Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Bird-table 'action' in Strumpshaw

    Great to be in Norfolk spending time with family and enjoying the landscape of my childhood. Stood looking out of the window from Mum's kitchen, at the now repaired bird table, and made an effort to identify the many flitting little birds as they arrived back and forth from the fruit tree branches. The cheery little gangs of puffed up long-tailed tits stood out as they came and went in their busy little groups, hanging from the feeders, tails poking out in all directions.

In about 20 minutes I spotted the following birds:

Long Tailed Tit
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Rock Dove (Pigeon)
Cock Pheasant

    For the first time I watched a sparrow-hawk try to capture a bird whilst flying slowly around the bird table. It flapped rather awkwardly and banked around the bird feeders clearly trying to get hold of a distracted blue tit or blackbird and the little sparrows and other birds dipped and turned out of the way without much effort. The sparrow-hawk didn't seem to be trying too hard and gave up after a few turns and dropped low to the grass and swiftly flew along the hedge and away. I must sit and make time to watch the bird feeders more in my own garden, the interactions, dramas and conflicts.

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