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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #1520 on: October 18, 2019, 12:42:38 PM »
Yep, very much like that, with red eyes and feet. It was in Center Parcs so quite a wooded area, never seen them in London. I have just walked past two crows gorging on a dead pigeon which is far more gritty and urban! One of the big fuckers actually flew off with the carcass in its mouth as I got closer.
I know a lot of people don't like Crows, but I do. They are like natures bin men as they clean up road kill etc.

I also really like a relative of the Crow; the Jackdaw. You see loads in the Lake District but not many at all down here. I've recently seen some on the school playing fields of Moor Lane, Crosby, but my mum doesn't get them by her house and my partner and I don't see them around the Sefton Park area either.

I was on holiday in Sardinia recently and the most common bird there was one I've never even seen in the UK even though they are here. That being the Hooded Crow. They were extremely common over in Sardinia.
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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #1521 on: October 27, 2019, 03:14:47 PM »
There seems to be a lot of Long Tailed Tits around at the moment, saw quite a big group moving through the local park and their little calls can be heard quite frequently around and about. Also discovered a Song Thrush which nowadays seems quite a rarity.
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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #1522 on: October 27, 2019, 04:14:07 PM »
I know a lot of people don't like Crows, but I do. They are like natures bin men as they clean up road kill etc.

I also really like a relative of the Crow; the Jackdaw. You see loads in the Lake District but not many at all down here. I've recently seen some on the school playing fields of Moor Lane, Crosby, but my mum doesn't get them by her house and my partner and I don't see them around the Sefton Park area either.

I was on holiday in Sardinia recently and the most common bird there was one I've never even seen in the UK even though they are here. That being the Hooded Crow. They were extremely common over in Sardinia.

Our hotel was full of crows, they are a real pest out there, scavenging about for food and destroying the local bird population, as they have no predators out there. There were loads with black heads and grey chest feathers, are these the hooded crows?

I got chatting to one of the bird keepers who was going about with a Harris Hawk, which they would fly to try to scare the crows away. They had to keep the hawk fed to a level to stop it taking a crow, they said it doesn't look good in front of the guests ;D

I love Birds of Prey and intend to get a hawk or an owl at some point, so getting to have a Desert Eagle Owl fly to my arm out there was a great experience.

I'm going to set some birds feeders up on the kitchen roof this week, the squirrel ate everything last year, so hopefully by putting them up there, the squirrel will leave them alone.

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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #1523 on: October 27, 2019, 11:33:06 PM »
Our hotel was full of crows, they are a real pest out there, scavenging about for food and destroying the local bird population, as they have no predators out there. There were loads with black heads and grey chest feathers, are these the hooded crows?

I got chatting to one of the bird keepers who was going about with a Harris Hawk, which they would fly to try to scare the crows away. They had to keep the hawk fed to a level to stop it taking a crow, they said it doesn't look good in front of the guests ;D

I love Birds of Prey and intend to get a hawk or an owl at some point, so getting to have a Desert Eagle Owl fly to my arm out there was a great experience.

I'm going to set some birds feeders up on the kitchen roof this week, the squirrel ate everything last year, so hopefully by putting them up there, the squirrel will leave them alone.

Yes, you described the Hooded Crow there. I didn't know they had them out there too.

Sounds like a great experience you had with the Eagle Owl. One of my brothers is a proper twitcher and travels all over the country to spot a new bird. He recently went for a full day experience with raptors that was bought for him as a present. His favourite is the Peregrine Falcon. So much so, he got a tattoo of one.

If you do get a hawk or owl I hope you post pictures. I assume you still need a licence to keep them? The brother of an ex of mine used to keep a Kestrel and a Tawny Owl. My favourite has always been the Barn Owl though. There was a Tawny calling out the other night when I put the bin out late on at my mum's. I've heard it a few times recently but not sighted it.
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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #1524 on: October 28, 2019, 09:06:47 AM »
Yes, you described the Hooded Crow there. I didn't know they had them out there too.

