Tits on my nuts, but what other species are around?

Andrew Greenfield
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Wed 20 Jan, 19:59

Not in my garden, but this morning I saw a pair of goldcrest in the wooded area to the west of Hixet Wood, just over the stone wall of Lee Place.

I think this is one of the very few times I have seen goldcrest, and certainly the first time I have been so close to them (about 5 feet away), and thus absolutely certain what they were.

Josie Stone
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Wed 13 Jan, 11:54

Oh no Nick! 

The Goldfinches are fed Niger seeds in a different part of the garden, seems to keep everyone happy!

Nick Johnson
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Wed 13 Jan, 11:24

A black cap has arrived in my garden and is chasing all my goldfinches away! The dilemmas of natural selection. Also had the first Starling for ten years at the feeder this morning.

Josie Stone
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Tue 12 Jan, 12:31

Mrs blackcap brought Mr Blackcap to the garden today to show him the coconut shell - very excitedly!

Simon Walker
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Tue 12 Jan, 10:09

It's official - winter's nearly over.  There's a thrush in one of the gardens on Hixet Wood that's already started its territorial singing, and our local sparrows are sussing out potential nesting sites.  Either they know something that we don't about the seasons, or else they've got it badly wrong.

Mark Benians
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Mon 11 Jan, 22:42

We had a very sleek Fieldfare eating the many crab apples on our Malus today.  The Sparrowhawk is a fairly regular visitor as well!

Josie Stone
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Mon 11 Jan, 18:32

We have had a female blackcap visit the garden over the last week or so. She has found the coconut shell filled with lard, peanut butter and mixed seeds and seems to be enjoying it.

Pat Court
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Sun 10 Jan, 12:54

Saw my first Redwing this week too.

Andy Godfrey
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Sun 10 Jan, 09:57

Steven,

I'm pretty sure your mystery bird will be a Sparrowhawk.

Jon Carpenter
(site admin)
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Sun 10 Jan, 09:21

Redwing numbers are up this winter. From the British Trust for Ornithology:

https://bto-enews.org/NXK-76UN8-F70E52AC79C6C8B41FIB122E1B1058E5A9D22A/cr.aspx

The BTO website has useful videos to help with ID.

Angus B
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Fri 1 Jan, 15:25 (last edited on Fri 1 Jan, 15:25)

We had a redwing today on our holly tree in Rochester Place. Not seen one in this garden before.

Steven Fairhurst Jones
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Tue 1 Dec 2020, 16:41

Helen, thanks for the picture. I'm no expert but it looks most like a Hobby, which as far as I can tell wouldn't be out of place visiting a garden in a rural area like ours. 

Helen Holwill
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Mon 30 Nov 2020, 18:03

Oh! Maybe it was a Merlin that I saw on Saturday in my garden. Here's a couple of links to the rubbish photos I managed to take before it flew off. What do you think?
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1RvMFkuBF0gIKoHx6fzFw5kRNF8n_b15G/view?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1BK45hlQNJ1y8qE6p6Ooh7SLfIK50bwCl/view?usp=sharing

Steven Fairhurst Jones
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Mon 30 Nov 2020, 16:52

We spotted a kestrel in the tree outside our house (Wychwood Paddocks) last week, and then later in the week saw another small bird of prey just failing to snatch a blackbird off the school field gate. Today we happened to be watching the blue tits etc. foraging in the hedge when a bird of prey swooped in and this time successfully took a blackbird away. Judging by its size and fanned tail it was either a kestrel or (less likely I imagine) a merlin - RSPB suggests that both types are increasingly coming from farmland into gardens, where bird feeders offer them easy prey.

Miles Walkden
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Sun 1 Nov 2020, 10:47

Alex Gerrard - 3 of my favourites right there!

Jon Carpenter
(site admin)
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Sun 1 Nov 2020, 09:40

Time for some rare migrants apparently.... https://www.bto.org/community/blog/migration-blog-23rd-–-29th-october?

Alex Gerrard
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Mon 26 Oct 2020, 23:05

Flocks of Long Tailed Tits, Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Goldcrest recently

Liz Puttick
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Mon 26 Oct 2020, 18:30

We get nuthatches regularly on our feeder. The secret is sunflower seeds, their absolute favourite;)

Miles Walkden
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Sun 25 Oct 2020, 10:19

Friend had a Nuthatch in his garden the other day. Haven't seen one in years.

