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Birdwatching - anyone out there?

Discussion in 'Hobbies A - Z' started by Skywatcher, Nov 14, 2008.

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    Since I' ashamed to say springwatch - have gotten quite into feeding the birdies in the garden. have a load of different feeders at difefren levels and put out peanuts, seed, fatballs and mealworms and there has been an explosion in the numbers of visitors to the garden over the last few weeks - must set up the camera and try and take some pics but so far we have had

    Nuthatches
    Starlings
    Crows
    Magpies
    Sparrows
    Robins
    Blue Tits
    Coal Tits
    Long Tailed Tits
    Great Tits
    Redpoll
    Greenfinches
    Goldfinches
    Wren
    Blackbirds
    Collared Doves
    Wood pidgeon
    Greater Spotted woodpecker
    Jays
    Green Woodpecker
    Seagulls
    Kestrel ( after the smaller birds)

    :unsure: and a few others - TBH theyve probably always been there but it is a joy watching them and the squirrels

    Anyone else? or is this yet furtehr evidence of my advancing age :lol:
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    Good on yer Skywatcher.
    I too put out loads of bird food although I can`t claim to have seen as many different types of bird that you have managed to attract.
    Loads of pesky squirrels though nicking the food! :(
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    I put put food but the sea gulls eat it :(
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    Are those the Devon variety of sea gulls Wendy? :lol:
    Oh I see you`ve edited your post now!
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    I try. We have birdfeeders and stuff all around. We have a Cocker Spaniel - they have an inbuilt instinct that makes them chase birds. :(

    We get a lot of starlings which seems to put off other birds.

    But I do see blue tits, collared doves, and we had a blackbird pair nest in our wisteria this year.

    We also have a resident robin who comes and watches while I dig the garden. :D

    Then we got mice in the shed who ate all the bird food. :eek:
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    we have cats but the feeders are up high so the birds can watch for when they are around - we have a separate area for the squirrels to nosh down - I don't mid feeding them they are pretty cute and had babies in the summer
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    we have also had

    Badgers
    Foxes
    Brown Rats
    Mice
    Rabbits
    and hedgehogs in the back garden as well

    The badgers make a heck of a mess
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    We have hedgehogs, foxes and slow worms.
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    We have lots of sparrows. There is occasionally a red robin, a really pretty blue bird of some sort. The cats love to make faces and noises at the birds through the window. The birds seem to know that there is screen/glass to protect them. They get a bit daring too...the birds that is.

    The squirrels are ridiculous in our yard. They torment the birds, the cats and especially the dog. They love to eat her food.

    We've also had a possum. That thing is scary looking.

    The dog also treed some giant rodent looking thing once.
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    Wehve a variety of feeders in our 'bird tree' :D We don't see as many now that we have the dog :( We do get a pair of pigeons that are very funny - one sits on the ground the other sits on a branch and bounces up and down so the food falls out of the feeder and onto the ground for them to feast on :D
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    Goodness, yes. All manner of critters always seem to visit our backyard, no matter where we live. (Always in neighborhoods, too). We've had a Mama possum and her babies... a turtle... a storm of bees that kept us from our backyard for two days and killed our brand new tree in the process... two squirrels that let us handfeed them... mice (not the cute Mickey kind :tongue:)... and bluebirds that have nested in our backyard since we moved here. Last Easter Mom and I had to care for one of the fledglings ourselves. (It's explained on my 'Nana's Pet Companions' website, along with video). Here's a picture of the little guy. We named him "Fievel." I hope posting a pic is okay.

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