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Old Sunday 9th June 2019, 09:29   #13101
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Woodpecker and great tits and blue tits and a great appearance by a Nuthatch family
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Old Saturday 13th July 2019, 08:46   #13102
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Garden is alive with young birds at the moment. Seem to have had a great year - House Sparrows, Robins, Dunnocks, Blue/Great and Coal Tits. I think weíve had our first Stock Dove as well.

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Old Saturday 13th July 2019, 10:46   #13103
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Terrible photo but the Dove has been hanging around for a few days.
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Old Friday 23rd August 2019, 08:32   #13104
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I’m back! 6 years ago we bought our first house which had a small garden with no trees. I did attract some birds but the mess was too much for a small garden and also I thought it was a bit dodgy with lots of cats about, so stopped feeding the birds.

We have just moved to our new house which lucky for us backs on to woods. Soon got some sunflower seeds out and next day we had a Coal Tit on the feeder. We are now having lots of Blue and Great Tits, The odd Coal Tit, Wrens, Blackbirds, Robins visiting, and Nuthatch yesterday too. Also a Buzzard in the trees last night which is amazing as 20 odd years ago, we’d only see Buzzards on the M5 motorway heading south. Looking forward to establishing our garden on the bird’s guide to finding some good food!
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Old Sunday 22nd September 2019, 11:05   #13105
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very stormy weather first thing this morning, tropical rain, thunder & lightening. At least it was good for garden birds, brought me two garden lifers within 20 minutes of each other.
Firstly a Spotted Flycatcher and then a short while later a low flying Little Egret.
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Old Sunday 22nd September 2019, 14:31   #13106
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My back is in absolute bits at the moment so haven't been able to get out and do any birding. Nice to see a Grey Wagtail in the back garden this morning though.
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Old Sunday 22nd September 2019, 14:41   #13107
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Not a bird I know but itís the first time Iíve seen an Elephant Hawkmoth Caterpillar in the garden yesterday. Thanks to Tate for the confirmation.
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Old Tuesday 24th September 2019, 09:02   #13108
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Not a bird I know but itís the first time Iíve seen an Elephant Hawkmoth Caterpillar in the garden yesterday. Thanks to Tate for the confirmation.
Excellent Clark!....looks like the eyes have it.

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Excellent Clark!....looks like the eyes have it.

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My parents have had a couple over the last few weeks as well Ken. Impressive little beasties.

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Old Tuesday 24th September 2019, 19:51   #13110
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My back is in absolute bits at the moment so haven't been able to get out and do any birding. Nice to see a Grey Wagtail in the back garden this morning though.
That's an excellent garden bird, always happy to see one out and about, not one I have had in the garden for many many years
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So iíve got lots of regular Blue Tits and Great Tits, but no Goldfinches yet. I know they are attracted to yellow so have ordered some yellow bunting, but last week a friend brought us some Sunflowers and they are nearly done, so I thought it would be a good idea to attach some to the birdfeeder!
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That's an excellent garden bird, always happy to see one out and about, not one I have had in the garden for many many years
Cheers Dave. Pied are the more common Wagtail here but we donít often get those either.

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Old Sunday 29th September 2019, 08:25   #13113
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The sunflowers soon lost their petals so now iíve added some yellow bunting! Still no Goldfinches but they regularly fly overhead.
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Garden life bird
Great Egret flying over

Mistle Thrush in the garden as well yesterday evening
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The sunflowers soon lost their petals so now iíve added some yellow bunting! Still no Goldfinches but they regularly fly overhead.
I use white sunflower hearts ( less mess ) and niger seeds. My Goldies love them. You look to have a good location and if they're flying over then you just need to attract them down. Put up some more feeders with a variety of foods, I know it can be expensive but it will show you what your local birds like and what they don't, that way you only put out what they will eat. My local birds don't bother with a mixed seed bag so I don't waste money buying them.

I started a thread a few years ago, https://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=185408 I've since moved again ( twice in 2 years ) and now have a garden an acre in size. I have farmland directly behind me leading to a huge park ( over 800 acres ) with some great species. I started feeding late last winter but stopped for the summer, I'm going to put my feeders up by my boundary later, weather permitting, and intend to make a hide to photograph them from.

So far the interesting things my list includes are Common Buzzard, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Bullfinch, Sparrowhawk and Red Kite spring immediately to mind, but I haven't made a list yet.

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I use white sunflower hearts ( less mess ) and niger seeds. My Goldies love them. You look to have a good location and if they're flying over then you just need to attract them down. Put up some more feeders with a variety of foods, I know it can be expensive but it will show you what your local birds like and what they don't, that way you only put out what they will eat. My local birds don't bother with a mixed seed bag so I don't waste money buying them.

I started a thread a few years ago, https://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=185408 I've since moved again ( twice in 2 years ) and now have a garden an acre in size. I have farmland directly behind me leading to a huge park ( over 800 acres ) with some great species. I started feeding late last winter but stopped for the summer, I'm going to put my feeders up by my boundary later, weather permitting, and intend to make a hide to photograph them from.

So far the interesting things my list includes are Common Buzzard, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Bullfinch, Sparrowhawk and Red Kite spring immediately to mind, but I haven't made a list yet.

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Thanks for your reply. I know they will come eventually, and I know that sunflower hearts will definitely be on their favourite food list, itís just a matter of time. You have a nice list of visitors there. Weíve had Jays, Nuthatch, Coal, Blue, Great and Long Tail Tits. Sparrowhawk at least three times iíve seen, regular owl at night probably Tawny.

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Got what appears to be a Wood Mouse visiting the feeders at the moment.

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We get wood mice under our feeder when we go Caravanning!
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You just reminded me why I stopped feeding last spring - RATS

Like Star Trek, they "boldly went" about my feeders not bothered by my presence at all. As an animal lover I didn't poison them, I stopped their food source. I haven't seen them since.

I had a 25KG bag of Sunflower hearts in the garage which had nibble holes in the side to which I attributed mice. I bought a plastic bin to house all the pet foods in after that.
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Just had a nice garden tick in the form of a Kestrel.

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always nice to see, but a bit of a garden mega.
Good to keep the garden list slowly ticking upwards
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always nice to see, but a bit of a garden mega.
Good to keep the garden list slowly ticking upwards
Cheers Dave. Noticed the Grey Wagtail had returned yesterday as well. Getting some decent numbers of common garden birds at the moment.

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