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Old 11th February 2012, 01:14 AM   #111
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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 looking forward to a successful 2012 and keeping you all up-to-date with what's out and about in the area.
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Old 14th February 2012, 03:58 PM   #112
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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 looking forward to a successful 2012 and keeping you all up-to-date with what's out and about in the area.
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Shows how popular you are, Banks

Carry on posting as i would love to hear more about your area

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Old 14th February 2012, 11:23 PM   #113
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Default 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, Great and Long-Tailed Tits kept me company whilst three Buzzards were calling (and circling) overhead.

We've seen Badgers in the area on a number of occasions and yesterday, much to my complete surprise, we followed a trail leading out from the wood, across a pasture field and on into a much larger wood and bingo ... a huge Badger sett! I am hoping to get the landowners permission to watch the sett and look forward to keeping you updated. Why surprised? The sett is only a short 5-10 minute walk from the cottage!

There are still plenty of birds in and around the garden. The usual Chaffinches and House Sparrows dart for cover every so often when a Sparrowhawk comes passing through. The Sparrowhawk is getting more and more successful dispite the fact we try to move the feeders around the garden on a weekly basis.

Have you all remembered to empty and clean your nestboxes ready for the spring? We did our boxes last week. There are ten boxes in total and all but one had been occupied during 2011.

We had to part with our chickens last week (long story so please don't ask) so no doubt House Sparrow and Chaffinch numbers will decrease now there isn't a constant supply of corn.

Until next time, take care
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Old 20th March 2012, 09:58 AM   #114
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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, Robin and Nuthatch. As usual, Blackbird and Dunnock collecting seeds below.

Great to see Greenfinches are looking so much healthier now.
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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, Great and Long-Tailed Tits kept me company whilst three Buzzards were calling (and circling) overhead.

We've seen Badgers in the area on a number of occasions and yesterday, much to my complete surprise, we followed a trail leading out from the wood, across a pasture field and on into a much larger wood and bingo ... a huge Badger sett! I am hoping to get the landowners permission to watch the sett and look forward to keeping you updated. Why surprised? The sett is only a short 5-10 minute walk from the cottage!

There are still plenty of birds in and around the garden. The usual Chaffinches and House Sparrows dart for cover every so often when a Sparrowhawk comes passing through. The Sparrowhawk is getting more and more successful dispite the fact we try to move the feeders around the garden on a weekly basis.

Have you all remembered to empty and clean your nestboxes ready for the spring? We did our boxes last week. There are ten boxes in total and all but one had been occupied during 2011.

We had to part with our chickens last week (long story so please don't ask) so no doubt House Sparrow and Chaffinch numbers will decrease now there isn't a constant supply of corn.

Until next time, take care
Hi Banks

Love reading all about your birding adventures. You are lucky to have a Badger set so close to where you stay.
I remember having a Badgeset close to where we stayed in Aberdeen a few years ago, and the set itself was based in the middle of a cow field. Never seen a badger yet - (except on TV/magazines) - we live in hope.

We have placed our Blue Tit box at the back of the garden, and turned it around to face the other way only at the weekend. We believe due to the bad placement of the box (last year) we had no takers so we think it was because the box was facing the wrong way. We live and learn

Love to hear if you have any takers that want to take up residence in your boxes. Let us know if this is the case - are your boxes for Blue Tits or are there are mixed batch for all species of birds

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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, Robin and Nuthatch. As usual, Blackbird and Dunnock collecting seeds below.

Great to see that Greenfinches are looking so much healthier now.
Great selection of birds going on there, Banks We have Greenfinches, and there are 2 Greenies that appear in our garden everyday now (male and female) and I hope that they are a breeding pair. The dreaded diseases do not help any of our well loved garden birds. Hope that we all can keep it at bay, and have a healthy selection of new bird families this spring.

The Nuthatches are one bird that are a bonus to any garden and you are lucky to have them.

Great to hear your news

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Old 9th May 2012, 09:37 AM   #116
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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 of Chaffinches, Greenfinches and Goldfinches about whilst Robins have gone into secrecy mode!

Occasional Grey Heron and Buzzards overhead making their way up and down the valley.
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We seem to be getting a lot of finches here too! Haven't had any young Blackbirds yet but seen our first young Robin last week.
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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 of Chaffinches, Greenfinches and Goldfinches about whilst Robins have gone into secrecy mode!

Occasional Grey Heron and Buzzards overhead making their way up and down the valley.
Hi Banks

The Blackbirds are very vocal here at the moment, as they always are at this time of year. Great news to hear that your Blackies have fledged. We have a couple of youngsters here at the moment, and they are pure entertainment to watch out of the patio windows.

Blackcaps can let out a large whistle or two, and they do stop you in your tracks and you in your own mind that - that is song they want you to hear.

Our finches love the black/stripey sunflower seeds (with shell on) and they eat them with relish.

You have a great all round view of all of your birds and it makes for a great post to hear all about their comings and goings.

Love to hear more about your birdy adventures.

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We seem to be getting a lot of finches here too! Haven't had any young Blackbirds yet but seen our first young Robin last week.
Love young Robins - they are just the sweetest little cuties ever - and not like their parents in appearance at all.

Never seen a Robin youngster yet so you are very lucky.

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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 in May). A pair of Chaffinches nested in conifer in wooded area in June and at present we have Blue Tits using nestbox on summer house literally alongside domed Wrens to their left and a pair of Spotted Flycatchers to their right. All three nests within three feet (will upload photo over the weekend)!
Swallows are busy rearing second broods in old barn and a little further afield the Dippers are nest yet again under bridge in river valley plus second pair of Spotted Flycatchers in farm wall on approach road.
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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 in May). A pair of Chaffinches nested in conifer in wooded area in June and at present we have Blue Tits using nestbox on summer house literally alongside domed Wrens to their left and a pair of Spotted Flycatchers to their right. All three nests within three feet (will upload photo over the weekend)!
Swallows are busy rearing second broods in old barn and a little further afield the Dippers are nest yet again under bridge in river valley plus second pair of Spotted Flycatchers in farm wall on approach road.
Great to hear from you Banks, and all is well with yourself

Great mini report of your local bird species, and I look forward to your photos of the birds in question.

Love Spotted Flycatchers from my holiday in Menorca May this year. They are so cute and easy to get close too.

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