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Apparently Greater Spotted woodpeckers lay 5-6 eggs, and given that they will happily clear out a nest of tits, for example, in one sitting, they must have more than one chick to feed!
Living right on the North Cornwall coast where there are very few trees in my immediate area, my bird population seems to consist of starlings, blackbirds (my favourite) and jackdaws - but strangly, no seagulls - they prefer next door's garden.
I have made a real effort this year to increase the variety of food available to try and encourage smaller birds into the garden and it appears to be successful. I now have a regular visiting blue tit (who was last seen tugging the ball of sheded dog hair which I left in a tree to help line nests), a robin and the most gorgeous wren who has taken to running up the trunk of my cornish palm tree - I thought it was a very round mouse to start with!
In previous years I havent been able to put up bird boxes due to a cat who was a bit of a hunter. I now only have an old cat with no teeth (and who is unable to jump) so I may look into bird boxes this year.
We put up a nest box early in 2010, but had no takers that year. Last year a pair of great tits raised two broods in it, and are back this year. We didn't see the young birds emerge from the box last year, but one day they were running around on our veggie patch. Despite the parents calling to them from a tree, the fledglings didn't show any fear of us at all, and we were able to stand and watch their antics really close up. It was magic!
Hi Kate,Me and Mrs Oldchippy had to laugh at a crow that had picked up a large ball of dog fur this morning it must have been the size of a grapefruit ,It couldn't see where it was going it was so large,It manage to fly up on the roof and little bit keeped blowing down in the wind,There's not much left in the garden now as the bird's are taking it for there nest,Time for a good brush tomorrow,
Can anyone advise me how to deal with Sooty Mould on my Camellia bush.I have tried washing each leaf with sponge and water but it refuses to move it
i would love to get birda to come in my garden ,but both my next door nabers have cats
I love the birds that visit my garden, I have a few robins one of which is very pale & has a white tail. Another, nicknamed scruff (I'm sure that he hears the spade) comes very close & loves the vine weevils.
I've seen a thrush taken a bath & one trying to bash his way into a snail.
I even saw a blackbird feeding a juvenile on the weekend. It's been a very mild winter so a lot of early babies I guess.
My crocus were pecked at and even some of my tiny snapdragons had their heads pecked off