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    • britishboy
    • By britishboy 13th Oct 19, 3:50 PM
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    Where are all the other birds
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    • 13th Oct 19, 3:50 PM
    Where are all the other birds 13th Oct 19 at 3:50 PM
    We’ve got several feeders in our garden, and until a month or so ago had many different species of bird visit every day.

    But now, we only ever really see Goldfinches, any time of the day there’s between 10 and 20 feeding

    Just wondered where/why the other birds aren’t around anymore?
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    • JulieM
    • By JulieM 13th Oct 19, 6:28 PM
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    • 13th Oct 19, 6:28 PM
    A lot of berries have ripened lately, maybe they're filling up on those?
    • Paula Smith
    • By Paula Smith 14th Oct 19, 10:37 AM
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    • 14th Oct 19, 10:37 AM
    You will get more bird traffic in spring when they have babies to feed.
    • shortcrust
    • By shortcrust 14th Oct 19, 10:31 PM
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    • 14th Oct 19, 10:31 PM
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    • 14th Oct 19, 10:31 PM
    Sounds familiar. I’ve had mainly goldfinches all year this year and they’re pretty much all I see at the moment. I had a much greater diversity last year with far higher numbers of bullfinches. I think the goldfinches can be bullies when there are enough of them. I sometimes see tits trying to get at the feeders for a while before giving up. Another point against them is that they’re such messy feeders. Half of the food ends up on the floor when the goldfinches are there.
    • unrecordings
    • By unrecordings 15th Oct 19, 9:27 AM
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    • 15th Oct 19, 9:27 AM
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    • 15th Oct 19, 9:27 AM
    Plenty of action here. The bluetits rule the roost, but we've also got a lot of sparrows, robins, coaltits, long tailed tits, blackbirds & some other small yellowy things that I've not identiifed yet
    Why am I in this handcart and where are we going ?
    • Paula Smith
    • By Paula Smith 15th Oct 19, 10:23 AM
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    • 15th Oct 19, 10:23 AM
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    • 15th Oct 19, 10:23 AM
    Plenty of action here. The bluetits rule the roost, but we've also got a lot of sparrows, robins, coaltits, long tailed tits, blackbirds & some other small yellowy things that I've not identiifed yet
    Originally posted by unrecordings
    Have a look at the RSPB bird identifier
    https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/identify-a-bird/
    • unrecordings
    • By unrecordings 15th Oct 19, 12:42 PM
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    • 15th Oct 19, 12:42 PM
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    • 15th Oct 19, 12:42 PM
    Originally posted by Paula Smith
    They're moving too fast
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    • Eenymeeny
    • By Eenymeeny 16th Oct 19, 10:26 AM
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    • 16th Oct 19, 10:26 AM
    I counted 7 magpies in our garden yesterday! I have never seen so many together... I hope that they move on quickly as they seem to chase the little birds away
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    • unrecordings
    • By unrecordings 16th Oct 19, 11:26 AM
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    • 16th Oct 19, 11:26 AM
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    • 16th Oct 19, 11:26 AM
    On the edge of woods here. We have the crow wars - crows here in the upper part, magpies occupying the lower part of the woods. Both will try to dominate open ground, so the little birds need hedges or other cover to hold their own. We've also got buzzards...
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    • byjimini
    • By byjimini 16th Oct 19, 1:18 PM
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    We get a few magpies but all the smaller birds went over the summer - such a shame as we loved leaving food out for them, it definitely felt like they'd left much earlier than normal.
    • joannaber
    • By joannaber 16th Oct 19, 1:48 PM
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    Gone to Africa for the winter?
    • britishboy
    • By britishboy 16th Oct 19, 2:29 PM
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    Thanks all, we still do get bluetits after the peanuts we put out in a feeder, but even the bickering starlings who used to fight in groups of 20 or more over the suet fat blocks arent around... just seems quieter in general (may be normal for this time of year, never paid much interest previously)


    We still see 2 or 3 ring necked parakeets which is nice, and the creepy jackdaws too that occasionally stop by like a scene from the film 'The Birds'
    • unrecordings
    • By unrecordings 16th Oct 19, 3:06 PM
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    We get the odd jackdaw too, along with jays, never seen parakeets, although there are supposed to be some around
    Why am I in this handcart and where are we going ?
    • phoebe1989seb
    • By phoebe1989seb 16th Oct 19, 11:06 PM
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    Loads here (rural Carmarthenshire) - large and small. Found a wren flying around indoors today
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    • KxMx
    • By KxMx 17th Oct 19, 2:50 PM
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    I live on the outskirts of a town, the magpies and crows regularly have turf wars over the many trees near my home.
    • Apodemus
    • By Apodemus 18th Oct 19, 7:24 AM
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    Gone to Africa for the winter?
    Originally posted by joannaber
    Sounds like a good plan!
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