Friday, November 27, 2009

Blackbird likes the Holly Berries

Yes I know, that is a picture of a Wood pigeon, yet again. But they are always around and this one was having such a nice rest. I could not resist taking a picture as it posed so nicely.

I have started to gather some pictures of Woodpigeons in an attempt to see if it is possible to identify individual birds by differences in their markings.

As I began to photograph this bird that happens to be one of a pair I am able to recognise when they are together, up popped a blackbird onto the fence at the rear.

A pair of Sparrows were busy feeding on the fat balls.

The Blackbird however made it's way to the Holly bush.
The Blackbirds at the moment show no interest in any of the food we have been putting out. They much prefer eating grubs and worms from the garden, a particular favourite are the berries from off the Holly Bush.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Greedy Woodpigeon

This is one of my feathered friends I saw this morning, but he is a rather greedy Woodpigeon.

The mixed bird feed is suitable for a variety of birds, containing all of the popular, favourite seeds.

This mesh tray fixed to the upright metal pole is good during this very wet weather (we seem to have had endless rain here recently) because any rain easily passes through, therefore the food does not get waterlogged.

He seems to be having a check around, making sure he is on his own and will not be disturbed.

Now he tucks in and begins to eat.

And eat

And eat

And eat.

until all the food that was on the tray has been consumed.

This picture was taken around 30 minutes after those appearing above.

But there is more food in the upright feeder. This is reserved for the smaller birds who can manage to perch on the
openings and pop their little beaks inside.

It seems as though I have placed it too close to the tray.

He sure was a Greedy old Woodpigeon.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Thankyou for the Food

Last night as the light was first starting to fade, the Woodpigeon stood on the edge of the garage roof, looking towards me. I was likewise stood in front of the kitchen sink looking through the window towards the Pigeon. It showed no inclination to fly away but rather seemed to make motions towards the bird feeder in an attempt I am sure to make me realise that the mesh plate used to hold the grain was in fact empty.

I would not normally put out any food at this time of day but  I simply could not refuse. This "Woodie" with ruffled, plumped up feathers to keep warm did not appear to have a full and bulging crop so I took the bag of seed out of the pantry and place two good measures onto the tray.

The expectant bird did not fly off as I went outside but merely retreated from the edge of the roof, then as I returned into the house flew down to begin consuming the food with great appetite. It paused briefly while feeding to look up to see me once more staring from the kitchen window. I am sure I felt this grateful bird say Thankyou.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

British Garden Birds

I hoped you liked that previous post where I showed you a few of the birds I encountered during my holiday in Australia. But what of the birds back in my own British Garden?

Well I returned to find that Autumn was well under way with most of the leaves having fallen from the trees. The ground is muddy and strewn with leaf debris and that unmistakable damp autumnal feeling is in the air. And the birds are coming back.

Some blackbirds, missing since the middle of summer have returned. On a number of occasions now I have spied a male happily eating berries from Ron's Holly bush. The House Sparrows and Starlings are still here in relatively good numbers, fighting and squabbling in the trees and on the feeders and the resident Wood Pigeons and Collared Doves are around as always.

I must admit that I have not really spent much time since my return looking out for the birds and have not devoted any time at all to sitting and observing them. I have been pleased however to notice that Blue Tits and Great Tits have been coming into the garden. This morning I stood in front of the kitchen window looking out onto the garden and in a short space of time managed to see all of those birds mentioned above. my thoughts then turned to the Robin.

The Robin is another British Garden bird resident for most of the year which then seems to disappear during the summer months. This year we witnessed young robins and dearly hope that at least some of them have survived. Then as if on cue, he (or indeed she, for the sexes are identical) appeared. Hopping around the garden in that unmistakable way of the robin, pecking here and there, searching for grubs and insects in what is left of the lawn then bobbing into the shelter of the Bamboo plant.

The weather may be cold, damp, often wet and miserable, but the autumn is a great time of year for observing our British garden Birds.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Western Australia Birds

As some of my regular visitors may know, I have spent the last month in Western Australia. I thought before I returned to blogging about my garden birds I would show you a few of the birds I saw while I was there.

The Galah

The Galah is easily identified by its rose-pink head, neck and underparts, a paler pink crown, and a grey back, wings and undertail. Galahs are quite common in the areas surrounding Perth and are readily seen though they do spend much of the day sheltering from the heat. As with most of these Parrots they are very noisy, especially when they congregate in flocks to roost together at night.

The Corella

The Corella is easily identified by the fleshy blue eye-ring and pale rose-pink patch between the eye and bill. When in flight a pale yellow colour can be seen on the underwing and under the tail. These Corella's were in the park at Joondalup where they compete with many other species for the food supplied by the numerous visitors. They are accustomed to people and will often feed from your hand. The bird in the top picture is actually standing on my left hand while I took the picture with my right.

Australian Ring-Necked Parrot

The Australian Ring-necked Parrot, often called the 28, is a spectacular bird of many bright colours at least to those of us who are not used to seeing such birds every day. These too are relatively tame in the parks and will eat out of the hands of the people who feed them.

The Kookaburra

This Kookaburra spied on us from the fork of a tree while we had a picnic in Kings Park. It appeared to be a youngster but from the distance I could not get a good enough view to determine if it was a Laughing Kookaburra or a Blue Winged Kookaburra. We saw many more Kookaburra's during our stay and in a various locations.