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AnninGlos

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

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

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

PatinCyprus

PatinCyprus Report 6 Jun 2019 09:43

Well a new one on me!

Sat yesterday afternoon reading, it was hot so an ideal thing to do. I was sat in the sitting room near the patio doors, we have a small patio out front with an hibiscus hedge between the patio and our wall.

I heard a squawk followed by a high pitched squeal which disturbed my reading and I looked outside to see something hit the hedge and whatever it was was dropping through the hedge. :-0

A branch broke the fall and I found I was looking at a mouse clinging to the branch. It regained it's balance and shot off into the hedge and hasn't been seen by us (or the dog) since :-D

Looks like one of the hawks had picked it up for a meal and dropped it when overhead. The mouse was lucky to fall into the only soft thing in that area. Don't know if it suffered any injury or how shocked it was but it's got a second chance yesterday :-D

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 4 Jun 2019 18:54

We actually had four goldfinches feeding on the feeder today, not seen that many for ages. Our Robin is still taking mealy worms to the pile of leaves he calls his nest, can’t hear or see if there is anything in it. Sometimes two of them fly in and out as well .

Jane

Jane Report 2 Jun 2019 14:47

Oh Pat poor dog ,I bet she was champing at the muzzle to try and caatch one of the Swallows LOL What a lovely sight though :-D.... We have a few here now .

I think it is the kind of weather where we might start seeing Bats in the evenings.

Vera it doesn't take long for the bird baths to get really mucky again does it? It is the Woodpigeons that turn it into a toilet :-S :-S. We did have a couple of Goldfinch too the other day having a drink which is very unusual. They never feed though from the window feeder.to get on the feeder.
The Spotted Woodpecker is a bit of a bully and keeps all the little birds well away from the feeder . :-S

SuffolkVera

SuffolkVera Report 1 Jun 2019 17:06

I’ve just been sitting by the open conservatory door watching a robin taking meal worms from the ground feeder. I also gave the bird bath a really good scrub out. I hate that job but if I don’t do it regularly it gets in such a state. We have recently had a couple of goldfinches coming to drink from it though I seldom see them on the feeders, so I’d like to be sure the water is reasonably clean.

There seem to be plenty of bees around, as well as some butterflies and a few dragonflies.

PatinCyprus

PatinCyprus Report 31 May 2019 11:30

Walking the dog this morning saw a wonderful aerobatic display by about a dozen swallows over the bondu (waste ground). They were swooping just above us, my dog thought she might catch one, they were too quick for her and she wears a muzzle :-D :-D :-D

Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 29 May 2019 09:48

I haven't seen a woodpecker for ages near here.

Last week I saw the swan family quite a distance from their nest, but wasn't sure it was them. By chance I met a friend another day out walking and she said that she'd just seen the family on their nest, so I walked that way to look. When I neared the spot, I saw them serenely gliding along the water having just left their base. They were the same sizes as the one's I'd seen earlier in the week, so I think they are happily covering a wider area now.

Yesterday I saw mum mallard with her offspring. She had 6 and some of them were almost as big as her, so hopefully have a good chance of surviving now. The youngsters were having a great time darting about feeding and making trails in the duck weed topping the water.

Jane

Jane Report 28 May 2019 19:05

The Woodpecker is still a visitor many times a day on the window feeder :-D. I have to stay very still though as one movement from me and it is off.
We just had a Duck fly over the house :-D

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 23 May 2019 21:49

Oh great Jane to see the woodpecker.

We don’t have so many magpies these days although two is more than enough.
I did read that magpies, starlings and sparrows were in decline because of the way we buy specialist bird food rather than feeding scraps as we used to. And goldfinches are on the increase.

Jane

Jane Report 23 May 2019 20:05

Lovely to see the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker on the window feeder today :-D :-D It has been a while since I have seen one.

Jane

Jane Report 20 May 2019 20:19

Nice to hear that there are at least 3 Sygnets . Sad that there are just the 3 though.

We have the Jay here swooping in every now and again on the window feeder. Not quite so many Magpies at the moment :-)

Barbra

Barbra Report 12 May 2019 17:45

Hope you see the Swan family soon x not many birds in our back garden yet we have had a couple of Sparrow Hawks about so maybe that's why no sm birds. A couple of Black Birds singing to each in the trees like little sir echo lovely to listen to them Take Care Bye For Now Barbara

SuffolkVera

SuffolkVera Report 10 May 2019 20:13

That’s lovely to hear Gwyn. I hope you get to see them.

Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 10 May 2019 17:38

Swan Update..... I have just been speaking with a friend, who told me that the swans had 9 eggs in total.
I'm not sure what happened to all of them, as obviously some must have not been viable and were abandoned, but the parents are successfully rearing 3 fine cygnets and the family all venture out for fairly lengthy swims, so are often seen at some distance from the nest.

I will have to walk that way at various times of day in the hope of seeing them.

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 2 May 2019 22:17

Bet our birds have left us since we have been away. Will find out tomorrow.

Gwyn that is sad about the swans. Unusual for them to abandon eggs unless they have been attacked.

Barbra

Barbra Report 1 May 2019 19:42

Hello All not many birds about yet the odd sparrow one robin .blue tits just coming & going only a couple though .as you say there is plenty of midges.& I am sure the bushes & plants are full of little meals for our birds.hope you are alright .let you know if I get anymore visitors x Barbara x

Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 30 Apr 2019 19:02

Strangely, I haven't seen or heard so many magpies yet this year.
In the past, we have had blackbirds shrieking at them as the bigger birds launched their raids on the nest.
So sad to see that.

This week I saw 2 moorhens with their little chicks.
One of the mums jumped in the water, but her babies didn't follow her, so after a while she climbed back up the bank and joined them in rooting about on the grass.

Sad news about the swans.
I walked along the path next to their nest and was shocked to see 2 eggs, still whole but alone in the nest. There was no sign of the parent swans anywhere. I will ask around locally and see if I can find out what has happened.

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 30 Apr 2019 08:38

Jane the trouble with magpies is that they will take baby birds as well as eggs horrid birds.