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Beyond my back garden is a pretty birch tree

From early morning, it basks in sunshine

And it’s not long before feathered visitors start to arrive

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Some are chubby ones

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Some have a head for heights

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Some like to perch in pairs

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Others touch down after a solo flight

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It’s a favourite location for wooing …
… for billing … and for cooing

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The tiny birds are more active, darting about

and they dance on the dangling branches

Yes, the silver birch is a great place to hang out

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.. ideal, even for those who wait for the camouflage of evening

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Whatever the season

… it’s fun …
…even in the frost

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And, if a feathered individual finds the tree too crowded …
… preferring private accommodation

… my conifer is available nearby

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Coming up this weekend …

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

……. Garden Birdwatch …….

Any one hour on Saturday 28th January 2012

or Sunday 29th January 2012.

Here’s the link ~
RSPB

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… fascinating… this birch perching

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Fantastic Terra! Thank you :))))))

26 Jan, 2012

 

Hi Severnside ...
... Thanks ... glad you enjoyed it :o)))

26 Jan, 2012

 

What a beautiful tree, lovely to see all those birds, especially like the frost pictures.

26 Jan, 2012

 

Excellent Terra - that was so cool - love birds:)))))) Wouldn't life be horrid without them singing and everything

26 Jan, 2012

 

Thanks Sticki and Paul ...
The birch looks very pretty in the frosts ..

yes... life without garden birds would be empty.

26 Jan, 2012

 

What a good blog, TT. The tree is lovely in all the pics and makes a great place for birds to gather. And that robin is just splendid.
Yes, Birdwatch at weekend. Me and my grandson are going to do it together this year, now that he has learned to count.

26 Jan, 2012

 

Your pictures are just great, loved the "story"..must learn how to get some pics on this recently aquired computer!!!

26 Jan, 2012

 

Thanks Oji and Linda ...
Glad you enjoyed the story. :o)

26 Jan, 2012

 

Love your picture story blogs terra, more please.

26 Jan, 2012

 

Brilliant Terra, wonderful photo's

26 Jan, 2012

 

Some lovely photos TT we have a beautiful Silver Birch and yes the birds do love it, smashing blog.

26 Jan, 2012

 

Thanks everyone ... the birch is inspiring :o)

26 Jan, 2012

 

Super pictures, you could just sit & watch them all day could'nt you. So much bird song at the moment everywhere you go, great.

26 Jan, 2012

 

Hi Willinilli .. Thank you...
You're right about the bird song ..
they think it's springtime !

26 Jan, 2012

 

Thanks for that reminder TT..I really wanted to do the birdwatch this year, but since all my birds have left the area perhaps it would be too sad....or maybe they will return just in time! Gorgeous trees aren't they the birches? :))

26 Jan, 2012

 

Thanks Terra - really lovely, and beautiful pics. Yes, our gardens would be much too quiet without the birds. Will do the Birdwatch this weekend - glad you reminded me!

26 Jan, 2012

 

Thanks Sheila ... Very kind comments.

Let's hope we have good weather for the bird-count.
Lots of sparrows in my neighbourhood, despite the general decline in numbers. Do you have sparrows in your garden ?

26 Jan, 2012

 

Lovely. I have planted about 20 birch saplings around my neighbourhood, mainly in a long strip than is to the front of my house (we have a long drive way). I have also put 6 in an avenue at the bottom of my garden, to attract wildlife and to act as an attractive screen. I love the pics of the frost - just makes the tree looks so good.

26 Jan, 2012

 

Thanks Kildermorie ...
Good luck with your saplings ...
The trees and birds posed nicely for my camera ...
and the frost came for free too ;o)

26 Jan, 2012

 

Lovely blog TT and great pictures, I hope to do the bird watch on Saturday hopeing the weathers fine.....

26 Jan, 2012

 

Thanks, Stripes... I hope you have good weather for your bird count... Saturday looks to be the best day ...

26 Jan, 2012

 

Lovely blog TT

26 Jan, 2012

 

We have dunnocks, Terra (a type of sparrow?); also green woodpecker, and the usual magpies, blackbirds, robins, lots of chaffinches, greenfinches, doves and a pheasant! Haven't seen the wren for a while though . .

26 Jan, 2012

 

Smashing blog Terra with lovely photo`s, I love the silver birch, we have one that grows on the island just down the road from us, its been there for as long as I can remember and must admit it always looks at its best when covered with frost or snow.
I am amazed at the amount of sparrows that have returned to our neighbourhood now, we had a few years whereby they seemed to have disappeared completely but have definitely returned in droves.
Off to Boston for the weekend so I`ll be birdwatching at my son`s this year..

