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  1. ThomasW

    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 :)
  2. ThomasW

    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.
  3. ThomasW

    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.
  4. 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 each day. Food is plentiful, as usual. The strange thing is they just don't seem to be...
  5. ThomasW

    Sparrowhawk - UK

    Thanks!
  6. 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 as soon as I tried to get closer off it went.
  7. ThomasW

    Feeder Visitor - UK

    Thanks. As it grows it'll probably become more wary of people.
  8. ThomasW

    Feeder Visitor - UK

    Ah, right. Thanks. I hope you can see why I saw a similarity though.
  9. ThomasW

    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...
  10. ThomasW

    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...
  11. ThomasW

    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...
  12. ThomasW

    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 ...
  13. ThomasW

    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...
  14. ThomasW

    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...
  15. ThomasW

    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.
  16. ThomasW

    Blue Tits Fledged

    Next box cams. Fantastic things, I wish I'd bought one long ago. They give hours of pleasure, & insight into an otherwise unseen world.
  17. ThomasW

    Blue Tits Fledged

    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 simply get outnumbered at feeding. They did seem fine when they left though :t:
  18. ThomasW

    Blue Tits Fledged

    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 water. They're spoilt for choice. Best of luck with yours.
  19. ThomasW

    Blue Tits Fledged

    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.
  20. ThomasW

    Blue Tits Fledged

    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 anywhere it might get trapped (closing doors etc) but apart from that I resisted the temptation to...
  21. ThomasW

    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 the 2 left there was clearly a dominant chick, it left first, followed 2½hrs later by the sibling...
  22. ThomasW

    Hatch success

    I knew if I waited I'd get my answer. :t:
  23. 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 does the feeding. As can be seen here, she's very protective and when he enters the nest box she...
  24. ThomasW

    Blue Tit Nest

    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 for 5-10 mins at a time. I guess it must be boring sitting looking at 4 walls for hours ;) #lockdown
  25. ThomasW

    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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