'COMPANIONSHIP AMONGST THE BIRDS....

Whilst in the garden today, saw a Male Blackbird flapping about
in the Ivy. This, little bird was taking bits of the ivy it in his mouth flying backwards & forwards each time, it came to me then, that he was helping Mrs Blackbird prepare for her nest!!
What, a great companionship between these 2 little birds…

I also read in my latest RSPB Magazine that Birds can be very
choosy when choosing a mate…The Blue Tit can be very fussy
insisting on selecting the ’Healthiest Male, which has to have the
brightest blue of colour & should be a good shape….lol
It just goes to show, in many ways they are just like us when
preparing to have a family!!
It was so wonderful today watching the way they seemed to be
pairing up, some even playing, hard to get…The bird song was
almost deafening, great to hear, & see, makes it wonderful to be alive..Feeding them today, was so worthwhile ~ What we give
them, they give us so much pleasure in return….What more can
i say!!!

Comments

30 Mar, 2011
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littlewren said:

you have said it all and FP....echoing I am sure how we all feel when seeing "our" birds full of life and preparing for the next generation.....
I love the dunnocks....flapping their wings in "anticipation"...I am hoping I am right in thinking that the treesparrows mate for life....I love the thought of birds being so faithful....then again someone with better knowledge may bring my dreams to an abrupt end...

30 Mar, 2011
Dscf1248

What a lovely response LW....Seems as if you are dedicated to
our Birdlife as fond as i am.. There is so much going on now, & as
you have mentioned, the birds are all preparing for the next generation..
I too love, the Dunnocks who are now flitting in & out of the shrubbery, picking up bits of twigs for nesting ~ Always nest, in my large cone-shaped conifer, competing with our little friend the Robin...I see all this from my kitchen window..
Lots, of our garden birds are faithful, bless them...
Yes & as you say LW, someone will burst our balloon with
other information...But, it is nice to gain knowledge about our garden birds albeit, good or bad....

31 Mar, 2011
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littlewren said:

I love my garden birds FP...spend a lot of time(a bit too much) watching them...we had a goldfinch nest in our conifer last year..sadly the eggs were taken...going by the hole in the back of the nest ,we suspect the weasel.....so sad and disappointing....living in hope for this year.We would love a robin to nest but never had the pleasure...

31 Mar, 2011
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bonkersbon said:

No bubble bursting needed you are both right about the Tree Sparrows according to BTO.

Sadly this seems to be due to the fact that they have a short life expectancy av.lifespan 2 years.

Lovely to have them in the garden we ve had breeding pair for last 2 years raising a couple of broods each time.

As you say FP lovely to see such activity how competitive they become but still somehow manage to rub along together.

Our pond is a scene of spring chaos at the moment ducks rooks starlings collared doves woodies wrens in and out of the rocks when they get the chance ! Squirrel arrives and has a mad half hour .. oh re bluetit again you are right FP they need carotene from bugs esp caterpillars to keep their yellow colouring.The stronger these chest feather colours the better food provider for a mate and young.

You may have noticed Gillblairs avatar of Jackpot the bluetit she rescued and hand reared.It never fed on caterpillars and this explains its pure white chest feathers.

31 Mar, 2011
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littlewren said:

not only a hoot but a clever hoot as well...lol.....some great info there BB spring is my favourite season.....everything springing into life....and the colours are so clean and calming....will have to look at Gillblairs avatar as this is the first I have heard of this lovely tale

31 Mar, 2011
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bonkersbon said:

Aye LW worth a read of her blog written back in June last year entitled My Jackpot some great photos and lovely detail.

31 Mar, 2011
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littlewren said:

will do BB thanks

31 Mar, 2011
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lincslass said:

Smashing blog, lots of info gained that probably would not even occur to me. Also guilty of spending time just watching the antics going on in and around the garden, got a very good idea which trees and hedging is favourite for the various birds, pleased to say all are safe from my furry ,four legged friends at the moment...Thanks all.......

31 Mar, 2011
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littlewren said:

loved the story of jackpot.....must find time to go back through old blogs etc....must have missed so much.....

31 Mar, 2011
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bonkersbon said:

Glad you enjoyed LW .. heart warming isnt it ? hope you didnt mind me mentioning it on your blog FP .. just seemed relevant to some of your comments.

1 Apr, 2011
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jane said:

Lovely blog Freesia....and you are so right..the sights and sounds in our gardens now are wonderful.This evening stood in the porch and watched the flock of starlings congregate on the pond for their wash and brush up while the ducks circled the pond too.A couple of rooks and woodies joined them all..drinking and bathing.Meanwhile a robin was singing in the apple tree ! It was total harmony...even if just for a short while...until another woodie tried to join in causing a scrap...and they all flew off !! Lol.

