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LOTS OF SPARROWS :o)))


LOTS OF SPARROWS  :o)))

Seventeen sparrows in my back garden today :o))

... and one wood pigeon.. Lol.

Please see my recent blog for details of TV show TODAY ...

Birds Britannia ... Garden Birds. BBC 2. Looks good ...

and two other TV series coming up this week ...
Young Gardener of the Year, and The Great British Countryside :o) all details on my latest blog ...



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thats so sweet i keep gettin a lot of sparrows it seems they are comin back again.

11 Feb, 2012

 

lots of snow you've got there TT.... havnt had any down here yet....

11 Feb, 2012

 

Hi Jackie, Holly...
Coldest ever last night ! Yes, lots of snow around like a big white duvet !! Nice to see the sparrows increasing their numbers in some areas. :o)))

11 Feb, 2012

 

Very very cold down here to TT... Just around the corner from me is a hedge all the sparrows congregate there, its next to a large gate, so i call the sparrows, sparrow gate...lol there always chirping in the hedge.

11 Feb, 2012

 

Nice to have Sparrowgate :o)
As Jackie says, the sparrows are coming back in some parts. :o)))

11 Feb, 2012

 

Used to see a garden full when i was a child, i used to love bird watching even then... :)

11 Feb, 2012

 

Lovely to see and know you have had so many Terratoonie as I was really worried that they were in decline. I don't see that many in my garden :(((

11 Feb, 2012

 

We get some in our garden every day. I think you have to consider the ground feeders so that they are not left out. They don't like the hanging wire feeders but they will use our bird table.

11 Feb, 2012

 

Hi Michaella ..
The TV programme today investigates the decline of sparrows. I hope more come back to your garden.

Linda .. The sparrows like feeding from tube feeders in my garden... peanuts inside a mesh tube, and a seed mix in the other tube ...

...I put the tubes inside the wire globes to deter the starlings somewhat, and give the sparrows a chance to feed. You can see sparrows feeding in one of my globe bird feeders in my recent blog Let It Snow, Let It Snow.

11 Feb, 2012

 

lovely pic, TT, and good to see so many sparrows - bet that pigoen felt a bit lonely!

There were reports a while ago that the sparrow is a disappearing species, not sure if that was hedge sparrow, house sparrow, or just sparrows overall. Good to see you've got a good population - can't remember the last time I saw a sparrow - know my vision's not brill, but that's one bird I can usually recognise

11 Feb, 2012

 

Hi Fran ... Thanks...
Maybe the TV programme this afternoon will explain more about which type of sparrow has suffered the greatest decline in numbers ...

11 Feb, 2012

 

hi TT its so nice to see the sparrows ,

i havent seen any this year, got loads of robins ,

love the snow 2, not had much up here,
looking forword to the tv programme today ,bye bye for now BBFB x :)

11 Feb, 2012

 

Hi Mark...
Glad you like the sparrow pic.
Lucky you, having lots of robins in Yorks. :o)
Enjoy the TV programme. xxx

11 Feb, 2012

 

i will is it on yet lol 3.30 its a long time away :))

11 Feb, 2012

 

lovely photo Terra

11 Feb, 2012

 

Thanks Yorks.

I've just watched the BBC Garden Bird programme..
interesting to note the decline in populations of sparrows...

11 Feb, 2012

 

I'll tell Barry, but we find they wait on the ground for other birds or the squirrels to drop the seeds from the hanging mesh tube feeders.

11 Feb, 2012

 

Hi Terra lovely pic of the sparrows, I only have a few visit my garden. I do get a couple of blue tits & a robin but mainly starlings & a couple of pigeons I have named Mr & Mrs Andrews - dont know why.
I have recorded the programme & will watch it when my clan have gone back to work & Uni.
Yesterday I was sitting on a rock up the park watching a rather big robin hop about, I turned to speak to my mum then all of a sudden the robin dive bombed me & then my mum. So today I took seed up with me, sure enough he was there & had a right good feast.
Took about 2lb of seed & scattered it below trees where the snow had melted. Hope it helps a few of our little feathered friends.

11 Feb, 2012

 

Hi Willinilli...
The TV programme was actually better than I had expected it to be ... :o)))
That's kind of you to feed the birds in the park... they'll have full tummies today :o)

11 Feb, 2012

 

I`ve had loads of seagulls today terra,think the sea must have frozen.

11 Feb, 2012

 

Hi Kev...
Amazing how far inland the seagulls fly when the weather is bad...

11 Feb, 2012

 

I only saw the last half of the programme,as we forgot to record it ! grrr .. .but I enjoyed what I saw...certainly made you think ,didn't it ? Lovely to see all those sparrows in your garden,Terra..I still have 'my family' too..:o)

11 Feb, 2012

 

Hi Bloomer ...
The whole show was very good.
Made me feel fortunate for every sparrow I have here :o)

11 Feb, 2012

 

can't you get it all on catchup on the BBC site?

11 Feb, 2012

 

Look forward to seeing the two progs this week,TT.Thanks for letting us know.Which channels are they on,please?

