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Posted on April 19th, 2015 in Photographs by Trish

I wonder where these two young birds are now?

Posted on April 17th, 2015 in Photographs by Trish
Fledglings on a fence near the bird table

Fledglings on a fence near the bird table

 

I took this photograph about a year ago.  I remember these two young birds seemed to think my garden was their garden.   I watched them from my kitchen window.

Wonder where they are now and also wondering if all the bird food they ate helped them survive.

A bird feeding video for you to watch

Posted on April 15th, 2015 in Bird Friends Around the World by Trish

A bird feeding video for you to watch.  I just wish I had taken the video

CATS KILLING BIRDS – WOULD A CHANGE IN THE LAW HELP OUR GARDEN BIRDS?

Posted on February 27th, 2015 in Cat Control by Trish

Readers have been busy getting in touch lately – and I’m glad they have.  Here is a brilliant idea from a reader of Bird Table News.  It’s something all bird lovers can get involved with.

Cats certainly do kill a lot of birds.

His suggestion is  in reply to previous comments on the horror of cats killing birds

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This is the suggestion:

Perhaps a change in ….
THE WANDERING CAT act..which is decades out of date.  This would then make owners of cats be responsible for their pets activities..

The RSPB should have promoted this move long ago???

Further thoughts on cat control ,   –  would be to contact your local authority requesting a change on cats free wandering status,because of its adverse impact on the natural environment.  This is now an out dated law for cats which was implemented decades ago when common bird numbers were in abundance .

As of now common birds are in dangerous decline.

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Thanks for getting in touch.

The Wandering Cats Act and change of status on cats free wandering status.  Two suggestions that we could all look into with the knowledge it would certainly help our garden birds.

I will write more on this.

Trisha

SPARROWS IN USA ATTACKING ONE LONE SPARROW

Posted on February 25th, 2015 in Bird Eating Bird by Trish

I get people contacting me from all over the world.  Randy from Iowa, USA has been in touch.  Strangely it is very similar to my previous article – Randy says – This is something that I’ve been fascinated by lately. I work in agriculture in northwest Iowa, and there are piles of grain everywhere, which attract a lot of sparrows, and I see these fights a lot. Every few weeks during the spring and summer, it seems. I haven’t actually seen a fatality happen, as the fights move on quickly as the victim bird tries to flee, but because of the viciousness, there is no question in my mind that the only outcomes to these fights would be that the bird dies or manages to escape. There is a lot of food for them where I work (thus why there are so many of them), so I know it’s not a food shortage situation. I’ll hear a bird commotion, a lot of excited sounding chirping, and then I’ll see a group of sparrows ganging up on one particular sparrow, chasing it and viciously attacking it. And I’ve always wondered what it is that sets these fights off

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This is from an article in Bird Table News that was published in 2010

http://birdtablenews.com/2010/05/yes-sparrows-do-kill-other-sparrows/ Has anyone else seen this happening?

Bird eating Bird

Posted on February 25th, 2015 in Bird Eating Bird by Trish

Ruth contacted me with this –

We were horrified to see six sparrows pecking at a dead sparrow this morning. Didn’t know if they had killed it or not but never seen this before and we have always fed and have dozens of the birds in the garden.

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This in in reply to this article

http://birdtablenews.com/2010/05/yes-sparrows-do-kill-other-sparrows/

BIRD WATCHING FROM MY KITCHEN WINDOW

Posted on February 25th, 2015 in Birds I've seen in and around my garden by Trish

I usually spend some time every day bird watching anonymously from my kitchen window as the different varieties of birds gather to eat food I’ve put out for them all. A happy blackie has found a piece of apple I’ve put at the base of a small bush.  Then I get a surprise as a sparrow flies out from the depths of the small bush . A large pigeon arrives,then tries to get inside the mesh of the ground feeder, gives up and flies away. A starling sits nearby then accurately zooms in between the bars of the cage feeder, gets a morsel or two of food in its beak and zooms out again. Three Great Tits arrive. They are so colourful.  Some birds hop from fence to grass, from bush to fence, from fence to feeder. Never still, often noisy. At last, when nearly all the food has gone, a timid thrush has appeared. It managed to get the last small piece of apple/ bread I could not see which. Now the view is bereft of birds for a second, then a blackie reappears. Now two thrushes walk around the caged bird feeder. I have opened the door of this feeder slightly especially for the thrushes but, annoyingly, they are oblivious to this open door. They give up and look for food on the grass.  I slip outside and put a bit more bird food out. A few busy chaffinches flit on and off the bird table.  Now a sparrow has joined them. I  think about how long I’ve been feeding birds and remember, a few years ago a bright coloured woodpecker sat relaxing on the fence for a magical few moment. It was wonderful to see this woodpecker at such close quarters (the fence is only a few feet away from my window). I stood stock still hoping it would stay or hop to the wired peanut feeder, but it flew away. I’ve never seen one again in the garden. It’s left me with a memory I’ll treasure. The area round our house must be healthy and attractive to birds.  They bring so much colour and noise to this small corner of my garden. What a variety of birds we have in this country. Perhaps we take them all for granted. When my credit card bill comes for the bird food I’ve just purchased I’ll remember these moments.

 

 

HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY BIRD FEEDING

Posted on December 25th, 2014 in Bird Friends Around the World by Trish

I would like to wish you a Happy Christmas

I’ve got a lot of birds eating from the feeders this morning – as usual.

I’ve been out about 3 times already putting different bird food in different places.

Have had some thrushes this morning and the usual blackbirds, bluetits, chaffinches.  Plus many others flying through the air a breakneck speed before landing to eat the birdfood.  It’s a wonder there’s never a ‘mid air crash’ as these garden birds fly through the small airspace where my (their) bird feeders are!

