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Photo-a-Day  (Monday, 10th June, 2019)

Latest visitor to our garden

Latest visitor to our garden
A jackdaw began coming this week to collect food for its young.

Photo: David Long  (Sony SLT-A65V)
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Comment by: Philip G. on 10th June 2019 at 06:41

This jackdaw looks well-enough. And it appears elsewhere that jackdaws are also known to gather food for the benefit of birds outside of their immediate family. I feel there's something delightfully olde-world about the word 'jackdaw'.

Comment by: Mick on 10th June 2019 at 06:50

We never saw Jackdaws in Shevy, but when I was at St Maries school on Almond Brooke road some of the Standish lads used to bring there tamed Jackdaws to school and leave them in a tree, and at playtime they would call them down and sit on there arms.

Comment by: Poet on 10th June 2019 at 07:27

Hail Jack! Cheeky rascal.

Comment by: Anne on 10th June 2019 at 08:32

Can't remember one of these being on PAD before. Are they a dwindling species in our area?

Comment by: A.W. on 10th June 2019 at 09:06

Interesting, I can't remember seeing a Jackdaw in the area, they are fairly plentiful in the Lake District where the environment is more craggy.

Comment by: David Barker on 10th June 2019 at 09:58

Good photo David,not one you very often,member of the Crow family ,that pair up for life, usually lay 4 to 6 spotted pale blue eggs. thanks for sharing.

Comment by: Poet on 10th June 2019 at 10:13

I've noticed a lot more recently around Langtree Lane farm in Standish. I think they're beginning to move in.
I saw scores of daws up at Elterwater the other day A.W.

Comment by: Pw on 10th June 2019 at 18:15

There are some near where I live.I never see house sparrows these days and very few sheppies.Gold finches are in abundance.Does anyone in the area still see sparrows?

Comment by: . Ozymandias . on 10th June 2019 at 21:10

A few years ago Pw, I had sparrows living behind the facia boards of my property. They'd accessed the space through a hole in the rotten soffit and I could hear them scrabbling about.
They bred successfully but I then had the entire lot replaced with UPVC shortly afterwards. Not deliberately to spite the sparrows you understand, it just needed to be done.
I left the rotten soffits on the garage untouched however, and the following year they nested in there.
25 years ago I planted an 80' hawthorn hedge which is now mature, and now the sparrows tend to congregate in there, although those damn magpies take their toll.
So yes, I see sparrows quite frequently, although not in the numbers that I did when I was a lad.
Sorry to go on, but I've yet to master the technique of explaining something without actually explaining it.

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 2nd August 2019 at 09:40

Loads of these in our back garden raiding the bird table

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