11 Feb, 2012

 

Hi Julia..
Lots of details on my blog published today..
I've put all the channels and times there.

11 Feb, 2012

 

Yes,I am going to do that,Fran..but thanks for thinking of me :o)

11 Feb, 2012

 

lol np

11 Feb, 2012

 

I wondered what np meant at first..till the penny dropped...thought I had turned into Noseypotter ! Lol...if only I had his talent ! :o))

11 Feb, 2012

 

Bloomer ... you have more tattoos than NP... that's how I can tell the difference ;o)

11 Feb, 2012

 

sorry, Bloomer; too much time in irc! [internet chatrooms]

11 Feb, 2012

 

great picture, TT, lucky you

11 Feb, 2012

 

Thanks Nbhatt :o)

11 Feb, 2012

 

Nice to see the birds are finding some food in the snow :o)

11 Feb, 2012

 

Hello Hywel..
That little bird in the middle was using the snow in the same way the sparrows do when they have a dust bath in the summer... really enjoying it .. Lol.

11 Feb, 2012

 

I don't think he can have any feeling lol

11 Feb, 2012

 

It was soooo cold out there ! Lol.

11 Feb, 2012

 

We've had a warm sunny day today, but it's really cold now. It was nice to feel the WARM sunshine :o) I hope you get some ...

11 Feb, 2012

 

You're lucky Terra we have only a few sparrows but 17 wood pigeons! I watched the programme today. It was really good.

11 Feb, 2012

 

Hi Rose ... 17 wood pigeons !!! ?

Some years ago, in my garden, it would have been 17 starlings, but since house owners have had their gutters and fascia boards modernised, a lot of the starling nesting opportunities have disappeared and the sparrows get more opportunities to survive. Yes, the first episode was very interesting :o)))

11 Feb, 2012

 

that's a welcome sight Terra, loads of lovely birds :-)

11 Feb, 2012

 

Hi Surreylad..
Yes lovely to see, and easier to spot against the white of the snow :o)

11 Feb, 2012

 

Lol Terra....wanna bet ? :o)))..and Fran..np ! :o))

11 Feb, 2012

 

Lol. Bloomer ;o)

11 Feb, 2012

 

That is sad, BB...
Maybe catch the show on BBC iplayer ? ...
... very interesting :o)

11 Feb, 2012

 

A very welcome sight to see sparrows again in our gardens....

11 Feb, 2012

 

Thanks Dotty .. yes I've been delighted to see more and more sparrows this winter :o)

11 Feb, 2012

 

great pic Terra, nice to see so many about :o))

11 Feb, 2012

 

Thanks, Sandra ... lots... ;o)))

11 Feb, 2012

 

YW :o)) x

11 Feb, 2012

 

I read or heard that they're trying to encourage farmers back to old farming practices, such as field borders and proper hedges, to encourage birds and other wildlife - and to reap from one end to the other, rather than circle in to the middle, because a lot of small wildlife was taking refuge in the standing crop rather than run out into open field, and then there'd be nowhere left to run to ...

11 Feb, 2012

 

Yes, a lot going on with farmers growing field borders of wild flowers etc. That was shown on the programme mentioned on my recent TV blog, Bees, Butterflies and Blooms :o)

11 Feb, 2012

 

they need all the encouragement they can get - the farmers as well as the bees etc

11 Feb, 2012

 

a lovely garden shall have visitors :)

11 Feb, 2012

 

Lovely photo! Nice to see them in a flock! I saw the programme and thought it all so sad that birds are declining due to US! As I've said before with many a comment, I'd LOVE to feed the birds here but, in a way, I suppose I do by growing flowers that have seeds and attract aphids and other insects. I don't put out food for them because of the feral cats and I'd hate birds to become dependant on my gifts and lose the ability to hunt around. It's amazed us that since the snow thawed on the meadow it has been chock-a-block with Fieldfare and Blackbirds who, as you know, are territorial, but they all seem to have declared a 'truce' - rather like the bears that gather for the salmon run - and agreed NOT to chase each other off for a while!

12 Feb, 2012

 

Kind comment, Aleyna... thank you :o)

Hi Nariz ...
yes, it is a worry that by putting bird food on the ground we might attract other creatures such as rats. I'm sure the birds appreciate the seeds from the flowers you grow :o)

12 Feb, 2012

 

thats a lot of snow Terra !!. I still can,t believe that we have had none at all up here . love the sparrows :-))

12 Feb, 2012

 

Hi Helen up in hot Scotland.
Sparrows are lovely aren't they :o)))

12 Feb, 2012

 

Nice to see that many sparrows gathered TT.
It looks like they are making a good comeback in your area.

12 Feb, 2012

 

Thanks, Johnboy ...
Yes... the sparrows nest in nearby pyracantha. They need to find very safe places away from the neighbourhood cats.

When I completed the RSPB bird count, I saw 8 sparrows, but I knew there were more around !

