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    Two new lodgers.

    Last week i walked out of my house, face first into what appeared to be cobwebs and bits of leaves hanging off a makeshift hook. When i came back, the cobweb collection seemed to have grown a bit, but i couldn't really tell as it was getting dark. The next day i was having an early mornring brew outside, and the mystery of the cobwebs was revealed.

    First piccie is during the 2nd day, the cobwebby stuff is in the foreground.




    Check out the motorbike mirror. One of the two new lodgers taking time out from housebuilding duties.




    I sat about a foot away whilst these two very small birds worked most of the day to beef up their nest. Great entertainment, and they took no notice of me.




    They actually spend very little time on the nest. They fly up, land, deposit their stuff in about a second, then fly off again. Very difficult to get decent shots as their wingbeat is really quick.




    This is the nest after 5 days of building. Seems like the cobwebs were just used for the first couple of days as a binding for the heavier bits.



    Blurry, but it gives you an idea of the structure.




    The birds don't seem at all phased by much. They carried on even when the bloody local campaign wagon came by, blasting out relly loud music.







    So, they've been at it for 5 or 6 days now, and i can see the nest taking shape. They have designed a small round hole for access into the nest.

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    The birds are no bigger than 3 inches, and the nest is about 15 inches long.
    They fly in a similar fashion to hummingbirds, and after looking on the net, they would appear to be some sort of sunbird. If anyone knows for sure, please feel free to enlighten me. I will keep my eye on the nest, literrally, as it hangs right outside the front door. Bit concerned though that it's way to close to the floor to be safe from the local cats.

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    Beautiful. Thanks.

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    I bloody well hope your charging them rent..it's not like it's a they've moved in inconspicuously..

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    Nice pics. Stoke has changed since last I was there.

    In fact I have never been there, but I once saw Stoke lose away to Bournemouth

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    Hard grafters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeMoer
    Hard grafters
    Undoubtedly..but it's all about the liberty take here..fucking gypo's..

    Get the mossie zapper out, withnall..

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeMoer
    Hard grafters.
    They are when they start. I sit outside with a brew around 0630, and a whole variety of birds are up and about, but these two don't arrive till at least an hour later, and spend the first ten minutes grooming on the bike mirrors. Must be Thai birds.

    Here's one i missed.

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    You were obviously very patient with the photography. Well done mate and thanks for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chassamui
    You were obviously very patient with the photography.
    Down more to luck than judgement with a point and shoot, and as these birds are so quick, the few photos you see here are from over a 100 taken, most of which had no bird in them.

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    nature lover. great that the birds are not afraid of people. remember in some places ,if there was a bird on the walkway ,i would be the one to have to, side step.

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    They are definately sunbirds or spiderpeckers - Do they continuously chirp in little squeaks ?

    Will scan and post the relevant pages from my 'twitchers' book to help you identify them

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    Great photos, thanks for posting. I love threads like this. Cheers!

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    wow!!!

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    Lovely . . . I thought the thread wild be about in-laws invading

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    Very cool, can't wait to see more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happyman
    Will scan and post the relevant pages from my 'twitchers' book to help you identify them
    Much appreciated. Thanks in advance.




    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat
    I thought the thread wild be about in-laws invading
    Never met them in six years, and no intention of changing thet for another six.




    This morning, i think i have been witness to a bit of a domestic. The male(who has a dark blue patch above the yellow, and has yet evaded capture on film) arrived about half seven and seemed to attack the nest at random, pulling bits off and dropping them on the floor.




    The female arrived with a white feather in her beak, and buzzed around the nest for a while before sitting on a nearby branch and making a persistent noise.





    When the male arrived, she attacked him, and they had a quick ruck (think that's how you spell it).


    ........
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    Clearly the male went out on a lau kau binge

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    Or he's been plucking someone else's plumage ......

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    Great thread; thanks Withnall - Amazing to have it all unfolding right outside your front door.

    PS - Could they be Bargirl birds possibly? They have been known to nest in farang houses...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happyman
    They are definately sunbirds or spiderpeckers
    Most likely sunbirds based on the nest.

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    Bloody scanner won't scan unless the lid is closed and the book is too thick !!
    Will photograph the pages and try that way when I get home later tonight.


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    Great!! I hope this thread shall progress until we see little birdy beaks peaking out of the nest, hope you don't have cats.

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    Your 'visitors' look like Nectarinia jugularis, the olive-backed (or yellow-breasted, yellow-bellied) sunbird. Common resident in Thailand, but nice to have the nesting that close....

    From Wikipedia:

    The birds mate between the months of April and August. Both the male and the female assist in building the nest which is flask-shaped, with an overhanging porch at the entrance, and a trail of hanging material at the bottom end.
    After building the nest, the birds abandon the nest for about a week before the female returns to lay one or two greenish-blue eggs. The eggs take a further week to hatch. The female may leave the nest for short periods during the day during incubation. After the chicks have hatched, both male and female assist in the care of the young, which leave the nest about two or three weeks later.




    Male



    Female

    Images by Lip Kee Yap │ Singapore Botanic Gardens │ OzAnimals - Australian Wildlife

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    I would love to be able to sit and watch them...

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