Category Archives: birds

Dinner awaits!

We’ve been feeding the birds and have a great range; 5 species of tits and 3 of finches. Even the blackbirds and hedge sparrows manage to use the feeder. However we also have pheasants, including one female which seems to lined up nicely to be made into dinner.

We are just back from a wonderful sunny walk 7 miles walk, with a bit of snow and mud, which was frozen in places so easier going. Stopped at the Hamilton Arms, Stedham, for a lunchtime snack – very welcome.

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Tree creeper – and ivy

We are lucky to have a tree creeper nesting in the bark of our sequoia. A few years ago a tree creeper tried but the nest was regularly destroyed, probably by squirrels or jays or magpies. So far so good this year.

Our kites are still nesting, hopefully a young one will appear.

 

 

 

Red kites nesting, perhaps

Red kites have built a nest just on the edge of our wood, high up in an ash tree.

They are very nervous and I’m not sure if they have stayed or moved on. We shall see.

Flycatchers are back

Great to have the spotted flycatchers nesting again. Almost the same place I hope the Magpies and Jays don’t read this, they have been a pest for several of our nesting birds. Having boarded up my spyhole from last year I’m repeating the photo from then.

We had absolutely no tadpoles this year – I wonder if it was because the water level was too low. There’s also competition now from a very large new pond (lake) built by a neighbour.

We also have a large number of Early Purple Orchids this year, well over 200, and visiting deer at our picnic table (almost).

spotted flycatcher

Orchids 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Spring signs, summer sounds!

Out for a walk today on the South Downs (not an entry about our wood this time). Nice and sunny with celandines and bees.

Even a couple of skylarks flying high & singing! Seems very early.

Woodpecker likes Quince!

This Green Woodpecker, a juvenile I think, spent several minutes clinging to our small quince tree.

It probably would have stayed much longer if my photographic efforts hadn’t disturbed it.

 

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No flies on us!

Sorry, no posts for a while. We have been away looking at lovely NW Spain, including here.  http://www.somiedo.es/  Thoroughly recommended.

On our return we are lucky enough to find a pair of Spotted Flycatchers nesting in our car port.

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Redwing likes ivy berries

Just managed to catch an image of a Redwing eating the ivy fruits in the hedge, and can just see the red marking.  Must be getting towards the end of the supply.  Another good reason for not cutting country hedges until as late as possible, cutting in the autumn removes so much available food for the winter.

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Bird feeding delights

The bird food has been attracting a wide range of birds including woodland species. In one hour we seemed to have most (I’m exaggerating a little) of the tit family. Here are three photos and a list; Tits (Blue, Great, Marsh, Long-tailed, Coal), Finches (Bull, Chaffinch, Gold), Dunnock plus other common birds.

Goldfinch

Long tailed tit & Great tit

Chaffinch

Feeding the birds

We have been feeding the birds for the last two months with two hanging bird feeders, one for seeds and the other for fat balls. This has resulted in a wonderful variety of  species visible from our kitchen table.  Today in the space of one hour we saw the following; blue tit, great tit, coal tit, bullfinch, goldfinch, nuthatch and on the ground picking up the dregs were; house sparrow, blackbird, dunnock, robin, chaffinch.  At one point we had seven long-tailed tits on the feeder.  We have also had pheasant, jay, magpie and even a mouse looking for the left overs.

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