Birds are a crucial part of the natural world. For example, after eating berries, they help to spread the seeds of the berry plant in their droppings.
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Many birds help to control numbers of insects — including caterpillars — and other small animals. Some birds even help pollinate plants: hummingbirds move pollen around as they feed on nectar. Wild birds have a big effect on people too: enhancing wellbeing, and even boosting the economy. Recent research by Kings College London showed that hearing birdsong can make listeners happy for several hours. Birds can also help create jobs.
There are Christmas carols and Shakespeare sonnets about turtle doves, which are now sadly disappearing from our farmland. Males have a grey head and black bib with chestnut sides and white cheeks. The bigger the bib, the more dominant the male within its flock.
A female sparrow has pale brown feathers all over with a pale stripe behind the eye. It could unkindly be described as scruffy as its feathers look loose. Woodpigeons will pretty much eat anything you put out on the bird table. Their sheer size allows them to push away smaller birds with ease and not everyone welcomes the sight of them in their garden.
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Unlike other garden birds, who scoop up water and throw their heads back to allow it to drop down their throats, woodpigeons suck it up using their beak as a straw. Of the six tit species that breed in the UK, the great tit is the largest. It has similar plumage to a blue tit but with a distinctive black head and white cheeks. The chest is bright yellow with a black stripe running down. The stripe in males is wider and sometimes extends down to the legs. They feed primarily on insects but will take seeds from a feeder.
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Goldfinches have a distinctive scarlet face, and bright yellow wing patch. A dashing and delicate bird, these seed-eating finches are increasingly visiting bird feeders and tables for food. Goldfinches also love thistle seeds. The goldfinch announces its arrival with a tinkling, trilling call.
Their tuneful voices, along with their cheeky attitudes and bright red breast, have endeared robins to the British public. Robins are often associated with Christmas time — believed to be because scarlet-jacketed postmen used to deliver Christmas cards, and the similarly-coloured robin redbreast became linked to the tradition. This dove is mainly buff coloured with a thin, black half collar, and a long, white tail with a black base.
Collared doves originally came from southern Asia and spread naturally from there.
The species was first recorded in Britain in and has since become a common UK garden bird. No wonder dunnocks are often overlooked — not only are they small, brown and grey with a slender beak, but they also like to creep around under bushes in a mouse-like way searching for their insect and spider prey. This suits the female, as she might get more help rearing her chicks.
Pica pica From a distance, the magpie appears black and white, although close up a subtle blue and green sheen can be seen. Magpies are often seen in pairs or small groups. It is a noisy bird with a harsh, chattering call. Magpies are jacks-of-all-trades — scavengers, predators and pest-destroyers; their challenging, almost arrogant attitude has won them few friends. Only during the spring, when feeding its young, does it became a predator, raiding the nests of songbirds for eggs and young.
Jackdaws are the smallest members of the crow family.
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At first a jackdaw may appear to be all black, however it is actually a dark grey colour. You can tell them apart from the other mainly black ravens, rooks and crows by the distinctive grey patch on the back of their necks. Their pale, blue eyes are also noticeable. Jackdaws often join up with rooks and carrion crows in autumn and winter to roost together.
Choose an option below to get started. Where did you see it? On farmland In a meadow or grassland On a heathland By the coast In mountains or other uplands In a garden or park Near or in fresh water In a wood. Apply Cancel. How big was it? What colour were its feathers? What was its beak like? Beak Shape. Curved Duck-like Hooked Powerful. Long Medium Short. Chunky Medium Thin. What was it doing? Catching insects in flight Diving underwater Eating fruit Eating other birds, chicks or eggs Hopping It was on a feeder It was on the ground It was part of a flock Wagging or flicking its tail Walking or running.
Above: The living room is at the back of the house, so Rowe extended it into the garden with a dark-stained oak deck at the same elevation as the interior room. Above: An interior remodel had left the backyard looking like a construction site, with overgrown vines and a falling-down fence, giving Rowe the opportunity to start from scratch. Above: Rowe relied on hardscape materials to create a black backdrop punctuated by dashes of greenery. Above: The view from the house. Beyond the dark oak terrace is black granite, with black polished pebbles, and a dark gray fence that surrounds the space.
Above: The formally clipped shrubbery in cubist planters contrasts with the loose perimeter plantings at the base of the fence.