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By alanb

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I thought I would put together a few photos of the birds Wendy and myself, have seen in the last 12 months, in our garden. They include blackbirds, dunnocks, thrushes, robins, woodpigeons, long tailed tits, blue tits and a great spotted woodpecker. We hope you have a minute to look and enjoy.

Male Blackbird.

Dunnock.

Thrush.

Robin.

Woodpigeon.

Long Tailed Tits.

Blue Tit.

Now the Greater Spotted Woodpecker …… likes to start with some coconut fat …….

Followed by a main course of peanuts …..

Washed down with some rain water from the bird bath ….

Followed by a short flight and some sightseeing.

We do also see finches and have a wren nesting in the garden, but no photos yet. Thank you for looking.

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Excellent photos love to see the birds to in our garden but never a woodpecker but can hear them when out walking.

Thank you Alan for sharing .

26 Apr, 2014

 

Nice photos. I like birds very much, but I stopped feed them. I decided it is better to care for themselves. The pattern has changed a lot since we moved to this house 25 years ago. No sparrows at all, more wood pigeons, fewer blackbirds, more magpies, same number of robins. Occasional visit of other species, mainly in the winter months.

26 Apr, 2014

 

Same here Alan, apart from the Woodpecker! Here's a strange thing - yesterday a Crow was flying over the garden attacking a Seagull in mid air - the Seagull swooped down and - 'thud' - straight into the glass in the back door! It survived and flew off, leaving an imprint of it's wing and tail feathers on the glass. Lots of Starlings on the lawn today, eating red ants.

26 Apr, 2014

 

Lovely pictures Alan I love watching the birds too and we have all the same ones as you plus goldfinches,we did have a woodpecker but not seen him recently and a couple of years ago a green woodpecker eating ants on the patio!!!, a few weeks ago we even had a woodcock!! hubby had been clearing in our little wood and must've disturbed him.
The other day I was waiting for my shopping to be delivered and heard a tap at the door, not the delivery man but a cheeky pheasant wanting his dinner lol, he's become so tame he taps on the window and he even brings his girlfriend along now.
Haven't see a starling here for years Shirley.

26 Apr, 2014

 

Strange isn't it Simbad? Any sightings of that Hazel Dormouse? We still have the Blue Tits in our box ... lovely! :o)

26 Apr, 2014

 

Lovely photos, we have the dunnocks nesting in our Lonicera baggesons gold shrub and we had the blackbirds in there last year :))

26 Apr, 2014

 

Great pics, especially Daddy Woodpecker and the long tailed tit. Its a beautiful thrush too - we don't seem to get thrushes or long tailed tits, though we do get goldfinches.
Do you ever see the baby woodpeckers with their little "red hats"?

26 Apr, 2014

 

Always time to see the photo's of the birds Alan, they are great photo's, I would love to see a woodpecker in my garden but sadly no big trees to attract him, my daughter who is only round the corner does have them occasionally as her house backs onto the grounds of a school playing field with some huge trees along the edges.
We do get lots of birds visiting though so enjoy watching and taking the photo's, like yours they are busy feeding their young at the moment so lots of activity going on....Thankyou for sharing...

26 Apr, 2014

 

Hi Snoopdog I have just checked your photos. You are correct, page 2 bottom right hand side. Nice photo of the young woodpecker being fed by a parent.

26 Apr, 2014

 

Skotkat ... Thank you for your comment ... It a pleasure glad you enjoyed the photos. It was my first blog, I am still finding my way round.

26 Apr, 2014

 

Interesting Kokkinotria, we have also seen an increase in wood-pigeons and magpies.... Hardly ever see a thrush. One season we saw redpolls, they haven't been back again. We haven't seen any gold finches either for 12 months, they used to be regular visitors to our garden.

26 Apr, 2014

 

Shirley we haven't seen starling in the garden, since I managed to photograph a family of them, back in 2011. Glad the seagull flew off OK.

26 Apr, 2014

 

Kathy, the cheeky pheasant and his girlfriend want to be careful .... They obviously don't realised the potential pitfalls of going near someone's kitchen :~))

26 Apr, 2014

 

Daylily, lovely to see the birds building their nests, they work so hard. My late Mum used to have an old metal tea pot hanging up by the handle, under a berberis shrub. She left the lid off it, birds used to nest in it most years. Glad you enjoyed the photos.

26 Apr, 2014

 

Hi Steragram, one year we did three youngsters with a parent .... a few years ago. Of course the camera is never handy, when you need really need it.

26 Apr, 2014

 

Hi Lincslass, glad you enjoyed the photos and thank you for making the time to comment.

