Law0 min ago
Hi to all birdy people! Quite a few of you were saying that there were no (or very few) sparrows in your area & I wondered whether things had improved? Luckily here in Derbyshire we seem to have had a bumper breeding season & there are lots of lovely fluffy young ones. Maybe the weather has suited them this year?
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Hi shaneystar! Three thrushes (not east to say!) you're so lucky!! I had one for the first time in years in the spring so am hoping that they're coming back into the area.
The sparrows are so funny. When they're startled by something & fly up into the hedge there's always one that stays put, looks around as if to say 'What happened?' & carries on eating! There was one a few yrs ago who followed the doves around & pulled the feathers out of their rears presumably for her nest! (This morning I thought all the birds were extra fluffy - turned out to be my bins were out of focus!!)
I just have to add that I've always had sparrows, there just seems to be an abundance at the moment.
same here- loads of sparrows at the mo- the feeders are being used up as quickly as they do in the winter. Guess they will disperse in time but certainly seems like more than normal for this time of year. The greenfinches are just as busy- lots of them about as well and also abundance of dunnocks. And a bonus white cockatiel of some sort this morning!
My neighbours are not a wildlife friendly couple Robinia. They don't have a single weed in sight and only grow showy flowers. They moan that I don't shoot the rabbits and hares in my garden and they have been known to sneek in with mole traps. Their silly fishpond with its ornaments is their pride and joy! They are quite a nice couple really, but I think they ought to move out of the countryside onto an urban estate instead of fighting a losing battle with nature.
But it does give me a smug feeling when the herons eat their goldfish!!
I love to see herons.Back to Wimbledon againFP.There is a flood meadow in Lower Morden where the Pilbrook runs through off the Wandle and there used to be several there.Lots of foxes too.The council dug out ponds and there were a couple of Mandarin ducks one year.Loads of frogs.It used to be lovely in the summer ,a mass of buttercups and blackberrypickers heaven in the late summer. I love it here in Norfolk but miss that meadow as I have not seen one fox or heron since we have been here ,two years in November.
I used to go for long walks across Wimbledon Common with my Dad when I was a child and it was just so wonderful - easier to go for long walks there with nature all about than it is here where the farmers are nasty and plough up the footpaths. I am sure it was the Wandle than ran near to my school in Merton Park Road?
Next time I see a Heron, Shaneystar I'll send it over to you. We live really near to a Birds of Prey conservation area and we get some really lovely birds.