Saturday, 2 March 2013

FOR THE BIRDS

I try to keep bird feeders going in the garden and throw out bread and keep the bird bath clean, etc.  But all I seem to get is the neighbourhood cats.  A couple of weeks ago, I took part in the Royal Society for the  Protection of Birds garden survey, which involves watching the garden for an hour and letting the RSPB know which birds land there.  I only saw 4 birds all day!

Occasionally though, while the cats are all sleeping after lunch, I manage to attract a few garden birds which makes it all worthwhile.  Yesterday I had a surprise - a flock (?colony) of seagulls arrived and fed on the lawn.


As we're about 25 miles from the nearest coast, I guess it was stormy at sea.  Or do gulls feel the cold too?  I shouldn't have liked to dip my toes in the sea yesterday.  Or maybe they especially like stale white cobs?

6 comments:

  1. I have a similar problem, in that my neighbour's cat lurks in the back garden for much of each day, keeping the bird visitors to a minimium. However, there a several places close by with large numbers of birds where I can go to do some avian photography :-))

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  2. Yes, I can actually hear the birds somewhere else. Haven't found them to photograph yet though.

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  3. I was startled to see my first seagulls far inland as I thought they stayed at the coast. But on the prairies there are some that migrate and use fresh water lakes and there are also some land gulls that call the middle of the continent home. I would feel right at home in your back yard.

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    1. The sun has decided to come out in the last couple of days, so it's bit more lively out there now. I don't think I've seen seagulls in private gardens like that before, but it's true - you do often see them in agricultural fields, especially after they've been ploughed.

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  4. WOOOWWW doing a good job Neil , I'm feeding them at my balcony .

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    1. I'd like to see a few smaller birds though!

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