Category Archives: Bird Friends Around the World

HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY BIRD FEEDING

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

A Walk on the Wild Side?

I went for a walk yesterday morning.  Same old path, same old trees, same old view, so I did not take my camera.

Walking in front of me on a path full of mud and puddles  was a blackbird and a few yards further along was a small young rabbit.  They were ‘walking’ together.  Well, the rabbit was sitting then hopping and the blackbird was hopping / walking on the path.  They were close to each other and were aware of each other and were responding to each other.  I was close to them.

I was near a wooded area and wondered if this happened often in among the undergrowth of the overgrown wooded area.

Even more strange is that a few years ago I wrote a story about an unhappy rabbit who was befriended by a bird..  Strange but true

I walked a few more yards and was thinking how lovely the May blossom on the high hedge looked.  The long grass and wild flowers at the base of the hedge was lovely to see.  In among the long grass I saw an large old  hare.  He was sat facing the sun.  His face was looking up at the sun and his ears were flat to his head.  I watched him for a few minutes and he did not move.  I am sure he was enjoying the sun on his face.  My camera has a really good zoom on it.  Minutes passed and he realised I was there and slowly roused himself.  This in itself is strange as hares usually spring off into the distance when disturbed.  Many, many years ago people used to think there was a type of magic connected to hares.  They thought they were magical creatures

Last year I used to see two old hares travelling the fields together.   They moved in unison.  One sat down so the other sat down.  I did not see them often, but I believe they felt secure in the fields they were living in.

I waked a bit further and then had to turn back as my back and legs ached, but there was a spring in my step because of what I’d been lucky enough to see (but not photograph – or even video)

 

STOWAWAY SWALLOW

The question below was  sent on the 10th November, but I did not receive it until recently.  I replied, but haven’t heard back.  I could not help them with advice but I think it is wonderful that they took time to try to help this little bird

 

My son is skippering a round the world yacht in a race. They are in the Southern Ocean and have a stowaway swallow that is too weak to fly on board. Any advice at all as to how they could look after it would be very welcome. NB They will have to do it with whatever they have on board, and take it to the nearest rescue centre is not an option as they are >3000 nautical miles from their destination in Australia.

FOUR YOUNG SWALLOWS

CAN ANYONE ANSWER THIS QUESTION –

 

sept 17 /2013…4 young swallows seem not to have migrated-have seen them flying,but making lot of noise in nest-

is there a chance they could go, or do they need parents to take them…seems sad

 

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MY ANSWER IS –

 Hi,

Because of these comments, I have been finding out more about this. It seems, as it’s still September, the swallows could be fattening themselves up for the long journey.

Swallows do migrate in October, so there’s time yet for them to migrate and going back to their nest on a night is brilliant – it will be a safe place for them – and warm.

So – they could know they are not fit and fat enough to fly with the others and are waiting for the right momvne.

I hope they are not with you in the middle of October

Let me know what happens to them and thanks for getting in touch and for caring about them

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Here’s to Health

I haven’t done much with Bird Table News just lately this is because tiredness / weakness and pain have followed me around for a month or two, so have not been  feeling very well.

It’s so annoying when an illness can’t be seen .  I sometimes wishes I’d broken my arm and then that could be seen to immediately instead of waiting.

It’s taken me all my time to feed the birds, never mind turning the computer on.

One of the things that has cheered me up is seeing all the birds fighting / flapping / twittering / hopping on the grass / scrambling in and  out of the ground bird feeder

I’m OK now though

Wishing you all a Happy and Healthy New Year

Trisha

 

 

Technology has beaten me today

I thought it would be a good idea to do a monthly newsletter.

Today I have had a lot of problems trying to sort the newsletter out on the internet.  I am not brilliant with technology, but will get this sorted – with a little help from my friends

At the moment I have given up.  It is all ready to send, but I can’t send it!!

CHAFFINCH BANGING AROUND AT 5AM

 

My chaffinch starts banging around 5am, twice having got me out of bed,thinking someone is at the door.

 

As soon as he sees me he flys to the bird feeder,

 

I must say the novelty has worn off

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Jack,thank you for telling us about this.

I think it is amazing how long some of my articles keep on re-appearing because the same ‘birdy’  thing has happened to another reader.  It is really interesting to think what goes on in bird world and why?

http://birdtablenews.com/2010/02/chaffinch-trying-to-attract-attention-by-pecking-at-upstairs-and-downstaris-windows/

COULD IT BE A REED BUNTING

 

Good morning, can you help. I have an LBJ (little brown job) in my garden, the size of a dunnock, and looks like one, except it has a white collar, that goes up to a point under the beak. Any suggestions.

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ANSWER FROM SANDY

Could be a reed bunting?   I have quite a few in my garden, in fact more reed buntings than sparrows these days

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Glad readers are helping each other out

BABY CHAFFINCH IN THE FOREST – Advice requested

Hey there,

 

I found a baby chaffinch in our forestry block all alone on the floor, after have a close look at it, the circulation in its leg had been cut off by dog hair, feathers etc which I’m guessing are from the nest.

 

It could hardly walk so I brought it in to bathe the poor things leg and try remove some of the paraphernalia.

 

I was just wondering if you could help me out with how often they feed and what they’d prefer? It’s been happily munching on tiny bits if apple, but I don’t want to over or underfeed it.

 

I I’d appreciate it.. It’s the cutest little thing around!

 

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Stan sent this.  I have replied to him but wonder what advice other people would give him.  I also asked him which country he lived in