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World Sparrow Day 20th March 2011

| March 20, 2011

I have just received an email to say it’s  WORLD SPARROW DAY (20th March 2011). World Sparrow Day helps raise public awareness about the decline of the house sparrow and throw light on the problems faced by the species in its daily fight for survival. You can do your bit by making a note of [...]

Chaffinch Eggs & Chaffinch Chicks

| May 14, 2010

I have been sent this wonderful photo of a chaffinch nest with four chaffinch eggs inside. 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 [...]

Pigeon Egg Shell Turns Transparent

| October 4, 2009

Many readers of the farmingfriends website often find pigeon eggs and try to incubate them. I have recently been asked about the shell becoming transparent on the pigeon egg. Hi, I have recently been able to take care of pigeon eggs. I have kept them in a shoebox with a 100watt bulb and a hot [...]

White Pigeon Or A Dove

| August 8, 2009

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 [...]

Swallow Chicks Fledge

| July 17, 2009

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. On Saturday morning the chicks were resting on the roof truss in the mill house before they fledged over the weekend. All this week [...]

Swallow Chicks In Swallow Nest

| June 30, 2009

Over the past month or so a couple of swallows have been flying in and out of the millhouse. I have been ducking my head as I enter just in case one of the adult swallows is in mid flight! It took me a while to locate the nest they were making but eventually I [...]

The Claro Tree Sparrow Project

| May 22, 2009

David at 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.  Their website has plenty of helpful information [...]

Sparrow Eggs Found

| May 9, 2009

I received an email about founding sparrow eggs. 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 [...]

Tree Sparrows In Garden

| May 5, 2009

We get alot of sparrows in our garden but I was unsure of the difference between the house sparrow and the tree sparrow. One of my forum readers gave me this information: “Tree sparrows are smaller than house sparrows and have a completely brown head.” Campbell Ridge This helped me to identify the sparrows in [...]

What To Feed Pigeons

| April 19, 2009

I do not keep pigeons myself but have read that pigeons need: * Grain for energy, protein and fibre. * Minerals grits, powdered minerals and trace elements. Grains make up the bulk of a pigeon’s diet.Some grains are better than others. Dried field peas/beans make an excellent staple food. Peas are high in protein and [...]