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RE: Burleigh Rd. Stretford, street tree feeders.


Lots of young Goldfinch arriving on and around the feeders, begging and being fed by parents and also the occasional Greenfinch juvenile .
Two new Blue tit youngsters have also been showing plus single adults over the last month .
Several adult Greenfinch have been seen with large growths on the upper mandible but this hasn't stopped them feeding vigorously.
Some of the juvenile Goldfinch are now starting to show a little blackish colour near the eyes and a darker brown colour
on their shoulders.
Today around 17 Goldfinch and 3 Greenfinch plus 1 Blue tit have been present with several Goldfinch feeding on catkins on some nearby birch trees when the feeders are overcrowded.

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Similar week as last week, young Goldfinch begging food off adults every day (Including today ) plus lots of juveniles feeding themselves in addition to several adults at the feeders.
Also Greenfinch turning up in ones and two's often.
Blackbird seen carrying food the other day as well.
Ps. I've put down 30ltr of water in the gutter adjacent the tree on several days but only seen one young Goldfinch taking advantage and having a drink, the ferral pigeons hog the water-hole by bathing or just sitting in it until a car comes and moves them on.

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Lots of young Goldfinch arriving in the tree begging to be fed this week, some being attended to, and some ignored but following adults and finally launching themselves at a feeder. ( you can hear them begging all day, every day non -stop a bit like a car alarm going off ).
Only one or two Greenfinch seen, but at least one juvenile Greenfinch seen feeding itself.
No further sign of the Blue tit family.
Other birds about include Lesser Black-back gulls and Black-headed gulls over plus feral pigeons hoovering up below.
As I write I can see another youngster flapping and shouting to be fed through my window .... time for some doorstep birding - feeding usually finishes around 9pm. with over 1kg of sunflower hearts taken each day.


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More birds using the feeders this week with Greenfinch visiting in ones and two's often.
Several young Goldfinch have been seen begging and being fed (two maybe three today ) .
Blue tit young at the feeders earlier in the week and an adult this morning.

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3 young and 1 adult Goldfinch on the feeders this morning

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Not too many Goldfinch using the feeders since the reintroduction, but numbers increasing gradually.
Over the last week there's been a lot of Woodpigeon in the tree trying to access the ripening cherries at the end of the branches . This looks quite comical at times with the size of the Woodpigeon.
Starlings have occasionally been doing the same - with more gracefull results.
The first Greenfinch turned up as well.
This morning as I was up the ladders finishing off filling the feeders when 4 fleged Blue tit turned up and clumsily flew to a feeder alongside my face with one just skimming my shiney head .
Ps. The local Blackbird has also been harvesting the ripening fruit .
(I tried some last year - " once bitten " you know the rest ).

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Because of people dumping "bagfulls" moldy bread etc. under the feeders I decided to stop filling them over a month ago.
Several people have been found and told by myself and neighbours to stop this practice ,hence no rubbish and also a great reduction of ferral pigeons ( up to 50 at times ) which keeps everybody onside .
My backyard feeders (at Burleigh Rd )now being used frequently and today whilst cleaning up the dropped seed a couple of Goldfinch turned up with a young bird begging food ,therefore I'll reinstate the feeders in the tree.

-- Edited by phillipskelly on Thursday 31st of May 2018 01:32:10 PM

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Very few birds on the feeders over the last couple of weeks with the seed taken down by half.
Today 1.45 pm (ish).
Goldfinch - 6.
Greenfinch - 1 singing male.
* Oystercatcher - 2 over.
Cormorant - 1 over.
Also no Chaffinch seen for a couple of weeks as well.

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Sparrowhawk doing a fly-past again, this time at a rate of knots down an adjacent street past the Co-op.

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Having just filled the feeders i saw my neighbour Sue and whilst chatting about people dumping "bag -loads"of bread at the feeders Sue asked "is that a Sparrowhawk? " . It sure was !
It came in, in typical sparrowhawk style ie. along the back of the Beech hedge ,past the feeders, flipped over the 5 foot hedge onto the pavement side and lazily glided back the way it came, giving a "smashing" ,but brief view .
Ps.it left empty -handed again .

