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This cold weather has gone on for days now in Essex and elsewhere. Frost has been continuous. Not as much snow as in some places, but more than ever I knew of in Nov/Dec. I bought a little cage and some grease balls and hung out grapes in the little liquidamber tree. Repositioned the RSPB hanging feeder after a good cleansing, so is under the canopy. It has grapes/wholemeal bread/ and dried wormy thingies, now damp. Hulled sunflower seeds, always out, and a coconut shell with grease elsewhere in the garden. Wood pigeons have gone for the rowan berries big time. Blackbird has been shooing off a thrush from HIS grapes. Lots of tits. A flitter of a wren, usual robin, glimpse of a magpie. A crowd of yobby starlings breezed in and out after robbing the grapes. Trying my hardest for the poor birds to get food and water.


Don’t normally see any kind of thrush in the garden but here it is feeding off Rowan berries and grapes and ignoring the dried thingies.


Bit larger to try to decide if mistle or smaller thrush. Lovely to see it pay us a visit, but Mr Blackbird is very territorial if he is around.


Really enlarged and not so clear. Very wary of the blackbird.


Missing for a long time from the garden.Now making good use of the rowan tree berries. No matter how much he has to teeter to get at them.


Ah that’s better now the leaves are off.


Bottoms up. A good view of a woodies derriere. I wonder if it might be a good idea to save some sprigs of rowan berries in the freezer for later in case of a really hard winter. Not this year, as not enough left. The birds really love them.


Left the teasels and wonder if any seeds left in them. Make a pretty sight adorned with a dollop of snow.


Repositioned hanging RSPB bird table……wonder if they will use it……bit near the house. The bossy blackbird might and the robin.

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You are doing great work to look after the garden birds in this freezing weather.. Especially lovely pics of the thrush... :o)

3 Dec, 2010

 

Oh! So nice to see a Thrush, not very common these days, I saw one in Befairs Wood Leigh-on-Sea, first one I've seen in years.
Nice to see you are looking after the wild life, they sure need all the help they can get in this cold snowy weather.

3 Dec, 2010

 

Lovely blog Dorjac, you did well to get the photo`s, that table is a very good idea, I must either make one or see if I can buy one, my dog Brynner cannot get the feeders but he won`t leave the tables alone, one of them in my apple tree would be a godsend for my blackbirds, robins and thrush........

3 Dec, 2010

 

Excellent blog Dorjac, It's so reassuring to know that you and thousands probably millions are feeding our lovely garden birds. Today the Farmer spread copious amounts of 'muck' on the field. In a matter of minutes it was covered in birds even Lapwing and Grouse. I worry about the birds that live in rural areas where there's nothing but snow.

3 Dec, 2010

 

'Dried wormy thingies' sounds interesting, Dorjac! Lovely to see a Thrush in the garden, as for the grapes, well, the Blackbird has eaten all of them now! No chance of a photo, he's in and out so fast, then he goes across to the red Pyracantha berries. Fascinating to watch, such a busy bird throughout the day. I wonder if I could make a feeding table using old chains from a redundant hanging basket and some spare wood?

3 Dec, 2010

 

We have a lot of holly trees. We counted seven wood pigeons feasting themselves today and yesterday. I have to run out and get a few branches for Christmas decorations before it is too late. There is enough for us all!!! lol My husband Barry supplies the birds with seed and fat balls.
I have a yellow Pyracantha but the birds don't seem to like them. The Cotoneasters are popular and the Rowan.
They are lovely to watch.
Best wishes to you Dorjac hope you are both keeping well.

3 Dec, 2010

 

You are doing a great job Dorjac! That looks like a Mistle Thrush to me....but I'm no expert. I have two at the mo. in my Rowans. Funnily enough, they seem to chase away the blackbirds, but they are bigger than the blackies ..just a bit bigger. The Waxwings have gone now, but lots of small birds and a whole squad of Rooks today that took the Robin treat...well, the dog actually took most of the Robin treat late last night....yuck!! Take care..

3 Dec, 2010

 

I am out of bird seed so I am making pies with household scraps and fat cakes and trying to get fresh water out every day.The birds are clearing the lot ,and as well as drinking the water they are still bathing in it.

3 Dec, 2010

 

Nice to see people feeding the birds in this harsh weather.
We have pouring rain tonight :o) It's much milder and I am pleased. I hope it spreads.

3 Dec, 2010

 

Hywel, I am seriously unhappy with the news tonight..they have just said no thaw before the New Year at the earliest! I don't know how you're getting rain, but ....hey...I hope it continues for you! I think you and the far west of Argyll are the only green bits left on the map!

