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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



I did not get to visit Naboo & Bluey this month, nor the Worthing beach pigeon gang, but went to Shoreham instead. I did not bother to take my camera as it rained. The only shots I would have got are of a pair of seagulls who watched me devour my onion bhaji wrap. I knew they would like some - and kept a small piece of wrap from each half, hoping each gull would get one piece. Alas, parent gull snatched both bits, leaving young gull sceeeeeeeeeching in dismay.
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BIRD NEWS:268

October 22nd 2014 05:16
starling

Still taking photos of the starlings and the bird bath, I spotted a starling upon the pole and managed to get a fairly decent shot of it as it stared down at the bird bowl, awaiting its turn. The bowl was already in use though...
starlings
starling and blackbird

In the above shot, you will notice perhaps that Mr Black the male blackbird is now investigating the pond while the starlings bathe - and depart.
starling in flight

The first week of October turned sour towards the close and the second week began with thunder storms, strong winds, slashing rains, and not very pleasant weather for those of us who suffer with weather related sinus issues. Fall had fallen. Curio is seen in the below photo in the last shot taken the previous week following the bathing starling shots. She is pecking at bugs in my veg plot.
blackbird

Otherwise, the yard continues to be active. Mr Bob the robin has a youngster whos red patch has yet to develop but has learned that mealworm and suet pellets exist on the bird table!
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BIRD NEWS:267

October 18th 2014 05:23
jackdaws

Starting today's post with the same birds that I last wrote about - jackdaws - here is a shot of a pair tending a nest in a neighbor's chimney. In nesting season, the local jackdaws like to choose a chimney and create a nest inside the top of it. The houses were built in the early 1950's on our street, but the ones along the road leading to it were built earlier. They therefore all have chimneys.

Many people do not use them, preferring to have electric or gas heating to coal and wood fires, however a few villagers still burn fuel. Whether the jackdaws mind wafts of smelly smoke warming their nests or not, I am uncertain as I have not ascertained in the chimney-users have jackdaws nesting in their chimneys or only those of us who do not use them. We have a pair nesting in our chimney most years.
starlings
starlings

Early in October, I caught Curio fussing around the pond while some starlings took turns to bathe in the bird bowl, as you can see from the above photos. Curio dissappeared into the undergrowth along the side of the yard under the stone bid bath and then into my veg plot to dig around amidst my potatoes. The starlings bathed on...
starlings
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BIRD NEWS:266

October 15th 2014 07:06
The final weekend of September arrived and I was feeling better after my ailments had run their course. The sun was out, there was no wind or rain, and I felt like some fresh air, so I went out into the yard. I began my activities by emptying another pile of stuff from the polytunnel.
shed junk

As you can see, there are mostly only large stuff and plant pots left now. Two piles before arriving at this point, I had to wait. Mr Bob the robin had decided to investigate and gone inside. He was not too happy to find me returning and standing at the door looking in at him after emptying my arms of a pile of garbage down the side of the house. He fluttered a little - but the back window and poly walls were not escapable.
robin

I had to go into the shed and make some noise before he dared use the door. Eventually, as you can see from the above picture, Mr Bob escaped. He was then to be seen happily twittering at me from the laundryline, however


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BIRD NEWS:265

October 11th 2014 09:53
blue-tit

I have one more shot of Beatie to share with you, before progressing into the final few days of September. As I said in my last post, there were quite a few different birds in the tree this month. We do not often see the chaffinches, for example. Here are a few fuzzy shots of Mr Black, who is becoming tamer recently and often stares in from a banch hoping that it might make me produce a scoop of suet pellets on the sill.
Mr Black the blackbird
Mr Black the blackbird
Mr Black the blackbird
Mr Black the blackbird

The final weekend of the month arrived and I tried to capture some starling photos. Unfortunately, starlings are very quick and often jump out of shot a little faster than I can click - leaving me with bums instead of faces peeping in the window...
starlings
not a starling

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BIRD NEWS:264

October 9th 2014 05:04
Naboo

I have one final shot of Naboo to share before returning to back-yard photos. Here he is with his 'Does this mean you are about to leave? NO - DO NOT GO!' look. However, I had a shop and Western Union store in Brighton to attend, so alas, I had to depart...

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BIRD NEWS:263

October 5th 2014 07:57
I took several shots of both Bluey and Naboo on my early September trip, possibly due to not having seen them for a long time and possibly experimenting with bringing out my camera more than once per trip. Here we have a couple of shots of Bluey - as happy to pose as ever.
Bluey
Bluey

He then decided to copy his hero, Naboo - and play hide and seek! Although I spotted him, my camera was temporarily unable to capture a decent pose! Naboo of course was looking on admiring Bluey's attempts to avoid my shiny pink box.
Bluey
Bluey & Naboo
Bluey & Naboo
Bluey

Bluey could not maintain his hiding activities for long before once again showing off for my camera, though


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BIRD NEWS:262

October 3rd 2014 13:43
seagulls on worthing beach

One last shot of the seagulls at Worthing beach before I move onward, to Lancing. Regular readers may recall when I pass through this town I generally pop in on a friend of mine who owns a cute little budgy...
Bluey

....and a parrot!
Naboo

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BIRD NEWS:261

September 30th 2014 04:55
Let me start today's post with another shot or two (um, four) of the seagulls on Worthing beach.
seagulls
seagulls on worthing beach
seagulls on worthing beach
seagulls on worthing beach

My camera was alternating between gull and pigeon gang for several minutes, snapping first one group then the other. I managed to get a few good shots of the beach gang this trip, despite my early fears that they might not show up - or as last time, only one appear. This time I captured all 7 of my friends.
pigeons on beach
beach birds
pigeons on beach

Back home, and I have recently noticed the blackbirds enjoying the pond. I used to spot one or two of them dive under the bush to one side and was uncertain if they were hiding, avoiding the sunshine, searching for grubs and worms, or bathing - now I have tidied up the pond a little, I can see clearly that they bathe and drink at the pond - although they may very well do other activities also.
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BIRD NEWS:260

September 26th 2014 13:08
beach birds
pigeon on beach

I still have several shots to share from Worthing beach - this first picture is of the gulls. There were quite a few young gulls on this trip, I noticed. The second shot is of the colored pigeon - still approaching his gang who were already tucking in greedily to the seed I had spread nearby. Here he comes to join them!
pigeon on beach
pigeons on beach
pigeons on beach
beach birds

As well as numerous seagulls and pigeons, the beach here does have other bird species. I occasionally spot a starling for example, or....these fellows


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