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Update 21.01.22

First time we have seen this special visitor at our waterbowl, a green woodpecker

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Find out more about the Green woodpecker, click link below.

Close up of a greenfinch

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Greenfinch drinking

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Greenfinches, chaffinches and bramblings our ground get them all, how lucky are we?

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Blackbird doing the bathing dance

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Robin also in need of a wash

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Update 14.01.22

Female pheasant having a stroll

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Aren't I a handsome chap?

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Male pheasant showing of his very beautiful feathers, he probably has seen his reflection in the camera and is quite intrigued by it

Greenfinches and bramblings

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The bramblings are the ones with the orange feathers

Greenfinches and brambling

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Good close up of a greenfinch

Chaffinches looking for food

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Sound up, song thrush singing whilst feeding

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Redwing is really going for it to find its food

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No leave is to be left unturned for the Redwing

Redwings looking for food

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Treecreepers

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Is there any food and water here?

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Song thrush and bullfinch

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Update 17.12.21

Goldfinches, with their amazing coloured feathers

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Great tit trying to bathe

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A closer look at the chaffinch

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Update 10.12.21

Just give yourself a good wash

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A pair of bullfinches having a drink

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The male bullfinch has a pink feathered body, the female is less colourful

Sparrows & great tit

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Unsure wood pigeon

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To drink or not to drink

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I spy with my little eye a pheasant, do you as well?

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Magpie tasting the water

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Two male blackbird, two different coloured beaks

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A blackbird but with a black beak, your eyes may not be deceiving you. There have been a growing number of reports in recent years, especially in winter of blackbirds that do not appear to have the usual orange-yellow beaks and ring around the eye.
The resident UK Blackbird get the distinctive orange-yellow beak and eye-ring around the first year of their life. On the otherhand, Blackbirds from other parts of Europe are believed not to develop their orange-yellow beak and eye-ring until the second year of their lives. Seeing a blackbird in your garden with a black beak and eye-ring is therefore likely to be a first-year male blackbird, perhaps a winter visitor from Europe.

Chaffinches looking for food

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Greenfinches looking for food

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I'm looking lovely, don't you think?

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Little wren and a robin having a wash

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Wren is on the right, it is much smaller than the robin

Update 03.12.21

Long tailed tit and blue tit

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Long tailed tits have a long tail, usually they are coming in groups of 6.

Silly dove, did you forget about your wings?

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Seeing double

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Mapgies and squirrel

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Lovely robin

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Update 26.11.21

Our first migrant visitors of the year: Redwing

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Why is it called a Redwing, because of the red colour on it's wing. Redwing also have 'eyebrows' just have a look at their head.

Great tit and robin having a wash

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Fluffy Robin

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Magpie trying to get a drink in an almost empty waterbowl

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Is the water any good here? Magpie bringing a friend

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Update 19.11.21

Black bird being protective again

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Snack time

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The blackbird on the right is enjoying it's lovely juicy worm

Song thrush trying to get a drink

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Just checking out the grounds

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Aha that's how you leave

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Robin going funny

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Update 05.11.21

Songtrush looking for food

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Pheasant looking beautiful

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Casual strolling pheasant

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The waterbowl all to yourself, but where is the water?

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Update 22.10.21

Female Great Spotted Woodpecker, isn't is stunning?

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It already look powerful, look at its beak that is pointy and very strong in order to make hole in trees.

Female pheasant wondering where she has landed into and how to get out

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As you can see the female pheasant has feather colours made for camouflage. Imaging this bird sitting on her nest in some grassland, you wouldn't be able to spot it. Master of camouflage.

Robin showing off to a very unimpressed great tit

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The robin and the song thrush

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Robin catching a very juicy worm

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Where did all the water go?

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Blackbird juggling to eat a worm

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If you're having a wash you might want to do it well

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Songthrush claiming the waterbowl

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Update 14.10.21

Great tit using both feet to hold it's food, but what is it eating?

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Songthrush using a stone to open its food

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Close up Songthrush

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Blackbirds gathering food

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Update 08.10.21

So many birds

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Black cap (juvenile), Great Tit, Blue Tit (juvenile) and Black bird all enjoying the waterbowl

The blue tit and the empty water bowl

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An earthworm makes a great afternoon snack

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Young blackbird

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Scruffy blackbird

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Update 01.10.21

Doves exploring the woods

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Wood pigeon refining the art of stick juggling

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Bit late but the woodpigeon is still collecting nesting material, they can breed from April till October, but sometimes the whole year round.

Black bird chick getting fed

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Update 24.09.21

Watch the videos about the Magpies taking over the drinking bowl during the hot weather

After hours blackbird meetup

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A very territorial Mr Blackbird

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Very handsome song thrush

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Update 16.07.21

Great tits bathing and having a browse

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A very wet great tit having a great time

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Great tit trying to get to food

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Juvenile woodpigeon, it has none of distinctive markings and colouring its parents have

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The wood pigeon is a bit unsure at what it is doing

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Magpie seems to have become a regular at our drinking bowl

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Magpie has a very special way of drinking and testing out the water bowl, it seems not to like bits in it though

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Do you see the colours on it's tail no only black, but blue and green as well.

