Wednesday, 16 January 2019
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Can you name this bird I snapped
With camera phone this morning.

The smallest I've ever seen.
:-)

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2 years ago
Alan I go to Whinfell every year spend a bit of time in the hide camera at the ready lol. Always look forward to seeing the red squirrels sadly Carlisle is falling fowl to the greys especially in the Kingmoor nature reserve. Used to see reds all the time but no longer. Good variety of birds in the reserve though and roe deer.



One i took in the summer there cant find an exact match but i think its a Bullfinch .

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Nah, that looks more like a juvenile male Chaffinch.
2 years ago
I'm afraid it has quite a bad foot infection as well
2 years ago
I thought they were just some sort of bird winter sock glove type thing!
2 years ago
Im no feathered friend expert tbh as you can tell its feet definatley look swollen .
We had a lodge there for a midweek break and took some feeders with us manag ed to set up a broken tree branch with them on .
Everyone loved it including the birds .
Even had a woodpecker as a regular visitor probably the most illusive bird to snap .
2 years ago
That's a good idea Alan think I might try that on our next trip to Anglesey
2 years ago
That's a good idea Alan think I might try that on our next trip to Anglesey


This is a pic of it even got visitors of the red variety picking up the pieces .
Well worth 10 mins effort .

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2 years ago
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Difficult indeed to photograph. I snapped this one by pure chance while taking pics of others in our garden last summer!
2 years ago
Brilliant shot that think i need a new camera lense for my birthday ;-)
2 years ago
Am lucky enough to be in Cumbria for a couple of days and saw two pairs of Jays today in a spruce and larch woodland area near Bassenthwaite today.
What a treat it was! Hardly ever see them nowadays and they interrupted the plans for a longer walk.
Used to see them all the time as a kid but rarely nowadays.
What stuck me was just how noisy they were! Magpie kind of sound but different.
Spent a good hour or so trying to get closer to them but they were having none of it and always kept me at a good distance.
Such an odd flight looking like they would almost drop to the floor at times, bobbing so ungamely in the air.
Worth it for that flash of blue that I saw a few times in the late afternoon sun. Transported me right back to being a kid.
Ran out of time to get up Great Cockup but just as good watching the jays for an hour or two.
Buzzards, treecreepers, lots of tits (no long tailed tits though), starlings, a heron and a red squirrel as well.
Oh, and the sun setting behind the snow capped North Western Fells.
Not bad for a couple of hours on a cold January afternoon.
2 years ago
That's a good idea Alan think I might try that on our next trip to Anglesey


This is a pic of it even got visitors of the red variety picking up the pieces .
Well worth 10 mins effort .

http://i68.tinypic.com/rmqpt1.jpg


That's my idea of heaven could sit somewhere like that all day looks idyllic
2 years ago
Am lucky enough to be in Cumbria for a couple of days and saw two pairs of Jays today in a spruce and larch woodland area near Bassenthwaite today.
What a treat it was! Hardly ever see them nowadays and they interrupted the plans for a longer walk.
Used to see them all the time as a kid but rarely nowadays.
What stuck me was just how noisy they were! Magpie kind of sound but different.
Spent a good hour or so trying to get closer to them but they were having none of it and always kept me at a good distance.
Such an odd flight looking like they would almost drop to the floor at times, bobbing so ungamely in the air.
Worth it for that flash of blue that I saw a few times in the late afternoon sun. Transported me right back to being a kid.
Ran out of time to get up Great Cockup but just as good watching the jays for an hour or two.
Buzzards, treecreepers, lots of tits (no long tailed tits though), starlings, a heron and a red squirrel as well.
Oh, and the sun setting behind the snow capped North Western Fells.
Not bad for a couple of hours on a cold January afternoon.


Good post NCF any snow on the lower fells looking at rummaging the sledge out and heading off to lower banks of High pike with the older Grandson if there is .
Some cracking slopes and a lot quiter than Calbeck ?
2 years ago
Funnily enough I was talking to a few of the people who we've gotten to know a bit down the years and they were saying that Binsey yesterday was white all over. When I got here today it was all green!
Mild last night apparently so a lot of the snow has gone.
Bass side of Skiddaw was apparently snow down to the intake fields yesterday but when I got here snow line must have been at 1500ft approx.
Nothing really on Great Cockup, Sale, or Longlands. Dash valley and Great Calva looked whiter and NW fells looked magnificent but again snow maybe at 1500ft ish.
Damp and drizzly here now.
2 years ago
Hoping to be able to hand feed little Robin soon it's getting a bit bolder every time I feed its become a bait time regular now.

