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What birds do you get in your garden

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davanne
Mar 16, 2010
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We also get Dunnocks they are very shy... ours sometimes will feed off a tray on a very low wall but usually they just go between the bushes picking up whatever they can find.
 
Sep 29, 2012
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N.somerset
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Hymer Tramp R 655 GT
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5 years
I used to crunch up suet balls with a hammer and put them on a bit of a paving slab for the blackbirds etc but it attracted rats so I don,t do that anymore.
 
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davanne
Mar 16, 2010
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Carmarthenshire
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I used to crunch up suet balls with a hammer and put them on a bit of a paving slab for the blackbirds etc but it attracted rats so I don,t do that anymore.
The amount of birds we have visiting there is no food left by mid afternoon.....we did used to get a little harvest mouse come occasionally but we haven’t seen it recently.....our neighbours across the stream have a cat so it may have eaten our little harvest mouse:frowny:

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Jul 28, 2018
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Monmouthshire
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Was a campervanner, now a greenish motohomer
Fewer garden birds this year. That's a direct consequence of the new neighbours at the back having all the trees (mainly conifers) removed from the bottom of their garden. My privacy is gone too. Whatever I plant now will take years to fill the gap.

These days, it's mostly corvids seen in the garden. Jackdaws, Magpies, and an occasional Rook. They pick moss of the roof looking for insects. Bits of moss all over the patio.

Some Sparrows and mixed Tits on the feeders. Not much else apart from a few dopey Woodpigeons and Collared Doves who come for seeds spilled on the ground.

The resident small flock of Starlings (30 at its peak) still comes for a daily breakfast of mealworms and suet sprinkles. They are much warier, having been predated by visiting Sparrowhawks. Luckily the neighbours on both sides have some trees where they can hide.
CRickey - I could have written that (nearly) about my back garden/neighbours. add marauding seagulls and fewer sparrows And a variety of tits. Piggins and doves yes, sparrow hawk no. I have posted this elsewhere but anyway - I am a bit higher up the hill and now I can see right into their kitchen - serves them right!
 
May 27, 2015
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Bedford
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We get all the birds that are around in our ‘garden’......it’s a giiiiiig garden.....as big as the world if we want it to be.
I don’t employ a gardener but there are plenty of them about!
 
Aug 16, 2019
280
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Carnoustie
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63,310
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Bailey Advance 640
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About 5years
I did the Jan bird watch this year, and submitted a video via an email. It didnt happen on the bird watch hour window, but the good lady had shouted me through to kitchen a few weeks earlier.
She saw one of our family of 5 Magpies feeding along side the spuggies, Blue tits and Robins.
I had my phone so was away to take a pic.
Then our resident sparrow hawk swooped in and caught a sparrow. It took the sparrow to the ground right in front of the kitchen window, and we watched it slowly squeeze the life out the poor wee bugger. We could see and hear it chirping away more slowly and slowly till it stopped.
It was a really quite a thing to see in the back garden.
I have tried to see if it is on the site but cant find it. I thought I was taking pics but it was on video.
Makes you think about wildlife photographers waiting days on end to get the snap.
 

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Oct 22, 2019
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Southampton
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Since 2004
Jackdaws from neighbours chimney who steal all the bird food, pigeons walking around the lawn to stupid to look on the bird table, starlings eating what the jackdaws miss.

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