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Forum: Members Bird Lists 6th November 2013, 02:49 AM
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Posted By banks
Hello everyone! Apologies for lack of updates in...

Hello everyone! Apologies for lack of updates in last year - it's been a rather hectic one! Hope everyone has had a fantastic summer and enjoying some fine autumn scenery. Will look forward to...
Forum: Members Photos 7th July 2012, 09:32 AM
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Views: 1,163
Posted By banks
Three Nests Within Touching Distance

We have THREE nests within touching distance of each other on our summer house!

(1) Wren
(2) Blue Tit
(3) Spotted Flycatcher

The joys are wildlife gardening :)
Forum: Members Bird Lists 7th July 2012, 09:29 AM
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Views: 33,677
Posted By banks
Nests

Here you all go ... three nests within touching distance of each other ...
(1) Wren
(2) Blue Tits
(3) Spotted Flycatcher
Forum: Members Bird Lists 7th July 2012, 02:56 AM
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Posted By banks
Been a busy few months with quite a few nesting...

Been a busy few months with quite a few nesting species including pair of House Sparrows successfully rearing their brood in nestbox on greenhouse wall and Blackbirds in ivy (nestlings fledged back...
Forum: Members Bird Lists 9th May 2012, 09:37 AM
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Posted By banks
Early May Update

First Blackbirds have fledged from nest in ivy on garden wall (they appear to nest here every year). Meanwhile, a male Blackcap was in garden shrubery late last week (singing its heart out).

Lots...
Forum: Members Bird Lists 20th March 2012, 09:58 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 33,677
Posted By banks
Busy, busy, busy around seed feeders in last 7-10...

Busy, busy, busy around seed feeders in last 7-10 days with a constant flow of visitors including House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, occasional Goldfinch, Siskin, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit,...
Forum: Members Bird Lists 14th February 2012, 11:23 PM
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Views: 33,677
Posted By banks
Mid February 2012 Update

Explored woodland walk that follows beck down steep ravine to valley below both yesterday and again today. Not exactly the local hotspot when it comes to birdwatching! Several parties of Blue,...
Forum: Members Photos 12th February 2012, 12:14 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,203
Posted By banks
Hi Kingkit, judging by length of the feather...

Hi Kingkit, judging by length of the feather (about eight inches) it could be either (a) female Pheasant or (b) wing feather of Tawny Owl. Hope this helps. Ray
Forum: Members Bird Lists 11th February 2012, 01:14 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 33,677
Posted By banks
Wow! I've just realised my thread had had 11,500+...

Wow! I've just realised my thread had had 11,500+ views. Thank you to all for taking the time to view and even bigger thank you to those who comment. Apologies for lack of up-dates but really...
Forum: Members Bird Lists 7th June 2011, 09:44 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 33,677
Posted By banks
Hi all and delighted to say I'm back online and...

Hi all and delighted to say I'm back online and back in north Cumbria! Moved back into cottage a week ago and already amazed at number of nesting species.

Song Thrush and Chaffinch (both in beech...
Forum: Members Bird Lists 16th November 2010, 12:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,093
Posted By banks
Waxwing alert

Just experienced a delightful sight of 50+ Waxwings in the garden. I was drawn to the door by their unfamiliar but very characteristic sound. The sight of such unusual visitors around these parts...
Forum: General Bird & Wildife Talk 29th March 2010, 07:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,583
Posted By banks
Swallows!

Seen first Swallow of 2010 last Saturday afternoon (27th March) on A69 in Northumberland! Very early indeed.
Forum: Members Bird Lists 25th March 2010, 11:31 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 33,677
Posted By banks
March 2010 Up-Date

Chaffinch and Greenfinch numbers starting to drop off as spring makes a welcome return. Likewise, small number of Great, Blue and Coal Tits still present and we hope will take advantage of the...
Forum: General Bird & Wildife Talk 5th March 2010, 03:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,227
Posted By banks
Hi Ian Two options jump to mind. Firstly,...

Hi Ian

Two options jump to mind. Firstly, have to tried contacting local timber suppliers and in turn local schools to assist in building the actual boxes? We ran a similar scheme many years ago...
Forum: Bird Food, Bird Feeders, Bird Tables & Bird Baths 3rd March 2010, 08:03 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,642
Posted By banks
Interesting topic of conversation that constantly...

Interesting topic of conversation that constantly comes up for discussion. We have tried both types of feeders and, speaking from personal experience, the feeders with straight perches always wins...
Forum: Members Bird Lists 2nd March 2010, 12:55 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 33,677
Posted By banks
Smile Errrrrr, less of the "old" thank you very...

Errrrrr, less of the "old" thank you very much!
Forum: Members Bird Lists 26th February 2010, 02:12 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 33,677
Posted By banks
Up-Date 26/02/2010

The recent unsettled weather hasn't had any effect on birds in the area. Still large number of visitors to feeding stations including Great, Blue and Coal Tits which were joined yesterday by single...
Forum: General Bird & Wildife Talk 12th February 2010, 10:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,113
Posted By banks
Great to hear you have a wintering Blackcap...

Great to hear you have a wintering Blackcap visiting your garden. I understand our usual summer visiting Blackcaps tend to migrate back down to southern Europe and into Aftrica. In the meantime...
Forum: Members Suggestions 3rd February 2010, 01:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,342
Posted By banks
Concern - New 2010 Catalogue

Hi CJs. Thanks for your new Spring 2010 catalogue, once again packed full with some great products. However, two items you have detailed in your catalogue do concern me somewhat ...

The first is...
Forum: Members Bird Lists 31st January 2010, 04:33 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 33,677
Posted By banks
Up-Date 31/01/2010

I thought it was about time I supplied a quick up-date of all thats going on:

Great, Blue, Coal and Marsh Tits are daily visitors to garden feeding station. They were joined by several...
Forum: General Bird & Wildife Talk 31st January 2010, 04:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 984
Posted By banks
Smile Hi Jandy and Bluenook Great to hear Tree...

Hi Jandy and Bluenook

Great to hear Tree Sparrows are really making their presence known in Cumbria. We had a small number of Tree Sparrows visiting us last year for several days. Now we see...
Forum: Nest Boxes 20th January 2010, 04:16 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 2,032
Posted By banks
Interest In Nest-Boxes

We have Blue Tits already showing an interest in one particular nest-box. I thought it was still a little early in the new year. Has anyone else witnessed such activity?
Forum: Bird Food, Bird Feeders, Bird Tables & Bird Baths 20th January 2010, 01:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,163
Posted By banks
First you say I have put out whole nuts for the...

First you say I have put out whole nuts for the squirrel only to find the Great/Blue tits have legged it with them before the squirrel has even had a look in then you say I have NEVER deliberately...
Forum: Bird Food, Bird Feeders, Bird Tables & Bird Baths 19th January 2010, 11:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,163
Posted By banks
A State Of Confusion

Liverbird, I have read you comments of recent days with great interest and an equal amount of confusion. We entered into a debate regarding the feeding of Woodpigeons during the recent heavy UK snow...
Forum: Bird Food, Bird Feeders, Bird Tables & Bird Baths 15th January 2010, 01:31 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 15,750
Posted By banks
Well I for one will certainly continue to welcome...

Well I for one will certainly continue to welcome them onto my patch and if (or when) they become problematic I will attempt to address the issue accordingly. With regards to the Woodpigeon...
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