26 Jan, 2012

 

Thanks Sheilar :o)

Wow, Sheilabub, you have a great variety of feathered friends ... will make an interesting list for RSPB !

Hi Sue ..Good luck with your bird-watching.
I wonder which ones you'll see in Boston ... I guess that's UK and not USA ... LOL...

26 Jan, 2012

 

lovely silver birch Terra and nice watching our feathered friends coming and going,
lovely pics to :o)))

26 Jan, 2012

 

Thank you Sandra.
Very popular tree with the birdies :o)))

26 Jan, 2012

 

One of my favourite trees,Terra..and a lovely perching place for the birds..We have two behind our fence,planted by the building company ,in the wildlife area..not as big as yours yet,but something to look forward to in the future.:o)

26 Jan, 2012

 

Hi Sandra ...
I hope the birch trees near you grow well ...
... birds will love them ... :o)

26 Jan, 2012

 

gREAT TREE AND GREAT PICS :)))))))))))

26 Jan, 2012

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Our silver birches get use by the birds like that TT , it's their favourite place to watch me as I put their food out and then they swoop down , i have my bird count form ready :o))

26 Jan, 2012

 

Brilliant blog and fantastic shots:)

26 Jan, 2012

 

very nice Terra, these birches are my favourite trees, the frost is fab on them..

26 Jan, 2012

 

A lovely blog Terra, your Silver Birch is beautiful and very popular with all your feathered friends, stunning pictures that gorgeous blue sky makes a perfect backdrop for it ;0)

26 Jan, 2012

 

Hi Terratoonie,lovely pictures love the Robin, we love bird watching to they never cease to amaze me.they havent got a supermarket to go to for there food have they, but they all look so helthy :)

26 Jan, 2012

 

Fabulous pics and blog as ever TT, a lovely backdrop for JR and a popular stopping off point for the local birdlife obviously, love the blue tit hanging about!!
I hope you get plenty of those visitors there for the birdwatch hour :o)

27 Jan, 2012

 

I wish I could join in with the bird count, but I think my count would be invalid from this far??! Lovely tree!

27 Jan, 2012

 

Thanks Pixi, Amy, Debbie, Slad, Carole, Sue, Neena, Nariz ...

The birch is full of sunshine again this morning, and feathered visitors already arriving.

Nariz .. which birds would numerically make up the top 5 in your part of the world ?

27 Jan, 2012

 

As usual, great blog, TT. I enjoy seeing the birds in the trees beyond my back garden too, some of them too shy to come into the garden unfortunately (thrush) but I live in hopes :)

27 Jan, 2012

 

Thank you Gee. A few years ago I had thrushes nesting in my garden... much to my surprise...

... but not seen them around since... too many neighbourhood cats on the prowl, and blackbirds rule okay ...Lol.

27 Jan, 2012

 

Thanks for reminding me Terra I usually get an email from the RSPB but havn,t for some reason, the birds here are very hungry as its so cold, long tailed tits todays special visitors and I was fascinated to watch a blackbird perched on the gate near to the bird feeders, one is a tray I put bits of seed and cake on for the robin, the blackbird watched for a bit and then quickly darted up, took some cake, then under the bush to eat it, I,ve not seen one take food from a high tray before...usually ground feeders

27 Jan, 2012

 

Hi Pam...
That's fascinating about the blackbird. This morning in my garden, there were two of those ... male and female .. prancing about. They seemed to be courting ...

I think a lot of birds have been fooled by the mild winter. Lucky you having long-tailed tits visiting :o)

27 Jan, 2012

 

We had blackbirds and thrushes in the garden last year for the first time. Usually they keep to the wood lower down the lane. They seem to like beds that have lots of dead leaves on them and they spend aged throwing them around looking for what they can find underneath.

27 Jan, 2012

 

Yes, Steragram ...
And they also collect nesting material from the flower beds and flower pots !
They cram their beaks full of damp compost and wet twigs.

27 Jan, 2012

 

Lovely crisp photos TT. on such a frosty morning. Keep warm. x

27 Jan, 2012

 

Thank you Grandmage ...
Keep warm and safe. x

27 Jan, 2012

 

The photo's are lovely Terra, I was listening today to a robin in the top boughs singing his heart out, maybe they are nesting....

27 Jan, 2012

 

Hi again Pam...
Well, my budgie thinks it's springtime....
Chatting up all the reflections in his mirrors. Lol.

