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Who are the regular visitors to your garden? Have you got any images? Please do upload them here.

 

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Rainbirder

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Eurasian Treecreeper and a Snowdrop. Image from my garden, taken in February 2012.



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Male Brambling; December 2010.




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Male Bullfinch; December 2010.




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Robin; December 2010.

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Welcome to Scotland! Redwing; December 2010.

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After Rainbirder's usual high quality images I am reluctant to post anything. But I spent the day in the kitchen today and was surprised how many regulars I saw from the kitchen window even though I was just glancing out occasionally as I worked. These are the ones I saw today (but the photos are all from earlier) and see regularly.

 

 

blackbird (male and female)

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blue tit

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chaffinch (male and female). Numbers have gradually increased over the past couple of years.

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coal tit

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dunnock

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goldfinch

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great tit

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greenfinch

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magpie

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nuthatch

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pigeon. These fat buggers would eat all the food I put out if I didn't make it hard for them.

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reed bunting (male and female). These started to come into the garden 3 or 4 years ago and now are regulars during the winter months with up to 8 around art any one time.

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robin

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starling. Up to last month I had a flock of around 20 feeding regularly. This has dropped to 4 who stay through the winter.

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Rainbirder

I'm desperate for a Nuthatch in my garden!

In Scotland it is less common than Ospreys!

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We also have Chaffinch in our garden.

 

Now I have to go and get a photo for you.

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Got my picture of the chaffinch - Oh and this time used the 1Ds MKIII - as per advice on another thread

 

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And managed to get some photos of the regular visitors Swee waxbills. The male is the more attractive one - of course.

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  • 8 months later...

A Southern Masked Weaver building a nest in the Coral tree in my garden

I hope his Lady likes it :)

 

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and a black-chested Prinia singing his praises

 

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Thanks for kick starting this thread again @@Sharifa - I have cats prowling our back garden presently so looking out not much about. Funny, this year have not seen the hoopoes. I do hear a lot of owls though at night from the forest behind us.

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Kingfisher Safaris

From earlier in the summer

 

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  • 2 weeks later...

The neighbours cats try stalking the birds but they are now wise to the cats antics :) @@Game Warden

 

I have seen an owl sitting on the light pole on our street at dawn. I think it was a spotted eagle owl.

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More of the Southern Masked Weaver in my garden.

 

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His nest was almost complete

 

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The Southern Masked Weaver nests alone but also sometimes in small colonies.

 

He mates with between 2-12 females and fervently builds his nests trying to impress the picky females.

 

He builds some 10-50 nests and then advertises all his homes to the females. He can make quite a mess while leaf stripping, especially the palm tree, which can be left bare, and also leaves a mess when the nest is destroyed.

 

His displays of hanging from the nest with spread wings while chattering insistently can be seen and heard in many gardens.

Once a female accepts his nest then she lays the inside lining to the nest and only then does he build a short entrance tunnel to the nest. She lays 2-3 eggs.

If she does not like the nest it is destroyed by the male and replaced.

 

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Also seen in my garden enjoying the Coral Tree flowers

 

Dark capped Bulbul

 

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and the Cape White-eye

 

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Lovely sight! Had Eurasian Hoopoes in the garden yesterday and the small yellow headed finches are back to eat all the rotten figs. Not sure what they are perhaps Siskins.

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  • 9 months later...
offshorebirder

Cooper's Hawks breed in my neighborhood annually - here is an immature female they raised (photo taken through a closed kitchen window):

 

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I also have a nest box for Eastern Screech-Owls. Here is one of this spring's nestlings peeking out of the nest box:

 

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Here is the female peeking out of the nest box a month earlier:

 

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This is one of the most frustrating "near-miss" photos I have ever shot. I was focused on the adult hummingbird as it perched on the tomato cage, and at the exact instant I pressed the shutter, an immature male came in like a missile and speared him - knocking him backwards out of the focal zone. A different aperature (with a wider in-focus area), a little higher shutter speed, and it would have been a one-in-a-million shot. But even a bit out of focus, it conveys the fact that these little birds live savage lives! Don't worry - the adult male was fine even after the jousting session.

 

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Practising with the new 300mm lens before my trip to Botswana in June.

 

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  • 7 months later...

Hi

Greater spotted Woodpecker and Song Thrush.

No photos but Hawfinch, Crested Tit, Pheasant and quite often Whitetailed Eagle overflying.

The last photo shows one that I do not recognize from any of my Birdbooks ;-)

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  • 4 weeks later...
mvecht

I managed to get a few Photos of Hawfinch and Crested Tit.

Pictures have been taken from my living room. Both species are quite nervous so not easy to get these shots.

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