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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #90 on: May 22, 2021, 11:15 »
The ruby-throated hummingbirds left us in early April, I suspect they were some stopping off on their migration further north.

Others have returned now, these are behaving like they intend to stay. We have 3 feeders out, and when the hummingbirds are not having dogfights, they are feeding from all three.
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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #91 on: May 22, 2021, 14:47 »
I have never seen a humming-bird for real, except in an aviary.    They must be fun to watch.  Enjoy,   Mrs Bouquet
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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #92 on: May 23, 2021, 07:48 »
Since I no longer have my motherís cats Iíve started feeding the birds again, Iíve had the feeder in a few places & now seem to have found the place the birds are comfortable with  :D and I can still reach it to fill it, theyíre not yet eating me out of house & home, but recently Iíve spotted 1 or 2 robins, a starling,a bluetit & couple of blackbirds or so I thought but my neighbour informs me that the one that has a few white feathers on its neck is called something else a something wurzel or something like that, you might know ?
Plus we keep getting a little wren flitting down to the pond edge & disappearing under a plant a few times a day.

The "wurzel" is in fact a Ring Ouzel. They are a species of the Thrushes (Turdidae) family as per the Blackbird. They do not feed at bird tables. Currently, Ring Ouzels are migrating through Britain to their moorland breeding grounds. The black bird with the white feathers is a leucism Blackbird. 

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Isnít it funny how it happens when youíve never heard of a place or name etc & then you hear it lots. Last week or the week before on Country file there was a piece on the Ring Ouzel lol so now Iím very well informed should I ever see one. Thank you again GB
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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #93 on: June 12, 2021, 20:19 »
A birds nest in our Rhubarb.  A first and no harvesting at this moment in time!
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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #94 on: July 12, 2021, 12:00 »
A few days ago a Sparrow Hawk was sitting on my wall at the bottom of the garden.   I have seen him there just once before.  He dived off the wall, into the garden behind me which is a bit wild.  I thought he had spotted a mouse or something.    A little while later, another was sitting on the wall, but I couldn't identify if it was a female or maybe a baby.      A privilege and I spent a good while just watching with my "bins" well focused.  Mrs Bouquet

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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #95 on: July 12, 2021, 12:29 »
This year there doesn't seem to be as many sparrows as usual, but I've really noticed more Robins in the garden, and on the allotments.
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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #96 on: July 14, 2021, 11:45 »
Lots of sparrow gangs.  But not sure if I have seen a robin.   My neighbour feeds in the in open, so it is mainly crows and wood pigeons.  I don't know why she does it.    Sometimes a blackbird comes for a bath.  Magpies also.

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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #97 on: July 14, 2021, 14:11 »
Finally heard the red kites again & managed to locate them way up on high, but by the time Iíd got the binoculars focused theyíd gone :(. Not seen or heard them this year I donít think, last year they went over almost like clockwork 11am & then back again at 4pm, but today it was about 1:30pm.
Sadly last night I found a dead bird on the grass, looked like it could be a young Robin.
Iím getting a few sparrows on the feeders most days & there is a Robin who visits regularly but nothing as regularly as the collared dove/pigeon.
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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #98 on: August 10, 2021, 17:02 »
About 4pm I took my coffee down the garden, and as I looked up I saw the two Buzzard.  They seem to be here every year about this time and stay until October.  They may be here all the time, but that is when I see them.
I did the same rushed in for bin's and when I came back out I couldn't see them.   They really are huge.  Mrs Bouquet

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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #99 on: August 10, 2021, 17:41 »
They're fabulous birds, Mrs B!

Years ago, I was living in Wales, and they were always perched on telegraph poles in the Brecon Beacons and around there!

We do have a few close by, but rarely see them as they roost in the woods a mile or so away!

Their 'fingers' are a delight to see!

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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #100 on: August 21, 2021, 13:40 »
The sparrow hawk was sitting on the fence again today.  there are a few neglected gardens around, so I am sure he must be happy here.  Mrs B

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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #101 on: August 22, 2021, 18:14 »
We get a family of ravens which love the bell tower of the church nearby, but in fact, roost in the pitched roof of a neighbour's house!

They'll grab any bread going, and while they're 'bullies' for much of the time, they are good for the stale bread we give them, and we rather like them as they look great when their young are around! Our JRT hates them and barks every time she sees them plundering the bird table!

A chum had an uncle who was a local vicar, and he taught a tame bird to say 'Nice sermon', as nobody else thought he was that good...

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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #102 on: January 26, 2022, 09:14 »
Came across this tree full of black vultures on last night's walk. Our little dog finds any large black bird absolutely fascinating.
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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #103 on: April 20, 2022, 12:49 »
The summer visitors are back. Heard the cuckoo today and also noticed the house Martins swooping and diving.

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Re: Bird watch 2018
« Reply #104 on: April 29, 2022, 02:25 »
Robinahood,what a treat, I would love to see a kingfisher.

As a lifelong angler I've often had the company of kingfishers. The resident birds on one small lake complex regularly landed on the tip of any rods in rests extending beyond the reeds and using them as a perch from which to launch themselves at the local tiddler population. When I say resident, I assume that they were resident on the little river/beck close by but weren't above slumming it on the fishing lakes!

On one memorable occasion, whilst walking the banks of the Ouse near York, armed with  pike spinning rod and net, a kingfisher set up shop mere feet away atop a bankside bush and proceeded to give me a fishing lesson. Its dives into the water were so rapid that it seemed to disappear and reappear on its perch without any intervening time having passed at all. This continued for perhaps a half hour before it moved on, although in line with other magical experiences like this, it seemed to happen in a realm outside of normal time. It was truly enchanting.
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