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  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 28,800

    I had just one flying visit from a group of long tailed tits a couple of years ago.  Never seen them here before or since and I have feeders up all year.   No other gardens or feeders nearby but we are surrounded by arable and pastureland and have woods nearby so maybe they don't need my feeders.

    We have local buzzards who use the thermals over the field behind to teach their youngsters about flying.   Lots of mewing and whirling.

    Very quiet in the garden this morning but the riding school over the way has put its ponies and most of the horses in the paddocks opposite so they can air the boxes  and they're great fun to watch as they skit about.

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,526

    We had a grey wagtail on the lawn yesterday. First time we've seen one. Nuthatches are back and on the feeders.

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,683

    I had a marsh tit on the feeders to-day. I'd never seen one before and had to check my book.

  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    Beautiful day here, helped by picking three boxes full of Holstein apples this morning, most of which were perfect, and will store image.    Harvestmen out in force.

    Jay on the way in to the garden and buzzard overhead this morning, and then a north American tree rat in town this afternoon (on the way to Foodbank) eating from a discarded take-away tray on the pavement.

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,683

    the tree rat was on the way to the foodbank? lazy sod. Why he go eat some acorns and stuff like the rest of them?


  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    ho ho.  Still pleased with those apples though.  And loads more to come!

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  • Susan6Susan6 Posts: 9

    I was tidying up a bit in the garden this morning. The Robin (who I haven't seen for a while) was in the tree chattering away at me - telling me to go away so he could get to the bird table. I put some food out and went back inside after a while, but the little monkey has gone elsewhere. Now I'm watching the food to make sure the feral pigeons don't take it all!

  • Daryl2Daryl2 Posts: 452
    Daryl2 wrote (see)
    Anne17 wrote (see)

    I can see at least a dozen goldfinches on my feeders, they're young ones, not all have quite got the hang of the feeders, but seem to be watching the older ones. I reckon the parents must have raised at least 3 lots of babies


    Oh, Anne, I'm jealous! I have seen a few round here occasionally but haven't managed to get them to come to my feeders (yet). 

    Oh they must have heard me complaining because I've just seen about 15 of them spending a leisurely 20 minutes bathing and drinking at the little pond waterfall and feeding from my niger seed feeder image Horray! 

  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,524

    Just seen a single airborne Small Tortoiseshell wing. Not attached to a butterfly body. Attached to a wasp's jaws. Going back for the nest.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
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