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Heathite
Coventry
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556 of 579  Tue 7th Nov 2017 2:01pm  
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Many hawks in the city.
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Helen F
Warrington
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557 of 579  Tue 7th Nov 2017 5:11pm  
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Wow you peeps with the birds of prey. I get a few kestrels and buzzards but nothing more interesting and rarely close enough to photograph. Although I have seen a barn owl once and the tawnies hoot most years. My one real sighting was a lesser spotted woodpecker but I didn't get a photo. I also saw a red legged partridge that while not rare in Europe isn't that common round here. They start building my new garden tomorrow!
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Heathite
Coventry
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558 of 579  Tue 7th Nov 2017 5:34pm  
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I couldn't see what the hawk had caught but my guess is a sparrow. Sparrowhawk - sparrow. Since last year when the first sparrowhawk came into my back garden and nabbed a sparrow, the sparrows have been very slow at showing themselves in the morning. I reckon the hawk has made this area a regular calling point. In taking the photo, I was very lucky, he was right down the garden, maybe 35 feet away. I was in my kitchen, so the photo was taken through the kitchen window and through a metal gate. You can see the blurry rungs of the gate. The rungs are actually 12mm diameter. I treated myself to a Sony 100-400mm zoom with a x2 magnifier. Lot of fun with it.
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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559 of 579  Tue 7th Nov 2017 7:12pm  
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"Our" sparrowhawk returned two days later, but we haven't seen it again - and the sparrows, tits and goldfinch are around in large numbers - plus two robins So hopefully the big bad bird has flown off
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PhilipInCoventry
Holbrooks
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560 of 579  Fri 17th Nov 2017 9:55am  
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Morning all Wave Hope you like this view.
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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561 of 579  Tue 28th Nov 2017 9:33am  
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I have an idea for another "Famous Five" book: "Five go to Heathrow" Oh my (from our window this morning!) Thumbs up
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PhilipInCoventry
Holbrooks
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562 of 579  Fri 26th Jan 2018 3:33pm  
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Afternoon all Wave
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Dreamtime
563 of 579  Sat 27th Jan 2018 9:12am  
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AD
Allesley Park
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564 of 579  Wed 7th Mar 2018 3:35pm  
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Hello all. I just wondered if anyone knew anywhere that made/sold a bird feeder pole 'designed' to look like a fake tree or similar? I've got a feeding pole in my garden, but it doesn't get that much use other than the starlings because it's quite exposed and I guess the smaller birds feel vulnerable out in the open. It's quite a small garden and planting an actual tree to hang feeders off etc isn't something I want to do due to the amount of shade it'd create as well as the roots etc. So I wondered if anywhere did a pole disguised as a tree to provide cover for the birds? It'd also help keep the food drier as it does go mouldy pretty quickly. Also does anyone know where I can get a bird feeding table with a mesh on the outside to stop larger birds getting in? I have seen one in a garden locally but the gaps in the mesh are still big enough to allow them in. My only other option is getting some mesh myself and attaching it to a bird table but DIY isn't exactly my strong point! Edited by member, 7th Mar 2018 3:36 pm

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Heathite
Coventry
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565 of 579  Wed 7th Mar 2018 6:00pm  
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Hi all, if I can put my oar in - I made this contraption. It's a few pieces of approx 2" x 2 1/2", then using some 'garden border' from Tesco at 4 quid a bundle (8 pieces). The border is simply plastic coated wire. Use the spare ones for the roof. It supports a piece of board if it's raining. That solitary blackbird almost lives in it. The pigeons can't get through but the blackbirds and wagtails can. This chap came for a look but didn't risk coming down. Edited by member, 7th Mar 2018 6:12 pm
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AD
Allesley Park
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566 of 579  Wed 7th Mar 2018 7:42pm  
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Thanks Heathite. It's something my sister is looking for and that's the sort of thing I'll be looking to make if we can't take the lazy option and buy one. She actually wants a raised platform and a fixed roof to keep it dry. She sort of does something similar at the moment - an old hanging basket turned upside down and held down with metal pegs into the lawn. It does a decent job of letting the smaller birds have a go. I've seen a few more birds over the past week cos of the weather but as soon as it starts warming up they stop visiting. One irony is I moved the feeder from the back to the front and I actually now get more birds in the back garden than when the feeders were there!
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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567 of 579  Thu 8th Mar 2018 2:49am  
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Do you have the new established Bunnings Warehouse near to your area, they are very good for birdfeeders. Good luck.
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AD
Allesley Park
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568 of 579  Thu 8th Mar 2018 9:33pm  
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Hi Dreamtime No, they aren't that local to us. I think I'll end up having to getting one like you've pictured and tacking a bit of mesh around the edge. If the roof doesn't come off easily I'll have to work out how to 'hinge' one of them to put food in/clean it. Maybe just attach one side with cable ties? Had a mad idea earlier for the feeding pole. I think there's an old sun parasol lying around somewhere and I thought I could rip the fabric off and get some fake ivy etc to wrap around the structure? A rotary airer might work too?
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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569 of 579  Fri 9th Mar 2018 1:55am  
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Morning AD, A good length of galvanised piping works well for the post, keeps the cats away. You seem to have some good ideas up your sleeve so work with those and good luck. Thumbs up
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PhilipInCoventry
Holbrooks
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570 of 579  Thu 5th Apr 2018 10:29pm  
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Hi all from the "Night Garden" Wave
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