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Title: Bird watch 2018
Post by: New shoot on January 01, 2018, 11:18
The garden robin has a rival, so fisticuffs this morning.  I also filled up the fatball feeder, so sparrows and starlings are alternatively squabbling over that.

My birds are starting 2018 all guns blazing  :lol:
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Post by: robinahood on January 01, 2018, 16:40
Went for a stroll at a local nature reserve today, a kingfisher landed on a lake side branch about 10 feet away from me,  that was an unexpected pleasure!
Title: Re: Bird watch 2018
Post by: snowdrops on January 01, 2018, 17:54
Robinahood,what a treat, I would love to see a kingfisher. I’ve stopped feeding the birds now I have my late mother’s cats,it’s just not fair on them, I do miss the robins & blackbirds we used to get.
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Post by: Offwego on January 09, 2018, 23:26
Today's the daily visit by the pair of doves was as usual disturbed by the crows who chase them away from the bird table, then the starlings and the noisy robin

When my wife and i were walking to the allotment we saw 2 male bullfinches and a chaffinch in the bare trees so a welcoming sight, haven't seen wild bullfinches for ages round by us which is a great shame
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Post by: LILLILEAF on January 10, 2018, 05:38
I do my bird watching in the evening as we have many owls around,the most beautiful is the barn owl i see most evenings,there must be plenty of food in the fields that surround our house :),i shall be doing the rspb bird watch again this year.
Title: Re: Bird watch 2018
Post by: snowdrops on January 10, 2018, 10:57
I spotted & heard a lovely robin perched high in the bare branches of one of the acers this morning, it was singing for all its worth & not a cat in sight 😊
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Post by: Eblana on January 10, 2018, 12:53
I have a very cheeky Robin in my garden who follows me everywhere and if I don't give him his food quickly enough I hear all about it.  I also have feeders out so I have lots of blue tits, greytits, starlings, blackbirds etc. plus two wood pidgeons (Fred and Bertha) who visit the garden regularly.

On Monday while walking the dogs on the golf course behind my house there was a flock of Curlews sitting on one of the greens, I have only ever seen single birds around here so was really pleasantly surprised to see so many.
Title: Re: Bird watch 2018
Post by: LILLILEAF on January 26, 2018, 05:49
RSPB bird watch this weekend,i have asked for the big bird watch pack,but for the second year running it never arrived :(why i have no idea,so i asked again they have failed again >:(,don't they want my support?.
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Post by: robinahood on January 26, 2018, 06:35
I live on the edge of the city and something I love to see and hear at dawn and dusk is rooks flying, presumably to and from their roost, whereabouts unknown to me. They are in loose groups high in the sky, and talking to each other. Yesterday I was off to work as day was breaking, looked up and saw that the rooks were murmurating, I thought that was just starlings! Almost made going to work a pleasure...
Title: Re: Bird watch 2018
Post by: 8doubles on February 05, 2018, 11:56
I live on the edge of the city and something I love to see and hear at dawn and dusk is rooks flying, presumably to and from their roost, whereabouts unknown to me. They are in loose groups high in the sky, and talking to each other. Yesterday I was off to work as day was breaking, looked up and saw that the rooks were murmurating, I thought that was just starlings! Almost made going to work a pleasure...

Suprising how many corvids can gather at these winter roost sites , there used to be a belt of conifers just outside my home town that attracted hundreds of rooks, crows and jackdaws !
They really enjoy playing on a blustery day ! :)
Title: Re: Bird watch 2018
Post by: New shoot on February 14, 2018, 12:44
I had a pair of wrens hopping round in the back garden this morning, calling to each other.  Such big voices for such little folk  :lol: 

Then a whole group of long tailed tits decended on the fatball feeder and were having a lovely time on there  :D
Title: Re: Bird watch 2018
Post by: mumofstig on February 14, 2018, 12:57
I had my coffee in the greenhouse this morning and was watching the wrens darting about as well  :lol:
The birds don't seem to see me in there as long as I stay still, I don't know why that should be, but lets me see much more of them than I used to :)
Title: Re: Bird watch 2018
Post by: DanielCoffey on February 27, 2018, 07:30
We moved to a rural location in South Ayrshire last year so have the chance to see a lot more birds around us than we used to in Edinburgh. Since many of them are a bit too far away to see with the naked eye and the iPad camera is too weak to zoom, last week I treated myself to a pair of 8x42 binoculars to have a better look. It turned out to be a great idea!

The first thing we used them for was to identify some Starling-sized birds in the neighbour's paddock. They were present in flocks of several dozen, looked from a distance about Starling sized but were too pale. Under the binos we could clearly see they were patterned like a Thrush but were only 2/3 sized. They had an orange patch under the folded wings and a light bar across the eyes. They were the winter Redwings which apparently come from Iceland to Scotland and then leave again in March.

