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  • And a partridge in a pear tree..........image  Sorry Nut just teasing, i'll go sit on the step again, before Kef sends me there..image

    I've only seen a couple of magpies and one wood pidgeon at the mo, think they are all snuggled up some where hiding from this awful weather. Usually have loads of birds in our garden. 

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,982

    I kept looking in the pear tree lily but no partridgeimage

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,189

    When  I moved into my ex partners house about four years ago - his house was semi rural - during the very cold snowy winter we had that year, I looked out the upstairs window and saw six or seven birds round the base of the laburnum in the back garden (the only snow free area) that I couldn't identify. I looked out a downstairs window to see them better- partridges. They were beautiful. Shame it wasn't a pear tree!  image

    Nut- I've noticed we've had no chaffinches here since I moved in, yet I used to stay in a house very nearby and they were the most common birds by far in that garden. Very sad. In the 15  years I was in that house I noticed a big decline in greenfinches too.


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

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Ive given up looking  the weather is terrable the food is eaten by pidgeons 


    Why cant they have this survey in the spring  or cant we tell them what comes in the garden everyday 

  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 13,273

    The greenfinch thing is very sad. We used to get them regularly in the garden, but in the last few years thhey have apparently been hit badly by a fungal disease.

    How about this for a sighting, although not this year. 2 years ago for the count I had a water rail! This year nothing so spectacular, but, did have a few nuthatches and a bullfinch

    There are ashtrays of emulsion,
    for the fag ends of the aristocracy.

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,982

    I didn't know there was a greenfinch problem punkdoc. Ours seem to be up to the usual numbers. I hope whatever it is won't come here. 

    I've never seen a water rail and no bullfinches since I left my last home over 20 years ago.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    I have given up trying to record the birds on the rspb website; it has not been working since yesterday morning. Disgusted, The Fensimage

  • Heavy rain all day here, but I have seen sparrows, bluetit, blackbirds, robin, pigeon, starling. 

    Most of the birds stayed under cover. 



  • Fairygirl wrote (see)

    We get lots of dunnocks charley and they're ground feeders so you may be able to identify them more easily that way - they won't be sitting on a feeder! In a previous garden, not far from here, we had a tree creeper who regularly visited which was lovely.

    I also had trouble getting on the site to submit yesterday but it was working later on yesterday when I tried it. image

    We are lucky 'cos our dunnocks DO come onto the bird feeder! We seem to have two that have paired up already, and a third one that is trying to get in on the act. Apparently they are the most promiscuous birds of any. The males often mate with several females and end up feeding chicks in several nests.

    Frustrated with the site, it crashed just as I got to the last submission page. Wouldn't be surprised if it hits the news tonight.

  • higgy50higgy50 Posts: 184

    Good count that nutcutlet and great to see others get garden Reed Buntings also!image

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