Birdsong

“When the Sun of compassion arises, darkness evaporates and the singing birds come from nowhere.” ― Amit Ray

Over on Weekly Prompts the Wednesday Challenge from partner GC and me is For the Birds.

Afternoon Birdsong 2 Updated.

Earlier in the year GC hung a birdfeeder from a nearby tree, since then he now has a birdstation hanging from his third floor balcony. Gerry has discovered that our feathered friends can be very fussy about what they eat, whereas I’ve often noticed they can be quite fussy about the type of feeder but not so much the food.

I used to hang seed feeders as well as peanuts, until one day I observed the squirrels rocking and tipping the seed feeders which resulted in a large amount of seed falling to the ground, and this attracted the rat population! Now I use only peanuts which I purchase in bulk from a local animal-feed barn.

Tree Feeders

My Nan’s Farm garden cafe is very popular with the locals, but they do leave a mess behind.

Our feathered friends and bushy-tailed mammals are quite adept at removing and spitting out the chaff (husk) from the peanuts!

One of the squirrels is becoming quite brave, and when I’m in the open doorway with my camera he keeps an eye on me and weighs up the situation, but he no longer turns tail and runs.

This week, I was in the kitchen doorway while recording beautiful birdsong, and then the squirrel arrived, so I switched to video and managed the best of both.

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52 thoughts on “Birdsong

  1. Great action at the feeder Sue 🙂 The food I leave out for my birds around here is a wild bird mix which is suitable for the native birds (and the Brush-tailed Possums when they get a chance) Some foods like Sunflower seeds is high in fat and not good in large amounts. The bird mix has some sunflower seeds. Is there a mix of seeds etc that is available there?
    I have a video I will post later for this challenge.
    I have seen videos of the inventiveness of Squirrels and getting into bird feeders

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    1. Hi Brian. I love watching the squirrels so funny, but this one is getting braver and braver. Yes, there is a seed mix with sunflower available and much cheaper than the peanuts, but the squirrels tip it and too much falls out, the bigger birds hoover up some of it, but when the rats began to join the party I had to change back to peanuts.
      I look forward to seeing your video. Thank you, Brian.

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  2. A bird feeder for the Birds Sue… but the squirrels seemed to have taken over …. I hope the birds are managing to get their share…..
    And coincidently I’ve been writing a Haiku, about our missing ‘peace-dove’….I’ve finished the Haiku, but still searching for a photo, and a suitable song…. time to start cooking my dinner, and have a rest…. so I’ll complete my article late tonight or in the morning (your bedtime)…. Here’s my Haiku… I might change the title a bit….

    Do We Love the Old Dove

    In the sky somewhere
    There’s the old peace dove crying
    In silence, she’ll die

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    1. Oh, I like that Ivor. Yes the birds are there in abundance and are now bringing youngsters they sit back on the wall as the parents grab food and then the parents feed them. I never seem to get a photo of that, by the time I get my camera out they’ve flown off! The video of the squirrel was done on my phone as I was recording birdsong. I ought to have recorded the birds on my handheld recorder it’s far superior when compared to the iphone App.

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      1. I’ll sit there patiently with the camera with the long lens! I dropped it the other day and now the zoom is a bit hit and miss! I will try and get it fixed when the camera shops re-open. I’ve had it for twelve years it’s done a brilliant job over the years, though I’m certain there are superior models available, it’s now a question of do I really need one? Thank you, Ivor 🙂

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    1. Gosh, on my PC the volume was turned quite low, but it was fine. Thank you for telling me. It will be interesting to note whether others find the sound low.

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  3. Wood pigeons seem to be our problem. They go for the fat blocks that we have in a small cage on the floor. It’s got to the point that we hide it overnight and don’t put it out until lunch time. I’ve just seen a mouse, oh my!!

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    1. Oh, no! Maybe the mouse likes the fat blocks too!
      I think I’m now paranoid about rats after they got into the house just before Christmas. I became a hysterical wreck! I was just beginning to feel safe again when Corona appeared and now I’m scared of my own shadow!

      You could try one of those sonic things that you plug into a socket on the exterior wall. (In the house). Mice don’t like the sound and move home within a day or so. Doesn’t seem to bother rats! 🙂

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      1. Thanks Sue, I shall get one before next doors cat finds him. I can understand you being paranoid, I would be too. What a strange, scary year 2020 is turning out to be. Stay safe.

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  4. Murphy's Law

    Love the birdsong, but I also had to turn volume up to highest in order to hear it. Every morning between 4am and 5am I hear a multitude of birds chatting away. I love hearing them…. I wish I knew what they were saying!

    I think that squirrel is becoming your new best friend! Wouldn’t that be a hoot!!