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Got out of my car to Hear only, a young Goldfinch's begging call moving away from the tree feeders at about 11.30m ...ish .
Moments later I saw two birds flying away from an adjacent tree with one just behind the other which was calling incessantly as young Goldfinch do to be fed. They then dissappeard over the rooftops. Definately a recently fledged young bird.
Last year I saw a young Goldfinch begging food on the 26.04.17 and thought that was early.
Ps. thought I heard one earlier this week but dismissed it, looks like I was wrong to.

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Yesterday Wednesday 04.04.18
Male adult Greenfinch was passing seed to a Female Greenfinch above the feeders.

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Goldfinch, Greenfinch and Blue tits, plus the feral pigeons below the feeders were in "panic mode " earlier, constantly leaving the street tree, coming back then shooting off again (Seen from my armchair through the front window ).
I eventually went to the front door and spotted a Raven cronking away as it flew high over the feeders causing the birds to panic again and leave swiftly .

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I've seen something with Robins in late winter and that certainly led to mating.

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I've just seen a adult Greenfinch feeding a begging (crouched and wing flapping ) other Greenfinch.
In my opinion it was probably a female (not a recently fledged juvenile ) initiating mating behaviour as I've seen Dunnocks do this without passing food. Any comments welcome.
The feeders over the bad weather needed filling by 11am but now are still half full at that time.
Before the freeze around 25 Goldfinch could be seen around the feeders, including -
Greenfinch - 4 .
Chaffinch - 4 ( 2 males +2 females ).
Dunnock - 2 .
Blue tit - 2.
Blackbird - 1m.
Lesser Black-back gull - 6 when someone put a load of grated cheese, pasta and bread under the feeders.
At the moment the quantity of Goldfinch has dropped off with 10 to 15 usually in attendance,with 3 Greenfinch and only 1 Chaffinch .The male Blackbird has been letting a female bird use his patch below the feeders for obvious reasons.

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Around 3 pm today .......

SISKIN - 1 ( on the feeders for over 20min until spooked).
Chaffinch - 2 with a male actually using a feeder rather than picking dropped seed from the forks .
Greenfinch - 1.
Chaffinch - c20 .
Blue -tit - 1.
Dunnock - 1.
Blackbird - 1.
As I filled the almost empty feeders at 1pm . there were at least 10 chaffinch 4 - 5 ft above me chattering away not at all bothered by my presence. I wonder if these birds are accustomed to people in general or could it be the same ones turning up time after time ? (or both).

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Numbers of Goldfinch back to around the 20 mark , with 2 or more Chaffinch in attendance together with the resident male Blackbird, but no Greenfinch !
Of note were 3 Dunnock moving back and forth along the adjacent Beech hedge until finally 3 became 2 ,and the female put her head down, tail up and began flicking her wings ready for mating. Both birds dissappeard into the hedge so it was only a Possible mating (Wednesday ).

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On and around thefeeders today - Totally different from from my last post !
Goldfinch - 50 + .
Greenfinch - 1.
CHAFFINCH - 5 (2m + 3f) never seen that many on site before.
Blue-tit - 2.
Blackbird - 1 m.
Because of the number of birds present I put an extra feeder in the tree which was of the standard type with ports and perches, this allowed a female Chaffinch to perch with the Goldfinch on the feeder. Until then I didn't realise the size difference between the two ,with the Chaffinch being a larger bird.
The male birds still didn't use either type of the feeders, but picked dropped seed from the forks of the tree and the ground.
Its 4.36pm and still quite light but the "Finch - Fest " has finished and no birds are present.

