Hi again Debz, thanks for the update on your idea (and the story about your mum and the starlings, it was lovely to read!). I have no idea how many broods our birds have already raised this year, sorry, but I'll tell you the really recent sightings of young birds here. The other day we had a young robin who appeared to be alone, and today lady blackbird was spotted collecting worms in the neighbour's garden. Sorry isn't very much information
Doggie that photo is amazing :)
Cheers Lil Wren. Well I have an unexpected sighting to report! After first spotting a jay in our garden a few weeks ago (never seen one before) he returned several times, but infrequently. A few minutes ago my daughter heard a dreadful shrieking noise from the garden, and fearing the worst ran to the window. But no - nothing dreadful..........daddy jay (maybe) feeding a shrieking baby jay with some suet - we think! - before being joined by mummy jay (of course this may have been the other way around, gender wise). My daughter had just run down for the camera when they all three took off. So no pic this time :( but hopefully they will return and we'll be successful then.
Well, didn't expect them to return so soon - well 2 of them anyway, 1 parent and 1 youngster so I was completely unprepared so pics not too grand as very gloomy outside now, but better than nowt!
Parent hunting for suet
Baby, just before it tried to jump down on poor parent!
This young dunnock was catching some late afternoon sunshine and had almost dozed off.
It was back with one of the adults a few minutes later, but too far away for decent photos.
A young-ish wood pigeon craning its neck to see what goodies are on the bird table. The adults haven't fed it for some time now.
Juvenile sparrows of varying ages sunbathing on the roof after a good beakfast and bath at about 08-30 this morning.
Most of these littluns feed themselves, but when they feel the need they fluff up and get the adults to feed them. The group dynamic has changed over the past few weeks. Whereas the fledglings used to roost overnight in what I called the 'nursery tree' and some of the adults roosted nearby, the sparrow colony now seems to have developed into three different groups. I have waited outside the house to see where they go at the end of the day. None of the groups goes more than 400 yards away, each of them flying to a dense tree for their overnight stay. They return the following morning from about 6am to start the whole eating, bathing, grooming, fighting routine all over again!
I've seen plenty of juvenile sparrows in my garden - they all fly in together - about 20 of them!
I've also seen a baby robin and a baby greenfinch!!
More fab photos and stories! This is a really lovely thread :) One juvenile starling yesterday here, and I think the ones seen a while ago have already moulted mostly into their adult plumage.
The young-ish Dunnock has a little forage through the grass.
Two of the older Starling juveniles, resplendent in silver and black.
This youngster is more brown with speckles, no silver.
And finally, just for fun, here's a typical late afternoon feeding frenzy. House sparrows, starlings, wood pigeons, feral pigeons and probably a dunnock tucked away somewhere too. Having looked more closely, the wood pigeons disappeared behind the foliage as I took this, so you can just see their relatives.
Two young blackbirds in the garden this week here on Anglesey Debz, first of the season for me, also young robin, a couple of dunnock chicks and a fair few sparrows still being fed, must be their third brood. We also get chaffinches and greenfinches, but can't say I've seen any young yet, same applies for the goldies.
Once again - many thanks for the info and some great pics - keep them coming! The evening after we had the 2 jays and their youngster they returned (at pretty much the same time) with a second youngster - I'm assuming that the second youngster had just fledged that day, as the first youngster was still being fed by a parent. Will be keeping an eye out (and the camera close) in the evenings as it was quite a sight to see 4 jays at once!
Two pairs of Great Crested Grebes both sitting a new clutch of eggs this week up here in Lancashire.
Hello again, sorry, still loving this thread and everything in it! :) We had two young goldfinches being fed by the adults in the garden today. I think this might be a different brood from the last one, judging by how long it's been since we last saw young goldfinches this year, but I'm not sure.
I've been so lucky this year; I'm sure there have been three blackbird broods for some of the blackbirds who come to my garden. The latest arrived earlier this week. Many of the houses in my street have hard landscaping in their back garden because it's wet clay soil in Scotland.
It's been wonderful to see them pulling worms out of the grass. They are so focussed on what they are doing and so successful. I can tell when they're newly fledged because they haven't tuned in to the kitchen door opening for the handfuls of raisins chucked onto the path for the others. The starling have sussed it though.
All I can say about starlings is that the population here has increased and is thriving. Some have developed their black and silver feathers and others are quite newly fledged.
The sparrows have had a lot of chicks this year. Last week there were still some adults collecting food and flying off and I'm still seeing fledglings being fed. The flock has grown much larger.
I have to stop ground feeding in the summer for hygienic reasons - too many birds in a tiny space = disease. I wait as long as I can but the dampness and humidity takes its toll. I am down to two peanut feeders - one with a sanctuary cage and rain shield for the sparrows and tits. I stopped feeding suet pellets on rainy days two weeks ago when the temperatures improved.
The coal tits wait until the sparrows fly into the bushes when the back door opens for the raisin delivery to come to the feeders. I have only seen three chicks this year but I only get one or two adulst at a time. The blue tits come in small groups and I've only seen one brood for them and that's been much later than usual.
It's really interesting to hear what everyone else is getting in their gardens at the moment and I really envy you those jays Debz - such a beautiful bird to photograph. I posted some of these photos on another thread but will put them back here to add them to your records.
Chaffinch, greenfinch and goldfinch
Not quite the close ups I would have liked, but this sighting was a shock for me. I was at the sink, doing the washing up, when I saw a flash of yellow and there it was: a young Goldfinch! I have only ever seen one goldfinch anywhere near my garden and that was about 3 months ago. I assume they nested nearby. This youngster (I'm guessing as there is no red face) arrived with a small group of house sparrows and stayed long enough for me to get my camera and grab a couple of shots.
Just been for a walk and seen this..not a youngster but there are some somewhere.