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BIRD NEWS:257

September 19th 2014 09:41
English robin
English robin
English robin


A few more shots of Mr Bob the robin start today's post. The latest news from the first week of September in the yard is that a pair of jackdaws have once again been born in our chimney. They are currently just old enough to fly to the tree and sit and stare at me...

In other round-the-yard news, Mr Black is molting. The first shot does not make it look too dramatic - but the second shows the head and neck area at their worst. This is apparently a regular occurence for blackbirds, as well as sparrows and many other garden birds when the breeding season closes down. Maybe this will mean no further 2014 outbreaks of blackbird and sparrow babies? Maybe not...
blackbird
blackbird
robin


Ah yes, that shot of Mr Bob taken a few days after the ones shown above did not come out as clearly as I had hoped. I was rushing to get a photo before he flew away.
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BIRD NEWS:256

September 15th 2014 06:15
August came to a close just a few days ago, as I write, and within a few days of the close of the month, a new batch of baby sparrows, pigeons, blue-tits, and blackbirds emerged. The bluetits have been actively searching for grubs all over my pittisporum tree - with the adults making the occasional dive onto my sil to munch seed.
blue-tit
blue-tit
blue-tit
young wood pigeon

Who is this sitting in my tree? Why yes - yet another young wood pigeon has emerged from the nest - not too long after Wings and sibling. I am assuming that it was a 3 egg batch and one egg took a week or two later than the first two to hatch, but I might have two pigeon nests in the same tree. Anyways, this young fellow has also been introduced to my opening the window and depositing seed on the sill as well as my shiny metallic pink camera and shows no fear - only curiosity.
young wood pigeon

Well, that was August - a month of several excursions and many baby birds. September has now begun its first week, and already I have taken one trip - a 700-run. This, regular readers will be aware, will mean a series of pigeons on Worthing beach and parrot/budgy photos are soon to be on the agenda.

Before these begin, I have taken a few shots of another bird in the garden - Mr Bob the robin.
English robin
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BIRD NEWS:255

September 11th 2014 14:18
Finally, I escaped the ever-lasting Shoreham-by-sea and continued on my 11 mile walk to raise funds for Ugandan orphaned children wishing to attend school, but unable to pursue their dreams due to not having the fees. This saddens me, for I struggled to fulfill my own dreams and it took me many years yet I was able to do so. Some of these children are as yet unable to pursue their dreams. I do not have a lot of spare money, but I DO have a pair of feet that function very well - so I organized a walk to benefit them and am hoping to make this an annual event and involve more people next year. Really Long Link
beach

I reached Portslade, and finally, Brighton pier was visibile - just. By now, although I was in fairly good shape, I had one toe, one knee, and one nose begining to complain to me. I was therefore cheered on, not by peple, but by feathered friends - encouraging me to reach the goal and ignore the mild complaints.
seagull

Yes, a pair of seagulls had decided to support the cause and urge me onward. Portslade also seemed to go on for many a mile, although not for as long as Shoreham. Enroute, as dark clouds began to get closer as well as my goal, I encountered a flock of lazing pigeons to encourage me onward. They were strolling and dozing at the borderline of Hove and Portslade.
pigeons

Onward I walked, once again quickening my pace on sight of the goal ahead. Brighton Pier was not that far now... althought because I had stopped to take 2 dozen photos en route, my time was longer than expected. I had anticipated taking 3-4 hours, but ended up taking four hopurs and five minutes to manage the walk. I am probably out of practice due to taking care of my father for 3.5 years; as previously, when living in Australia, I could walk 10-20 miles without a poblem and on one occasion managed 30 miles in one day when on a long weekend vacation with my teenage son in the Blue Mountains.