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Similar to my last post, whereas the quantity of Goldfinch visiting the feeders is still down with no Greenfinch at all.
Male and female Chaffinch have been regulars coming to the feeders but not actually using them. They arrive at the feeders but can't seem to work them out (they are stainless steel nut feeders with diamond shaped holes - good for birds but not for squirrels ) , I've even put sticks to perch on , but they don't. They do pick dropped seed from the forks and the pavement , unless the resident Blackbird is about - I've seen it defend the area below the feeders ,chasing off several Dunnocks and Chaffinch.
The Blackbird has also been singing ...... but only at night i.e. 2.15 to 2.45am .
Ps.had a little song from a Goldfinch and Dunnock today but it didn't last long.

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Not many birds on and around the feeders lately with maximums of 20-25 , mainly Goldfinch plus 2 Blue-tit and a male and female Chaffinch.
There was hardly any seed taken from the feeders this morning, and as I debated wether to bother filling them a Sparrowhawk flashed past and Skimmed the adjacent rooftop.
When things calmed down and birds re-appeared , a solo Goldfinch started a partial song away from it's companions who were still chattering amongst themselves. " Spring is on the way,maybe? "

-- Edited by phillipskelly on Monday 22nd of January 2018 12:13:46 PM

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Not many birds on and around the feeders over the last week, still mainly Goldfinch with occasional apearances from Chaffinch and Greenfinch.
The seed taken daily is down by half. Has anyone else noticed a drop in finch numbers at their feeders ?

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Early afternoon today (01.01.18) -
While watching telly and keeping an eye on the feeders (through the net curtains on my bay window) I caught a glimpse of a Sparrowhawk flash past and then spotted it again fly past and whizz over the roof.
Returning birds increased from only 10 to c50 mostly Goldfinch, with 1 Greenfinch and 2 male Chaffinch present.
Ps.I don't know why they call Goldfinch "A Charm " because they are always fighting and squabbling even when theres plenty of space at the feeders !


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Early afternoon today:
Goldfinch 32.
Greenfinch 1.
Chaffinch 2 (m+f).
Pied Wagtail 1.
Wren 1.
Robin 1.
Blue-tit 1.
Carrion Crow 2 over.
Plus the usual 20- 30 feral pigeons including one with Purple underwings and a orange ring on it's left leg which has been around for a couple of weeks.
And a pigeon with lacerations to the back of it's head and back is healing nicely.
(This bird was probably run over by a car ie. it went underneath and came out the back end).
Ps. a Grey Heron was spotted by a neighbour and myself in Burleigh rd allotments on Monday - I'd like to see one of them under the feeders .

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Whilst up the ladders filling the feeders around 12pm a small flock of Goldfinch plus a Chaffinch landed only 6- 7 ft. above my head and stayed until I filled the feeders. This is a usual occurrence ,( but only with the Goldfinch not the Chaffinch) as long as I don't make any sudden movements until I climb down and remove the ladders.
Later sightings on and around the feeders ............
Goldfinch - c25.
Greenfinch - 1.
Blackbird - 1m.
Dunnock - 2.
Pied Wagtail - 2.
Starling - 2 (only saw 2 because of vehicles parked on the street ).
Starling flock - 14 over .
Black-headed gull - 4 ...... these were flying at head - height looking at the c30 pigeons picking up dropped seed. So I threw some brown bread down, which they gracefully picked up without landing and that's when the two Starling turned up.
Yesterday Thursday at 8.30 am ............
Golfinch - 40.
Greenfinch - 4.
Robin - 1.
Dunnock - 1.
Cormorant - 2 over (probably off to Salford Quays)
Carrion crow - 2 over .



-- Edited by phillipskelly on Friday 8th of December 2017 02:15:47 PM

-- Edited by phillipskelly on Friday 8th of December 2017 02:16:52 PM

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On and around the feeders today -
Goldfinch - 24.
Greenfinch - 4.
Robin - 1 (picking bits of seed from the floor).
Plus 2 cats , one qietly ejected from my terrace garden, the other removed with a large stone "chucked" across the road at it as it looked to pounce on a victim behind a car at the base of the tree, possibly the Robin.
Also last week lots of visits from a male Blackbird picking seed from forks in the tree as it's Sorbus tree has no berries on it due to an invasion of a small flock of starling.
Two Pied wagtail were also seen picking seed from the floor.
Two Blue -tit showed as well.

