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Some of my friends live in our yard, others visit it, still others live elsewhere and I visit them. Come and read about all my feathered friends...

BIRD NEWS:278

November 26th 2014 11:45
pigeons on beach

One last shot of the pigeons on Worthing beach before the next batch of pictures. Guess who - it's Naboo!!!! On this visit, Naboo was kind enough to pose for a shot before playing his hiding games. Bluey joined in...
Naboo
Naboo and Bluey


Naboo was soon back in his attention seeking mode, even if shiny pink metal boxes had to be endured for a few minutes. Bluey peeped down, unsure...
Naboo
Bluey


...then flew into a better position for photographs - if only he had not been facing the wrong way!
Bluey
Naboo

Naboo decided to hide again, behind his much-favored yellow furry rag. During my visit this month, Naboo's antics included beak-butting a peanut on the bottom of his cage, soppily rubbing against his yellow fur-cloth, and using a half eaten monkey nut to comb his head feathers!
Naboo
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BIRD NEWS:277

November 22nd 2014 13:48
pheasant

One last shot of the pheasant parading in the school grounds before I begin to share my usual assortment of pigeon-parrot pictures from a 700-run. When I arrived at Worthing beach, there was a gang of pigeons on the usual gangs territory - but I only recognised one of them. The others were either this years born or another group. Perhaps pigeons change the group of friends they hang out with, even in England...?
pigeon on beach
pigeon on beach
pigeon on beach

Anyway, none of the pigeons seemed to know me, or that I meant 'food', as they stayed well away on the pebble horizon. This meant some good shots, but none up close. As mentioned - there was one friend present - the dark gray pigeon who seemed to recognize me. However, he did not seem to be hungry or curious enough to see if I had arrived with or without seed and stayed with his new group.
pigeons on beach

The beach birds seemed to enjoy wandering over the pebbles, scrabbling about for whatever was there to eat and totally ignored my presence. I wondered if maybe I was too early an appearance and they were used to food only being present later in the day.
pigeons on beach

I will end today's post HERE with a link to an article relating to starlings.
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BIRD NEWS:276

November 19th 2014 12:23
sparrows
sparrows

Today I have a few terrible photos to share with you as I am sure you can guess by the first 2 shots of a group of sparrows munching away in the veg patch. More wet n windy weather continued to mean less photo opportunities...
Mr Black the blackbird
Mr Black the blackbird

... and ghastly ghostly photos when I tried, such as this pair of Mr Black in the tree. I should mention that I do not use a flash in order to not frighten or damage the eyesight of the birds...

However, regular readers will be encouraged to remain perhaps by the promise of a 700-run batch of pictures - inclusive of a pheasant that I managed to capture when passing by the local high school en route for the bus stop. It is not usual to spot such a bird in the school grounds, which are dominated by seagull, magpie and wood pigeon, but on this trip, there he was...
pheasant

Naturally, my next post will be filled with pigeon and parrot!

To make up for the dreadful pictures that began today's post, - HERE is a link to news about bar-headed geese.
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BIRD NEWS:275

November 16th 2014 06:36
As mentioned in my last post, Pidge does show up now and then. Here are a couple of shots of him standing on top of the hedge between our house and next door's. I can actually identify this one as one of this years youngsters - due to the lack of white stirpe on the wing. Pidge the first was the only wood pigeon I know to retain the lack of white stripe throughout adult life.
wood pigeon
wood pigeon

In the garden, Mr Bob, Mr Black, Curio and a heap of starlings and sparrows continue to frequent the bird baths and table, along with the trees, windowsill and other birdable spots. This morning, I was going outside to hang out laundry on the washing line and Curio stared at me from the tree just a meter above my head as I passed under her - not scared enough to fly away. This is pleasing to me, as I still miss the greed and trust of the pigeon flock I had when resident in Wollongong. I have yet to hand feed a bird here, or even have one fly onto my hand or arm in greed for seed, though.

