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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:241 & ducks

July 26th 2014 09:35
pair of doves

One last shot of the doves in the tree, before I go onwards. I took a couple of shots of the starlings in early July. They had recently had new members join their flock and the juveniles were quite curious. As well as the occasional accident, where one would learn what glass was by flying into rather than through it, I have had many new beaks peeking in my window whilst parents feed on the sill. They also hang in the tree for a while afterwards.
starling
starling


Now, what else have I been up to in early July? Well, I did a 700-run, which naturally means more photos of pigeons and parrots - so here we go!
pigeon on beach
pigeon on beach
pigeon on beach


When I went along to Worthing beach around a week ago to check in with my friendly gang, only one member bothered to come and greet me. He was rewarded with a sprinkle of seed. However, he took his time parading about timidly, assessing whether or not I was 'dog-child-drunk' or safe, first. He eventually decided to trust me and ate his fill.
pigeon feeding
pigeon feeding


HERE is a duck video...
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BIRD NEWS:240 & surfing swans

July 23rd 2014 05:31
As I write, it is now mid-July. Among interesting occurrences in the yard recently, I have witnessed a meditative, sick, juvenile jackdaw, the regular reappearance of the magpie, new baby sparrows and starlings and nest building by pigeons. I have also recently visited that amusing parrot, Naboo and seen a swan at a chili festival... Firstly, here are a couple of shots of Luckypops. He is sitting in the tree outside my window - observing.
luckypops
luckypops
pair of doves

Next, you can see the pair of doves who have been visiting us again recently, although I have not seen them for 2-3 days. But there they are in the bird table, munching away, and here they are relaxing in the tree afterwards.
pair of doves
wood pigeon

Ah, yes, the doves are not alone in the tree - within five minutes of taking the photo of the pair of doves, they flew onwards and almost instantly PLONK! - a pigeon landed.
HERE is the link to a video of a bunch of swans going surfing...
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BIRD NEWS:239

July 20th 2014 05:34
I finished my last post with a picture of the jackdaw that graced our yard late June. Here is a second shot of her. Followed by a photograph of an overcrowded bird table!
jackdaw
busy table

As I write, it is early July and the yard is filled with young starlings, jackdaws, blackbirds, robins, and sparrows. The sparrows are often as comic as the young blackbirds. As I cooked my curry at lunchtime today, I glanced out of the window towards the bird bath.

Regular readers will know I have a circular plastic tub of water with a brick in the middle. Well, I spotted this young sparrow sat upon the brick - which was about an inch above the water line - trying to have a bath. Yes, trying to bathe in brick! There was a wet covering on the brick from starling bath splashes, but it was fast drying out and the water would not be enough to coat a sparrow. However, this young sparrow was rolling about flapping its wings as if it were bathing - on the brick top - in no water!

POETRY:
In springtime a cuckoo will come to Tibet.
Its lovely song will strike sadness in your heart.
Then you will wonder where the man Rigdröl is.
Will not you, who depend on me, know untold grief?
On the day the swan circles the edge of the lake
And leaves its fledglings in the darkening swamp,
The day the white vulture soars in the depths of the sky,
You will wonder where the man Rigdröl is.

O Fledglings, I feel untold grief for you.
Now I will not explain much; this is but a jest,
Yet unified with ultimate reality.
When the Lord of the Path is held by the king of birds,

In prayer I aspire that we gather in great joy.
For this life, take this as the essential point to be heard:
Speech is indestructible sound like an echo.
Mind is empty, free of material concerns.

Excerpt from a song written by His Holiness the 16th Karmapa (1944), translated by Michelle Martin. Translation © Michelle Martin 1994.

Finally for today - HERE is a link to a video of a dog that loved a bird....
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BIRD NEWS:238

July 19th 2014 05:45
I am often talking about Curio and Luckypops, but rarely of Mr Black. I did take a few photos of my 'personalized alarm clock' in mid-June however. It was a hot day for black-colored English birds, and Mr Black was puffing up his feathers to stay cool.
blackbird
hot blackbird
hot blackbird

As I write, during the last few days of June, the birds have yet again progressed in the yard. Another batch of starlings have fledged, 2 new jackdaw youngsters are bouncing about the tree, Luckypops and 2 siblings have grown into their beaks and out of their thrush like spots and are learning to make noises - in the case of luckypops, 'sing-alonga-dad' squeaks.

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BIRD NEWS:237

July 16th 2014 06:39

I had just gotten my camera to take a couple of shots - taken the photo in the former post - and reaimed, when....
blackbird and sparrow

...a sparrow landed in the bird bath next to Luckypops. I wondered what would happen next. Curiously, I observed. If Luckypops had been an adult, he may very well have declared the birdbath to be his own territory and pecked towards the sparrow to shoo it away. However, neither young blackbird nor sparrow seemed to care that they had to share and both stood around cooling their feet contentedly.
blackbird and sparrow

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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


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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

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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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