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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2680 on: December 10, 2021, 06:57:11 pm »
They were fairly low but you could be right mate, I'm annoyed I didn't get a video.

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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2681 on: December 11, 2021, 09:13:22 am »
Large Heron just flown over my house, haven't seen one for a while. 

We also get a daily flight of geese overhead.   Not sure what breed.  They make some racket though  ;D
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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2682 on: December 11, 2021, 10:32:02 am »
Large Heron just flown over my house, haven't seen one for a while. 

We also get a daily flight of geese overhead.   Not sure what breed.  They make some racket though  ;D

I ran past a heron the other day ali the canal. Always think it’s going to skewer my bare legs with its beak. :D

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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2683 on: December 11, 2021, 10:45:11 am »
I ran past a heron the other day ali the canal. Always think it’s going to skewer my bare legs with its beak. :D

Haha - vicious looking aren't they?
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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2684 on: December 18, 2021, 01:16:13 pm »
This is really distressing, even more so for me as Puffins are my favourite sea bird.  :(

‘Puffin wreck’: More than 100 dead birds wash up on Scottish shores in worst incident in 50 years

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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2685 on: December 18, 2021, 03:23:48 pm »
This is a beautiful short video of a Barn Owl flying in day time hours.

https://youtu.be/M-a6QjHrI_c
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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2686 on: December 18, 2021, 08:13:13 pm »
This is a beautiful short video of a Barn Owl flying in day time hours.

https://youtu.be/M-a6QjHrI_c

Absolutely majestic. "Running down the wing" in fact.
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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2687 on: December 18, 2021, 08:17:16 pm »
Superb Jill, sent that on to my mate.

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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2688 on: December 18, 2021, 08:24:36 pm »
This is a beautiful short video of a Barn Owl flying in day time hours.

https://youtu.be/M-a6QjHrI_c
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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2689 on: December 19, 2021, 05:35:10 am »
We had a male Tawny Owl hooting outside our window in the tree directly across from our bedroom window last night. Another one a little bit up the Glen calling back. We get loads of them but that’s the closest we’ve had it (hence me being up). ;D
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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2690 on: December 19, 2021, 05:37:32 am »
This is a beautiful short video of a Barn Owl flying in day time hours.

https://youtu.be/M-a6QjHrI_c

Beautiful that
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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2691 on: December 19, 2021, 10:59:26 am »
I'm glad everyone enjoyed it. I'm yet to see one in the wild as of yet. I think we had one fly over the car late at night when we came back from a hospital visit which was weird as it came out of nowhere. Very ghostly.
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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2692 on: December 25, 2021, 03:49:59 am »
Violet backed starling spotted on a recent holiday.

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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2693 on: December 25, 2021, 05:41:09 pm »
Violet backed starling spotted on a recent holiday.
That is gorgeous, where was the holiday Persy?

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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2694 on: December 26, 2021, 08:44:42 pm »





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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2695 on: December 26, 2021, 09:15:04 pm »
Been feedint the Wood Pigeons and Magpie's

Little blackbirds get in on the act and robins now and then, plus some little ticthy things with brown wings and some colours? Not sure what they are.
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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2696 on: December 27, 2021, 07:37:20 pm »
Exactly the same setup in my garden with wood pigeons and magpies first in line for any food often forcing the small birds away. So much so that I’ve lowered the roof on the bird table so that it’s only the small ones who can squeeze in to get the mealworms & proper bird food I put out!  >: ;D

Those little brown birds are probably sparrows or starlings

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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2697 on: December 28, 2021, 02:38:04 pm »
I just went for hanging feeders over table thinking the tits,finches etc would be fine and the big bastards would struggle... Effin wood pigeons perch on the spike at the top and magpies have learnt to kind of attack the feeders to get food. Twats. Although this year I have had long tailed tits, goldfinches and blue and great tits in my garden. Oh and a family of buzzards and a family of red kites overhead occasionally.

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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2698 on: December 29, 2021, 08:22:26 pm »
CHOPPER has his own special way of deterring magpies, can always seek some advice from him……

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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2699 on: December 29, 2021, 11:27:57 pm »
I just went for hanging feeders over table thinking the tits,finches etc would be fine and the big bastards would struggle... Effin wood pigeons perch on the spike at the top and magpies have learnt to kind of attack the feeders to get food. Twats. Although this year I have had long tailed tits, goldfinches and blue and great tits in my garden. Oh and a family of buzzards and a family of red kites overhead occasionally.

It's sounds like you have done okay. You will always attract the big birds as well, though maybe buy /make a bird table and use it to distract the bigger birds from the feeders.
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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2700 on: December 29, 2021, 11:31:40 pm »
Been feedint the Wood Pigeons and Magpie's

Little blackbirds get in on the act and robins now and then, plus some little ticthy things with brown wings and some colours? Not sure what they are.

