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Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 14/01/2015 at 20:40

Partial albinism in blackbirds is not that uncommon, in the grand scheme of things - but sometimes it does result in wrong identifications - I've heard of a blackbird with a lot of white feathers being mistaken for a ring ouzel.

A sparrow with white in its wing feathers is often a female chaffinch  

Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 14/01/2015 at 19:56

Thanks for contributing Johannele - that's wonderful

Rather than noting the birds in my garden today I'll report on the birds I saw as I drove through North Suffolk down to the  coast at Southwold. 

Pied wagtail

female kestrel

flocks of lapwing

common gulls

herring gulls

black headed gulls


a flock of unidentified small-ish seabirds floating on the sea




wood pigeons

collared doves



a large covey of French partridge


house sparrows

tree sparrows

Where to start on a big old sloping plot

Posted: 14/01/2015 at 19:37

Rabbits???  Where???

 He'll get rid of them for you


Posted: 14/01/2015 at 19:24

That's what I was thinking - it may be a bit late for you to put manure on your veg patch Verdun, but the arrival of spring in your lovely Cornwall is almost here - if Nightgarden is in Scotland in my experience he/she'll be lucky if spring arrives before May


Posted: 14/01/2015 at 19:19

Hello folks 

All of you over in the west, the best thing to do if storms threaten is to go to bed with a wind up or battery powered radio, a couple of flasks of coffee or hot chocolate, some extra blankets and hot water bottles and a big plate of doughnuts.  You are then guaranteed to survive anything the weather can throw at you.

I'm back from visiting the Aged Ps ... Ma doesn't have new teeth yet - Bro had misunderstood - at least two more appointments after today are needed.  Today was about more impressions and measurements and the choosing of the colour.  The dentist told Ma she could have any colour she liked.  Ma looked more than a little confused   Having ascertained that he didn't mean blue, pink or purple, we looked at some samples and managed to steer away from Donnie Osmond Sparkle and have settled on something quite natural looking.  Phew! 

Anyway, I had quite a good visit with them, Ma was quite jolly even if confused about a lot of things. Pa was looking quite good and was eating a good lunch while Ma was being seen by the dentist. Then Ma joined Pa to have her lunch and I left and went and had a little picnic in the car on the seafront near the pier. The sea was steel grey and almost flat with just a slight swell, and there were little flocks of gulls and other seabirds floating on the surface - absolutely beautiful and so calm.

Which garden would you pick?

Posted: 14/01/2015 at 09:47

Another vote here for Gt Dixter - about 18 years ago it's the place that turned my newly acquired OH on to gardening - he's interested in art, architecture and design, and visiting the house as well as the garden enabled him to relate the two - success!


Posted: 14/01/2015 at 08:25
KEF wrote (see)

Good morning everyone

Dusting of snow and 1C.

Chicky the  made me laugh, Dove I hope Ma has teeth fitted and not a zip  ....

I wasn't aware that was an option - we may need a re-think!


Posted: 14/01/2015 at 08:20

Have a good day Panda

Welcome to the fruit & veg forum

Posted: 14/01/2015 at 08:02

Logan if you click on Latest Posts you'll find all the most recent discussions - feel free to join in.


Posted: 14/01/2015 at 07:23

Tonight's supper might cause a dream or two - jugged kipper and cauliflower cheese

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