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rosie 59



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2013 5:42 pm    Post subject: New member just joined today Reply with quote

Hello I am new this forum,we have lots of birds visting our garden, long tailed tits, blue tits blackbirds male and female, starlings, but a new visitors, blackcap never had one in the garden before. Are they common in the eastern region? Great to hear from anybody. Laughing
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blueeyedchick



Joined: 15 Mar 2013
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Location: LEICESTERSHIRE

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2013 1:23 pm    Post subject: Blackcap Reply with quote

Hi Rosie
With regard to your Blackcap visitor. These are usually found in the south and southwest of the country and in Ireland. However, yours may be either a native bird or one that has recently returned from southern europe or north africa.In the past Blackcaps were considered to be migratory birds but some do overwinter here where they suppliment their diet of woodland fruits etc with food from bird tables. Are you close to woodland as it might be visiting because of lack of usual food in its natural environment?
Good that you have Starling visitors too as these are in decline.My bird station is full of Siskins this year where as last few years none at all, but haven't seen a Chaffinch here in years - so sad some birds not doing well.
I have a nesting pair of blue tits who are waiting for spring to arrive, have seen some nesting wriggles in the last few days and looking forward to the chicks arriving if they go ahead with the nest.
Hope this helps
Kathy
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rosie 59



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2013 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Kathy, nice to hear from you. We have tree belt at the backof the garden so he must be coming from there, feeds happily with the long tailtits, but the robins see him off! We have been lucky we have a pair off chaffinchs visting the garden and on quite a few occasions a wren, which we love. We havejust recently cut down a big fir tree since then the birds vistors have increased alot. Very Happy
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