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Top Ten - Birds
02 April 2016 15:58 Post ID: #547030
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Here are the top ten birds in British Gardens:





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02 April 2016 16:00 Post ID: #547031 - in reply to #547030
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In our home, the birds get fed and watered first thing in a morning. The fish get fed second. My cup of tea is third on the morning list!!!!!!

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02 April 2016 23:23 Post ID: #547076 - in reply to #547030
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At least I've heard of all those!

We stopped feeding the birds when we got mice - the mouse catcher came and said we shouldn't feed the birds
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26 September 2016 09:44 Post ID: #553260 - in reply to #547031
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rybel_b - 2/4/2016 4:00 PM

In our home, the birds get fed and watered first thing in a morning. The fish get fed second. My cup of tea is third on the morning list!!!!!!



Brilliant, I wish everyone was as caring as you are Bez.

Keep up the good work.
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26 September 2016 09:47 Post ID: #553261 - in reply to #547076
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herringthorpe - 2/4/2016 11:23 PM

At least I've heard of all those!

We stopped feeding the birds when we got mice - the mouse catcher came and said we shouldn't feed the birds



I'm surprised that the Collared Dove isn't on that list because they've become very commonplace in recent years.
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26 September 2016 09:51 Post ID: #553262 - in reply to #553261
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And what about the Wren and Hedge Sparrow (Dunnock as they're known these days).
I see them every day on my back garden.
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26 September 2016 10:30 Post ID: #553278 - in reply to #547030
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We've had a lot of Magpies this last couple of weeks
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26 September 2016 15:14 Post ID: #553286 - in reply to #553278
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Yes, me too Caz, but they're horrible birds and during "nesting" time I've seen on many occasions where magpies have stolen eggs from nests and even worse, they kill and eat young birds. Not nice when you witness it happening on your lawn/garden in broad daylight.

I know that it's just nature, but it's not nice.
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26 September 2016 22:42 Post ID: #553309 - in reply to #547030
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No, I'm not keen on them either - but I hate pigeons. Mind you a couple of years ago we saw a robin set about a sparrow and had to go out and make a noise so the robin would fly away and leave the sparrow alone
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27 September 2016 23:25 Post ID: #553342 - in reply to #553309
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Ha-ha, yes robins are little fighters and will defend their territory vigorously. It probably had a nest nearby or a chick (or two) hiding in a hedge close by Caz.
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28 September 2016 10:14 Post ID: #553363 - in reply to #547030
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We used to have a couple of robins all year round but haven't seen one for a while - very territorial robins aren't they?
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29 September 2016 16:38 Post ID: #553414 - in reply to #553363
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I spotted a Sparrow Hawk (a regular visitor) in one of the trees at the bottom of our garden this morning.

I suspected that there might be one in the area because there wasn't any other birds to be seen. It's a tell-tale sign when all the other birds disappear from the area.

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01 October 2016 02:46 Post ID: #553482 - in reply to #553414
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The Starlings are beginning to flock together now and there's one of around sixty birds that passes overhead a few times each day. They could stay local or they might choose to join a bigger "murmuration" further south. It's a fantastic spectacle if you're lucky enough to see one. Personally I've not seen one "live" but I've seen them on t.v. WOW!
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01 October 2016 09:41 Post ID: #553497 - in reply to #547030
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One day last week I was nattering on the 'phone and stood near the window and heard a noise, looked out and there were ducks in the air!
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01 October 2016 23:50 Post ID: #553528 - in reply to #553497
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More likely they were geese Caz at this time of the year.

There are thousands of geese coming to these shores at this time of the year, and most of them "migrate" inland to our lakes and ponds to spend the winter here.

The biggest flocks are usually Greylag geese or Pink Footed geese, and they look very similar from a distance, but as you get closer you can see the pink legs on some of them.
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03 October 2016 08:31 Post ID: #553554 - in reply to #547030
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Oh right! Yes, they could have been!
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03 October 2016 17:23 Post ID: #553605 - in reply to #553554
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We're lucky enough to have a few ponds around these parts so if you visit one you've every chance of spotting some less common birds.
There's the R.S.P.B. Old Moor site at Wombwell which is fantastic for bird watching, even if you're a novice at it.
Then a bit closer to home we've got Thrybergh reservoir, Silverwood lagoon, Catcliffe flash, Firsby reservoir, Greasbrough dam, Wentworth lakes and more recently the man made Orgreave lakes, Rother Valley and a few more.

Lots to choose from.
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03 October 2016 22:31 Post ID: #553625 - in reply to #547030
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You don't realise how much water there is round Rotherham do you until it's all put down on paper. You missed Tickhill Pond out! My great nephew used to love feeding the ducks there.
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04 October 2016 11:31 Post ID: #553650 - in reply to #547030
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Where is Silverwood lagoon? I walk to Silverwood and Ravenfield woods with my dog but didn't know there was such a thing!
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05 October 2016 00:52 Post ID: #553672 - in reply to #553625
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That's one that I never knew about Caz, and it's a bit too far out really for me to visit regularly.

Having said that, I passed through Tickhill only last week on my way to Doncaster/Sheffield Robin Hood Airport (what a stupid name) (I'll bet a few have said the same about New York Stadium)
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05 October 2016 01:13 Post ID: #553673 - in reply to #553650
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sixpence - 4/10/2016 11:31 AM

Where is Silverwood lagoon? I walk to Silverwood and Ravenfield woods with my dog but didn't know there was such a thing!



If you walk up there Sixpence then you must walk past the entrance every time. It's on your right hand side (as you're walking up to Ravenfield), where the pit used to be and where there's now a winding wheel replica erected in memorium to those who lost their lives in Silverwood pit. That is the entrance to the "lagoons" but they are a further 1/4 of a mile along the path and up the hill.

Funnily enough Sixpence, it's become a very popular walk for people and their dogs. The downside being that some dog owner's don't clear up after their dogs and what was a nice little walk has become spoiled for many, including myself. They seem to think that because they're out of sight of others, that they don't have to pick the mess up after them.

Being a birdwatcher myself, the walk up to the lagoon has been spoiled because instead of being able to look around at the beautiful surroundings, these days you've got to keep your wits about you and keep looking down in case you tread in something.

Some people just don't give a toss about others, they're selfish.
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