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Post by Dave 418 on Wed Jun 17, 2020 8:24 pm

As I said yesterday I had a pair of starlings fly into the workshop. Today whilst making tea one flew into the kitchen window, it was closed. Later one flew into the dinning room door, it as also closed. Both of them flew off after a couple of mins. 
We have never seen this meany young starlings until lockdown. Not helped by us getting the idiots of the flock.
Another bird thing we have noticed are a couple of little pigeons. Maybe I am wrong but they are about half the normal size with a black ring around there necks.
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Post by Tinwheeler on Wed Jun 17, 2020 8:47 pm

I wonder if they might be collared doves, Dave? We get them in our garden, usually in pairs.

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Post by Roopert on Wed Jun 17, 2020 8:48 pm

Collared doves? Quite nice-looking but I find their calls a bit irritating!

Starlings are an odd one, because for dark (almost black) birds, the adult plumage is very attractive indeed, with the green-purple iridescent look in bright light - but only when seen up close. They look boring at a distance. And yes - the young ones do seem to blunder about a bit!
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Post by Dave 418 on Wed Jun 17, 2020 9:21 pm

The adult starlings are nice plumage..The kids are just a bit dim. My Grandma used to call them Joe Stalins for some reason.
The doves can be a bit noisy. They sit in our tree at the front annoying muttly.
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Post by burlingtonboaby on Thu Jun 18, 2020 6:23 am

The young wee Ring Doves are getting attacked by the Magpies,who have set up here recently, the Rooks and Crows used to keep them away, too many now.
Blackies,wren, Spugs are brooding there second eggs this year, only if the cats would leave them alone.
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Post by HairyFool on Thu Jun 18, 2020 4:38 pm

We have a feeding station outside our dining room window and beyond it a bird house, occupied for the 1st time this year after 5 years.

The parents have neat small beaks but look at the size of the chicks!
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Post by burlingtonboaby on Thu Jun 18, 2020 4:48 pm

Nice to see wee Blue t it's in the box Harry , our Wren has taken over the BT box.
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Post by HairyFool on Thu Jun 18, 2020 7:06 pm

The blur on the left is a parent winging in to the open mouth

Eight Starling on the feeders at times, somewhat scarce the odd times Cyril turned up

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Post by Gromit on Thu Jun 18, 2020 7:26 pm

Time you put a new roof on your nest box Hairy.

It's nearly as bad as ours, so your (excellent) photos have given me a jolt to get on with it.  up!
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Post by HairyFool on Thu Jun 18, 2020 9:20 pm

The cage was mostly intended to stop pigeons and yes it has a lid. The cage is deliberately loose so nothing can get stressed by being trapped. It is quite comical watching it fight through the mesh.Bird Troubles Cyril210
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Post by Askit on Sat Jun 20, 2020 3:33 pm

I've got perspex on teo sides of our bird house and some wire bars on the other two, the smal birds can get in to feed and the pigeons can't. That's apart from one that has figured out how to cling on and stick it's head through the bars. I also put extra bars on my not squirrel proof, squirrel proof nut feeder  Whistle1 It must be not very clever because it tries to get nuts every day and every day it fails.

The gardener did well today, she put out some fresh food for the birds and, for the first time in our garden, she had long tailed t its feeding a few feet away from her.

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Post by Dave 418 on Sat Jun 20, 2020 3:45 pm

Never mind birds in my workshop it’s the bumble bees turn now. I had a big fat one in there yesterday. It seemed to really like the light. Today I had two sat on the WD40 can. Maybe they like the smell. 
I don’t chase out bees they have a purpose but wasps are banned and will be evicted on site. 
The blackbirds are nesting in the bush right outside our front window. The male Blackbird sits on the tall tree next door every night chirping it’s heart out just as it goes dark.
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Post by groundhog on Sat Jun 20, 2020 5:11 pm

I had a wasp in the car the other day and sprayed it with WD40, didn't kill it but it stopped buzzing allthumbz
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Post by babian on Sat Jun 20, 2020 6:00 pm

In my workshop ( big shed) I like to look after the big spiders. Once ( George) the biggest, came out from behind the window security mesh on the inside and as I watched grabbed a live flying wasp as it landed. The scrap lasted about two minutes and the spider won!!
Went back to the window frame but returned minutes later and started to weave a small securing web around his evenings dinner.
The wasp tried its hardest to sting the spider but eight legs won the fight.
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