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#61 Ullman

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Posted 25 January 2010 - 05:15 PM

When I was passing through Etton earlier on today there was a dead blackbird lying next to a dead sparrowhawk in the road. I guess the sparrowhawk picked a bad spot to consume its prey.

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Posted 25 January 2010 - 11:28 PM

QUOTE (ckn @ Jan 25 2010, 05:37 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Jays are shy birds who rarely come into urban areas. We're very happy for the rare visits our local jays give us. Then we look into the field out back and see about 20+ magpies. dry.gif


I've seen a few jays in gardens in the leafier parts of West London.

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Posted 26 January 2010 - 10:21 AM

QUOTE (exxile @ Jan 25 2010, 11:28 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I've seen a few jays in gardens in the leafier parts of West London.

I suppose urbanisation is doing to them what it did to foxes.

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Posted 26 January 2010 - 01:55 PM

Its been the busiest I can ever remember remember it on our feeders. After bemoaning the lack of goldfinches earlier in this thread, they are now arriving by the dozen, along with feisty groups of long tailed #### as mentioned by others.

All the different finches and #### that often don't bother with our garden for months on end are taking it in turns to tuck in and there's a new favourite - a male blackcap that seemed to arrive with the snow and is there or thereabouts every time I look out of the kitchen window.

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Posted 26 January 2010 - 02:17 PM

the woodpeckers are busy giving themselves brain damage in the woods at the back of our house. Ther seems to be more of them every year
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Posted 26 January 2010 - 07:26 PM

QUOTE (ckn @ Jan 26 2010, 10:21 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I suppose urbanisation is doing to them what it did to foxes.

They've been nowhere near my bins. Ha ha ha ha ha ha boom boom!

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 10:31 AM

QUOTE (l'angelo mysterioso @ Jan 26 2010, 02:17 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
the woodpeckers are busy giving themselves brain damage in the woods at the back of our house. Ther seems to be more of them every year


haven't heard a woodpecker in a couple of years now, there was one knocking away in our local copse on the brow of the hill, we did manage to see him 2 / 3 times but he disappeared last year

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 01:40 PM


it's now been found out, by one of the blokes at the factory, that ducks understand the Marmite Problem.
he chucked an unwanted extra marmite buttie into the canal, a bevvy of ducks came over the first one took a chomp and half of them did a quick u-turn and disappeared in the direction of the bushes overhanging the sides biggrin.gif

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 11:22 PM

Did anyone take part in the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend?

Here's my tally:
2 x Dunnock
4 x Blackbird
3 x House Sparrow
6 x Goldfinch
3 x Great ######
2 x Robin
2 x Blue ######
1 x Woodpigeon
1 x Songthrush
1 x Wren
2 x Collared Dove
2 x Greater Spotted Woodpecker
1 x Greenfinch

There's a few that didn't turn up at the allotted time, but that's how the system works.
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Posted 01 February 2010 - 09:48 PM

QUOTE (exxile @ Jan 31 2010, 11:22 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Did anyone take part in the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend?

Here's my tally:
2 x Dunnock
4 x Blackbird
3 x House Sparrow
6 x Goldfinch
3 x Great ######
2 x Robin
2 x Blue ######
1 x Woodpigeon
1 x Songthrush
1 x Wren
2 x Collared Dove
2 x Greater Spotted Woodpecker
1 x Greenfinch

There's a few that didn't turn up at the allotted time, but that's how the system works.

Not a bad visual haul that - I wasn't in the weekend but I've done it in the past. What kind of area are you in (rural, semi rural, urban, prison)?

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Posted 01 February 2010 - 10:05 PM

QUOTE (Millman @ Feb 1 2010, 11:48 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Not a bad visual haul that - I wasn't in the weekend but I've done it in the past. What kind of area are you in (rural, semi rural, urban, prison)?


Do it tomorrow, they'll never know.

In a village, woodland garden, and backing on to farmland.

I frequently see green woodpeckers, and as many as three at a time, and more rarely a lesser spotted, but not over the weekend, so that was a bit disappointing. I've not seen a siskin for quite some time, and they would normally eat nyger seed, if they could get past the goldfinches.

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Posted 04 February 2010 - 07:57 PM

QUOTE (exxile @ Feb 1 2010, 10:05 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Do it tomorrow, they'll never know.

In a village, woodland garden, and backing on to farmland.

I frequently see green woodpeckers, and as many as three at a time, and more rarely a lesser spotted, but not over the weekend, so that was a bit disappointing. I've not seen a siskin for quite some time, and they would normally eat nyger seed, if they could get past the goldfinches.

That'd be fraud!

They'll be one less starling visiting my feeders if the testimony of my wife having seen a sparrow-hawk ripping one to pieces by the kitchen window this morning is to be believed.


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Posted 05 February 2010 - 04:30 PM

QUOTE (exxile @ Jan 31 2010, 11:22 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Did anyone take part in the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend?

Here's my tally:
2 x Dunnock
4 x Blackbird
3 x House Sparrow
6 x Goldfinch
3 x Great ######
2 x Robin
2 x Blue ######
1 x Woodpigeon
1 x Songthrush
1 x Wren
2 x Collared Dove
2 x Greater Spotted Woodpecker
1 x Greenfinch

There's a few that didn't turn up at the allotted time, but that's how the system works.


Here's mine for comparison

2 x Dunnock
3 x Blackbird
4 x H/sparrow
1 x Robin
2 x Bluetit
1 Collared Dove
2 x Greenfinch
1 x Jackdaw
1 x Long Tailed ######
3 x Chaffinch
4 x Starlings

That's the worst count I've had since I started five years ago. I usually make 13 or more species with at least one or more of the less common types.

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Posted 06 February 2010 - 12:51 AM

I have never seen a redwing in my garden. If they have been there, I've failed to identify them. I had a bullfinch last week, but not in the hour allocated. Brilliant vivid red. I often get troops of rooks. I may have jackdaws, but have been mixing them up with carrion crows.

I'm guessing you don't put out nyger seed?


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Posted 15 February 2010 - 03:01 PM

There is a male Harris Hawk in the land at the bottom of my garden.
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Posted 16 February 2010 - 06:28 PM


we saw another Buzzard today, that's 4 now , a pair and 2 singles, in a 6 mile radius

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Posted 06 March 2010 - 04:24 PM

Today a couple of yellowhammers, chaffinches, goldfinches, skylarks, one live pheasant one dead one and an army of seagulls in a ploughed field.

And the usual shed-load of stoggies.

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Posted 06 March 2010 - 10:20 PM

Today I saw Song Thrush get startled by a Bank Vole in my garden.

#79 Ullman

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 11:09 AM

I'm just watching a couple of collared doves enjoying the sunshine in next door's cherry tree.

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#80 Andrew Vause

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 09:21 PM

We get the odd Goldfinch which are nice to see, what are really rare now around are way are Tree sparrows. s
Suppose with the large pressence of Magpies now and declining natural habitats that it was inevitable that a once common bird such as the Tree Sparrow's numbers would decline.




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