Steven Fairhurst Jones
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Sat 24 Oct 2020, 16:01

We had a pheasant wandering along the roadside in Wychwood Paddocks the other day. Not where I'd expect one to end up.

Is anyone seeing winter migrant birds around Charlbury yet? 

Charlie M
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Sat 8 Feb 2020, 10:31 (last edited on Sun 25 Oct 2020, 11:47)

For some years I have had a punk blackbird frequenting my garden, but I have not seen him for quite some time now. He had some feathers sticking up in the middle of his back (hence why I refer to him in that way) - maybe he had been attacked by a cat or something and just managed to get away. If anyone sees him I would love to know :-) 

Jon Carpenter
(site admin)
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Sat 8 Feb 2020, 09:47

Male sparrowhawk on a hedge in The Green this morning.

Angus B
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Mon 3 Feb 2020, 17:13

Two greenfinches in Rochester Place this morning - first we've seen for a long time.

Nick Johnson
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Sun 2 Feb 2020, 10:16

I have the range of tits, goldfinches and other garden birds. Not seen a thrush or a greenfinch for 3-4 years. Very pleased to see a solitary chaffinch about a month ago + the odd blackcap. 

Saw a flock of about a hundred linnets just after Christmas on a walk near Burford.

Andy Godfrey
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Sun 2 Feb 2020, 09:35

We had the World's most optimistic Sparrowhawk sitting on top of a feeder. Also, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, Marsh Tit, the usual array of Blue, Great, & Long Tailed Tits, & dozens of Goldfinches. Pigeons, Doves & Corvids are daily visitors too.

Steven Fairhurst Jones
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Sat 1 Feb 2020, 16:09

We've had several owls on/around Wychwood Paddocks. Both male and female tawny owls and either a barn owl or something like it - a screechy one anyway. The tawny ones could still be heard as late as 7-8am in the darker mornings.

Miles Walkden
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Sat 1 Feb 2020, 16:05

Not seen any Redwings yet, or heard any cuckoos. Glad to hear that they are about though.

Jon Carpenter
(site admin)
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Sat 1 Feb 2020, 10:21

I always enjoy watching cuckoos' progress at https://www.bto.org/our-science/projects/cuckoo-tracking-project. They are beginning to move our way! But the numbers locally are dropping every year.

At this time last year we had a pair of redwings in the garden (The Green) devouring the berries on our cotoneaster. This year none. Has anyone else had them in their garden, or does the mild weather mean they are happily staying out in the fields?

Sarah Bartram
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Sat 1 Feb 2020, 09:34

Heard a Cuckoo last year in Mid-May at Potter's Close (top of Lees Heights).

Miles Walkden
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Fri 31 Jan 2020, 21:12 (last edited on Fri 31 Jan 2020, 21:12)

Bullfinches! First Ive seen in new house. Anyone else? 

Miles Walkden
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Tue 20 Aug 2019, 10:34

Greenfinches! and a lot of Goldfinches. 

john h
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Sun 7 Jul 2019, 13:15

Young vixen seen sauntering down Hughes Close recently, with a brown chicken in her mouth. So if you are missing a brown hen,she unfortunately ended up as a foxes family meal.    JH

Rhona Walker
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Sun 7 Jul 2019, 13:13

We occasionally get foxes in Hixet Wood.  I saw one crossing the road from Lee Place a couple of weeks ago.

stephen cavell
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Sun 7 Jul 2019, 07:23

The last fox I saw Miles was about 7 years ago in what is now your garden, it crossed our garden and jumped into (yours) - in fact a pair of them were there for a couple of days.

Miles Walkden
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Sat 6 Jul 2019, 15:12

Saw a fox in Charlbury last night. First I’ve seen here in years. 

Robin Taylor
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Thu 4 Jul 2019, 18:35

We are getting tits and finches on ours, and today a nuthatch, Miles, but when we first put it out, it took a while for the birds to find it. 

Unfortunately, a clever rook has found it too, and swings on the feeder to spill some hearts out onto the ground, for it and its friends to hoover up.

