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 Post subject: Visitors to the Bird Table
PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 8:37 am 
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This Spring and early Summer we have had families of Jays (5), Magpies (4) and Greater spotted woodpeckers feeding on the bird table. We put out the Lillebro wild bird food from zooplus on the table and expected our usual spuggies (A tribe of 30 to 40 that hang around our berberis and try to eat us out of house and home plus all the other usual suspects but this is the first time we have had such large birds on the table apart from maybe a very occasional attempt at feeding.


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 Post subject: Re: Visitors to the Bird Table
PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 9:16 am 
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We had a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker on Thursday morning, rather charmingly feeding a youngster which, despite being almost as large as the parent, refused to step across onto the bird table. We've also had more goldfinches than usual this year, and they're startlingly colourful.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 9:59 am 
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Not had our usual goldfinches this year!


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 Post subject: Re: Visitors to the Bird Table
PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 12:20 pm 
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Useful tip about the food from Zooplus, Wilbro - I've tried a couple of different types of wild bird food and it's not nearly as popular as the sunflower seeds.
I stopped putting food out for the birds which may have been a mistake, though we have a couple of green woodpeckers, jays, chaffinches and spuggies dropping in from time to time. We also have a pair of linnets who come up to the terrace and the thrushes beat the hell out of the poor snails ...


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 Post subject: Re: Visitors to the Bird Table
PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 12:36 pm 
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Blaze wrote:
We have a couple of green woodpeckers, jays, chaffinches and spuggies dropping in from time to time.


I wasn't familiar with "spuggies", which I believe is a northern term? I grew up with "spoggy" or "spoggies", but I was in Australia at the time.

We do get them in our garden, but outnumbered by the various Tits and Finches. Saw a Nuthatch this morning.


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 Post subject: Re: Visitors to the Bird Table
PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 4:49 pm 
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Spuggies is also used in Scotland (one of my great-uncles was nicknamed Spuig for some reason !)

Yes, greenfinches are definitely the most popular visitors !


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 7:02 pm 
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A boat load of LBJs, the odd hoophoe, cirl buntings, green finches, blackbirds, goldfinches, siskins

This one needed a cuddle after a window bump..

ImageJohn & siskin 2 by John, on Flickr
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Before it flew of seemingly OK, I hope!

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Blaze wrote:
Spuggies is also used in Scotland (one of my great-uncles was nicknamed Spuig for some reason !)

Yes, greenfinches are definitely the most popular visitors !


Spadgers in Lancashire

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2017 7:29 am 
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I forgot to say that we get the occasional one or two of these. Thia is another poor tiny perisher that bumped into a window. It weighed in at about 1/2 of nothing!

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It too flew away after a rest and a cuddle :-bd

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Our saddest window casualty was a young sparrowhawk which hammered full tilt into one of the gall French doors onto the patio. Broke it's neck and died in my hands. A beautiful bird and buried it with due respect in our little wood.


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Great excuse to keep your windows mucky but, even then as they can see right through our house, we still get strikes.

No recorded deaths yet, thankfully.

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Our saddest window casualty was a couple of your blackbirds, a male and a female. I found them both dead on the path by the window, it was awful :(


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We put a new nesting box in a cherry tree near our terrace last year and were privileged to watch a pair of black capped tits move in and raise a family of 4. Terrible time wasters though as I would sit for hours just watching the parents tooing and froing when feeding but I was there to see the babies come out for the first time. Hopefully they will return next spring.

We've also been lucky to have a couple of hoopoes visit the garden most days

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