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Posted by heartblock 03 January, 2017 13:17

Siskin, redpoll? But you would be very lucky to get those. Goldfinches are usually in groups - maybe your one finch is keeping his discovery to himself!

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Posted by heartblock 03 January, 2017 13:18

And/or greenfinches

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Posted by heartblock 03 January, 2017 13:22

Actually greenfinches..not sure.. Also if your niger seed is old, discard it as dry seeds won't attract birds.

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Posted by Sue 03 January, 2017 13:26

heartblock Wrote:
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> Actually greenfinches..not sure.. Also if your
> niger seed is old, discard it as dry seeds won't
> attract birds.


It was put out this Winter and is being eaten, but good advice!

Never seen any greenfinches round here, sadly.

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Posted by BrandNewGuy 03 January, 2017 13:45

Greenfinches are less common than they were due to the disease trichomonosis, which sadly has killed off a lot of them in the last ten years or so. But we do still have them around in our parks and open spaces.

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Posted by cookie 03 January, 2017 13:58

We get a flock of goldfinches visit to feast on the seeds in our teasels in the back garden. We were going to pull them up, but will keep them from now on. Also been nice to see long tail tits and a grey wagtail in Peckham Rye Park recently.

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Posted by JRK 04 January, 2017 12:36

I would love some bird action in my back garden but fear there are too many neighbouring cats who prowl around in wait. I put a feeder up in a safe from cats place but it doesn't get any action - is this because it's filled with sunflower seeds and birds think these are boring? Maybe a fat ball will work. I don't want to entice birds into my garden to get pounced on but would love to hear a twitter tweet tweet once and a while. I have seen 3 blue tits since we moved in last Feb (pretty shocking) and a friendly blackbird searching for worms on a more regular occasion.

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Posted by BrandNewGuy 13 January, 2017 21:05

A dozen redwings yesterday on Green Dale. Chatty thrushes visiting from Scandinavia for the winter :-)

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Posted by Frenchpolisher 16 January, 2017 11:48

Sue Wrote:
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> I have a niger feeder, and the seed is being eaten
> although only one goldfinch has ever been spotted
> (by my partner, grrrrrr, as I bought the feeder
> and seed specifically to attract them!)
>
> Are there other birds whose beaks are slim enough
> to get through the feeding slits?

To be honest the Goldfinches rarely eat niger these days if sunflower hearts are available. I first put out niger seed about 10-11 years ago when Goldfinches were much scarcer in our back gardens. It took almost a year to get my first one, but numbers have increased ever since. About 4-5 years ago they began eating predominantly the sunflower hearts and began neglecting the niger. This is apparently a nationwide trend as the birds have obviosly realised it offers more nutrition for less work.

Goldfinch numbers tend to peak in the spring/summer and again in the winter, although this winter they have been rather conspicuous by their absence in my garden. I'm guessing that the relatively mild winter has meant smaller flocks, more natural food and thus less reason to visit gardens. I have seen flocks of Goldfinch in Dulwich and Bel Air parks of around 50 and this is small compared to how large they can get.

As others have said, Chaffinches tend to be less common in local gardens, although if you are very close to the parks or woods you'd have a better chance.

It is worth leaving the niger out in the winter though. While the recent mild winters have put a stop to it, for about five or six years in a row I had both Redpoll and Siskin on my niger feeders over the winter. At this time of year Redpoll can often be seen in the birches around the American garden in Dulwich park. The same trees are also good for Siskins, although the Alders around the lake in Bel Air is generally a better bet.

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Posted by Sue 16 January, 2017 23:41

That's interesting.

Will have to check out the price of sunflower hearts though.

Can redpolls and siskins get at the Niger seed easily? The slits in the feeder are very small, presumably so that the tiny seeds don't fall out?

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Posted by Frenchpolisher 18 January, 2017 23:00

Sue Wrote:
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> That's interesting.
>
> Will have to check out the price of sunflower
> hearts though.
>
> Can redpolls and siskins get at the Niger seed
> easily? The slits in the feeder are very small,
> presumably so that the tiny seeds don't fall out?

I use a Droll Yankee niger feeder and the Siskin and Redpoll have no problems feeling from it. Not had either species for a couple of winters, but with the current cold spell who knows. Would be nice to get some local Waxwings. Had some on Dawson's two or three winters back. Been a few in North London this week, but none this side of the river.

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Posted by amac 21 January, 2017 13:17

Very interesting, thanks for that. Down in Lower Sydenham, if you are close to the River Pool coal tits and chaffinches are common garden feeders in addition to the hordes of goldfinches and tits. Sadly greenfinches seem to have completely gone. Occasional siskins and greater spotted woodpeckers on the feeders too. Damn parakeets have found my seed feeders now and hoover everything, so will soon get hold of caged feeders (keep out squirrels too hopefully). Kingfisher action on the river OK this winter too - although not up to levels of 10 years back. Little egret and water rail are regulars on the river, especially where it meets the Ravensbourne river (wow, the rapids!)