Sounds like a great experience you had with the Eagle Owl. One of my brothers is a proper twitcher and travels all over the country to spot a new bird. He recently went for a full day experience with raptors that was bought for him as a present. His favourite is the Peregrine Falcon. So much so, he got a tattoo of one.

If you do get a hawk or owl I hope you post pictures. I assume you still need a licence to keep them? The brother of an ex of mine used to keep a Kestrel and a Tawny Owl. My favourite has always been the Barn Owl though. There was a Tawny calling out the other night when I put the bin out late on at my mum's. I've heard it a few times recently but not sighted it.

Cheers - I was really confused when I saw them at first. They either migrated there or came in with ships I would think.

They had rescue birds there, they had a black tailed kite that had been found in the desert with a broken wing, they nursed it back to health but it can't fly, two Eagle Owls, one was blind in one eye, a buzzard, and a small falcon I cant recall the name of. The saddest sight though was the Peregrine. They said it was basically blind, if you dropped a lure in front of it, it jumped on a diagonal and missed it by about two feet. It sat on a low perch, it was too scared to fly to the high perch they had set up. There was a huge vulture too. These were all in outside cages so you could see them. The birds they fly, such as the Owls, the Harris Hawk, the falcon, Kestrel and the Eagle they were training, all stay inside.

I'm not sure about a licence, but next year I'm going to do the course to learn to fly the birds and take care of them, then I'll look at getting a bird.

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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #1525 on: October 31, 2019, 12:10:38 AM »
I love them . I adore them even though they can break my heart.  I have an altar to a few female bird dieties in my home. They include Laxmi , Kali and Saraswati . My 5 year old daughter is on this shrine too.

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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #1526 on: October 31, 2019, 07:48:38 AM »
I love them . I adore them even though they can break my heart.  I have an altar to a few female bird dieties in my home. They include Laxmi , Kali and Saraswati . My 5 year old daughter is on this shrine too.

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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #1527 on: October 31, 2019, 12:16:32 PM »
;D

I just couldn't resist. Was childish and immature but I just couldn't help myself.
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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #1528 on: October 31, 2019, 01:25:42 PM »
I just couldn't resist. Was childish and immature but I just couldn't help myself.

I'd have done the same, but I'm too distracted by the zombie birds in work today  ;)

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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #1529 on: November 9, 2019, 11:33:51 AM »
Just seen a large flock of Fieldfares flying over.

It's that time of year again, they can't have long arrived from Scandinavia and points north east to overwinter here.
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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #1530 on: November 9, 2019, 12:29:58 PM »
I'm getting a half day Falconry experience for Christmas. 3 hours learning about the birds and then taking Harris Hawks on a woodland walk.

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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #1531 on: November 9, 2019, 12:52:19 PM »
I'm getting a half day Falconry experience for Christmas. 3 hours learning about the birds and then taking Harris Hawks on a woodland walk.

I did a falconry course in Northwich once, one of the best experiences of my life being that close to the birds. I will never forget the last one an absolutely huge bird it was. They told us, don't worry about her she doesn't tend to stay on your arm that long! Well of course I come to my turn and then she proceeds to go to sleep on my arm, she was so bloody heavy that my arm almost gave way and then she took the hint. But it was a great experience. You will love it.  :D

Just seen a large flock of Fieldfares flying over.

It's that time of year again, they can't have long arrived from Scandinavia and points north east to overwinter here.

Love Fieldfares and Redwings a sure sign Winter has arrived.
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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #1532 on: November 9, 2019, 01:57:16 PM »
I did a falconry course in Northwich once, one of the best experiences of my life being that close to the birds. I will never forget the last one an absolutely huge bird it was. They told us, don't worry about her she doesn't tend to stay on your arm that long! Well of course I come to my turn and then she proceeds to go to sleep on my arm, she was so bloody heavy that my arm almost gave way and then she took the hint. But it was a great experience. You will love it.  :D

Love Fieldfares and Redwings a sure sign Winter has arrived.

