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    Song ID- nightingale?

    was filming treecreepers nesting in county durham along baydale beck, and when I posted my video to flickr, someone drew my attention to the fact there was a bird singing loudly in the background, which they said was a nightingale? heres the video http://tinyurl.com/639w9pq would love...
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    Universal adapters?

    I want to try digiscoping, so I have some questions. Are universal adapters good? the ones I have seen look quite bulky, are they a bit impractical for trips? would really appreciate any advice. thank you
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    growing sunflowers

    Hi :) I started about 13 Giant sunflower seeds off in pots a few weeks back, and have recently transplanted them to a bed in the garden. I noticed that there where a few spindly ones that were getting crowded by the strong ones (and they had a few brown leaves?), because I'd accidently planted...
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    Blue tits nesting

    Looks like we're going to be nesting!!! A female blue tit has been cleaning out the droppings that were left by winter roosting birds, whilst the male has been coming in and feeding her insects. She has also been doing some pre-nesting wing spreading and box-pecking. I had a fright at first as...
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    RSPB saltholme

    First ever trip to RSPB saltholme in cleveland today. Here's a list of the lifers I saw today! Yellow wagtail wheatear Linnet shoveler duck gadwall duck pink-footed goose Little Egret Reed bunting Shelduck I also saw a number of birds I'd seen before, including a Grey heron, and I also saw...
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    British Bird ID help ?

    first trip to RSPB saltholme in cleveland today. fantastic day. saw many new birds. but couldn't quite work out what this one was. I'm not quite sure if they'd be in this part of england, but what about twite? it looked kind of like the shape and patterns of a lesser redpoll, but without the red...
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    Cardboard nest box from poundland!

    well, although I'm very dubious, when I saw a cardboard (and apparently water-resistant ) bird box in pound land, I couldn't resist giving it a go. It certainly looks sweet, but time will tell if its up to the job. I have a wooden rspb standard nest box up too, and that has a camera in. wouldn't...
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    Lesser or mealy redpoll?

    Saw two redpolls on the nyger feeder at the weekend, I've never seen them before and can't tell the difference between lesser and mealy. A few people have suggested it is a Lesser, but they aren't sure so just thought I'd post the pictures on here for confirmation ... see the pictures here...
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    My wildlife art

    Hi everyone. Apologies for starting a new thread, but my previous threads are so far back I've lost track. from now on I'll be posting all my drawings on this thread- it's much easier to keep track of it that way. anyway, here are my latest two: Goldcrest...
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    roosting blue tit!

    just installed the cam, switched it on last night and there he was! see here for pics http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ hopefully there will be nesters this spring :t:
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    British Garden bird list

    in a small suburban garden, in just under a year, I have successfully attracted these birds: house sparrow chaffinch dunnock blackbird starling collared dove wood pigeon blue tit great tit coal tit long tailed tit goldfinch greenfinch song thrush sparrowhawk robin goldcrest wren magpie...
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    Spring scene ..

    watercolour spring scene... a robin, hazel catkins , crocuses and snowdrops. (please try to ignore the terrible picture quality, I had to take a photograph of the picture because the scanners playing up) any comments welcome! :t:
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    My macro won't work!

    I have a Technika sh-a366 digital camera. sadly can't afford an upgrade. but, I've always made the best of what I've got, and have got some pretty good macro shots over time. like this http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5050615328/in/set-72157624968863743/ but over the past few weeks...
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    Bird photos

    Hi , I am posting the link to my flickr, there is a whole album for bird photos so feel free to take a look! any feedback is welcome. http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157624969197447/ p.s my camera is not very good and lack of money restricts any kind of upgrade at the...
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    A pair of nuthatches searching for suitable nesting places; using my own photos as reference. any feedback would be appreciated
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    Feeding birds all year round

    Hi everyone I've got some questions for you ! Do you feed birds all year round, and do you think this is the most beneficial way? (rather than just feeding in winter) If so, what foods do you put out for birds during spring and summer, that are safe for nestlings? Thanks for reading!
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    Anyone have snowdrops or crocus yet!?

    Am wondering whether people in different parts of the UK are seeing spring flowers yet or not? If you comment please say where you are :D I live in Darlington,england. lots of shoots up but no flowers.
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    Plant Identification please

    couldn't believe it when I saw some flowers on this bush! what's the plant called , though? http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5395481117/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5396076932/in/photostream/ and also I'd love to know what type of Catkin these are...
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    saw two nuthatches together today. one was investigating a natural hole in the trunk of a tree- and begun chiselling round it (making dust go everywhere) it was then going in and out and appeared to be almost 'clearing it out' got a pic of one...
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    House Sparrows eating nyger

    has anyone seen House sparrows eating from nyger feeders? I recently put one up in hope of goldfinches (I saw about 8 in the tree the other day But they haven't ventured down yet!) and was surprised to see the sparrows leaning in and feasting on them. It's a wonder they can fit their stubby...
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    Birding in the garden

    it has been a FANTASTIC day for watching birds in the garden today. it's been very sunny, cold and frosty all at once. as some of you may know, I desperately want to attract goldfinches- so I recently put up a nyger feeder. today I saw a flock of 8-10 goldfinches in the goat willow/pussy...
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    Feeding birds in spring

    Hi everyone. I know it's quite a way away, but the recent sunny weather here has made me think about spring. In a recent article I read, it said giving food to birds in spring could be harmful, but in other articles it says it is a good idea. I am going to feed them all year-round and I would...
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    Feeding garden birds in spring is ...bad!?

    just read this http://news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/earth_news/newsid_9358000/9358302.stm later springwatch posted this http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/natureuk/2011/01/should-we-stop-feeding-birds-d.shtml I really hope this isn't the case I thought feeding birds could only do good. any opinions?
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    my Macro photography!

    Baby wood mouse on bread crust http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5169204549/lightbox/ Raindrops on cotoneaster berries http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5056608595/in/set-72157624968857577/lightbox/ conker/horse chestnut...
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    Help with Identifying footprint- Fox?

    Found this in my front garden http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5351336957/lightbox/ I believe it is a Red Fox footprint rather than a dog footprint, because the toes are v. close together and the 'heel' is small and round rather than large and misshapen like dogs. It was rubbish day...