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#441 Posted : 14 January 2021 11:40:10(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Northern Sky Go to Quoted Post

We seem to have lots of birds in the garden at the moment. The bullfinches which have been an ever present for the last few years disappeared over the Summer but I am very pleased to say they are back. Lots of sparrows, blue tits, great tits, coal tits and long tailed tits, starlings, lots of blackbirds, robins, wrens, magpies, wood pigeons and a new regular arrival a great spotted woodpecker who seems very fond of meal worm fat balls. The goldfinches are nowhere to be seen at the moment and we usually have quite a few so maybe they've moved somewhere a bit warmer? 

 

Stoppit! I've had all of the common finches in my garden plus Siskins and Redpolls in a cold winter but not once a Bullfinch despite the copious amounts of Niger, and Sunflower seeds I have invested in. New buds on fruit trees in nearby gardens have survived. I know they're not far away because I've seen them near the railway line about a mile away. Although in a built up area on a large estate the houses are mostly built in the sixties and as the gardens tend to be about 90ft x 30ft or more and the road 200m long so there is a 200mx60m mature green space at the back of my house. I've even had Waxwings on my Pyracantha and a Grey Wagtail on my pond but never a Bullfinch!

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#442 Posted : 14 January 2021 15:27:47(UTC)
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Stoppit! I've had all of the common finches in my garden plus Siskins and Redpolls in a cold winter but not once a Bullfinch despite the copious amounts of Niger, and Sunflower seeds I have invested in. New buds on fruit trees in nearby gardens have survived. I know they're not far away because I've seen them near the railway line about a mile away. Although in a built up area on a large estate the houses are mostly built in the sixties and as the gardens tend to be about 90ft x 30ft or more and the road 200m long so there is a 200mx60m mature green space at the back of my house. I've even had Waxwings on my Pyracantha and a Grey Wagtail on my pond but never a Bullfinch!

I'd swap you a Bullfinch or two for a Redpoll or a Siskin. 

We've lots of snow again today and I was hoping to see a Fieldfare or Redwing - they all appeared when we had the BFTE in 2018 but sadly no sign, even though Speckledjim has seen them over in Thorner which isn't that far away from me. 

The Bullfinches look even better against the snow btw 

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#443 Posted : 16 January 2021 09:51:24(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Northern Sky Go to Quoted Post

 

I'd swap you a Bullfinch or two for a Redpoll or a Siskin. 

We've lots of snow again today and I was hoping to see a Fieldfare or Redwing - they all appeared when we had the BFTE in 2018 but sadly no sign, even though Speckledjim has seen them over in Thorner which isn't that far away from me. 

The Bullfinches look even better against the snow btw 

That is cruel . The latter we haven't had for three years (unless you count this morning's pathetic effort) and the former never ! 

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