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#1 twinkle

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 01:44 PM

http://www.rspb.org....CFe_MtAodBC4A1A

The 2013 RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch will take place on January 26th-27th.

Please sign-up to register your bird spotting results online.

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#2 VKJ

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 01:55 PM

Done, thanks Twinkle

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 06:16 PM

A timely reminder. Does anyone else find that on the day the more exotic birds seem to hide?

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 07:23 PM

Done...
I make mixes, some of which are quite good. My wife and I cook things too.

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 11:50 PM

Done also, and yes belli, the parakeets are noticeable by their absence, noisy blighters!!

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 08:46 AM

I'm hoping for the odd Golden Eagle lost on the way to The Highlands popping in for a seed or two in my garden ;) :lol:
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Posted 10 January 2013 - 07:12 PM

Anyone else noticed a lot more sparrows in their garden recently and a lot less goldfinches?

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 07:32 PM

No more sparrows than usual, but yes, far fewer goldfinches, and no greenfinches at all. Mind you, we now have four blackcaps as regulars for the first time. And the birdsong walking down the road at 7am at the moment is awesome though...
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Posted 10 January 2013 - 07:54 PM

Every time I top up my nyjer seed, I get loads of goldfinches. It seems to be the only thing they like!
My wrens are always shy on gardenwatch day.

And do I count my chickens :D

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 05:31 PM

We have a very cute little goldcrest that visits us at the moment so hopefully we'll see that. Just heard the owl for the first time this year - either it's late or I've not been listening. Don't think we'll see that one though!

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 04:52 PM

Having recently moved from Knights Hill end of WN to t'other end (ie towards Tulse Hill) I'm seeing robins, blue tits, blackbirds and (I think) even a thrush, but very few sparrows so far. My old garden was full of sparrows so I am missing them a bit!

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 02:17 AM

This is so unfair. I have not had thrushes in my garden for decades, I would not know a goldfinch or a black-cap. Yet I never see birds which I do not know: robins, sparrows, blackbirds, blue-tits, yes, and those lovely green things. I have masses of slugs, and snails for thrushes to crack open doing their anvil trick, but..... used to have an owl...and bats even. Maybe they just see a big park and go there...GGGRRR!

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 08:42 PM

The cold weather lured a few groundfeeders - a thrush, a chaffinch and a few blackbirds to my backgarden - all not that common for me.  I suspect the lack of goldfinches is down to competition from other gardens.  I used to get loads, swooping across from all around but nyger seed is now very cheap in Wilkos and so are feeders so I suspect the birds are being shared across more gardens.  I never get greenfinches any more though and had read that they suffer badly from diseases from unclean feeders so I suspect we're accidentally killing them with our generosity.



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Posted 26 January 2013 - 11:06 AM

Did my watching this morning. Was disappointed to not see the goldcrest or longtail tits - but we did get a songthrush that i wasn't expecting as I'd not seen it for a while. Expected to see more great tits too *snigger*- we only saw one.

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 12:15 PM

I saw a longtailed tit for the first time in our garden :)


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