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Had a visit from a Sparrowhawk at 1.50 pm today, putting all the pigeons and golfinch in the air as it headed ( drifted) towards the Gorse Hill pub putting at least 70 more pigeons up (c100 in total ).
The Sparrowhawk returned exactly 10mins later over the feeders ccausing more panic, but leaving empty handed over my roof.
On and around the feeders ......
Goldfinch - 25 .
Dunnock - 1.
Greenfinch - 2 (seen earlier ).
Sparrowhawk - 1 .
Its been a very quiet day today with very few people /cars passing the feeders disturbing any birds, unlike yesterday when the street was very busy with lots of noise and movement from delivery vans etc. although there were more birds about (around 35 goldfinch at times).
It only took 2 hours to empty the feeders of half their sunflower hearts.

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On and around the feeders -

Goldfinch - 20's
Chaffinch - 1 ( being bullied off the feeders by squabbling goldfinch ).
Robin - 1.
Dunnock - 2 (possibly 3) picking bits of seed off the pavement.
Carrion Crow - 1.
Had a visit from 6 long-tail tits and usually 3 Greenfinch last week.


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Lots of finches on and around the feeders over the last few weeks, 30's, 40's even 50's.
Also lots of cats about - none wearing collars and bells.
A dead Goldfinch was found on a neighbour"s step a week or so ago, and I witnessed a cat ambush a ferral pigeon from under the beech hedge adjacent the feeders killing it and dragging the bird back through the hedge before I could react.
There's been up to 5 Greenfinch at a time on the feeders as well as the occasional Dunnock, Robin and Blue-tit.
The Sparrowhawk has been about the area, seen mainly by my neighbour Sue . And there was a head - less pigeon , together with a neat pile of feathers neatly plucked from its chest at the boundary of my 10ft x 3ft. front garden early this afternoon.
Needless to say the ferral pigeons are "crapping it" at the moment resulting in dropped and half eaten seed building up around the base of the tree and becoming a slippy sludge which needs to be swept up a.s.a.p.

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Great views of a Sparrowhawk circling above the feeders then being mobbed by several Starling (from a flock of about 40) and also 5 brave Goldfinch. The Sparrowhawk was then mobbed again by a Carrion crow which had a claws and talons jig with it (still accompanied by the 5 Goldfinch) !
Earlier on and around the feeders -
Goldfinch c 40 at 5pm (but not many throughout the day ).
Greenfinch 3 (2 juv and 1 adult earlier ) .
Great Spotted Woodpecker 1 over .

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On and around the feeders at 11am.
Goldfinch c25 (many juveniles ).
Greenfinch 5 (including 1 juvenile ).
Blue tit 2.
Great tit 2.
Also checked the backyard feeders and BT wires.
Goldfinch 30.
Ps. I then put up extra feeders to cope with the demand (given to me by Steve Burke - thanks again Steve ).

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In my backyard at 4pm. when a flock of c40 Goldfinch did a circuit over. When I looked at the feeders 31 birds flew from the Birch trees nearby, with many staying in the Birches . Needless to say that the ones in the Birches were happily chatering away, but the feeders can't handle 31birds at once so the fireworks began !!!
Also over was a Gey Wagtail.
Yesterday 15.09.17
Goldfinch around 20 for most of the day .
Greenfinch 1 adult feeding 2 young then later 5 other adults.
Visits from -
Great tit 1.
Blue tit 2.
Robin 1.
Grey Wagtail 1 over .

