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PostPosted: 22/03/11 08:57 
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I thought I would start a New Thread.
21/3/2011
Long Tail Tits
Coal Tits
Blue Tits
Chaffinch
Cuckoo
Greater Spotted Woodpecker
House Sparrow
Wren
Starling
Collard Dove
Wood Pigeon
Grey Wagtail
Robin
Goldcrest
Rook
Magbie
Blackbird
Thrush (Song)

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PostPosted: 22/03/11 13:12 
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I once new a girl with Thrush in her garden Bob, not sure it sung though Image

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PostPosted: 22/03/11 21:53 
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Funny you should add your list today, I've been keeping an eye out for nesters in the garden.
Coal,great and blue tits have been surveying my boxes, we have a start on a dunnock nest, and the blackbird is moving around materials.
The problem we have this year is that some of our gardens prime nesting sites have been hit hard by the winter,so I may not see many this year. 
But, clearing some of the debris showed me nests I missed last year.
So my pairs list from today.

great tit
coal tit
blue tit
dunnock
pheasant
blackbird
house sparrow
woody
collar dove
chaffinch
robin
greenfinch
starling

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Ian,

Hey ho, a long time ago !!

Fred,

Good list Mate,
I live on the edge of London, in Chingford, so I'm always delighted to see a few new birds in the Garden.

Lots of Birds of Prey now seen from the Garden, we have a Sparrow Hawk who likes to have a go at the Collard doves and Pigeons, but I have not seen him for some time !!

There was a Yellow Wagtail on the edge of my little pond at the weekend, well I thought it was a Yellow but have now been told it's a Grey, so my Mr's now saids it the " Not a Yellow Wagtail Image "

I don't live far from Fishers Green and look over the King George Ressie, so it's not a bad area for Bird watching.

Bob

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PostPosted: 24/03/11 09:10 
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I know the area fairly well where you are Bob, good spot for bird variety.

We are mostly arable farming up here, so the woodland birds are never seen in the garden.
We've not seen our sparrowhawk, or barn owls yet.
No sight or sound of the wren, they may have suffered this last winter.

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PostPosted: 25/03/11 08:11 
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Fred,

Buzzard high over head yesterday and all the normal birds in the garden !!

Bob

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PostPosted: 25/03/11 09:43 
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Hi Bob, in your original post you mentioned seeing  a Cuckoo in your garden,  I have never ever seen one.

Any chance of a photo?

Micky

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PostPosted: 25/03/11 11:15 
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Mick,

I can send you a Photo of the Garden Image

I was when I was drigging over the Veg Patch on Monday, I heard the Cuckoo and up in the Tree was the Bird ?

Bob

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PostPosted: 27/03/11 03:37 
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Kingfisher II wrote:
Hi Bob, in your original post you mentioned seeing  a Cuckoo in your garden,  I have never ever seen one.

Any chance of a photo?

Micky
micky ,

i have never seen one , this is the closest i have got. . Image



  

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PostPosted: 27/03/11 08:10 
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Image

Nice one Dick.

Micky

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PostPosted: 29/04/11 11:37 
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My all time garden bird list is quite impressive for London:

Magpie
Jay
Starling
Blackbird
Song Thrush
Fieldfare
Robin
House Sparrow
Dunnock
Wren
Goldcrest
Blackcap
Lesser Whitethroat
Chiffchaff
Greenfinch
Goldfinch
Chaffinch
Siskin
Redpoll
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Coal Tit
Long Tailed Tit
Nuthatch
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Woodpigeon
Collared Dove
Stock Dove
Ring Necked Parakeet

Overall though, since the autumn last year things have been pretty quiet on the bird front. An increase in cats in the area plus some unscrupulous developers removing trees without permission may have had some impact. I was very surprised at how little impact the snow seemed to have on birds coming into the graden with little or no increase in numbers or species. My Great Garden Birdwatch has gradually gone downhill each year since I've been doing it. As yet no birds nesting in any of the nestboxes, although last year blue tits nested in the usual site very late and succeeded in fledging the entire brood for the first time.

For the record, this year's list so far:
Jay
Blackbird
Robin
Dunnock
Wren
Blackcap
Chiffchaff
Greenfinch
Goldfinch
Chaffinch
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Coal Tit
Long Tailed Tit
Woodpigeon
Stock Dove
Ring Necked Parakeet

The highlights so far have been our first ever Chaffinches (yes really!) and a Chiffchaff coming to within a foot of me standing at our garden door as I played it's song through my iphone.

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Martin

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PostPosted: 01/05/11 08:28 
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I had a Sparrow Hawk take a collarded Dove in my Garden a few weeks ago and got within a few yards of it dispatching it's prey.

But I could not get a photo, as it kept flying off when the auto focus started working on my compact camera?

Lots of ordinary birds in the garden and a Red Kite and a Buzzard was seen overhead last week.

I went for a little walk the other day and saw a Green Sandpiper, I don't know if these are rare, but it's the first one I have seen ?

Bob

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PostPosted: 01/05/11 21:48 
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Funny most of the bird watchers that visit on my local pit are x-anglers.  One birdwatcher in particular seemed to know every gravel bar and most hot spots Image.  Not that it made any difference to my catches Image

Talking about birds, this last week I've heard a bird with a bazaar voice.  I can only describe it as a warble.  The bird dances about while making this sound and from a few sightings is black and white in colour.  Any ideas?

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PostPosted: 02/05/11 06:29 
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Lapwing,  they are very odd when trying to lead you away from the nest ?

Bob

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PostPosted: 03/05/11 04:43 
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I had a pair of Dunnocks in the garden over the weekend.

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PostPosted: 20/05/11 06:59 
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Nothing unusual in my Garden recently, but saw a Red Kite circling very high up from the Garden.

My house is on the Heathrow flight path, would they alter course to avoid such a bird ?

Bob

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PostPosted: 20/05/11 08:29 
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Bird strikes cause airlines million of pounds of damage every year and a B.A crew once reported
swans flying at 30,000 feet.

Micky

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PostPosted: 20/05/11 19:23 
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First brood blackbird taken by sparrowhawk yesterday in my front garden.....it only squarked for a short while!

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PostPosted: 21/05/11 18:46 
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Moved. Wrong thread.

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PostPosted: 07/06/11 17:25 
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My friend who lives in Bagshot ( Surrey) has had a Peacock on his chimney for the last two days.

I'm not sure how well they can fly.

Micky

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