Finches in the back yard

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smile
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Finches in the back yard

Some of the finches that visit daily

timrp
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Thats a nice species to see in your backyard, I dont see them often.

WhistlingDuck

Lovely daily visitors - nice photos!

Thanks for sharing.

Reflex
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Psst! Don't tell Woko you are feeding the birds.....

Samford Valley Qld.

Dmenace
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Charming little characters.

I remember them from my childhood but we don't get them in Melbourne.

Woko
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Woko is probably sitting somewhere with an eyebrow raised wondering if the finches are perched on a shallow water bowl.

Snail
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Cute little things, I love their mewing call.

LM

HelloBirdy
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Lovely birds which I don't see often in my area...

Ryu
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Aiming for DSLR-quality shots with a bridge camera

Reflex
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Well done smile. Shallow water bowls are an excellent choice to attract small finches.

Samford Valley Qld.

smile
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 I have to admit I did have a bit of seed in that bowl (cringe). Mostly I have a shallow bowl of water that brings all sorts of birds to my 

 backyard. The finches mainly eat the seed from my grass.

smile
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Please excuse me Im just getting to know my way around and learning the site. Could not work out how to delete a post I put on twice by accident so just did a edit. :/

timrp
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Very nice birds that visit your place, where abouts is it? You cannot delete posts.

smile
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 Hello I live at Redland Bay in Queensland. There is  two creeks that run past the back of our yard I think that helps with the birds, there is natural bush land next door (just vacant land) as well. I was given a feeder and water bowl to hang from trees in March this year and have never before seen so many different birds in my back yard, I have lived in this house for 12years LOL. I have since delevoped a real interest!

WhistlingDuck

Looks like a great spot for birds .... nice photos.

Woko
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I feel your cringe, smile, & raise you mine.

No need for a seed bowl if the finches are feeding from your native grasses. Well done for preserving/restoring/planting those. The natural bushland next door to you would be a big factor in the number of birds which are attracted to your yard.

By the way, that bushland next door isn't on "vacant" land. The land is occupied by the bushland! The word "vacant" is the green light for developers so I'd encourage you to tuck it away in your hump & perhaps drag it out when talking about politicians.

Native grasses are usually overlooked when planting native gardens. Yesterday, Ms Woko & I had a visit from a pair of Red-browed Finches, attracted by the Umbrella Grass Chloris truncata, a grass local to us, which I've planted in a couple of tubs. I plan to collect the seed from the grass & broadcast it into areas which have been cleared of introduced grasses.

smile
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 Thanks for tip Woko I will be researching some more native grasses I can put around as the land next door has been auctioned off and by  horrible cioncidence they started clearing some of it today. I thought they would take there time but they seem to have started clearing shrubs allready. Between me and the neighbours (on the other side) there is still a good bit of grass and creek but still it's going to be a bit of a shock.

Woko
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Ah, well. There's your next challenge, smile. Encourage your neighbours-to-be to perserve as much of the bush as possible & then to do some ecological restoration with them along the creek lines.

smile
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 From the limited info I can get a retirement village is being put in, it is 40 acres. I will keep an eye on it and try to find out more. Im positive the future residents would love to have bird life around them as I do. The creek isnt going anywere it is needed to drain away the rain as it has always done.

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Nice birds you get there Smile, but don't think that the creek will not go anywhere. Some concrete pipes and land fill and they can build on top of it :(

Shorty......Canon gear

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Woko
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For a long time I've been convinced that residents of aged care residencies would be stimulated by the planting of indigenous vegetation so that a wide variety of wildlife could be attracted thereby creating lots of interest. Alas, the aged care residencies I've approached have no interest in even establishing a pilot project or two, preferring to maintain their sterile exotic gardens.

Smile, I encourage you to get in early & discuss with the developers & management the idea of retaining & restoring the bushland as a way of enriching the lives of the future residents. 

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