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Forum: Birds & Birding Wednesday 19th August 2020, 11:34
Replies: 7
Views: 361
Posted By ThomasW
Seems they're returning, albeit slowly & not in...

Seems they're returning, albeit slowly & not in the same numbers as previously (yet), but it's looking hopeful again :)
Forum: Birds & Birding Wednesday 12th August 2020, 11:23
Replies: 7
Views: 361
Posted By ThomasW
Quite some distance, I'm on the outskirts of...

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.
Forum: Birds & Birding Tuesday 11th August 2020, 15:16
Replies: 7
Views: 361
Posted By ThomasW
I was the same until a few days back. It's weird...

I was the same until a few days back. It's weird they aren't even in the sky though.
Forum: Birds & Birding Tuesday 11th August 2020, 14:19
Replies: 7
Views: 361
Posted By ThomasW
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...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 11th July 2020, 15:01
Replies: 2
Views: 240
Posted By ThomasW
Thanks!

Thanks!
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 11th July 2020, 11:08
Replies: 2
Views: 240
Posted By ThomasW
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...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 21st June 2020, 13:32
Replies: 11
Views: 461
Posted By ThomasW
Thanks. As it grows it'll probably become more...

Thanks. As it grows it'll probably become more wary of people.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 21st June 2020, 13:29
Replies: 11
Views: 461
Posted By ThomasW
Ah, right. Thanks. I hope you can see why I saw a...

Ah, right. Thanks.
I hope you can see why I saw a similarity though.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 21st June 2020, 10:45
Replies: 11
Views: 461
Posted By ThomasW
I had a look at RSPB bird identifier but it...

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....
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 21st June 2020, 10:04
Replies: 11
Views: 461
Posted By ThomasW
Hi Delia. No it didn't, sorry, it was something...

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...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 21st June 2020, 09:45
Replies: 11
Views: 461
Posted By ThomasW
Question 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...
Forum: Birds & Birding Saturday 13th June 2020, 12:51
Replies: 21
Views: 717
Posted By ThomasW
Yes Delia, doing my bit for recycling...

Yes Delia, doing my bit for recycling o:D

Cleaned out the nest box, ready for next lot. Now I deserve a cold one ...
Forum: Birds & Birding Saturday 13th June 2020, 11:33
Replies: 21
Views: 717
Posted By ThomasW
Very good question Delia, & one I asked a while...

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...
Forum: Birds & Birding Friday 12th June 2020, 12:20
Replies: 21
Views: 717
Posted By ThomasW
I tried a window feeder, but it wasn't...

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"...
Forum: Birds & Birding Friday 12th June 2020, 12:14
Replies: 21
Views: 717
Posted By ThomasW
There are various types available. The one I...

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...
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 7th June 2020, 10:55
Replies: 21
Views: 717
Posted By ThomasW
Next box cams. Fantastic things, I wish I'd...

Next box cams. Fantastic things, I wish I'd bought one long ago. They give hours of pleasure, & insight into an otherwise unseen world.
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 7th June 2020, 10:53
Replies: 21
Views: 717
Posted By ThomasW
Apparently 9 isn't unusual. Since they left the...

Apparently 9 isn't unusual.

Since they left the nest they've only popped back a couple of times for food, but we do have lots, & I mean lots, of sparrows, all day every day, so the little Blue Tits...
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 25th May 2020, 15:45
Replies: 21
Views: 717
Posted By ThomasW
Yes, we watched regretfully as the numbers...

Yes, we watched regretfully as the numbers declined, though food wasn't/isn't an issue as there are feeders for suet, mealworms, fatballs, peanuts, & seed all around the garden. And of course...
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 25th May 2020, 15:41
Replies: 21
Views: 717
Posted By ThomasW
Thanks all. They did come back to feed for a...

Thanks all.
They did come back to feed for a couple of days but nothing since then.
I've a feeling we won't see them unless in passing until maybe winter nights.
Forum: Birds & Birding Saturday 23rd May 2020, 14:04
Replies: 21
Views: 717
Posted By ThomasW
Thanks Delia. As a foot note one of the chicks...

Thanks Delia. As a foot note one of the chicks returned this morning, along with parents, but seemed to get a little lost & was hiding on the floor around a shed.
I made sure that it couldn't get...
Forum: Birds & Birding Friday 22nd May 2020, 15:35
Replies: 21
Views: 717
Posted By ThomasW
Smile Blue Tits Fledged

Well, 20 days after all 9 successfully hatched the 2 survivors left the nest!
Both parents worked immensely hard. It's not until the nest-box cam that I realised just how much work they put in.

Of...
Forum: Lancashire Wednesday 6th May 2020, 14:06
Replies: 1
Views: 237
Posted By ThomasW
I knew if I waited I'd get my answer. :t:

I knew if I waited I'd get my answer. :t:
Forum: Bird Behaviour Monday 4th May 2020, 14:33
Replies: 0
Views: 148
Posted By ThomasW
Protective instinct

Our Blue Tit has just hatched several chicks & is busy feeding them, as is the male. Sometimes both adults will pass food to the chicks but more often than not he passes it to the female who then...
Forum: Birds & Birding Saturday 25th April 2020, 12:58
Replies: 3
Views: 397
Posted By ThomasW
Ah, I see. Thanks. What does surprise me is the...

Ah, I see. Thanks.


What does surprise me is the amount of time she spends off the eggs.
I understand she needs to eat but she leaves the nest several times during the day, though admittedly only...
Forum: Lancashire Wednesday 22nd April 2020, 11:48
Replies: 1
Views: 237
Posted By ThomasW
Question Hatch success

Just wondering, out of 9 how many would this Blue Tit usually hatch successfully.

I'm not expecting a prediction, just a general percentage.

Ta.
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