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Bird and wildlife watching

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AnninGlos Report 31 Jul 2019 21:53

Hello Pippyn, For once I have not been on here regularly and somebody new has joined us. You are very welcome, especially as you have lots of wildlife to talk about. We live not too far from the Gloucester to Sharpness canal, love walking the footpath.

Like Vera our birds seem to fluctuate. At the moment we have 3 young male blackbirds who come regularly to feed at the patio table in front of the lounge window. We also have a large number of very young sparrows, three adult goldfinches and occasionally a couple of young on the niger seeds. Wood pigeons and collard dives and a couple of female blackbirds. The blackbirds, both sexes also come for their daily bath. We don’t see much other wild life except the butterflies but do see an occasional fox out the front of the house.

Vera could the brown butterflies be small skippers?


Jane Report 31 Jul 2019 19:52

We gave up on our CDs Pippyn . I often wonder what old CDs of mine OH used . Probably hits of the 70'80's ... I wondered where they had all gone :-D ;-)
You aren't that far from me really .How lovely to live near a Canal . We are about 10 miles from our nearest one in Market Harborough.


Magpye Report 31 Jul 2019 09:48

Hello Jane. I'm in Berkshire, fairly near the Kennet and Avon canal which is great for walking and of course wild life!!
Windy here today but much better than yesterday! The only sign of bird life has been the two robins and a couple of fat pigeons eying up our winter greens. We use old CD's tied into a bamboo pole to deter them, but unfortunately they get use to them so a re-think is needed - perhaps a scarecrow - OH?!!!!! :-D :-D


Jane Report 30 Jul 2019 19:00

Whereabouts are you Pippyn? I am in Northants. Love your comment about watching the birds at breakfast :-D :-D
It is absolutely tipping it down here now.I can't see the cat going out again today. He will just have to grit his teeth and use the litter tray :-D


Magpye Report 30 Jul 2019 18:05

Thank you so much for the nice welcome. I was a bit unsure about joining as I didn't want to butt in!
It's been so wet here today that there has been virtually no birds at all. Even the swallows have stayed firmly tucked up!!
Our bird table and hanging feeders are directly outside our kitchen window so we are able to watch all the activity while having our breakfast - better than conversation!!!
Hope tomorrow is finer!!!!


SuffolkVera Report 30 Jul 2019 16:55

Hi Pippyn,

Welcome to the boards. It used to be quite active on this thread but there’s only a few of us posting from time to time now so it’s nice to have someone new join in.

We’ve had quite a few butterflies around this summer - lots of the whites but also red admiral, painted lady (only a couple of those), peacock and at the moment quite a few small brown butterflies that won’t stay still long enough for me to try and identify them.

You have a good selection of birds. We only have a small garden and the birds seem to come and go. We had a big flock of sparrows for a long while but they have suddenly disappeared and for the first time this year we have had a couple of thrushes, though I haven’t seen them for a few days.

We get frogs in our tiny, tiny pond - at the moment I can only see 1 but sometimes there are several.


Jane Report 30 Jul 2019 16:50

Hi Pippyn you are very welcome to join in here as it is always nice to see someone new.
It seems like you have a wonderful garden full of wild life :-D Perfect for this thread :-D
I haven't seen our woodpecker for a while now but it is probably because I had to move the window feeder away from the house .It was a frequent visitor on that one.
I think we must have a Wrens nest in one of the trees right next to the house . Our Cat Thomas was trying to climb it the other day and the Wren (I am assuming Mum or Dad was kicking up a right racket). For such a tiny bird they have a very loud voice :-) I managed to shoo the cat back down . He was having trouble getting up through the branches anyway which was good and touch wood I havent seen him try again.He better not. Stick to Mice and Rabbits is what I say and leave the birds alone !!!


Magpye Report 30 Jul 2019 16:05

I've been looking in on this forum for a week or two (or five!!) and have taken the plunge to join just for a month to see how it goes! I am very interested in wild life, and where we live has so much all of which I would love to share!
At the moment we have a family of woodpeckers, bluetits, swallows on their second brood, a sweet baby robin + mum/dad?! (only appears to be one though!) wagtails! Also jennywren is busy collecting spiders off the fence and more beside! I also saw a Red Admiral yesterday on the Buddleia.


Jane Report 29 Jul 2019 18:21

I had a Red Admiral in the lounge Ann today. I managed to get it out again safely.In the last week I have had 3 Butterflies that have found their way in through the open patio door. All safe in the end :-D I worry so much about damaging the wings when trying ot get them out .
Just found a deheaded bird . It could have been a LTT :-( I think Mr Thomas might have had something to do with the Murder :-| :-|


AnninGlos Report 28 Jul 2019 19:05

Over the past three days we have had five very young red admiral butterflies in our conservatory. We can only assume they have been hatching out in there. How lovely. They happily flew out when we opened the door.


AnninGlos Report 27 Jul 2019 21:36

Our water feature pond is where both the blackbirds and the robin have their daily baths and the sparrows shower in the cascade. We also have two birds baths and a fountain type water feature which the birds love.


SuffolkVera Report 25 Jul 2019 12:37

You are right about the water Pat. We have a tiny “pond” and a bird bath and I check the water levels every day as they do evaporate in this heat. The birds don’t use the pond much, they seem to leave that for the frogs, but the bird bath is in constant use. This morning there were 7 or 8 starlings all fighting to get in the bird bath at the same time.


PatinCyprus Report 25 Jul 2019 08:40

Don't forget the birds in the hot weather they need water to drink and bathe in.

A friend of mine used to get an old bin lid out of her shed in dry weather and make a temporary pond for her garden birds.


AnninGlos Report 24 Jul 2019 16:40

I had not remembered that you had taken it down Jane. Yes we know it is still ok in next door although can't see it in there. Not sure how long it takes before they fly. We still have a young and very scruffy male blackbird who can't fly very well. He comes to eat the mealy worms. I think he must be from an early brood this year and maybe has not got all his 'flying' feathers.


Jane Report 23 Jul 2019 19:53

At least you have seen it Ann, and know it is fine. I wonder how long it will be before it flies.
I am missing my little birds on the window feeder since we took it down.But I am sure they are getting plenty of food elsewhere.Iam sure I will put it back up again at some point :-D :-D


AnninGlos Report 22 Jul 2019 16:39

Just seen our tiny baby robin but it hopped through our back gate and into next doors back garden so we can't keep an eye out for it now. It still can't fly and is like a little round puff ball.


AnninGlos Report 21 Jul 2019 16:46

Little and big robins have not been seen for two days. I am assume little one has learned to fly and is somewhere out of our garden. Hope it is ok but not a lot we can do now.

No goldfinches around while we were here but they are very fickle, they have probably found food elsewhere. Actually not a lot of birds around at all today.


AnninGlos Report 21 Jul 2019 15:56

There has been no sign of either adult or baby robins for a couple of days now.


SuffolkVera Report 20 Jul 2019 21:16

Lovely that your robins have a chick Ann. It must be good seeing the little goldfinches feeding as well Von.

On our feeder today was a family of bluetits. At least I think it was a family. There is often one on there and sometimes two together but today there were five. Three of them looked like youngsters. I would have liked a closer look but knew they would fly away if I opened the door to see them better.


Von Report 19 Jul 2019 17:42

Our baby goldfinches have now learned to feed from the feeder by themselves :-D :-D :-D