Not enough water, Im off

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Three is too many

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Hero our unjured blackbird seems to be getting stronger

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Yes, everything seems to working very well

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Robin feeding its young

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Young robin

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Update 09.07.21

Who said sparrows look dull, look at the brown patterns on it's back, just lovely

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The sparrow brought its whole family with him

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Blackbird just splattering away

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Don't even think about, it's my bath

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Blackbird doing the swiping motion, still don't know what it's caught though.

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Hero the blackbird preening himself

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That deserves a rest

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After the rest Hero needs food

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Update 01.07.21

Juvenile blackbird

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It has lots of speckles and a shorter tail, different to the adults

A very territorial male blackbird not happy with the juvenile's presence

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It's still not happy.

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Crow having dinner

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Magpie in all its colour having a drink

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Juvenile robin having a bath

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Update 24.06.21

Our Hero blackbird is still alive and well, despite its injury

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Blackbird swiping. Apparently it needs to get rid of something or maybe open something up

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Swiping seems to be the thing, here's another blackbird doing it. What's on the menu that required swiping?

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You look at me, I look at you!

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Wood pigeon captivated by its own reflection in the camera lens. If you turn up the volume you can hear a song thrush singing in the background.

Yep, I found it, the right stick for my nest

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Two song thrushes foraging

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Two robins having a bath

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Look at the blackbird splattering

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Update 18.06.21

Tensions are running high with this heat, black bird females having a squabble

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Robin bathing, you have to cool down with this heat

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A pair of great tits having a bath

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They seem to do everything together

Sorry guys, you have used all the water, none left

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A pair of great tits looking for food

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Juvenile Black bird

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Blackcaps

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Update 11.06.2021

Hero Black bird, what a character even when he's limping, still collecting food for it's chicks

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See how the blackbird compensates with it's wings to balance staying upright, because of its wounded leg.

Get them early, blackbird sorting breakfast for its chicks

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Songthrush

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Wood pigeon juggling a stick

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Master of disguise the Dunnock having a forage

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Update 21.05.2021

Hurry, hurry, where is it, were are missing it!

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Turn up the volume and just listen to the birdsong, just close your eyes

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Update 14.05.2021

Magpie tasting the water, hope it's from a good year

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Black bird sunbathing

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Blackbird testing it vocalcords

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Update 07.05.2021

Blackbirds squabbling over drink bowl

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New birds visiting: Black caps

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Obvious why they got their name. Male on the right has a darker cap (black) than the female on the left.

Sparrowhawk female catching dinner

Sparrow hawk mantling her prey to protect it from being stolen by other birds

Female sparrow hawk dealing with its catch

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Blackbird eating a grub

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Do you see how he uses his beak to open the grub up?

Blackbird foraging

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One thirsty wood pigeon

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Update 23.04.2021

Black bird male eating an apple

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Woodpigeon

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Early birds catches the worm

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Look at them go, better hide

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Songthrush

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Sparrow collecting nesting material

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Collared dove

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Update 16.04.2021

Rook or crow

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This bird is collecting nesting material, unfortunately it has found a piece of plastic to line it's nest with, not very good.

Long tailed tit

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Another bird collecting nesting material, hopefully they are bird feathers. Did you know that long tailed tits use spiderweb to strengthen their nest with? How clever.

Black bird collecting earthworms for its young

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Mapgie

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Who said magpies are black and white, look closer and you will see some blue are well.

Magpie

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Update 25.03.21

Pheasant (male)

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Look how beautiful I am

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Song thrush

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Red wings are still here, although they are winter migrants

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Red Wing

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The song thrush and the red wing belong to the Thrush family, but look at this Red wing he can't look any different, especially his face as if it has eyebrows

Great Tit

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Robin

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Update 12.03.2021

This is a surprise, who would have thought to see this bird here

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Have you got any idea what type of bird this is? Have a closer look.

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Well it is a bird of prey having lunch

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But what bird of prey is it?

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Have you noticed it is eating it's prey on the ground and not flying off with it. It looks quite protective over it, have a look around to see it doesn't get stolen.

It's a Sparrow Hawk

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Survival of the fittest

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Any weak or old birds make easy prey

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Lunch over time to go

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Trying to blend in, what great camouflage

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This is a Song Thrush

The early bird catches the .....

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Although it is already quite late, this one got lucky there were still some worms left.

 

Update 05.03.21

Those birds keep coming we can keep adding to our list of bird species,

Green finch

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Chaffinch munching away

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Dunnock

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Well our cameras also spotted some birds recently. Especially after the snow some birds were thirsty and needed a wash, what joy they had in all the puddles that were everywhere. At least 9 different bird species have visited, even a winter migrant (bird that comes to a warmer climate to over-winter) the Redwing (see photo). Where do you think a Redwing normally lives?

The birds that we have seen on the cameras are: Great Tit, Redwing, Blackbird, Magpie, Wren, Chaffinch, Wood pigeon, Robin and even a Tree Creeper, can you spot them? Do you know what some of these birds eat?

 

 

 

Great tit

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Red wing

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Black bird (male)

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Magpie

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Wren

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Chaffinch

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Wood pigeon

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Tree creeper

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Robin

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