feed the birds: 18-31 October

October 18, 2010 at 9:30 pm 10 comments

Today marks the beginning of the RSPB’s ‘Feed the Birds‘ fortnight.  Details of free activities taking place around the UK can be found on the RSPB website.  There’s nothing listed for Gloucestershire so perhaps I’ll just head up to Robinswood Hill and see if  this magnificent macaw, snapped by our friend Shane, is still hanging around.  Lots of kindly walkers were obviously keeping him fed and watered during the harshest winter on record.

For tips on how to turn your garden into a buffet table for birds see last years post.

©  Macaw image Shane Young.  Shanes’ Flickr photostream is well worth a looksy.  Amazing colours to delight the eye on a cold autumn morning.

Entry filed under: away from the plot.

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Simon  |  October 19, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    That is a wonderful picture such vibrant colours. Did you find out if it is still around?

    I get lots of birds in my garden only trouble is I am useless at recognising them. Other than the two fat pigeons that chase off the smaller birds.

  • 2. Nip it in the bud  |  October 24, 2010 at 9:27 am

    I’ve not spotted him yet Simon.
    I really don’t know my birds either. I hear lots of lovely birdsong at the allotment but couldn’t tell you who’s who!
    Perhaps you could take some pictures and post them on your blog? There are lots of very knowledgeable blog readers out there who might like to ‘name that bird’!

  • 3. Ann  |  October 24, 2010 at 9:37 am

    Hope he survives this winter too, he is so colourful.

    I feed birds all year round, there was a big flock of sparrows until the sparrow hawk started eating them and the hawk also ate my favourite blackbird who used to perch near our house singing beautifully! Still, they all have to survive somehow. Wish we had a macaw to look out for too!!!

    • 4. Nip it in the bud  |  October 25, 2010 at 6:58 pm

      what a shame for your personal songstrel. Sparrow hawks have a mean circling way about them but I wouldn’t wish starvation on them either. Keep feeding and I’m sure more birds will come :o)

  • 5. Peggy  |  October 24, 2010 at 9:42 am

    I am hopeless at identifying birds too apart from crows and magpies! Lots of bird song both at teh allotment and in the trees in front of my house, they usually start around 4.00am in summer!

  • 6. Nip it in the bud  |  October 25, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    early morning wake up calls are a familiar story here too but nothing particularly melodic – bloomin’ squawky seagulls!
    There are more here in Gloucester than any seaside town.

  • 7. elizabeth  |  September 30, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    the macaw is still alive and been spotted several time this september

  • 8. Kate  |  January 12, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    Saw the macaw today in tree by st Catherine’s church, quite a Suprise

    • 9. Nip it in the bud  |  January 12, 2018 at 4:53 pm

      Wow, amazing. So glad he’s still around!

    • 10. Nip it in the bud  |  January 12, 2018 at 10:47 pm

      wow that’s amazing Kate, glad he’s survived so many seasons!


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