Monthly Archives: June 2013

DUCK ON A HOUSE ROOF

I actually saw a duck on a house roof.  It was on the very top of the roof and it seemed to be sitting comfortably.  It stayed there quite a while. 

I didn’t have a camera.

It looked so odd.  I have seen ducks fly overhead.  I’ve seen ducks swimming on a pond.  I’ve seen ducks waddling across a road, but looking up and seeing a duck sitting comfortably on the very top of a  house did seem strange. 

We get ducks every year come to a nearby pond, but they never seem to hatch any ducklings, which is a pity

MAGPIES KILLING OTHER BIRDS

I’ve received this sad story –

I have just found this after researching Magpies and thier habits regarding stealing eggs particularly Blackbirds by the look of things.

 I work for a sign company set in a rural part of east sussex, we were all delighted when a pair of Blackbirds nested in an outbuilding in view of the factory and we delighted in watching the diligent hen bird coming and going and sitting for hours on the nest, after about 16 days much excitement surrounded the nest with both birds coming and going and we guessed the chicks had hatched

 you can imagine our dismay when we came into work this Monday to the sight of a Magpie sitting on a beam near the nest and a very ditraught mother Blackbird attempting to return to her nest only to be thwarted by the aggressive Magpie, all the staff are gutted these birds are an absolute menace and I wasn’t aware of thier vicious canibalistic habits until I found this forum and enjoyed reading other peoples experiances with these hateful creatures.

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Bob was replying to this Bird Table News article which started it’s life in 2009!

http://birdtablenews.com/2009/07/magpies-raiding-a-blackbirds-nest/

June 2009 is when I first wrote about magpies raiding nests and it is June 2013 now.  How many more unseen ‘killing raids’ have magpies done.
When I visit Manchester and go for a walk in a park  the only birds I see are magpies.   I think a lot of people don’t realise that magpies do so much killing.

SPARROWHAWKS – 1st January 2009

Below  is a blast from the past!  I wrote the blog post on 1st January 2009.  I decided to re-post it now because I am still getting people with sparrowhawk problems

 

If you don’t want to click on the link the actual 2009 article  is shown below the link

 

http://birdtablenews.com/2009/01/sparrowhawk-numbers/ 

 from 2009

I think  the RSPB believe that all hawks should be protected.

I don’t believe that.  Sparrowhawks seem to be coming more common and numerous. 

Sparrowhawks have no natural enemies so if they take up residence in an area and raise young each year they will need food.

A gentleman in this area has seen sparrowhawks take song thrushes time after time.  I think the Song Thrush numbers are  under threat.  The sparrowhawk is not

If the sparrowhawk is protected and has no naturel enemies then they will become common – and then maybe will not need protection.

I belong to the RSPB, but I have also joined Songbird Survival.  Songbird Survival is a charity trying to stop the decline in bird numbers.

It believes that one of the reasons for the decline in bird numbers is uncontrolled predation.

So we have two opposing views. Interesting. 

I’ll put more information on about Songbird Survival soon.  Or you can just google Songbird Survival.

LOVELY MORNING

It’s a lovely morning here.  I’ve put the usual bird food out in the usual feeders and have  been repaid  by a chattering in the garden as the birds gather for their breakfast

It’s time for me to have mine now!

DUNNOCK CHICKS

Hi Dunnock lovers!

I’ve had two Dunnock’s nesting since the 11th May in a holly bush about eight foot from the house. The are totally unphased about us sitting near them.

I am confused though. She was really busy feeding over the past fortnight but we never heard any chicks. Then today (2nd June) she has stopped going into the nest and is now flitting about singing and appearing to be trying to attract another mate. There are no fledglings evident and no obvious predators! Does anyone know what may have happened. It is a quiet, urban garden with minimal cats!

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I think the chicks must not have survived, but don’t know the reason.

Has any other Dunnock / Bird lover got any suggestions

Trisha