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Infinity
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Birds

We had quite a lot of Rain last night, after many Hot Sunny Days.
We keep a decent level of water in our Bird Baths, which are well frequented by birds, mostly Magpies & Robins who pop by for a drink.
We used to put bought food balls out for them, but Sammy Squirrel kept coming and stealing it !!
Despite many attempts to elevate and hang said food. Never Sammy proof.
For the past few days, we have had quite large dark coloured birds frequenting one Bird Bath in particular, which is quite deep (from a birds point of view), probably just the same bird.
However, this morning, I think Mr(s) Bird brought the whole family along.
Four of them, all the same type of bird, took it in turns to go through the same routine.
Scoop water and drink, head down, wash head and neck.
Then, quite agitated, with lots of wing flapping, appear to wash their bodies, with the splashed water from the wing flapping.
This would then be repeated several times.
Then the one bird would jump off, prise a worm from the damp grass, then fly off.
Meanwhile, the other three birds, patiently waiting on the top of the stone wall, would all do the same thing.
Quite amazing, and delightful to watch.
I shall have to set up a camera to record this !!
Any ideas as to what the birds could be ?
Some Googling coming up I think !
About half the size of the Wood Pigeons that come and eat all the small spiders and seeds.
Is this the mystery bird ?
http://www.digitalwildlife.co.uk/birds/blackbird.htm

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Re: Birds

Yeah i like birds too... the Two legged non feathered variety  Tongue
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Re: Birds

They use the Swimming pool !!  Wink  Grin

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Re: Birds

If those dark birds are grey at the back of the neck and are good at aerobatics they might well be Jackdaws. We have many that come around in family groups.
You could try looking them up here http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/birdguide/name/
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Re: Birds

We had a long shower yesterday the first for a while and we were amusing our selves over the pigeons sitting on the wires, first lifting one wing then the other bathing.
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Re: Birds

If your pic is correct to the type, it looks to me like a female blackbird....
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Re: Birds

I have a bird feeder filled with a variety of seeds hanging in the apple tree.
Inevitably seeds are dropped onto the grass below and pigeons come there to feed.
Now the pigeons have discovered the source of their windfall and are raiding the feeder directly.
Needless to say the other birds have decided to find an alternative food source much to everyone's annoyance.

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Re: Birds

put out a pigeon trap and get yourself some free dinners Smiley
that way you get free food from the flying rats and the feeder will get left alone for the other varieties of birds  Grin
just because your paranoid doesn't mean they aren't out to get you
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@nanotm
ewe, what a disgusting thing to suggest Sad
that could be someone's pried racing pigeon your referring to, that might be in need of a much needed feast
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Re: Birds

I like tits personally Smiley
TORPC
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Re: Birds

Not the blue variety by any chance, as I suspect they may need warming up Tongue
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that's rather why I said trap them, pigeon traps aren't normally lethal, so any with rings could be released without any harm coming to them.
if there wild then there a nice tasty source of protein and of course having ethically wrung its neck you don't have the hassle of picking shot out them Smiley
just because your paranoid doesn't mean they aren't out to get you
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@nanotm
That's is cruel & unethical / unhygienic
Are you forgetting all the germs etc / like flue for birds ?Huh
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Quote from: shutter
If your pic is correct to the type, it looks to me like a female blackbird....

I was thinking that too.
But why four the same, Mum and three daughters ?
No Black birds seen.
TORPC
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Re: Birds

Perhaps
The Daddy bird was out working & Mummy bird took the kids out for the morning ?Huh