LIVE WEBCAM - GARDEN BIRDS IN NORFOLK
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- Location: Gresham, Norfolk, England
- Source: Gresham Groundcam
- Info: Live video camera streaming lots of species of birds coming to feed at a bird feeder in the village of Gresham, Norfolk. Visiting birds include wood pigeon, collared dove, great tit, blue tit, coal tit, long tailed tit, robin, blackbird, dunnock, chaffinch, magpie, jackdaw, pheasant, goldfinch, greenfinch and starling. You may see hedhehogs at night when the weather is warm and hibernation has finished. The bird sounds are fantastic as well.
More info: Wood pigeons are found across the UK in fields and woods, and also in towns and cities where they frequent parks and gardens. The wood pigeon is the largest and most abundant pigeon in the UK. It is largely grey with a pinkish breast and features a green, white and purple patch on its neck. It also has white wing patches which are clearly visible in flight. Its eyes are yellow and the legs and beak are pink.
Wood pigeons are, perhaps, the least fussy eaters of all common garden birds. They will eat more or less anything put out on a bird table but seeds and grain are their favourite. When this is supplied they will often swoop down with excitement and may push away smaller birds in their haste to reach the food and end up dominating the feed table.
They also drink a lot of water but unlike other garden birds, whose habit it is to scoop up water and fling back their heads to allow water to “drop down”, they suck up the water using their beak as a straw which is quite a unique phenomenon.
In Britain populations are largely sedentary, seldom moving more than 10 miles from where they hatched, but northern European birds are strongly migratory, moving south towards the Mediterranean every autumn.