Sunday, 27 January 2013

Birds of a feather

When Sue asked me to set up camera in her garden to record the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, I had no idea what to expect. Well, apart from the weather! We were forecast to have the heaviest snow of the year overnight - always challenging for taking pictures! It was a fantastic day though, and Sue's pin-neat smallholding turned out to be a magnet for bird life, keeping me happily occupied for the allotted hour! With feeding stations dotted all over the place, I'm sure that I have missed loads of interesting birds, but this is a selection...

The Starlings were bullies, but great to photograph because the stayed on the feeder so long
(left) Wood pigeon (right) A very shy Wren
Goldfinches - fantastic but flighty
Chaffinches (left) the male (right) the female
(top) Carrion Crow (bottom left) Female Blackbird
(bottom right) Coal Tit
The shy little Dunnocks didn't stay on the tables long
The Woodpecker stuck around for nearly five minutes!
A beautiful pair of nervous Collared Doves
The garden was full of Blue Tits
(left) A noisy male pheasant
(right) The Marsh Tit was a surprise. We have them in our own garden too.
They may be plain, but I love House Sparrows
The comical Long-tailed Tits arrived in a flock with minutes to go!
And last, but certainly not least...two (I think!) resident Robins
appeared throughout the hour

13 comments:

  1. Congratulations Harry. Absolutely superb. You have got a good man there Sue!

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    1. I agree - fascinating pictures that show the different bird behaviours as well.

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  2. Great shots on your Blog today. Our feathered friends add so much to the life of a garden - especially now in the Winter. Thanks for the posting.

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  3. Geraldine Marshall27 January 2013 at 22:15

    Brilliant! The starlings are the best!!!

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  4. The robins are always my favourites! Cheeky, friendly and fun to have around the allotment. These pictures are brilliant.

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  5. What a lovely way to record the birds in your garden. The hen in the previous post is obviously no stranger to sharing her space with such a fantastic range of wildlife.

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  6. Long tailed tits have the cutest faces! I've never seen them other than in pictures. We did the Big Garden Birdwatch in Durham and it was such fun. All the kids got involved in the counting too. It's a great way of teaching youngsters about wildlife and conservation.

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  7. Thank you all and for visiting my blog and thank you so much to Harry and his eye for a great picture.

    I do hope that you all took part in the big birdwatch and enjoyed taking time out to observe your garden visitors as much as Harry and I did!

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  8. I LOVE this post! You are so so lucky Sue.

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  9. You have made me look again at starlings Sue. Before, I would chase them off the feeders for being gluttons. Now, I've has a closer look at them - they ARE beautiful, and comical. Thanks!

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  10. These are amazing photos! I have looked at them several times because they are absolutely gorgeous.

    I am envious of your success in spotting so many! Our feeding stations were eerily quiet for the hour we were counting birds. Of course as soon as the time was up, we spotted a couple more, but our results were very disappointing. Fingers crossed that all our bird-friendly planting this winter will start to reap dividends next year.

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    1. It may just be sod's law that you had a sparrowhawk in the area for your hour! Seriously though, the tits love privet hedging. What have you planted?

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  11. Um,

    I've had the empty bird table hour in previous years when I lived in an area where lots of people fed the birds and did the bird watch. I think the birds must be inundated with treats for the duration of the weekend. Perhaps your birds were having a picnic in a neighbours garden or suffering from indigestion!

    I will share my secret tips with you though, berries, apple and cheese on the bird table and a bird bath / drink. I recon that will beat a meal worm any day. Good luck for next year and keep enjoying the birds in your garden.

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