What is your most unusual bird

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caravanny

What is your most unusual bird

I have been amazed over the last 2 years at the species of gsrden birds I now have on a daily basis.
at least 8 golfinches, half a dozen freen finches, 1 greater spottrd woopecker, 2 blackcaps, 1 marsh tit lost count on the blue tits, great tits, coal tits and longtailed tits song thrush, robins and a nuthatch.
I do have several differnt types of feeds but I love watching them. They do sing loudily when they need something refilled.

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Linzechris

Birds

Yes, pretty much the same birds as you as well as moorhens, pheasants, wagtails, swallows, martins, a heron, owls, bats at night(I know they're not birds!)we had a kingfisher on our pond once,and quails.We live in Lincolnshire and close to a reservoir. When we lived in Surrey we also had green parrots.

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SonyaK

What is your most unusual bird

We have Rainbow Lorikeets (colourful, noisy, cheeky parrots), Rosellas, Galahs, Kookaburras, crows, magpies and wrens. Others as well in the garden, but mainly just parrots at the bird feeder. Not sure which is the most unusual!

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Biggles !

Unusual bird..


For me it is the Hoopoe, so lovely but very common here. Spotted my fisrt blackcaps here too. The herons are a nuisamce, feeding on the fish, but oh, so gorgeous to watch. Plenty of blackbirds, robins around now but I am very fortunate we have a myriad of visitors (redstarts, woodpeckers in all guises and so many different finches and others close to that family). The exception is the sparrow, not seen any around our house but here are plenty at the service stations and in towns. Here in the middle of almost nowhere, nairy a sparrow. The red squirrel is flourishing too :0)

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Yummy

Most Unusual Bird

Think the most unusual would be the Little Egret, not actually in my garden, but in the field adjacent.
Other than that, Green Woodpecker,
Quails, Pheasants, Partridge, along with the Blackbirds, Wrens, Robins (loads) vast variety of Finches, and Tits, Chiff-Chaffs, Sparrows (not often seen here) and the lovely Thrushes.....not forgetting the Marauders - Jays & Magpies.

Their favourite food has got to be Sunflower seeds which I am replenishing four or five times every day.
Biggs, would love to see the Hoopoes, have only ever seen one in my life and that was by the Severn Valley.

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Biggles !

Unusual birds - Yummy

"Biggs, would love to see the Hoopoes, have only ever seen one in my life and that was by the Severn Valley. "

Hi Yummy, if you ever come down this way you will be more than welcome to come visit. The Hoopoes arrive in the Spring and make quite a lot of noise; Hoo Hoo Hoo. Hoo Hoo Hoo. Despite their marking they camoflague well into the field; but I've got very good at spotting them now. Building work might be finished before next Easter; we are certainly not going to be straight for Christmas :0(

Actually, it's not so bad. The last of the work in the house should be finished about Christmas Eve. Then it's outside work. Next year we should be freed up to really attack the garden (field). I will send you some photos when things have quietened down. I must make the mincemeat and Christmas cake in the next of days. Hope you are well :0)

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Gerry

snipe and lapwing in Devon!

Not seen here before. Must be too cold for them up north right now.

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cherrypicker

Snipe and lapwing (and Woodcock)

"Not seen here before. Must be too cold for them up north right now."

Got a good recipe for all of the above birds. The snipe is especially gamey - also the woodcock - you need one bird per person

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Nausea Bagwash

Birds

PLEASE tell me you don't eat lapwings!

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Expat Badger

What is your most unusual bird

I once saw a bald eagle circling on the thermals above the garden of our last apartment in BC

(I ran out and got the cat in pretty fast, i can tell you, big as she is...)

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sam from worthing

unusual garden birds.

we only really get SEAGULLS seagulls seagulls, flying rats, seagulls and ooo seagulls, but also crows, wood pigeons, peasants, sparrow hawks, goshawks, tawny owls, oh we have 3 resident robins, and occassionally some wag tails (our dog walking park is littered with wag tails) seriously the birds i am talking about. and the park is often strewn with seagull feathers and beaks from the hawks that are around.

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Nausea Bagwash

Birds

Saw a jay in Mother's garden this morning. Not of itself unusual but it's the first time I've seen one here in the forty-odd years we've owned the house.

We also have a resident badger with a sett in out garden which infuriates the next door neighbours who complain that s/he digs up their garden. Tough!

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garden birds

I'm lucky as we see a wonderful selection of garden and forest birds round the house.

Probably the most unusual experience was having a brown owl land about a foot away, before taking fright and gliding soundlessly away. Some less common birds are the nightingale (in summer), tree creeper, and buzzard.

Nausea, I'm with your neighbour when it comes to badgers. We have a sett, and you would not believe the amount of mess a family of badgers can leave on the lawn. Digging I don't mind, but badger mess is disgusting in a way even foxes can't manage.

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Honey

Unusual birds

We live on top of a hill in the middle of nowhere and when we first moved here our visitors weren't really the usually garden birds. They were kestrels, buzzards, little owls, barn owls, herons, pheasants, red legged partridge... the bigger birds.

We hardly saw the smaller birds as there wasn't enough cover, nesting and roosting places. But we put up feeders and grew ivies over the stock walls, planted shrubberies, left piles of stone for the wrens and robins and put up stakes for the little owls and now we have all the small birds coming regularly. The goldfinches, siskins, yellow hammers enjoy the groundsel and teesles that I leave for them and we often get a whole charm of may be 50 goldfinches visit for a few hours on their way past. It upsets me when I think that the Victorians used to keep them in cages.

Honey :-x

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RSPB big garden bird watch

This weekend is the RSPB 'big garden bird watch'. The charity would like people to spend 1 hour this weekend recording the birds in their garden to help monitor the varieties most in need of help.

If anyone is free to join in forms can be downloaded from the RSPB website.

 
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