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BIRD NEWS:274

November 12th 2014 07:36
Recently, we have had several other wildlife species in the garden - frogs and hedgehogs to be precise. Frogs we are used to as they live in the pond, but the hedgehogs come and go. On occasion, I will hear a snorting snuffling on the patio and see black shapes in the dim light significant of hedgehogs of a fairly large size.
frog

The first week of November produced a smaller hog seen in the daytime. As it appeared on 2 days within 3, I put out peanut butter and have kept an eye out, making sure bread placed out for the birds has at least one piece fallen to the ground. Normally, bread is taboo though traditional for hedgehogs - but this fellow made a beeline for it and preferred it to the peanut butter I have on standby for such occasions


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BIRD NEWS:273

November 9th 2014 09:02
English robin

It is now the first week in November and I took one more picture of Mr Bob that I would like to share before moving on to the other yard residents. This week, Ditty - or at least a dove that is timid - has regraced the yard. Multiple starlings and sparrows also continue to adorn the tree and bird table/bath. Chackie - or at least a ravenous jackdaw - has been swoopping into the bird table and grabbing largew chunks of home baked bread. Pidge - or at least a pigeon that is fairly tame - has also been hanging around. Here is Pidge posing on top the bird table, before flying in to eat, before Chackie comes to take away the bread...
wood pigeon
garden birdlife

This morning, I took a few shots of Ditty. The one above is of her (I think...) - or another tamish dove - sitting resting in the tree. The next few shots are of Ditty and Pidge sharing the tree. Alas, these three are not so clear, as the brief interlude in the wind did not last very long and the tree was swaying about - hence blurred photos. At least you can see they trusted one another enough to sit near each other!!
wood pigeon and dove
wood pigeon and dove
wood pigeon and dove
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BIRD NEWS:272

November 5th 2014 06:18
One bird that has been hanging around again is Magster the magpie. Usually the magpies use our apple tree for fodder, eating all the top fruits and fallen apples. Occasionally, they will hang about the tree outside my bedroom window and cause the blackbirds to give frantic warning calls.

During the last few days of october, Magster stared at the starlings eating on my windowsill - then flew to the roof and peepd down at me thru the window. I tried to take a couple of shots of the beak and face staring at me over the window edge - but Magster was too fast. I did manage to get a few shots of Magster landing on my sill and munching whatever the starlings had left behind, though they are not very good because my geraniums got in the way.
magpie wing
magpie wing

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BIRD NEWS:271

November 1st 2014 17:50
English robin

Here is Mr Bob, shortly after the last shot, perched upon the pole outside the kitchen window - one of my better pictures of the fellow. Actually, I got a few shots of him whilst he was up close - but that first one was the best.
English robin
English robin
hidden robin

& then, Mr Bob flew into the hedgerow and vanished from my sight. He was spotted mments later munching one of the bright yellow berries on the prickly tree outside our kitchen window - but only his tail got into the photo, so


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BIRD NEWS:270

October 29th 2014 18:07
robin

I was passing time taking a breather from the chores one day in the third week of October, when I noticed a friend singing shrilly to me from nearby - I glanced up and out, and found Mr Bob the robin sitting up on the telephone wires above our house looking down at me.
English robin

The birds, in general, are begining to become more timid as fall continues. After breeding season ends and winter has yet to throw itself upon us, there is not as much need for food, therefore not as much bravery going on. In fact, there is little activity other than from the jackdaws, blackbirds, and robins


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BIRD NEWS:269

October 24th 2014 05:20
The third week of October began, continuing much the same as the previous week - wet and windy. There is far less activity in the yard currently, as the birds settle down post breeding season and prepare for the cooler winter months.

I trotted along to the Manor Nursery garden center - for the first time since my teenage years. I purchased some nut-suet pellets and peanuts to help my friends through the coming colder months. A day later, I found a young sparrow meditating on my windowsill - I say meditating, as he seemed so calm and restful. He might just be too full after his meal, or too young to know that on sight of me he shouldnt just turn away but fly for cover...
sparrow
sparrow
sparrow
sparrow

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