Sparrows!

BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 7,852

Hi all, The sparrows in my garden had a bad year last year but have certainly made up for it over recent months- I'm having to fill both of my feeders twice a day at the moment!  Here's a short video as I walked down the garden towards the hedge they spend most of their time in.  You can't see much but can certainly hear them!image

http://youtu.be/7ufDmWmQb_M      

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  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 16,805

    Not a tuneful bird but it's good to hear their chatter.  Our flock has done well too and tends to gather all together in the shrubs near the feeders or have conferences in the conifer hedge which has a hollow centre.

    They nest in the eaves and seem to have done well this year here too.  For the last couple of weeks they've been feeding on spilled grain after the wheat harvest in the fields behind but are now returning to my feeders.   They and the assorted tits have done a terrific job hoovering pests off my brassicas, clematis and I've had no bovver from aphids or caterpillars.  Just a few naughty slugs and a very busy and irritating mole who's been tunneling under the beetroot and fennel patch.

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • waterbuttswaterbutts Posts: 1,221

    That's a great garden you have Bob.image

  • ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

    Agreed on the great garden comment!

    And I like the chirping of Sparrows image

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 7,852

    Thanks for the kind comments!  They are very cheery little things if a bit on the skittish side.  There are a few dunnocks down the far end but they do let me get very close. image

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
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  • hi Bob, great garden and even better, many sparrows. i think i saw sparrow in my garden today, but im not sure if they were wrens. how do i recognise sparrows?

     What is best feed. i hang niger seed and sunflower seed, hence many goldfinch, bullfinch, blue tits. coaltits. robins and blackbirds roam on the ground, and i think i saw a song thrush a few weeks ago.

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 7,852

    Hi goldfinch, wrens are much smaller than house sparrows which are about the same size as bullfinches, but less colourful.  The male is a bit more striking, but still mainly brown.  You can tell a wren by its short sticking-up tail. This is quite a nice site for identifying common British birds:

    http://www.garden-birds.co.uk/

    The house sparrow used to be extremely common but has been in decline for the last few decades and has gone completely from some areas. image

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • thankyou Bob, i saw female sparrows todayimage

  • Bob it's nice garden, is enjoyable hearing birds in the garden

    I have spotted sparrows a lot in the garden my feeders have been going down fast as anything

    Here is a pic from my timelapse cam I set up today

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     on the right hand side on the feeder

     

    Hampshire Gardener
  • We have had a brilliant year with young birds, the garden feeders have been covered with baby sparrows, gold, green, bull and  chaff finches, various tits, blackbirds, wood pigeons and for the first year we have a family of starlings. I now have 3 seed feeders, 2 suet blocks and  kitchen scraps out on the patio. I have to hoover the patio every day to clear up the mess!

    I counted 21 baby swallows in our horse barn this week all trying to fledge at the same time. Itwas a nightmare trying to do the horses without being dive bombed.we also have another 2 nests which will probably go next week. It is amazing that as soon as these tiny swallows leave the nest they fly thousands of miles. 

    On a down though we have not seen the nuthatch return this year and somone shot our buzzard last week. Sick bastards!

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