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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 16th, 2018 5:09pm (Feb 16th 2018)
    Mickey was chuntering away fit to bust on the window sill this morning. As it was really early I didnt get up to see what was aggravating him. Then when I was putting the laundry out on the line I saw loads of feathers on the grass so we had a bird of prey visit. There were a pair of sparrow hawks that nested down in the valley last year so it might have been one of them I will keep my eye out for them. Wish I had looked out now !!!!
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 16th, 2018 7:07pm (Feb 16th 2018) edited
    Oo dear, I wonder what the sparrowhawk got. Heard the blackbirds going mad a couple of years back and a sparrowhawk had seized a fledgling...horrible. I know it's nature but I wish sparrowhawks (and foxes!) were vegan (said the omnivore, hypocritically).
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th, 2018 7:59pm (Feb 17th 2018)
    I think it was a Black bird CC. We've hardly had any birds in the garden since Poor things. I saw two magpies checking out the garden this morning. Now I do thing they are strikingly good looking birds but no way do I want them any where near my garden. They kill all the tiny birds. Nasty old things
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th, 2018 11:32am (Feb 18th 2018)
    Magpies are evil, but close up they are stunningly beautiful. Their black feathers have green and blue sheens on them - at my fisrt job we had some that used to sit on the windowsill next to my desk.

    We have lots of pigeons, magpies and seagulls round here - if the hawks took a few of them it would probably be a benefit to the rest of the wild birds. Birds of prey are wonderful.
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th, 2018 5:18pm (Feb 18th 2018)
    I've never seen a Magpie.

    My front yard is full of Junkos, Chickadees, Stellars Jays, and Ring Tail Doves. Finches and Pine Siskins, Black-headed Grosbeaks, Varied Thrushes, and Spotted Towhees are here too - in smaller packs than the first group... We have hawks and Bald Eagles, and owls who will sometimes stalk my yard. Less so now that there are goats bleating and snorting out there. Well, that and the 12 deer that show up twice a day. If I am really lucky the California Quail will show up, with their babies, like they did for the first time last year.

    I used to have about 20 domesticated/wild cross bunnies. But I think the deer have frightened them off over time. Now there is usually a pair of wild bunnies.
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th, 2018 5:29pm (Feb 18th 2018)
    It is SNOWING here! About 4 to 6 inches so far. Sunny weather yesterday. Snow today. We don't get much snow. None some years. So this is a bit shocking.

    Lynnie? Do you have snow there?
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th, 2018 5:09pm (Feb 19th 2018)
    Junkos? Chickadees? Grosbeaks? Towhees? Are you kicking our bucket, Diane?:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th, 2018 7:19pm (Feb 19th 2018)
    Best get your camera out Diane we would like to have a look at them xx
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th, 2018 7:16pm (Feb 20th 2018)
    Sounds like a fantastic menagerie! I'd spend all day sitting and watching them.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st, 2018 2:20pm (Feb 21st 2018)
    They are fascinating to watch, and do get used to you being about. Some of mine sit on the fence and wait until I have sorted out their feeders then swoop down again before I am even in the house
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd, 2018 6:29pm (Feb 23rd 2018)
    Diane, we got 6 inches of snow that didn't melt more over the next few's snowed yesterday and it's supposed to snow this weekend was 17°F when I got up this morning..really sick of Winter now:face-sad:

    We have the same birds here too Diane, the only time I ever saw a Magpie was in Wyoming, they were really pretty.
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd, 2018 9:02pm (Feb 23rd 2018)
    I believe American magpies are different to the English ones.

    Your weather sounds terrible Lynn - we've been forecast a very cold week with snow over on the east coast side. Hope it doesn't push in to the Midlands!
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th, 2018 12:38pm (Feb 24th 2018)
    By the sound of it it'll push in to everywhere!:weather_snowing:
    Their magpies look like ours as far as I can make out, but I know the robin is utterly different, more the size of a thrush by the look of it - huge!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 25th, 2018 2:37pm (Feb 25th 2018)
    Large buzzard circling in the sun above my garden today..... one one blackbird in the garden but that kept its self well hidden.
    • CommentTimeMar 5th, 2018 6:08pm (Mar 5th 2018)
    Your Robins are utterly different, as CC has shown me many times in various Robin themed gifts ;) Point of information - CC if you has said "Are you kicking THE bucket?" you would have been asking me if I am dying. We don't have "kicking OUR bucket here" but I am assuming it means something along the lines of "pulling your leg" and not a query about whether I am trying to kill you. Lol

    It sounds like everyone ended up having SNOW. Yes, I am completely in favor of the arrival of Spring now. And I think it is happening. My goats having their dandelion fluff undercoats floating sticking to them and me and everything else. And our male American Robins are back and dressed in their brightest orange/red feathers to impress the girls. All the right trees are beginning to bud.

      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 6th, 2018 3:27pm (Mar 6th 2018)
    Kicking your bucket = pulling your leg = yanking your chain, etc.

    All our snow is gone; we cancelled our Russian class on Friday to the bemusement of our teacher - who, we realised, had studied in Moscow and was therefore unfazed by anything less than 2 feet of snow!