    I agree with you that the birds and squirrels are leaving behind a terrible mess. Could you rig up a sizable piece of fine mesh screening, sturdy enough to not flop all over when you pick it up. You could gently ‘fold’ it in the middle and direct the husks into a trash bin. I know, this is probably way easier said than done. Just thinking out loud. 🤗

    Stay well and stay safe.
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. Your idea sounds a good one. I thought about buying a couple of rubber mats and putting those down. I got a new sound app for my phone but it creates a background A background noise. I’ll try again and use my usual hand recorder. Thank you so much Ginger.🙂

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      1. I’m sure you are absolutely correct, but on the other hand they could be telling me all about the new youngsters, OR thanking me for the food. Then again they could just be saying… there goes that daft old bat again!

        I haven’t read any of Trump this week I’ve been busy, is he spouting bad mouth twaddle again? Thank you, Peter

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      2. Ah that’s just flashed up on the screen. I haven’t had time to watch the Corona update today…
        Okay, I’ve read it now. I still don’t think it’s safe. BUT I would love Joss to stay over again. Yesterday he came over for lunch but ate his next to the open French windows while I sat at the kitchen table! It was lovely to have his company.
        Have you managed to see your daughter yet?

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      3. Oh, that is such a shame, I am so sorry. it must be very hard for you.

        I’ve just heard from Joss and he’d like to stay on Saturday night. Though I think we’ll forgo the hugs and still sit at a safe distance, though this time I won’t make him sit with the door open!

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      4. I’m hoping for nice weather he has always loved sitting on the balcony with a glass of wine in the summer. It’s been no pleasure for him living alone for three months. Though at least he’s been able to meet up with friends outside and go for walks during the last couple of weeks. Thank you, Peter, I am really looking forward to it.

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  6. I turned my sound up all the way, too, but was totally enamored with that squirrel. What a cutie he is! I did like watching him climb up to the feeder. I initially thought he was going to jump from the stones to the feeder. Guess he thought that would be pushing his luck! 😀

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    1. I find the sound on the squirrel video okay but the stand-alone audio seems to include a whirring noise. I will experiment when I’ve finished all these wretched chores. I gave myself two hours, but keep getting sidetracked, and so far I’ve taken seven! Thank you, Lois. 😀
      Oh, how’s the Classic, is it still as it was previously?

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      1. Knock wood….everything is exactly as it was. No changeover for me. BUT….your instructions (all three parts plus the audio) are saved–just in case! I cannot thank you enough for saving so many of us.

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      2. Oh, I’m so glad everything has worked out okay, and thank you for your kind comments. I’m still undecided which editor to stick with. I like the blocks but it seems to have slowed down my computer. There’s a couple of blocks I like but apart from those I cannot see any advantage. 🙂

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  7. Hi Sue, this is marvelous–love the photos! And you’ll be pleased to know I’ve paid attention, so that I’ll post link (when I write) to the other blog, haha! Hope your week is going well, you’re in my thoughts (the happy ones!) 😉 ❤

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    1. Yes, thank you, I am having a good week now that I’ve finished editing guides and making them all audio-visual – at last I can relax.
      I hope all is well with you too, and I thank you. 🙂

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      1. I’m wondering if you added a note about how the “Switch to Classic Editor” (in the right-hand column, following Options) is probably not available for those just now getting into the new Block format? And that late-comers will have to choose the block that says “Classic Editor”…but it’s still a block, which can be disconcerting…at least for me 🙂

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      2. Good idea, thanks for that. Yes I agree about the old Classic, it is still a block. Have you heard from WordPress yet?

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      3. Nope, haven’t heard from WP–and I really don’t expect to…they were not responsive to that question during the initial “chat” window when I was paying for the upgrade; and due to the pandemic limitations…they have an excuse to ignore continued gripes about Block 🙂 I haven’t completely given up on the new ways yet–but there may come a point when I have to. I invest a LOT of time and energy in this blog, which I love–so it might be better to shut down the other problematic one 🙂 My health issues have forced me to do more “prioritizing” of projects 🙂 I’m kicking myself though, for not exploring Block earlier–as I could have done the Switch, and been happy about it…oh well.

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    1. Oh, I’m glad you like it. I’m just about to change the first audio version. I managed to record some lovely birdsong this afternoon including a goose that was in the field next to the kitchen.
      Thank you, Carolyn. 🙂

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      1. Haha. He was just sat all alone in the field quacking, or whatever the noise is from geese! Your timing was perfect I’ve only just changed the birdsong. I still don’t know what the whirring noise is, it doesn’t pick up that noise when I record my voice inside the house. Unless it’s picking up the exhaust from the boiler, that’s on the wall around the corner. Thank you so much, Sylvia 🙂

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  8. OH! I love the photos and videos!
    The bird songs and squirrel antics are always a joy!
    Your garden cafe is well-loved and enjoyed! 😉 😀
    (((HUGS))) 🙂
    PS…I was AWOL, but like The Terminator, ” I’ll be bach!” and now, I’m back. I explained in a blog I just now blogged.

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