12 Feb, 2012

 

Love to see the sparrows we have had more this year but the main birds in my garden are Robins, Bluetits, Blackbirds and Chaffinches, we have also had a few Long Tail Tits but not as many as last year! Fogot to mention my old faithfuls Lovey and Dovey the Collared Doves ;0))

12 Feb, 2012

 

so Lovey and Dovey are back from their hols then ? Have you seen Janey's pic yet ,Carole ? lol.

12 Feb, 2012

 

Hi Carole ...
You're lucky to see all those birds. My garden has mostly sparrows, with a few collared doves, wood pigeons, starlings, blackbirds, one robin, and one occasional magpie !

13 Feb, 2012

 

What a great sound to wake up to this AM......much milder and windows open the sound of the birds was most welcome!

13 Feb, 2012

 

Hi Juila..
Slightly milder here today.
Some snow refusing to melt as yet ..
Glad you enjoyed a welcome "dawn chorus" ! :o)

13 Feb, 2012

 

Julia. Julia. Julia...
I must practise my spelling. Lol. ;o)

13 Feb, 2012

 

Lovely to see Tt. We are very lucky to have quite a few sparrows in and around our gardens. They love the fat balls in the feeder by the conservatory window.

13 Feb, 2012

 

Hi Homebird. Thanks.

That's good to know you've lots of sparrows too.
I think they need suitable prickly shrubs for nesting to keep predators at bay !

13 Feb, 2012

 

LOL Terra,I quite like JUILA,sounds quite continental!!!!

13 Feb, 2012

 

LOL.
I warn you, when my eyes get tired I can produce yet more amazing anagrams. ;o)

13 Feb, 2012

 

Lovely to see the sparrows TT, the wood pigeon looks a bit baffled by it all.

13 Feb, 2012

 

Hi Bob... Thanks ..
For some reason this pic makes me think of a white golf course...

... sparrows for holes 1 - 17, and wood pigeon at no.18, but looking forward to the "19th hole"...;o) Lol.

13 Feb, 2012

 

it's the "keyboard gremlins", TT - they keep switchng the keys around when you're not looking.

13 Feb, 2012

 

omg wheres me sunglasses lol , too bright !! x

14 Feb, 2012

 

Hi Cris. Snow has melted now...
safe to take your sunglasses off ;o) x

14 Feb, 2012

 

We have quite a few sparrows that come onto the feeders for the sunflower hearts - we also have a sparrow nesting box - it is a double dwelling but the bluetits seem to prefer it !

15 Feb, 2012

 

Hi Marigold6 ...
Any news of more sparrows is good ... even if some bluetits are "squatting" ;o)

15 Feb, 2012

 

Have you been watching the "Birds Britannica" Terratoonie has a blog on? brilliant programmes; the first is on garden birds, and the decline of the sparrow in particular

15 Feb, 2012

 

Thats a lovely photo; terra' we havent had much snow either ! but I dont mind looking at other peeps snow picks lol we see plenty of sparrows here as well we also have blue tits and great tits as regular visitor, missed the bird prog; unfortunately.

16 Feb, 2012

 

Hi Maggy ...
I'm pleased you like this pic.
I was delighted to see so many sparrows ..
nice that your garden has the blue tits and great tits.

I put reminders on my TV blogs for the bird, wildlife and gardening progammes. If you comment on the blogs, then you'll see the reminders come up automatically. I hope this helps :o)

16 Feb, 2012

 

What a lovely photo. You're so lucky to still have sparrows in your area. I haven't seen them where I live (SE London) for years and they are greatly missed.

17 Feb, 2012

 

Hi Lijemc ... Thanks.
that's a pity the sparrows seem to have deserted your part of London... I hope they return...

17 Feb, 2012

 

hi TT just seen your pic ,its great to feed the birds ,they are so delicate ,i made a sparrow box a 3 nest box 1 entry on each end & a middle entry i now have 3 prs nesting all communal ,i love my little sparrows too

3 Mar, 2012

 

Hi Pete ..
That's great news for the sparrows ...
Clever idea with the communal box ..
lots of baby sparrows soon :o)))

3 Mar, 2012

 

good for you, Pete! I'd love to put some nest boxes up; any advice on placement? - height, direction, that sort of thing?

3 Mar, 2012

 

hi fran /all .. i put the box up as high as possible under the house fascia or gutter theres a sub station next to me mines on there not quite in full sun so it dosent get too hot in summer ,i think they would be gratefull for any help nesting these days cheers pete

4 Mar, 2012

 

thanks!

4 Mar, 2012

 

Now tonight my feelings towards sparrows are a bit mixed. I love to see them but I also love my viburnum blossom. Thanks again for your answer. Wonder what I need to do next year? But we have always had sparrows. Never died out here in the outskirts of north London. Wonder why they ate all the buds this year and not in previous years?

4 May, 2012

 

I guess the blossom-pecking maybe something to do with the odd weather this year ... ?

All seventeen of these sparrows had pecked happily at Bodnantense "Dawn" and were secretly planning a united onslaught on the future buds of my Burkwoodii !!!

4 May, 2012



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