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Bird and wildlife watching

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AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 25 Mar 2017 17:34

So you are collecting them Jem? :-) :-)

JemimaFawr

JemimaFawr Report 25 Mar 2017 16:48

Good Afternoon Everyone :-)

I thought I'd tell you that I now have 4 collared doves.
The third appeared about a month ago and kept getting sent off by one of the original pair.
They will tolerate it if it doesn't get too close.
Now they have been joined by a fourth, but I don't think it's a second pair.

They sit in my elderflower tree until they hear me coming out with the jug I use to put seeds and nuts in to scatter them about.
If they are not there, I give it a shake and they soon appear.

Today one of the great tits was back. It came when I shook the jug.
It then sat on the washing line swinging and looking at me :-D
So pretty <3

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 23 Mar 2017 15:00

Kandj, yes Adam is like Luke. Glad you dental checks were both ok. Our are due soon, I hate the deep cleaning.

Vera, yes I always wonder that about the long tailed tits, they seem to fly in and out quickly then we don't see them for a while Jane is the only one who seems to have permanent visitors.

Gwyn I do love to see the lambs in the fields. The ones with black legs may be Suffolk sheep although they also have black faces from the picture. I was surprised to hear on Countryfile that Herdwick lambs are born black, I assume they change colour so maybe others are born with black legs and change. :-D

Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 23 Mar 2017 13:06

Not really wildlife, but what a joy to see lots of young lambs in the fields, as a friend and I crossed Romney Marsh on our way to Rye, this morning. Mostly they were Romneys, but some with dark long legs too, - not sure what breed they are...maybe mixed.

The blackbirds were singing heartily, as we arrived in Rye.
They really do enjoy a god burst of song, don't they?

Very few birds to be seen in the garden. It is very windy though, so that always reduces numbers.
Haven't noticed any of the small species gathering nesting material, but something is shifting a lot of moss off the roof and dropping excess on the paths.... The seagulls are good at that, so they might be the messy ones here.

SuffolkVera

SuffolkVera Report 22 Mar 2017 20:19

Glad all went well at the dentist for you Kandj. It's good to see you posting.

I agree with you - there's nothing quite like a blackbird singing.

Windy and wet here for most of the day so not many birds around but we did have some long tailed tits in the garden yesterday. I often wonder where they come from and where they go to. The seem to appear out of nowhere, stay for half an hour and then disappear again and it can be weeks before we see them again.

kandj

kandj Report 22 Mar 2017 15:21

We have both been for routine dental check-ups this morning (all good) and as I was helping my hubby into the car a blackbird in a nearby tree was singing so loudly.
It was a pleasure to see and hear this birdsong on an otherwise cold wet morning.

Ann, Adam has grown quickly and he looks very much like big brother Luke.

Jane

Jane Report 20 Mar 2017 17:53

More visits from the Jay again on the window feeder. He lands with such a thump,and then has to kind of walk backwards on it so he can get his beak in the food tray.It is such a whopper of a bird!!!Probably half a length longer than the feeder !!!!

Jane

Jane Report 18 Mar 2017 17:42

We still never have Starlings. Just once in a while when they arrive in hordes .I can't remember the last time that happened.I think we have just about every other bird going ,but just not the Starling. I have to say I am not sorry :-) They are not my favourite birds.

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 17 Mar 2017 16:34

The wind is quite strong here now and the birds have all disappeared. The Starlings have been steadily eating their way through the fat nuggets. And I see from the window here that all the mealy worms have gone again, as well as the crushed up fat balls which I put on the ground feeder. :-) :-)

Jane

Jane Report 16 Mar 2017 18:43

Have just seen one BIG Pheasant in the garden...He looked a bit lost.
Our Bird Bath looks like a toilet most of the time Vera :-S. You would think that they would poop over the edge rather than in the water LOL.It can't be very pleasant have a bath in all that muck !!!!..Maybe they aren't too fussy :-D
Can't wait to see the Swifts and Swallows :-D

PatinCyprus

PatinCyprus Report 16 Mar 2017 15:17

:-D

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 16 Mar 2017 09:05

We are forecast strong winds today so maybe they won't pack their little bags just yet Pat. :-D

PatinCyprus

PatinCyprus Report 15 Mar 2017 21:54

The swallows and swifts are on their way and are leaving Africa. They are late this year but we've had strong winds and storms. I saw a swift and a swallow today when I was walking my dog.

