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Swifts in decline

Posted: 27/03/2015 at 21:24

Last year there was a letter from a gentleman in our local paper complaining about the council's destruction of a known swift nesting site. Apparently the council were re roofing some local estate and changing the fascia etc. and in the process disturbed/damaged the regular nesting site which had been used for years. In response a spokesman explained that someone had surveyed the site before the work was carried out and they found no evidence of any nests or birds. Probably because they carried out the survey in February!!! 

Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 11:26

First thing this morning there were plenty of blackbirds waiting for their raisins, starlings, blue and great tits, spuggies,  dunnocks, robin, stockdove and chaffinches. 

Now all is quiet. Probably due to the Sparrowhawk sitting on the fence!

Remember to wash your bird feeders

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 20:50

I find the goldfinches are very messy eaters. The blue and great tits pop on the feeders, grab a sunflower heart and fly off. The goldfinches seem to enjoy throwing a few about before they find the 'special' seed. I sprinkled a bag of compost over the seed spillage under our holders in an effort to stop the greenfinches eating off the ground. 

Rat spotted

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 21:33

A long time ago I was in the kitchen and the door that opens upwards above the cooker hood was moving slightly and I could here a bit of movement. I banged on the door and something scuttled off. When we investigated it appeared a rat had come up the wall cavity and chewed into the extractor fan pipe. Then when it arrived in the cupboard it chewed its way out of the pipe. We only kept light bulbs up there so it must have been the cooking smells that attracted him. I just thank goodness that it didn't drop out into the kitchen!

Rat spotted

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 20:59

We have them come under the fence from te overgrown land at the back of us. They are after all the bits of sunflower hearts that the birds drop. I tend to think that as long as there is food over by the fence they won't be coming over to the house. Hopefully!

We once had a tall pole for the feeders and they managed to scale that. I wondered where all the muddy streaks were coming from. 



Posted: 10/10/2014 at 20:52

A keen birdwatcher I know told me that a large percentage of sparrowhawks die in their first year of starvation. They can't catch enough to eat. 

I agree Fishy. If you have a visiting Sparrowhawk it means that you have a healthy small bird population, and it's natures way. On the odd occasion you see a sickly Greenfinch,they are quickly dispatched by the sparrowhawks. I'd rather the small birds were food for them than a plaything for the local cats.

Vote for Bob

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 20:42


Vote for Bob

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 20:42

Think my knuckles must have been hovering on the?

Vote for Bob

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 20:41



Posted: 02/10/2014 at 17:58

We have plenty of birds visiting our feeders including female Sparrowhawk. Yesterday I saw her sitting on the fence and today I found her flat on her back and dead as a dodo. Very sad. Can they fly into a window, break their neck and manage to fly a short distance? Or did she just fall off the fence?! 

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