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Not to mention the "incremental weather"!  Got to love autocorrect, I guess :)  

 

Changing the subject slightly, we seem to be very short on ladybirds this year.  Anyone else found that?

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Yes although I saw one of those invasive harlequin ones on some dead flowers in my dustbin just now.

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Oops, inclement weather. We never had a spring going from harsh winter weather to very hot, dry days. 

 

I alwats think pheasants are dizzy. They stand on the verge waiting for vehicles to approach then dash out into the road, rush backwards and forwards then suddenly remember they can fly so with a lot of fuss take off to land feet away on opposite verge.    

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Ha ha Jane a  very apt description of some of the pheasants I see!! 😀😀 Sometimes when in the car we have to slow down and are sort of following them down the road tentatively hoping they don't do anything too crazy!!🙃🙃

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This chap flew into our window and is currently recovering in a dark box, I'm hoping there's no damage other than a headache.. He's 'got up' and is sitting on his feet now, so fingers crossed.

 

Update:  after a half hour rest, he flew off looking perfectly healthy. Glad my son got to him before the cat.

 

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Gorgeous looking bird is it in the Finch family?

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We've had a few stunned starlings in our time....all recovered...well as far as I know! 

This happens often when magpies come into a group and they all fly off in different directions including the window unfortunately.

 

Thanks for the info ...there are some finches because we never see them around here who I never get sorted out! 

Is it the Haw Finch who is very pink in colour?

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24 minutes ago, LinMM said:

Is it the Haw Finch who is very pink in colour

 

I'm not sure I'd say hawfinches were pink - biggest finch, huge bill, tan head, grey nape, buff/grey underside.  Perhaps the pink you have in mind might be a female bullfinch?

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I think like John that it's a male bullfinch.  We get a few chaffinches but this was the first bullfinch we've had in the garden. He was laying on the mat just inside the glass door with his legs in the air, and just twenty feet or so from our sleeping cat, so it was his lucky day!  Said cat is not in my good books as he killed a stoat a few days ago; a beautiful creature and one that was keeping the rabbits down.

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Beautiful Bullfinch, one of my favourite birds. I remember gazing at one in the garden as a child ,holding a bird book in hand and thus identifying it!

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Oh naughty pussy cat Quintus but I suppose they can't help it.

About two years ago I was driving along a very narrow lane near Ditchling in Sussex when suddenly a weasel ran into,the lane with a dead mouse /vole in its mouth!! The only time I've ever seen a weasel. 

I think stoats are bigger than weasels so am surprised a cat would go for one!

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A very welcome visitor - a barn owl most mornings is quartering the field at the back, sometimes for a couple of hours and as late as 10:30.  Makes for a very leisurely breakfast occasionally merging into coffee.

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What a gorgeous little Robin....and a fab piccie!

This looks a bit like the bolder Robin in our garden who perches on a branch really close to the bedroom window and glares  in with that "where's the food then" look! 

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