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Feeding blue tits
Hi . We put up some nesting boxes a couple of years ago and now it seems that finally blue tits have decided to take advantage of our free lodgings. That's the bed bit ! What do they have for breakfast ? We have feeders but there is nothing in them at the moment. I have been researching on the Internet...
19 May 2013
2 + 1 = 3 Yellowhammers
Having had 2 yellowhammers visit our feeding station last year, only to lose one to our cats, we went back up to 2 birds earlier this year. Then amazingly today we now have 3 yellowhammers. Interestingly they spend most of their time on the ground.
20 Apr 2013
nest boxes...these r mine? any suggestions? good places for them or bad? at the bottom is pic of my garden.......where do you think i should put another nest box? the 1st 1 to give me a suggestion that i like i will put the box just where u say and even pu
this is my garden x So far i think these look very nice and fit in really nicely in my garden xxxxx. I`d still take any advice about nesting birds plus tips about nest boxes xx
8 Mar 2013
Who needs penguins when we've got razorbills?
I loved watching the penguins on BBC One last week, and the inventive use of penguin-shaped cameras to get close-up as never before. (Who can resist penguins?) In the same week, it was shocking to read more details about the pollution incident on our own south coast and the seabirds which were...
20 Feb 2013
I'm lucky enough to have an area of oak woodland at the bottom of my garden which was completely overgrown and I've been attempting to make both accessible but also wildlife friendly- through nest boxes, log piles etc. My question is will birds bother to seek food there while I'm busily feeding...
15 Feb 2013
More winter tips from the wildlife team
Cold out isn't it!!! We're getting a flurry of queries from all over the UK about how best to help our feathered friends in these harsh conditions so here are few more tips on what you can do to help them out! Feed little and often - the cold and damp conditions can mean food gets frozen...
18 Jan 2013
Creatures in distress
Over the past week, two news stories stuck out for me. In Argyll a couple came to the aid of a baby otter , flooded out of its home by the rain, and effectively saved its life. In contrast to this lone vulnerable baby, a pod of mighty killer whales were the concern of Canadian residents as they...
18 Jan 2013
Monday's Magic Moment: now that's a big bill
We all know that birds don't have teeth but those spiky things in this shoveler 's bill are called lamellae . Shovelers feed by swimming along with their bills (and sometimes their heads) submerged and the lamellae are for filtering small creatures out of the water - a bit like some whales do...
7 Jan 2013
Ask An Expert: Regurgitation
Rick asks: "I have heard that the regurgetation of food in the feeding process is triggered by the visual stimulus of the chicks physical features. In other words: it is the actual look of the young that causes the parent bird to regurgetate the food, in effect feeding it. Is this true?" ...
29 Oct 2012
This weekend...Ready for the winter?
Cold. That’s what those in the know are forecasting this weekend. But don’t despair. The cold weather could bring more birds to your garden – woo hoo! So this weekend, why don’t you make sure that your feeders are cleaned out, topped up and ready to rock? What, when and...
26 Oct 2012
We have a pair of Muntjac who have started reglarly visiting our garden and grazing on various plants and windfalls for a short time. My first question is should we try and encourage them by putting out some sort of food? If yes, what should we feed them? Clearly they like windfall apples...
6 Oct 2012
Coal tit cache!
Hi everyone, I have been watching the multitude of coal tits that frequent my small garden and raid the feeders. I've noticed that some of them take their seeds (sunflower seeds at the moment) and rather than eat them, appear to be poking them into the grass/soil and returning for more seeds. I know...
20 Sep 2012
Hi Everyone Has anyone else seen Goldfinches down on the shore line ? I live in the Wirral and occasionally see Goldfinches pecking about in the rocks and seaweed down in the Estuary. As seed eaters, I wondered what they were after down there ! Got any ideas ?
22 Aug 2012
Disappearing garden birds!
Summer has finally arrived (for some), all be it late, birds have been struggling to raise their young in the wet, cold weather and now they have chicks it looks like they are disappearing from view. Where have they all gone and when will they return? During the breeding season, birds will hold their...
27 Jul 2012
Threat to Site of Special Scientific Interest in Ely
Hi Everyone, I am posting out of concern about a ban that East Cambridgeshire District Council has recently placed on feeding waterfowl anywhere other than on the water in the Waterside area of Ely. The BBC reported on the ban at the end of June: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire...
18 Jul 2012
Bupa wants us all to save the sparrow
Siobhan Drane, Community and Partnerships Manager for Bupa Care Homes, tells us all about working with the RSPB, Wildlife Week and saving the sparrow. Bupa Care Homes is one of the UK's largest care home providers with over 300 homes. In 2010, we formed a partnership with the RSPB to turn 11...
20 Apr 2012
This weekend... help birds stay warm
... not by knitting them little woolly hats and scarves, but by giving them some food and water. The weather forecast is looking chilly for the weekend for much of the UK (as I write this it's minus 4 Celsius in sunny Sandy - pretty tough for us soft southerners). So it's even more important...
3 Feb 2012
Monday's Magic Moment: eating like a bird
With Big Garden Birdwatch coming soon, who wouldn't be delighted to have these visitors to their feeders? If you're not familiar with them, they are tree sparrows . Numbers of these pretty birds plummeted by 95 per cent between 1970 and 1999, so we're working hard to give them a helping...
9 Jan 2012
House sparrow also loves fishing
Whilst out fishing at a lake in Chapel St Leonards in Lincolnshire, I find this male sparrow is quite happy to perch next to you, just as long as he can help himself to the bait.
16 Jul 2011
Two in, one out
Taken in my garden, two landing on a feeder as another is leaving.
9 Apr 2011
This Robin came for lunch in my garden, looks like he chose a piece of corn!
7 Jan 2011
Ring necked Parakeet taken in my garden, in the Forest of Dean, last week 18.10.2010
28 Oct 2010
Great Tit feeding on nuts on garden
18 Mar 2010
Australian Crimson Rosella.
This is the first time these guys have been this trusting; they have never fed from our hands before. They are daily visitors to the garden all year 'round.
13 Jan 2010
Feeding Green finches. Taken from back garden. A rare moment of no starlings raiding the bird table
22 Dec 2009
Greenfinch at feeder
This was taken yesterday morning following the frost. It's not the clearest of photographs but then it was taken through my kitchen window from quite a distance. I quite like the way the bird has bits of nut shell stuck to his beak.
2 Dec 2009
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