Daily Archives: May 16, 2010

Birdy Notes

I’m still as busy as ever feeding birds – and still finding ways of keeping pigeons, rooks and crows off the bird food

The nest boxes  on the trees  are a hive of activity and the branches have grown that they now nearly hide the nest box entrance – the branches and leaves blowing in the breeze.  I can still see what is going on through the window though.

It’s rewarding to see blackbirds and thrushes find their way into my  home made wire mesh and cane bird feeder.  I think I have now stopped the pigeons getting in as well now.

The pond is still used a lot – and I’m so glad we have it as we have so many birds visit every day.  Two tips  if you are making a pond – make at least one side sloping and also have a ledge a few inches deep on the other parts of the pond.  The ‘ledge’ will be underwater when the pond is full but many birds will be able to stand on this ledge to have a bird bath.

Take Care.  Trisha

Bird Table News is 3 Years Old Today

 

Bird Table News is 3  Year Old Today.  Where’s the candles?  Where’s the bottle of wine?

I’ve made it.  I’ve battled with technology and won

Here is my first note on Bird Table News

 

Some things change. Some things stay the same.

The thing that has changed is technology.  Now we can get smaller camcorders, digital recording devices to record birdsong,  I’ve joined Twitter and some times ‘tweet’ there,  My blog is run on WordPress – they always keep updating that – so I have to learn that.  I now know about widgets, plug ins, pixels, You Tube and a little bit about videos, making a calender with my birdy photos – and lots more. 

One of the things that has stayed the same is that the rooks are still maurauding the bird tables. It’s a strange coincidence that I started writing this online diary at the same time that the rooks started to come to the bird tables.  Another thing that has stayed the same is the garden birds that seem to take my feeders for granted and seem to feel at home here.

There have been so many things happen over this 3 years.  You would think that bird feeding would just be bird feeding, but no.  Things happen.  Here are a few things that I remember.

  • I’ve seen a crow eating a blackbird. 
  • I’ve been so close to a robin. 
  • I’ve wanted to throw a brick at this computer. 
  • I’ve really enjoyed hearing from people who have taken the time to contact me.  Thank you. 
  • ‘ve turned out in snow, sun and rain to feed the birds. 
  • I’ve spent a fortune on bird food. 
  • I’ve had to think of ways to keep crows off the bird food. 
  •  once  my camcorder broke and II couldn’t afford another one.  Then we found out it was covered with insurance
  • I’ve enjoyed feeding kitchen scraps / left overs to the birds
  • We’ve had a tawny owl in our garden.  The RSPCA came and took tawny to an Owl Sanctuary, but sadly Tawny  died at the Owl Sanctuary.  
  • We’ve put up a barn owl box only to find a Jackdaw nesting in it. 
  • I’ve seen a sparrow bring her fledglings to the fence above the ground feeder.  I could have sworn I heard the sparrow say ‘This woman is our servant and puts food on our plates everyday’.  

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I started Bird Table News in May 2007.  Unfortunately at Christmas 2008 there was a catastrophic hosting error (not our fault).  We lost our Blogs!  I started from scratch in January 2009.  I still wonder if I should have just done a pen and paper diary.

I still have notes and memories from May 2007 onwards and I sometimes put them on Bird Table News.  That is why I say the Bird Table News started in May 2007.

Best.  Trisha

 

 

DO SPARROWS KILL OTHER BABY SPARROWS?

I received this question from Char

do sparrows steal each others nest? do they kill other baby sparrows ?

What a question to think about –  I replied

I have a Catetory on Bird Table News called  DO SPARROWS ATTACK OTHER BIRDS. 

Here is the link
http://birdtablenews.com/category/do-sparrows-attack-other-birds/

If you read the articles  you will see that people have observed sparrows behaving like thugs!  They have beeen seen taking eggs from other nests and dropping them on the floor.
Read all the articles in that Category.  I wouldn’t put anything past sparrows.  If they can steal another breed of birds nest and get rid of other eggs then, I suppose they could do it to their own breed.

Have you seen this happen?  I just wondered why you asked the question. Thanks for getting in touch please give us more information about your question
Trisha