They'll soon be in UK. :-)

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 15 Mar 2017 18:54

We have two robins visiting the garden and eating from the ground feeder and occasionally from the seed feeder. We are wondering if they are a nesting pair as they don't fight. The starlings are eating us out of house and home.

Maybe your bird with the big poo Vera was a wood pigeon.

SuffolkVera

SuffolkVera Report 15 Mar 2017 11:06

Just cleaned out the bird bath - what a horrid job :-| I am always moaning that we don't see enough birds in the garden but if a few can make so much mess I don't think I want many more. From the size of some fresh droppings I am sure we have had eagles there overnight!

Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 11 Mar 2017 15:30

Great idea Vera.

I too have similar containers....Square rounds I believe they were called.... so I will see how the birds like my homemade version of blocks.

I saw a pair of ducks checking out a garden in a nearby road.
They were mostly standard mallard colouring, but I noticed the female had quite a large patch of white feathers on each of her sides.
Several years ago, we had a female white duck fly into our garden each spring and lay her eggs. This happened for about 4 years.
I wonder if the recent duck is one of 'our' duck's descendants.?

SuffolkVera

SuffolkVera Report 11 Mar 2017 14:52

Gwyn, the feeder has hung outside for weeks and I have seen one bluetit and one sparrow look at it and fly away again.

We had some of those square suet blocks that the birds wouldn't eat. They were a freebie from Homebase and they were a rather strange pink colour. I threw them away in the end. I usually make my own now and the birds love them. I melt some fat - usually suet - and then use it to bind together all the other bits I throw in. I usually put some seed, some chopped peanuts and raw oats in, then anything else I have to hand; a few sultanas from the end of a packet or a bit of other fruit chopped up small, a left over bit of cheese grated up, a few cake crumbs etc. I have a number of Tupperware type containers around 6" square so I line them with a bit of cling film for easy removal and put an inch or two of the mixture in them to set. They come out just the right size for those square wire feeders. I do half a dozen or so at a time, put one out and the rest in the freezer.

Here endeth the cookery lesson ;-)

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 11 Mar 2017 09:40

I suppose they are like us and like some things and not others. I just wish they could communicate their likes and dislikes. We have had the same with those fat blocks Gwyn. At the momant I have taken in the fat balls which were not being eaten, goodness knows why, and refilled the feeder with fat nuggets which are new. and the starlings like those. :-D :-D

Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 11 Mar 2017 06:00

Vera,You would think that at least some of the birds would try the new feeder and then others would copy, but I know what you mean about being fussy.

I have a feeder that holds square suet based blocks and the birds have fed regularly from it for a long time.
Daughter was in the shop where I usually buy refills and noticed a box packed with blocks and thought this would be convenient, as I wouldn't have to go in so often on the bus.
I don't know what's different, but there's a block out there at the moment that's been in place for about 2 weeks. I saw 2 robins on it yesterday, but it's virtually untouched.Usually when I replace a suet block, the birds are on to it before I can get indoors and wash my hands.
When they are feeding youngsters, a block lasts about half a day.

Maybe I will crumble the newer blocks and see if different birds eat them.

There is a wonderful dawn chorus going on at the moment, so hopefully a few birds will visit today.

SuffolkVera

SuffolkVera Report 10 Mar 2017 21:05

We were in a large Home and Garden shop today so I had a look for yet another feeder for seeds. Also looked in a couple of other places and they all seemed to be like the one our birds won't go near. I just want something fairly basic as a spare so that I can have a couple out while one is drying out thoroughly after being washed.

I think I'll see if my brother can use the one I bought. Perhaps his birds are less fussy than ours.