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AnninGlos Report 6 Jul 2019 16:57

Von, how lovely to see the goldfinches in the wild flowers. I planted a packet of wild flower seeds plus cornflowers and they are all growing and flowering, not seen any birds in there though. We do have a really tiny robin following us round the garden but can't make out if it is a small adult or one of this years babies.


Von Report 5 Jul 2019 14:52

I haven't posted in a while but always read the thread :-D

Our lawn which is mostly moss and wild flowers grew quite a lot whilst away on holiday recently. When we returned OH mowed said lawn but left a circle of wild flowers.
Looking out of the window one day I noticed a little family of goldfinches ( parents and babies )all descended on the patch of wildflowers and stayed for a while feeding on the grasses.
A delightful sight :-D :-D :-D
One of the babies has now managed to feed from the feeder but the other one is still very nervous and is still fed by parents ;-)
We also have a family of dunnocks who are just beginning to move away from the nest.
I haven't seen any frogs either Ann but the water level in our small pond is very low at present.


AnninGlos Report 4 Jul 2019 16:34

We don't seem to have a frog this year.

We had a robin that spent several weeks flying down the side of the house to a scrappy nest but he then suddenly stopped and I don't thin there were any eggs/babies. then we had a blackbirds nest and a female blackbird flying to and from the nest with bugs etc then yesterday she has disappeared and the nest is empty so we don't know if she produced anything or if the bird had fledged. Strange that is two of them.

Not getting many birds feeding but that is to be expected given that we have had three holidays. the occasional goldfinch and bluetit and a hoard of starlings if they spot the mealy worms.

We do have a lot of bees although not many bumble bees. and, so far only one little butterfly a small dark brown one, don't know what it is.


SuffolkVera Report 2 Jul 2019 15:55

Lots of the usual birds around, sparrows, blackbirds, pigeons and collared doves, and some starlings, plus a robin that comes for his mealworms and a thrush. I haven’t seen the goldfinches come for a drink for a long while now. I gave the bird bath another good scrub out yesterday and it’s nice and clean again now so perhaps that will attract them.

The garden is full of bees of all sorts I haven’t seen a lot of butterflies but there was a painted lady around yesterday. The buddleias are coming into bloom and that usually attracts some butterflies. Every time I look in our tiny pond there is just one little frog’s nose poking out of the water so it looks like he is billy-no-mates this year ;-)


AnninGlos Report 22 Jun 2019 16:24

Our seeds had not been eaten the week before we came away Vera. I wonder if it is because they are not good for feeding to the babies.


SuffolkVera Report 21 Jun 2019 20:20

Glad your birds are coming back Barbara. Goldfinches are lovely. We occasionally see just one or two drinking from the bird bath but they never seem to use the feeders.

I was surprised to see our seed feeder still a third full when we got back after a week away. Usually the sparrows clear it in a day. The fat balls had all gone and the peanuts had gone down. I refilled them all today and put some mealworms in the ground feeder. It didn’t take the robin long to reappear :-D


Barbra Report 19 Jun 2019 10:39

Hello hope you are all well today still have birds again .Gold finches are back 4 this morning. Crows are a nuisance we have to shoo them of as they knock feeders of onto the garden. Bright day just now . :-D


AnninGlos Report 18 Jun 2019 13:59

That is a shame Jane, hopefully they will soon forget and move on so where else.


Jane Report 17 Jun 2019 18:14

They have been around again today . Always being chased by the Crows :-S

I have had to move the window feeder away from the house because of the mess the Woodpigeons were making all over the patio.It was difficult to walk without treading in Poo :-S :-S . I am really missing seeing my little friends at the window .


AnninGlos Report 15 Jun 2019 16:01

aaw that was nice Jane. All we have over us is crows and magpies!!


Jane Report 14 Jun 2019 17:28

Just been watching 2 Red Kites overhead. It is the first time in a while I have seen them over us. There are plenty around here but not right above us for sometime. Nice to see them back again :-D


AnninGlos Report 9 Jun 2019 21:40

All fine Barbra, glad the birds are back. Enjoy your garden.


Barbra Report 9 Jun 2019 14:25

Hello our birds are back gold finches blue tits sparrows .cold tits black birds thrush & feeding four young ones .really busy again good to see them finished potting plants & Hanging baskets so can enjoy my garden now hope you are all okay Barbara


AnninGlos Report 8 Jun 2019 17:07

The female sparrowhawk is quite big compared to a Kestrel, the male not so big. Hawks they get in Tenerife are quite small, don't know what they are.


PatinCyprus Report 8 Jun 2019 13:02

The ones we get around here are sparrowhawks so not very big. Perhaps the mouse bit it. May have been a youngster our birds rear earlier than UK. It's 30 C today.

Plenty of insects from March onward. We usually get the swallows and swifts late February and they don't leave until September.


AnninGlos Report 7 Jun 2019 20:02

Lol fisty cuffs out at the mealy worm cafe this evening. Resident Robin sees the mealy worms as his property, cue two very young sparrows eating them. Robin huffing and puffing literally jumping up and down and flying at them, adult male sparrow arrives and eats Robin flies off in a huff and takes a bath. :-D


SuffolkVera Report 7 Jun 2019 18:17

Poor little mouse. I hope it was uninjured and managed to find a bolt hole. I quite like mice as long as they are not in the house.

We went on a 90 minute boat trip on the Norfolk Broads a couple of days ago. We saw the usual ducks, geese and swans with young and a couple of grey herons looking like statues at the water’s edge, but we also saw 3 separate Marsh Harriers. They nest in the reed beds and were flying low over the beds and quite close to us. They are beautiful birds in flight. They have a large wingspan and just seemed to be gliding above the reeds. Lovely to see.


AnninGlos Report 7 Jun 2019 15:01

Different to the usual post. But fascinating. I am surprised a Hawk would drop the mouse as they are usually clever at clinging on to them. Maybe the hawk was attacked by something bigger. Do you have the small hawks there, sort of Kestrel sized?


PatinCyprus Report 7 Jun 2019 08:39

It looked alert when it disappeared but I did wonder if it had escaped without injuring or shock. There are cats around here so it's fate isn't known as an injured or dead mouse would have been devoured overnight.

Our dog hasn't been attracted to the hedge so it's gone from there that's all I can say. :-)


Jane Report 6 Jun 2019 19:38

:-D :-D I am surprised the poor thing hadn't died from shock Pat.
If my cat Thomas had spotted it he would have had it for his dinner!! :-D