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#21 hindle xiii

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Posted 18 May 2009 - 01:36 PM

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we currently have great #### nesting above the patio, i have added another nesting box to see if it will attract other birds next year.

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#22 westhuller

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Posted 18 May 2009 - 01:51 PM

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We get a huge variety of birds, Robins, great, coal and blue ####. Chaffinch, Gold finch, bull finch, both sparrows, wren, blackbirds, woodpecker, magpies and odd Jay.

we currently have great #### nesting above the patio, i have added another nesting box to see if it will attract other birds next year.




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Posted 26 May 2009 - 12:57 AM



the first of the new starlings have been down today being fed by their parents



we also now have an unwanted scruffy cat stalking in the trees at the bottom of the garden mad.gif

#24 JohnM

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Posted 26 May 2009 - 07:44 AM

Lived here nearly 4 years. never seen any Goldfinches.

At the weekend I hung a feeder full of nijer seeds outside my office window. Bingo, this morning, tow goldfinches feeding away!

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Posted 26 May 2009 - 09:59 AM

Our neighbourhood Jay seems to like the gardening we did at the weekend and has been in our garden at least two or three times since. smile.gif

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#26 Red Willow

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Posted 26 May 2009 - 12:39 PM

I think the #### have gone wink.gif

They were there on Saturday then gone by Sunday.







How long are birds in the nest before fledging?


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Posted 26 May 2009 - 11:34 PM

QUOTE (JohnM @ May 26 2009, 08:44 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Lived here nearly 4 years. never seen any Goldfinches.

At the weekend I hung a feeder full of nijer seeds outside my office window. Bingo, this morning, tow goldfinches feeding away!


Clever, aren't they?

I put out some of those suet balls, on a feeding tray, on Sunday night. Gone completely by getting up on Monday morning. Whe I put out another, an adult rook was soon breaking it up, then feeding it to two youngsters on the ground below.

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 12:46 AM

Got garden of fledgling starlings and sparrows being fed by hassled parents.
Lured in Goldfinches at last.... thistle seed feeder finally noticed!!
Thought that straggly white cat hanging around before the dog spootted it got the male chaffinch, but he has returned after a week, been a nice weekend watching it all. (Female chaffinch has been a steady regular, maybe he was on egg duty or foraging elsewhere)

Away from garden birds, the red kites have been more prevelent in the sky, I think the Aylesbury kites have bred and there's more than the 2 we had here.Watching them when mobbed by crows just wheel away with disdain at another bird's attempt to attack, they really are superb flying machines.
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Posted 27 May 2009 - 09:01 PM



had a blue ###### come down a few times over past few days

the wood pigeons are getting a bit brass necked rolleyes.gif 1 was waiting where I park me car this morning and flew onto the roof to it's mate where they watched me fill up the seeds and nuts etc,2 minutes after I was inside the house there was a squadron scramble ( as we now call it biggrin.gif ) and the garden was full of anything that could fly
fantastic it was

although the good Mrs VRG now reckons I spend more on feeding them than I do on taking her out.....

our starlings have taken a big liking to the bread soaked in gravy that I put out after tea tonight

#30 goldcard

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 06:52 PM

I can now report 7 goldfinches feeding in the garden, 4 adult, 3 juveniles (faces still brown, but gold flashes on the wing).
I have also seen 8 red kites over the estate at once, showing the Aylesbury Kites are breeding well.....
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#31 exxile

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 11:15 PM

QUOTE (voteronniegibbs @ May 27 2009, 10:01 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
our starlings have taken a big liking to the bread soaked in gravy that I put out after tea tonight


You shouldn't really feed them bread. Sorry. sad.gif
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#32 Ullman

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Posted 13 June 2009 - 11:06 AM

A peacock flew across the road as I was cycling along yesterday.

I'm used to the deer running out of the woods, but that was a first.

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Posted 16 June 2009 - 09:35 AM



haven't seen the song thrushes for a long time now,not sure why

the young blackies and starlings are snaffling everything and anything

latest comedy moment was a young blackbird hopping round some fodder on the grass with it's beak open trying to get a sparrow to feed it, I suppose some things have to be learnt the hard way...

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Posted 16 June 2009 - 11:30 AM

I live on a new estate - I got giddy last week when I saw a crow fly over.


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#35 Leeds Wire

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Posted 16 June 2009 - 11:58 AM

We are lucky enough to live right on the northern edge of Leeds so we get a lot of the woodland and farmland birds of lower Wharfedale... recently I've seen a sparrowhawk perched menacingly on the front gate, a green woodpecker and some fantastic aerial combat between red kites and rooks.

