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In the past when I have topped up the seven live catch cages in my wood I have spread a mix of bird seed on the ground but every night it got mopped up by the ####!!##!!!### badgers, so as i had a good supply of pallets I have made tables out of their reach covered the holes with strips of pallet wood and put the cage on them, end on to my cabins, so anything undesirable can be sorted.  I went down this morning at about seven and then this evening at seven and the two tables I visited where heaving with songbirds and a few woodpeckers.  The bulfinch turned up as well.

Satisfied that the remaining feed will be there in the morning. I'll try and get a photo tomorrow.

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The second brood of three known nests of Bitterns has fledged at Far Ings.

This is pretty amazing for such a small reserve made even more remarkable as they are nesting in the same area as a Marsh Harrier whose brood has also just fledged.

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3 hours ago, JDog said:

The second brood of three known nests of Bitterns has fledged at Far Ings.

This is pretty amazing for such a small reserve made even more remarkable as they are nesting in the same area as a Marsh Harrier whose brood has also just fledged.

That's a brilliant breeding outcome from what you say is a small reserve, I assume it has Wardens.......those species need protection from predators and humans.

In other bird table news, a Short billed Dowitcher, and a Least tern, both reported today in  Cork and Dublin respectively, both are North / Central American visitors.

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Not as exotic as some reports but in my view far more important is the apparent high number of chaffinches this year. I have whole families coming to my feeders, where in the last few years there have been very few. Are they bouncinmg back from that killer disease, hope so.  I remember 65 years ago on a school trip to the Lake District where you could not stop to enjoy your sandwiches without having a couple of dozen almost taking it out of your hand.

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1 hour ago, Walker570 said:

Not as exotic as some reports but in my view far more important is the apparent high number of chaffinches this year. I have whole families coming to my feeders, where in the last few years there have been very few. Are they bouncinmg back from that killer disease, hope so.  I remember 65 years ago on a school trip to the Lake District where you could not stop to enjoy your sandwiches without having a couple of dozen almost taking it out of your hand.

I agree. 

This year I have seen more Yellowhammers, Linnets and Whitethroats than ever before.

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3 hours ago, JDog said:

I agree. 

This year I have seen more Yellowhammers, Linnets and Whitethroats than ever before.

Goldfinches here in the west, not unusual to have 6-10 on the feeders, lots of youngsters as well.

Sparrowhawk through the garden yesterday, taking a house sparrow from a clematis bush on the way.

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Great sight this morning as firstly a hen bullfinch came and nicked a peanut from the feeder and flew off with it where normally they stop and eat. I assumed she was taking it to new born chicks. Then a cock bullfinch turns up with four youngsters which was what I have been waiting for.  I hope that my efforts to kill out the predators has helped.

A tree rat made a fatal mistake and climbed on the feeding table. One or two still keep straying into our wood never to survive more than 48hrs.

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Western Sandpiper recorded today at Cley Marshes in Norfolk, a north American wader, this is the first ever sighting in Norfolk, and only the eighth recording in the UK.

see Cley Marshes: Western Sandpiper at Norfolk Wildlife Trust....BBC for details.

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7 hours ago, Whitebridges said:

Full marks to the person who first spotted it and above all , knowing what it was ,I would have passed it as just another wading bird and so would a lot other people , hands up who would have known what it was , can't see any up at the moment:lol:

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15 hours ago, marsh man said:

Full marks to the person who first spotted it and above all , knowing what it was ,I would have passed it as just another wading bird and so would a lot other people , hands up who would have known what it was , can't see any up at the moment

Mr Golley knows his stuff that's for sure.  

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