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by Jacksparrow
Sat Sep 18, 2021 8:52 pm
Forum: Birds
Topic: WHAT I SAW TODAY.....
Replies: 1749
Views: 900279

Re: WHAT I SAW TODAY.....

A juvenile Sparrowhawk. It had tried to make a kill in my front garden and ended up on my drive empty taloned. This is the first time I've ever seen a Sprawk in my front garden.
by Jacksparrow
Wed Sep 15, 2021 8:16 pm
Forum: Birds
Topic: MAGPIES
Replies: 53
Views: 30246

Re: MAGPIES

I would agree with Butterfly's assessment. It's an old bird making the best of what day's it has left. :nod:
by Jacksparrow
Wed Sep 08, 2021 7:46 pm
Forum: Birds
Topic: WHAT I SAW TODAY.....
Replies: 1749
Views: 900279

Re: WHAT I SAW TODAY.....

I had a first in the garden today. My attention had been drawn to the hanging fatball feeder by the arrival of a family of LTTs. they were flitting in and out of my Dog rose bush to take their turn on the feeder when I noticed another bird in the same vicinity. I had the binoculars handy and quickly...
by Jacksparrow
Tue Sep 07, 2021 7:48 pm
Forum: Other Animals and Insects
Topic: BUTTERFLIES
Replies: 350
Views: 224172

Re: BUTTERFLIES

A good day for butterflies today 2 large whites, 2 small whites a Red Admiral and a Speckled Wood. Not bad for September.
by Jacksparrow
Tue Sep 07, 2021 7:36 pm
Forum: Birds
Topic: BLACKBIRDS
Replies: 458
Views: 302285

Re: BLACKBIRDS

I have had a tailless male BB visiting and for some time I've thought he'd just had a close shave with a predator, however I got a much closer look today and he appears to be suffering from a mite infestation. He is losing feathers from his head and begins to look a bit scruffy. I also noticed he's...
by Jacksparrow
Thu Sep 02, 2021 8:22 pm
Forum: Plants
Topic: TREES
Replies: 91
Views: 61334

Re: TREES

I have a similar problem with the ivy on my external wall. It needs to be trimmed annually and I can usually do it in a day with my battery powered hedge trimmer. The resulting clippins fill up my green bin 3 times over so I bag them up and store them and the decant into the bin when there is room.
by Jacksparrow
Wed Sep 01, 2021 7:48 pm
Forum: Birds
Topic: WHAT I SAW TODAY.....
Replies: 1749
Views: 900279

Re: WHAT I SAW TODAY.....

It has been my experience that Sparrowhawks are not particularly frightened of humans. Respectful is probably a better word. They will flyoff if challenged but that does not deter them for another day. I had one male who was a regular visitor for several years who flew very close to me in an attempt...
by Jacksparrow
Tue Aug 31, 2021 7:38 pm
Forum: Birds
Topic: WHAT I SAW TODAY.....
Replies: 1749
Views: 900279

Re: WHAT I SAW TODAY.....

There was another sparrowhawk attack! :wife: I heard the familiar alarm calls, mainly by magpies, went outside to check and startled the sparrowhawk, who had a starling pinned to the ground. As the sparrowhawk flew away, starling flew to the nearest shrub and hid there. I could see its tail, but th...
by Jacksparrow
Sat Aug 28, 2021 7:44 pm
Forum: Birds
Topic: BIRD FEEDING
Replies: 432
Views: 267986

Re: BIRD FEEDING

Is garden feeding harming 'subordinate' species? https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-58346043 It looks like there are pro and cons. On balance I think supplementary feeding does more good than harm. Blue tits and Great Tits are less fussy in their diet and habitat and hence more successf...
by Jacksparrow
Fri Aug 27, 2021 7:39 pm
Forum: Birds
Topic: WHAT I SAW TODAY.....
Replies: 1749
Views: 900279

Re: WHAT I SAW TODAY.....

Crows are not rare in my part of the south midlands but they are a rare visitor to my garden. Today was one of those days. It's prize was a sultana which I thought for a bird that size was a poor return on the energy used. :shake: