I like Blackbirds and Mistle/Song thrushes but recently they’ve been cropping up every where and I’m starting to think there either following me, they figured out that people are good source of food (you can just imagine them in a sitting on branch staring jealously at the ducks gorging themselves on bread and whispering to each other) or they decided that the area was perfect for children, friendly neighbors lots of space etc etc.

I am now deciding that I am not going to try to keep to a schedule and am simply going to post whenever the fancy takes me. Now begone and chew some gum or something

Trentham Gardens is one of my favorite places because of their amazing wildlife I saw a vole, Grey Herons, Tufted Ducks, Great Crested Grebes, Chaffinches, Robins, Blue Tits, Great Tits, Long-Tailed Tits, Nuthatches Jays, Blackbirds Mandarin Ducks, Swallows, House Martins, Magpies, Crows, Ravens, Blackcaps, Canada Geese, Graylag Geese, Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Mute Swans, Mallard Ducks, Coots, Moorhens, Kingfishers and these are just the ones Iv’e seen there are lots more.

  Sorry I havn’t posted for so long I’ve been having trouble finding a computer. So I’ll just    
                                            consider the last week as a single day.
For starters I saw my first Little Grebe Yay. I saw it on one of) the lakes in keele woods.
Next I think I’ll tell you about the starlings that are always sitting on antenae. They make an odd clicking noise when they sing and there is a conifer down the road that seems to be a favorite of theirs because every time
I walk past it one is sitting in it and they squabble over the best pirch which is a thin branch that juts out.
And last because my fingers are aeking I saw a female chaffinch out the window which is noteworthy because I’ve only ever seen one once maybe twice before.

We were walking among the welsh hills. The sun was out when my Dad points up to the shoulder of a hill and there a pony and her foal. There was no saddle in sight.  I looked through the zoom on the camera because the kiddy binoculars I was carrying were too light. I was six it was august we had gone on holiday to my Nan’s caravan somewhere near llandudno and today. Today was my birthday. It was the best present I could ever have asked for.

I have been living in this house for about four years and I now know all the different species that are common in my area.

House Sparrow

They are such wonderful little birds I love the details in their feathers.

Goldfinch

They’re flowers they’re cheerful flash of color  among winter suburbia

Starling

I could stare at one for hours because of their breathtaking plumage (you can see can’t you well look closer)

Collared Dove

Not the most elegant or beautiful bird but they are always there and if you can’t see them you can certainly hear them.

Blue Tit

They are so cute 🙂 they kind of remind me of my baby brother.

Woodpigeon

considered a nuisance they are one of the three pigeon/dove species you can see in the Stoke on Trent area.

Blackbird

One of many peoples favorite birds they are famous for their song (I just like their feathers (again)).

Carrion Crow

Not many peoples favorite but then again I think maybe they might be gaining some fans.

Magpie

The bird most people hate because of the belief that they are having an impact on songbird populations despite the evidence against it personally I like them.

Buzzard

I mentioned them in an earlier post so their really is not much to say.

Kestrel

Britain’s most common bird of prey the sight of one hovering above the roadside can really brighten up a car journey.

Jay

By far my favorite corvid because of their colorful plumage.

Nuthatch

I first saw one in a tree out my bedroom window and ever since then I’ve absolutely adored them :).

Chaffinch

This is a male male the female is brown and has a greenish streak down her back between her wings, It’s Britain’s most numerous bird.

Well I’m sure I forgot a few but in general those are the birds that are most common around my house.

I would really like to know what birds are common in your patch so please comment.

Well it’s my third post and I thought I’d write a bit about a very common bird of prey that I like very much.

The common Buzzard (and oddly enough it really is common).

Buzzards are one of my favorite birds of prey for many reasons but I think I’ll only give you a brief summary and let you make your own opinions.

  • They are very easy to see, in fact just yesterday I spotted one soaring with three Black-Headed Gulls while walking the dogs. And last Autumn two perched in a row of trees fifty meters away from my house.
  • They are ( I know I’ve said this in every post but I’m going to say it again) beautiful birds. I get a thrill every time I see one. But the best bit for me (drum roll please ) a few weeks ago I saw one building a nest at the Barlaston downs a five minute drive away!

Well this is one of my photos of the first Grebes I ever saw.

A few years ago I heard about the Great Crested Grebes that had been seen on Trentham lake so naturally I decided I would try to see them. I set up my camera about a quarter of the way around the lake. but I didn’t see any, then off to my left I saw one. I picked up my camera and ran after it. This time I stopped next to the empty Ice rink/theater and the Grebe swam right into a patch of reeds. It didn’t come out for a few minutes but eventually it did two actually. (I think I’ll skip the few minutes of them swimming around in circles) Suddenly they disappeared under the water. They came literally a minute later holding reeds in their beaks. They swam towards each other heads close to the water, when they were close together they rose up out if the water and shook their heads from side to side clacking their beaks together. Then the show was over and they swam away.

As I write this I can look out my bedroom window and wonder that even here a midst all these people wildlife still thrives. I can sit and look and there not five feet from me, a beautiful bird. A sparrow, I could watch them all day. Watch them flit from garden to garden, watch them eat at next doors bird feeder, listen to them make a racket as they fly down the street. and more than daffodils or lambs. the sparrows nesting across the street tell that it is spring.

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