Birds (the feathered variety)

What have you seen today?

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17/03/2012 at 23:00
Oh, and a woodpecker on the tree in the front garden on the nut feeder. It's some sort of stripy one, red, black and white with a red strip on the back of its head. Gorgeous and still quite young. We had the parents last year.
17/03/2012 at 23:10

I'm very jealous of those of you with woodpeckers!

Not seen many birds in the garden today, but we have a billion (at least!) frogs in the pond. I frogs

17/03/2012 at 23:43
A billion frogs has to be worth a woodpecker or two Saffy Sweety Pea

Three siskins flirting with my peanut feeder this morning.

This thread has made me realise I haven't seen any thrushes recently, I like thrushes.
18/03/2012 at 00:08

Thrushes are on the RSPB red list as the highest priority and threatened globally - I can't remember the last time I saw one.

Nykie - your woodpecker was probably a greater spotted one (possibly a lesser spotted) - I've seen them round where I live but generally see green woodpeckers. I really love the way they fly, so distinctive!

18/03/2012 at 07:48
@Peter - your knowledge of birds is far greater than mine but i've seen a few robins and magpies around.... the rest - I know they are there because I can hear them! Whilst I was away on business this week in Germany - every morning at 3am the dawn chorus met me like a great boombox!
18/03/2012 at 07:59
I was woken up rather early this morning by crows scrapping over the bird feeder
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18/03/2012 at 08:03
Disturbed a Heron yesterday on my run .... they weren't designed for flying far were they !!

The rook were having a right old party on my roof the other morning and I am sure they had their boots on

DOnt think I have seen a thrush for a while either so I will keep a look for any
18/03/2012 at 10:40
we get a lot of robins in the back garden magpies used to be a pain but do not come hardly now
18/03/2012 at 10:56
A budgie Nykie?  I don't think an escaped one would last long out there; they've native to Australia.
18/03/2012 at 11:03
Saffy Sweety Pea wrote (see)
I was woken up rather early this morning by crows scrapping over the bird feeder

Ditto Saffy and magpies were involved too!  They dispersed when my tired face peered out of my bedroom window.

On a run last year we saw herons and I heard otter calls in the river but my running partner was keen to get on an didn't want to investigate.

I saw a squashed moorhen on my run last week.   Still I see lots of live ones too in the lake near where I live.

I'm going to nip down to the woods today with my binoculars to see if I can spot any great spotted woodpeckers - there are usually a few around.

I love frogs too Saffy... and newts ... and toads.

Edited: 18/03/2012 at 11:03
18/03/2012 at 12:42

Morning(ish) all! Heard lots of birds this morning but seen very little (maybe 11 is bird siesta time?). Nothing much of interest today so far, just the usual suspects. Did manage to spot the skylarks but too high up so still no idea what they look like.

Emmy_bug - not particularly knowledgeable but can find my way round the RSPB website well enough!

18/03/2012 at 13:22

Bird identification can be quite confusing, as females are often duller in colour than males and juveniles haven't gained their full plumage (EG young robins don't have red fronts).

I was always puzzled as to why some cormorants had white patches until a birder I asked told me it was an old age thing, kinda like white hair.

The blue tits are on the Vision feeder's fat ball as I type - about a metre away.  

18/03/2012 at 14:51
I hadn't realised that thrushes were on the RSPB red list - we used to see them regularly in the garden and then it occurred to me I hadn't seen them in a while, I'll keep an extra special look out now.

I also saw a greater (or possibly lesser?) spotted woodpecker fly over the garden yesterday, I think that maybe the first one I've seen (although the greens are regular visitors) and I heard it drumming before I saw it, quite exciting.

I put a bird box up where I could see it from my kitchen window and was very excited to see two great tits checking it out - then I saw my cat had found a nice place to perch just above it; the box has now been moved!
18/03/2012 at 20:58

Today the female parent woodpecker was on the nut feeder. They are greater spotted woodpeckers; my OH is the bird person so I asked him.

I also saw, on my run today, numerous pheasants, a greenfinch and some MASSIVE crows. (They make a racket, don't they?) Those are the notable ones anyway.

Red Squirrel, the budgie is called Floyd Mayfeather and lives in my house

18/03/2012 at 22:24

Good name for a budge Nykie.

The crows around here are getting v cheeky.  They've been eyeing up the Vision feeder with attached fat ball.  It'll collapse if they try to get on it.

18/03/2012 at 22:45
We used to have a big crow standing on the kitchen window sill most mornings - they are really big close up and don't scare easily! It took a while but eventually I guessed it was eyeing up a Clarice Cliff style mug - we stopped leaving it on the draining board and never saw it again! In the same house we also had a family of foxes living at the back of the garden and with a few treats would come and play by the back door. Not sure why we moved now!

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