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   Old Thread  #70 19 Jul 2020 at 4.18pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Not sure mate, believe they come from the alps???, 100s of birdwatchers all over the roads with their spotting scopes and binoculars. Certainly drawn a lot of interest though. Was around this area most of the day it was there just circling

I wonder if they take sheep though because there are thousands all over the moors
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   Old Thread  #69 19 Jul 2020 at 10.08am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Nice one
Wonder why it's staying around?
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   Old Thread  #68 19 Jul 2020 at 9.35am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Just seen it mate, on my way to the peak district, it's over ladybower reservior. Birdies everywhere!

Buzzard near it, looks like a sparrow lol

Like a pair of wings with a body, massive

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   Old Thread  #67 13 Jul 2020 at 10.46am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
A Bearded Vulture roosting in the Peak District National Park Derbyshire apparently! 10ft wingspan, bigger than a Golden Eagle, must be an impressive sight
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   Old Thread  #66 5 Jul 2020 at 9.48am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Well, finally here, swallows this morning, brilliant

In numbers too
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   Old Thread  #65 27 Jun 2020 at 8.37pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Just been chucking my spinner out for trout in my local brook /river , seen loads of birds , yellow and white wagtails , dippers and a kingfisher landed within 10 foot before it spotted me an shot off ! also looks like the trout stock are rising as i caught quite a lot !
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   Old Thread  #64 23 Jun 2020 at 6.25am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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They are impressive but that call isn't something you want to wake up too

Bit more hopeful now, mummy and daddy peregrine were eating a nice parakeet breakfast in the pylon when mummy flew off in answer to a distant call.

Edit, at least 4 in the group, possibly 5
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   Old Thread  #63 17 Jun 2020 at 3.49pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Didn't realise that sort of thing was still rife
Must be an impressive sight
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   Old Thread  #62 17 Jun 2020 at 3.47pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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A lot of eggs have been pinched too elsewhere in the country. Its normally around this time of year I start seeing them with chicks diving off a pylon
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   Old Thread  #61 17 Jun 2020 at 3.04pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Doesn't look great. There's been licences given to remove a small number of Peregrine chicks for Falconry, maybe that's the reason but unlikely
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   Old Thread  #60 17 Jun 2020 at 10.17am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I was watching the adult pair of peregrines this morning with no young ones present, is this a bad sign? In previous years I haven't seen both until they have the chicks with them
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   Old Thread  #59 14 Jun 2020 at 7.44pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I was out yesterday for a quiet day session feeder fishing for anything.

Loads of little swallows / swifts - not sure which - were swooping down and taking flies off the water. They were ace and definitely more successful than I was all afternoon!
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   Old Thread  #58 14 Jun 2020 at 7.37pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I've seen a couple of groups of Swallow's last few days. Don't know if they've arrived too late to breed though. I believe they come all the way up from South Africa so not surprised they get delayed sometimes!
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   Old Thread  #57 12 Jun 2020 at 8.27pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Last Springwatch

I have spent quite a lot of time watching grebes over the years. Anybody see the discussions about their eggs being able to cope with water? Fascinating really

Brilliant programme with some stunning photography

Lolo Williams like already mentioned, brilliant. Hope he gets the leading role

I like Gordon B too
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   Old Thread  #56 11 Jun 2020 at 5.22pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Cats have a massive impact, thereís a few near me, not to mention ****ting in the garden

Lot of fledglings around me, big family of thrushes, absolutely hammering the snails in garden!

Collard doves, Goldfinches, blackbirds, blue tits and even the sparrows are making a comeback and have all fledged. Saying that, I do get the odd sparrow hawk, bang, cloud of feathers, gone

No sign of any swallows though around me as yet, guess itís not going to happen?