1 Apr, 2011
Dscf1248

Thanks Linclass for your nice comment.....I do agree with you
the information, that we gain from other members is so very interesting...

It makes it so easy, for the four legged furry ones at this time Linclass, the birds are so involved with their courtship, seem to forget about danger lurking so close. I saw some feathers this morning
which looked similar to a little wren.... : ~(((

Thanks for info. Bb re: Gillblairs Jackpot Blog such a good read,
a good all rounder...

I had a Robin nesting in the Ivy, used to watch the goings on LW,
they can so aggresive to predators, even large ones, when it comes to protecting their own ~ Never hardly left the nest, the
Male used to do the hunting for food, so fledglings were so protected....Unlike, the Dunnock who nested in my conifer, she
seems to have to do all the work, to look after her brood, she
lost 1 family to the four legged furry animal. Soon after, she
came back to the same place, but, this time lucky....I took a peep
at her fledglings so beautiful, saw them fly away...bless
Do you get many weasel in your garden LW? I did not think they
could venture so high above ground, poaching birds eggs?

It is all going on in your garden jane, sounded, just wonderful what
a beautiful picture, i got from your comment...Until, Woody
appeared, trust our wonderful idiot of a bird to put a stop to it all...Never mind, we always get to laugh at them so it can't be all
bad : 0))

2 Apr, 2011
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jane said:

They always make me smile Fressia ! Spent a lovely afternoon in the garden today.The ducks were here all day too and every time I went near the pond they came to the edge looking for food ! Threw a few handfuls of mealworms in a couple of times and they were devoured double quick time ! Soon be nesting time and the female is eating for England.She looks in great condition and getting ready for the off ! A month of sitting on eggs cant be much fun and she needs all the reserves she can build up to get her through. Bless....

2 Apr, 2011
Dscf1248

Aaahh! Bless jane, It must be wonderful to have ducks in your
garden? You have a great haven for all your Wildlife!! I have seen
some of your garden in your Blogs...All, looks so great!!
What a great feeling, it must be to go out in your garden to see
ducks on your pond, if i want to see ducks i have to go to my local park....lol
I am hoping the female, has her brood without any problems...
A month sitting on her eggs waiting, must seem like a lifetime jane
not only for her, but for you too....x

2 Apr, 2011
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jane said:

Thank you Freesia...my latest pics show her enjoying the pond this week Freesia..she is about to start nesting..fingers crossed for the next month..:o) Can only hope all goes well for her... x

3 Apr, 2011
Dscf1248

I have seen your latest pics jane....enjoyed every one of them.
You & Ray, have designed just the right setting, no wonder you
are plagued with wonderful visitors, whom, you make feel so much at home...Well done to both of you!!!
I am sure everything will go well for her nesting period, with you
around keeping an eye out for her safety!! Wish, her all the best...x

3 Apr, 2011
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jane said:

Thank you so much Freesia. Last year she decided that I would be an ideal babysitter while they were on the pond and a couple of times flew off for a break to exercise her wings.She only stayed away about ten minutes and I sat by the pond scouring the sky for Sparrowhawks..what a responsibility. Scared the living daylights out of me.Luckily I wasnt at work ..recovering from an operation for 12 weeks...hope her timing coincides with my holidays this year...or feel a sicky coming on ! Shhh....

4 Apr, 2011
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littlewren said:

Ah Jane can just see you babysitting but what a privilege......
Freesia.....think it is just the one weasel not regularly seen but often drops in to look for the mice etc in the old wall.....The goldfinch built its nest only about 5/6 from the ground in a small conifer...I had watched them building the nest then one morning found the whole nest on the ground so I picked it up and put it back in the same place.Delighted when they actually used it again...only for the eggs to go....Hoping for this year but no sign....I also have a mini conifer about 3ft tall near my stream and watched the weasel go in and come out with a bird.....sad but mother natures way.
Jane ...wont tell about your sicky....haha

5 Apr, 2011
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jane said:

Thanks Littlewren...so kind.....lol

5 Apr, 2011
Dscf1248

Same goes for me too jane re: the sicky....lol

5 Apr, 2011
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jane said:

Thanks so much Freesia Shhhhh :o)))

5 Apr, 2011
Dscf1248

It is strange how they seem to nest a lot in single Conifer's LW,
They do not see how vulnerable they are to Predators...You do
feel like getting involved to help them, but we can only do so much
as interfering with Nature is a no go area....we have to grit our
teeth sometimes, although it is so hard LW...
Thanks, for letting me into the tale of your weasel, it must have been awful to have to witness the Weasel's antics ~ Yet again
it's that word......Nature, that comes to fore again!! What a great
time you must have with all your visitors.....Highlights, as well as the lows too, as it seems....

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