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My darling wife :love: and I absolutely love the birds in the garden,we've had one of the worst winters for years in the UK and we've been spending a small fortune on nuts and sunflower hearts but its been well worth it.We moved house a few months ago and our new place has an abundance of birds,in fact its like the enchanted garden first thing in the morning.A couple of days ago when it was bitterly cold we had 22 different species of bird in one day.
Below is a list of what we get.What do you get?

Blue Tit.
Coal Tit.
Great Tit.
Long Tailed Tit.
Chaffinch.
Brambling.
Goldfinch.
Bullfinch.
Blackcap.
Robin.
Wren.
Nuthatch.
Magpie.
Jay.
Blackbird.
Song Thrush.
Redwing.
Dunnock.
Sparrow.
Collared Dove.
Wood Pigeon.
Starling.

and of course not forgetting Mr Squirrel. icon_thumright.gif
OMG! They are beautiful!
I get pigeons!
Your collared dove looks like our mourning dove. They make a sorrowful call.

And with all those tits, you should be very happy indeed. :p
Hey Darren, I totally understand where you're coming from. When I moved into my new house a few years ago, I put out a birdfeeder & birdbath for the heck of it and now birdwatching has become an obsession! Most of the birds that visit are ones that I've never even seen before. Here's what I've seen:

Male & female Northern Cardinals (and they bring their young in the late spring, late summer), Black-capped Chickadee, Blue Jay, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, White-breasted Nuthatch, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Gray Catbird, Brown Thrasher, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Cedar Waxwing, Carolina Wren, Tufted Titmouse, Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch, White-throated Sparrow, & Mourning Dove.

Of course, I also get squirrels and even racoons raiding their feeder.
I wonder if, all thoes Tits being around, contributed to the Wood Pigeon getting it's name? No Swallows in your area? Thoes are beautiful photos. The Jay link appears to be broken. The birds are very colorful. That English Robin is adorable.

Our American Robins are a little different. Here is what they look like: American Robin. The American Robin is my fav bird because of it's song, lol. It's the sweetest little chirp. Books describe it as, Cheerily, Cheer Up, Cheer Up. To me, it sounds more like, Cheap, Cheap, Cheerily, Cheer Up, Cheer Up, Cheap Trick, Cheap. Our Robin's singing differs from that of the UK Robin. You can listen to our Robin's song here: Robin Chirping

We also have:
Blue Jay
Cardinals

1955Meg

Here in the northeast, the return of the robin is one of the very first signs of spring, often so early, arriving when there is still snow on the ground. Robins eat earthworms, so the ground must be thawing enough for the worms to be close enough to the surface to be scarfed up. (my theory, no science to back it)
I keep up with the feeders as well, all year 'round. This past summer was the first year we put up a Hummingbird feeder near the deck. We have so many of them it was nice to bring some up closer to where we could have a good look at them.

Our winter birds are mostly:

Cardinal
Junko
Goldfinch
Black-capped Chickadee
Sparrow
Blue Jay
Wren
Red-Tail Hawk

and in summer we add in the Hummingbirds, Robins, and annoying House Wrens.
cheapdate Wrote:I keep up with the feeders as well, all year 'round. This past summer was the first year we put up a Hummingbird feeder near the deck. We have so many of them it was nice to bring some up closer to where we could have a good look at them.

Our winter birds are mostly:

Cardinal
Junko
Goldfinch
Black-capped Chickadee
Sparrow
Blue Jay
Wren
Red-Tail Hawk

and in summer we add in the Hummingbirds, Robins, and annoying House Wrens.
I went straight to google images and looked up Black-capped Chickadee and my first thought was thats a tit.I then looked it up and it was was.

I then went to google images and typed in junko,thanks for that. Big Grin
Wow Darran, that's a wholotta birds. How sweet that you all are making sure they get enough to eat. I'm sure they'll reward you with lots of singing.
And the squirrels will be very gratefull too. Smile
In addition to the usual Chicago birds like sparrows and pigeons, every Fall, I get a flock of migrating (Canadian?) geese pausing during their journey. I'll see about 30-50 big birds waddling and honking about on the lawn.

Also, since Chicago is on the lakefront, we have seagulls who have struck up an alliance with the pigeons, and you often see them feeding together.

Pachyderm I

Winter:
Crow
Cardinal
Blue Jay
Red-Tail Hawk
Robin

Summer:
Woodpecker
Goldfinch(Almost entirely covered in gold! Beautiful.)
Bluebird
Crow
Cardinal
Blue Jay
Red-Tail Hawk
Robin
Dove
Hummingbird
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Sorry I don't have pics or actual names.
Darran, thanks for the links to the photos. I am working on a bird quilt right now and have been referring to the photos for ideas. Will post a photo when it is done later this week.
Coyote, Fox and White Tail Deer
Our local lake has an island in the middle of it. In Spring, we have Blue Heron that form nesting colonies there. As nice as that is, I am still suspicious that they could be the culprits of the fish kill in my little pond last Spring. I lost 3 goldfish, aged 7 to 10 yrs. old. The oldest was about 13 " long. That was a sad morning. (But I'm not sure, just suspicious.)



Blue Heron
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