Unusual bird behaviour

Hello all

Inspired by this fantastic video of a crow apparently using a margarine tub lid to sledge on a snowy roof (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRnI4dhZZxQ), I wondered if anyone else has observed unusual bird behaviour in their gardens? It would make a lovely topic for a future issue of Gardeners' World Magazine.

I once spotted a pair of wood pigeons having an argument - or so it seemed! They were sitting on a branch and batting each other over the head with their wings. And generally looking grumpy.

Kate Bradbury

Contributing Editor, Wildlife
BBC Gardeners' World Magazine

http://www.gardenersworld.com/blogs/author/kate-bradbury/

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  • Common behaviour for Wood Pigeons......they do make a racket when in that mode and lose a few feathers into the bargain.image

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 13,361

    I have a large squirrel buster feeder, filled with sunflower hearts , on a hanging basket bracket by the back door. Nuthatches land on the bricks and then jump onto the feeder. Bluetits learned how to do it, and now a robin does the same. Finches go straight on to the feeder. Robins are generally thought of as ground feeders, but mine have learnt how to perch on feeders.

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 13,361

    I suppose everyone has magpies that dip  stale bread in water to soften it?

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • LesleyKLesleyK Posts: 4,030

    I once had four magpies in the garden making a squirrel's life very difficult. The squirrel was after peanuts that had fallen from the feeder and the magpies positioned themselves all around him, pecking at his tail, and whichever way the squirrel moved a magpie would be right behind him. After a few minutes of this torment the squirrel ran awayimage

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 14,579

    I've seen rooks sliding down our slate roof when it's very icy, but never using another object.

    One funny story the keepers of the Tower of London once told me - One day one of the ravens was found dead in the grounds of the Tower by one of the keepers. This was a serious matter because the legend goes that if all the ravens leave the Tower then the crown will fall. The keeper saw the dead bird, walked over to it, tstopped, bent over, picked it up and carried it away for disposal. The next morning he came out to find another dead raven lying in the same place, walked over to it, bent down and leapt in the air as the bird took off and flew up to the rood, cawing away in laughter.

    Ravens live a long time and clearly have ample spare time to contemplate the crazy ways of the human race.image

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  • I've seen small birds like great tits and sparrows attacking car wing mirrors because they can see their refection and think its a rival!

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 23,990

    I watched a squirrel in a previous garden who was very industrious - removing nuts from the feeder a couple at a time and going round the garden burying them. After each  burial, often just under a little moss on the grass, a magpie following him just dug them up and ate them. That poor squirrel spent ages at his task - completely oblivious to the magpie.  I felt really sorry for him, and often wondered  if he'd returned in the harsher weather to  dig up his hoard only to be puzzled by the lack of food!  image

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    About 5-6 weeks ago on the field behind our house. a group of 19 ( I counted them thru my binoculars) Magpies gathered in a rough circle around 4 of the birds who were fighting, flapping there wings and jumping on one another. The others just stood there watching. After a short while they just stopped. The birds split into two groups and carried on feeding not far from one another . 

    Did I imagine this ? I think I read somewhere that some birds ie: crows, ravens and the like actually mourn a death of their own kind. They put twigs in little piles on the site where the dead is and walk around it. Please say I haven't 'lost it' completely. 

    Did anyone see the prog on strange animal behaviour last night on which they told us that a large gathering of Ladybirds is know as a 'loveliness of ladybirds'. Aaahhh ain't that nice. image

  • The resident 'gang' of sparrows visit our pebbledashed walls around a sheltered courtyard and 'hang' in various attitudes whilst they search the crevices for tiny spiders and other tasty morsels. They revisit several times within the day and then leave the area to be recolonised before their next foray about a week later!

  • David............Snap.............my Sparrows do that too............the roughcast allows them to "hang" easily.  Its the only good thing I can think of about pebbledashimage

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