. I have just registered on the site and I am now reading up on how it's done. Should keep me busy and out of mischief.   :)
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« Reply #350 on: July 17, 2017, 06:57:18 pm »
happy to pop over and provide a quick tutorial if required
 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #351 on: July 17, 2017, 07:00:40 pm »
happy to pop over and provide a quick tutorial if required

I might take you up on that if I get stuck. Thanks for the offer.
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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #352 on: July 30, 2017, 04:24:31 pm »
A few more pictures of the latest customer at the feeding station
 
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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #353 on: July 30, 2017, 06:17:56 pm »
A few more pictures of the latest customer at the feeding station

Lovely pictures, thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #354 on: July 31, 2017, 09:28:13 pm »
A nice shot of a youngster who has found a regular food supply.
 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #355 on: September 07, 2017, 12:08:16 pm »
Just had what looked like a juvenile green woodpecker on our garden wall. Click the images for full-size versions of the same pictures and then click again for more detail.






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« Reply #356 on: September 07, 2017, 12:20:15 pm »
A terrific photo. As you say this is a juvenile Green Woody.
 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #357 on: September 07, 2017, 02:53:44 pm »
A terrific photo. As you say this is a juvenile Green Woody.

Yes, and it seemed quite curious and didn't immediately fly away when it saw me, unlike the adults who are very twitchy. Here it is staring at me. This shot shows the fluffy new feathers on its front.
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« Reply #358 on: September 10, 2017, 05:11:38 pm »
Could this be the same one we had today in the garden? I've never seen a juvenile before  - it was tucking into the ants on the grass.
 
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« Reply #359 on: September 10, 2017, 06:38:12 pm »
Could this be the same one we had today in the garden? I've never seen a juvenile before  - it was tucking into the ants on the grass.

Lovely pics, thanks for sharing. Looks similar.
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