Monday, 22 January 2018

Birdwatch


Welcome to my new followers Louise and Philip.

On the 27th - 29th January the rspb are doing the Big Garden Birdwatch.

You simply watch the birds in your garden for an hour and record how many and what you see.

I requested a pack through the post, it may not be too late to order one if you do it today. Or you can record your results online.


The rspb do this every year, its a way a seeing which birds are thriving and which aren't doing so well.

I shall record my results here at the weekend.

The visitors we have had the last few days...

Robin





Male and female Blackirds.




Dunnock

 Redwing


Pied Wagtail


Collared Doves



I was so excited to see a Long  Tailed Tit, they usually hang out in small flocks, so this one must have got separated.



Blue Tit



We have also had Pigeons and Great Tits, and the Greenfinch have just started to visit.





The aviary birds........

Our aviary birds decided they would start nesting, unless you have an indoor aviary or breeding room, many people don't/won't let them breed over winter, but ours were all determined they wanted babies, apart from our quails we have two pairs of Bourke's and a pair of Diamond Doves in the aviary now. They were dropping eggs and trying to build nests in silly places so we ended up putting the nest boxes for the Bourke's and a tray/pan for the Diamond Dove's, but that had to be put in the roosting box as it is too cold for the Dove's to nest outside.


Doreen the Dove, enjoying a bit of Winter sun and a break, whist Derek the Dove keeps the eggs warm. 



Jim the Bourke guarding Rosie in her nest box. She has 5 eggs and my husband checked and thinks four are fertile.



He gets so excited when he sees me, he stands tall and says pretty boy.
I love Bourke's so much they are so a lovely nature, as are the Dove's that's why we chose them.



Wilma having a break from the nest box.


Wilma's partner Fred.


I love them all they are such characters.

24 comments:

  1. Some great photographs Marlene. I love the names for your aviary birds. X

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    1. Thankyou Jules, I always chat away to them, they probably think oh no not that mad woman again. xx

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  2. What a lovely looking bunch of birds you've got. I feed lots of garden birds so shall look into the RSPB birdwatch.
    I'm glad I didn't inherit my mum's fear of birds! She's terrified of them - yet she likes to watch them feeding from indoors.
    A picnic when I was a child on the cliff top at King Arthur's castle in Tintagel ended up in disaster when a few seagulls flew too close and my mum hysterically threw everything in panic over the cliff - blanket, sarnies, everything!! (She swore their wing span was 10ft!!!)

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    1. Well I have to admit I find the Seagulls very frightening, we do get some enormous ones around here, that is why I have stopped putting bread out.

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  3. My bird watching would many record seagulls, I know I live by the sea but they just dominate everything. Love your aviary birds, I see what you mean about standing tall.

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    1. Yes I can imagine Tania, Jim is a lovely bird, he is getting a bit of a rascal as he flys around me all the time when I am in the aviary and he won't let me out, I am so afraid of him flying out of the door when I get out.

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  4. Great to see the Redwing, that's a lovely garden tick, they are all out in the fields round here, we don't get them in our garden. Love the aviary birds, so pretty.

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    1. There were lots of Redwings about a month ago, the one I pictured has been on his/her own for a while now.

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  5. Great pictures! Will also be doing the count at the weekend!

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  6. Thank you for showing us some garden birds, Marlene. I just about know a blackbird from a robin but really, I'm hopeless at bird spotting. I know gulls as we have them a'plenty around these parts, and pigeons also (wood pigeons, I think) and far too many horrid magpies who rout the pigeons' nests - but there again, the pigeons nests are pretty ramshackle affairs in our walnut tree (that is when they attempt to build nests!)
    I love your aviary birds, what wonderful colours!
    Margaret P

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    1. I am not keen on the Magpies, as if given chance they scoff everything. The other day there were six pigeons here.

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  7. You certainly see a great many small birds. During the winter the usual sparrows are around as well as crows, the occasional woodpecker, pigeons, and of course the Canada Geese that decide to stay around. Robins should be back around April, but our robins are not as cute as yours are.

    God bless.

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    1. I don't seem to get many sparrows, I don't think they are doing so well now. Your Robins are completely different looking aren't they, a much bigger bird.

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  8. You have quite a variety visiting you. The doves and bourkes are impressive!

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    1. Hello Phil, our aviary birds are lovely little characters.

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  9. Beautiful birds, Marlene. I can never photograph birds in my backyard, they fly away as soon as they see me. :)

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    1. I think Nil, it will just take time for them to get used to you, when we moved here it took them ages to venture in and they soon flew off again, now they have got used to me moving around in the kitchen.

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  10. What fab photos. I've heard of the RSPB survey before. We get few birds in our garden. It's really disappointing, There are lots of magpies in the area, I wonder if they scare others away.

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    1. Magpies are bullys I think, we used to have them in here, I think they have got fed up of coming in and being sent on their way now.

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  11. They are just gorgeous! I love their colors. Birds are so sweet. I have a male and female woodpecker who visit my hummingbird feeder daily. I am hoping that they will have babies. They hang out in the front potager garden. I have a great view from my computer.

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    1. Birds are so sweet, would love to see some pictures of the woodpeckers if you get the chance.

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  12. Lovely photos of both the wild and your aviary birds. We currently have half a murmuration of young Starlings breakfasting at our chicken feeder, they are lucky our birds aren't under cover as they were last year.

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    1. Lucky Starlings they will visit regularly where they know there is a good source.

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