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post #21 of 29 (permalink) Old 21-05-2020, 18:44
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We use sunflower hearts and have converted Goldfinches from Niger seeds so we have nice little flock of them now.
Well we feed the everyday birds, mostly sparrows, but that’s fine they are disappearing but our ivy clad house provides shelter

(It’s a bugger to clip though as Albert gets older as it reaches the roof

We are careful to avoid nesting and allow regrowth the before winter)


The odd blue tit and wren, the blackbirds have lived here for years

Wood pigeons, collared doves

Sometimes Starlings

Nothing really exciting

But our birds in the middle of a town

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Of the 20 odd bird houses we have the sparrows much prefer condos.

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I assume they are house sparrows, Ray? We only have Hedge Sparrows or Dunnocks. Funny how we take sparrows for granted?
I heard a cuckoo the other day while out with the dog. Haven't heard one for years around here. I remember, one year, that it was in February because my neighbour mentioned it being Valentine's Day.

We have some sort of Buzzard nesting in the village. They have raised a couple of chicks over the years and so we now have another pair nesting. It has always puzzled me whether, when that happens, do birds get inbred if they are all from the same pair?

A couple of peacocks (pea hens in fact) are visiting the village too. They are they nosiest, messiest birds you could meet but they are beautiful. The trouble is that, in Spring, they call for a mate from early morning and if this is on your rooftop then it is not funny at 4 am! All sorts of talk about what can be done about them. They are, apparently, very hard to catch.
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Not sure Pat. Probably hedge sparrows, finches and tits. My wife exclaims when a new bird is seen among the throng.
We do get the odd Sparrow Hawk take one out now and again. We always think of the poor little baby birds not getting fed then. But the hawk has babies as well.
We watch the Robins around the outside of the group and wren follow the same path every morning.

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Ours are house sparrows

Declining as they are town dwellers, ours have declined over time

We don’t provide boxes just a thick covering of ivy that they nest in, non stop bird feeders, about 10, plus fat balls spring and winter in the front Garden

But still they decline

Once we had to step with care because of young sparrows, the sparrow hawk was a frequent visitor

But I guess we still have more than most

Shadow ignores sparrows

Chases the blackbirds who ignore him

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