Archive for the ‘Birds’ Category


Great roof garden!

Just a couple of recent city wildlife observations that I have to put somewhere! The other day I noticed this unusual wild “roof garden” among some chimney pots… (more…)

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Coscoroba swan (Coscoroba coscoroba) from South America

It seems a long time ago now, but on Boxing Day we visited the WWT Wetlands Centre in Llanelli, where we are members. The weather was glorious and (more…)

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Grey wagtail on the roof, November 14, 2013…

There is definitely something in the air. Although so many trees are still green, the weather has suddenly become colder and drier. I knew something had changed when (more…)

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Feral pigeon (Columba livia) on the shore in Poole – with wing colour not too different from the original wild rock dove type…

I have just come back from a few days in Dorset (mostly Poole) and will no doubt share my snapshots with you over the next few weeks – or months!

But as a bit of a bridge between the last post about feral pigeons and my holiday excursions, here are some (more…)

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A romantic view: Feeding pigeons in St Mark’s Square, Venice, by Antonio Paoletti (1834–1912) – what, no bird droppings?

In the past I have “appreciated” beautiful pests such as seagulls, magpies and starlings in this blog, but I think a flock of feral pigeons takes the biscuit (or anything else remotely edible).

A while back I was, would you believe, excited that (more…)

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Mr and Mrs mallard duck (Anas platyrhynchos) at Llanelli WWT, late December 2012

Although we are now starting a colder and drier spell – maybe with snow on the way – we have had nothing but rain for months. Ideal if you have webbed feet!

So we recently made one of our regular trips to the Wildfowl & Wetland Trust reserve in Llanelli. At this time of year the (more…)

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This seagull was interested in the crow’s meal…

I don’t usually do short posts, but I just wanted to share this picture, as it was such a surprise.

On Sunday I heard a crow making a lot of noise, so grabbed my camera with a longish lens and went to find out what all the fuss was about. All I could see was the crow on a neighbour’s roof, with some scavenged food. So I pointed the lens through the window and snapped, just hoping to get a reasonable portrait.

I swear that as I pressed the button, the seagull wasn’t there, or even on my radar, but I saw a flurry of wings as it went click!

So that’s why the crow was making so much noise…

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Blackbird gymnast goes for gold…


This blackbird (Turdus merula) flings itself at the bird fat and pecks off chunks…

What’s that they say about the Olympics? Faster, higher, stronger?

This blackbird in my garden has got into the Olympic spirit, exercising on the bird fat for weeks in the run-up to the London 2012 Games. Its technique is to hurl itself at the fat and knock pieces off, then drop to the ground to eat them. I think it’s a method copied from the magpies.

Many of the (more…)

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This beautiful swan and its reflection is available as a fine art print from Fotoviva – click on the image…

I think it’s time we looked at another iconic bird, this time the swan. You may already have seen my earlier posts on the design appeal of penguins and peacocks and owls.

What makes a swan? It’s big, usually (more…)

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A baby starling (Sturnus vulgaris) on the bird table in May 2012…

Over the last few years, since I have been feeding the garden birds in summer as well as winter, we have had a bunch of starlings visiting, just for a month or two.

This year the first one arrived on April 27 and soon there were about seven of them. I know (more…)

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