small bird watch

nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,255

I'm sitting here in my office watching great tits going in and out of a bay bush. I reckon they're thinking about nesting. They might be in for a bit of a shock over the next few days

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  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 10,675

    Small birds in my garden have been getting very busy too with much chatter and flitting about but yesterday it turned cold and tried to snow so they're all busy stuffing themselves at the feeders and no more messing about for now.

    The Vendée, France
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,255

    Snow is predicted for Monday here. fairly cool now but colder to follow later in the week. Plenty of stuffing going on here as well

  • Gardengirl..Gardengirl.. Posts: 3,679

    Hello nutcutlet

    Are you taking part in the garden bird watch on 26- 27 January for RSPB, I did last year interesting to see how many of each bird you can count.  I will this year

    Link below

    www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch

    I have a few birds fighting over feeders today and flying around the garden, saw by watching out window.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,255

    Yes I've signed up. Never signed up in advance before but someone mentioned it on a thread last week. I think we get an ID chart. There are still anumber of little brown birds I can't get sorted. I'll have to try and ID them before the watch or there's not much point counting them.

     

  • Gardengirl..Gardengirl.. Posts: 3,679

    That's good I have signed up, you get an ID chart which helps - may be some of the brown birds in your garden could be female birds like the female black bird is brown but not if smaller.

    http://www.rspb.org.uk/Images/bgbw_sheet_2013_tcm9-325757.pdf

    ID chart the birds may be on there

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,168

    garden girl, thanks for the link, have just signed up. Am a bit nervous as I don't know that much about birds. I have loads of feeders hanging in the pear tree outside the kitchen window and several books on birds on the sill to look things up. So 5 years ago I could only name about 3 birds, now I can name a few more.image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,255

    Hi gardengirl. It's the dunnock, linnet, and similar sized birds that I have difficulty with. I can recognise a reed bunting now. And we had bramblings one year, I can do those. Blue tit/ great tit and various finches. But i have gaps in my knowledge

  • I think its lovely to be able to Identify birds and to do this you need a good book but first it is often Identify the song/call of bird that will help you Identify a bird,yes its sounds odd ,but true,for instance if you know  the chiff-chaff has song that goes chiff caff etc when you do see it ,it is a small brownie /green bird which if you saw it first would think it to be a warbler.image

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,168

    A friend goes onto (I think) the RSPB site to hear various bird calls; some of them are v. weird/funny!image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,255

    That's another thing I can't seem to do. Even the birds I hear all the time I have trouble with and I'm not deaf. I'll have to practice more. I always recognise when there's something different about though, both by eye and ear.

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