Category Archives for Bird Watching – Behaviour

Bird Gardening

Treecreeper

I imagine that most birdwatchers with gardens try for one reason or another to attract birds to them. If they are ringers it may be that their only interest is to encourage the birds to enter their traps or mist … Continue reading

03. October 2011 by admin
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What birds eat

Discovering what birds eat really tests your desire to be a birdwatcher-naturalist. The subject, though fascinating, can be extremely complicated and requires enormous patience. However, this should not put you off. There are some comparatively simple things to do. Identifying … Continue reading

03. October 2011 by admin
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Bird Reproduction: Parental Care

Black Woodpecker (Dryocopus martius) with youn...

In the nidicolous species one of the first duties of parents is to dispose of the egg shells which could otherwise give away the position of the nest; they are either eaten or carried away as soon as they have … Continue reading

03. October 2011 by admin
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Birdwatching: Young and their development

Cup nest of a Redwing, with newly hatched chicks

Technically, the young birds from the time they hatch until they can fly are called ‘pulli’. But I shall call them ‘nestlings’ whilst they are in the nest, ‘chicks’ until they can fly and then ‘juveniles’ until they moult. During … Continue reading

03. October 2011 by admin
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Bird Reproduction: Incubation Period of Eggs

G. c. chloropus nest with small clutch of eggs...

There are no sharp divisions between one stage and the next. Even though many of a bird’s actions have been building up to egg-laying, nest-building may continue after the first egg has been laid as may also some of the … Continue reading

03. October 2011 by admin
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Birding Eggs and egg-laying

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris), typical ...

Very few birds nest all the year round, most have a restricted breeding season, which in Britain and the temperate world is in spring and summer. Dr David Lack has shown that breeding is so timed that the young are … Continue reading

03. October 2011 by admin
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Birding: Bird Nests and Nest Building

Nests and nest building A nest may just be a cup-shaped depression scraped in the soil or a highly intricate structure woven together with a variety of different materials. An all-round naturalist that I know sometimes takes old birds’ nests … Continue reading

30. September 2011 by admin
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How Birds Establish their Nest Site

An Osprey landing in the nest at Boy Scout Cam...

Establishment of the nest site Often it is the female of the species which selects the nest site and my observations of Goldfinches and Wheatears have shown that the female will start to take material to two or three possible … Continue reading

30. September 2011 by admin
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Birding on the Net: Nesting Behaviour

While a pair are going about the initial stages of territory formation and defence, as well as courtship display, they have also been preparing to nest. One of the important aspects of most territories is that they should provide adequate … Continue reading

30. September 2011 by admin
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Bird Pair Formation and Courtship Displays

Pair formation Song tells an unmated female, newly arrived from her winter quarters, of a territory-holding male which is ready for a mate. But when the newly-arrived female comes into a territory she is often attacked as if she is … Continue reading

30. September 2011 by admin
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