I read that as Norwich and got very excited about it being the owl sanctuary Alan Partridge visited.

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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #1533 on: November 9, 2019, 02:06:26 PM »
I did a falconry course in Northwich once, one of the best experiences of my life being that close to the birds. I will never forget the last one an absolutely huge bird it was. They told us, don't worry about her she doesn't tend to stay on your arm that long! Well of course I come to my turn and then she proceeds to go to sleep on my arm, she was so bloody heavy that my arm almost gave way and then she took the hint. But it was a great experience. You will love it.  :D

Love Fieldfares and Redwings a sure sign Winter has arrived.

Lol, typical that the bird did the total opposite of what they said it would do ;D

I'm seriously looking at getting a Hawk at some point, which is why I asked for this as a present. It's in Knutsford this one.

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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #1534 on: November 9, 2019, 02:27:12 PM »
Lol, typical that the bird did the total opposite of what they said it would do ;D

I'm seriously looking at getting a Hawk at some point, which is why I asked for this as a present. It's in Knutsford this one.

Is that in Tatton Park Rob?

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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #1535 on: November 9, 2019, 02:30:19 PM »
I'm getting a half day Falconry experience for Christmas. 3 hours learning about the birds and then taking Harris Hawks on a woodland walk.

Sounds brilliant. I look forward to hearing all about that.

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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #1536 on: November 9, 2019, 02:42:01 PM »
Is that in Tatton Park Rob?

Gauntlet Birds of Prey, its just around the corner from Tatton Park.  I've just seen a full day experience where you fly an Eagle, dropped a subtle hint to the missus  :D

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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #1537 on: November 9, 2019, 03:09:23 PM »
I read that as Norwich and got very excited about it being the owl sanctuary Alan Partridge visited.

Geography not your expert subject, hey!  ;)
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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #1538 on: November 9, 2019, 03:18:07 PM »
Lol, typical that the bird did the total opposite of what they said it would do ;D

I'm seriously looking at getting a Hawk at some point, which is why I asked for this as a present. It's in Knutsford this one.

Getting a Hawk of your own would be awesome. We went to a country show at Whaley Bridge not so long ago and there was a wonderful Bird of Prey display. It was a really windy day, so the birds were taking a hammering in the air. But you really got to see their incredible acceleration and speed, they kept coming really low over the crowd and we were having to take evasive action! But you see the full ability of control and power these birds possess to their maximum.
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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #1539 on: November 9, 2019, 03:56:50 PM »
Getting a Hawk of your own would be awesome. We went to a country show at Whaley Bridge not so long ago and there was a wonderful Bird of Prey display. It was a really windy day, so the birds were taking a hammering in the air. But you really got to see their incredible acceleration and speed, they kept coming really low over the crowd and we were having to take evasive action! But you see the full ability of control and power these birds possess to their maximum.

It is something I wish I had done years ago.

I've had an Eagle and a Falcon on my arm and had a desert eagle owl fly to my arm, so really looking forward to doing this.

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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #1540 on: November 9, 2019, 05:28:24 PM »
Done a full day experience down in Sussex couple of years ago at a place called Herstmonceux Castle. Fantastic day. The guy in charge takes you out walking through the woods with many different birds. Harris Hawk, Kites, Barn owl and a Vulture the ones I remember. You have them on your own glove and basically they fly off and come back on the trainers call. He tried to scare some rabbits out of shrub for the hawk to catch but couldn’t disturb any.

The owl would do a short flight and come and land on your shoulder or head.

The pair of kites would soar up till they were just a dot in the sky then come swooping down to take a morsel of chicken off your glove. Amazing day. Something I’d always wanted to do since being fascinated by kestrels as a kid in north Liverpool.
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Re: Bird watch
« Reply #1541 on: November 9, 2019, 05:39:27 PM »
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Kestrels hunting in the farmers fields we played in next to Tower Hill was what got me into birds of prey.