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Bird Table repair

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

The bird table feet and support have rotten away, so it’s time to repair with some odd bits of wood, I have in the wood shed.

As you can see, the bird table has no base.

But, I’ve got wood, hammer, screws, jigsaw, paint and a chiesel! We can rebuild it!

 

Bird Table fixed

Bird Table fixed

Well it won’t win any carpentry awards, but it’s fixed and painted, and at least it stands up again.

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Goldfinches on Nyjer Feeder Photographs

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

These are the best photographs I’ve managed to shot at present. (click the photo’s to view). These were both taken with a rather old Canon EOS 300D Digital SLR and Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens. It’s not the camera which is the problem, it’s trying to catch the finches at the right moment!

Single Goldfinch on nyjer feeder

Single Goldfinch on nyjer feeder

 

Two Goldfinches on nyjer feeder

Two Goldfinches on nyjer feeder

 It’s very difficult to get close-up pictures, the feeders are at the bottom of the garden, I’ve tried sitting down at the bottom of the garden waiting, but I think I need a bird hide! (everytime I come into the house, the come back and feed on the feeder).

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Garden Birds

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

I also have an interest in birds, I wouldn’t call myself a twitcher or a birder, maybe somewhere in between! There’s one British bird which I would love to see visit my garden, it’s the Goldfinch. Nyjer (thistle) seed is the preferred food of goldfinches, and you need a special food dispencer and Nyjer (thistle) seeds of course. I have read that unless Goldfinches visit your garden already don’t bother! I have seen flocks of goldfinches (6-8 birds) in the area, and last season, I saw one in the garden (not feeding, just perching for a few minutes). I was going to ask a nearby neighbour who feeds the birds, did they have any goldfinches visit their garden before I invest in Nyjer (thistle) seeds and feeder.Well yesterday, at the local garden centre, I took the plunge and purchased Nyjer (thistle) seeds and feeder. Here it is:-

and I’d like to report, that earlier today, I though I saw, two Goldfinches feeding at the end of the garden, but I couldn’t confirm because I didn’t have me bins on me. I just checked about 30 minutes ago, and I spotted FOUR GOLDFINCHES FEEDING ON THE NYJER SEED!

Nyjer (thistle) seed dispencer for Goldfinches.

Nyjer (thistle) seed dispencer for Goldfinches.

 

Let’s just say, I’m a little excited!! Just goes to prove the books and experts are wrong!!!

Digital SLR on Tripod, 300mm Zoom Lens attached, waiting for them to return, watch this space for photos…..

(if Goldfinches currently visit your garden you are very lucky!)

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Female Pheasant

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

A regular visitor to  the garden, these birds are very tame and people friendly! This picture was taken by Lindsey! 

Female Pheasant
Female Pheasant

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