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#201 Red Willow

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Posted 03 August 2014 - 02:34 PM

We put out sunflower and nyger  seeds for the finches and have loads of goldfinches plus a couple of Bullfinches . We have the usual green and chaffinches as well. a small fledgling gold finch flew into my kitchen window and knocked it's self silly. Husband picked it up and put it somewhere safe under the blueberry bush tiny little thing but very nice.



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Posted 03 August 2014 - 05:54 PM

Goldfinches seem t have grown in number in recent years, maybe because of more people putting out sunflower seeds, nyger seeds etc. I see them in large numbers in my garden and out and about, right up to the moorland edges. Cracking looking birds.

first time i have seen a goldfinch in my area standish wigan, plenty other finches though, i thought we were a bit to far north for goldfinches?


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#203 Ullman

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Posted 04 August 2014 - 12:10 PM

We put out sunflower and nyger  seeds for the finches and have loads of goldfinches plus a couple of Bullfinches . We have the usual green and chaffinches as well. a small fledgling gold finch flew into my kitchen window and knocked it's self silly. Husband picked it up and put it somewhere safe under the blueberry bush tiny little thing but very nice.

Seen a couple of bullfinches near Melbourne on the Hull to York back road recently. They really are striking looking creatures.

 

Seen (and heard) a lot of yellowhammers recently. Apparently they're a rare sight in some parts of the country but they're commonplace in the East Yorkshire countryside.


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Posted 04 August 2014 - 12:50 PM

first time i have seen a goldfinch in my area standish wigan, plenty other finches though, i thought we were a bit to far north for goldfinches?

 

Missus, they are resident a lot further north than Standish right up to the north of Scotland. They are not resident in N West Scotland though.



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Posted 04 August 2014 - 12:53 PM

Seen a couple of bullfinches near Melbourne on the Hull to York back road recently. They really are striking looking creatures.

 

Seen (and heard) a lot of yellowhammers recently. Apparently they're a rare sight in some parts of the country but they're commonplace in the East Yorkshire countryside.

 

Aye the bullies are attractive birds.

 

Yellowhammers are in serious decline in much of the country, which is partly attributable to the grubbing out of hedgerows and bushes in the past and also changes in farming practices. There's only a few of them in Calderdale now.



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Posted 16 August 2014 - 10:34 PM

Coming back from Featherstone today on the coach ( wish I'd never gone!)
I saw a hare in a field.
I don't think I've ever seen one before.
Sure sign I'm a townee?
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#207 Ullman

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Posted 25 August 2014 - 01:41 PM

Sparrowhawk in Coniston this morning (that's the Coniston on the Hull to Bridlington road, not the one in the Lake District).


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Posted 25 August 2014 - 01:44 PM

just before nightfall I was out with the dogs yesterday, and a heron flew over. Not that rare, but against the setting sun it was stunningly graceful.


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#209 Red Willow

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Posted 25 August 2014 - 04:31 PM

We have a small bird of prey hanging round the garden, think it may be  a merlin



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Posted 25 August 2014 - 06:32 PM

just before nightfall I was out with the dogs yesterday, and a heron flew over. Not that rare, but against the setting sun it was stunningly graceful.


There is a large heronry about 500 yards from my house, no one within about 3 miles radius from here have fish in their ponds unless they keep a net over them
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Posted 26 August 2014 - 07:06 AM

Coming back from Featherstone today on the coach ( wish I'd never gone!)
I saw a hare in a field.
I don't think I've ever seen one before.
Sure sign I'm a townee?


We used to have a large number of brown hares round here, but that was probably because the Waterloo Cup was held in the area. Since the ban on hare coursing I've only seen the odd one. Sad really; watching them box in the spring was always enjoyable.
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