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Posted by BrandNewGuy 21 January, 2017 16:17

Just went for a walk along the River Pool, amac, and you'll be pleased to know I heard a few greenfinches :-) No kingfishers or water rails, but lots of moorhens and a little flock of fieldfares in the trees, plus starling, house sparrow, dunnock, robin, wren, blackbird, song thrush, blue tit, great tit, coal tit, goldfinch, chaffinch, carrion crow, magpie, jackdaw, wood pigeon, feral pigeon, herring gull, mallard, pied wagtail and grey wagtail. Lovely place!

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Posted by Passiflora 22 January, 2017 14:14

I've not seen so many small birds at my feeder today and hoping some didn't perish last night in the very cold weather. Usually have two blackbirds that are always together but only seen the one today. Hope it isn't the case but early this morning even car brake was frozen and could hardly move and that's never happened before.

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Posted by Passiflora 23 January, 2017 20:10

Both blackbirds back today skittling around the grass and feeding.

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Posted by civilservant 31 March, 2017 23:19

Bluetits very busy this morning scavenging our dog's combings (which I leave out in the garden for them) to line their nests. Flying off home with furry 'moustaches' tucked in their beaks - very funny!

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Posted by ianr 02 April, 2017 14:34

First house moths and ladybugs of the year this week.

A couple of weeks ago, in Bellenden Road, at the junction with Highshore, my attention was grabbed by something big in the clear sky. It was a magpie, carrying in its beak a branchlet of a tree that could have been up to two foot long. On its way to a nearby rooftop I think.

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Posted by Nigello 02 April, 2017 17:50

I saw a ladybird (NOT bug!) but not sure whether it was one of the invasive species ones - it was mainly dark with red spots rather than the other way around.
Small butterflies (moths?) at ground level on Wimbledon Common yesterday - anyone know which kind they could have been?

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Posted by Gesundheit 05 April, 2017 07:48

Saw a pheasant in Peckham Rye park a few days ago in the gated area opposite the park office. Apparently he's been spotted a few times but doubt it's quiet enough for him to stick around.

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Posted by BrandNewGuy 05 April, 2017 09:37

Saw a peregrine falcon flying over Green Dale fields last weekend. Someone else saw one yesterday. You can tell when a sparrowhawk or peregrine is in the vicinity as all the other birds shut up immediately :-)

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Posted by rendelharris 05 April, 2017 10:35

Nigello Wrote:
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> Small butterflies (moths?) at ground level on
> Wimbledon Common yesterday - anyone know which
> kind they could have been?

Meadow Browns are very common on London grasslands and, as the name suggests, could easily be taken for moths.

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Posted by turtle 06 April, 2017 12:27

Just watched a lovely fat woody wallowing in the birdbath, his mate went the full hog and took his dip in the dogs paddling pool! Happy days! ☺

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Posted by ianr 22 April, 2017 10:10

London Wildlife Trust / Friends of Dog Kennel Hill Wood / Friends of Green Dale are advertising their spring walk, tomorrow (Sunday) at 10am, at [www.eastdulwichforum.co.uk].

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Posted by precious star 22 April, 2017 10:55

It is 'world earth day today', so its important to keep reminding ourselves that every little thing we can do to help nature/ and environment is a step forward to improving our own lives too. With the decline of so many creatures like hedgehogs 36.5 million now down to only 1.55 million, 'world earth day' is happening all over the world to make everyone more aware of how we can all make a change, no matter how small. Xx

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Posted by nunhead_man 22 April, 2017 11:01

Sparrow hawk - female in our garden this am - buzzed one of our cats and sent sparrows on our feeders in all directions!

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Posted by BrandNewGuy 23 April, 2017 14:31

Great spring walk on Green Dale and through Dog Kennel Hill Wood this morning, led by Daniel Greenwood of the London Wildlife Trust. The good news is that the whitethroats are back from Africa and even better news is that we heard a lesser whitethroat too. That's a first for me around here.



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Posted by Sue 24 April, 2017 00:08

smiling smiley

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Posted by KirstyH 30 April, 2017 13:00

Goldcrest in Peckham Rye Japanese Gardens yesterday - really close-up view, lovely.

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Posted by Sue 02 May, 2017 01:25

Baby moorhens in Dulwich Park smiling smiley

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Posted by ianr 02 May, 2017 16:47

Sunday 7 May is International Dawn Chorus Day, [www.bbc.co.uk]. Please ensure that all your local avians are aware of this.

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