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Please note that the map is only intended as a guide. It shows general distribution rather than detailed, localised populations.
Blackbird and house martins taking a soil bath
no thrushes for a while but we have a lot of birds of prey around
Blackbird has been around for about three to four weeks now. I only see him in the early mornings. I'm looking forward to seeing robins again on a cold crisp weekend
knowing the difference in songs of thrush and mostle thrush
I have been havind a baby robin coming into my garden for a while and now the red is coming through on it breast.Fearless little thing it is.
Housemartins. James I'm so jealous. I can't honestly can't remember the last time I saw a Housemartin. But I have the feeling that I still wore socks. That makes it, well, suffice to say it wasn't yesterday!
Giggalo. Diddy is that you?
My dad gets song thrushes in his garden in the next village, had one in mine and I live just a few hundred yards from M1! He puts feed out all year round, mealworms etc., as well as seed for goldfinches and others. He also has mature trees and shrubs around I think that might help.
Despite close proximity to the motorway, we still get fieldfares, redwings and waxwings coming in, we have sorbus and pyracantha, which they love, plus hawthorn and rose hips. I think we just must be on a migration route. We also get a sparrowhawk on a regular basis.
Regarding housemartins, we see swifts high over head, but we put a bought housemartin bird box up a few years ago with no success until this year. However the occupant wasn't a housemartin but a collared dove!!! Comical the way it squeezed itself in and out, much to the amusement of us and our neighbours. It raised two broods though .
I think I spend too much time at the kitchen sink! Good luck everyone.
Yes Heather it is me i changed so that OH can find me,as dirty deeds are done at night lol
could it be possible that the increase in the squirrel population could have the effect on them,as i do believe they they do rob birds nests
How about providing more suitable shrubs in the garden to provide nesting sites for them?
Hen with young
I currently have quite a number of adolescent thrushes and robins in the garden. I bought a job-lot of mealworms so I fill up a ground-feeder for them every day. I won a very long, loud argument with my husband who wanted me to cut back the hedges in June and I said I thought the birds had nested late this year and so wanted the hedges left undisturbed another month just in case. So we had a scraggly, unkempt hedge for half the summer but now I have significantly more bird babies than normal, so maybe I was right about not touching the hedges earlier.
You were right Mac,i needed a new pond liner in this year but black birds had nested in a bush right next to the pond,so that put that job on ice.The sad thing was an unhappy ending as all four chick fell straight into the pond and drowned.I was hoping to be there when they were about to leave the nest but sadly i was'nt
Sorry HM i changed my name again this morning due to a very demanding female Whom i do not wish to mention,but for some unknown reason she thinks that it rather suits me.
I honestly have no idea why!!!!
hehehe you flirt you! Me thinks she knows you really rather well!
No she dont, mi mam always said to ply carefully
I have to be carefull u c as i have a storker on here,right weird one i can tell you Mrs H.
Pack it in you....
Te he heeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!
Thoughts on bird populations: too many people, too much concrete, not enough woodland, not enough moorland, too many poisons.
I only use slug pellets indoors.
I'm serious. The slimy little gits got in under the bath before I redid the wall and were eating my seedlings and crawling onto the kitchen worksurfaces in the night.
I only use fungicide where it's clearly needed, too and insecticide only on things that aren't going to flower soon.
I've been trying to leave dense cover for birds while turning a useless, overgrown, straggly hedge into a proper, low, dense hedge that'll be good cover for them in the future.
I've spent £1067.11 on the RSPD and livefoods websites in 27 months.
As a result, I have some birds ... but not as many as I used to have. We're just not leaving them anywhere to live. Still, I get snail shells by the corner of the house and there's one female blackbird that comes to be fed. Maybe in spring they'll get more numerous again when they have babies to feed and all trek from miles around to come to my garden.
A side-effect is, of course, cats, pigeons, rats and squirrels. Unfortunately, I can't just shoot the cats. Maybe I should plant citronella. Would that work? Maybe I should just plant cyclamen bulbs everywhere the cats like to poo. Grrrrrr ...
House martins we do have in town, and bank swallows / sand martins by the river a little way downstream, and I've seen a red kite around here recently, but we don't get the huge mixed flocks of small birds that used to be around. I think you can still meet them up the Dales sometimes.
hedges should be trimmer in October, when they've finished breeding but haven't yet started digging in for winter.
I do agree with you CN I also think that for those who do prefer a neat clipped hedge throughout the summer should just try to observe whats going into the hedge and even have a quick look along the hedge or bushes just to check.After all farmers always leave their hedges to be cut at the back end,this gives all of the wild life to do their thing then leave.We must also take into account that some birds "dependind on weather conditions " can have upto three clutches of eggs.