I put some new feeders up this year, they have hammered the seed up to late
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   Old Thread  #55 11 Jun 2020 at 11.11am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Ive got a few feeders dotted about the garden, niger seed feeders are great for the Gold Finches as the squirrels leave them alone, ive got standard seed feeders and suet ball feeders as well they occasionally get pestered by all sorts, Starlings, green Parakeets and clever pidgeons even and squirrels but i'm not too bothered, they all have to survive as long as they all get their share its a pleasure to watch the wildlife, theyre all kept well away from the bird house
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   Old Thread  #54 10 Jun 2020 at 11.28pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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If you like the small bird's try a couple of small feeder's attached to a spindly branch that can just about hold the weight

It's incredible the change in bird numbers and species in the last couple of decades.
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   Old Thread  #53 10 Jun 2020 at 10.20pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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yeah true, it would make it easier for predators i guess, whenever I used to watch the Tits coming and going they always used it before hopping through the hole, I have placed the box on its own and not near any high bushes apart from a small lilac tree that they also used a lot to hop onto before they would go in the box but I made sure I never put any feeders near it, like I say its pristine and clean now so hopefully next year, got to do all we can for the little birds, i do get a lot of Gold finches feeding as well, love them
Its funny but when I was a kid in East London, Sparrows were almost as common as pidgeons back then, i'm talking fifty years ago, nowadays even little Sparrows are quite rare, in the suburbs at least, but all little birds had a bad time of it through the advent of pesticides being used more and more in farming, thankfully some have recovered in recent years with a lot more knowledge now
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   Old Thread  #52 10 Jun 2020 at 9.52pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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See what you mean

Wouldn't put a standing peg on the outside, other unwanted bird's can use it for predation mate.
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   Old Thread  #51 10 Jun 2020 at 9.38pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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No,the few eggs ive found in there over the years have been the odd one or two that just haven't hatched, I think the problem was like I said the box had gotten tatty and it was crammed full of nesting material, I fitted a small perch at the entrance hole and another one inside through the middle of the box to make it easier for them to hop in and out, probably not necessary when I see films of them on programmes like Springwatch they never have anything like that but it never seemed to do any harm, I still see Blue Tits about in the garden, I have an old gnarly apple tree that they seem to like, I think there are lots of bugs on it and they go for the fresh buds as well, lots of gardens near me and ive seen them coming and going bringing meal worm probably from a neighbours garden, I put feeders out with it in, a long way away from the nest as they say you shouldn't site a bird box too near a food source or they wont use it, anyway the Starlings muller it in no time, the meal worm that is
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   Old Thread  #50 10 Jun 2020 at 9.30pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Sounds like there's not enough food around after the bird's have laid eggs and are abandoning the nest mate.
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   Old Thread  #49 10 Jun 2020 at 9.30pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I think that's why they lay so many eggs, up to ten because the survival rate is low, cats are a big problem in urban areas for fledging birds as they often cant fly straight away and drop to the ground, in all the years I had them nesting ive never seen them fledge , would love to see that, ive often seen both parents coming and going with food and been close to the box and heard them squeaking, probably thinking I was an arriving parent with food!
I was thinking of putting a camera in there but decided not to bother and leave them to it
Great to hear you had them nesting this year Spanker
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   Old Thread  #48 10 Jun 2020 at 9.25pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
The blue tit's have fledged the "lockdown box " i built for them , they just have to avoid being eaten by the numerous cat's that hunt in my garden , is this what catapults were made for ?
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   Old Thread  #47 10 Jun 2020 at 9.24pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Ive got to say I was a bit sad to see that one of the Blue Tits succumbed, only two fledged. I built a bird house a good few years ago now and actually managed to get Blue Tits nesting there for a few years running, ive opened it up a couple of times over the years and found unhatched eggs in there occasionally, anyway this year it was looking a bit tatty and its the second year I haven't seen the Tits return, i'm told they usually come back and use the same nest often, so I opened it up and there was so much nesting material there was barely any space for a bird to fly into, loads of moss but some unnatural material like some form of plastic strands which is a bit sad, I would have thought the Tits would be able to tell the difference, there wasn't a lot of it but mainly moss and some unhatched eggs again, anyway ive given it a complete makeover, new roof etc...fingers crossed I get them back next year
Door mice on Springwatch tonite,, now that's got to be the cutest little creature there is
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   Old Thread  #46 10 Jun 2020 at 8.30pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Agree Lolo Williams is a natural wildlife presenter, lovely part of the world where he is
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   Old Thread  #45 10 Jun 2020 at 8.28pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Spotted half a dozen Swallow's skimming fields around Holmes Chapel
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   Old Thread  #44 7 Jun 2020 at 7.58pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Similar to me mate. I am fortunate that I have quite a bit of nice countryside on my doorstep. I have also seen a bit but when we are in full bloom here and everything is green it takes some serious beating for me, stunning
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   Old Thread  #43 7 Jun 2020 at 10.06am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Probably one of the only plus sides to this nasty virus going forward is the amount of people who might holiday at home rather than fly abroad and realise what an amazingly beautiful country we live in, ive travelled the world extensively and been to some beautiful countries, lived in NZ for a while which is stunning and very easy to get about with very little traffic, the only downside here is we are over populated so its not much of a pleasure sitting in your car to get from one place to another....worth it when you get there though
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   Old Thread  #42 7 Jun 2020 at 6.40am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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   Old Thread  #41 6 Jun 2020 at 11.21pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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You have been out dogging again haven't you
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Saw a barn owl today on my moorland walk what a majestic bird !

