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Any other bird watchers here?

Postby Andrew_Z » Fri May 25, 2012 12:37 pm

In Jan this year after my cat died, I decided instead of another cat I'd feed my garden birds. Due to the fibro I'm unable to pick up or deal with a sick animal so felt the birds would be easier as a pet...how wrong I was.

So I put up a very smart feeder in the garden with lots of food. Two weeks later I had a garden full of birds...and rooks! The rooks decimated by bird feeders and despite putting up lots of wire baffles they persisted until they'd wrecked my pole feeder. So I've now made a ground cage which is keeping the rooks at bay, and I'm now back to managable small birds and blackbirds. But oh it's been so much work, much more than a cat, and I've had to bend up and down a lot, especially to clean out the bird baths.

Still, I seem to have made many feathered friends, and imagine my surprise when a pair of sparrows built a nest in my cooker ventilator, right next to my front door. I think they think that the ventilator is their nesting box, and that my door is my nesting box. I just have to make sure I don't send any steam up my cooker hood, and next year I'll need to block it off and put up a proper nest box. It's just so nice to sit at my computer and watch the birds out my window...though I very much miss my cat. I also take lots of photos of the birds and beginning to recognise their bird songs. I'm not really a bird nut, I like all nature, but being an artist I espescially love to draw anything to do with our countryside.
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Postby fibro-lu » Mon May 28, 2012 8:48 am

many years back I used to have cats
now I also feed the wild birds
not on your scale though

intersting is the pecking order between the species (well, ordinary pidgons, wood pidgons, mackpies, blackbirds) but others just get on like robins, sparrows and tits and of course the squirrels lol
I made it a bit tricky for the big ones to get to the feed but they learn from each other
(and I keep the number of ordinary pidgons small by not feeding them by throwing food on the floor)

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Re: Any other bird watchers here?

Postby lolabolla » Mon May 28, 2012 9:01 am

I love to watch my garden birds though I have to be very careful where I feed them as I have two cats. The cats are quite old, Tigga and Seefa 18 and 17 respectively and they still love stalking even though Tigga only has a mouthfull of gums now :-x :-x naughty pusscats :nono: :nono: :nono:

I tend to through mixed seeds into the hedge where I know the cats can't access the birds. I also throw feed onto my shed and garage roof as that gives the birds a little extra security from my cats.

Even though I love all wildlife coming into the garden my son is always scolding me for feeding the birds because of the copious amounts of birdie doo doo that results :oops: :oops: :oops:

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Postby Andrew_Z » Tue May 29, 2012 6:45 pm

Yesterday, one of my small birds flew into my shed where I was sitting. So I carefully picked it up and released it outside, it didn't seem scared of me. I find the sparrows are the most timid birds, as ours are rural and not the tamer sparrows of urban areas. The other day a starling pecked a sparrow really hard and it yelped, I felt very sorry for it so I'm keeping an eye on them. Now whenever I bang on the window the big birds fly off, but the little ones stay as they know I'm not cross with them. I find the junvenile birds are much tamer, probably not old enough yet to understand danger. They look really cute with their ruffled new feathers, not yet fussy about their appearance.
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Postby FluppyPuffy » Tue May 29, 2012 7:50 pm

We have Mr and Mrs Sparrow nesting in a little hole between the wall and roof of the house, much to OH's delight as he likes feeding and watching who comes into the garden. Fat balls are very popular here, we even have jackdaws hanging off the feeders to get at them. Because of their size, when they peck the balls, loads and loads of bits fall off as well, and the smaller birds have very quickly learnt that if they wait at the base of where the feeders hang, they can get lots and lots of bits to eat without too much effort :chicken-dance: :chicken-dance: :chicken-dance: Even our chookabos have realised what happens, and as soon as they're let out of their run, they're straight over, scratting about for their ample share of the bits :chicken-dance: :chicken-dance: :chicken-dance: :chicken-dance:

We seem to get more starlings, and watching them is fun when they've landed on the chookabo run. There are the youngsters all lined up along it, beaks open and chirping away for mum and dad to come and feed them, and underneath there a 3 super roaster sized chooks trying to flap up and get at the food the parents bring the chicks :chicken-dance: :chicken-dance: :chicken-dance:


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Postby mellabella » Wed May 30, 2012 12:22 pm

Interesting i should come across this posting because birds have figured a lot in my life this week.

Last Wednesday a pigeon landed on my lawn. I saw that it had rings on its legs and it also seemed quite tame. It was obviously tired and very hungry and was easily caught. I made a note of it's leg ring numbers and through the magic of the internet I was soon talking to its owner. It was indeed lost racing pigeon and had flown from Scotland to South Wales after being released for a local race the Saturday before. The owner advised me to try and catch it under a laundry basket ( which i did) and to look after it for a few days and let it rest. He said he though it might fly home as it was 6 yrs old and quite experienced, but if it didn't, then he would send a courier down for it. I did as he said, kept it in my shed under the basket, and let it out a few days later on Saturday morning. It was obviously feeling a lot better as it shot out of my shed like a greyhound out of a trap without looking back, no fly by, wing tip or anything. The only problem was that it was now heading towards Devon.

Anyway, I thought that would be an end to it but a few hours later i was painting my shed when I heard a flapping above my head. The pigeon was back. It stayed on my roof for the rest of the day just looking at me, then about 6 PM, it suddenly decided to fly off. Hours passed and It didn't come back so i presumed it had decided to go home in the evening because the evening was cooler than the day.

