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Update 01.07.22

We are kind and gentle here, please stop

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Oopsie, only taking a stick to build my nest

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Free shower for the great tits

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Collecting nesting material

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Update 24.06.22

The wren and the blackbird

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What a size difference between the two

A very unusual visitor the Chiffchaff

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You normally hear them but never see them

Chiffchaff call

One of the only birds that is still singing very loudly in woodlands at the moment

Are all my feathers still there?

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Little robin

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Just enjoying a relaxing birdbath, this family of Great tits turn up

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Some great parenting skills of the Great Tits, still lots of the chicks have made it

Juvenile robins having a bath

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Update 17.06.22

Nobody looking, then I can have a quick wash

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First time a magpie has been having a wash here.

Oh no, Mr Robin the water has evaporated

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Baby robin joining parent at the waterbowl

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Good catch

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Female blackcap

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Female blackcap has cinnamon coloured head, instead of a black one. That way she is better camouflaged when sitting on the nest.

Update 27.05.22

Mr Blackbirds says hi

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Making the most of the water

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Synchronised drinking

Goldfinch

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A very splashy blackbird

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Mr Blackbird showing who's boss

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Update 06.05.22

Time for a late night snack for the blackbird

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I saw that, you taking the stick woodpigeon

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Male blackbird catching food

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Good catch, a protein filled earthworm

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New water first one to 'dive' in is the Bue tit

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Great tit making a splash

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Can it get even splashier?

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Oh yes, the cute little splashes of the Robin

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The woodpigeon and the magical hovering leaf

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Don't worry we have no magical hovering leaves in the school, just a leave hanging on a piece of spider silk

Woodpigeon tolerating the mapgie and vice versa

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Wood pigeon and magpie protest

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Magpies are having a meeting about the lack of water, service is not up to standard today.

Blue tit having a bath

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Almost no water left for the Great Tit

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Can you see the size difference between the Blue Tit and Great Tit

Squabling wood pigeons

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Rare visit of a longtailed tit

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How much nesting material can you hold in your beak?

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Songthrush checking out what is going on

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The Black cap and the Robin

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Fresh water who gets there first

Robin with a worm

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Sparrow having a drink

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Update 29.04.22

Is this our first Robin young of 2022

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Wood pigeon collecting the right sized twigs for its nest

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Where has all the water gone

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Today's prize for the best feathered bird goes to....

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Female blackbird collecting nesting material

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The blackbird nest is built up from e.g. mud, leaves, twigs, moss, feathers. It has a bowl shape on the inside.

Great catch

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Blackbird dealing with possibly a snail

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Blue tit

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Collared doves

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Robin looking for food

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Update 01.04.22

How am I going to take this stick with me?

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Great tit feeding

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If you look closely your can not see two Great Tits, but four

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Greenfinches on the waterbowl

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After the washing comes the preening

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Have a look at how securely this blackbird is tending to those feathers

Robin at its favourite feeding spot

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Robin in a flurry of snow

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Update 25.03.22

Just get rid of that itch

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Time to find some food

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Very early robin in the limelight

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Did you know that robin is the first bird to sing early in the morning to let everybody know what is their territory

Robin struggling with its meal

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Redwing not sure what to do

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Look where this Great Tit finds its food

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Hello Robin, what are you looking for?

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Redwing looking for food

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Update 18.03.22

Songthrush eating a well earned earthworm

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Woodpigeons relaxing after a busy day in the woodpigeon 'office'

Blackbird got lucky

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Mr Sparrow also fancies a bite from Mrs Blackbird's food

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What excellent waterproofing on the blackbirds feathers

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Another feather going in a sparrow's nest, must be very cosy

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Redwings also love earthworms for breakfast

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Must be a good area for earthworms

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What a poser

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Unsure Dunnock

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Drinks taste better with a friend

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Greenfinches

Right I'm out of here

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Update 11.03.22

Little Robin

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Mapgie drinking and keeping the waterbowl free of leaves

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Magpie looking the part

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Sparrow collecting nesting material

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Rain or no rain you need your food

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Mrs Blackbird looking for food

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Look at my speckled chest

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Don't blink or might miss the Great Tit

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Chaffinch looking for seeds

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Look who decided to join the Redwings?

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Greefinch

Update 04.03.22

Soooo many birds

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Pheasant casually walking the school grounds

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Redwing not sure about the camera

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Redwings flinging leaves around to find food

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Goldfinch

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Fluffy Great tit

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Little robin

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Woodpigeons circling the waterbowl, drink or no drink

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Blackbird close up

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Great tit searching for food

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Brambling nearly so well camouflaged you can't see it

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Hello, little dunnock

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What goes in needs to come out

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Need to keep the feathers clean

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Chaffinch landing in the background

Tummy of gold, with the sun shining on it

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Greenfinch owning the waterbowl, sorry Mr Chaffinch

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Update 25.02.22

Magpie having a drink

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Blackbirds squabling

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Woodpigeon - blackbird stand off

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No cameras please

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Woodpigeons in no rush

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Are they guiding the blackbird out?

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All those woodpigeons

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Is there any food here?

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Beautiful chaffinch looking for food

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Sound up redwing chirping

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Elegant collared dove gets its feathers ruffled by the storm

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Update 11.02.22

Redwing enthousiatically looking for food

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First you see me, then you don't

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Very well camouflaged

Greenfinches enjoying a drink

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Some bird thinks it owns the waterbowl

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Update 04.02.22

Wood pigeons looking for food, one even managed to get a worm

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Blackbird's food search

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Magpie, doing a tail flick

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Update 28.01.22

A leisurely bath and a search for food

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Who’s boss?

Finally the waterbowl is mine, look at me splatter

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Greenfinch on the hidden waterbowl

Wood pigeon having a nose around

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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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