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AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 8 Oct 2020 15:03

Not many birds around at all Vera. Maybe it is because there are so many berries on the trees and other natural foods for them.

SuffolkVera

SuffolkVera Report 6 Oct 2020 11:50

I saw a couple of sparrows on the feeders this morning. I know that doesn’t sound much but we used to get lots of them all the time, then a year or two back they just disappeared, so I am pleased to see even a couple. Otherwise, apart from the pigeons and collared doves, there are only a few bluetits at the moment.

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 25 Sep 2020 19:01

Not many birds here Vera and our goldfinches have disappeared I wonder if it is because there are teasels, thistles, sunflowers and other grasses with lots of natural seeds for them to eat

SuffolkVera

SuffolkVera Report 23 Sep 2020 20:33

Lucky you Ann. I haven’t seen any woodpeckers round here though I expect there are some. I’m also wondering where our goldfinches have gone. We didn’t have loads but we had a couple of adults who were around every day and then in the summer we saw two young ones as well. A couple of weeks ago they just suddenly disappeared :-(. In fact there don’t seem to be many birds around at all, just a few bluetits, an occasional robin and starlings that come and go.

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 21 Sep 2020 11:59

For the first time in the 28 years we have lived here we had a spotted woodpecker in the garden this morning. It was hanging upside down on the fat cake that is in a container on the apple tree and stayed quite a while having a good feed before roaming around on the trunk of the tree and then flew off. Lovely to watch it but of course no camera to hand.

Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 21 Sep 2020 11:47

The bee eaters are really colourful, Pat.

I don't remember seeing them when we lived in Cyprus.

We did have a lot of swifts swooping in from the nearby wadi.
They nested in the eaves of our rented house. I didn't know they were there until contractors were renewing the wood and disturbed the nests. Presumably there was no legislation back then regarding timing of such work.
A poor little baby bird, bald except for a few tufts on each wing was on the ground. We had to give it a chance, so took it indoors, out of the summer heat to try to help it. The workmen must have seen us because soon there was a knock at the door and before we could answer, they left 2 more babies for us. We fed them on flies and other insects and managed to rear them to a decent size before handing them on to another UK couple, when we had to move.

I didn't see one swift, swallow or martin this summer, when out for my walks. House martins used to regularly nest on the house opposite us and I used to enjoy watching their busy nest-building and feeding.

PatinCyprus

PatinCyprus Report 21 Sep 2020 11:02

Although still hot I know it autumn due to the birds. About a month ago I noticed the swallows, swifts and house martins collecting together and then there was none.

Today I'm watching the bee eaters gathering so they'll be gone soon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMmfrUD98SM

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 11 Sep 2020 20:22

Interesting trip the Gwyn, reading about it I wondered what I was going to read next??

Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 9 Sep 2020 23:00

Daughter and I went shopping, this evening.
I have to wait for her to drive the car away from near the front door, before I can get in and just as I was about to do that, a frog hopped under the car. Out came the torch and eventually we noticed it had hopped out the other side of the car, so I ushered it further onto the neighbour's garden and we set off.
We had just gone a short distance on the next road, when we saw 3 young fox clubs on the side of the road. Luckily, 2 of them didn't decide to make a dash and join the one on the other side.
After a quick shop, we noticed we'd had a brief light shower of rain, so thought we'd better watch out for the frog at home. Sure enough, it was there on the edge of the driveway, but we managed to park without mishap. It was probably eyeing up the large collection of snails on our grass, out enjoying the much-needed rainfall.
Quite a 'wildlife' evening for our brief shopping trip.

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 13 Aug 2020 20:08

After reading about bees needing a drink I followed instructions and filled a plant pot saucer with large pebbles and keep this topped up with water for bees to drink from. Not actually seen them drinking but it is there if they need it. Apparently they can drown if the drinking water is too deep, seems they don’t know to avoid deep water.

SuffolkVera

SuffolkVera Report 10 Aug 2020 20:05

We put up a bee box last year and it was ignored but this year the bees have discovered it and I’ve been fascinated watching them flying in and out and filling the holes. I think that a couple of holes have been filled by the red mason bee but it’s mostly leaf cutter bees. They seem to have decided that one of my hostas makes good nesting material so all its leaves now have very neatly scalloped edges. It’s worth putting up with a few chewed leaves for the pleasure of watching them and knowing that we’re doing our tiny bit for our pollinators.

