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Posted by Sue 13 December, 2017 14:06

Lucky you, I've never seen any round here!

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Posted by MissDumpling 14 December, 2017 11:11

Definitely redwings - and a large flock. They’re still around (we’re in The Gardens) and looking resplendent in the sunshine! What a treat.

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Posted by sjsl 16 December, 2017 14:38

Still here in North Dulwich as well – so worth looking out for if you want to catch them.

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Posted by JMB2012 17 December, 2017 22:09

I was wondering if others have noticed reduced numbers of garden birds this year? Am I mistaken in thinking there are usually various tits and finches at this time of the year? I usually have 10-15 on my feeder and at the moment I have none. Where have they gone?

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Posted by BrandNewGuy 17 December, 2017 22:39

There'll still be plenty of 'natural' food for them out there in terms of seeds, nuts and berries. Wait for the next cold snap and I'm sure you'll see more of them :-)

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Posted by BrandNewGuy 18 December, 2017 09:20

Flock of at least 40 redwings flying eastwards over ED station this morning at 8.20. Saw them again when the train pulled into Peckham Rye :-)

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Posted by SebsC 18 December, 2017 10:44

JMB2012 Wrote:
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> I was wondering if others have noticed reduced
> numbers of garden birds this year? Am I mistaken
> in thinking there are usually various tits and
> finches at this time of the year? I usually have
> 10-15 on my feeder and at the moment I have none.
> Where have they gone?

I’ve most definitely noticed this but in our case it was due to one thing alone.....parakeets. I used to regularly buy bird feed and top up our feeders in the garden . However, we have had to stop this this year after parakeets completely took over the feeders, completely emptying them within an hour and bullying away all the small, native birds. We went from having swarms of local, small birds visiting our garden to nothing but flocks of screaming parakeets fighting over the bird feeders. It’s such a shame as I used to enjoy sitting watching the garden visitors but we now have hardly anything.

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Posted by Sue 18 December, 2017 11:59

sad smiley

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Posted by TheTruthisOut 18 December, 2017 19:55

Like you, SebsC, most of the small birds in my garden disappeared after the parakeets arrived in force. I was feeding only the parakeets (and the ever-present pigeons who station themselves under the feeders to hoover up the scraps). I then moved the feeders to the buddleia which has made a great difference since there is no clear flight down to the feeders. One or 2 parakeets do come down from time to time but they clearly don't like not being able to fly away in a hurry. The parakeets are also not ground-feeders and I started scattering food in the borders as well. As a consequence, half a dozen chaffinches, a good 8 or 9 goldfinches, blue and great tits as well as starlings, a robin and blackbirds (who were nowhere to be seen when the parakeets were so vocal) have returned. I don't know if it will be a permanent solution but it's certainly working for now.

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Posted by Nigello 30 December, 2017 12:02

I saw a wren in a hedge on Friern Road, library-end. Are they rare around here?

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Posted by sillywoman 30 December, 2017 12:04

Last night at 12.30am a bird was singing it's heart out in our street - does anyone know which birds would sing at night? It's highly unusual and I couldn't see where the bird was to see what it looked like.

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Posted by DulwichFox 30 December, 2017 12:24

Robins and Blackbirds apparently sing / chirp at night, during the winter.

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Posted by BrandNewGuy 30 December, 2017 12:43

Blackbirds less so, but certainly robins – both males and females sing all year round and often through the night. Also noticeable since the days are growing longer are the louder and more repetitive great tits:

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Posted by Sue 30 December, 2017 12:53

Nigello Wrote:
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> I saw a wren in a hedge on Friern Road,
> library-end. Are they rare around here?


Don't know about rare, but I sometimes see one in my (very small but leafy) garden.

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Posted by lavender27 30 December, 2017 14:21

Magpies and crows I often heat and ser on the roof opposite my bedroom window. Who know anything about magpies?

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Posted by Robert Poste's Child 30 December, 2017 17:40

They eat carrion - meat of animals that are dead already - hence all the superstitious association with death and bad luck. They do a useful job clearing up roadkill but they also plunder other birds' eggs and young, so gardeners who like songbirds tend to discourage them.



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Posted by tomdhu 31 December, 2017 09:42

Just seen an albino squirrel this morning.

Birds were making an unusually loud racket and there was this snow white squirrel. I'd imagine it gets a rough time wherever it goes.

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Posted by Sue 13 January, 2018 10:55

Yesterday morning I saw a small animal eating suet balls in one of my bird feeders. It was balancing on the stem of a climber and reaching across to get at the food.

It wasn't a rat, and it had quite a short tail.

I was at the window and not close enough to see it properly.

Could it have been a vole? I have seen a mouse in my garden in the past, but I'm not sure this was a mouse.

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Posted by Jenny1 02 February, 2018 10:53

Just seen a male blackcap in the garden. I don't think I've ever seen one in the garden before ....maybe my lack of observational skills rather than rarity though. A brief google suggests there are more spending the winter months in the UK now.

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Posted by Jenny1 02 February, 2018 12:58

Ps re the blackcap. I now discover they're called the 'nightingales of the north' due to their beautiful song. I hope the one I saw this morning hangs around and sings.

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Posted by wolis 02 February, 2018 19:05

Saw a male and female Blackcap in our garden on Sunday morning. Not seen here before. Lets hope they are going to start breeding locally. We are in Tyrrell Rd area.

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Posted by Jenny1 03 February, 2018 17:47

Very exciting to see a pair! I shall have to do more research on this bird. Don't know much about it.

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Posted by BrandNewGuy 03 February, 2018 18:35

There are certainly breeding blackcaps on Green Dale fields (behind Sainsburys on Dog Kennel Hill) and in Sydenham Hill Woods. Lovely song.

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Posted by Jenny1 04 February, 2018 13:14

That's good to know. I shall keep my eye (and ears) open and see if I can spot them.

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Posted by Lynne 11 February, 2018 10:51

Just had a fox in the back garden

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Posted by ollieloudon 11 February, 2018 16:30

Saw a few frogs in the pond this morning

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Posted by Nigello 11 February, 2018 16:43

Plenty of blackbirds and the odd magpie picking off the shrivelled crabapples near Goodrich School and - strangely - inch-long caterpillars that coil up when touched in the house. What could they be? (I put them outside thinking they must have come in on shoes, etc.)

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Posted by Jenny1 17 February, 2018 20:23

It's possible (though I guess unlikely) that I saw a firecrest in the garden this afternoon. Probably a gold crest - but can't be sure.

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Posted by Asset 19 February, 2018 08:27

Saw a flock of about 50 redwings down Greendale yesterday

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Posted by Sue 19 February, 2018 13:58

We saw several water rats in Peckham Rye Park yesterday, in the area just up from the Oval.

Also a bit sad to see a female duck on the edge of the lake/large pond who seemed to be ill or hurt.

She was having trouble walking and seemed very subdued sad smiley



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