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Since I moved the bird feeder station, there’s been a few birds visiting now and then, so I was pleased to see three birds visiting at the same time. I’ve no idea what species they are, but is that a sparrow bottom-right?

They must have been the “playground monitors” checking the coast was clear, for next moment …










The same thing happened about the same time the next day. I really need to get some kind of “hide” or shelter closer to the action where I’ll actually be able to see the feeders – I was at the opposite end of the garden, and had to point, shoot and hope! All these were shot on full zoom, which meant cropping the pictures a lot.

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I think they are baby starlings and yes a little sparrow trying to get his beak in !

13 Jul, 2014

 

thanks GM - the startlings seem to have raised a good crop this year!

13 Jul, 2014

 

Thats good Fran, the starlings used to be in huge numbers some years ago, real pests, but now they are much less, I love the little sparrows, thats the only trouble with starlings they are a bit of a bully and the little birds don't get a look in!
keep an eye on the charity's shops for a good bird book, you may get some unusual ones as the year goes on, we have gold finches here, so pretty

13 Jul, 2014

 

They don't take long to cotton on to a good thing, Fran. Yes, that a little boy sparrow in the corner - they have the black bib on their chest :)

13 Jul, 2014

 

thanks @Pam. Starlings flocked so much they wre a serious pest in the country, but then people were killing birds of prey which would have helped to control the numbers.

I've got a couple of pics of sparrow and baby starling sharing the tray, it must be when they come mob-handed that the sparrows get deterred. The prob with books is they often have rather small pics and very small text! I need an accessible one, which might be harder to find.

Thanks @Gee. I've got some pics of sparrows to go up later, I knew there was a difference between M and F, but I can't see that well, even when the photo's cropped and zoomed in. They've eaten all my latest tub of mealworms, but the local shop only had a small tub; i need to get it wholesale, I think!

13 Jul, 2014

 

They are brilliant photos Fran, nobody would guess they were zoom point and hope!

13 Jul, 2014

 

thanks, Stera - but you didn't see the ones I had to delete!!

14 Jul, 2014

 

Deleting turkeys is the thing I'm best at...

14 Jul, 2014

 

Super pictures Fran, full of movement. You have definitely got juvenile starlings with a little male house sparrow trying to get his share.

14 Jul, 2014

 

Starlings can't go on hanging feeders as they are too big Fran. So sparrows and finches get their chance. Starlings go on the ground and tables. They all get a chance on a fatball holder if it has somewhere to perch to eat near to. It is lovely to see starlings around in larger numbers and the baby sparrows too, there are loads of them this year. Yesterday I went outside and about 30 sparrows flew up from all around the garden. They were up to all sorts so not just on feeders.

15 Jul, 2014

 

Cheeky starlings round here do try to go on the feeders but they aren't very good at it.

15 Jul, 2014

 

Starlings do try feeders but can't usually fed off them thank goodness. Whoops a big squirrel has just gone up the hawthorn trunk. Yesterday there was a spectacular fight between 2 wood pigeons under the hawthorn. It went on and on and feathers started to fly. I went outside and they flew off. They are on a nest over the path in the hawthorn. They never leave the nest unattended. They are so discrete about coming and going too. Much cleverer than blackbirds. Sorry Fran I forgot to say what a brilliant group of photos you have taken of the starlings.

16 Jul, 2014

 

ks @ Waddy. I could have got a lot more pics but when yoiu take a pic with this stupid camera, it holds the pic onscreen for several seconds, so you can't take another pic till it clears. I probably missed some excellent photo-ops because of this.

Thanks @ Dorjac, I didn't know that. I'll have to put some food on the ground, or a tray on the ground, to give the adults a chance.

30 sprawwos? wow, that's a mega-flock!

maybe the wood pigoen fuss was another male trying to muscle in on the resident's terrority and female? good that they do'nt leave hte nest untended

thanks @ Stera. Maybe a bird table will be on the cards later

17 Jul, 2014

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