Birds at Mas de Flory

January 29, 2015 by
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Wild Birds at Mas de Flory

Here at Mas de Flory there is plenty of birdlife. We have oak woods at the bottom of our field so, as you would expect, there are wood pigeons, crows and cuckoos all making themselves known at different seasons. Magpies are also numerous.

Pigeonnieres, or pigeon houses are numerous in the region and we have a few in the immediate vicinity of Mas de Flory. These can be standalone or constructed as part of the main house. Pigeons were (are?) considered to be a delicacy to eat. Their droppings make useful fertiliser and it’s used for vines. The wooded hillsides just beyond our fields used to be covered with vines, so it’s no surprise to find the pigeon houses here.

Birds at Mas de Flory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the garden we have great tits, sparrows and the occasional robin. All these are happy to find their own food during the summer months. We have lots of shrubs, bushes and trees in our gardens, which means there’s no shortage of insects and grubs to feed on.

Birds at Mas de Flory

Birds at Mas de Flory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In winter we have feeders hung in trees at a number of locations, so we can watch the birds feeding. It’s the great tits that are the most active at the feeders. In the feeders we have a mixture of nuts and fat balls contained in a mesh to stop the contents falling out. The birds are able to poke their beaks through the mesh. Sometimes there can be as many as 4 birds on the feeder at the same time. At other times one bird can see off all the competition! Great tits are hoarders, so their nature drives them to collect as much as they can, which is why they seem to be constantly on the go from dawn to dusk, flitting from one feeder to another, dropping off their booty at their store on the way. The sparrows rarely make an attempt to use the feeders – they are happier collecting whatever falls on the ground below!

Birds at Mas de Flory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wild Birds at Mas de Flory

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