Pictures of Wildlife in your Back Garden

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  1. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    I purchased a couple of birdfeeders the other day to see what could be encouraged into our back garden for photographic purposes. After a rather relaxing few hours sat still in the sun I got a couple of shots of some new visitors to the garden. The shots were taken with a compact camera but I'm hoping a DSLR will produce sharper results.

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    So who comes visting in your back garden?
     
  2. Za Rodinu

    Za Rodinu Hot air manufacturer

    I was expecting some tits but no joy so far...
     
  3. Stig O'Tracy

    Stig O'Tracy Senior Member

    My wife has been putting seed out for the birds for quite some time now. The birds we get here include;

    1) a variety of sparrows, had a white throated sparrow yesterday
    2) Chickadees (they go for the suet feeder)
    3) Downy Woodpecker ( another fan of the suet feeder)
    4) Cardinals
    5) Blue Jays
    6) Eastern Towhee (I've only seen one of these and that was last year)
    7) Starlings
    8) Red Winged Blackbirds
    9) Goldfinches ( they go for the sock filled with niger thistle seed)
    10) Pigeons
    11) Red Tailed Hawks & unidentified falcons which swoop in to lunch on the pigeons

    We also have a few different types of squirrels that are regular customers. We also have a chipmunk who is quite tame and will sit in your hand and let you pet him as long as you give him peanuts. A rabbit also comes and he too is quite fearless of us allowing me to approach to within 6 feet of him. There is also a pair of Mallard ducks that fly in about twice a day for a meal. They too are becoming pretty used to us putting a bit of extra seed into the ground feeder. The female will eat from the tray with my wife sitting only a few feet away.
     
  4. Phaethon

    Phaethon Historian

    I found a large dead badger before xmas. I think it died of old age, but it was under an apple tree surrounded by fermenting apples so there's a possibility it might have been pissed.
     
  5. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

    I was expecting some tits but no joy so far...

    That produced an unexpected snigger (hope no one saw). :huh:
     
  6. KevinC

    KevinC Slightly wierd

    Wildlife in my back garden :D

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  7. Oldman

    Oldman Very Senior Member

    The dog is still trying towork out what the local hedgehog is all about, it has learnt that if it gets too close it gets pricked, I walk him alongside the local beck which runs through the estate only been here 1 month the sightings are as follows:-
    Kingfisher
    Heron
    Long Tailed Tit
    Great Tit
    Blue Tit
    Thrush
    Goldfinch
    Robin
    Wren
    Red Kite they are part of a breading scheme near Harewood House and they drift accross from there which is about 8 miles.
    when we first looked at the house we moved to in January there were Wawings in
    the neighbours trees.
     
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  8. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    They are Great Tits.
    Drew posted a Blue Tit in photo #1.

    We've had various birds, frogs, newt , hedgehog & a couple of rats.

    Nice one!
     
  9. wtid45

    wtid45 Very Senior Member

    Apart from our neighbours dog, Fox, Robin, crow, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Starling, Wood Pigeon, Sparrow Hedgehog and various other birds.
     
  10. Oldman

    Oldman Very Senior Member

    Owen
    According to the locals we get a flock each year, just been out to the car for a book and watched a wood pecker over the road at the fat balls on their feeder.
     
  11. dovermarine

    dovermarine Senior Member

    Hi drew, this was in my next door neighbours the other day, it took the pigeon as it flew off the roof. The albino magpie I took last summer behind the castle, next to Langdon battery. The elephant hawk moth caterpillar was in my garden. delboy
     

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  12. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Cheers Del :)
     
  13. TOT GLASS

    TOT GLASS Member

    Other than all the local sparrows and tits,plus finch's ,Jackdaws and magpies, a couple a odd visits was a Jay and Pheasant {cock} we had this week.
    Other four legged beast,s, is a hedgehog,checking under the bird feeders during his evening stroll.

    Tot Glass
     
  14. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Ah I thought Wawings were extinct
     
  15. Steve G

    Steve G Senior Member

    Andy; Next ye'll get rats. If ye'd like to set ye feeders up so ye have far less danger of attracting rats, give me a buzz. I've fed the birds all my life. I'm a 'Rat catcher'. Between the two aspects I've now found that medium ;)


    Meanwhile, I get Great, Coal, Blue and Long Tailed Tits. Green, Gold, Bull and Chaffinch. Siskin. Redpoll. Linnet. House Sparrow. Pied Wagtail. Willow Warbler. Swallows by the shed load. Spotted Flycatcher. Tree Creeper. Dunnock. Robin. Wren. Blackbird. Starling. Song and Mistle Thrush. Redwing. Sparrowhawk. Hooded Crow. Jackdaw. Magpie. Pheasant. Bats live in my roof and cow sheds. Irish Hares make free and easy with my ground. I'm sure I've forgotten many others.

    Stuff seen from my 'garden' would include Heron, Curlew, Snipe ('Sky Goats :lol:), Wood pigeon, Ducks, Whooper and Mute Swans, Raven and some Birds of Prey I've just never got a make on.

    Best thing seen from here though would be when the birds alerted me to a pred' and I happened to have the rifle to hand. Saw what I assumed was a mink. Got the cross hairs on it and saw it was a Pine Marten. Head wreck for most people, over there. Over here? They're now so plentiful as to be rather mundane.


    Few shots, taken with a tiny compact. Just to add some pic's .....


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    Nothing nicer that having a pair of Great Tits round ye nuts



    Pied Wagtail ~ 'The Gypsy Bird'

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    Siskin (Pair)

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    Sparrowhawk

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  16. Oldman

    Oldman Very Senior Member

    CL1
    No waxwings are not extinct just a winter visitor from the northern countries, normally when I see them we get snow.
    Not sure how widespread they are over the UK during the winter months.
     
  17. ramacal

    ramacal 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA

    Have seen waxwings twice in 3 years in the fields around North West Kent.

    The bird feeders also seem to attract the Sparrow Hawks. I've seen em twice in the Garden having taken out a male chaffinch and something else.

    Also had the Ring Necked Parakeet swinging off the bird feeder a couple of times. They have been increasing in numbers over the last couple of years.

    A red legged partridge was sitting on the fence during the snow of last year. Sat there for almost an hour.

    Last year I was surprised last spring to see a male pheasant with 4 or 5 females in tow in the back garden. Never seen that before.

    Get cuckoos every summer and heard a woodpecker hammering in the woods at the back of the house last week. I've also seen the green woodpecker feeding on lawns and on bird feeders in other peoples houses locally.

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    Rang the local bird sanctuary at Eagle Heights last summer as I spotted a Bald Eagle feeding on a deers head in one of the fields close to the house. Was walking a friends dog. It had gone awol. The bird, not the dog.
     
  18. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran Patron

    Some lovely pics here, must dig up a few snaps to post.

    These two are self explanatory.
     

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  19. ramacal

    ramacal 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA

    Some lovely pics here, must dig up a few snaps to post.

    These two are self explanatory.

    You can almost visualise the blue flashing light on the top of the shell as it rushes to the scene of the (future) crime. Yummy.
     
  20. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran Patron

    Ramacal

    Yummy ?

    You don't mean you actually eat them ?

    Ugh !!!!!!!

    I mustn't forget the foxes that sunbathe at the bottom of our garden
     

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