My garden/ river birds.

trophywench

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Simply appealed to my daft SOH - however I am well aware that not everyone shares it!
 

eggyg

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Lovely sunny spring walk down our local river, spotted a pair of bullfinches almost straight away. Haven’t seen a bullfinch for years. They sat on this tree for ages, the male was edging closer and closer so eventually managed to get a photo of them together. They’re obviously nest building as you can see their mouths are full of nesting material from the tree. Further along we found the pond was absolutely full of mating frogs! Spring is definitely in the air. It makes you feel hopeful for the future. :)
 

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Robin

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Ooh, lovely, we don’t normally see bullfinches until our apple blossom is out, then they come to strip it!
We saw (and heard) larks on our walk today, which I always think is a sure sign of Spring.
 

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i was watching 2 birds collecting stuff for their nest obviously the Mrs had put her foot down to get the father to get busy collecting stuff :)
also good to see my magpies back around again i know they had young which were doing well.
 

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When I was out walking yesterday, this little fellow sat on a post as bold as brass and let me take pictures... Not exotic but quite lovely.
 

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eggyg

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I’m on a roll this week. Just got in from a walk, got a few pics of a dipper but not much else. Got home and sat on my kitchen sofa. I have French windows and brilliant views onto all my bird feeders. Something caught my right eye through my over the sink window. A male sparrowhawk had just landed on my jasmine and was sprawled out. Luckily, my camera was just by my side, I took the first few photos sitting down through the window as I didn’t want to startle him. He flew off and landed on my garden wall, right next to the apple tree with five feeders on it. Luckily he flew off empty “handed”. He looked magnificent, I know some call them the silent assassin but it’s nature and they all have to eat.
 

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mikeydt1

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i have got a birds eye view of a chimney and it looks like a nesting pair have took up home in it. every so often i see this little head looking around from the chimney. don't think the chimney is in use as i never see any smoke from it, good job.
 

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During the summer we can be sitting here minding our own business and suddenly hear a splat and both jump - and a bird has flown full tilt into one of the patio doors and on its back on the floor panting. Not usually a neighbourhood cat patrolling at the time so far or the kestrel that quite often visits out fence - don't suppose they'd be that relaxed they'd fly into the glass if either was on the prowl. They normally come round a bit and take a experimental flutter up onto the front wall of the raised bed and hide under the shoots of the hardy fuchsia till they've got their breath back and resume normal service.

Don't think it's the fault of our green carpet cos it was maroon and gold at Kidderminster - and they still did it!
 

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have found out what pair are nesting in the chimney it is the magpies i mentioned. i saw 2 birds flying around and realised what they were. looks like they have made themselves nice and cosy
 

Ivostas66

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We've had 3 years of Jackdaws nesting in our chimney. I actually quite like them. Chap opposite last year said he'd seen them nesting in a few chimneys locally and so spent a small fortune on a new chimney with a special cover that prevents birds from nesting - he told me all about how fantastic it was, gave him real peace of mind and how it was worth the expense. Guess what! No Jackdaws in our chimney so far this year, but a new nest in his bird free chimney and several pairs fighting over it. Made me giggle!
 

eggyg

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We've had 3 years of Jackdaws nesting in our chimney. I actually quite like them. Chap opposite last year said he'd seen them nesting in a few chimneys locally and so spent a small fortune on a new chimney with a special cover that prevents birds from nesting - he told me all about how fantastic it was, gave him real peace of mind and how it was worth the expense. Guess what! No Jackdaws in our chimney so far this year, but a new nest in his bird free chimney and several pairs fighting over it. Made me giggle!
We live in an old cottage and still have two open fires. We get jackdaws falling down the chimney a lot! It’s fine if we’re in the house and we can catch them but once came back from holiday and found a dead one and a huge mess! Broken ornaments, lopsided pictures etc. We’ve put cowls on but they knock them off! We’ve learnt to keep the doors shut as we’ve come home and they’ve wrecked the house! Poor things though, they are petrified but never learn!
 

trophywench

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Nightmare - all the ruddy soot - if nowt else, and does tell you they really are Ssssh scared poor things .......
 

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Those frogs look blissed out! :D
 

mikeydt1

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2 magpies set up home across from me and this morning i was told that further down from me in a woodland there are at least 20 magpies guess they have been busy over the years.
 

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Did a walk today, on a route we haven’t done since last summer because it’s been too muddy. It’s now dried up enough (apart from the odd few quagmires!). We saw a Red Kite actually landing on the ground in the middle of a field. We are used to them overhead, but they rarely land. Also saw lambs, and carpets of wood anemones in the woods, Spring has decidedly sprung!
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eggyg

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Did a walk today, on a route we haven’t done since last summer because it’s been too muddy. It’s now dried up enough (apart from the odd few quagmires!). We saw a Red Kite actually landing on the ground in the middle of a field. We are used to them overhead, but they rarely land. Also saw lambs, and carpets of wood anemones in the woods, Spring has decidedly sprung!
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Wow! Amazing. Only ever seen a red kite in Devon last year and it was high in the sky. Lucky you.
 

Robin

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Wow! Amazing. Only ever seen a red kite in Devon last year and it was high in the sky. Lucky you.
They spread here from the Chilterns, where they were reintroduced a few years ago. We are lucky, they are a fantastic sight, we get them flying over the house all the time, and I still stop and look. They now breed in this area, and they have adapted to take roadkill, which is a mixed blessing. It clears up the carnage off the road quickly, but if you come round the corner and one flies up in front of you, they look massive (they have a 6ft wingspan).
 

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Things were getting rather dangerous at school until about 12 months ago, with more and more gulls appearing like clockwork at the end of break and then lunch; flocking onto the field as students left, emptying bins and eating scraps. They even started dive bombing students if they were too slow heading in when the bell rang. Lockdowns have clearly disrupted their pattern and we don't really have many hanging around school now. However, two Red Kites have now started to circle at break and lunch, swooping down once the kids are inside the buildings. We also have one who appears close to our house around 4pm most days.
 

eggyg

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Had a lovely coastal walk on Tuesday, it was the spring high tide so was unable to see the little egrets I’d hoped for, but I was rewarded by a lovely, but very noisy, group of oystercatchers and some cute turnstones still in their winter plumage. Further into the walk I could hear the skylarks but couldn’t see them until two landed quite close. Then a meadow pipit in a tree, photo not brilliant as was quite far away. Pretty happy with my day after all.
 

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