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Thursday, 28 July 2011

More Seed Needed

I've put up another large seed feeder today, and repaired the other that the tree rat had destroyed. That's just over 5kg of sunflower hearts a day they're getting through, on top of all the biscuit, peanuts, mixed seed and fat balls.

The three Oystercatchers were outside the pub this morning, along with the Black-headed Gulls and the Lesser Black-backed Gull. Herons, Starlings, Mallards,

Coots, Cormorants and Mute Swans; that's just in this small area.

Further round, the Greylag and Canada Geese were grazing, more Cormorants fishing, along with Common Tern, and a couple of noisy Green Woodpeckers, as they yaffled their way across the sky.

In the reedbeds some very vocal Reed Warblers, and at the bottom of the south lake, families of Whitethroat and Blackcap

flitting through the trees.

And even the sun put an appearance in.

Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  32


  1. Delightful as always. Ever thought of getting folk to do a feed rota? Amazing how fast the seasons change. We are getting heavy dew now. the fungi are taking over. The Oyster Catchers should stay all winter. Up here they breed high and spend the winter at sea level.

  2. Good idea about the food rota Adrian.

  3. The Blackcap is a winner Keith.

  4. HI Keith...What a softy you are, and who is a fault for all those seeds they eat up lol Oh my what would they do without you?????? ; } lol Enjoyable isn't it : }
    Love the photo of the Mallard something comical about its look!!
    Hugs Grace

  5. Thanks Bob. They're lovely birds aren't they.

    Thanks Grace. I'll have to slow down on the food soon I think; especially when the job finishes lol

  6. It seems to me that the more food there is the faster it disappears. They don't have to queue and wait their turn, just stuff their beaks all day ;) It's the same here. You will have to plant some sunflower seeds and then they can grow their own.

  7. I think you're right John, I might plant some under the trees.

  8. Adrians idea of a ssed share sounds like a decent idea Keith but I suspect like me you enjoy your own company and would prefer to do keep it that way...
    Correct me if I have it wrong.

  9. I think the problem Andrew is finding enough people committed to doing it.

  10. Maybe you can find a shop that sells bird seed that is willing to donate broken bags? THEN Put up a sign "Seed donated BY BIRDs R US" of whatever the seed store is called....Tit for tat free advertising!!
    excellent photos and Videos today Keith!! Your feathered friends Look GREAT.

  11. Thank you Sondra.
    Sponsorship sounds an interesting idea. I'll look into that one. :-)