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    A fun time of year: the chicks are out of the next and following their parents to the feeders in the garden. I had a family of Great Tits here an hour or so ago - about 6 chicks. Hard to count as they were hopping about.

    Something else that is really popular in my garden is the birdbath. Sparrows, tits, robins, starlings, magpies and pigeons have all used mine both for washing and drinking. In general it's good for their health to be able to get a decent wash (and they are very cute while doing it. Well, not the pigeons) and with the dry Spring we've had it can be a lifesaver.

    It needs to be cleaned most days since they poo in it and you get weed growing if you leave it too long, but it definitely brings in many species. It's best sited in a sunny spot with cover nearby (they seem to like a warm bath and somewhere to change ) but I suspect reliable fresh clean water would bring in any birds in the vicinity - especially if there's food there as well.
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    I enjoy watching the birds around the farm. This spring we seem to have some new arrivals. Several Swallows have taken up residence nearby.
    We have kept a watering pan near the faucet for years. The birds gather, and seem to take turns.
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    I've seen and heard a few swifts, but no swallows or house martins yet.

    Farms and swallows. The buildings provide nest sites that wouldn't otherwise be available, especially in plains country and they feed on insects that are attracted to the animals and their droppings. A lot more beneficial than most human/wildlife interactions.

    Any idea why you are seeing them this year for the first time?
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    I've seen and heard a few swifts, but no swallows or house martins yet.

    Farms and swallows. The buildings provide nest sites that wouldn't otherwise be available, especially in plains country and they feed on insects that are attracted to the animals and their droppings. A lot more beneficial than most human/wildlife interactions.

    Any idea why you are seeing them this year for the first time?
    Well, they have been in the region forever. I've just not seen them here. Several species have ranges that are limited by unknown factors. For example, Magpies. There are Magpies 2 or 3 miles to the south of us, and many along the foothills, but they never seem to venture out into the area we live in. The Swallows have been seen more to the south and east. We seem to be right on the edge of several habitats.
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    Nobody has mentioned seagulls. I have seagulls. Seagulls are noisy and protected. I may buy a buzzard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spot View Post
    Nobody has mentioned seagulls. I have seagulls. Seagulls are noisy and protected. I may buy a buzzard.
    We are nearly 2000 miles from a sea, and we have sea gulls. Herring Gulls, to be specific. I have never got over that.
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    Just down the street in an old Cottonwood, I found these guys.
    They've since fledged and gone off on their own.

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    Re: Clodhopper's suburban wildlife tips

    Lovely! If the falcon was over here I'd say that was a rabbit it was holding and it's a big bird! But it doesn't look quite right for a rabbit. Great shot though. Beautiful plumage. Owls are always just wonderful, especially the chicks.

    I've seen some reports that animal and plant ranges are starting to move away from the equator. Be interesting to see if the swallows come back next year. Lucky you to have them!

    spot: chuckle. My ornithological uncle used to object to the word seagull: No such species, he used to say. There are many varieties of gull - herring, black headed and greater black backed being the ones you most likely see, but NOT seagulls. (Or words to that effect) He was normally a very laid back sort of bloke, but for some reason that one got him.
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    I have a small pond for the cats to drink out of and another pond out the back. But after pruning back the garden in the last fortnight and finding the tiger snake skin near an empty bird bath ill be rethinking these ponds.

    Rainbow lorikeets, yellow breasted finches, a finch i cant remember the name of , but it has a black body, red chest and white beak. A hawk/falcon, a wedgy who is fast becoming a wild pet, maggies, willywagtails,bush pigeons,

    Just to name a few in the garden at the moment.
    Oh and a young buck koala visiting a tree close to the house lately.
    And the sunrises ...... avatar says it all really. The beginning of winter isnt too bad.

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