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Posted by Jenny1 18 June, 2017 17:15

Nigello Wrote:
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> Just about to post that: sparrows - the hardiest
> of bird, surely - were taking sips from water in a
> plant pot (which I will now change as it must have
> been there some time).

That's good. I've put out two flower pot drainage saucers of water on garden table and plant stand. I try to keep them high up to allow any drinking bird to escape in time if a cat shows up. Dehydration is a big risk for birds I believe.

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Posted by Sue 19 June, 2017 12:02

I have birds nesting in some climbers which my neighbours would like me to cut back as they are shading their garden.

The mother bird is still flying in and out with food. I can't see exactly where the nest is.

I don't want to do anything until the babies have fledged, but how will I know when that is?

I'm also worried there may be other nests in there, which obviously I don't want to disturb either.

Any advice welcome!

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Posted by rendelharris 19 June, 2017 12:12

Most common garden birds fledge around two weeks from hatching, so you can tell your neighbours they won't have to wait too long (though a bit of shade would be welcome today!). I'd suggest you wait until you're sure the mother's not taking food in any more, then cut back slowly and carefully and obviously stop as soon as you come upon any active nests.

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Posted by MissDumpling 19 June, 2017 23:02

You should come and sit in my garden as the light fades. We have a little bat visitor every year... Saw him tonight at about 10pm

Nigello Wrote:
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> Where was the bat? I have yet to see one anywhere
> in and around SE22/15/21 but would love to.

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Posted by kiera 20 June, 2017 10:43

Sue, your baby birds will be at their most vulnerable when they first leave the nest. It will take them a week or two to learn to fly and to feed themselves, so they will be staying around their home and carry on needing the protection of your climbers for a while longer following their first flight.

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Posted by Sue 20 June, 2017 11:44

Thanks Kiera

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Posted by another annie 06 August, 2017 18:59

Thought I was imagining things when I saw what looked like a tiny hummingbird in the garden this afternoon - on googling I'm pretty sure it was a hummingbird hawk-moth. It hovered/fed off several verbena bonariensis flowers, then flew off into nextdoor's garden. Has anyone else seen these?

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Posted by Lynne 06 August, 2017 21:27

I've seen that moth in Devon, but not here. I believe they're quite rare.

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Posted by TheTruthisOut 06 August, 2017 22:04

I spotted this lovely moth feeding on red valerian in Faversham in July. I also had to google it! I have never seen one in London.

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Posted by Sue 07 August, 2017 10:12

I've seen one in Venice (sorry to place drop).

It was feeding from flowers in a window box over a canal.

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Posted by Penguin68 07 August, 2017 11:11

I've certainly seen them both in France and Italy, but never in the UK. However I believe they are not, in fact, that uncommon.

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Posted by offspinner 07 August, 2017 23:48

My wife and daughter saw a a hummingbird hawk-moth a couple of weeks ago at the Centre for Wildlife Gardening in Marsden Road. The only time I've seen one was in the gardens at at Glyndebourne (sorry to place-drop!).

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Posted by Peckhampam 08 August, 2017 08:44

I saw one in my garden in Ondine Road. Maybe it was slumming it from the Centre for wildlife Gardening.

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Posted by Nigello 08 August, 2017 17:13

Saw one today on a neighbour's buddleia.

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Posted by Sue 25 August, 2017 20:09

There is something in my garden which looks like a very small damsel fly and is jumping up and down near the ground.

If disturbed it flies a short distance and then jumps up and down somewhere else.

Anybody know what it is?

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Posted by Peckhamgatecrasher 27 August, 2017 11:38

A damsel in distress?

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Posted by Sue 27 August, 2017 17:39

Ha ha ha big grin

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Posted by Nigello 27 August, 2017 20:34

Possibly a crane fly, which - I think - emerge from the ground around about this time of year but only live a day or two.

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Posted by Sue 28 August, 2017 08:47

Nigello Wrote:
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> Possibly a crane fly, which - I think - emerge
> from the ground around about this time of year but
> only live a day or two.

Ah yes it could have been, but it didn't seem to have those long crane fly legs!

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Posted by Hillbilly29 28 August, 2017 23:03

I've been lucky to see a few humming bird moths in our garden here just off Ruskin Park. Most years though not every one but still a delight

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Posted by Sue 03 October, 2017 09:05

Just seen a bird of prey in my very small garden after hearing wings flapping.

Not sure what it was, but it wasn't a Peregrine Falcon.

Buzzard?

It saw me through the window and flew off before I could get a photo.

Only the second time I've ever seen one in the garden. The last one got a starling, and I've never seen a starling in the garden since.

Hope the sparrows come back sad smiley

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Posted by BrandNewGuy 03 October, 2017 10:40

Almost certainly a sparrowhawk, Sue. Looking to breakfast on your sparrows :-) Don't worry, the sparrows will be back.





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Posted by Sue 03 October, 2017 10:52

Thanks BNG, yes that looks like it.

No sign of any sparrows this morning sad smiley

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Posted by BrandNewGuy 03 October, 2017 11:11

They'll be back they'll hunker down for a while out of view.

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Posted by red devil 09 October, 2017 15:35

Just seen a cat with a squirrel in it's mouth being chased by a fox down my garden. 30 secs later the fox is running back up the garden with the squirrel in it's mouth. I thought cats were supposed to be quick...

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Posted by louisemurray 09 October, 2017 15:57

Boy I wish I'd seen that! Lucky you

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Posted by Sue 09 October, 2017 16:59

My eagle-eyed partner spotted THREE goldfinches in a tree overlooking my garden yesterday!

Maybe the nigella seed I have been hopefully putting out for ages is finally attracting them ....

The sparrows haven't returned yet though - I can hear them twittering away in somebody else's garden sad smiley

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Posted by red devil 09 October, 2017 19:46

Goldfinches go nuts for sunflower heart seeds, it's the crack cocaine of the bird world...

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Posted by Sue 09 October, 2017 20:00

Ah, thanks for that, I shall get some and try - I like goldfinches!

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Posted by sallyfran 11 October, 2017 21:39

Keep going with the nigella seed Sue. We regularly get one goldfinch on every perch (6 in total) of our nigella feeder and over the summer had at least two families with young birds coming to feed. At one point there must have been 12 or more in the garden. I think they have become very common around here now.

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