Monthly Archives: March 2010

NEST BOX WATCHING – MORE INTERESTING THAN TV

Have seen sparrows collecting nesting material.  

There is an old nest box on a tree near our garden and I’ve seen some sparrows taking a  look 

As I write this two sparrows are sitting on top of the oldest nest box we have put up.  ~they are obviously nesting there.  I nearly took this nest box down last year as the wood is cracked from top to bottom.  It doesn’t seem to bother the sparrows and  they are having a frenzie of activity around this nest box

One sparrow has just popped in and then popped out again.  They are both now sitting on a bare branch nearby.  They are never still for a minute.

I suppose the good thing about this bird box is that is is very close to the birdtable!

One of the sparrows has a small piece of grass or twig in its beak and has flown into the nest with it.

Winter is really over.

In one of the newer nest boxes have just this minute seen the tail end of a bird enter the nest box  ~Wonder what bird this is

Musn’t forger to clean these bird boxes out at the end of the season.  I know some of them have been used as roosts in the winter for the garden birds to keep warm through the winter nights.

From my kitchen window I can see 5 nest boxes that we’ve put up over the years. I think two need taking down as they look dilapidated.  Wonder if they will all be used this year.  I’ll keep my eyes open.

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BIRDSONG DVD’S DELIVERED TO YOUR DOOR

Why not take the opportunity to have birdsong in your home.

Imagine.

Below are three birdsong DVD’s.

If I do make any commission from them, no matter how small it will all be ploughed back into bird food for my many garden birds who visit every day.  You can be a part of my bird feeding regime!

Hedges can provide nests, shelter and food

Nest sites for birds are important, but just as important is places where birds can shelter.

A thick row of bushes or trees gives birds really good protection against wind, rain and snow.

We have a laurel hedge that has a wooden fence behind it. This gives two fold protection. The hedge stops the bad weather and the fence gives ‘double insulation’.

My laurel hedge is not as healthy as it was. I want to get it sorted, but it’s made me think about planting another hedge for the future.

Some of the hawthorn hedges nearby be are, I’m sure, older than me! They give shelter to a lot of birds.

When I was a youngster we played along the grass verges and hedgerows. The hedges were mature and old then – about 50 years ago. They were our playground. These same hedgerows are still there – just the same as they were 50 years. ago. So goodness knows how old they are. But it is certain that for over 50 years these hedges have been giving birds food and shelter. Whoever planted them should have got a medal.

If you plant a hedge it is there for years.

Birds Nests

Birds use a lot of ways  to protect their nest  and so make it a safe place for its eggs and young.

Nesting materials such as lichen camouflage the nest, helps keep water out  and also make the nest stronger.  A nest made of twigs, leaves and mosses which is built among twigs leaves and mosses is very hard to see as it blends in with its surroundings.

Wrens are known to build a lot of nests each year.  Most of these nests are empty but will attract any predator – only to find it is an empty nest with nothing in for the predator to eat.

Nesting birds try to lure a predator away from a nest – sometimes pretending to be injured and so attract the predator away from their young.  I have seen this happen with a ground nesting bird.

Some nests are hidden away in some sort of cavity.  This means there is only a small opening to the world. 

If a nest is built in a thorny hedge or a tree cavity it will be hard to attack.  Some birds build nests with a domed top

Birds often protect their nests from sun, wind and rain by having the nest opening away from the bad weather or take advantage of any shelter in the area.

Plants can keep pests, bacteria and parasites away from nests.  Pests, bacteria and parasites can make young birds in the nest ill.  Aromatic plants are used by birds and added to the nest.

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So when a bird builds a nest it is not a random thing.  A lot of knowledge, thought and heredatory knowledge goes into each bird nest.

 

Seagulls, Sparrows and Starlings

Have had quite a few seagulls, starlings and sparrows around today.  The seagulls were in the fields nearby.

Seagulls in the countryside

 Starlings feeding their young (photo taken last year)

Tree Sparrow - see so many every day

The photo of the starlings was taken last year (but not by me) and soon the starlings will be feeding their young  and another year will have flown by.

We get so many tree sparrows here every day. I find it hard to remember that their numbers are in decline. 

When I was in town the other day I saw two or three house sparrows who did not seem at all scared of us humans.  It was in a car park which has a few bushes surrounding it.  On one of the bushes in the car park someone always hangs some bird food out and this always attracts small sparrows and large seagulls

It’s  relaxing to take time to watch the birds and wildlife around, especially on such a lovely sunny day as this.

I’M STILL USING NATURE’S FEAST HIGH ENERGY SUPREME BIRD FOOD

I put bird food out daily.  I like this bird food as it is eaten by so many birds.

Click the link below to find out more about it.

NATURE’S FEAST HIGH ENERGY SUPREME BIRD FOOD

I do put out other bird food and kitchen scraps, but when I use this I know it’s attracting all the birds that come to my garden and it makes bird feeding a bit easier.

I’ve been soaking some bird feed in lard this morning and threw out some stale cake. 

It was about this time of year I used to stop feeding birds for a while.  This was on the advice of the RSPB.  Then they changed their minds and said we should put bird food out every day – which is what I do.

I don’t get any rare birds here just the normal British garden birds (plus rooks, crows, pigeons, squirrel, pheasant, moorhen!), but they do liven up the garden!