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Post by Ploshkin on 2nd December 2013, 9:23 am

I've just made my second batch of fat & seed feeders for the birds.  Usually my first lot lasts until Christmas.  The birds seem to be very hungry this year.  There were some berries on the rowan & elderberry & I have seen some rose hips but there is nothing on the hawthorn or holly & no sloes either so I think they've been having to bite narrow.
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Post by freebird on 2nd November 2015, 11:04 am

Didn't seem worth starting a new thread for this - a garden visitor this morning, enjoying the peanuts left-over from the parrot food.

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Post by Chilli-head on 2nd November 2015, 9:13 pm

That's a coincidence - visiting my parents this afternoon I spotted a woodpecker on their feeder. I didn't get a photo though ! Nice one FB.
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Post by Ploshkin on 2nd November 2015, 9:37 pm

Are woodpeckers regular visitors to your garden Freebird? I usually get a breeding pair & their young & they take a lot of feeding but I love to see them.
Interesting seeing my December 2013 post at the beginning - I am just about to do my first lot of feeders for this year but the fruit and berry situation is pretty dire again this year though, oddly, I've seen berries on holly trees that never usually have them.
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Post by Chilli-head on 2nd March 2018, 11:15 am

We had two redwings and FIVE fieldfares in our garden this morning. The holly is being quickly stripped of berries.

Why does this never happen on the RSPB birdwatch weekend ?
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Post by FloBear on 2nd March 2018, 11:19 am

Exactly, CH!
We had a single fieldfare yesterday. Mr Bear spotted it - he's getting better at noticing different birds since he knew me Smile We haven't had any berries for a while.
A daily visitor currently is Lady Blackcap. Not unheard here but only occasional.
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Post by Ploshkin on 2nd March 2018, 1:49 pm

I haven't seen any different birds apart from a small flock of starlings yesterday.  I've had very large numbers coming to feed, there must have been 20 blackbirds this morning.
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Post by FloBear on 2nd March 2018, 3:41 pm

I didn't know that blackbirds ever flocked in numbers like that, Plishkin!
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Post by Ploshkin on 2nd March 2018, 4:00 pm

Neither did I.  I thought we had about 6 locals.  This lot were nearly all males.  I think word had got around that the place that has all the lovely red and blackcurrants currently has plenty of seed available.
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Post by Dandelion on 3rd March 2018, 9:49 pm

I've seen two redwings in the garden this morning - it really hurts not being able to put food out for the birds in such cold weather but I don't want to break the avian flu restrictions. We had a little blackcap which I saw (and heard) regularly over the last couple of years, but I haven't seen it for some time. I don't know if it coincided with last year's avian flu restrictions - before that I was feeding the wild birds all the time. Maybe it's found a better garden to go to!

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