We are also in one of the areas where the corvid "super-flocks" form in the evening. Several thousand birds congregate at dusk for about 10 minutes in the late Autumn and Winter to socialise. They are a mixed flock of mainly Jackdaws and make quite a mess! Spectacular though.
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Post by: sunshineband on February 27, 2018, 09:34
Look who came to visit: a male sparrowhawk
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Post by: ghost61 on February 27, 2018, 12:51
OH got very excited whilst we had our morning coffee, as I pointed out a very small bird darting around in the arbutus - turns out it was a female goldcrest. Never seen before!

Every morning when I get up to sort out the hens, a ms,e blackbird and a couple of robins come to the garage door and wait for me to throw them some seed/ mealworms.  If they're not there, a quick whistle brings them flying in!  Bless!  Female blackbird is nest building too!

Title: Re: Bird watch 2018
Post by: rosiecider on March 23, 2018, 15:45
Pleased to hear the Lapwings back to their normal breeding field again this year, and loving the song of the Skylark enjoying the sun
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Post by: Goosegirl on May 05, 2018, 12:33
We've got a shell duck sitting on her eggs in our old hen shelter!
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Post by: pigeonpie on May 19, 2018, 11:11
One of the nicest things about living in our new life is the new variety of wildlife we get to see. My most regular garden visitors at the moment are the wheatears and stonechats. They're constantly out feeding, and I'm pretty sure they're nesting in the garden wall.

We're also lucky enough to live in an area where we have both golden eagles, and the white-tailed sea eagle. We're pretty sure the sea eagle is nesting just a few fields away, round near the cliffs facing the sea. Mr (or Mrs) eagle is spending a lot of his time flying back and forth taking food back to the nest so we're crossing everything that they have some eggs or some young...
Title: Re: Bird watch 2018
Post by: Goosegirl on June 05, 2018, 15:31
Loads of starlings with their young, some chiff-chaffs, and two baby tits in an upright uncovered water pump pipe that I used to stand my hanging basket on. How they're still alive is a complete mystery to me as it's made of black cast iron and must get so hot unless it acts like a funnel so the heat rises out. Pheasants, skylarks, goldfinches, doves, mallards and various warblers are also here.
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Post by: sunshineband on June 05, 2018, 17:31
Lovely to see some fledglings now: robins, blackbirds,  and young swifts now joining their parents in the sky
Title: Re: Bird watch 2018
Post by: 8doubles on July 01, 2018, 10:35
The strawberries are nearly over , had a quick check as i put the odd couple of late ones in a tub in the freezer but nothing to be seen !
 The hen Blackbird turns up and finds a good size strawb in seconds !

Good for her! :nowink:
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Post by: DanielCoffey on July 03, 2018, 10:29
This was our unexpected visitor today... I heard a light bang on the living room window and this juvenile Treecreeper was sitting on the floor, blinking. The parents were calling from the trees above.

I took the photo through the glass and kept an eye on it for a few minutes. Pretty shortly it recovered and was gone.
Title: Re: Bird watch 2018
Post by: Goosegirl on July 20, 2018, 14:14
Today I've seen blackbirds having a drink and a bath in our waterfall feature plus several pied wagtails flying all over the lawn. As it's raining nicely there must be lots of insects for them at the moment.
Title: Re: Bird watch 2018
Post by: snowdrops on July 21, 2018, 06:41
I think the blackbird family from 2 hedges away has fledged as the parents have stopped’pinking’ at my 2 cats, it got a bit wearing day in day out for about 6/8 weeks . I hope they choose somewhere less fraught to build their next nest. Although they brought attention to themselves by making the racket, if they’d have stayed quiet I don5 think the cats would have noticed them 🙄
Title: Re: Bird watch 2018
Post by: sunshineband on July 21, 2018, 08:41
Young kites have now joined the flock in the sky, and yesterday one landed on our garage roof... not quite got the timing for scoop-as-you-go yet!
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Post by: Fairy Plotmother on July 21, 2018, 11:38
I am quite excited as we have spotted a red kite in the sky above us over the last two weeks. We are only a few miles from London. They must be branching out from the neighbouring county where they were re-introduced a number of years ago.
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Post by: DanielCoffey on July 26, 2018, 21:49
Another thump on the window yesterday morning and we have a rather confused Willow Warbler. It was fine and flew off seconds after I got the photo.
Title: Re: Bird watch 2018
Post by: sunshineband on July 27, 2018, 16:52
Heard a Green Woodpecker shouting down at the plot yesterday, then as it flew across in front of us realised it was a youngster... so they have bred successfully again this year, which is good to know  :D :D
Title: Re: Bird watch 2018
Post by: Goosegirl on September 16, 2018, 16:59
We've seen a few remaining swallows and also some geese flying over.
Title: Re: Bird watch 2018
Post by: snowdrops on September 17, 2018, 21:21
Couple of weeks ago I heard bird calls that I thought I recognised but couldn’t place & couldn’t see any sign of a bird, then over a week I heard them again & again. Eventually I spotted them ...red kites... was so excited
Title: Re: Bird watch 2018
Post by: Goosegirl on October 02, 2018, 12:42
Loads of goldfinches on our bird feeders yesterday.