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dpack



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 23 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

i dont think it wants to nest in the bramble, there are better more secure bushes nearby, including ivy which is often a chosen site

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 23 8:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Ours tends to nest in the ivy too.

dpack



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 23 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

grin stirred the skies
gulls, pigeons, jackdaws, a couple of crows, there might have been ducks

assorted panics as grin was above them trying to cut one out from the various tribes and mixes

a few passes and then grin set off north with some in front as they went out of sight

dpack



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 23 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

edited for incompetence

Last edited by dpack on Thu Jan 26, 23 2:09 pm; edited 1 time in total

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 23 7:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Think that post went into the wrong place Dpack.

Back on wildlife, I was about half a dozen red kites the other day further south than I had seen them before but about 5 miles.

dpack



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dpack



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 23 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

under every rock etc my mistake

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 23 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    



Continuing with red kites; I was walking down to our local shops yesterday when a pair of kites gave me a wonderful flying display. There was a fairly brisk northerly wind, and one of them was sailing with the wind, then turning and staying virtually motionless stemming the wind. It soon drifted off north, but another one came very low and it was amazing to see how it was using its tail to make small adjustments to hold it and keep it going in one direction. Of course the ultimate at that is the kestrel that can keep its head absolutely still while hovering and moving it body.

dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 23 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

hand fed queenie, she gave flash a proper battering when he tried to eat with her rather than from her dropped crumbs

for a lady pigeon it was well savage, a pigeon fight around ones toes is wildlife observation or marital oops i mean martial arts tuition

tis a new behaviour i was not aware off, i thought the boys were the aggressive ones and the girls used other means to get what they want

dpack



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 23 6:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

local territories include blackbird, robin, the sparrows and a few small things that go peep etc

a lot less birds (numbers and varieties) and far further to any replies

at least there are some, how the next season/year develops will be interesting

having a huge estate is nice, but finding a mate may be more difficult than usual

dpack



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 23 7:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

bird watching is a tiny part of observing birds

the soundscape is very informative, not only about the birds but about whatever they can detect and need to mention

dpack



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 23 7:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Mistress Rose wrote:


Continuing with red kites; I was walking down to our local shops yesterday when a pair of kites gave me a wonderful flying display. There was a fairly brisk northerly wind, and one of them was sailing with the wind, then turning and staying virtually motionless stemming the wind. It soon drifted off north, but another one came very low and it was amazing to see how it was using its tail to make small adjustments to hold it and keep it going in one direction. Of course the ultimate at that is the kestrel that can keep its head absolutely still while hovering and moving it body.


kites are ace, northern vultures

first one i saw must have been very rare, c 1972 high in the Pennines

since the reintroduction efforts they have become the most noticeable avian "sanitation engineers" in the north after a few decades, i guess they have been taken/helped in the south as well

iirc there have been a few folk who have worked hard to get kites back into the ecosystem

in ye old york they were recorded for their sanitation work, they are rubbish hunters and rubbish hunter's

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 23 8:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

We saw one in Devon in the 1970s, but as you say, quite rare. They have been reintroduced in the south and some people feed them. There is one close to a friends house and there are loads there. They are becoming a lot more common round here, but buzzards are the most common still. I am pretty sure there are buzzards nesting and breeding in the woodland complex we are in, but not sure if the kites are.

As for other birds, not sure what is doing at the moment. I have seen most of the usual one around as I don't think they were affected here too badly last year. We have plenty of trees and greenery so more chance of surviving the dry hot weather.

dpack



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 23 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

re the event, it was rather dramatic and measured temps were awesome if a serious underestimate of how hot some hot spots were

anything in a roof void died
most things trying to save nestlings died
most if not all nestlings died
many died

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 23 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I was out in the woods working up some coppice on my own yesterday and watching and listening to birds. Saw some tits; think they were bluetits by the acrobatics, but a bit far to see. Also heard a blackbird, another tit, possibly great, and a woodpecker both drumming and tapping for food. A few bluebell leaves up, but they are late this year as they usually start between mid-December and mid-January. Some wild arum leaves up. Lovely in the sun.

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