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     November 2014
     November Garden List:
   November continues the very mild theme for this autumn, with very little in the way of frosts. The arrival of an overwintering female blackcap, on one of the apples I put out, makes the total number of different  bird spices seen in the garden this month 23.
Blackbird Goldcrest Nuthatch
Blackcap Goldfinch Robin
Blue Tit Great Spotted Woodpecker Sparrowhawk M&F
Bullfinch Great Tit Starling
Chaffinch Greenfinch Stock Dove
Coal Tit House Sparrow Woodpigeon
Collared Dove Long-tailed Tit Wren
Dunnock Magpie  
     25th Nov.
    Just one sighting so far this winter of the Blackcap, a very smart looking female, with that beautiful chestnut coloured cap, on one of the apples that I had skewered onto a long pyracantha thorn. At least it now knows where to find food when, or if, the weather finally starts to get a bit colder.

Female Blackcap

Enlarged View

     20th Nov

By planting as many fruit bearing hedges, shrubs and trees as you can in your garden you will not only be helping the wildlife but you will have the pleasure of their beauty in the autumn and the enjoyment of watching the many birds that will be attracted to them. Also donít forget to keep on putting out fruit for the birds as we get deeper into winter. Besides the blackbirds and thrushes you may get overwintering blackcaps, fieldfares, redwings, or who knows, even the possibility of waxwings. All except the Waxwings clip were filmed in my back garden.

   VIDEO    -  Garden Birds & Autumnís Bounty          5th November 2014

    15th Nov
   There have seen a large number of Long-tailed Tits in the area this autumn in the nearby woodland and along the tree lined river bank and small family groups chattering to each other have been visiting the garden for a few weeks now. This should mean that when the hard weather comes they will know where to find a ready food supply, so I am hoping to see quite a few in the garden later in the winter.   The other tits, Blue, Great and Coal are now roaming round in large groups and are in and out of the garden regularly during the day, it is always worth watching these groups for other birds such as Nuthatches and Goldcrests who often join these wandering groups.

Blue Tit

Long-tailed Tit

Blue Tit

Long-tailed Tit

Great Tit

Coal Tit

Great Tit

Coal Tit

    5th Nov
       With beautiful clear blue skies, all day from sunrise to sunset, the robin was making the most of it by sing at full voice to proclaim his right to my garden as his territory.

   VIDEO    -       The Robinís Winter Song

    3rd Nov

       As we approached the north end of the Long Mynd from Wool Stanton we saw a large number of Redwings and Fieldfares at High Park, feeding on worms and insects in the open fields and on hawthorn berries along the roadside.

       On the top at Robin Hood's Butts, despite the wind being a bit blustery you could hear quite a few Stonechats making that familiar sound, like two stones  being clicked together. One or two were showing well on the tops of the dead heather.

Male Stonechat

Male Stonechat on The Long Mynd




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  I am just an enthusiastic amateur bird watcher and photographer with a keen interest in understanding bird behaviour. I will occasionally try and pass on a few tips that I have picked up that you may find useful  when photographing birds in your garden.



A selection of some of the 39 species of birds that visit my garden. I have gradually changed my urban back garden into a wildlife friendly area by adding water features, fruit and berry bushes & trees and letting the ivy cover the fence, trees and back of the house. I have introduced a rough grass area and encouraged wild flowers such as trefoil, knapweed, nettles & teasel to grow. By year round feeding & adding nest boxes I have recorded 39 different species of birds including predators, which I suppose is a sign of a well stocked wildlife garden.

 The 39 garden bird species captured on film or photographed: Blackbird, Blackcap, Blue Tit, Brambling, Bullfinch, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch. Chiffchaff, Coal Tit, Collard Dove, Common Redpoll, Dunnock, Fieldfare, Goldcrest, Goldfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit, Greenfinch, Grey Wagtail, House Sparrow, Jay, Lesser Redpoll, Long-tailed Tit, Magpie, Mallard, Mistle Thrush, Nuthatch, Pied Wagtail, Reed Bunting, Robin, Song Thrush, Sparrowhawk, Starling, Stock Dove, Willow Warbler, Wood Pigeon, Wren. and a Garden Warbler no photo



My list of Shropshire bird photos:

Arctic Tern,  Bar-headed Goose,  Barnacle Goose,  Bee-eater,  Bewick's Swan,  Blackbird, Blackcap,  Black-headed Gull,  Black-tailed Godwit,  Black Redstart,  Black Swan,  Blue Tit,  Brambling,  Brent Goose,  Bullfinch,   Buzzard,  Canada Goose,   Carrion Crow,  Chaffinch,  Chiffchaff,   Coal Tit,  Collard Dove,   Common Sandpiper,  Common Redpoll,   Coot,   Cormorant,   Curlew,  Dipper,   Dunlin,   Dunnock, Egyptian Goose,   Fieldfare, Gadwall,  Garganey,  Golden Plover,  Goldeneye,  Goldfinch,   Goldcrest,   Goosander,   Great Crested Grebe,  Great Spotted Woodpecker,   Great Tit,  Green Sandpiper,  Green Woodpecker,    Greenfinch,  Greenshank,   Green-winged Teal,  Grey Heron, Grey Wagtail,   Greylag Goose,  Herring Gull,  Hobby,  House Martin,   House Sparrow,  Jackdaw,  Jay,   Kestrel,   Kingfisher,  Lapwing,   Lesser Black-backed Gull,   Lesser Redpoll,   Linnet,  Little Egret,  Little Grebe,   Little Ringed Plover,  Long-tailed Tit, Magpie,  Mallard   Marsh Tit,  Meadow Pipit,  Mistle Thrush,  Moorhen,  Mute Swan,  Nuthatch,  Osprey,  Oystercatcher,  Peregrin Falcon,  Pheasant,  Pied Flycatcher,  Pied Wagtail,  Pink-footed Goose,  Pintail,  Pochard,   Raven,  Redwing,  Redstart,  Redshank,  Red-legged Partridge,  Red Kite,  Reed Bunting,  Reed Warbler,  Ringed Plover,  Robin,  Rook,  Ruff, Sanderling,  Sand Martin,  Scaup,  Sedge Warbler,  Shelduck,  Shoveler Duck,  Siskin,  Skylark,  Snipe,  Song Thrush, Sparrowhawk,  Spoonbill,  Spotted Flycatcher,  Spotted Redshank,  Starling,  Stock Dove,  Stonechat,  Swallow,  Swift,  Teal,  Tundra Bean Goose, Whooper Swan Tree Sparrow,   Treecreeper,  Tufted Duck,  Turnstone,  Waxwing,  Wheatear,  Whitethroat,  White-fronted Goose,  Wigeon,  Willow Warbler,  Woodpigeon,  Wren,  Yellow Wagtail,  Yellow Legged Gull,  Yellowhammer,

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