So, next morning I got up about 7 and went back in the garden to finish painting the shed and low and behold there it was on my roof, and this time it had brought a friend, another pigeon who also has leg rings on. This other pigeon is quite a timid and doesn't move unless the other pigeon moves first. There was no way of catching them as they are both really on the ball so I phoned the first pigeons owner again to tell him what had happened. He said the other pigeon wasn't his. He advised me not to feed them for a few days and then to try and scare them off in the hope that his pigeon would decide to fly home. I also found out that both pigeons are female as it's only the male pigeons who make cooing noises. Anyhow, I christened them Thelma and Louise and they sit on my roof looking at me all day then, about 6 pm they suddenly fly off and don't return. However, by 7 am the next morning they are both back on my roof looking at me painting the shed. ( it's a big shed )

They are there all day. It's now late afternoon and i have to go out to do some shopping, as i leave the house i'm greeted by a very loud coo cooo coooo and looking up at the roof I see there are now 3 pigeons, the third one being a feral male who is chancing his arm with the two girls. He's is cooing and displaying his tail feathers all over the roof top. He's like a feathered version of Russle Brand... It was a bit of a Hitchcock moment for me i can tell you. I had visions of gaining a bird a day at this rate.

So, I managed to shoo two of them away for a little while - the second female and the male - by flapping my arms and making a loud Rah rah noises, but the first female who is 6 and worldly wise is quite unphased, She just sits there looks at me like i'm an idiot and very soon the second female has flown back to be with her new BBF and the randy male follows her and continues coo cooing and puffing his chest out trying to impress them both.

Even though i am not feeding them they still continue to arrive on the roof about 7 am, and sit all day watching me and then fly off about 6pm. I wonder what the significance of 6 pm is in a pigeons life?. Now one week after she first landed on my lawn and two days since the male appeared he has stopped his coo cooing and puffing and preening and i think he might have already had his wicked way with both of the girls. I reckon that soon there's going to be the patter of tiny tweets.

Now I think I might have accidentally started a pigeon colony on my estate, and my neighbours will never forgive me. Her next door has already got a pile of pigeon Sh%t on her conservatory roof. Also most of the houses in our row have cats, including mine, and i don't want to go out into the garden one day to find 3 decapitated pigeons and bits of chicks scattered over the lawn like what happened to a family of lovely blackbirds that had made a nest in my clematis a few years back.

I'm going to continue not to put any feed out for them and hopefully one day they will decide to fly off into town where there are many pigeons for them to socialise with but i think i'm going to have to phone the first pigeons owner and tell him his pigeon is not coming back because she's found herself a Boyfriend.

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Postby Just-JJ » Wed May 30, 2012 2:02 pm

What a fantastic post Bella, made me smile and lol on a sh@t day :)
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Postby fibro-lu » Wed May 30, 2012 3:50 pm

thanks Bella,
great post
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Postby Andrew_Z » Wed May 30, 2012 8:22 pm

Well I needed a lie down after reading that! :sleep: A most interesing story, just the kind of thing editors love for women's magazines.

I was rudely woken up at six this morning by the return of the rooks, sitting on my bird feeder, disgusted they couldn't get into it. Well I was very cross being woken up after only three hours sleep, but then remembered I hadn't put the garbage out, so rooks do have their uses.
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Postby FluppyPuffy » Wed May 30, 2012 8:33 pm

Rooks as an alarm tone, wonder how well that would go down??? Maybe I'll stick to my teddy bear alarm app with it's F1 tone instead :-? :-? :-?


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Postby mellabella » Fri Jun 01, 2012 9:42 am

Well, I caved in this morning and threw a handful of seed on the lawn for the pigeons. They have been on the roof all day again for the past day and it looks like they are going to do the same today it's horrible mist and drizzle. They are just sitting there soaking wet and puffed up trying to keep warm. Mind you I notice that the male buggers off if the weather gets a bit tough - typical!!! and he comes back when it settles down again.

I've decided i can't live with the guilt any more, their beady little eyes follow me around the garden practically pleading for fresh peanuts so i'm going to make or buy them a cozy bird house and attach it to the shed. (I'm all heart me). I've also discovered that if they lay eggs, you can remove them and use dummy eggs (which you can for the purpose, get off e bay) and this stops them laying again for about a month, or until they get fed up of sitting on them. I'd love to be able to get a good look at the leg rings off the other bird and find out where she came from.

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Postby Andrew_Z » Sat Jun 02, 2012 11:10 am

Bella
It shows you don't have many birds of prey where you live or the pigeons wouldn't hang about. Try and persuade someone's cat to sleep on your shed roof...a little superglue would help there. I've had two families of sparrows so far and I think they are trying to a third. It's rather fun because I can tell my nesting sparrows by individual voice now.
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Postby FluppyPuffy » Sat Jun 02, 2012 12:02 pm

We're not up to recognising their individual voices yet, but Mr and Mrs Sparrow seem to have settled in nicely.

DaftDog does a good job of scaring unwanted visitors out of the garden :dogrun1:


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Postby Dookie » Tue Jun 05, 2012 7:28 pm

I am really interested in birds and other wildlife and used to do quite a lot of bird watching. Not so much nowadays (divorced and with no car). I don't feed the birds in my garden now, much as I would love to, because I have 3 cats and most of my neighbours have cats too. Would be awful if the cats caught them because I fed them :-|

Down where I walk my dogs we get buzzards nesting most years, haven't seen any this year though.
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Postby Andrew_Z » Wed Jun 06, 2012 2:39 am

I have to put out next day's bird food in the middle of the night or they'd eat it, then it's ready for them when the sun comes up. I think I'm very lucky that so far I've had no trouble from rodents, but then we do have owls on the prowl. Living right on the edge of open country my garden should be swarming with mice and such, but they haven't touched the bird seed on the lawn. It's very odd because my cat used to catch no end of them in this garden. Maybe because of the warmer weather they find enough food in the fields. Mind you, we have a lot of adders round here and have to be very careful gardening.
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