We even have a regular pair of jays, who stand expectantly underneath the rowan tree where most of my feeders are. I feel very privileged to see an abundance of wildlife from the kitchen window.

Strangely, I've only ever seen one house sparrow, one goldfinch and no starlings, despite them being very common birds.

#36 Ullman

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Posted 16 June 2009 - 08:31 PM

QUOTE (Leeds Wire @ Jun 16 2009, 12:58 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Strangely, I've only ever seen one house sparrow, one goldfinch and no starlings, despite them being very common birds.

They maybe don't like the look of that aforementioned sparrowhawk.

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Posted 16 June 2009 - 09:41 PM

QUOTE (Leeds Wire @ Jun 16 2009, 12:58 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
We are lucky enough to live right on the northern edge of Leeds so we get a lot of the woodland and farmland birds of lower Wharfedale... recently I've seen a sparrowhawk perched menacingly on the front gate, a green woodpecker and some fantastic aerial combat between red kites and rooks.

We even have a regular pair of jays, who stand expectantly underneath the rowan tree where most of my feeders are. I feel very privileged to see an abundance of wildlife from the kitchen window.

Strangely, I've only ever seen one house sparrow, one goldfinch and no starlings, despite them being very common birds.


If you put out niger seed, in a feeder designed for it, I'd be very surprised if you didn't get lot of goldfinches, and probably siskins too. No idea how they know, but they find it within a day or two.

I have a woodland garden (just inside the moat of course) but have never seen jays there. I think I spotted a chiffchaff the other day, but not certain, as they are not that easy to distinguish from birds like garden warblers.



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#38 l'angelo mysterioso

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Posted 16 June 2009 - 10:18 PM

QUOTE (Leeds Wire @ Jun 16 2009, 12:58 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
We are lucky enough to live right on the northern edge of Leeds so we get a lot of the woodland and farmland birds of lower Wharfedale... recently I've seen a sparrowhawk perched menacingly on the front gate, a green woodpecker and some fantastic aerial combat between red kites and rooks.

We even have a regular pair of jays, who stand expectantly underneath the rowan tree where most of my feeders are. I feel very privileged to see an abundance of wildlife from the kitchen window.

Strangely, I've only ever seen one house sparrow, one goldfinch and no starlings, despite them being very common birds.

I live on the northern edge of leeds as well
on the edge of Adel woods
there's a healthy owl population and woodpeckers(not sure what sort because I've yet to spot one)
we get regular visits from deer in our garden including magnificant stags
but what you say about jays caught my eye.
walking down to the seven arches, and either to Alwoodly or the other route towards the Hollies via the ring road tunnel, you would see a kingfisher now and again near the weir, but there would always be the odd jay.
The thing is that jays have now supplanted the once powerful colony of magpies that dominated our back garden and the field next to it. They are really bold birds, and beautiful to watch.
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Posted 16 June 2009 - 11:42 PM

QUOTE (l'angelo mysterioso @ Jun 16 2009, 11:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I live on the northern edge of leeds as well
on the edge of Adel woods
there's a healthy owl population and woodpeckers(not sure what sort because I've yet to spot one)
we get regular visits from deer in our garden including magnificant stags
but what you say about jays caught my eye.
walking down to the seven arches, and either to Alwoodly or the other route towards the Hollies via the ring road tunnel, you would see a kingfisher now and again near the weir, but there would always be the odd jay.
The thing is that jays have now supplanted the once powerful colony of magpies that dominated our back garden and the field next to it. They are really bold birds, and beautiful to watch.


Woodpeckers are fairly easy, as there are only 3 types, but still aspectacular 'spot'. The green looks nothing like the other two and tends to feed on the ground. The greater spotted has a red abdomen and a patch of red above the neck, whereas the the lesser has a red cap, and nothing red on the abdomen.

Kingfishers are a really good spot, and you need a nice quiet river to find them.

We should go birdspotting together; we'd become best friends. ph34r.gif

Edited by exxile, 16 June 2009 - 11:43 PM.

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#40 l'angelo mysterioso

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Posted 17 June 2009 - 06:08 AM

QUOTE (exxile @ Jun 17 2009, 12:42 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Woodpeckers are fairly easy, as there are only 3 types, but still aspectacular 'spot'. The green looks nothing like the other two and tends to feed on the ground. The greater spotted has a red abdomen and a patch of red above the neck, whereas the the lesser has a red cap, and nothing red on the abdomen.

Kingfishers are a really good spot, and you need a nice quiet river to find them.

We should go birdspotting together; we'd become best friends. ph34r.gif

I've seen woodpeckers before
just not seen the ones I've heard in the woods at the back of our place.
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