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  • Good one Fairy girl!!

    I did tick the hibernating animals one but my hedgehogs have not hibernated!! I still see and feed them every evening - I think it just hasn't been cold enough for a long enough period of time.

  • higgy50higgy50 Posts: 184

    Nut - Intrigued by your large black bird, had to be raven, rook, crow or jackdaw? The only other large black bird I can think of is cough but highly unlikely unless you live up a mountain!!?...

    Fairygirl - I'm in North Somerset close to an area called Kenn Moor, now this would have once formed part of the wider 'Somerset levels' but has long since been divided from them. Where they have the flooding now is probably 20-30miles away. At one time the fields at the back of us would flood at a high Spring tide but this stopped when they build the Bristol Channel sea wall in the Clevedon area in the 1960s/70s. We still get completely water logged but fortunately it's not got any worse than that, although the garden is pretty much out of bounds for the winter months! image

    My Reed Buntings were typically back this morning!!...


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,158

    That's the trouble with abbreviations higgy, they mean different things to different people. I had a little brown birdimage


    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,097

    I thought you were veggie nut.... did it taste good?  image

    I'm a good way north from you,  Higgy so we're used to lots of rain, but this winter has been exceptional. I feel so sorry for all the people who've been flooded. Seems no time since they were telling us how Global warming would mean the south of England would be frying in the summers! image

    Great diversity from north to south re birds isn't there? And all lovely image

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

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,158

    image Thank you Fairy

    RSPB site still awry, I logged in, filled in the garden details, pressed continue and was thanked for the results I hadn't entered.image

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,870

    I'll wait awhile then image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • lisa69lisa69 Posts: 119

    Me too Nut, I've had problems with it all weekend but its says we have until Feb 16th to register our results, hopefully its just traffic from everyone trying to use the site at the same time.

    We had very few birds in the garden in the hours we chose over Saturday and Sunday but now the garden is alive with them, I guess they knew we were watching image.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,158

    They do know Lisa.

    There are about a dozen blackbirds out there this morning. 3 yesterday.

    The moorhen is on the pond, the green woodpeckers are excavating the meadow and I fully expect the greater spotted to arrive at the fat balls any minute. All no-shows yesterday. They know.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Fairygirl wrote (see)
    Lancashire Lass wrote (see)
    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.
    Naughty dunnocks...image
    Do you have one of the feeders with the cage round it LLass?  I've got one but it's not great - the cage needs to be bigger because the starlings and magpies can just shove their heads in and reach the food. image I've not seen dunnocks use it but I wonder if they'd go on one of those as there's a bit more 'perch' to sit on?  I'm sure they used the bird table regularly at a previous house.

    It is our bird table where the dunnocks happily hop up and eat. It is situated about a yard from a large tree with undergrowth beneath, where they can hide, but they often stay for a few minutes eating seeds on the table. They have certainly changed over the years, at one time I remember that they would just scuttle along around the undergrowth and never grace a bird table.

    I don't have a hanging feeder as you describe (with a cage around it), but I do have a small bird feeder that works well - it is like this one here:

    The magpies can't get on it.

  • My birds are back, well some.

    4  magpies

    3  wood pidgeons

    7  blue tits

    1  chaffinch

    2 blackbirds

    4  sparrows

    1 robin

    Usually have a wood pecker and a jay


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