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    Rene ArtoisRene Artois
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    Difficult time of year for them.

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    SideriteSiderite
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    Are you a keen twitcher, Rene?

    The Merlin app on your phone is good for training your eyes and ears. My favourite bird sighting this year has been juvenile male bearded reedlings. Last year it was a whooper swan and the year before was a snow bunting.

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    billpuntonsghostbillpuntonsghost
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    I put sunflower hearts in a bird feeder and on a bird table every day. They attract a numerous variety of birds. On two occasions at my present bungalow I have seen two charms of goldfinch arrive ( at least 40 in the flock.) It was a great thrill to see after years of feeding every day. Usually see about 8-10 each day in a group,Love having a variety of birds visiting each day.

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    NorthumbironNorthumbiron
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    Reckon our garden must have a 5* rating on avian trip advisor.

    Brambling a regular visitor at the moment.

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    billpuntonsghostbillpuntonsghost
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    Must be great to have such a bird,NI.
    Goldfinch,blue tit and great tit are the most colourful I see!
    Haven’t seen a chaffinch for years ( only when there is heavy snow) ,maybe it’s the area I live in?

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    SideriteSiderite
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    I have seen chaffinches in North Lincs this year.

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    billpuntonsghostbillpuntonsghost
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    I meant in my garden,Siderite. Another bird that would be a regular visitor was the coal tit,that too seems to have disappeared.

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    Iron-aweIron-awe
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    We have a sparrow hawk visit who tries grabbing a sparrow, robin or blue tit and the visiting pigeons aren’t very impressed with it’s attentions either, beautiful bird though and it’s just after grub like the smaller birds who visit our feeder looking for seeds and fat balls. That last remark has nothing to do with my physique BTW.

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    I saw a sparrowhark grab a blackbird in front of my car two weeks ago. I did feel sorry for the blackbird, who was in a lot of distress, but that is nature. Ultimately predators prevent populations becoming too unsustainable and the damage done to nature is far less than various human activity.

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    dandaherron@yahoo.co.ukJust Iron
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    I saw a sparrowhawk trying to subdue a crow on the north Leeds ring road a few years back. Stopped the traffic. Don’t know who won the wrestling match ..but the crow wasn’t having it!

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    NorthumbironNorthumbiron
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    Up to 39 different birds in the garden BPG, and 3 seen over it including Red Kite who now breed in the Derwent Valley and make the occasional forays North and West.

    Also get a lot of Tree Sparrows but relatively few House Sparrows. Got a regular Great Spotted Woodpecker that fairly hammers the peanuts!

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    GurnelistaGurnelista
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    A massive duck crashed into my greenhouse. It made a right mess and left me with a big bill.

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    Iron-aweIron-awe
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    Has anyone had a sparrowhawk fly into the kitchen window whilst I presume closing in on a meal. Our bird feeders are reasonably close to our kitchen window and this has happened twice but unfortunatley we have been in the lounge when this has occured. When we hear the thud of the impact we rush into the kitchen and twice have seen a stunned sparrowhawk recovering on the lawn and then quickly fly away apparently unharmed. However a lovely imprint of the birds spread wings and head have been left on the window, they fade overtime but it just shows the strength, courage and resilience of these top predators when chasing down prey.

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    NorthumbironNorthumbiron
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    Are you sure that wasn’t a Tom & Jerry cartoon I-A?

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    Iron-aweIron-awe
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    No honest it’s happened twice and no Jerry in sight.

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