Finally, my goal was in sight - as were my seagull friends. I had completed the walk with no major ailment and only minor discomfort...
gull
gull at pier
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BIRD NEWS:254

September 8th 2014 11:18
I had gotten into Shoreham before another bird caught my eye - and camera click. This city pigeon was at first unseen - yet heard. I heard a scuffling noise in the grass/weeds as I walked along the dockside road in Shoreham. On standing still and staring - I spotted this pigeon! I am uncertain if it is a youngster, or an adult - or whether it was food hunting or injured or unable to fly, or why - but it showed no fear of me, just stared at me as I walked past, stopped, and stole its picture to share with you all.
pigeon
city pigeon

Still in Shoreham - which seemd to go on for 2-3 miles in total, inclusive of the shopping area, dockyards, deprtament stores, and lifeboat/lighthouse area - I noticed not a bird, but a bird related sign. Regular readers will wonder - but no, this time it was not a 'do not feed' demand - this time it was a positive sign in favor of the birds!
sign

Still in Shoreham - as I have already said, Shoreham goes on, and on, and on - I passed two bunches of birds. A small inlet amidst the dockyards gave me the opportunity to spot some swans gliding along. These are probably the same gang I spotted in Shoreham town/shopping ara when attending the chili festival last month. Right next to the swans, on top a roof beside fishing boats was a flock of gulls - anticipating spare fish for lunch!
swans
seagulls
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BIRD NEWS:253

September 4th 2014 06:46
I will start today's post with some more young pigeon shots before progressing to the next event from the second half of August that took my camera and I away from the back yard. Here is one young and quite inquisitive wood pigeon who appears to be bowing...
wood pigeon
wood pigeon
wood pigeon
wood pigeon

...which might mean that it is a reborn Buddhist practitioner, as I had been practicing the Medicine Buddha Sadhana at the time that I spotted it.

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BIRD NEWS:252

September 1st 2014 07:05
young pigeon
young pigeon
young pigeon

I have some more shots of that young wood pigeon to share before moving onwards into the second half of August. As you can see, it was dozing away in peace on the tree branch.
pond

In other news around the yard, I recently spent around an hour doing serious pond maintenance. I removed chunks of overgrown grasses and pond-plant, removing a lot of stenchy murky water and replaced about 2 dozen buckets of water. Less than a minute after i went indoors, a large flock of starlings and sparrows landed and the blackbird families re-entered 'their' territory to see what I had been up to. Much splashing about in the bird bath meant I had to go outside again ten minutes later in order to top that up, but mostly the sparrows dust-bathed in my newly seeded veg plot


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BIRD NEWS:251

August 28th 2014 06:50
bird on beach
beach birds
bird on beach

Now what is this strange black bird, you might be wondering. Unfortunately, I am unsure myself. It might be a rook, raven, or crow... Whatever it is, it was among around a half dozen of its species feeding and strolling along and located by me upon Rustington Beach in the middle of August 2014. This last shot shows from its dirty beak that its food source might well be tar-covered.
dirty beak
pigeon and jackdaw

I am afraid my shots of the wood pigeon and jackdaw sharing the bird table did not come out very well. I have shared one just to proove that inter-species table sharing does occur from time to time. The jackdaw was busy munching away when the pigeon landed THRRRRUMPHHHH! on top of the table roof - then dived inside. It stood still, startled, but then, after a moment's observation, decided to tuck in anyways.
wood pigeon

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BIRD NEWS:250

August 24th 2014 12:59
Just a few more pictures of the young magpie to share, before moving on to the next ornithological subject...
magpie
magpie
magpie
magpie

...which is the West Dean Chili Fiesta. I took 2 other photographs of birds - or should I write 'bird-like' subjects. I have followed these by close-ups of the 'birds' themselves so you can recognize the detail a little clearer.
'bird'
'bird'
'bird'
'bird'
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BIRD NEWS:249

August 20th 2014 06:25
Let us start today's pictures with an updated shot or two of Luckypops!
young blackbird
young blackbird

Then move back to the young magpie, of whom I took a few more shots...
magpie
magpie
magpie
magpie

...before continuing today's photographs with a photograph and close up taken at the West Dean Chili Festival. I did take a few more, but here is the first shot of a bird serenely floating across a pond. HERE are further details of the event itself


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BIRD NEWS:248

August 17th 2014 07:25
budgy
budgies

These were the last two budgerigar photos that I took on my late July visit to Chichester. Coming soon, there will be 3 pictures from my recent excursion to a chili festival. Yes, being the bird buff that I am, even at such as a chili fiesta I managed to get just a few pictures of birds...

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