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zennor

By zennor

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I have always fed the birds in all my gardens. The pleasure I get in return is immense.

I have feeders placed so I can watch them from different parts of my home.
This winter we have had unusual visitors as well as the regular ones. A beautiful pheasant, an exotic chicken who wandered from his home and had to be returned and most amazing a young buzzard who has taken to sitting on the fence outside my kitchen window on nearly a daily basis last couple of weeks!

My favourite birds are the thrushes, love their speckled chests and the long tailed tits who swoop in a flurry of activity mobbing the feeders and are so cute when fledgling. Saying that I love them all and greatest joy since moving here is waking up to the sound of birdsong and nothing else.

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bjs
Bjs
 

How I wish we had Thrushes they all disappeared about 15 years ago and never returned I half suspect the culprits were squirrel raiding there nests blackbirds cope but they are better at hiding there young, we lost a brood of tawny owls to squirrel last spring.

12 Feb, 2015

 

that is one brave buzzard coming that close...great pics

13 Feb, 2015

 

the feeders are certainly drawing them in. my youngest has just discovered the delights of bird watching. her dad has lent her a decent camera to get more into it.
the buzzard is beautiful. We see them circling over the fields but they don't come in the garden. the sparrow-hawk does though.

13 Feb, 2015

 

Lovely pictures well caught :-) the buzzards actually posing lol.
Our bullfinches have just returned!! , love watching the birds.

13 Feb, 2015

 

Thanks all. We were amazed at buzzard, we see and hear them overhead but never for one minute think we'd ever get them in the garden!

We have thrushes and lots and lots of squirrels our back border is a row of oak trees so you can see why😉 bullfinches have not been around so often sadly this year but lots of blackcaps and long tailed tits. Also have lots of house sparrows that apparently are getting scarce they are a lovely noisy little mob.

Enjoy your birdlife folks and have a great day🐦

13 Feb, 2015

 

I get distracted on a regular basis watching the birds in my garden and have feeders all around the garden for them.
Lovely pics , thankyou for sharing....

13 Feb, 2015

 

What a lovely selection of birds you have in your garden.
The buzzard is amazing. The only birds we have at the moment are magpies,wood pigeons and blackbirds & the occasional sparrow.
Best wishes
Marjorie

13 Feb, 2015

 

hi whats 3 aswell please :)

13 Feb, 2015

 

We see a buzzard too, his favorite place is the big ash tree, I can only describe the sound he makes as mewing .....the little birds are fun to watch, one robin on the feeders and another underneath picking up the seed the others drop, these are hanging feeders off the pole and 3 collared doves at the same time causes havoc!

Rarely thrushes here either though we do see fieldfare and redwings until all the fallen apples have gone

13 Feb, 2015

 

You have some fantastic shots there, and aren't you lucky having long tailed tits!

Snoop, 2 is a female backcap and three is a greated spotted woodpecker.

I'm pretty sure that's not a buzzard though, its quite the wrong colour. It looks more like a young peregrine falcon, which would be even more amazing! Send a pic to ispot and ask them.

13 Feb, 2015

 

Lovely pictures.
Same here Brian...all our Thrushes(at our old house ) disappeare years ago.they used to nest in the conifer hedge. We didn't really see squirrels but it could've been the cats, Magpies or any number of culprits, I suppose!
Oh...I was going to ask re pic two but Steragram has already named it...thanks!

13 Feb, 2015

 

Thanks for the comments what a friendly site this is, glad I've joined!

I agree the buzzards sound like mewing especially when they have young and are calling to each other. I thought it was probably a sparrow hawk first time it came and much as I'd love it to be a Peregine no one else has mentioned that possibility, we do have them nesting on Truro Cathedral 25 miles away so you never know, you'll all hear me whoop with delight if it turns out to be!😃
It was here again 3 times yesterday and we had to disturb it as we had to go out, thought that might scare him off but happily not.
Enjoy your wildlife folks🐦🐝

14 Feb, 2015

 

Fingers crossed then Zennor! I know peregrine is pretty unlikely but I looked all through the prey section in the bird books and it was the nearest but it doesn't have black cheek markings, maybe its a first year bird that hasn't got all the adult plumage yet? I hope you can find out and let us know.

14 Feb, 2015

 

Steragram I posted photos on ispot, great site by the way thanks for leading me to it will be invaluable for all the things I spot and photograph and are unsure what they are.
Turns out to be a Common Buzzard so though tad disappointed it wasn't a peregrine I'm still thrilled with my beautiful Buzzard and hope he hangs around for a while. Only trouble is with wildlife visitors to my garden when they stop coming I always worry whats happened to them!
Daft I know but thats the way I am.

14 Feb, 2015

 

I've added some photos taken yesterday when it was raining hard and wind was blowing. Feathers getting ruffled and he seemed focused on something in the undergrowth but haven't seen him get any lunch yet in any of his visits!

14 Feb, 2015

 

Some great photographs, lucky you to have such a variety of birds visiting your garden.......

14 Feb, 2015

 

Lovely photos of some beautiful birds. Thanks for sharing. I spend a lot of time being side-tracked by the bird life in the garden when I am in the kitchen too. It's so exciting to see something different occasionally and your buzzard is amazing.

17 Feb, 2015

 

Only trouble is I'm standing at kitchen window even more now checking to see if buzzard has arrived!

17 Feb, 2015

 

Lovely captures there Zennor . . yes bird-watching is addictive isn't it?! Great time of year now, when they're pairing off and nesting.

19 Feb, 2015

 

Ah well you can't win em all. All the ones I've ever seen were brown - anybody else ever seen a grey one?
What keeps me at the window longer that it should is goldfinches, they are so beautiful, taking turns at the nyjer.

19 Feb, 2015

 

Have never had goldfinches in any of my gardens and would love to!

19 Feb, 2015

 

Your photos are so good. Loved looking at all of them. Keep sending. This is a fun site, and every time I look, there is something new and interesting...

7 Mar, 2015

 

Have you tried feeding nyjer seed Zennor? It takes them a while to notice but once they find it they come back regularly. You need a special feeder because the seeds are so tiny.

7 Mar, 2015

 

That sounds interesting Stera . . . do the other birds not eat the nyjer seeds? And what kind of feeder do you use for them? Thanks!

8 Mar, 2015

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