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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 63,867
    We had a Grey wagtail visit here for a couple of days a few years ago at this time of year ... probably en route somewhere else for the winter. A lovely bird ... I wish it would visit again ... 😊 
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  • Fishy65Fishy65 Posts: 2,253
    I keep hearing about Starling numbers falling but I've just counted 25 in the garden. Jays are actually more common than people realise, it's because they are secretive and happiest in dense woodland.

    Somebody mentioned Greenfinches. I've not had one here for what must be years now. When I was a lad they were one of the commonest garden birds while Goldfinches were scarce. Now it's the reverse of that. 
  • B3B3 Posts: 14,700
    But starlings used to be counted in their hundreds. @Fishy65
    Hope the ltts go and tell their friends @Rik56
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • purplerallimpurplerallim LincolnshirePosts: 3,172
    Both the green finches and long tailed tits are visitors,  but only oddly during late Autumn/early winter, they never stay. My migrants are blackbirds. Up until this cold patch there was seven fighting over the garden, now there seems to be just two.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 34,150
    Here - it used to be chaffinches which were the most common garden bird. I lived a few hundred yards from where I am now, for over 16 years, and you couldn't move for 'em.  Dunnocks are definitely our most common visitor in this garden, and it's taken until quite recently for chaffinches to appear. Been here over 6 years.
    Blue, great and coal tits, sparrows, robins and blackbirds are about the same as they were round there, but the goldies have arrived in the last couple of years and now visit regularly which is great. We get the odd siskin, goldcrest [plenty of conifers] and wren - and I'd say that's about the same as before. The aforementioned wagtails [grey and pied] are common round here too - plenty of water - and they come in the garden now and again. Occasional visits from long tailed tits, but we had them quite regularly in the previous garden. 
    Starlings, magpies and wood pigeons in abundance, also as before. Jackdaws, rooks and crows are very common, butrarely come in the garden.
    Greenfinches were present before, but I haven't seen any since I moved back to the area. I think they succumbed to disease in a lot of areas.
    One visitor we always had in the previous garden was a treecreeper. Usually in later winter - February or so. Lovely wee thing  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • Fishy65Fishy65 Posts: 2,253
    B3 said:
    But starlings used to be counted in their hundreds. @Fishy65
    Hope the ltts go and tell their friends @Rik56
    Not in my garden though B3, but I understand your point. It's good to hear there are still greenfinches about  :)
  • My feeders are getting mobbed every day with gold finches and greenfinches. They both nested successfully this year and brought their babies to introduce them to takeaway food, and even with 2 big feeders there just aren't enough perches!
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 21,875
    The lone goldfinch I spotted this summer has never been seen again and the few greenfinches have not been visiting the feeders and nor have the chaffinches, not while we're looking at lunchtime anyway.  Loads of tits and sparrows tho and the occasional robin.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • B3B3 Posts: 14,700
    I'm thinking of rigging up something so that i can jiggle the washing line to knock the parakeet off the fat feeder without going all the way down to the kitchen😠
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • If you have 1 parakeet visiting, you will have others and they can learn to talk - if you make friends with your "problem" one and teach it to say "B****r off whenever it sees another one, that would help perhaps ?
    Just remember not to make derogatory remarks abut your neighbours in case your new friend starts repeating it.
    Obviously you would still have to let your pal use the feeder - swings and roundabouts ?
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