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SuffolkVera

SuffolkVera Report 17 Nov 2019 16:00

Still not a lot of bird life around but there was a bluetit on the peanuts this morning and a few blackbirds. Earlier in the year I used to put any left over cake crumbs, bits of fruit etc. on a large saucer shaped dish on a garden table and several birds used to come to that including a couple of thrushes. Yesterday I had some stale cake left so crumbled it up with some added sultanas. Then it got rained on so it was a gloopy mess but blackbirds have cleared it. I am not sure if it is one bird who keeps coming back or several birds but they seemed to enjoy it.

However, the best thing today was a jay which flew in and sat on the fence for a couple of minutes before flying off across the garden so at least I know there are some birds around :-)

Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 17 Nov 2019 06:11

That's lovely, Ann. Good to know they are returning and are able to replenish their food reserve.

Still very few birds around here. I have seen a robin in the garden a couple of times, that's all.
Even the seagulls, which are almost constantly on the roof tops seem to have left us.I did see one yesterday though, on the grass verge across the road. It was doing it's 'rain dance' stamping up and down on the grass to make worms appear. They look so comical, when they do that, especially when there's a whole flock of them on the school playing field.

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 16 Nov 2019 15:25

In the past few days but not all at once we have had visiting the garden. Blue and great tits, a coal tit, one Goldfinch, a wren, a blackbird, collard doves, 2 magpies and a few sparrows and I think i did see a starling. So the birds are beginning to return slowly. The blue and great tits like the coconut and the magpies are after the fat balls.

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 13 Nov 2019 18:32

No birds here either except collard doves a few sparrows and blue tots.

SuffolkVera

SuffolkVera Report 13 Nov 2019 16:57

Still not many birds around but I have seen a few blackbirds and there were a couple of sparrows on the fat balls earlier. I decided to top up the peanuts and the fat balls and put out a seed feeder again and see what happens. If you remember something was knocking all the seeds from the feeder on to the ground but leaving the feeder intact on the tree so I stopped putting it out. I'm waiting to see what will happen now.

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 2 Nov 2019 16:47

Wonder where they find their food when it is windy. Not in our garden that is for sure. They must be able to survive without for a short time.

Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 2 Nov 2019 10:55

Only once, many years ago, have I seen a nuthatch on the tree in this garden. I'd never seen one before.
We used to regularly see different woodpeckers, but haven't seen them for some time either.

Very few birds about today. It's absolutely wild out there..... we had weather warning about high winds and boy is it blowing.
All the birds must be sheltering.

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 28 Oct 2019 15:24

I am pretty certain I have never seen one from the description. Thanks LG.

LaGooner

LaGooner Report 27 Oct 2019 23:04

The Nuthatch is a similar build to a wren but blue in colour with a rust coloured breast and black markings on it's head, A very pretty little bird which I have only seen a few times before when I lived at home

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 24 Oct 2019 12:08

Blackbirds and a robin have now returned to our garden. No doubt the starlings will be back soon as well. Blue and great tits are feeding and three collard doves.
We have never seen a nuthatch in the garden. Mind you I would have to look it up if there was one as I haven't a clue what it would look like.

LaGooner

LaGooner Report 21 Oct 2019 09:12

The feeders are on a metal pole but it still shins up it, well tries now :-D :-D :-D. They are not touching the suet feeds at all but still going for peanuts,mealworms and seed. I am lacking the thrushes and blackbirds but all the others seem present and correct.

SuffolkVera

SuffolkVera Report 20 Oct 2019 19:36

Lucky you LaGooner. I've never seen a nuthatch in this country though I have seen one in the Netherlands. I laughed at your Vaseline smeared pole. I haven't seen any squirrels here but we used to get them in our old house and one of the things OH did was to attach a bird table to the top of a stainless steel pole. You should have seen the surprised look on their faces when they couldn't get a grip on it.

I filled the feeder that takes suet balls a couple of days ago and that's hardly been touched and yesterday I put mealworms in the ground feeder and they are still there. All I have seen today are a couple of pigeons and one bluetit on the peanuts. We are definitely a bird free zone lately :-( OH wondered if all the new house building going on around here has destroyed some of their habitats. I shall just have to hope they reappear at some stage.

LaGooner

LaGooner Report 20 Oct 2019 15:51

Really chuffed as I have had our first ever(seen that is) Nuthatch on the feeder. I have also had the great pleasure of seeing a tree rat (squirrel) attempting to shin up the pole of the feeding station which I have liberally coated with petroleum jelly. That foiled the little B****r :-D :-D :-D

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 14 Oct 2019 21:50

Hopefully the rain has moved East Jude.

~`*`Jude`*`~

~`*`Jude`*`~ Report 14 Oct 2019 21:33

The river is moving pretty fast, not risen over the weekend thank goodness,we might be abit further that 50 yds 70/100 hubby says, even so its not very far!! 60 plus ducks this morning..:)

jude

SuffolkVera

SuffolkVera Report 13 Oct 2019 17:08

Much more of this rain and Jude will need more than wellies - lots of sandbags and a rowing boat come to mind.

It must be lovely to see all the wildlife on and around the water but I think 50 yards from the river could be just a bit close for comfort. We are about a quarter of a mile from the river here so it's close enough to walk to in five minutes or so but far enough away not to be a flood worry.

Still no sign of birds apart from the odd pigeon or two :-(

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 11 Oct 2019 12:46

Got your wellies ready Jude?

~`*`Jude`*`~

~`*`Jude`*`~ Report 10 Oct 2019 15:49

Hello SuffolkVera....

Strange, l wonder why they disappear like that?
We are also lucky in that (In some ways) we live aprox 50/70 yds from the river.

Looking at it right now its abit rough, no more rain please!!

SuffolkVera

SuffolkVera Report 9 Oct 2019 17:26

Nice to see you again Jude :-)

You are lucky to have so much wildlife around. I envy you. We used to have a large garden, surrounded by farmland and with woodland the other side of the field behind us, so there was always a good variety of birds and other creatures in the garden. Then we moved to town to a house with a tiny garden. We put up feeders, a bird bath and a teeny, weeny pond and eventually attracted a few birds and frogs etc., but like Ann said this year they all seemed to leave at the end of the summer :-(

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 8 Oct 2019 20:34

Yes I hope so too. Good to catch up though.