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Offline LeedsLad123  
#101 Posted : 22 June 2019 15:41:10(UTC)
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Saw a dead bird in the garden today - looked like a hatchling, very young and featherless. My guess is a magpie or crow took it but got disturbed and left. Saw a magpie being mobbed by two parent blackbirds yesterday so I guess they’re on the lookout for nests to raid.
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Offline ARTzeman  
#102 Posted : 23 June 2019 07:47:50(UTC)
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Nice to see a Bullfinch on the feeding station at 08: 42. Nice orangy red frontage. Must have been summer plumage.

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Offline Roger Parsons  
#103 Posted : 23 June 2019 07:57:45(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: ARTzeman Go to Quoted Post
Nice to see a Bullfinch on the feeding station at 08: 42. Nice orangy red frontage. Must have been summer plumage.

That will be a male in all his glory, Art. A splendid sight. To compare sexes see:

https://www.bto.org/our-science/projects/gbw/gardens-wildlife/garden-birds/a-z-garden-birds/bullfinch

or

https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/bird-a-z/bullfinch/

Roger

 

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#104 Posted : 23 June 2019 08:56:36(UTC)
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We have lots of house martins this year - maybe 15 nests (nearly all in 'man mades'). But, the swallow situation is another, and rather sad, story.

A single swallow return early this year and we've only ended up with three or four pairs - several down on usual. The took up residency in old nest sites and thing progressed but earlier in the  month I noticed five dead fledglings below the main nest site and after checking another I found five more dead fledglings below another, difficult to check, nest. We've never seen more than a odd dead chick in, what, four or five decades of observations.

Now, we had both a horrible midday hailstorm and then a cold, haily, evening thunderstorm on the (checks) 10th, and a day with a sub 10C maxima on the 11th, but it does seem strange a spell of cool weather would finish nearly fledged chicks - especially as we see no evidence of house martin chick losses. I do just wonder if the hail chilled the tin roofs above them - but, well, that seems unlikely too, swallows can survive freezing April nights. I have no explaintions, but I do know swallows need our (people's) friendship and help this year.

 

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Offline bradders  
#105 Posted : 23 June 2019 09:35:02(UTC)
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Two Blue Tits have flown into our lounge window in the last couple of weeks. The first one was a young bird,after resting below the window for a while it flew away.

The second one  was an adult, which hit the window with a loud bang. It lay on the patio below the window with it`s beak open,and seemed to be gasping for breath. Eventally it sat up then flew away.

Then yesterday the wife was in our bedroom when there was a loud bang on the window. There was nothing to be seen below because there are bushes there and if it was a bird it probably fell into them.

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#106 Posted : 23 June 2019 09:49:14(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: LeedsLad123 Go to Quoted Post
Saw a dead bird in the garden today - looked like a hatchling, very young and featherless. My guess is a magpie or crow took it but got disturbed and left. Saw a magpie being mobbed by two parent blackbirds yesterday so I guess they’re on the lookout for nests to raid.
Magpies are more noticeable this year and seem to have worked their way into gardens more over the past three or four years. We’ve seen and heard a few stand offs between them and Blackbirds!   

Last week I was alerted by such a commotion and had to smile at the sight.  A neighbour’s cat was sat on their gate post and a Magpie was on the other, not a meter away.  The bird was really doing its best to give the cat a hard time, cackling loudly, jumping up and down and lunging forward, but the cat just sat there unperturbed.  I half wanted it to grab the bird and teach it a lesson!  Did I really say that?   

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Offline Caz  
#107 Posted : 23 June 2019 17:22:17(UTC)
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We’re seeing quite a few Red Kite around here this year!  

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