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messageRe: ED Nature Watch
Posted by malumbu January 12, 07:28PM

Brown bird, using a nearby branch to perch on to lean across to feed from a feeder. What is it? Can't be a robin, and surprised if a dunnock or sparrow as they also feed on the ground. Too small for a starling. Not green enough for a green finch. To difficult to make out in the hedge. Help! RSPB bird finder didn't help

messageRe: ED Nature Watch
Posted by Sue January 13, 05:47PM

Too big to be a wren?

messageRe: ED Nature Watch
Posted by exdulwicher January 13, 06:45PM

Sue Wrote:
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> Too big to be a wren?

Baby green parakeet. If found, please return it to this thread:

[www.eastdulwichforum.co.uk]

😂

messageRe: ED Nature Watch
Posted by Nigello January 15, 02:46PM

Apart from owls, is there a nocturnal bird that makes hooting noises? I have heard twit-twoo sounds from around Dunstan's Rd/Daswon's Hill as have others (and written about it on here) but this was less stereotypically owlish! Any ideas? (PS Jays and long-tailed tits relative newcomers in my garden.)

messageRe: ED Nature Watch
Posted by Penguin68 January 15, 03:16PM

To-whit and to-who are 'call and answer' - to hear both requires two birds.

messageRe: ED Nature Watch
Posted by Nigello January 15, 03:20PM

Maybe I heard one of them a while back and the other the other day but it seemed not very owlish. Anyway, glad there is at least one owl near Dawson's Hill.

messageRe: ED Nature Watch
Posted by Sue January 15, 03:55PM

I was up at my allotment quite late the other day (due to a delivery) and a bat started swooping around me smiling smiley

I've never seen one so close in this country.

messageRe: ED Nature Watch
Posted by victorialucy January 16, 09:38AM

I live on East Dulwich Grove and have been hearing what sounds a bit like a female Tawny owl (but not 100%) for the last week or so. It seems to have taken up residence in the gardens that run between Glengarry and Thorncombe Road.

Has anyone else heard or know what it might be?

messageRe: ED Nature Watch
Posted by Nigello January 16, 10:03AM

[www.youtube.com] - a variety of tawny owl calls for reference

messageRe: ED Nature Watch
Posted by monkeyspanner January 16, 10:06AM

Nigello, are you sure it's not one of the many weird and wonderful noises in the foxes' repertoire? They do have a hooting call and seem very busy at the moment.

messageRe: ED Nature Watch
Posted by Nigello January 16, 10:31AM

Hmm, maybe it is. I get foxes nearby and they screech but it is more high-pitched.

messageRe: ED Nature Watch
Posted by TheTruthisOut January 16, 01:28PM

malumbu Wrote:
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> Brown bird, using a nearby branch to perch on to
> lean across to feed from a feeder. What is it?
> Can't be a robin, and surprised if a dunnock or
> sparrow as they also feed on the ground. Too
> small for a starling. Not green enough for a
> green finch. To difficult to make out in the
> hedge. Help! RSPB bird finder didn't help.

Birds are very adaptable and most so-called ground-feeders will happily use feeders (blackbirds being the exception). I suspect that the bird you saw was a sparrow. I have a hedge from which sparrows flit to the feeder all day long.

messageRe: ED Nature Watch
Posted by Sue January 16, 02:36PM

I have lots of sparrows using a hanging feeder in my garden.

messageRe: ED Nature Watch
Posted by malumbu January 17, 11:07PM

It's probably a dunnock - sparrars are more obvious. But it has a very languid style almost being horizontal when it feeds. I think we also get groups of coal tits at time, which get inside the squirrel proof feeder.

messageRe: ED Nature Watch
Posted by wolis January 18, 11:43AM

For many years we had Great Tits and Blue Tits on our feeders but much fewer these days, replaced by lots of Sparrows - House and Hedge or as a friend of ours call them LBJ's - Little Brown Jobs. The Parakeets spot the feeders and come in two and threes and manage to hang upside down to feed.



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messageRe: ED Nature Watch
Posted by malumbu January 20, 02:16PM

Got a clear siting, a blackcap (this was the female who's cap is brown) - starting to overwinter here [www.theguardian.com]

Blue and great tits the most common. Green sqwaky things yet to fully invade.

messageRe: ED Nature Watch
Posted by Asset January 21, 08:11PM

I've seen a blackcap in my garden recently, only the once.
I get long-tailed tits, blue tits, great tits, goldfinches, robins, wrens, parakeets, blackbirds regularly, dunnocks and even a goldcrest occasionally.
Never a sparrow though.

messageRe: ED Nature Watch
Posted by Sue January 22, 12:57AM

Asset Wrote:
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> I've seen a blackcap in my garden recently, only
> the once.
> I get long-tailed tits, blue tits, great tits,
> goldfinches, robins, wrens, parakeets, blackbirds
> regularly, dunnocks and even a goldcrest
> occasionally.
> Never a sparrow though.


How weird, my visitors are almost all sparrows.

I'd love to see some long-tailed tits in my garden. They are my favourite birds!

