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Old Wednesday 16th March 2011, 18:31   #7426
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20 siskins this morning,not seen that many before
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Old Wednesday 16th March 2011, 18:45   #7427
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20 siskins this morning,not seen that many before
fantastic,i only have one visiting and that was my first one in the garden a few days back,20 is tremendous
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Old Thursday 17th March 2011, 08:30   #7428
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Hi everyone, thought I would join this thread as Im going to get a feeder set up in my back garden. Due to a house move we now have a garden instead of a concrete box. Also work makes it difficult to get out much, so thought this is the next best thing to seeing whats around here.
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Old Thursday 17th March 2011, 08:33   #7429
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Hi everyone, thought I would join this thread as Im going to get a feeder set up in my back garden. Due to a house move we now have a garden instead of a concrete box. Also work makes it difficult to get out much, so thought this is the next best thing to seeing whats around here.
welcome aboard colin,look forward to your updates
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Old Thursday 17th March 2011, 10:29   #7430
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Old Thursday 17th March 2011, 10:31   #7431
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Have noticed a big increase in Goldfinches coming and the food is going a lot quicker this week than last week. The Nyjer seed hardly moved for weeks and already half gone this week.

The Blue Tits and Great Tits all buzzing around.
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Old Thursday 17th March 2011, 10:38   #7432
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dunnocks now into their 4th day of mating like mad and blue tits collecting every spiders web they see, looks like they're starting nesting.

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Old Thursday 17th March 2011, 10:46   #7433
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Finally had a Female Chaffinch and now 2 Males, Gold finches up to 9, Just had a pair of Reed Buntings on the ground feeding, but gone now, flying visit ( sorry about that) 16 different species up to now.
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Old Thursday 17th March 2011, 12:22   #7434
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Have noticed a big increase in Goldfinches coming and the food is going a lot quicker this week than last week. The Nyjer seed hardly moved for weeks and already half gone this week.

The Blue Tits and Great Tits all buzzing around.
My sunflower hearts are gone in 2 days tops, and the nyjer last a maximum of 5 !

Main culprits are my gang of siskins.
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Old Thursday 17th March 2011, 14:09   #7435
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I think my Resident Black bird is either queer or just plain greedy, Female came today and was chased away, not seen her any more up to now
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Old Thursday 17th March 2011, 17:23   #7436
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I think my Resident Black bird is either queer or just plain greedy, Female came today and was chased away, not seen her any more up to now
Most likely he's greedy and feeding himself up ready for the breeding season activity. Some first winter males look very much like females, so it could have been a youngster he was chasing off.

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Old Friday 18th March 2011, 08:46   #7437
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Had a visit from a wren yesterday. I suspect that I looked at the right time.
Lots of goldfinches and chaffinches, a few sparrows and the dunnocks are still resident, it seems. I don't see the robins much but I hear them a lot. My husband was digging the other day and one of the robins was impatient for him to go so it could get at the worms.
We have 3 blue tits but haven't seen a coal or great tit for a few days. The blackbirds are very busy chasing each other round the garden. I haven't seen the pied wagtail for a couple of days. Could he be finally off to find a mate?
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Old Friday 18th March 2011, 10:00   #7438
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Reed Buntings are back Male and Female, visible and feeding on ground. along with the rest, Numbers are growing daily
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Old Friday 18th March 2011, 11:34   #7439
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My sunflower hearts are gone in 2 days tops, and the nyjer last a maximum of 5 !

Main culprits are my gang of siskins.
same here . Nothing much for last few weeks but this week everything has been busy scoffing as much as they can.

Our 4x goldfinch have now increased to 5 and this morning I saw the GS Woodpecker back after a 2 month abscence. Siskins are back and its good to see the blackcap around most of the day. He eats like its his last meal

We had to abandon our hearts feeder as the squirrels ruined it. looking for a good squirl-proof one to replace it.

