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British Garden Birdlife

Bird beak adaptations. Feeding adaptations in ...

Birds, with their incessant movement, charming habits and gay song, are a constant source of delight in the garden, and will often make it their home. In the migration season, even casual visitors can be attracted to the garden in … Continue reading

16. February 2012 by admin
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Bird Families Found in the British Garden

This Pied Wagtail is obviously a wild bird but...

SPOTTED FLYCATCHER This summer visitor is quite a common garden bird, even occupying large town gardens. It has a mousy brown back and white breast faintly streaked with brown. Its most noticeable characteristics, however, are the very upright position in … Continue reading

16. February 2012 by admin
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Woodland Drummer Birds

Male Great Spotted Woodpecker, (Dendrocopos major)

You can tell a spotted woodpecker by its frenzied activity even before you come close enough to recognise its brilliant colouring. Its persistent drumming against wood to attract a mate and proclaim territory is unique among British birds. The great … Continue reading

15. November 2011 by admin
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Woodland Nuthatch

Eurasian Nuthatch (Sitta europaea) on bird fee...

Nuthatches look like small woodpeckers but, unlike them, can walk down trees head first, and instead of chiselling out grubs, they hunt for insects and split open nuts. Although superficially similar to our wood-peckers in its choice of habitat and … Continue reading

15. November 2011 by admin
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Birds: Tree Trunk Climbers

Short-toed Treecreeper, an occasional visitor.

The treecreeper can be seen in woodland, spiralling up tree trunks and clinging to the bark with sharp claws. It pauses to seize insects with its fine, down-curved beak. The birdwatcher’s first impression of a treecreeper is of a small, … Continue reading

15. November 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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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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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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