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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:236

July 14th 2014 05:16
I looked, and looked at the pigeon, wondering why it had not looked in at me. it just stood there stuffing its face. Of course pigeons enjoy eating, but this one, unlike the usual bunch, had not stuck its beak in my window first! This lil fella had a good look inside after eating however and I had a big surprise when it did.
stockdove
stock dove


Although my photos are not excelling in clarity, I think you can see that it is slightly different to the usual photos that I post of wood pigeons. The eye is larger and blacker, and there is no mark on the neck at all. Normally, the juveniles have big beaks like this fella - but usually they also have a mark on their neck.
stock dove

I was assuming it is an early out of the nest bird that had not yet got its neck coloring or grown into its beak or eyes. However, if so, it was the earliest nest leaver I have seen in this country that has left its home tree and ventured onto my sill! I actually saw him again last night on the sill - still no coloring other than the dark gray and with the big black eyes - and with a twin sibling!


I investigated, and it appears they are not juveniles. Were they a cross breed? I was thinking the pair of big-black-eyed pigeons are a mix of turtle dove and wood pigeon, or turtle dove and city pigeon, but then I did further investigation and discovered that the pair of birds are juvenile Stock Dove - Columba oenas's. LINK.
LINK 2.


You may be wondering what became of 'Luckypops', the young blackbird that I rescued from the shed-side slit and a cat. Well, Luckypops can now fly and also eat for itself. The day that I am writing this blog in late June, he was happily investigating a lump of homemade bread in my vegetable patch, quite unafraid of me poking my head out the window. But here he is a week or so before sitting in the bird bath.
luckypops
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BIRD NEWS:235

July 8th 2014 07:44
bird on beach
pigeon on beach

As you can see, when I stopped off at Worthing on my way home, I spotted the beach gang not long after I sat down at their shelter. I was glad they had finally showed up, as this was the first time I had brought along a small bag of bird seed for them to share. Usually, they would come right up to me staring - as if to say ' have you got food for us?' This time however, they stayed clear and did not even come closer when I sprinkled the seed on the ground near my feet.
beach gang
pigeon on beach

I wondered where the tint-colored one was, but it finally put in an appearance, just as I was about to leave for the bus on my final ride for the day. Strolling up as if it had been there all along - but not any more interested in the bird seed than the other pigeons. I am not sure if beach pigeons are junk food addicts or not - but these certainly had no interest in decent healthy seeds. In Australia, pigeons would eat both...
pigeon on beach

Back home, I was reading one evening later that week, when I heard a flutter-thud on the sill. Looking up I spotted a gray wing. Yes, a pigeon had come to visit me after my having visited a bunch of beach birds!
pigeon
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BIRD NEWS:234

July 5th 2014 05:51
Mommy blackbird, Curio appears to be molting. Seen here, she is perched upon a garden veg-plot post observing her surroundings - and youngsters.
curio
curio
curio
wet bird

This bird has just landed in my tree after having a bath. Contentedly, it preens its ruffled feathers for an extra clean. As to my June 700 run trip - well, I arrived at Worthing a little earlier than usual and went along to where the pigeon gang hang out. This is what I saw...
worthing beach
worthing beach

...yes, an empty beach! Plenty of stones, seaweed, trash in the shelter, and ocean far out - but not a single pigeon in sight. Later on, I was in Brighton. I had just got to the bus stop, when I spotted some friends sitting up on the roof. I also spotted my bus coming along the street - so only took the one shot.
bus stop pigeons
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BIRD NEWS:233

July 2nd 2014 13:41
Curio and I hung out recently. She saw me stretching and stretched her own wings, in much the same manner as a pigeon or dove does. Then, when she scratched her neck, I purposefully also scratched mine and she looked totally amazed.
young blackbird

The young blackbird is coming along well after being rescued, yet again, this time from a cat. A few days later I was thankful to spot it is now able to flutterfly from ground to bird bath, so will no longer have to throw dried chili around the border of the yard to deter cats...
young blackbird
young blackbird
young blackbird
hiding bird

The last photo to share today is of a couple of starlings. They were hanging out in the tree, sunning and prenning themselves. Yes...it must be summer!
starlings in tree
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BIRD NEWS:232

June 29th 2014 08:55
Naboo

Naboo eats a seed. Hopefully, I will be able to get some more pictures shortly. The jackdaw youths are growing and need feeding. Here we see one of the adults feeding the young from the bird table. This takes us to the close of May...
jackdaws
jackdaws on table

As I write, in mid June, I have more to talk about in the back yard. I had gone to bed a few hours early with a sinus headache one evening, when a neighbor banged on the door to alert me to the fact that a young fledgling was trapped in a crevice on our side of the shared fence. Naturally I was back in my clothes and out there to rescue it within minutes


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BIRD NEWS:231

June 26th 2014 05:00
Naboo
Naboo

Yes, my May 700 run trip did allow me to reencounter that pair of pets of a friend. Here we see Bluey having one of his 'I like being upside down' days along with naboo, carefully watching both bluey's antics and my pink box...and then eating some seed.
bluey
Bluey
Naboo
Alas, bars get in the way of perfect shots and Naboo got shy all over again and decided to hide behind his seed tub. I will save the last shot of Naboo for my next post.
egg

Now, I was just wandering up the garden path one morning and what should I see but an egg. It was just sitting there in the middle of the path near the shed. There was not a bird nearby, nor a nest close enough for it to have fallen from. It appeared that the egg had simply been laid in the middle of the path and abandoned


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BIRD NEWS:230

June 25th 2014 07:46
sparrows

Sparrows feeding in the tree were a continuous delight as May continued. We are currently in mid-June as I write, and on the third major batch of sparrow youth. Any day now, the latest young blackbirds should be fledged and we have plenty of starling youths currently.
birds on beach
pigeon on beach

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BIRD NEWS:229

June 23rd 2014 07:04
sparrowhhawk
sparrowhawk

Unfortunately, I sometimes witness what to me are sad events. Obviously the sparrowhawk is happy and releived, while the starling shocked and terrified. Sometimes I am able to spare a life, to the annoyance of the hawk, by appearing at a window in time for the hawk to become startled, dropping its prey in order to focus on the possible danger. This gives the bird time to dart away if not already seriously injured or dead. Other times, the sparrowhawk will fly away complete with prey in claws. The above photos are of one time when I was in time to save a life. When my 'pink box' did not frighten it, I flung open the window, the hawk released its clutch and disappeared, letting the starling escape.
sparrows
sparrows

The next couple of photos are of the sparrows again. Parents and juveniles feeding in and on the feeding table. This takes us to my May trip out. As usual, it began by visiting the beach birds in Worthing.
pigeon on worthing beach
pigeons on beach
pigeon
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BIRD NEWS:228

June 20th 2014 05:30
sparrows
sparrows

Back to the sparrows. In the next few pictures, you can see the parent feeding the youngster. Once again, my tree is the nursery where the kids are parked while the adults search for food. They bring it back to the wing wobbling, calling juveniles. At a certain age, they are taught to eat seed from my windowsill on their own.
sparrows
sparrows
sparrows
sparrows
sparrows

Among the sometimes come birdlife in our yard, is the magpie. I often hear its arrival, attended by the warning chirps of an agitated blackbird.
magpie
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BIRD NEWS:227

June 17th 2014 05:33
sparrow
sparrow
sparrow and starling

Today, I am starting my pictures with a sparrow on top the bird table. Whilst snapping shots of the sparrow, a starling decided to munch what it could before the sparrow grabbed it all...

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