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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #300 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 #301 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 #302 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 #303 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 #304 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 #305 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 #306 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 #307 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 #308 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 #309 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 #310 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 #311 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 #312 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 #313 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 #314 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 #315 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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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #316 on: June 08, 2015, 11:54:48 pm »
Juvenile Jackdaw looks good to me. It's probably popped out of a nearby chimney-pot.
 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #317 on: June 09, 2015, 07:17:40 am »
Juvenile Jackdaw looks good to me. It's probably popped out of a nearby chimney-pot.

Thanks Nobby. It's very distressing working from home this time of the year. Last week there were three blue tit chicks in the flower bed. The parents successfully coaxed two towards the relative security of a laurel bush and they fluttered up into the branches. The smallest, who didn't look very well, was left behind and didn't survive. Pics of the two that did make it below. (blurred because taken with 800mm zoom on max)
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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #318 on: June 11, 2015, 06:02:09 pm »
Does anyone know what these guys are eating? They are busy on our lawn, but it doesn't seem to be damaged. Do Starlings eat bugs? I am sure Nobby will know.
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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #319 on: June 11, 2015, 09:42:42 pm »
Does anyone know what these guys are eating? They are busy on our lawn, but it doesn't seem to be damaged. Do Starlings eat bugs? I am sure Nobby will know.

Ants?
 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #322 on: June 12, 2015, 06:09:05 pm »
 They usually eat leatherjackets ie daddy-long-legs larva. Greatly to be encouraged I feel.
 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #323 on: June 13, 2015, 08:21:39 pm »
Could be ants, but I would favour leather-jackets at the moment. There have been some very noisy youngsters visiting my fat feeder over the last 10 days.
 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #324 on: December 17, 2015, 08:41:44 pm »
Guess the caption should read "Oh boy he's put the nuts in the wrong feeder", but I did it on purpose. The tits take the nuts away to a nearby bush and hold the peanuts in their claws while pecking away at them under the safety of cover. Great to watch. The nuthatches like it, too, working in relay to take the nuts away. 
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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #325 on: December 28, 2015, 11:59:07 am »
A raven flew over the railway station this morning at 8.55 - my first sighting of the species in the 20 years I've lived in the village. The raven was driven to extinction in Herts in the mid-19th century, but despite continued illegal persecution by game-shooting interests it has gradually spread back to the south-east, and was recorded again as a breeding species in the county in 2006 when a pair raised young near Whitwell. It's still rare in south Herts, and most claimed sightings are in fact Carrion Crows. It's best identified by its distinctive guttural cronking call, which can be found at http://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Corvus-corax
An exciting day for this birder - if not for most residents!
 
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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #326 on: January 11, 2016, 11:23:27 am »
Just been watching a lone magpie in my garden taking food bit by bit, then hiding the chosen bits in the longer grass and carefully covering it over with leaves he'd collected from elsewhere in the garden. When he'd stashed all he wanted, he then went back to the remaining food and ate his fill. First time I've seen that behaviour!
 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #327 on: January 15, 2016, 07:03:39 pm »
A raven flew over the railway station this morning at 8.55 - my first sighting of the species in the 20 years I've lived in the village.

Many thanks for telling us about this Nobby - very exciting!

We listened to the recordings and between Christmas and New Year thought we heard it in the Peplins area.  Then a few days ago it flew over the garden!!  Unfortunately I was not there to see it, but Webman rushed in and grabbed his camera and managed to get a shot of it disappearing into the distance!  He said it was huge, and you can see that it has a massive wingspan.  No way would anyone confuse this with a crow or rook!!
 

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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #328 on: January 18, 2016, 10:36:55 pm »
Umm, the wings look brownish - the bird in the photo looks a bit like a Red Kite, although obviously I didn't see it myself.
The garden's been busy over the last week - we've had a couple of nice Bramblings, a dozen siskins and a redwing recently. Sadly our greenfinches are dying one-by-one from trichomoniasis.
 
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Re: Garden birds - regular and unusual sightings
« Reply #329 on: January 20, 2016, 08:41:57 pm »
I must admit it looks a lot more like a heron than anything else.

I have seen a pair of Great White Egrets several times over the last few months in the Mimmshall Brook. Basically white herons!

Can you get black ones?
 

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