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TessAkaBridgetTheFidget

TessAkaBridgetTheFidget Report 12 Apr 2020 21:43

Yes, the parakeets are very noisy. In fact I had heard one when I was walking at the (Churchyard) side of the pool, but couldn't see it anywhere.

Was a few minutes later when I had walked half way round the pool, that I saw one coming from the other direction. Don't know if it was the same bird or not.

Haven't been to the park since then, I think that it is getting rather crowded.

When I did Tai Chi there, we used to see various groups of joggers and walkers (going at different paces) as well as individual walkers, joggers and runners.

Park was very wel lused. The end of group activities probably means that there are far more individuals, walking, jogging and running around the park. Which, by the way, can be used as a sort of short- cut,
A wonderful place in the inner city.

SuffolkVera

SuffolkVera Report 12 Apr 2020 18:02

Lovely video Pat. That's a real stress buster :-)

PatinCyprus

PatinCyprus Report 12 Apr 2020 12:58

Thought you might like this to watch.


https://youtu.be/V9MuOqTI83U

SuffolkVera

SuffolkVera Report 1 Apr 2020 22:17

The sunflower hearts are really bringing in the birds. I thought I saw a blackcap on them yesterday but I wasn’t sure. He was back today and I am now sure it is a male blackcap which is another bird we haven’t seen here before.

My cousin used to live on the border of SE London and Kent and when we visited her there was always a big flock of parakeets near her home. It was quite a sight as they were all coming in to roost but Ann is right - they were so noisy.

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 1 Apr 2020 21:41

Lovely Tess, they can be noisy though can’t they?

Vera lovely that you have so many birds returned to your garden especially the Greenfinch as there are not many of them around now. We had three or four blackbirds in the garden this morning. Two females and one male and couldn’t quite see if the other was male or female as it scooted over the fence into next door. Also had a robin back, the usual two goldfinches and a cheeky Magpie having a bath and emptying the water feature.

TessAkaBridgetTheFidget

TessAkaBridgetTheFidget Report 31 Mar 2020 00:06

Went for a walk in my local park last friday.

saw a parakeet, (bright green). Used to see them sometimes when I did (out door) tai chi in the park, but stopped that two or three years ago. Godd to see that some things stay the same.

SuffolkVera

SuffolkVera Report 28 Mar 2020 14:07

I have seen the greenfinch today so OH was right. First one we have seen around here. I just hope I don’t run out of sunflower hearts before I am able to go out to restock as it’s those that have attracted the goldfinches and now the greenfinch.

SuffolkVera

SuffolkVera Report 26 Mar 2020 16:50

I was sitting in the conservatory yesterday afternoon and watching a thrush picking mealworms from a dish, a robin at the mealworms in a ground feeder, a couple of bluetits on the peanuts and a couple of goldfinches on the sunflower hearts. It was such a lovely scene.

Today OH thought he saw a greenfinch on the sunflower hearts. If he was right that will be the first one we have seen since moving to this house 6 years ago.

Gillx

Gillx Report 23 Mar 2020 11:43

I've been watching a couple of Magpies building a nest in the neighbours conifer, they've been busy for weeks now. I always thought they took over other birds nest, so was surprised to see them coming and going with bits of twigs and the like in their beaks. Yesterday I had the back door open and heard a funny noise, when I looked out there were two Magpies right up by my back door, I didn't think they'd come so close. They soon went back down the garden when they saw me though.

I hope you manage to see the swans again Gwyn, like you said it'll be a welcome distraction from all that's going on at the moment. It'd be nice if all 9 eggs hatched successfully.

You've all seen some lovely birds around. I notice the Blackbirds were still eating the berries on our plants, but thankfully have left a few for us to look at. The bird table is always full of Robins and blue tits and when the starlings arrive, boy do you know it, they squabble like children and make such a noise.

Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 18 Mar 2020 10:38

A friend and I have just taken a short walk near a local water way.
The swans are nesting near the path again this year and one was sitting on the nest, the other swimming nearby.
Apparently there are about 9 eggs in the nest, so it will be interesting to see how many they manage to hatch.
If we are still allowed out and about, watching the swans will be a welcome distraction from all the serious news reports.

SuffolkVera

SuffolkVera Report 2 Mar 2020 20:59

That’s great Pat. At least there are signs of summer with you so perhaps it won’t be too long before we see some signs too.

I wasted quite a while this morning watching a couple of goldfinches on a feeder. They had a good old feed. I’ve never seen more than two at a time so I don’t know if there are just two visiting or if there are several. They totally ignore the Niger seeds that I kept putting out to attract them but appeared once I started putting out sunflower hearts which they appear to love. I was pleased to see a thrush again today as well.

Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 2 Mar 2020 08:45

Pat, that's lovely.
Brighter days ahead then.

I remember when we lived in Cyprus, we had swifts nesting in the eaves. I loved to see them darting about collecting insects then swooping out over the wadi on their next hunt.

PatinCyprus

PatinCyprus Report 2 Mar 2020 07:53

Saw my first swallows of the year this morning. Summer is on it's way :-D

Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 16 Feb 2020 18:30

Thursday and Friday, the birds were having a great time in our garden splashing in the bird bath. A starling spent ages in there, while a robin looked on longingly from a nearby tree.

Saturday the wind picked up and over the weekend I haven't had one bird in the garden.

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 4 Feb 2020 16:42

That was a nice surprise Vera. Hope they remember where they are now and bring all their mates. Our goldfinches are here one day then we don't see them for a couple of days and then they come back. I think they are playing us off against another bird feeder somewhere up the road.

SuffolkVera

SuffolkVera Report 3 Feb 2020 15:49

i haven’t put out wild bird seed for a while now as the birds weren’t taking it anymore. instead I’ve been putting out sunflower hearts, as well as my usual suet balls, peanuts, Niger seed and mealworms and the birds have gradually been coming back. Today I was cock-a-hoop to see 2 goldfinches on the sunflower seeds. They kept flying away and then coming back a bit later so I hope we are going to see more of them.

LaGooner

LaGooner Report 28 Jan 2020 22:18

I once had that problem so I emailed the Lodge at Sandy and they sent me a form out in the post.

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 28 Jan 2020 15:30

I stopped doing it when for some reason the site wouldn't accept my log in or password so I couldn't get the form etc. Lost interest after about 10 tries.

LaGooner

LaGooner Report 28 Jan 2020 00:00

Today again while it was bright and dry I have had loads of visitors to the feeders. I have just entered my observations to the RSPB and will now wait for the online results to see how all our little friends are doing.

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 27 Jan 2020 14:58

That was a great selection LG well done.
We have had a couple of LT Tits in a couple of days plus the few great and blue tits, a blackbird and several magpies and about 4 collard doves and two wood pigeons.