Unexpected Garden Birds

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Re: Unexpected Garden Birds

Post by Yorkshire Kris » Thu Sep 26, 2013 3:39 pm

What's a YBW?


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Re: Unexpected Garden Birds

Post by Conifers » Thu Sep 26, 2013 4:32 pm

Yorkshire Kris wrote:What's a YBW?
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Re: Unexpected Garden Birds

Post by Yorkshire Kris » Thu Sep 26, 2013 4:37 pm

PS for those not familiar with birder speak, 'YBW' = Yellow-browed Warbler. They breed in Siberia, and mostly spend the winter in southeast Asia, but a small (and increasing) number head west to winter in W Europe instead, passing through Britain in late September and October. They're one of the autumn 'must-sees' for lots of birders
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Re: Unexpected Garden Birds

Post by otorongo » Thu Sep 26, 2013 4:40 pm

We need more tropical birds, and perhaps build shelters for them so they can survive.

Parrots would be a good choice, they're very cheerful icon_thumleft There must be some hardier species from the mountaineous regions maybe? The volcanic parts of Costa Rica for example.


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Re: Unexpected Garden Birds

Post by flounder » Thu Sep 26, 2013 10:02 pm

otorongo wrote:We need more tropical birds, and perhaps build shelters for them so they can survive.

Parrots would be a good choice, they're very cheerful icon_thumleft There must be some hardier species from the mountaineous regions maybe? The volcanic parts of Costa Rica for example.
Sounds an innocent enough statement, but wait until they start ousting native species. Parakeets seem to be spreading further across the country, it's only a matter of time before they get established here on the coast!
Nice to see the occasional visitor but not at the expense of our own species. It'll be the same sort of clamour about planting stuff which isn't endemic and possibly could cause problems.
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Re: Unexpected Garden Birds

Post by Conifers » Thu Sep 26, 2013 10:40 pm

Here's a tropical bird for you!

May come as a surprise, but it's closest relatives are not the chats and redstarts one might expect, but a group of tropical African species (ref: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 57: 380–392, 2010).
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Re: Unexpected Garden Birds

Post by Palmer » Tue Oct 22, 2013 12:35 pm

I’ve lived at the new house now for several weeks and moving from the city to countryside I was looking forward to seeing a much greater variation in bird life in the garden, but to be honest I’ve been a little disappointed the only birds I’ve seen so far that I haven’t seen in my city garden are Coal T*** and pheasants… well that was until yesterday when a woodpecker appeared on the peanut feeder, it appeared to be having problems extracting the peanuts so I cut an 8” log in half and drilled lots of I” holes in it, then filled the holes with peanuts and pine nuts… and he’s back again today :D

Juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker
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Re: Unexpected Garden Birds

Post by Clive60 » Tue Oct 22, 2013 7:51 pm

It's always nice to see something different in the garden even if it is not particularly rare.


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Re: Unexpected Garden Birds

Post by kata » Tue Oct 22, 2013 8:12 pm

Too wet here Clive,

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Re: Unexpected Garden Birds

Post by Conifers » Tue Oct 22, 2013 8:39 pm

Palmer wrote:Juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker

Tony
Almost certainly a Scandinavian bird, there's been a huge arrival of them this autumn on the east coast. The juveniles are distinguishable because they moult a couple of months later than UK resident GSW, so they are still in juvenile plumage now, whereas local juvs moulted into adult plumage a while back.


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Re: Unexpected Garden Birds

Post by Conifers » Tue Oct 22, 2013 8:41 pm

Saw this today icon_thumleft Not, alas, in my garden!
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Re: Unexpected Garden Birds

Post by kata » Tue Oct 22, 2013 8:42 pm

Your area has some really nioce birds Conifers!

Thanks!

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Re: Unexpected Garden Birds

Post by Conifers » Tue Oct 22, 2013 8:51 pm

Not really my area - had to go down to foreign parts (Bishop Auckland, Co Durham) to see it :alien:


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Re: Unexpected Garden Birds

Post by Conifers » Tue Oct 22, 2013 8:56 pm

But this nice Siberian Stonechat was here in Northumbs . . . all the way from somewhere east of the Urals icon_thumleft 8)
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Re: Unexpected Garden Birds

Post by Palmer » Tue Oct 22, 2013 9:44 pm

Conifers wrote:
Palmer wrote:Juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker

Tony
Almost certainly a Scandinavian bird, there's been a huge arrival of them this autumn on the east coast. The juveniles are distinguishable because they moult a couple of months later than UK resident GSW, so they are still in juvenile plumage now, whereas local juvs moulted into adult plumage a while back.
Thanks for that info Conifers I’m sure your right icon_thumleft whenever I have seen GSW or LSW in East Yorkshire I have always found them to be very shy birds and difficult to get close to… unlike the GSW in my garden.


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