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unusual bird nest

Posted: 12/11/2013 at 18:31

OH was really impressed when a sparrowhawk swooped past him, just missing his ear.

Compost again

Posted: 12/11/2013 at 18:29

It will slow down in winter anyway. I use  neat urine. It costs nothing and works just as well.

unusual bird nest

Posted: 12/11/2013 at 17:54

We have a tit gang that all turn up together. Blue tits, coal tits, great tits and long tailed tits, all seem to fly around as a group. Unlike the greenfinches , who argue with any other bird in the vicinity of the feeders, and are being picked off one by one, by the sparrowhawk,

unusual bird nest

Posted: 12/11/2013 at 14:39

We do get a lot of long tailed tits, and  that is the only nest of that type we have found in the garden. They usually spend a lot of time on the feeders.

 Thanks everyone.

unusual bird nest

Posted: 12/11/2013 at 14:02

The photo was taken 4th May 2008. There were no eggs or chicks in the nest.

unusual bird nest

Posted: 12/11/2013 at 14:01

Does anyone know what type of bird would inhabit this nest. It was in the middle of an Ozothamnus rosmarinifolius. The plant was in a bad way and when we removed it this was in the middle. The nest appears to be made of lichens, but the inside was completely stuffed with feathers.


New Hedge Decisions

Posted: 12/11/2013 at 13:21

Carol13. The hedges might grow at different rates, but they get one cut a year to bring them in line with big hedge trimmers. The beech(ish) hedge gets done early August. The hawthorn(ish) hedge gets done some time on a sunny day between now and end of February. If you want a hedge that looks neatly manicured all year round, you could use privet, but it will need several cuts during summer to keep it tidy.

lady bird poppy

Posted: 12/11/2013 at 11:35

They will be dying down by now. They are an annual, so that is it for this plant. Did you save seeds to scatter around for next year?

New Hedge Decisions

Posted: 12/11/2013 at 11:22

The birds keep planting things in my beech hedge. originally just beech, it now has holly, ivy, snowberry, hazel and elder in it too. ( the hazel is probably down to the squirrels)  The ancient hawthorn hedge is also becoming a mixed hedge.

Overwintering Yourself...

Posted: 12/11/2013 at 10:22

I dont know about suggesting hes too old.It took two neighbours to get my 84 year old dad off the bungalow roof last year. he had gone up to fix a tile. We thought we were going to have to get the fire brigade out for him. I'm sure cats up trees would be easier.

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