Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
There are more and more young House Sparrows appearing in the garden, this morning some newly fledged babies were being fed by the parents.
How many of these young House Sparrows are around at the moment I could not hazard a guess at. I have managed to count up to 15 at one go but there were more of them at the time hidden in the pear tree. Where they are all nesting I do not know, they seem to fledge from somewhere near and head straight for our food supply. They are coming and going all day long as are numerous young Starlings. I saw the first young Blackbird this morning and there were 2 young Wood pigeons last night.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
The garden seems to be empty of birds at the moment, maybe due to the alarm that has been driving us daft for the last 20 mins, or the window cleaner who has come next door, or maybe next doors dog barking. Having said that, my garden birds have become so used to the dog barking that they all now seem to take no notice of it at all.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Following our holiday in Devon last week, we have returned to find that there are a large number of young birds in our garden. Starlings and House Sparrows to be precise. Another recent report has stated that these two species of garden birds are still in rapid decline. I guess we must have more than our fair share of them because there are so many it is impossible to even hazard a guess at the number.
Constantly throughout the day they come to feed, drink and bathe then fly off to rest, often in the large conifer tree situated in the garden diagonally behind us.
I have not had a serious attempt at taking photos of them and they are easily spooked, so it is not possible to get close, most of my sightings are through the kitchen window or patio. I did however shoot a bit of video of the Starlings yesterday evening when they came down to feed and I have included a few stills off the video here.
Feed me Mummy
Young Starlings feeding
These young Starlings are not speaking
This group of young Starlings have found the meal worms in the basket. There are more birds in the basket out of sight.
This little group found some more meal worms that were hidden in the garden for the blackbirds.
This young Starling found a rare moment of having the fat ball to itself,
then promptly fell asleep.
I know the quality of these pics is not very good but I thought I would share with you a brief glimpse of some of these young birds which are visiting our garden. I am now trying to remember how to edit and convert my video footage. When I have got my head into gear around that I will upload a short video with a little more action.