Today has been different though because for the first time in ages I’ve seen a squirrel in the garden.  It must have been coming for ages. So the garden birds are sharing their bird food with rooks, crows, pigeons and now squirrels!  We watched this squired and it went under an upturned plastic chair that’s near one of the bird feeders.  We’ll have to go and take a look at what’s under it.  A stash of nuts perhaps?

I’m so glad I’ve put some wire mesh round some of the feeders. Keeps the larger birds out but not the squirrel.

Everyone who puts bird food out must be helping these many birds (and perhaps an unwanted squirrel) survive the winter.  The nights are so dark, cold and long at the moment so birds don’t have as many daylight hours to find food which will sustain them through the long nights.

Went to Midnight Mass at our local Church last night.  It was lovely.  apart from anything else I like singing hymns and Carols.

HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE

Away in a manger,
No crib for His bed
The little Lord Jesus
Laid down His sweet head

The stars in the bright sky
Looked down where He lay
The little Lord Jesus
Asleep on the hay

The cattle are lowing
The poor Baby wakes
But little Lord Jesus
No crying He makes

I love Thee, Lord Jesus
Look down from the sky
And stay by my side,
‘Til morning is nigh.

Be near me, Lord Jesus,
I ask Thee to stay
Close by me forever
And love me I pray

Bless all the dear children
In Thy tender care
And take us to heaven
To live with Thee there

#Away in a manger,
No crib for His bed
The little Lord Jesus
Laid down His sweet head

The stars in the bright sky
Looked down where He lay
The little Lord Jesus
Asleep on the hay

The cattle are lowing
The poor Baby wakes
But little Lord Jesus
No crying He makes

I love Thee, Lord Jesus
Look down from the sky
And stay by my side,
‘Til morning is nigh.

Be near me, Lord Jesus,
I ask Thee to stay
Close by me forever
And love me I pray

Bless all the dear children
In Thy tender care
And take us to heaven
To live with Thee there

GIFTS FROM ‘LIVING WITH BIRDS’

Posted on December 11th, 2014 in General by Trish

From: http://www.livingwithbirds.com/   The Perfect Gifts for a Bird Lover When thinking of a gift for the passionate bird lover there are a wide variety of options to choose from. These can range from a purely practical type of gift, to something that has an element of fun about it, too.   Helpful Guides A good gift idea for a bird enthusiast who has a particular interest in wildlife and nature, as well as learning more indepth information about birds, is a guide book. Guide books can be useful because as a nature evolves, new creatures will be attracted to new plants and create new habitats that the bird lover can investigate. No one knows everything, so a respected and informative bird guide will also be an ideal present. Another gift idea could be arranging a subscription to a popular bird magazine such as Bird Watch.   Quirky Gifts A Christmas gift with a bird enthusiast in mind should be able to be used throughout the year as although we see different species of birds each season, it should be relevant all year round for all birds.   Suitable Christmas presents could be either a calendar with a bird theme which you could list nature events in, or a yearly planner that they can document any developments in their garden wildlife to see what the birds like and what they don’t.   Bird Feed & Feeders Christmas is the perfect time to buy a bird lover some new bird supplies as they can start using them right through into the new year. Consider buying them some high quality special mix bird feed that is full of proteins for garden birds.   From:  http://www.livingwithbirds.com/   Another birding gift that is essential for every bird lover is a durable bird feeder, The Squirrel Buster is a great example of this; your garden birds can easily access their food whilst animals such as Squirrels and other mammals cannot gain access and steal their food. B ird Spotting WalkFinally, get your bird loving friend out in the outdoors! Research the most popular, or secluded, bird spotting destinations and pack up for the day. You and your loved one can spend the day searching for beautiful species of birds and documenting your day together.    http://www.livingwithbirds.com/ are a supplier of garden bird food supplies and hanging bird feeders for wild birds and wildlife. They have a selection of interesting wildlife articles, as well as user submitted photos from around the world. SO WHY NOT VISIT OUR WEBSITE  http://www.livingwithbirds.com/    YOU WILL BE ABLE TO FIND LOVELY GIFTS AND HELP OUR GARDEN BIRDS

IF YOU DO NOT WANT SPARROW HAWKS IN THE GARDEN DO NOT PUT BIRD FOOD OUT. TRUE OF FALSE?

Posted on December 10th, 2014 in Bird Eating Bird by Trish

I HAVE RECEIVED THIS POINT OF VIEW ABOUT SPARROWHWKS I was somewhat bemused and dumbfounded to read many of the posts concerning sparrow hawks attacking bird feeders. One must appreciate that if one is to place a food larder for a predatory animal in its clear view, the said animal will take advantage as that is what it is fundamentally programmed to do.

It seems that many of the contributors readily supply food to advantage Finches, Tits and other small birds and then decry lunch to the sparrow hawk that will be singling out the less able and weaker small birds maintaining a strong gene pool for the future.

I have no doubt that the same people that find the sparrow hawk so abhorrent will somewhat incongruently find the urban Peregrine Falcon a wondrous spectacle; the difference is that, with the latter the killing is done at a distance and the gory foremost details of na ture are performed out of sight. W

e must also consider that much of the food presented as bird attractant, admittedly in good faith is bought in pre-packaged plastic bags and then carefully placed in lexan tubes and vinyl net bags that will ultimately contribute to land fill and global pollution in general.

My advice is that if you do not want sparrow hawks in the garden do not put bird feeders in it.

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  DOES ANYONE ELSE WANT TO HAVE THEIR SAY?

Just  a short reply for now – there are many more sparrwhawks than there used to be. The sparrowhawk does not single out the less able and weaker birds.  The sparrowhawk will hunt an area until there is nothing more to hunt.