Hows this for a garden flyover ? A cormorant... and we are 50 miles inland ?
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Old Friday 18th March 2011, 17:12   #7440
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Getting 20 + goldies and about 12 sparrows, the Blue/Great/Willow tits have been in the garden constant today and the feed is flying down.The blue tits have been checking the boxes for weeks but the same thing happened last year but no takers.
We've had plenty of chaffies too along with the dunnocks and the bloody collar doves.
Not so many blackbirds as a few weeks ago, wonder if they're on the move.
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Old Friday 18th March 2011, 19:55   #7441
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Goldfinches enjoying the sunflower hearts as usual but i have puzzled over how much they have been getting through in just a few days. Today I spotted a Grey Squirrel tucking in....new feeder required.
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Hows this for a garden flyover ? A cormorant... and we are 50 miles inland ?
Excellent record. Our local inland birds use the river valleys to move between feeding and roosting sites.

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Old Friday 18th March 2011, 23:45   #7443
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Canada Goose warm up wing beat at 3 speeds. Real time at the end

Here is a video of a Canada Goose excercising his wings. I took 90 frames and made stills from them. Then took every other frame for a total of 45 and put them into my PMB Video editor and made a random slide show. Turned out OK.
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Old Saturday 19th March 2011, 08:08   #7444
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Blackbirds, goldfinches, sparrows, dunnocks and a thrush (I think songthrush). The blackbirds, dunnocks and sparrows are really lively - it's a beautiful sunny day with a cloudless sky so far. I have to cause a fair bit of disruption today as I'm getting on with lopping the monstrous leylandii (they'll be replaced with a pyracantha, holly, ivy, honeysuckle and rose hedge).
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Old Saturday 19th March 2011, 09:52   #7445
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GARDEN BIRD NUMBER 30 WREN
thought i saw this yesterday in the distance,however confirmed today
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Old Saturday 19th March 2011, 11:35   #7446
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Our resident Greenfinches seem to be getting more active by the day, two of the juveniles from last yr are still around, not sure mum and dad will stand for that much longer. Also the dunnocks are having their usual love in, and the blackbirds are paired up. Spring has truely sprung
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Old Saturday 19th March 2011, 15:40   #7447
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Not much time in our yards the past couple of days cos we were away at the coast. Still have a Chipping Sparrow, though, and White-winged Doves are building a nest in our mulberry. (How do doves survive, given that they build the most flimsy nests possible?)

Lots of nice birds on our trip, including lots of Roseate Spoonbills in breeding plumage.

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Just checking up on the thread after a couple of days of excessive drinking

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Hi everyone, thought I would join this thread as Im going to get a feeder set up in my back garden. Due to a house move we now have a garden instead of a concrete box. Also work makes it difficult to get out much, so thought this is the next best thing to seeing whats around here.
Welcome to the thread Colin. Hope you get some good visitors.

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My sunflower hearts are gone in 2 days tops, and the nyjer last a maximum of 5 !

Main culprits are my gang of siskins.
Same here over the last week or so. Although much quieter today.

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Hows this for a garden flyover ? A cormorant... and we are 50 miles inland ?
Very nice garden tick

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GARDEN BIRD NUMBER 30 WREN
thought i saw this yesterday in the distance,however confirmed today
Likewise How long have you been counting, Roger - you soon got up to 30.
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Sparrowhawk came back to the garden today, and this time she went hunting ! Landed in the tree above the feeders, and after a couple of minutes swooped down into the briar at the side of the garden. House sparrows came out in droves, with the hawk scrambling through after them.

No joy at the end for her, but it was very exciting to watch, think she's gonna be a regular. We were watching the whole episode from the window, as close as 15 feet away at one point, beautiful bird.
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Old Sunday 20th March 2011, 18:47   #7450
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Likewise How long have you been counting, Roger - you soon got up to 30

since the beginning of the year bongo,"EXCESSIVE DRINKING"-it's nice that YORKSHIRE TEA aint it!
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