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Late Doors

Dunnocks

Not to be confused with sparrows. They have finer beaks and a greyer breast
Plastic Man

Imagine my disappointment on finding that this thread is about avians and not tea cakes.
Heyho

Seen a few in our garden over the years (the bird and not the tea cake that is).

Saw a pair of Jays the other day as well and also a greater spotted woodpecker trying to peck out peanuts in the neighbours garden.

A robin as well.
Dalek

We have a collection of long tailed tits who have been regular visitors to the bird feeders over the past couple of years or so.

Waiting for the local starlings to have their chicks with them as they provide many comical moments when they are learning to feed.
Grind

our birdfeeder seems to mostly attract cardinals, goldfinches, red-winged blackbirds, chickadees, jays and the inevitable red and grey squirrels.

There's a pileated woodpecker that visits along with the odd chipmunk, deer, wild turkeys and porcupines.

No bears yet. Luckily.
Grind

I forgot about the sparrows and the skunks.
Heyho

Grind wrote:
I forgot about the sparrows and the skunks.


You are just showing off now aren't you.

We did have a feral cat in our garden once so there. Oh and a few dears in the fields behind us. So there.

Bloody skunks and chipmunks. Tut

And you dare to mention grey squirrels. It was you lot brought them over to wipe out our red squirrels.
Grind

Heyho wrote:
Grind wrote:
I forgot about the sparrows and the skunks.


You are just showing off now aren't you.

We did have a feral cat in our garden once so there. Oh and a few dears in the fields behind us. So there.

Bloody skunks and chipmunks. Tut

And you dare to mention grey squirrels. It was you lot brought them over to wipe out our red squirrels.


Based on what I see here, it's hard to see how that happened.

The redheaded bastards kick the snot out of each other when they're not chasing the fat arsed grey ones away from the birdfeeder.
Grind

We're getting about four inches of snow delivered at the moment, so the birdfeeder is very popular.
Grind

Mostly sparrows and cardinals in this pic taken as I snuck off to make some coffee.

Late Doors

Yeah its been a good year so far Twitching wise as i stand at the window of my empty life gazing at the garden . I used to think the red faced pair we always get this time of year were Bull Finches but there was an actual Bull Finch in the hedge a couple of weeks back. Beautiful it was, vivid crimson breast and black head quite distinctive from the Robin. Obviously  I now realise the pair are Gold Finches. Talking of things in your garden i remeber the first time i went to MDMs house up in Marsden. I nearly shat myself when i saw the face of a sheep full on against the window looking into the house

Also talking about T Cakes is it time to re introduce the forum staple of what a T Cake is or has the world finally accepted there is no such thing as a Bap, Balm Cake, Bun etc and they are in fact T Cakes. A currant T Cake has currants in, obviously
fartcatcher

I still haven't got used to them calling baps batches round here.

I also bought some 'Irish Fruit Loaf' at Tesco's on Sunday. I'm not sure why.

Anyway it was just full of raisins and currants like any other fruit loaf. I'm still mystified as to what gave it 'Irishness'.
Dalek

On my way back from Abu Dhabi this morning, I had a full Irish Breakfast in Schiphol airport.

I don't know what the difference between that and a full English breakfast was except that it was in the Irish pub there and came with a pint of Heineken!

...and it was in the Netherlands!  
Heyho

Dalek wrote:
On my way back from Abu Dhabi this morning, I had a full Irish Breakfast in Schiphol airport.

I don't know what the difference between that and a full English breakfast was except that it was in the Irish pub there and came with a pint of Heineken!

...and it was in the Netherlands!  


Did you see any Dunnocks though at the side of the runway?

On a good day you can see hairs at the side of Leeds/Bradford airport runway.
Dalek

Dozens of Dutch dunnocks!
Grind

Dunnocksh.
Plastic Man

Grind wrote:
Dunnocksh.


Thanksh for the transhlation Shteve.
Dalek

Aka Hedge S(h)parrows
Heyho

Translate Long Tailed Tit then
Plastic Man

Heyho wrote:
Translate Long Tailed Tit then


Long Tailed Tit then - shame ash for the English, but thanksh for ashking.
Heyho

Plastic Man wrote:
Heyho wrote:
Translate Long Tailed Tit then


Long Tailed Tit then - shame ash for the English, but thanksh for ashking.


Lange staart mezen
Grind

You should probably get that seen to.
Grind

This lot are twittering away right now.



Black capped chickadee - I guess a sort of chaffinch?
Late Doors

Pile of feathers in the garden this morning. Wood pigeon by the look of it although its cooing days are over. Maybe a fox got it more likely a cat though.

Not seen the bats yet but the pond has more spawn than Eighties Liverpool in it. No sign of any Newt eggs though. I thought the pair of smoothies i saw late last year might fancy getting Jiggy but doesnt look like it yet. Maybe they are too pissed, you know how they get.

Sure i saw a female Chaffinch this morning as well. There were a pair, one flew off as soon as i spotted them but it looked like a female was lingering. A pair of great tits (leave it) are fluttering around but im sure they arent nesting anywhere near. No sign of any blue tits though which is strange as last year there were quite a few
Dalek

You ought to try putting a milk bottle out for them!!!  



But this does throw up a question that has been crossing my mind over the past few years...

