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Feed me!, originally uploaded by Laura Whitehead.

Have a fair few (noisy!) starling youngsters in the garden currently.

Apart from their loudness, they are rather fun to watch. Very toddler like currently and full of character, exploring everything and anything to test out if its edible, or if they can bath in it, or stand on or in it. Even though they are quite loud and occupy many of the feeding areas, the other birds don’t mind too much and manage still to nip in and get a good feed too. The blackbird youngsters (currently at 6!) are in throughout the day too, along with the young blue tits, great tits and lots of young sparrows too.

Thankfully though, these quirky little youngsters all head off back to their roost fairly early in the evening, which brings a ‘calmness’ back to the garden and all the others then come out for their relaxed evening feed.

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Magpie

Magpie scooping up mealworms to take back to the nest. Lots of noisy starlings in the background!

First of the starling youngsters arrived in the garden today (joining in with dunnocks, more blackbird and blue tit youngsters seen over the last couple of days). ‘Youngster’ starling was very curious (and loud!) and eventually joined his family and friends further up the garden path near to the end of the garden to receive a quick snack.

‘Dad’ starling (note the blue on the beak!) had just fed the youngster, and they struck this wonderful pose, just after the feed.



Sparrow youngsters!, originally uploaded by Laura Whitehead.

Sharing



stretch, originally uploaded by Laura Whitehead.

Siskin

Brambling

Greenfinch

Blue tit



Blue tit, originally uploaded by Laura Whitehead.




  • About

    In this blog we'll describe the day to day comings and goings of the birds in our Devon garden.
  • About us

    Tony is a naturalist and environmental artist. Laura is a free range creative web and print designer. We've recently moved from the village of Ipplepen to the town of Newton Abbot with our two children Ralph and Oli, our dog Henry, and numerous cats (none of whom would ever dream of eating birds).
  • Species List

    List of species, including only those birds that land in the garden:
    Blackbird
    Blackcap
    Blue tit
    Brambling
    Bullfinch
    Carrion Crow
    Chaffinch
    Chiff chaff
    Coal tit
    Collared dove
    Dunnock
    Fieldfare
    Goldcrest
    Goldfinch
    Great spotted woodpecker
    Great tit
    Greenfinch
    House Sparrow
    Jay
    Long tailed tit
    Magpie
    Mistle thrush
    Nuthatch
    Pied wagtail
    Redwing
    Robin
    Siskin
    Song thrush
    Sparrowhawk
    Starling
    Wood pigeon
    Wren