I’ve also been watching bees and wasps drinking from the bird bath. It’s a wonder to me that they don’t slip in and drown.

Re: the birdbath. From an upstairs window I saw what looked like a layer of scum on the water. When I checked the whole surface was covered in tiny bubbles. I’ve never seen anything like it nor had OH. To be on the safe side he gave it all a good flush out with the hosepipe and then refilled the bath. I’ll check on it in the morning.

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 22 Jul 2020 12:18

I didn't see it but it made OH jump as they flew over his head. We do get the occasional sparrow hawk call in but not usually as dramatically as that. We get lots of calls circling overhead and calling but they don't often land in the garden.

Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 19 Jul 2020 19:49

Gosh Ann. That must have been dramatic to watch.
I know it's only nature, but a catch wouldn't have been pleasant so close to you.

Nothing much happening here in the way of bird sightings, but plenty of noise from the family of seagulls nesting on the kitchen roof. Unfortunately, the 3 young still have a lot of down covering, so we've got our lodgers for a lot longer yet.
I wish they weren't so vocal so early in the morning. As soon as it's light, they start calling some mornings.

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 19 Jul 2020 17:13

When OH was siting outside with his coffee there was a lot of noise behind him suddenly a bird flew really fast down the garden and through the apple tree followed by another bird going even faster which didn't manage to turn through the apple tree, shot off to the left and landed at speed among the wild flowers. OH thought it would have been hurt but no the bird emerged and shook its head and flew off, it was a sparrow hawk obviously outwitted that time.

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 12 Jul 2020 11:50

Lots of Peacock butterflies on the Buddleia today plus a few small Tortoise shell.

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 5 Jul 2020 18:33

A few weeks back we had loads of birds, lots of blue and great tits feeding and several blackbirds. They all seem to have deserted us now. We wonder if they were feeding young before but now only having themselves to feed they can find enough bugs. We do have a lot of bees but only one or two butterflies so far.

SuffolkVera

SuffolkVera Report 5 Jul 2020 15:41

It’s a while since anyone posted on here isn’t it? Perhaps you’re all like me, enjoying a few birds but not seeing anything new.

There don’t seem to be many butterflies about though my garden does seem to be bee friendly. Lots of bees from the tiniest little solitary bees to big fat bumbles. We have a bee box on the fence and some of the little holes have been blocked up at the end. I think it’s the mason bee that does that.

We’ve also noticed lots of dragonflies (or maybe they are damselflies). I’ve seen them around plants in the garden and I keep finding dead ones in the conservatory.

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 26 May 2020 11:43

We have a small male blackbird that practically lives in our garden. He has his black feathers and orange beak so is not a juvenile but I don't think he is very old. He spends most of the time in and around the garden, often dozing under a bush, or he makes himself a dent in the soil and spreads his wings and lies in the un. He is in and out of the water features all day and is not scared of us at all. Very strange. He can fly but not too strongly, I am pretty sure he is not injured. I think last week a couple of times he was picked on by a larger blackbird (probably over territory) it was a real fight in the air. since then he seems nervous even of sparrows but also seems happy enough to just stay around the garden and in the \apple tree.

Oh and another thing for the first time in many (probablyover 10) years, we had a small grey squirrel in the garden this morning. not sure whether to be pleased or sorry about that.

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 6 May 2020 10:16

That could work out expensive Bob. No doubt it was taken to feed the babies. The do have large beaks. Last week I put our two pork chop bones, quite big with some fat left on them. I watched a magpie pick one up and drop it on the lawn, a couple of hours later both bones had disappeared, obviously lifted by a Magpie or crow.

Bobtanian

Bobtanian Report 5 May 2020 10:41

I have just installed one of they 6ft high bird feeder pole things, and last night filled the feeders with seed and in the tray two fat balls.
this morning the fat balls have gone, so put out two more......I have just seen a crow appear and lo and behold it took one of the fat balls in its beak, and flew off.... wouldn't have thought it could do that!!