27 Jan, 2012

 

I love your pictures, always think there is something magical about a birch tree shining white in the sun and glistening so beautifully when full of frost! Only wish I had room in my garden for one. :-)

27 Jan, 2012

 

Thank you Red aly ...
This tree is just past my garden.
Can you plant a silver birch next door...? Lol.

27 Jan, 2012

 

does he talk Terra my Auntys ' Billy' used to say a few words

27 Jan, 2012

 

Pam.... Crocus is the first budgie I've owned who does not talk words ... but he talks lots of lovely budgie chat .... such a happy budgie... an absolute delight to have around :o)

27 Jan, 2012

 

To answer your bird question TT - Top five : Black Redstarts, Blackbirds, Chaffinches, Buzzards and Jays. Not necessarily in that order! Plenty of Sparrows and Dunnocks, Great Tits - fewer Bluetits, resident Robin and Wren, occasional Vultures - then we get the summer visitors who outnumber everything else while they're here - Martins, Swallows, Swifts, Cuckoos, Short-Toed Eagles and Red-Backed Shrikes. As you can imagine - plenty of 'Bird-Watching Holidays' are taken around here!

28 Jan, 2012

 

Wow, Nariz ! That's interesting !
Would be a lot to enter on a chart for Garden Bird Watch. Lol.

28 Jan, 2012

 

Great blog, as we have all come to expect from you Terra. I will certainly give the bird watch a go. We had a spotted woodpecker a few days ago on the feeders. I wonder if he will make another appearance? I wish I was more handy with the camera like other Goyers, so I could share with you all!

28 Jan, 2012

 

Hi Poppylover. Thank you.
It isn't easy to photograph the smaller birds in my gardens. Lots of cats in the neighbourhood so the birds are understandably shy of even the slightest unexpected movement.

Good luck with your bird count. Fingers crossed you spot the woodpecker again.

I've just counted 8 sparrows on my peanut feeder.
That must be good news :o)

28 Jan, 2012

 

We dont see sparrows at all anymore. I can remember them being the most common bird in the garden. Now its much more likely to be a bluetit or a finch. So strange - no starlings either. Good luck with your bird count too Terra.

28 Jan, 2012

 

That's a nice tree to see from your garden TT. Silver Birches are elegant I think. The birds obviously enjoy it aswell :o)

28 Jan, 2012

 

Hello Hywel..
Thanks. I feel lucky that I see the tree from the sunny side ... which means I also see the side which has the birds basking in the winter sunshine ... :o)))

28 Jan, 2012

 

So it doesn't cast a shade over your garden then ... that's good :o) You can enjoy it

28 Jan, 2012

 

Except the huge roots, which push up my pavings and suck all the moisture out of that end of my garden ! A good thing there are compensations in that it is a pretty tree :o)

28 Jan, 2012

 

I suppose there's a plus and a minus side to everything ...

28 Jan, 2012

 

Lol... yes ... ;o)))

28 Jan, 2012

 

Smashing pictures TT. I forgot all about birdwatch until late in the afternoon :( I had been making a mental note over the last few weeks. I am most annoyed with myself!!
I had a woodpecker fly into the garden on Thursday, he stayed on the feeder for about 10 minutes but he was so obscured by the leg of the bird table I could not get a shot. First time in my life I have ever saw one. I was so excited :)) I sat all Friday afternoon with camera in hand waiting...no luck though.
Thanks again for a super blog :)

28 Jan, 2012

 

Hi Scottish...
Thanks so much. Glad you like the pics.
That's very exciting seeing the woodpecker !
Keep your camera handy and you'll hopefully get another chance to take photos :o)

28 Jan, 2012

 

Love the blog..the robin is definately my fave!! :-)

28 Jan, 2012

 

Hello Jeanette .. Thank you ...
Yes, the robin in my garden seems to really like posing for photos ! :o)

29 Jan, 2012

 

Another brilliant blog much enjoyed., apart from all the birds it brings for you to admire it makes a wonderful backdrop to your already great garden.

29 Jan, 2012

 

there lovley trees i think . i realy love the robin picture . talking of the rspb the headquarters just happens to be in my little town of thetford .

30 Jan, 2012

 

Thanks Stroller and NP ...
There is an RSPB at Sandy, Bedfordshire as well.

30 Jan, 2012

 

Lovely blog, Tt ... I didn't do the RSPB count this year ... no reminder from them and only just catching up on blogs! . . . . .

