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Mrtrout

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I love them, I had one for ages that became very tame, he’d come within two feet of me to take food.
It started sitting outside my kitchen window to let me know and I couldn’t resist going out each time to feed him, trouble was he had dropped his guard and would sit there until I saw him.
A few weeks ago a Sparrow hawk swooped in and grabbed him, last I saw of him. I was very upset at the time, can’t blame the hawk really.
We have another now but he’s one of this years fledglings and still very timid.
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I washed and filled the feeders on Tuesday, first time since late spring and it didn’t take long for the gang of house sparrows to find them, the next day there were blue tits and a great tit and then yesterday a robin foraging on the ground. Sunflower seeds seem to be everyone’s favourite, much more so than the seed mix.
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I saw a Robin!
I say this because nobody on the forum has seen a bird for over 20 days! :) and also his bobbin cheekiness always brings a smile to my face. The common ones are sometimes the best.
Was it bob bob bobbin' along? 😁

Had a jay at the bird table for the first time since autumn 2020 last weekend, seen quite a few on the wing .
Getting hammered by squirrels currently, two were fighting each other for first dibs on Sunday, all very unseemly, took a firm line on the matter.


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Cap'n Fishy

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I saw a Robin!
I say this because nobody on the forum has seen a bird for over 20 days! :) and also his bobbin cheekiness always brings a smile to my face. The common ones are sometimes the best.

Thought you had better have this... :)

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Was it bob bob bobbin' along? 😁

Had a jay at the bird table for the first time since autumn 2020 last weekend, seen quite a few on the wing .
Getting hammered by squirrels currently, two were fighting each other for first dibs on Sunday, all very unseemly, took a firm line on the matter.


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With a PCP and a decent silencer the squirrels look around to see why their friend dropped dead, thats when you can get the second one 😚

Squirrels getting into the bird boxes pees me off :mad: and they're partial to both chick and eggs
 

diawl bach

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That's the little sod who nicked all the peanuts. Probably renting a market stall to sell them all on - no wonder it can afford a holiday in Scotland.
 

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Been very quiet for birds throughout summer and still is at the back of the house. Robin been visiting and feeding for the last month, seen dunnock but little else apart from bl00dy wood pigeons. Only have the one feeder up and in a place the woodies can't get at it. Funny watching them straining their necks trying to reach it and also sliding down the shed roof (metal shed, apex roof). We have too many cats in the area.
 

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Walked the dog just before dark, which is about 4.30 around these parts. Walking down to the beach saw a wee bird? Got down to the beach and twigged they were bats! Been a warm day. About half a dozen working away on 12th Nov.
 

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Well, here's one you don't see every day...

Not my photo, I should state, right at the outset.

Taken by my mate Ron, who is becoming quite the bird-whisperer.

Sitting in a pond, right beside the A7 in the Scottish borders... last week...

A glossy ibis...

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Been loads of goldfinches here, all year, but they are quiet at the moment, so not obvious.

Most obvious right now around the city path network are the LTTs. Constant high-pitched peeping all over the place. As the leaves drop, you can get a look at them now...

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Been a big increase in their numbers (as with goldfinches) in the past few years. Goldfinches, I reckon down to folk putting niger seed and sunflower hearts in their bird feeders. No idea why LTTs are doing so well in the city just now?
 

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I’m overcrowded with birds! But weirdly no Goldfinches, not seen many for a few years - Mycoplasma?
The resident flock seem to be taking more feed, cold weather on the way? We must have 200 House and tree sparrows gathered in the back yard now.

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We had lots of goldfinches on the feeders last winter, but they haven’t shown up yet….they are the messiest feeders, dropping more than they eat.
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We also have a good number of “savvy” mature pheasants in residence, we have a decent sized landscaped garden, they know to spend the shooting season on the lawns! They clean up what the other birds drop pretty pronto!
 

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Had a lovely Goldcrest a few days ago but they sadly specialise in flying into the windows.
Now the clocks have changed the friendly pheasants are back and take from the seed scoop in your hand. One comes up the backdoor steps.
 

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Came across some 'refugee' pheasants up Arthur's Seat last December. Most shoots were ****ed due to lockdown, so all the birds they had put down were free to roam...

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They were tame enough to take food out your hand.

C.
 

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Had a lovely Goldcrest a few days ago but they sadly specialise in flying into the windows.
Now the clocks have changed the friendly pheasants are back and take from the seed scoop in your hand. One comes up the backdoor steps.
We had a finger tame Goldcrest a few years ago, not seen any for a while sadly.
We have one old hen pheasant taps on the French doors to be fed, she seems to be the local matriarch, Cockbirds are all wary of her and it’s so amusing when Carrion crows Jackdaws Magpies and woodpigeon often get a good thrashing from her for pinching her food. It’s great watching all their antics.
We have a pair of Sparrow Hawks that call and she will pin them down given half a chance too.
We have two pairs of Collared doves and one male is particularly beligerant, I thought the female sparrow hawk had caught him recently, but no, the Hawk had taken a sparrow on the ground and the dove was actually knocking nine bells out of the sparrow hawk. The Mistle thrushes gaffer the sparrow hawks though and regularly knock them down in flight, first time I saw this, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, but they are the most aggressive of birds and I’ve had them fly at my head if I’m too near their nest!
 

Hardrar

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Came across some 'refugee' pheasants up Arthur's Seat last December. Most shoots were ****ed due to lockdown, so all the birds they had put down were free to roam...

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They were tame enough to take food out your hand.

C.
He’s a beauty, not a young bird?
 
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