Helen Chapman
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Thu 4 Jul 2019, 15:40

Is that an African or a European swallow?

Miles Walkden
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Thu 4 Jul 2019, 15:35

Put sunflower Hearts up - not a nibble! Wrong time of year.

stephen cavell
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Fri 28 Jun 2019, 07:03

Not an alcoholic swallow Jaime at 1018 in the morning?

Jaime Le Bouton
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Thu 27 Jun 2019, 10:18

I’ve just been enjoying a swallow in the garden.

stephen cavell
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Wed 26 Jun 2019, 19:57

Mike - I always refer to jackdaws as 'the street boys of the bird world' - they are clever/intelligent!

Neil V.
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Wed 26 Jun 2019, 13:18

I’m pleased to report hearing a cuckoo several times over the last month. We also have a regular visiting Jay, and a constantly circling Red Kite. At the top of Woody Lane.

Miles Walkden
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Wed 26 Jun 2019, 12:37

The unruly Clattering of Jackdaws, currently bullying the more nerdy birds of Charlbury, is driving me mad with their incessant tchacking. 

stephen cavell
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Wed 26 Jun 2019, 08:39

At this moment I have between 40 - 50 Jackdaws on my lawn competing with a dozen pigeons for something the rain has brought to the surface! Meanwhile a robin and blackbird fight over the feeder.  Too many cats around.

Veronica Stallwood
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Tue 25 Jun 2019, 12:12

Blackcap, long-tailed tits, goldfinches and a songthrush as well many of those mentioned below.

Rosemary Bennett
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Mon 24 Jun 2019, 21:27

Deborah, I have not heard a cuckoo for a couple of years. We used to have thrushes on our garden steps bashing the life out of snails, sadly, no longer. Greatly missed. Not even seen a robin as often as we used to, and goldfinches are rarely seen here now. Blackbirds a plenty, thank goodness for them.

Alice Brander
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Mon 24 Jun 2019, 16:13

I can only add Thrushes down by the stream and a Tree creeper.  In Sandford Park we have a resident Pheasant!  I've seen the Green Woodpecker scuttling along the ground picking up the dropped sunflower hearts.   It's never boring.

Miles Walkden
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Mon 24 Jun 2019, 11:25

Great - Siskins, Greenfinch, Bullfinch and especially Nuthatch would all be very welcome. I will get some sunflower hearts. Thanks. 

Deborah Longshaw
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Mon 24 Jun 2019, 11:13

I find it very sad & a sign of the times that the cuckoo we once use to hear up by the quarry in Ticknell Piece, heralding in the beginning of Spring, does not appear to have returned over the past couple of years. 

Would be interested to know if anyone else has heard or have had sight of one recently in the area?

Peter Bridgman
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Mon 24 Jun 2019, 09:31

No woodpeckers, Jays or Thrushes, but I can add Goldfinches on my sunflower seeds

Steven Fairhurst Jones
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Sun 23 Jun 2019, 22:59

We see the occasional nuthatch and jay in Wychwood Paddocks. 

Robin Taylor
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Sun 23 Jun 2019, 22:32

We get chaffinches, greenfinches and occasionally bullfinches, and we get siskins in winter. They all seem to like sunflower hearts.(and the bullfinches like our fruit blossom as well!)

Miles Walkden
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Sun 23 Jun 2019, 18:03

Thanks Richard. Yes seen all of them (and a wonderful Green Woodpecker nest by the bridge with young heads poking out), but I’m looking for garden birds. 

Richard Tebbutt
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Sun 23 Jun 2019, 17:59

Jackdaws and wood pigeons. The best of British bird life. Plenty of swifts and martins around though and grey wagtails and an egret down by the river. 

Miles Walkden
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Sun 23 Jun 2019, 10:37

We have just moved within Charlbury and I am trying to establish a garden full of birds again. So far we have mostly the usual suspects - Cole -blue-great tits, robin, goldfinches, black birds, sparrows and dunnocks, woodpeckers,  in the old house, thrushes, starlings, long tail tits, the odd wren. 

What else have people had regularly in their garden? Tips for specific birds they know are found in Charlbury? 

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