26 Apr, 2014

 

Hi Alan, lovely to see many birds in your garden. We are bird lovers and try to attract them to our garden as well. We have different birds from yours and love to watch them. Very nice blog.

26 Apr, 2014

 

brilliant. just got a bird table from our local garden centre and fed with assorted prepacked seeds. had very little interest so consulted an elderly neighbour down the road.
she said put the seeds in a feeder and on the table use
1. mealworms
2. suet pellets
3. grated cheese and
4. bread that has been soaked in water.
did this and now the table gets cleared in no time. just bought a seed feeder and now have to get a peanut feeder.

26 Apr, 2014

 

Enjoyed your blog Alan I just love watching all the different birds, we see much the same as you with the addition of a a pair of Jays, my friendly Doves and occasionally a wren. We also had Robins nesting in the Ivy on the pation they sucessfully raised their little family. I put a blog on a couple of years back if you want to have a peep ;0)

26 Apr, 2014

 

Klahanie, thank you. I seem to remember when I was in Toronto staying with relatives, seeing photographs of blue Jays, red cardinals and looms ....... which have a beautiful song. We bought a CD of loom recordings whilst out there.

26 Apr, 2014

 

What a great blog Alan - it's good to see your garden visitors. Your image of the thrush is ever so clear. I was mistaking a very small dunnock for a thrush a while back but was soon put right.
I have similar visiting my garden, no long tail tits - they sand wash in a neighbours very dry earth but thus far not ventured the 20 metres into my garden. One day, I hope!
We also have a lop sided magpies (amongst others) one of his legs is dangling and he doesn't use it and often staggers around, he gets by with it though.
Starlings, blinking pests!! For anyone reading this, let me know, I'll send you a dozen or so :)

26 Apr, 2014

 

Hi Maisiesdad, I hope you get many hours of pleasure from your bird table. A few raisins always goes down well with the blackbirds. Keep your camera handy and let us know how you get on.

26 Apr, 2014

 

Thanks Carole, glad you liked the blog ... I am sure I will get better with practice. I will certainly take a look through your blog archive, to track down your birds blog. Thanks for mentioning it.

26 Apr, 2014

 

Angie, I haven't seen many starlings for a few years. I can't say I'm sorry. I seem to remember as a youngster, they used to swarm around in small groups like locusts devouring everything, on any bird table. Glad you liked my first attempt.

PS Please keep them up north... Ta. :~))

26 Apr, 2014

 

Alan the blog I mentioned was, April 2012 A very Special Event ;0)

26 Apr, 2014

 

Just had a look Carole, thank you ....... Very good.

26 Apr, 2014

 

Shirley no no signs but we have put the birdbox back where it was so fingers crossed, I've since discovered that there has been a dormouse release programme quite near to us so it would be lovely to think they are in the garden.
Lol Alan they're quite safe here don't think it'd be right serving Phil and the missus for dinner!!! the kids would never forgive me lol.

27 Apr, 2014

 

Nice to see different birds in our gardens :)

27 Apr, 2014

 

alan, our kitchen windowsil looks like a bird supermarket, so now i have to add raisins to the shopping list. dave

27 Apr, 2014

 

Hywel, fully agree, we need to preserve them for generations to come.

Dave, you could always share them with the birds and put a few on your cereal <]:~))

27 Apr, 2014

 

Kathy, if there is a dormouse release programme nearby, keep your garage door closed ... they just love birdseed <]:~))

27 Apr, 2014

 

Simbad - I love the sound of a 'Dormouse release programme'! - good job it's not near my garden as Megan cat would be so happy! :o)

28 Apr, 2014

 

Kathy, I think I have one of your Dormice in my bag of bark ..... LOL ..... :~)) (Photo no. 30)

9 May, 2014

 

Only just seen this lovely blog. I don't seem to get thrushes; not through lack of trying though.

10 Jun, 2014

 

Digginfit, it's funny you say that, years ago as a youngster starling, thrushes and blackbird are the birds I remember, as being quite common. Nowadays, we may get one thrush a few times a year and hardly ever see starlings. Loads of blackbirds and there chicks at the moment, unfortunately there is a couple of magpies around that keep pestering them.

10 Jun, 2014

 

I had loads of starlings last year, but none this year. Blackbirds and the usual blue tits and great tits are in abundance too. I agree about magpies; they're tinkers!
Last year too I had a pair of crested tits who regularly visited the feeders, but they haven't been around either.

11 Jun, 2014

 

<];-)

11 Jun, 2014

 

wonderful :-O

11 Jan, 2015

 

Thank you <]:-))

11 Jan, 2015

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