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kandj

kandj Report 20 Apr 2017 12:26

Only our usual starlings, sparrows, doves, thrush, pigeons and the robin which has shown up again and was following me as I hoed the borders and he/she enjoyed
finding the worms. Need to empty and clean out the two bird baths sometime today.

Ann, I must look at your latest holiday snaps on your photo blog.

Vera, the birds are entertaining you but costing you money in seeds too.

Jane, enjoy your next break, I hope the weather improves for you both then.

Jane

Jane Report 19 Apr 2017 19:44

I'm here :-D :-D.. No gallivanting just yet . Off to Hay on Wye next week for a few days. There hasn't been too much to report bird wise .Other than the feeder emptying so quickly each day. Lot s of Woodpecker noises but not seen yet in the garden.

Vera ,hopefully all those fallen seeds will soon be snaffled up and no seeds start to grow !!!!

SuffolkVera

SuffolkVera Report 19 Apr 2017 12:46

In the words of Victor Meldrew, I DON'T BELIEVE IT! I've seen everything now.

When I got up this morning I noticed the top of the bird seed feeder was hanging in the tree but the rest of it was on the ground underneath. I assumed I hadn't screwed it up properly, so had a little curse at myself and filled it and hung it up again.

I've just watched a heavy looking pigeon flutter up and grab hold of one of the perches and then swing his weight to the side until the bottom unlocked and fell to the ground and all the seeds emptied out. There is now the empty clear plastic tube and the top hanging from the tree and seeds everywhere underneath. OH will not be happy when some of the seeds germinate and we have all sorts growing in the bed

You have to admire their ingenuity though :-D

I wondered about Jane too. I hope she is OK. Fingers crossed that she is on her travels and enjoying herself somewhere.

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 18 Apr 2017 18:39

Not seen Jane around she must be off gallivanting somewhere :-D

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 17 Apr 2017 13:20

Goodness Von, how lovely. If I throw out bread it is ignored for ages, never seen long tailed tits down eating bread before, he must have a good touch!!

We have just been to a garden centre (2 actually and re-stocked with meal worms as the Great tits and starlings are eating us out of house and home with their favourites.

Von

Von Report 17 Apr 2017 12:01

This morning my garden looked a bit like the John Lewis ad minus the badger and fox. (the latter only comes at night.)

OH had thrown out some bread so there were squirrels, magpies, pidgeons, jackdaws, blue tits,coal tits, long tailed tits, robins, goldfinches and a wood pecker.

We also have dunnocks and a wren but they were hiding somewhere :-0

It was lovely to see it so busy but sadly it's all quiet now.

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 16 Apr 2017 16:38

Well we are not seeing many birds around at the moment but we do have a blue (or it might be a Great, so far it has moved too fast to be sure) Tit nesting in our Sparrow box. They have a very roomy 'house' there for just the two of them. :-D

SuffolkVera

SuffolkVera Report 14 Apr 2017 18:33

On Sunday in the beautiful warm weather I went round one of the Newmarket studs and saw all the new born foals, several only 24 to 48 hours old. They're all legs and appealing expressions. Aaah :-D

This week the starlings are back en masse. Haven't seen more than the odd one or two all winter but there have been plenty around this week. They are such greedy birds. I put out a new home made fat cake thingy and they are straight on it and it is gone in no time.

I also thought the seeds were going down quite quickly then I found out why. The collared doves have discovered that the perches on the slightly bigger feeder I bought will take their weight, so they are having a good feed. I even saw a fat old wood pigeon trying it but he was just too big. He couldn't balance on the perch and eat at the same time but he did look funny trying to hang on for dear life and twist his head to get at the seeds.

