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Old Thursday 18th June 2009, 12:07   #601
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Very well done, not the slightest bit green with envy of your Yellowhammers
Ooops, sorry Dave........I forgot about that

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Ty Dave - I picked a site that pretty much does it all for you as i'm not that technically minded on the web!

Just had a couple of juvenile Blackbirds in the garden this morning and several Starling young too. The Robin has been about quite a bit too but fairly quiet today but it is quite windy so maybe they are all hiding out!
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Yes, pretty easy to do a blog with that blogspot site, it seems to work pretty well.
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Lovely photo of Yellowhammers TS. We have 2 possible juveniles visiting, under the feeders,but I'm not entirely sure, they could be females,although they don't have much yellow in their colouring. Have you any ID tips for them?

I will admit that I double checked when I first saw them lol. I had the advantage of the female being around at the same time and the juves are definitely duller. With bins there was a definite bit of gape which you can't see in the photo. Their behaviour was also a bit of a give away.

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Yellowhammers!! Wow!

Hasn't been that busy in my garden since I got back from holiday (I think they've all got the hump because I wasn't there topping up the water and feed!), I haven't seen the Robins that much, or the greenfinches but still lots of Sparrows, Starlings and Blackbirds.

I looked out this morning to see a Dunnock fledgling hopping around the border next to my footpath though! First one I've ever seen and I had to get my binoculars onto it to get a close look to be sure. Brilliant to see one here, am really pleased that the Dunnocks are still around.
Well I haven't seen a dunnock for ages! I'm hoping that some will appear soon as I rather miss seeing them scurrying about under the feeder and bushes.

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I have been really missing them too, they've always been little skulking stars in my garden, it was rather sad not seeing them around much although I've had the occasional visit from some other local Dunnocks, who did come to my garden from time to time to engage in a bit of flirtation with lots of wing flicking.
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Had two young Blue Tits being fed by an adult in the garden this morning, along with young House Sparrows, a Starling and a very fat Robin! A Great Tit even shared the feed tray with the Blue Tits, they usually chase each other off.
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Very busy in my garden today - much busier than usual. Not sure why as the weather is quite good. Anyway the following turned up:
Goldfinch
Linnet
House Sparrow
Chaffinch
Greenfinch
Lesser Redpoll
Feral Pigeon
Collared Dove
Blackbird
Dunnock
Magpie
Jackdaw
The goldfinches, linnets and sparrows had young ones in tow.

Not a bad list for the middle of June.
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Great list ! I would love to see the Lesser Redpoll and Linnet!!

Away to the west coast of Scotland for a week now,hope to see lots of birds!!
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Great list ! I would love to see the Lesser Redpoll and Linnet!!

Away to the west coast of Scotland for a week now,hope to see lots of birds!!
Good luck! Hope you have a great time.

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Enjoy your trip MBL

Great morning here in Cheshire, I thought the Coal Tit family had really grown when I first looked out, and it had..... 2 Juveniles, However mixed in the FLOCK were 2 Blue tit Juveniles (A first for me ).

Will post update and pics later

The garden is very busy this morning, so the ironing may have to wait a little longer.
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Hi, Pam.
Glad to see you managed to get stills from your camcorder footage. Looking through your blog really makes me realize how different where I live in Texas is from England!
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Good luck with your trip! My sister-in-law spends several months a year in Lunga and this week she's hoping to see the Sea Eagles and Golden Eagles on Jura.
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Wet wet wet

But plenty of juveniles on the feeders and generally busy in the garden
Goldfinch 2, Greenfinch 5+2 juvs, Feral Pigeon 2, Blue tit 1 + 3 juvs (Garden first), Dunnock 2, Blackbird 2m 1f, Carrion crow 2 , Rook 2, Swift 3, Jackdaw 14, Woodpigeon 10, Starling 4+2 juvs, Magpie 1 + 1 juv, Housesparrow 4, Coal tit 2 juvs, Robin juv, Great tit Juv (Garden first), Collared Dove, Chaffinch m

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Glad to see you managed to get stills from your camcorder footage. Looking through your blog really makes me realize how different where I live in Texas is from England!
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Thanks Jeff, thats what I think when I look at yours, the range of birds you get over there are amazing, I'm a bit swayed by the colours too!

