Unusual Birds in Your Garden (avian variety)

#1
This is a sort of adjunct to Cuddles' post about magpies (One for sorrow etc.). In view of the current inclement weather my OH and I have been putting fat cakes out for the birds and have enjoyed watching the antics of great tits, blue tits, dunnocks right outside our window. Today for the first time we were visited by a grey wagtail (quite unusual as they normally hang about near running water).

So, any keen twitchers seen any unusual birdage in their garden?
 

jim24

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#2
The fat balls I put out were like glass marbles in under an hour here today, christ it's cold
 
#3
Next door neighbour, she is a strange bird
 
#4
Grey wagtails - never had those before but have now.

Jays, waxwing (only one), pheasant, moorcock, and a pair of Bullfinch.

And we live 5 miles from Newcastle town centre.
 
#5
The first brambling - we're expecting the waxwings soon. In the mean time we still have all the usual sparrows, dunnocks, siskins, robins, greater spotted woodpeckers, jays, jackdaws, doves, pigeons, blackbirds, wrens, both wagtails, the occasional nuthatch and thrush, tits (including long tailed but not bearded) most of the finches and a sparrow hawk that uses the feeders as a takeaway.
Oh yes, bloody mallards - but not for long!
 
#7
We had a bird I had never seen before, which I had to look up which was a Nuthatch, pretty common I believe. I have a a pond with water freely running from a filter and noticed a bit of activity in the snowy period of birds drinking from the filter so I have been taking a keen interest in recent weeks.
 

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Normal ones - Blue Tits, Great Tits, Sparrows, Collared Dove, Wood Pigeon, Magpie, and recently a spotted woodpecker - and for the last few months, 3 or 4 green Parakeets, always in a bunch, very colourful, pretty and active.

I am a bit concerned that they may steal all the decent housing sites from the woodpeckers - has anyone else any experience of these non-native species?
 
#11
Wow! I've never had so many replies to a thread in such a short space of time. It's nice to know fellow arrsers are also interested in our beautiful feathered friends. But what is a moorcock? Does it go by another name, or is it a particularly unusual regional speciality?
 
#12
Normal ones - Blue Tits, Great Tits, Sparrows, Collared Dove, Wood Pigeon, Magpie, and recently a spotted woodpecker - and for the last few months, 3 or 4 green Parakeets, always in a bunch, very colourful, pretty and active.

I am a bit concerned that they may steal all the decent housing sites from the woodpeckers - has anyone else any experience of these non-native species?
Presumably you live in the South East, as I do. We get flocks of parakeets squawking overhead at regular intervals, and have seen them mobbing a pigeon. Can't comment on whether they threaten our native species, but can't help thinking they may need to be "controlled" in the near future.
 

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Presumably you live in the South East, as I do. We get flocks of parakeets squawking overhead at regular intervals, and have seen them mobbing a pigeon. Can't comment on whether they threaten our native species, but can't help thinking they may need to be "controlled" in the near future.
They need controlling? Typical bloody Paras...............
 
#14
we have noisy visitors in our garden everymorning, galahs and cockatoo,s 3 or 4 different types of lorikeets and rosellas , all wake us up with their dawn chatter, all through the day we have finches and our huge aussie type of magpie, but our favourite garden dwellers are the resident doves and blue wrens that chatter like mad when snakes are about, lots eagles and peregrines are quite common because our home is in foothills, not like when we lived in farnborough where our resident eagle owl barney and 2 redtailed hawks would scare anything except sparrows away. happy twitching
 
#15
Just went out to get some more wood and a Barn owl scared the life out of me.
Ditto, first one i have seen in the village, there are two pairs in nest boxes about three miles away on a nature reserve, do they hunt during the day due to the weather?
 

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Before anyone says anything, I think I've sussed what a moorcock is - a male moorhen. Doh! Also sussed why grey wagtails are not hanging out round running water - there isn't any.
 
#17
Ditto, first one i have seen in the village, there are two pairs in nest boxes about three miles away on a nature reserve, do they hunt during the day due to the weather?
I have seen them out late afternoon 5ish but that was a good few klicks away. This year best thing seen was a European Small owl, saw a fledgling on a wall 3 meters away from a B road in summer , first thought I was wrong but every few days spotted it (him I think) and sometines the female (I think) after spotting a bit I did see two so ma and pa were there some of the time. . As it was on the way home I started to try to get a photo of them, skittish is not the word. I parked a good 100m away and got to the other side of the road a good 20 to 30 times, in cammo old jungly stuff in large bush but any sudden move and they ,it was off.
In the end got a few good shots about 3 months later ,only of the youngster. Few weeks later the lot were gone.

I did see and pick up the wing (all that was left)of a very flat Barn Owl a week or so later about 25 meters away (hit by a car). Hope it diddnt take out the little owls.
 
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