If milk still came in bottles with a foil cap - and was not homogenised - would the blue tits still have the knowledge and skill to get to the cream at the top, or, given that the apparent average lifespan of the blue tit is 1.5 years, has this feature now disappeared from the population?

Just wondering.
fartcatcher

We've had a newts v frogs war going on in our pond for years now.

Newts are winning hands (feet?) down. You'd have thought the frogs would kick shit out of them, but the newts eat the frog spawn and the frogs don't eat the newt spawn.

Survival of the fittest in action.
bearing

fartcatcher wrote:
I still haven't got used to them calling baps batches round here.

I also bought some 'Irish Fruit Loaf' at Tesco's on Sunday. I'm not sure why.

Anyway it was just full of raisins and currants like any other fruit loaf. I'm still mystified as to what gave it 'Irishness'.


Most Midland folk call them cobs.
Heyho

My pond is full of toad spawn. If there isn't any cold weather (ice) it should do ok. Not seen the newts this year yet.

Did see a shed load of black goldfish. I only stocked my pond with cheap orange ones so not sure what has gone on there. I know gold fish can start out black but normally go gold later on but a couple of these fish are 3-4 years old now and showing no signs of changing colour.
smiling badger

We or should i say the Mrs has two cats. So any bird in our garden is a dead on laying by the back door im afraid. Shame as i do like birds in the garden.
My mum and dads garden is full of them and they get all sorts flocking there to eat the many treats my dad leaves for them all. They have a white  Jackdaw that visits and a pair of ducks too with all the other common garden birds plus the odd Hedgehog.
fartcatcher

We used to get a lot of hedgehogs in the garden but rarely see them now. Not sure what the reason is, but suspect that roadkill is a factor.
Late Doors

Lovely bushy tailed fox poncing around the garden last night. Just looked at me with eyes that said "and who the fuck are you? before strolling off
Heyho

Nice goldfinch around today.

Also had a very very tame Robin coming about 3ft away whilst I was gardening unlike the one at the allotment which is very skittish.

Googled it and apparently the tame ones are true British birds whilst the skittish ones are from Scandinavia. Well bugger off back there and go and whistle to Abba that's what I say.
Plastic Man

Spotted a sparrowhawk surveying the estate yesterday.  Not that uncommon hereabouts.

I probably see more red kites than sparrows.

Had a great spotted woodpecker pecking on my fatball recently.
Grind

* Checks euphemism dictionary. *
Late Doors

At least three entries i should think.

After a couple of months harmonious flirtation and endeavour our gold finches now seem to be squabbling like chuff. Wonder what over ?
fartcatcher

cleaned the pond out this weekend. Hope the newts are grateful.
Dalek

What newts do you have in your pond/garden?
fartcatcher

common newts.

A couple of times I have seen great crested - but always lurking around under logs and stuff. Rather than in the pond.
Late Doors

First sighting of a newt (smoothie) this week. Huzzahh
Late Doors

Bit of a thrill on Friday. looking out the bedroom window and a sparrowhawk wooshed across below my eye level over the front garden. I could see its eyes but in a moment it was gone. Watch out sparrows.

Nice to see the gold finches back yesterday as well. I thought they all migrated for the winter but only 80% of them apparently.
Heyho

Blue, coal. long tailed and great tits on the bird feeder.

Bought some of those fat sticks which the robin and black birds love. Was chuntering how quick they were eating them when I suddenly watched a great big brown rat climb up the tree and help itself to a load of the fat.

The long tailed tits are the best. Come in gangs of 5 or 6 and they practically talk to one another with a weird low pitch chirp
fartcatcher

We moved in July and the new garden is dominated by sparrows and the odd robin or wren. Over Christmas I put out a few what I would describe as 'fat candles'. Made a difference already. You can get them in three flavours. Natural, Seed and Insect.

Blue tits seem to love them.
Heyho

fartcatcher wrote:
We moved in July and the new garden is dominated by sparrows and the odd robin or wren. Over Christmas I put out a few what I would describe as 'fat candles'. Made a difference already. You can get them in three flavours. Natural, Seed and Insect.

Blue tits seem to love them.


Four for a quid in Wilkos.
Late Doors

The Jay is a rare visitor to our gardens. Seen a few in the surrounding woods but one was next door on Saturday. Unmistakable, probably the most exotic looking bird we have round here. Flew across the road then on to the next door to our right. Completely missed out our garden, the picky twat.
carp

So far nothing more exciting than a Robin, wagtails and gulls
Grind

Saw one of these boys lurking under the birdfeeder this morning - I don't think I've seen one before.



Dark-eyed Junco.

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Dark-eyed_Junco/id
Grind

They are beyond unlikely to ever appear at Grind Towers' "All you can eat my seed" bird buffet & bistro but, other than birds of prey, the common loon is my favourite US boid.



https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Common_Loon/id

Worth a listen if you click on the sound thingummies.

Eerie.

* Not in an eagle kind of way. *
Late Doors

First kingfisher of the year yesterday. Betwixt Linthwaite and Slaithwaite (Linfit and Slahwit) on the trees aside the river Colne. An electric blue slash cut through the budding branches and my eyes pounced on it. They held there for a few captivating seconds untill i felt for my camera and inevitably it fleefed of in a silent flutter. Beautiful sight. There was a time when the only thing you saw on those banks were oil drums and sludge.

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