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Cloncaw's Journal

Cloncaw's Journal

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Great Tit

09 January 2010 18:22:54
Great Tit 8/01

Great Tit 8/01

Water was up and running by 12:00 so I set off to buy some more bird food. Monaghan Co Op was out of seed so it was a bucket of peanuts and 2 peanut feeders that had to surfice. I had no sooner put up the first one on the chestnut tree at the front of the house and a cheeky robin was investigating it. He was followed by a Great Tit what I'm curious about is how do they find it so quickly, put up a 2nd peanut feeder on the arch to try and balance out the demand on the feeder. Activity on the bird front was even more active and rooks, blackbirds and thrushes trying to scare off the smaller birds but have to say on the whole they didn't manage it. One blackbird was hanging off the side of the peanut feeder in the chestnut tree but it was total unbalanced so he wasn't having much luck, wondering whether to make up a cake like Jacinta but might just be dominated by the rooks etc. Will put up some photos if my mobile broadband co operates, I'm assuming it's due to the weather. No real snow here today rose to -1 from apparently -11 last night about 1am. Indoors I have 2 pink hyacinth just pushing up their flowers and the amarilyis is also just ready to open the 3rd hyacinth which I think is white is still a bit off flowering.

Hope everyone keeps safe as long as we're all safe, warm and healthy we are okay I think the flood damage would be even worse so keep counting our blessings and longer days and hopefully better weather on the way


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J.D. J.D. 09 January 2010 18:26:32

If you have a bird table, Geraldine, you could make up the cake and just cut it into quarters. The roof on the table might put the rooks off getting at it. Mine would have been a great success if I hadn't had that leak last night. It ended up like sludgy cold porridge. Horrible mess. But I will do another one tomorrow. Great photo.


fran m fran m 09 January 2010 18:52:07

It is amazing how they fine the feeders so fast.


Clara Clara 09 January 2010 18:58:48

What ever about the snow and ice and of course the cold I do not know what I would do if the house was flooded like some of the poor people in the country.


J.D. J.D. 09 January 2010 19:00:44

I realize that I was so lucky.


fraoch fraoch 09 January 2010 21:07:52

You'd wonder how they find the food so fast all right . Great photo!


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