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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,737

    Well, that's my lot done:

    Goldfinch  8

    Blackbird 2

    Wood pigeon 4

    Collared dove 3

    Crow 1

    Blue tit 2

    Robin 1

    Starling 1


    Most days there's loads more than that - and where are the house sparrows, Long tailed tits, green finches, chaffinches and great tits?  I can usually guarantee they'll be in the garden image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    rspb site is down i think; too much traffic! Will have to post the count later. Saw a Sparrow Hawk eviscerating a pigeon on the lawn this morning, lovely, just when I was eating breakfastimage

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,189

    The birds here have put in a request for a canoe to reach their food....image

    Mostly dunnocks, robins and blue tits here just now, although the magpies like muscling in on the act and I know I have great tits but they haven't been around so much. I get a  lot of starlings (too many for my liking - sorry!) The blackbirds are starting to find their way in now as they've been eating the apples I've put out. One was having a lovely bath in the wheelbarrow the other day!

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • flowersforbees wrote (see)

    I know just what you mean Nutcutlet!  I had a flock of starlings came down onto

    the bird table this morning, but it was impossible to count them as they were

    constantly changing position and as others flew in, some flew off!  Have been able

    to count one robin, two blue tits, two great tits, one thrush, five blackbirds, eight

    sparrows and seventeen starlings (but there were probably about twenty five - they

    just wouldn't stay still).image

    I know what you mean about the starlings - they go crazy over mealworms!  Love the collective nouns for them: Chattering, affliction or murmuration!  However, I have my own - a squabble of starlings! image

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    Oh FG, are you flooded or just very soggy? You could send some starlings down to the Fens; only saw one the whole of last yearimage I love watching them squabble over the fat balls and they always have that 'pulled through a hedge backwards' look about them which somehow reminds me of myself in the mirrorimage

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,189

    They nest in the roof of a neighbour across from me image We had them in a building at last house too and they made such a mess. We had to block them out of it when we were selling the house - wasn't a good look on the fences! I'm afraid they're not my favourite birds. I rather like magpies though which many people don't. Horses for courses eh?

    Not been flooded thankfully - the house is quite elevated. It does so much damage. We have high rainfall here anyway but even so, it's been excessively high this year. Last house had its own water supply from wells and springs, and even in normal heavy-ish  rainfall the excess ran out onto the road and made it look like a river running down the hill. Hate to think what it's been like this winter!

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,477

    Should have kept my mouth shut about the sun being too bright as it is now hurling it down with rain.  Managed to do the bird count though as follows:-

    sparrows 6

    starlings 2

    blue tits 2

    blackbird 2

    chaffinch 1

    blackcap 1

    wood pigeon 1 

    robin 1 

    Normally the garden is packed with sparrows and every year when I do the bird count they disappear.  Now to do the RSPB online data input.  

  • higgy50higgy50 Posts: 184

    Forester, I also had the Sparrow problem, generally lots as with Chaffinch and neither turned up during the count today! image

    I did OK although couldn't deliver on 'dovefromabove's' wader but got close with Black-headed gull !! image

    So my results look like this...

    Blackbird - 3

    Dunnock - 1

    Bluetit - 2

    Starling - 3 (counted 55 in total if you could include the fly overs)

    Sparrowhawk - 1 (this female bird actually did 3 passes over my feeders during the hour long survey!!!)image

    Robin - 2

    Wood Pigeon - 3

    Great Tit - 2

    Crow - 2

    Pied Wagtail - 1 (Unusual in gardens here)

    Black-headed Gull - 6

    Reed Bunting - 1 (usual number would be 3 - 5 birds)

    Blackcap - 2 (Male & Female)

    Goldfinch - 6

    Collared Dove - 1 (low numbers for here)

    Magpie - 1

    Greenfinch - 4



  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    There was a sparrowhawk here too, plus

    1 robin

    1 male chaffinch

    2 female chaffinches

    6 goldfinches

    2 collared doves

    1 pigeon

    1 male blackbird

    2 blue tits

    1 male crossbill, though I am not certain it was not a redpoll.

  • ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

    My garden isnt very big but I do have a bird feeder and get regular visits from 5 collared doves and a pair of sparrows.

    The odd robin appears on the fence now and again but never comes to feed.

    Next door has big evergreen shrubs so there are a lot of Blue tits around too.

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