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Thu 23-Jan-14
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brightspark
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Toni, we have a grey wagtail visit us every winter - it has a pale yellow front, though not as yellow as your link!

I wonder why it only visits us in the winter months .....?

I have just read on the RSPB site that they tend to stay near fast-flowing rivers in the hills in summer, but more likely to come down to the lowlands in winter - and we do have a river at the front of our house - currently very fast-flowing!

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Fri 24-Jan-14
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And Sleaford is full of waterways.  The Pieds are the ones that are with us all year round. The Greys do migrate a little, and become a bit more urbanised in the winter. The ones to watch out for are the Yellows, which look very greenish-yelow, and they do the full migration, and pass through spring and autumn. Saw them only a couple of times when living in West Cornwall.

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Fri 24-Jan-14
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I haven't seen the yellow one at all, Jean - something to look forward to!

Yesterday, a pied wagtail was in the car park (we're in France), and it didn't seem to be bothered when we walked past it! smile

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Fri 24-Jan-14
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They also migrate, so that might explain it.  I saw a Yellow in France once, that was a treat.

I'll try that again!

Fri 24-Jan-14
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Don't forget it is the RSPB big garden watch this weekend. Spend an hour recording what birds you see, and the maximum number of each type you see at any one time. Feed the results in to the RSPB survey.

 Are we having fun yet? I am!

Fri 24-Jan-14
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I won't forget Martin,  I think the RSPB has emailed me everyday this week, sent me a lot of stuff too; not that I'll use it I always take part on-line.  How about letting us know what you spot in your garden?  Same for everyone else taking part too?

I'll try that again!

Sun 26-Jan-14
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They started sending me text messages on Thursday so I am not likely to forget.  There is a flaw, however, the rain and wind are unrelenting and I have seen just one Jackdaw and that was a flyover, so doesn't count.  I wonder where all the Collared Doves are?

I'll try that again!

Sun 26-Jan-14
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Even in the howling gales and driving rain that we have at the mo, I can see a woodpecker on the bird feeder, the things on it are swinging round like I don't know what, but the woodpecker is hanging on.

Sun 26-Jan-14
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We don't tend to see those here.  I have just spotted a Crow but I think they have all gone back to roost.

I'll try that again!

Sun 26-Jan-14
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We have a pair of collared doves that sit in our mulberry tree - I'm not sure if they think we can't see them, but there are no leaves on it at the moment!laugh We also have, in abundance, sparrows, bluetits and great tits, plus occasional chaffinches and greenfinches. However, we're not in UK currently, so it doesn't count!

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Sun 26-Jan-14
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wave  I have about 8 collared doves who are in the garden every day waiting for me to feed the hens.  What with them and the flock of sparrows who roost in the fir trees, I am surprised the hens get any sustenance at all.  doh

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Sun 26-Jan-14
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My problem is the squirrels who go after the bird seed. I gave up on bird feeders as the squirrels emptied them in a day. Now I hang bird seed bells from my plant hangers and so far this has thwarted the little pests.

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Sun 26-Jan-14
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wave  I am quite happy to feed the lovely red squirrels that we have here.  We have none of the greys.  Everyone here likes feeding the squirrels.  They are very special.  Don't see them as much here as I did at my last house!

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Mon 27-Jan-14
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The squirrels here are black - rats with bushy tails - I have spent mega bucks keeping them out of my attic as they are very destructive and will chew through anything.

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Sun 16-Feb-14
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smile A Bumblebee on the Helleborus !cool

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