Sparrowhawk

I saw this male Sparrowhawk on Thursday 20th Oct in New Cut. I was cutting a hedge and it perched upon a hedge next to me. It stayed put for about 10 minutes enough time for me to get lots of pictures. Unfortunately I only had my phone camera on me.


Richard summers
(Summers garden services)

I wonder if it could be the same bird that took a Goldfinch in our garden in Church Lane the other day?

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Sorry for poor quality photo taken through kitchen window.

Dave

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Starling stuck!

A starling stuck head first in a fat ball feeder! I managed to get it out o/k and it flew off making a churring noise.

Ron in Greenacres

We’ve never seen that happen before, presumably because the lid’s missing /broken it managed to get in through the top. A warning to others maybe!  Happy ending is nice 🙂

Ralph — Dave

Which woodpecker?

A woodpecker visited our fatball station on Friday 7th 0ctober around 9.30 am. Not sure if greater, lesser or middle spotted although quite large around 7-8 inches in height. It flew off before we could take a photo, sorry.

Cheryl Wright

Thank you Cheryl. This would have been a Great Spotted Woodpecker which regularly visits garden feeders, particularly fatballs, peanuts, and sunflower hearts. Here’s one photographed by Brok Morgan in his Westfield garden back in June this year.

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Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers are surprisingly small, as small as sparrows, and have become very scarce everywhere in the UK, and rarely visit gardens. Middle Spotted Woodpeckers are absent from the UK, but can be seen in France and most of Europe.

Ralph — Dave

Unusual garden bird visitors

Today at 18:35 I was looking out of the kitchen window only to see a pair of Linnets on the patio.  This is only the second time I have seen Linnets in our garden, has anyone else had them in their garden?

As they are normally birds of the countryside, in the breeding season they would normally be found in areas of gorse or other bushes and scrub.

Dave              27/04/2016

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Winter Visitors

Here is an interesting article from the RSPB –

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20151216-top-10-birds-to-look-out-for-this-winter

Fieldfares

13/11/15  I was on the 1066 Path  from Sprays Bridge towards Brede. I was near the pond when I noticed lots of activity in a Hawthorn bush.  It was a flock of about a dozen Fieldfares. They looked particularly handsome in the bright afternoon sunshine. This was my first sighting of these birds this autumn.

14/11/15  We have an olive tree next to our feeder. I was watching out for the Marsh Tit on the feeder when I noticed a Treecreeper on the olive tree. The latter is only an occasional visitor to the garden. I have also seen Goldcrests in our big conifer.

Libby

Black Redstart plumages

On Saturday Dave and I took lots of photos of the two Black Redstarts which we immediately recognised as an adult male (left) and a female, from their very different plumages.

Back home I began to wonder whether the browner bird showing a pale wing panel could possibly be a young male in first winter plumage rather than a female.

On checking images on the internet I was quickly reminded that young males in first winter plumage are much plainer than the adult as I had suspected (lacking white in the wing and black on the face and throat), but are actually the same shade of smoky grey as our adult male (click red link to see some photos). We can therefore be sure the browner bird on the right is indeed a female, but distinguishing a young female from an adult female in the field is not so easy!

Ralph

Black Redstarts in Westfield

30/10/15  The Redstart story continued. I recalled that there had been a posting on Westfield Wildlife website about a Redstart. I found it for October 2013. A Black Redstart had been seen on the roof of Westfield Church. I looked on the roof of our house & there was what I know now is a Black Redstart.

The bird was constantly catching flies & sometimes I could hear the snap of its bill as it caught an insect. The bird remained all day. It was still there as it got dark at 16.40.

31/10/15  The Black Redstart was again on the roof & this time there was a second bird.  Dave & Ralph from Westfield Wildlife kindly visited & confirmed the identity of the birds & to take photos.

Libby

Photos by Dave .

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Coal Tits

Interesting observation from Sue Howard.

Has anyone else noticed an increase in Coal Tits? We usually have one but now have four regular visitors. I heard that there had been a migration of them from the continent.

What is it?

Two queries from Westfield residents today –

Found this on my bed. Measured nearly 4 inches in length and had lovely markings. Not sure about the sting at the rear!!

Mary Ashbolt

IMG_0586 Roesel's BC Mary Ashbolt Aug2015

This is a female “Roesel’s Bush-cricket“, and that pointy bit on the tail end is not a sting but an ovipositor – which she uses to penetrate plant stems to lay eggs inside. The extremely long antennae and that ovipositer indicate that this is a bush-cricket rather than a grasshopper.

I suspect she was attracted indoors at night when a light was left on with the window open. They are quite common in long grass and in hot weather they make quite a loud sound a bit like the electric discharge buzz you sometimes hear coming from overhead electric cables!

Ralph

I have two pictures of what I think is a Green Woodpecker, which I see/hear quite a lot from my garden in Workhouse lane. Sorry the pictures aren't of very good quality, I only had my phoneon me at the time. 
Many thanks, Rich Summers

IMG_2373 IMG_2374Yes you're right, looks like a young one due to its duller plumage. (Click photos to enlarge).
Ralph

 

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