Do you live near the woods?

messageRe: ED Nature Watch
Posted by SebsC January 22, 07:27AM

This weekend coming, 25-27th, is the RSPBís annual Big Harden Watch. By taking part (dedicating an hour to watching and recording the feathered visitors to your garden) you can help to monitor bird numbers and identify which species are in decline. You can find out more here...

[www.rspb.org.uk]

messageRe: ED Nature Watch
Posted by nxjen January 22, 08:30AM

I had a pair of long tailed tits in my garden in North Cross Road a month or so ago, the first Iíve ever seen there.




Sue Wrote:
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> Asset Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > I've seen a blackcap in my garden recently,
> only
> > the once.
> > I get long-tailed tits, blue tits, great tits,
> > goldfinches, robins, wrens, parakeets,
> blackbirds
> > regularly, dunnocks and even a goldcrest
> > occasionally.
> > Never a sparrow though.
>
>
> How weird, my visitors are almost all sparrows.
>
> I'd love to see some long-tailed tits in my
> garden. They are my favourite birds!
>
> Do you live near the woods?

messageRe: ED Nature Watch
Posted by Nigello January 22, 08:36AM

I get lots of sparrows, tree and house, and they use the feeders by leaning in from a twig or branch. Long-tailed tits are new and the only ones to use the coconut shells. I live at the Dunstan's end of Goodrich.

messageRe: ED Nature Watch
Posted by BrandNewGuy January 22, 01:53PM

SebsC Wrote:
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> This weekend coming, 25-27th, is the RSPBís annual
> Big Harden Watch.

[starts uncontrollably sniggering like a schoolboy]

messageRe: ED Nature Watch
Posted by Sue January 22, 11:42PM

Dear oh dear, BNG!

big grin big grin big grin

messageRe: ED Nature Watch
Posted by SebsC January 23, 07:35AM

BrandNewGuy Wrote:
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> SebsC Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > This weekend coming, 25-27th, is the RSPBís
> annual
> > Big Harden Watch.
>
>
Whoops! Harden/Garden - easy mistake to make 😊



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messageRe: ED Nature Watch
Posted by Asset January 23, 09:17AM

Hey Sue, I'm off ED Grove quite close to Greendale. I'm seeing the long-tail tits more often then I used to. They are so cute!
I have seen a greenfinch down Greendale but they don't venture over the road. We are lucky to have so many birds in this area.
My cat got a goldfinch the other day, he's in the doghouse...

messageRe: ED Nature Watch - Cormorant?
Posted by MattGale January 23, 10:14AM

I saw a large black bird on Peckham Rye Lake today - looked a bit like a black heron. Has anyone else seen it, and do you know whether it could be a cormorant? Didn't have my phone with me, but if I see it again I'll try to get a photo.

messageRe: ED Nature Watch
Posted by Sue January 23, 10:19AM

nxjen Wrote:
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> I had a pair of long tailed tits in my garden in
> North Cross Road a month or so ago, the first Iíve
> ever seen there.
>

I live near North Cross Road, so I shall live in hope that some venture into my garden (and that I happen to see them!)

Do you put out bird food? I have a seed feeder and a suet ball feeder, plus Niger seed (I've never seen a goldfinch here, but my partner has).

Wondering if there's anything in particular which might attract long tailed tits?

messageRe: ED Nature Watch - Cormorant?
Posted by Sue January 23, 10:19AM

MattGale Wrote:
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> I saw a large black bird on Peckham Rye Lake today
> - looked a bit like a black heron. Has anyone else
> seen it, and do you know whether it could be a
> cormorant? Didn't have my phone with me, but if I
> see it again I'll try to get a photo.


Somebody elsewhere, possibly Facebook, confirmed it was a cormorant.

I quite often see them on the Thames, never in Peckham though smiling smiley



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messageRe: ED Nature Watch
Posted by nxjen January 23, 11:23AM

No i donít put any birdseed out but Iím a pretty sloppy gardener which means thereís usually quite a few plant based titbits, and the insects they attract for the birds to enjoy. The birds will be coming soon to forage for all the little twigs and stalks I havenít bothered to clear away for them to build their nests. The best year was when a pair of magpies spent a lot of time strutting around the lawn, collecting uncut and decomposing cuttings for them to use as mortar for their nests. The long tailed tits made themselves at home on my viburnum bush.


Sue Wrote:
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> nxjen Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > I had a pair of long tailed tits in my garden
> in
> > North Cross Road a month or so ago, the first
> Iíve
> > ever seen there.
> >
>
> I live near North Cross Road, so I shall live in
> hope that some venture into my garden (and that I
> happen to see them!)
>
> Do you put out bird food? I have a seed feeder and
> a suet ball feeder, plus Niger seed (I've never
> seen a goldfinch here, but my partner has).
>
> Wondering if there's anything in particular which
> might attract long tailed tits?

messageRe: ED Nature Watch - Cormorant?attachment
Posted by staplemeg January 25, 09:55AM

Weíve seen it too! Surprised to see a cormorant out here - anyone know if thatís normal?



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