Jane

Jane Report 8 Apr 2017 16:19

I think my Flutter Butter feeder thing has been a waste of money. No birds have been near it .Not even the Squirrel :-S
The Woodpeckers have been very noisy today.Not that I have seen any .Woodpidgeons pooping everywhere :-S,and a Hedgehog :-S. Good job we have a hose close to hand :-D

What fantastic weather :-D :-D,even warmer tomorrow I believe. Summer clothes have been dug out from hibernation . It could be back to woolly jumpers again though so I will keep winter clothes still handy. It is just so nice to be able to sit and eat outside for now :-D

Jane

Jane Report 3 Apr 2017 18:25

I think cats just eat the head Vera :-S. All remains of rabbits grought back by Thomas are just half . It all looks very neat too (if you know what I mean) . As for mice he eats everything except for a few innards.
I bought a Peanut Butter jar and feeder thing today .You just screw the jar in and hang it up. I don't know how popular it will be and not sure if I have hung it in the right place.We will see :-)

SuffolkVera

SuffolkVera Report 3 Apr 2017 12:49

Why do cats leave half a rabbit? Are they saving leftovers for the next day? One of our old cats used to do that and it was always the back half that was left. I wasn't sorry when we moved to this house and she no longer had access to a handy warren.

There seem to be plenty of sparrows and bluetits around but they are not going on the new seed feeder even though it is just a larger version of the other one. The one bird I have seen on it was a fat old wood pigeon. The way he was getting through the seeds he must have thought all his Christmases had come at once :-D

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 1 Apr 2017 21:29

:-( :-( :-(

Jane

Jane Report 1 Apr 2017 17:46

I only see the Woodpigeons having a bit of hows your father .A right display too I have to say.They have no shame lol.I think our smaller birds must do it in private :-)
Last night I had to remove half a dead bunny from the patio .Just left over from the cat .As I went to dispose of it in the black bin I almost stood on something,but wasn't sure what it was. I got the torch and went to have a look and it was a big Hedgehog! That must be the culprit that has been pooping all over the patio :-S. I think it must be the one that was around at the end of last year and has now come out of hibernation.

SuffolkVera

SuffolkVera Report 31 Mar 2017 15:51

I'm blushing at the thought of it Jem :-D :-D. My birds are much better behaved. Yesterday I watched a collared dove attempting to seduce another but she was having none of it and gave him the cold shoulder. At least I assume it was a male and female but who knows?

In the garden centre yesterday I saw a seed feeder just like the one my birds seem to like but a bit bigger and better quality, so I had to buy it didn't I? I'm just going to put it out and see how they like this one. I've given up on the one they wouldn't go near.

I was just thinking I hadn't seen the LTT today and he appeared. Although I am only seeing one at a time, I am now wondering if there are actually two and they are nesting nearby.

LaGooner

LaGooner Report 31 Mar 2017 12:09

:-D :-D :-D :-D Jem. Did it ruffle his feathers ;-) :-D :-D :-D

JemimaFawr

JemimaFawr Report 31 Mar 2017 11:11

:-0 :-0 :-0 :-0 SHOCKING! :-0 :-0 :-0 :-0

What they get up to! ;-) ;-)


OH was standing in the back doorway yesterday, and two sparrows were engaging in their nuptials, not once but three times, on top of the privet hedge ... in full view :-0 :-0 :-0

Poor OH did not know where to look! ;-) :-D :-D :-D :-D

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 30 Mar 2017 21:41

Thanks LG I had an email but couldn't find a list, in fact it was a duplicate of an email I had a few weeks ago I thought. Unless I didn't click on something.

LaGooner

LaGooner Report 30 Mar 2017 20:23

Ann I got an email with results this morning
1 house sparrow
2 starling
3 blackbird
4 blue tit
5 woodpigeon
6 goldfinch
7 robin
8 great tit
9 chaffinch
10 long tailed tit

kandj

kandj Report 30 Mar 2017 19:00

No shortage of starling here Ann, we still have lots and they are as greedy as ever.

Jane

Jane Report 30 Mar 2017 17:47

I did hear that Robins came top of the list.I am not surprised seeing how many we have around here. I have seen 4 today.

I hope your lonely LTT has company now Vera.It is unusual to just see the one.Mine are still about.Not in great numbers though.Definitely 2.

I was taliking to a friend last night and she says that everyday she has about 7 Pheasants come to her garden. One in particular taps on the patio door to be fed LOL