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Late post for Sunday 17.09.17
Filled the feeders as usual and 30 seconds later around 25 birds were on and around them. The odd thing was the amount of seed on the pavement ... no pigeons clearing it up, in fact they normally arrive as soon as I put the ladders up against the street tree. I noticed them all sat on my roof (about 25) not interested.
Something had disturbed them .
About 20 minutes later (11.50am)things returned to normal until the usual suspect turned up.
Yes you guessed it,a Sparrowhawk which flew over the terrace roof and scattered everything at the feeders.
Prior to this birds at the feeders were -
Goldfinch - c21 (including a young bird beingfed by a parent) .
Greenfinch - 2.
Blue tit - 2 .
And occasionally a single Robin.

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Just to add to my last post , there is still a juvenile Goldfinch begging food from an adult bird at the feeders at the moment.

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Just started to watch the birds at the feeders 2.30pm when they exploded !!
Looking up I saw a Sparrowhawk coming from over the terrace roof, past the feeders which continued on toward Chester rd , chasing a Goldfinch (which continued to call) for about 300yds before giving up and drifting back empty handed .
The ferral pigeon clean up crew always spot the danger first .

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Filled the feeders at 11.30m today, within 30 seconds 9 juvenile and 1 adult Goldfinch were feeding side by side with only a little squabbling . Moments later a flock of 40 Goldfinch dropped onto a nearby Birch tree . I guess there must have been at least 60 birds in the area !
This was happening as a heavy shower occurred, all the birds were chattering away very loudly ...... What a Spectacle !!!
It makes all the small effort of filling the feeders with over 1kg /day well worthwhile.
Happy days
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Around 12pm today.
Flock of c20 birds alternating between the street tree feeders and the backyard feeders mainly juvenile Goldfinch (10 on one feeder including a Greenfinch with no fighting ! ) .
Also present - 2 adult blue tit.
1 adult Greenfinch with a lack of feathers on it's head , looking in poor condition, also with a large redish growth on it's upper mandible. It was feeding furiously until there was an explosion of feral pigeons and everything else in and around the feeders ... probably the Sparrowhawk about (but I saw nothing) .
The juvenile Goldfinch have done really well this season - my last 20kg bag of sunflower hearts lasted just 19 days ,phew!
Starting a new 20kg bag today.


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Sunday 20.08.17
Lay awake in bed listening to the usual 2 Lesser Black-back gulls calling as it became light at 5.10am , had a look at the feeders about 6am ish with about 25 Goldfinch fighting for the remaining seed in the feeders. I then checked the backyard feeders which had 21 Goldfinch dropping down from the telephone wires to use them.
Checking the street tree feeders later that day around 6pm there was c30 Goldfinch including at least one Greenfinch present plus 2 Cormorant flying south towards Sale Wp. ( it always gets really busy around that time ).
A Sparrowhawk flew over disperseing everything.

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Juvenile Goldfinch begging food plus other juveniles feeding themselves today with several adults.
Two juveniles showing early stages of adult plumage emerging with small black patches of the face - mask occuring, one of them showing a little red also.
At least one Greenfinch seen, plus two Blue tit.

Late news for Sunday - A Sparrowhawk made an attack at the base of the tree at 10.45am scattering 20+ ferral pigeon, then dissapeared over the beech hedge at the rear of the feeders and left in the opposite direction.
Not sure if it caught any prey as it flew behind some birch trees and out of sight .

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Sparrowhawk seen carrying prey at 11.30am today at rear of the houses opposite the feeders by Sue my next door neighbour.

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On my way back from the gym tonight at 6.24pm. I saw 2 Common Buzzard flying low (40-50ft) over Chester rd.shops Gorse hill, about 300yds from the Burleigh rd.street tree feeders.
All the local pigeon community were up and about I panic mode.
The Buzzards headed off towards the Trafford Park area,so I rang my neighbour Sue to keep a look-out for them. Sue informed me that they were present over Burleigh rd. and the feeders Twice today at 4pm. and 4.50pm. being mobbed by gulls.


