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dpack



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PostPosted: Thu May 30, 24 6:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

i just papped some snaps, a few might be ok

the daws can cope with clicking

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu May 30, 24 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    






just another day in birdtown

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Fri May 31, 24 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Nice pictures. I particularly like the one of the jackdaw with its claw raised on the brick.

Our birdtown news is that the bluetits are still working hard and the youngsters are cheeping well.

dpack



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PostPosted: Fri May 31, 24 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

about 2 mins after cuckoos were mentioned and i said how big are they, never seen one up close
........

one landed on a branch 20ft away, i now know how big and how pretty they are

the parent must have been effective as that was one of half a dozen grown juveniles

im not going to think too much about the "foster parents" or their clutch

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 24 7:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I must say that although I like to hear a cuckoo calling, I am glad that the one round here seems to be passing through and not staying. I don't find their nesting habits very pleasant.

dpack



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 24 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

sparrow fledging continues

i am finding it difficult to understand how a few little birds can eat so many dried mealworms
one and a half feeder fulls since first light, probably 2 more by darkfall

perhaps it was wise to go industrial rather than "pet shop" , 10 kg of dry worms is about 40 litres, it cost £5 a kilo rather than small amounts that range from £10 to £20(put a cute graphic on a small bag etc) a kilo

it is not like 48 chooks(micronized peas anyone? would you like a ton of cheap wheat with that, madam? )
for "very free range" they did like rations

this lot like rations, or wages as they think of it as they do have to amuse me

dpack



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 24 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

ps mixed seed is usually 20 kg bags

copdock mill
usually have decent quality and value for money seed mixes, delivered

"pet shop "prices are silly for seed based feeds, some good old style petshops will sell at almost wholesale prices, but most physical retail outlets have overpriced and tiny packs

with wild birds there are interventions that seem to need doing,
giving a major food supply to breeding colonies of borderline endangered spp seems a reasonable forlorn hope

baked goods are rather popular and so are meaty snacks but the basics of mixed seeds and dried worms removes the feeding problem from the try to survive problems of everyday life and "odd weather"

dpack



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 24 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

first out sparrow trusts me, so does its mum, she left it with me for a bit

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 02, 24 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Rather nice.

dpack



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 24 7:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

birdtown is busy, more young sparrows
the daws are good guards against other daws and pies

it seems a symbiotic multi spp colony most of the time

considering some fossil beds and the multiple spp in one event, the less avian dinos may have had similar social attitudes to food water etc

those african things at waterholes are usually on a truce if a bit wary of the journey in and away

at the mo two pigeons are being less than polite to each other

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 24 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Town pigeons aren't polite.

Think mixed flocks are quite common. In the winter we often see mixed flocks or admittedly small birds, but alarm calls are generally taken up by all species.

Had a young robin round the back of the house yesterday. An adult showed up and seemed to be telling it to find its own territory, but it came back. Breast starting to colour, but not very red yet.

dpack



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 24 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    



there are others, better in full fat, but that is just as shot and compressed to under 2 mg

a few days back i mentioned we did not have any resident ones, maybe we might get some

that is one of two, the locals are a little miffed(photos later )they will get over it, there are a few in flight snaps

gz



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 24 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Nice shot that

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 24 7:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Yes, good shot.

We think the bluetits in the kiln might have fledged. We will look again tomorrow and check. If so, we block the holes and discourage any others so we can use the kiln.

dpack



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 24 10:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    



OI flash, queenie will not be pleased at seeing you impregnating a teenager a few feet away

there are some things in birdtown that should stay in birdtown

queenie is very cross

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