The little things are sparrows if they make a lot of noise or if they are quiet and creep around the hedges they could be dunnocks.
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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2701 on: December 30, 2021, 06:29:42 am »
There's new birdsongs this time of year , especially around dusk and dawn. Listen . It's beautiful .
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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2702 on: December 30, 2021, 04:17:51 pm »
There's new birdsongs this time of year , especially around dusk and dawn. Listen . It's beautiful .

I think I saw a Tweet about that
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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2703 on: December 30, 2021, 04:40:16 pm »
Been away in the lakes for a few days. Lying in the hot-tub last night I could hear a Tawny Owl close by and he was out again this morning about 7:45.

I have no idea on small birds, I can recognise a sparrow and a Robin and that is about it. There were some really small birds, little roundish bodies with a long rectangular tail that ended with a flat end flying from tree to tree above me and some other small birds with a pure white underside and white stripes across the wings.
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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2704 on: December 30, 2021, 10:06:15 pm »
Violet backed starling spotted on a recent holiday.


That is stunning!

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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2705 on: January 3, 2022, 06:26:39 pm »
Been away in the lakes for a few days. Lying in the hot-tub last night I could hear a Tawny Owl close by and he was out again this morning about 7:45.

I have no idea on small birds, I can recognise a sparrow and a Robin and that is about it. There were some really small birds, little roundish bodies with a long rectangular tail that ended with a flat end flying from tree to tree above me and some other small birds with a pure white underside and white stripes across the wings.

The ones with the rectangular tails sound like Long Tailed Tits. They usually move around in groups, although they can also move around with other Tits as well. They are the cutest of birds. 
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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2706 on: January 3, 2022, 06:56:15 pm »
The ones with the rectangular tails sound like Long Tailed Tits. They usually move around in groups, although they can also move around with other Tits as well. They are the cutest of birds. 

Cheers Jill. Yes, they were in big groups and there were other Tits in the trees, Grey Tits I think they were
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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2707 on: January 3, 2022, 07:04:17 pm »
Cheers Jill. Yes, they were in big groups and there were other Tits in the trees, Grey Tits I think they were

The Great Tits look great this time of year.  ;D
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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2708 on: January 3, 2022, 07:52:05 pm »
This makes me livid. The government once again helping its pals in the shooting game at the expense of wild-life.  :no

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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2709 on: January 5, 2022, 10:56:40 am »
Loads of midnight hooting from a Tawny Owl in the garden last night ...marvellous
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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2710 on: January 5, 2022, 07:19:58 pm »
Tawny's are marvellous birds. Good on you.

Think of this poor bastard though. Meant to be in the Caribbean for his holidays, but turned up in Preston instead.

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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2711 on: January 5, 2022, 08:17:13 pm »
Great few days in Norfolk at Blakeney and Holkham. North Norfolk is a great place for birds.

Saw a huge skein of geese flying over the cottage on New Years Eve silhouetted against the stars.

Along with the usual suspects I saw loads of Lapwings and Curlews on the marshes at Blakeney and a Marsh Harrier flew directly over the path. Beautiful bird.

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« Reply #2712 on: January 5, 2022, 08:44:39 pm »
Lovely Al, I'd have loved all that.

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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2713 on: January 5, 2022, 09:22:37 pm »
We didn't see this many but a few weeks back there was a video of around 64,000 pink-footed geese taking to the air at Holkham:

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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2714 on: January 5, 2022, 09:24:03 pm »
That holiday sounded like my kind of heaven.  :D
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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2715 on: January 6, 2022, 01:23:54 am »
We had a male Tawny Owl hooting outside our window in the tree directly across from our bedroom window last night. Another one a little bit up the Glen calling back. We get loads of them but that’s the closest we’ve had it (hence me being up). ;D

I’m currently listening to an owl hooting away somewhere nearby and having checked it out it’s clearly a tawny owl call. I read their call carries about 200 yards but would it carry further at this time of night? I’m just under half a mile from a couple of parks unless he’s found somewhere a bit nearer to roost.

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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2716 on: January 8, 2022, 01:15:35 pm »
If anyone is in Caldies park have a look for a pair of Buff geese. Their light brown, I've never seen them their before. Lovely.

I couldn't get a decent pic.

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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2717 on: January 8, 2022, 01:28:45 pm »
If anyone is in Caldies park have a look for a pair of Buff geese. Their light brown, I've never seen them their before. Lovely.

I couldn't get a decent pic.

How buff were they John? Did you cop a feel?

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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2718 on: January 8, 2022, 07:50:06 pm »
How buff were they John? Did you cop a feel?
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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #2719 on: January 13, 2022, 07:11:07 pm »
It's amazing seeing how agile the Sparrowhawk is. I was driving down Serpentine South in Blundellsands earlier when one flew straight across my windscreen like an arrow, before tucking his wings in and flying through a load of tree branches then out the other side in the blink of an eye.
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