Dave, some great photos and how great to have so many juveniles.
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Lovely pics Dave!
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Welcome return

After being pretty much absent for months, Red-bellied Woodpeckers have returned to our suet feeders. We love the little Downy Woodpeckers that visit constantly but it's great to have the big, bold Red-bellieds back!

BTW, later this morning we're off to a nearby forest to see if we can spot the (highly endangered) Red-cockaded Woodpecker.

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After being pretty much absent for months, Red-bellied Woodpeckers have returned to our suet feeders. We love the little Downy Woodpeckers that visit constantly but it's great to have the big, bold Red-bellieds back!

BTW, later this morning we're off to a nearby forest to see if we can spot the (highly endangered) Red-cockaded Woodpecker.

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What a pretty bird. I had to google red-bellied woodpecker and hopefully I've got it right that your photo is an adult female.

Good luck with seeing the red-cockaded woodpecker. Let us know if you see one.

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Cheers Pam , Fozzy, TS

Hoping to get a good pic of the Juv Great tit but on my way back to work for a couple of hours first.

My partners son said he saw a Kestrel over the house a few days ago, although I didnt disagree with him in the back of my mind I guessed he had seen Sparrowhawk, however good job I kept my thoughts to myself as I have just seen it over the back of the house, it went out of sight and left me wondering, until it returned a few minutes later and hovered in full view, if not a little distant.... a new garden (overhead) tick, really pleased.

If the Kestrel has now shown up a few times I wonder if it is marking new teritory? It only has Carrion, Jackdaw, Rook, Magpie, The occasional Buzzard and Sparrowhawk to contend with!!

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Thanks for your comments everyone
As you know I have been trying for ages to get a good pic of the Robin

At last, hopefully worth the wait

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However I think this is not my Daily Robin, I have now attached the 3rd photo from a few days ago which is a different bird, I thought it was a bit more sociable than normal.
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Any luck Jeff?

You seem to have dozens of varying woodpeckers, do you know how many different ones there are in North America?
I would be happy to see the return of the Greater Spotted here, its is probably about 9 months since the last visit...

I am determined to get a good pic of the juv Great tit and the Juv Magpie this week while I am at home in the mornings.

I am pretty much happy to watch the family life in the garden at the minute especially with so many juveniles so close and therefore have not had the itch to get out and about, although visiting family in north wales this weekend so will hopefully get to see the Little terns again.

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Thanks for your comments everyone
As you know I have been trying for ages to get a good pic of the Robin

At last, hopefully worth the wait

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However I think this is not my Daily Robin, I have now attached the 3rd photo from a few days ago which is a different bird, I thought it was a bit more sociable than normal.
Good pictures Dave, I'm impressed with the first one being ISO 1600. On my Camera ISO 1600 looks like a sandstorm.

BTW, that juv Magpie might move away as it gets older, no pressure.
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You're right, TS. The photos were of an adult female Red-bellied. The male is visiting fairly often now, too.

I've seen the Red-cockaded before at the forest we visited yesterday but we had no luck this time.

We have 18 woodpeckers/sapsuckers/flickers in the USA, Dave, if you don't count the disputed Ivory-billed. However, we only get seven species in our area, plus three others if we travel to south and west Texas.

Our yard residents are Downy and Red-bellied, plus Yellow-bellied Sapsucker through the winter.

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Nice pics of the Robin Dave, I like the second one with it drinking, nice reflection.

Quite a collection of woodpeckers Jeff! Nice shots too.

One of my collared doves is becoming tamer and was coming close to me last night as I saw outside and flipped suet pellets to it. Quite a change from previously when they'd explode out of the garden if I even looked in their direction from indoors! The blackbirds are still around, loads of them in the garden with fledglings this afternoon/evening, and the robins are showing up more often now after being pretty much absent when I returned from holiday. One will still come to take suet pellets from my hand although not quite as confidently as before, might take a bit of time to build up confidence again.

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