Sunday, 3 March 2013

Birds

 
Some birds are just too cute for their own good ...
 
 
 
... some need to learn how to share.
 
 
 
Some inspect their food carefully ...
 
 


... and some just want to have fun !!
 
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Our wild birds are eating well from the bird feeding station at the moment, but soon it will be time to stop feeding them.  I like to think that they will teach their young to forage and gather not to just hop onto a peanut holder or peck at a fatball, but for now while the parents are run ragged trying to feed their young I will continue for just a little bit longer.

(All photos gathered whilst trawling the internet for various other things....I get easily distracted!!)
 
Sue xx

16 comments:

  1. I've had far fewer birds recently - I miss them

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    1. I'll post you some of ours :-)

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  2. I always thought of robins as such friendly little birds, but recently I saw one chasing off the sparrows quite aggressively from my bird feeder! Such sweet pictures x

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    1. They're stroppy little birds, but I like any creature with a bit of character.

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  3. Just when I thought our peanut feeder wasn't getting any visitors, this morning it's been inundated - I love watching all their various characters.

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  4. We have a great range of birds feeding in our garden but have never come across them posing as yours have in your photos Sue,they did make me smile

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  5. Fantastic pictures. I have a love hate relationship with birds. When they are eating my seedlings or tomatoes, they are not my friends. When i am sitting at my dining table and watching them hop around looking for bugs in my fernery, i could sit for hours watching their antics.

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  6. The beak of a sparrow can crack the head of a wood duck; they are the reason that wild birds are in decline.
    we are told here in Illinois to destroy their nest and destroy their young.

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    1. I HAVE to disagree with this statement. Sparrows are NOT the reason wild birds are in decline. Habitat destruction,therefore humans, is THE main cause.
      Jane x

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    2. That really is a shame Lizzie, we very rarely see ANY Sparrows, they have been ousted as a common British bird in this area by the Blue Tits and the Great Tits :-)

      I tend to agree with Jane in that if man left the birds natural feeding and breeding areas alone they would not be competeing with each other for food they way that they have to now and so would not be interacting with each other in unusual ways.

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    3. I've just done a little bit of research; American sparrows are quite different to British sparrows and belong to a different "family". I absolutely agree with Jane that habitat destruction and the use of pesticides are causing the decline in wild bird numbers.

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  7. We have been feeding the birds all winter long, mainly the pheasants. We've had a harsh winter because of the snow so I think it's really helped out. You snapped great pics.

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  8. One bird I don't have to feed are the pheasants ..... they simply fly over the electric fence and pinch the chicken food first thing in the morning before the chickens are up!!

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  9. Great photos. I have been putting out the fat balls in a small netting bag but something is ripping it open and scoffing the lot every day. The poor birds aren't getting a look in. Superb pics.

    Sarah x

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