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  • Forum Thread: Risk Disturbing Blue Tits

    Hi there, I had a camera monitoring Blue Tits in a bird box I have created but unfortunately 2 days ago the disk for the camera got corrupted. At this point 3 of the 6 eggs had just hatched and the two adults were feeding. The camera is pointing down through a hole in the ceiling of the bird box and...
  • Forum Thread: Blue tit behaviour question

    Morning all Have a couple of questions on some blue tit behaviour I've been seeing. I put my first nest box up back in late March and within (literally) 45 minutes two blue tits were checking it out and took up residency! I am super chuffed and have been tracking their progress since. They now have...
  • Media: Blue Tit (Parus caeruleus)

    Portrait of a Blue tit, RSPB Leigthon Moss.
  • Media: Blue Tit

    Portrait of a Blue tit, RSPB Leigthon Moss.
  • Forum Thread: Blue Tit behaviour

    We have a female blue tit in our garden. She's worked really hard building a nest in one of our bird boxes over the past 3 weeks, but sadly its been taken over by bees! However, she's hanging around the garden and is now fixated on a mirror we have put low down in a hedge at the back of some...
  • Blog Post: April sightings

    Here is the start of our April list for Kinnordy. 48 species so far: Greylag Pink footed goose Mute swan Whooper swan Mallard Teal Tufted duck Wigeon Goldeneye Gadwall Shoveller Goosander Oystercatcher Lapwing Snipe Curlew Redshank Little grebe ...
  • Media: Blue Tit

  • Forum Thread: Update: Mug Shots (macro lens test)

    Today I sat close to the patio table where I had placed a bowl of live mealworms and hoping to get some close ups of the birds; I still had the 1.4 extender attached to the 100-400mm lens so as you can imagine they were pretty full frame lol Once we get more settled weather I want to experiment with...
  • Blog Post: Poster - Springtime activities 2016

  • Forum Thread: The Moody Blue

    Hi folks, apologies for being AWOL for a week, sadly due to sudden family bereavement and although still at sixes and sevens and in middle of things, I thought it would be a welcome distraction to catch up with the threads and post a few photos. Although I haven't been doing much bird watching...
  • Forum Thread: "Where have all the sparrows gone - long time passing"!

    We once had flocks of starlings over my end of the close. The neighbour opposite had about a 50 yard stretch of decades old hedge and they all nested in there. The cacophony just before and just after the chicks fledged was awesome! But then the house was sold and the first thing the new owners did was...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: Hopelessly devoted to you

    Spring is here and thoughts have turned to love (sort of!) here at The Lodge. Birdlife all over the reserve is busy preparing for the breeding season. Blue tits are looking for food to fatten themselves up in preparation for the days ahead, a pair of red kites are regularly spotted eyeing each...
  • Blog Post: 'February fill-dyke' - early February lives up to its name.

    Well flooded managed meadows on the farm. 1st February. A flock of Stock and Collared Doves were frequenting the hamlet today - perhaps sensing the changing weather as Storm Henry was about to descend upon us. The wind started to pick up during the evening and it rained most of the night. It...
  • Blog Post: 'Twas a stormy end to the month.

    23rd January A mild bright start dulled in with the high tide at 11.35 am. A Brambling was spotted on the roadside feeders earlier. 4 Shelduck were out on the mudflats and a Grey Heron was perched along the tideline. Grey Heron hunched up on the edge of the saltmarsh. The usual flocks...
  • Forum Thread: More sweethearts from the garden

    Few more pics from today, don't think you need ID's for them lol Coal Tit not singing but coughing up a pellet ! GT's seen something .......... same Great Tit a second later but crest was raised ! ........... and this poor GT has severe Avian Pox ....
  • Forum Thread: Birds In The Garden

    A wet and dreary day here on the whole, but the regulars kept me entertained... HTR (back to camera) in the flowering currant and Mrs BR in the Chalet Twarbling in the rain BT looking for mealies on the feeder tray I see you! Wood Pidge My (W)resident Wren The Spadgers...
  • Forum Thread: Bullfinch and friends

    Following our visit to Deeside yesterday I managed to get into the garden to take a few pics of the regulars, starting with handsome Mr Bullfinch .... I must have missed several decent opportunities to get photos of a Common Buzzard which soared low above our roof and couldn't locate it...
  • Forum Thread: Sun-day best

    Lovely blue sky and lots of sunshine till mid afternoon when the heavens opened again so I sat my garden chair by the feeding area. Here's a selection of todays garden visitors (robins pics have been added to my old thread for Paul) Starting with Lollipops ! they are still crazy for mild...
  • Media: Blue Tit

    blue tit photographed in a local park
  • Forum Thread: Lollipops love cheese !

    Although we have a range of seeds, kibbles, suet, mealworms, fatballs, etc., the cheerful little Long Tailed Tits seem to mostly opt for mild cheddar cheese lol Here's some photos from today including the other garden visitors .................... A pair of Lollipops first ...................
  • Forum Thread: Aggressive blue tits?

    After seeing some distinctly spring like behaviour from my birds (despite it only being the first week of Jan!) this morning I put up a blue tit sized nest box. I didn't expect much joy as I'm limited with options in my small garden, so the only site was only about 2 metres off the ground and...
  • Blog Post: Mild Mid-December Diary.

    14th December A mild pleasant day, if not a little dull. Aerial flights of waders - mostly Dunlin, dominated the stretch of marsh from the Viaduct to Scargavel Point - with plenty of activity on bird feeders in the area. A peaceful scene at high tide as Shovelers came sailing by. Aerial...
  • Forum Thread: Day 3 - Leighton Moss RSPB (MC Pics)

    For the third and fourth days of my visit, we went to RSPB Leighton Moss, with an overnight stay at the Pine Lake resort, to allow for an early start on the Tuesday and cut down on the driving. The weather forecast had not been promising and we feared the worst. However, although some parts of the reserve...
  • Blog Post: Dave's Birdy Bit - 18th October, 2015

    Mixed flocks of Fieldfare and Redwing are currently feeding on the Reserve. While summer brings the colour, song and drama of the breeding season, winter is a great time to watch birds flocking together, sometimes in spectacular numbers. If you walk around a woodland in the winter you may be forgiven...
  • Forum Thread: Old Friends With A New Camera (And Now A New Lens)

    One week ago, I posted some photos of my garden regulars which I had taken with a 'new' Canon EOS600D camera. I say 'new' in so far as it is new to me. It is a used model, but is in great condition and ideal for me to experiment with. This had been kindly given to me by a very generous...