I have been sent this wonderful photo of a chaffinch nest with four chaffinch eggs inside.
Chaffinch Nest With Four Chaffinch Eggs
The chaffinch nest is usually made from grass, moss and hair with an inner lining of feathers and hair, which you can see in the above photo. It is normally a round shape and can sometimes have an outer covering of moss added for camouflage. The nest is normally located in the fork of tree and shrub branches. You can see that the nest in the above photo is resting in some conifer branches.
The chaffinch eggsare a greyish-blue spotted which are laid from April to June. The female will lay about 4-8 eggs and thenshe will generally incubate the eggs for 11-13 days.
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On Monday I noticed a white bird on my garden path and upon closer inspection I saw what looked like a white pigeon or dove. It’s legs had been cut on something but as I got closer it managed to fly up onto the barn roof.
It seems to be quite tame and I think when I first saw it, the bird had just injured itself. Later that day I saw if fly from our orchard acorss the neighbouring field and thought that this pretty bird had now found the stregth to resume it’s journey.
However the following day the bird had returned and was sitting on our garage roof so I was able to take this photo.
White pigeon or a dove
On and off this week I have seen this bird in various locations around the farmyard but I am still unsure whether it is a white pigeon or a dove, can anyone help?
Last weekend there were five swallow chicks in a swallows nest in the mill house. The parents had been busily flying in and out of the mill house to feed them.
Male And Female Swallows
On Saturday morning the chicks were resting on the roof truss in the mill house before they fledged over the weekend. All this week there has been alot of swallow activity with 7 swallows all flying around, resting on the roof of the barn or the electricity wires.
Have you seen swallow’s, their nest or chicks?
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David at treesparrow.com has initiated a project in the Claro area of North Yorkshire to place 300 nest boxes for Tree Sparrows throughout the area. The project is very keen to hear from the farming and rural communities if they see Tree Sparrows on their land or in their gardens.
Your help would be very much appreciated, so please visit the treesparrows website to find out more about tree sparrows and let them know about your sightings even if you live outside the Yorkshire area!
Hi, my dad found 11 sparrow eggs. We dont know how old they are. 5 were in one nest. 4 in the other and the last 2 in the third. there is no mom. Is there a possibilaty that they will hatch? If so, how do i keep them warm without an incubator? Lexi
Thanks for visiting farmingfriends website and sending your email.I have read that sparrow eggs incubate for 12-14 days before hatching.You can keep the eggs warm by placing them in a box in the airing cupboard. You can create some humidity by placing a damp cloth inside the box but not on the eggs. If you don’t put the box in an airing cupboard then you could place a lamp over the box to get the heat from the bulb. The eggs also need to be turned 3/4 times a day. Make sure that the pointed end is facing down.
Hope this helps. Let me know how you get on.
Sara @ farmingfriends
If anyone has any advice about what to do when you find sparrow eggs then I would like to hear from you.
Last night I went out to check on my sows who are due to farrow shortly and after leaving the pig barn I went to see what the cats were up to. Stripe who has an injured leg got chased by Fluffy but I managed to stop Fluffy from getting Stripe, phew! Anyway whilst I was outside I shone the torch into the roof rafters of the barn that houses the bales and doesn’t have any walls. I was thrilled to see a bird that wasn’t a pigeon. At first I thought it was an owl, maybe a tawny owl as I know owls roost in this barn as I have seen their pellets. Anyway it wasn’t an owl, it was a sparrowhawk. I managed to get a few photos although they are quite dark, so I will post them soon. The sparrowhawk didn’t seem to be put off by the torch or the camera flash although eventually I think the bird wanted some peace and flew off very swiftly I might add!
What birds do you have roosting in your barn or outbuildings?
Last year I kept spotting a fieldfare in the orchard and early this year the fieldfare was back and this thime there were two of them. The fieldfare makes a clacking sound and it’s plummage is brown on it’s back and wings with a lighter brown and dappled breast and grey head. I haven’t seen the fieldfare since mid January. Has anyone else seen the fieldfare lately?
I have some fatballs hanging in the garden near the kitchen window. I spotted a great tit feeding on the fatball.
Wild Bird - The Great Tit Feeding On Fatball
Wild Bird - The Back Of A Great Tit Feeding On A Fatball
I believe this is a great tit and not a blue tit because of the dark head but I will be checking with my friend Trisha over at Bird Table News. What birds have you seen in your garden or feeding on a fatball, please leave a comment to let me know.