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You mean a blue heron (Graureiher)?


Yep, I did see it on your website and thought, "That's probably it!" although the one I saw seemed less perky (or my old eyes are failing) and was near the steps of a refurbished old house (now an office of sorts) by the river. Hope it's not ill.

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Old 18.12.2007, 13:29
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Yep, I did see it on your website and thought, "That's probably it!" although the one I saw seemed less perky (or my old eyes are failing) and was near the steps of a refurbished old house (now an office of sorts) by the river. Hope it's not ill.

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Nah, that's the Swiss edition you saw. The one in my pic is Mexican - happy and colorful
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Old 18.12.2007, 14:40
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Re: Bird watching

Indeed - we get the slightly less pretty Grey Heron...

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Old 18.12.2007, 15:27
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Re: Bird watching

Yuck. look at it's beak. Just right to peck my eyes out of their sockets. Both of you are tremendous photographers though. If I ever do get a dicky bird on my fat ball in plant pot on balcony I will attempt to take a picture. More likely send girly out to do it just in case the blue tit turns on me
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Old 18.12.2007, 15:47
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Re: Bird watching

I think Stephanwolf (Born to Be Mild?) flays my backside with the photography.
Not in a literal sense, mind.

And just to show what mean buggers herons are:

http://www.ad.nl/utrecht/zuid/article386821.ece

although it misses out some of the grimmer parts of that episode, such as where it drowns the rabbit first before eating it...

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No wonder the Swiss grey heron didn't mind the mallards swimming around it. ColonelBoris, the rabbit was too cute to be eaten - but the heron differed, I guess.
A kookaburra at the Zug aviary gave us a shock when it picked up a mouse and proceeded to smash it repeatedly on a branch. That made me hungry for dinner.

Zugbound, stop looking at these bird pictures - they're gonna give ya nightmares for sure. You remind me of my grown-up niece. She started screaming in a side street in Penang (Malaysia) and I thought someone was coming after her with a bread knife but it was just a pigeon pecking the pavement near her. Don't even show her a live chicken.
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Re: Bird watching

How do I know what kind of bird have taken up residence in my awning?

Also, I've put up some of those feeding balls. Why don't the birds want to eat them?
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Re: Bird watching

give us a quick description and see if we can help.
I've got a fair few European birds on my site:
http://www.tonykeenebirds.co.uk/photography.html
So that should cover a lot of the common species.

As for the fat balls, it's a funny thing with birds that sometimes they just won't go near a food source, even when really hard up. Sometimes an abundance of local cats, sparrowhawks, too many people, etc, can scare them off. Other times they're just fussy. Try to hang the balls in a fairly exposed site with a tree or shrub nearby so birds can hop from the tree to get food and back again, which makes them feel more secure.
Also, types of food can make a big difference. Tits will wolf down sunflower seeds, Robins and thrushes will happily go for dried mealworms, Blackbirds are especially partial to raisins and grapes, finches prefer seeds, Starlings will go for fatty things and bacon rind, as will crow species. Some finches like goldfinches and siskins will never leave your feeders if you stock them with niger seed, which looks a bit like thistle seeds (their favourite wild food).
Of course, a well-visited feeder set might attract other visitors, like Sparrowhawks, but they've got to eat too. Although Robin-strokers seem to get worked up over that when one's ripping the head off of a Blue Tit on the bird reserve roof...
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Re: Bird watching

They sort of look like robins but with no red breast. But they are very fat and round. Brown with white breasts. Tomorrow I will take a picture, but you can only see their butts while they are in the awning.

The food balls are on a branch in a tree. You are probably right, they are fussy.
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Re: Bird watching

One of these?

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Re: Bird watching

Give them time. If there is no odd foreign object nearby and the ball is on a branch, they will sooner or later come. Most common are the Kohlmeise and the Blaumeise (tits):



Was yours a Buchfink?

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Re: Bird watching

Photo war!!!!

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Photo war!!!!

By all means carry on. I'm going to sit back and enjoy the show
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One of these?

It could definitely be one of these... Again, I see mostly their butts!! They are about the size of an orange. What is this one?
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Give them time. If there is no odd foreign object nearby and the ball is on a branch, they will sooner or later come. Most common are the Kohlmeise and the Blaumeise (tits):



Was yours a Buchfink?



these are very pretty. But "mine" aren't so colorful & they are round & fat (for a small bird! )....
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Old 18.12.2007, 23:14
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Re: Bird watching

Ah, the photo I put up was the female of the bottom one of Stephanwolf's. In winter, they're even duller (this one was in springtime). It's a Chaffinch (Buchfink, Fringilla coelebs). One of the most common European birds and regular visitor to feeders.
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Re: Bird watching

A couple of shots from this year:

Alpine Chough from Schynige Platte:


White Wagtail from La Sauge:


Red-Crested Pochard at Canal de Broye:


Mallard duckling at Dählhölzli:


Long-Tailed Tit from Weyermannshaus:


It's not been too bad for photography here - just wish I had something more than my point-and-shoot...
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I think the birds that circle are Red Kites
They certainly are kites. Also known as "Mäusebussard" in German. Lots and lots of them near my village. I love watching them circle on a blue sky day.

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Re: Bird watching

A pic of me taken by a fellow photographer on a birdwatching / Photographing trip to the Farne islands a few years back.

Zugbound please don't look!!
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Re: Bird watching

Hmm - if I've got it right:

German - Scientific - English

Mäusebussard - Buteo buteo - Common buzzard
Rotmilan - Milvus milvus - Red Kite
Schwarzmilan - Milvus migrans - Black Kite

Kites are scavengers (you can often see large numbers of Black Kites following big grass cutters and combine harvesters, looking for bits of chopped up animals) while Buzzards actively hunt small prey, such as rodents and rabbits.

Made a bird feeder last night from a 500 ml Pepsi bottle and an old pen. I've done it so two birds can feed at the same time and that there's a bit of plastic from another bottle that makes a little lip so that rain can't get into the seed and also means that the feed doesn't come spilling out of the holes. Now I've just got to find some way of hanging the damn' thing from the house... If anyone's really interested, I can knock up a quick plan.
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