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Recent content by ThomasW

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    Where have all the Sparrows gone? - UK

    Seems they're returning, albeit slowly & not in the same numbers as previously (yet), but it's looking hopeful again :)
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    Where have all the Sparrows gone? - UK

    Quite some distance, I'm on the outskirts of town. It's not that they just deserted me, it's so strange that I don't even see them flying around.
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    Where have all the Sparrows gone? - UK

    I was the same until a few days back. It's weird they aren't even in the sky though.
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    Where have all the Sparrows gone? - UK

    I'm used to having lots of sparrows (& others) at my feeders but over the last few days they seem to have disappeared. They would come in droves several times each day but now I'm lucky to see 1 or 2 each day. Food is plentiful, as usual. The strange thing is they just don't seem to be...
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    Sparrowhawk - UK

    Thanks!
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    Sparrowhawk - UK

    Am I correct in thinking this is a sparrowhawk? It appeared a few months back but nothing since, until yesterday, when it sat briefly on a neighbouring fence. Sorry the images aren't that good, but as soon as I tried to get closer off it went.
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    Feeder Visitor - UK

    Thanks. As it grows it'll probably become more wary of people.
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    Feeder Visitor - UK

    Ah, right. Thanks. I hope you can see why I saw a similarity though.
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    Feeder Visitor - UK

    I had a look at RSPB bird identifier but it didn't help. The more I look at juvenile starling the more I tend to agree, {sorry Delia |:$|} though it was nothing like any of the others that visit. Plus I've never had any let me get that close. How old would you say it is then, it must be quite...
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    Feeder Visitor - UK

    Hi Delia. No it didn't, sorry, it was something more obscure, to me at least. I do have juvenile Starlings that try (unsuccessfully) to get to the other cage-type feeders so I know it wasn't one of those. The fact it let me get so close really surprised me as all my other visitors are away much...
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    Feeder Visitor - UK

    This bird has visited a couple of times recently but this is the first chance I could get photos. It enjoys fat-ball suet & dried fruit pieces, & isn't skittish as it let me get to within about 5-6 ft before moving away. “Google Lens” did come up with a name but I’d be interested to know what...
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    Blue Tits Fledged

    Yes Delia, doing my bit for recycling o:D Cleaned out the nest box, ready for next lot. Now I deserve a cold one ...
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    Blue Tits Fledged

    Very good question Delia, & one I asked a while back. The answer I got was that the male has a deeper blue cap, though in practice I've found it to be almost indistinguishable. I identified the two simply by watching which one sat on the eggs, then followed their movements. Having said that I...
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    Blue Tits Fledged

    I tried a window feeder, but it wasn't successful, probably because of all the various other feeders around the garden. We get swamped with sparrows when the new feeds go out, "little blue people" don't get much of a chance. One thing I did find when the BTs were here, the female was much braver...
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    Blue Tits Fledged

    There are various types available. The one I bought is wireless (apart obviously from the power) with the signal going to a receiver at the TV. HD pics & sound. Not the cheapest but I'm pleased with results. Look around, I'm sure you can find something to suit your budget.
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