3 Dec, 2010

 

Thanks all for responding. This weather must have caught the birds on the hop. Some of the poor things fly to UK for an easier time, and now this prolonged bout of freezing weather. I put warm water out and before it could be used it had frozen!! Some old people, my age group really, fall in their gardens and that's it, never to get up again. I have hiking boots on my feet and a broom for support when I venture in the garden, and my mobile on in my pocket too.

3 Dec, 2010

 

That's very good Dorjac. You are well prepared!

3 Dec, 2010

 

I sooooo wish I could put food out for 'our' birds as I used to in Essex, but what with feral cats booking their stays in the barns for Winter and constant raptors flying overhead with their beady eyes on the lookout for tiny live morsels I fear I would cause more deaths than save feathered lives!

4 Dec, 2010

 

Exactly that happened a few years ago. There was a gang of sparrows feeding on the hanging feeders and this sparrow hawk must have floored about 6 with a smash and grab raid. Female SH. She plucked and ate them all. So many, she spent 3/4 of an hour in the hawthorn, weighed down with her feast, before she flew off. 5 mins walk from town! Photos to prove it, but only in the scrapbook. Published one of one standing on a chaffinch on GoY, I saw that kill. GoYers don't really like that sort of grim reality.

4 Dec, 2010

 

It's a fact. Sparrowawks also need food.

4 Dec, 2010

 

Well done Dorjac keep the good work up, very wise to carry your mobile, even if you areonly in the garden. Lovely photo of the thrush. :o))

4 Dec, 2010

 

Milder today but still a dodgy walk to get the paper. Leki stick, hiking boots etc, tread warily while the youngsters go skipping past. Not many birds around today....perhaps flown away to a tropical island. Raining a bit just now as it is going dark. I bobbed into a music based emporium as I came back. Lots of younsters in there on electronic drums, synthesisers. You can play about 15 different exotic organs with earphones on. There is an Apple Mac set up with a big screen, synthesiser below, two big speakers, mike, the lot. All hidden down a back street. Free parking. Heaven on earth for some lads.

4 Dec, 2010

 

It is really bad here today after a milder weekend. I have been taking photographs for an email Christmas card. Ho! Ho! Ho!

6 Dec, 2010

 

I am very envious of your rowan berries, Dorjac! My new little rowan tree didn't produce any berries this year - fingers crossed for next year. Lucky you to have a thrush visiting - a rare sight for me.

6 Dec, 2010

 

Not a good day Gee and Linda, yesterday, as had to visit the dentist to have a back tooth extraction. Rung up 9.30 am....extraction at 12.30 but not NHS. Strange there was a short mild period of weather and the birds mostly vanished. Just those perky little tits left and the odd sparrow. I think they tanked up in the garden and flew south.

7 Dec, 2010

 

Hope you're feeling better today, Dorjac, bet that hurt your purse as well as your mouth! Your little birds must have flown south, straight into my garden - lots of starlings, sparrows, chaffinches, etc. I will feed them up and send them back :)

7 Dec, 2010

 

Thanks Gee.... my mouth healed up really quick. Well worth the money to get prompt, expert attention from GJ's old Swedish dentist.Yesterday we spent an hour or so in the bank with adviser and got told off about the amount of money in current account....so no problem. Difficult to spend a lot when one of pair is not well!!!!! Went to our favourite pub after the bank and I had a 'butter fly ' lamb chop and trimmings. Delicious.There have been considerable re arrangement and disapearance of contents off the bird tray, but nary a birdie have I seen using it.

9 Dec, 2010

 

Your lamb chop sounds delicious. I cooked something similar when my family were over (a regular Monday evening event) a couple of weeks ago. My youngest daughter is 40 next Monday so we are eating out but not sure where to go yet. Has to be an early meal as my son in law works nights.

I am curious to know who is raiding your bird table :)
I obviously had some sort of hawk in the garden recently - this morning I found a sad bundle of feathers but nothing else (looked like sparrow feathers) - they were under an area that has been iced up until today.

9 Dec, 2010

 

Great blog Dorjac. How lucky to see a thrush, had one here last winter, for a few weeks only and very wary. We've got a raiding party of starlings too, they scrabble around on the feeders sending all the food flying and are really a big nuisance...ah but I know they have to eat too!
Your hanging table looks like a goumet feast....what lucky birds you have :o)

9 Dec, 2010

 

Trouble is Lily that they are very wary of it so I have moved it again. Just now in the garden, a very large mistle thrush has flown off with a small bunch of grapes off our vine.He thinks mistletoe has gone black! They only deteriorate slowly in this weather. Blackbird loves em but won't go on the hanging table for them. The vine is now pruned back to it's main stem and the surplus grapes are gradually being eaten. There was a standoff between bossy blackbird with one mistle thrush but when another appeared he backed off quick!See how interesting are the winter birds!!!!!!!

11 Dec, 2010

 

lovely blog Dorjac, love the thrushes to,great pics and i could eat that food myself lol

10 Feb, 2011

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