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2 years ago
Nice one - Robins are lovely tame birds.

I have hand fed Blackbirds and Wood Pigeons in the past, you end up talking to them like a pet and they appear from bushes when they see you with food.

Reminds me of that old one - Dr Doolittle, if you are reading this can you come round and tell my neighbours dog to shut the [censored] up.
2 years ago
Hoping to be able to hand feed little Robin soon it's getting a bit bolder every time I feed its become a bait time regular now.

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Get yourself some live mealworms you can get them online,the little fella won't be able to resist be eating out your hand in no time Alan
2 years ago
You can get live mealworms in pets at home reptile section.
2 years ago
You can get live mealworms in pets at home reptile section.


You can pal, we used to get them from there for our now sadly deceased Bearded Dragon called Munch which was the inspiration for my username :)
2 years ago
Got four pairs of birds nesting in the garden currently, three pairs are Blackbirds and a pair of Song Thrushes so have been trying to keep an eye on them when I can to chase off predators.

The neighbour has been moaning again about the height of the trees stating that they can only be two metres above the fence, some are to be fair but some are about four metres but are very wispy towards the top and wouldn't be too much work but I believe it is against the law to touch trees with nesting birds in it or even if you are allowed to no gardener would rightly touch it so my neighbour can go and argue with the Queen if she wants to try and get the law changed.

The thing is that she was moaning about the Conifers which she is allowed to do apparently but when she demanded that I chop down the Apple, Pear and Rowan tree I bluntly refused as you can let a non-evergreen tree grow as large as you want to.

This is what irks me you see as we recorded from the upstairs window into her back garden on a sunny day and at the very top left of her garden for twenty minutes goes into shade and that was it! Fair enough if it was blocking her garden or house into darkness then I would be out of order myself as I would se her point.

Anyhow I showed her the footage and she wasn't very happy to be proved wrong and claimed that that was the part of the garden that she wanted to sit in at that particular time, when I showed her that the house next to me then totally blocks the light after said twenty minutes then she should pop round to my other neighbour and get him to chop his house down as well because he is restricting the light, she went mad and stormed off.

Probably get a knock on the door soon then from the Council :)
2 years ago
Mealworms are doing the trick all be it dry ones so much so its starting to visit the bait cabin now .

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2 years ago
The swallows arrived at my place yesterday, you always know summer isn't far off.
2 years ago
Yes, been up in Cumbria for the school holidays and the Swallows arrived here 4 or 5 days ago.
Saw about 60 or 70 skimming across the surface of Overwater Tuesday evening and heard, but sadly didn't see, a Curlew and a Cuckoo this week as well.
Saw a very brief glimpse of the Osprey above Bassenthwaite and seen a fair few Oystercatchers and Woodpeckers as well.
Best of all was lying on my back in a field full of lambs and hearing a skylark singing its heart on a balmy Spring evening.
2 years ago
Got a garden full of young robins last couple of days, nest must have jumped

Been making a bit extra softfood for my birds and giving the leftovers to the wild birds they love it
2 years ago
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Talking of bearded dragons, my son has one and has provided it with a holiday home at mine. It's a nice little thing, but I'm just a bit squeamish about feeding it hoppers and stuff.
2 years ago
Over the last few days I've seen swallows, no house martins as yet though.

Over the last week or so I've had a marvellous starling who sits on the ridge of the garage and goes through a full repertoire of sounds.

He does oyster catcher, curlew and lapwing, a meow sound that could be a cat or might be a buzzard as we have a pair nearby. A noise that could possibly be a petrol lawnmover or a moped or something similar, and a rather rusty bike bell, the exact noise the kids bike from round the corner makes. There are also a couple of other bird songs that I'm not clever enough to name but they aren't starling speak. Wonderful to listen to.
2 years ago
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Talking of bearded dragons, my son has one and has provided it with a holiday home at mine. It's a nice little thing, but I'm just a bit squeamish about feeding it hoppers and stuff.


Looks a pretty young one that you have there Bumble.

We had ours for years, he was given to us by my missus's mate because when she found out that her sister was going to use him to breed with hers she got furious as she would make a lot of money and virtually insisted we have him and the full kit.

He was massive and so was the cage, the problem was though that apparently you have to handle them more as youngsters to get them used to people, they hadn't done this with Munch though so he would go all grumpy if you picked him up then he would change colour and all his spikes would come out and stab you, I was amazed how sharp they are.

He sadly died the other year - he was a grumpy bugger but I don't half miss him :(
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