Leigh ... my maternal grandparents originated from Thetford ... I bet it's changed a lot since they lived there about 80 years ago! . . . . .

30 Jan, 2012

 

Thanks Shirley...
Someone else said they didn't get an RSPB reminder.
Do you usually receive that by email ?

30 Jan, 2012

 

Yes, Tt ... same as the Big Butterfly Count always send a reminder e-mail well in advance ...

30 Jan, 2012

 

i got a reminder terra . i think the thetford one is the mane ofice to so there lol x .
thetfords changed a lot in the last ten years let alone 80 shirly lol x .

30 Jan, 2012

 

Lovely and cheering!! (-: Snow, snow go away...

31 Jan, 2012

 

Thanks Robert ..
Yes, let's hope the snow steers clear of our gardens !

31 Jan, 2012

 

i got a wee bit of snow this morning but not much in east anglia .

31 Jan, 2012

 

Hi NP... don't eat the yellow snow ;o)

31 Jan, 2012

 

Lovely blog Terra. I have (well not strictly mine) but the neighbour's Birch overlaps my garden and I get the Sunny side :o) Lots of lovely activity in there. It is the one that is most splendid in my pic of the Hoar frost. A truly lovely tree. It was planted by her father 72 years ago!!! Did the bird watch and loved being part. The elusive Gold Finches were in there but flew off before I could get my camera :o)

31 Jan, 2012

 

Hi N3 tyy...
Thank you. Glad you like the blog.
Lots more birch-perching going on today.

What a pity you didn't get a chance to photograph the goldfinches. I counted 8 sparrows for the RSPB bird count, but I knew there were more around, and today, I saw about 20 sparrows !

31 Jan, 2012

 

Birches are like willows - something for every season ... beautiful and useful trees, from pea sticks to nesting material. They both look stunning in winter, spring, summer or autumn. You cannot beat a frosted weeping birch or willow!

31 Jan, 2012

 

Yes ... today I watched a crow taking sticks from the birch....
making an early start on a nest I reckon !

31 Jan, 2012

 

Wow that's early Terra! We have a big rookery nearby but no signs of nesting yet. I didn't do the bird count on Sunday because it was raining all day so did it on Monday instead. And both Mum and Dad speckled woodpecker turned up during the hour - they usually come separately.
There was only one sparrow though, but 13 chaffinches!
Didn't you put on a photo of that birch before? Its so beautiful and I'm sure it looked familiar.

1 Feb, 2012

 

Hi Steragram ..
On GoY, I recently put a pic of the frosty silver birch, and have included one or two others of the birch in the past, possibly in blogs.

Your seeing 13 chaffinches and 2 speckled woodpeckers is great !
There seem to be more sparrows in my garden every day ...
about 14 this morning !

1 Feb, 2012

 

ive got 7 dogs terra TRUST ME THE BROWN SNOW TASTE EVEN WORSE LOL X .
ive planted a willow over the local river on some common land to be usefull to nature and put something back and somewear to put my ashes as i dont want a funeral .im not religious so my ashes are going there lol .

1 Feb, 2012

 

Good idea NP :o) Willow sounds lovely.

1 Feb, 2012

 

Birches, like willow, are so versatile in every season, and the birds love both - a hugely underestimated tree for all year round interest, for both gardens and wildlife! I loved your poetry of the situation, terratoonie ...

1 Feb, 2012

 

Thanks Avk :o)

1 Feb, 2012

 

thanx lol x .

2 Feb, 2012

 

brilliant blog, I am lucky having seven silver birch in our close and I can see six from my front window, I like you find myself drawn to the activity and I take lots of pics of the visitors too.

6 Feb, 2012

 

Hi Lemondog. Thanks.
Yes, bird activity in Silver Birches is fascinating, isn't it.

I'm lucky to be able to watch from my kitchen door :o)

6 Feb, 2012

 

2 parrots land on a perch . one turns to the other and asks "can you smell fish ?"

7 Feb, 2012

 

Lol... NP... :o)))

7 Feb, 2012

 

:) x

7 Feb, 2012

 

awesome blog, ive only looked at your resent blogs since joining GoY and as i was wading through your blogs to find this one i noticed many a title that intrigued me, now i will have to read these when i have more time :-) its to put on my list of things i MUST do.

27 Dec, 2013

 

Thanks Jane ...
I'm glad you enjoyed this one ...
I've written lots over the past 5 years or so .. :o)

27 Dec, 2013

 

and they all look to be a very interesting history!
a wealth of fun and joy full of gardening happiness.

27 Dec, 2013

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