Birds of (and not of) a Feather Flock… er, in the garden

The Fed Sparrows

The Fed Sparrows – I love the orderly queue on the Climbing Hydrangea

Now that our garden is once more a tranquil haven, punctuated only by the cursing of a man being attacked by a willow hedge (see Willow Talk – 1 for more details), the birds are back in numbers. The very occasional woodpecker may be great to see but I do love the common-or-garden ones too, particularly as their habitat is in decline. In the UK (and I guess elsewhere) concrete and lawn always seems to win out over food and bird feeders.

I keep a camera near the kitchen window – I could spend hours watching these guys. It’s like having a private TV channel!

We have Blue Tits in spades...

We have Blue Tits in spades…

...and on spades

…and on spades (he looks a bit annoyed at being photographed)

I just love watching this lot, taking it in turns to feed from the peanuts or chase each other off the seeds. I suspect that at least one of the juvenile Blue Tits is one born in our nest box, just round the corner from the Limery.

Dinner Time

Dinner Time

A Chaffinch lurking...

A Chaffinch lurking…

...and a Robin not bob-bob-bobbin'.

…and a Robin not bob-bob-bobbin’

We actual have a camera in the nest box but this year those clever birds managed to completely knock the focus out – perhaps they were trying a selfie? I don’t know but see if you can spot the bird here:

If you kind of squint, you can see it. Sort of.

If you kind of squint, you can see it. Sort of.

And very occasionally, we have a visitor. We don’t see pigeons here on the coast by us here in Wales – they prefer to holiday on the Aberystwyth promenade where they can fight the seagulls for the chips. This one looked a bit bewildered (much as I am every day) but seemed to figure out about eating seeds and nuts dropped by the little ‘uns.

Slightly Lost-Looking Pigeon

Slightly Lost-Looking Pigeon

Our visitor doing his best to blend in

Spot the Pigeon: Our visitor doing his best to blend in

It’s so much better than pretty much anything on TV these days!


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6 thoughts on “Birds of (and not of) a Feather Flock… er, in the garden

  1. I can’t blame you being fascinated by the antics our visitors get up to – we seem to get a lot of them in this village, don’t we? 🙂

    We’ve been thoroughly enjoying their visits, too – at least, until recently, when a squirrel decided to decimate our feeders 😦

    Are your squirrel-proof feeders really squirrel-proof?

    If so, I’ll have to get Mr Night Owl to fix some up, a.s.a.p., or our feathered friends will start protesting! Lol


    • We don’t get squirrels in our garden, possibly due to the lack of tall trees nearby. But they may just be picky about the bird feeders they choose to raid 🙂

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  2. Birds of a feather flock together alright and they flocking well spend a lot of their time Having it out with one another at unexpected moments. It’s spring time here according to the bird. We humans would tend to disagree, but whatchagonnadoeh? They have all decided to start their convoluted processes early and that means we humans have to get out of the way when the kamikaze blackbirds are swooping around teaching each other whose part of the property is who’s, and watching out that we don’t step on small fluffy creatures. I see your garden sparrows and raise you about 100. Ours live down at the church below our house and arrive first thing as the chook pen door gets opened for their breakfast. No need for bird feeders here. It is a 12 hour pick-and-mix free for all with our non domesticated squeakers.

    We appear to be doused in our own robins this year but unlike your robins, ours are strikingly black and blood red and some unusual Tasmanian variations are almost Barbie pink (not sure I spelled that correctly, the difference is that one is a doll and the other one means an instant anonymous call to P.E.T.A). We have diamond doves here as well and the cooing is lovely. We also have something called plovers. They were almost eaten to extinction where I come from because apparently they make tasty meals. Tasmanian’s are obviously a lot more tolerant than West Australians (and lazier as they couldn’t be bothered hunting them to extinction…) They are also prone to “going off” at night time when say, a bat flies past them, a possum trots by (a regular occurrence here on Serendipity Farm on their way from our rose bushes to the veggie patch) or a stick falls from a tree and they like to make a BIG fuss about it that tends to go on for at least 15 minutes we tends to send Earl out the dog door in the middle of the night to bark at them on regular occasions…sigh…

    I had never seen U.K. seagulls before we moved here. Big enormous bollocks that I thought were albatross, as back where I come from over south, our seagulls are tiddlers. As for TV. What is that? Since Stevie-boy became addicted to his online gaming the television is prone to fits of random space violence at any given time. No commercials though so that has to be a bonus…right? Keep up the good work you two. Especially with that pigeon. He looks like he took a wrong turn at Albuquerque.

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    • The pigeon does now appear to have a friend – perhaps they’re on vacation? We have plovers in the UK but not here, and not because I’ve eaten all of them. And we still have seagulls because they taste like old fish that even curry can’t disguise. Apparently.

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      • “Apparently” they do. Probably due to them being bottom feeders and prone to living at the tip. Plovers, on the other hand, must taste like chook. I reckon the reason that the Tasmanian’s didn’t take to eating them was that they are more trouble to catch than poor mutton bird babies which native Taswegians guzzle at an alarming rate. Glad your pigeon has found a friend. My guess is they have teamed up to be “team pigeon” in your area and pretty soon you will have your very own endemic pigeon population. Perhaps you could start a sustainable message service to rival Facebook?

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