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After filling the feeders all the finches returned within 30 seconds with 2 new Greenfinch juveniles at the feeders for possibly the first time, as one was on top of a feeder, not quite knowing what to do until the other turned up and plunged straight in amongst the many Goldfinches (mainly juveniles ) ...... the first one then launched itself ending up on the other juveniles back temporarily. An adult also arrived a short time after , as did a Sparrowhawk which scattered 20 Ferral Pigeon below the tree as well as everything else.
The Sparrowhawk didn't make an attack only circled low over the tree before dissapearing over my roof (probably checking the backyard feeders ).

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I've just been informed by my neighbour Sue , that a large bird with a yellow beak , mottiled chest and yellow legs which she thought was a Buzzard landed briefly at the top of the tree with the feeders in it about 6.30pm.
Sue isn't a birder but has a keen interest in birds/wildlife , and I think she knows the difference between a Sparrowhawk and a
Buzzard,because I've pointed them out on the door-step several times.
After a careful "grilling" I tend to agree with her that it was a Buzzard.
I'm just sorry I missed it .

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Yesterday 18.07.17 - two young Greenfinch were calling to be fed in the tree and one made its way to the feeders but sat and watched adult and juvenile Goldfinches feed then dissappeard into the canopy again.
Later two adult Greenfinch turned up and fed but no youngsters , although one youngster appeared later( 4.20pm) and used them.
At least they're about.
Ps. Two of my neighbours spotted a Sparrowhawk again over Burleigh rd that morning at10.30am (I was in my car and missed it ).

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Sparrowhawk circling high over Burleigh rd. tonight 7.45pm then heading towards Old Trafford area.

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An unexpected visitor was seen at the feeders ( after returning from Sale wp ) this afternoon which was a Jackdaw !
Very common in the open spaces around Stretford , but not on the street - you've got more chance of seeing a Crow (not at the Co-op... it's not a Crows shop)
wink.
It had a very short stay only able to grab a bite at the fat log which the Starlings haven't used much in the last week or so, probably due to the wet weather and the grass being soft.

-- Edited by phillipskelly on Sunday 16th of July 2017 09:28:44 PM

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This morning while up the ladder filling the feeders there was a young Goldfinch begging food about 6 foot above me, I was glad when it left because it was so loud being close up .
Minutes later as I put the ladders away 4 new Goldfinch youngsters turned up followed by 3 very young Blue tit using the fat log as well as the sunflower hearts.
Greenfinch adults have been present several times - but no more juveniles since the one on 2 June.
Goldfinch adults are constantly present.

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Finally seen my first juvenile Greenfinch on the feeders accompanied by a good looking adult male at 7.38pm.
The youngster was fairly well developed and almost as good at taking and processing the sunflower hearts as the adult bird.
They stayed until a car parked beneath the feeders and 3 people got out then slammed the doors , Doh !

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All through June juvenile and adult Goldfinch have been attending the feeders regularly (including newly fledged begging food from parents in the last week).
Blue tit adults and juveniles have also been using the feeders but I think it's mainly one pair with 2 juveniles.
Greenfinch have been present quite often , probably 2 pair but No juveniles .
Its nice to see the Goldfinch doing so well sometimes feeding until 9pm.
1kg of sunflower hearts only lasts a day .

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My last post should have read Sun 11.06.17 not 11.05.17.
And on Sat 15 April should have read 14 Goldfinch not 14 Chaffinch.
I've tried to edit both posts but was unable.
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For the week ending Sun11.05.17 -
Blue tit feeding 1 young which was also feeding itself on the fat block and sunflower seed.
Great tit feeding on the fat block.
Goldfinch adults and juveniles (sometimes 4 juv.at a time ) .
Greenfinch (2 adults usually ) but no young yet seen .
Starling in 6's and 7's using the fat block, also juveniles x4 on the block feeding and learning to fight for the food they need.
I had to move the fat block because adult Starlings were scrapping on every visit,disturbing other birds. I also put a fresh one up on Thursday and had to replace it on Sunday !
Its almost 50% eaten already today .
My backyard feeders have been used frequently and need filling often , with Goldfinch sat on the yard walls and backdoor as well as the BT pole /wires waiting for a chance to get a place at the feeders .

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