and i was eaten by pesky little bastar* midges , happy to see them back in numbers this year !
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   Old Thread  #39 6 Jun 2020 at 7.15pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thereís not much compares to the British countryside for me when itís all green as it is now, all the wildlife is active, couple this with fishing a nice lake, takes some beating for me, stunning
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   Old Thread  #38 6 Jun 2020 at 2.35pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
See quite a few bats round my way, that ticking sound they make used to drive me nuts but I'd pay to be able to hear it now
Robins and parakeets are the main birds I hear in the garden, do get some great tits goldfinches sparrows and thrushes too.
Woodpeckers and barn owls can be heard but rarely seen, and peregrines and sparrowhawks are pretty regularly spotted. Not bad considering I'm in London.

Talking on the phone to my Mrs the other day, a sparrowhawk did its thing flying behind the fence and looped over to snatch something at the feeder, scared the sh1t out of her
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   Old Thread  #37 6 Jun 2020 at 2.07pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I have to say I think Lolo Williams is brilliant and so knowledgeable, that area the Mid Wales Marches looks stunning and worth a visit, it looks a lot less spoilt than parts of north and south Wales, but lets face it they all live in or near stunning scenery. I agree about it appearing to be more relaxed and the part about the Knepps Estate in Sussex was amazing, i'd never even heard of the place, lets hope it doesn't get over run but I think you have to book any visits, its certainly tucked away
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   Old Thread  #36 6 Jun 2020 at 9.58am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Sat fishing myself now, me and la mutt and not many others near me, and relax, bliss
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   Old Thread  #35 6 Jun 2020 at 9.05am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
"Whatís the live version Keebs, did you go fishing?"

24 hours of quiet bliss - surprised it's not more popular to be honest
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   Old Thread  #34 6 Jun 2020 at 6.28am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Missed it last night, bugger

Whatís the live version Keebs, did you go fishing?

I went last night, got to the lake, packed out, had a walk round, came home, far too busy for my liking

I know Packham is like marmite, I can tolerate him. I like the other presenters though

The quality of filming and photography is immense these days in HD. Brings nature right into my living room. Love it.
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   Old Thread  #33 5 Jun 2020 at 9.07pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Live version yesterday
Brolly absolutely covered in damsels and sedges, even had a dragonfly emerge on there!
Knew I should have taken the macro camera
Loads of House Martins and Swifts, but no Swallows.
Sparrowhawk, Egyptian Goslings, Jays, Buzzards, Willow Warbler right next to me all day. Loads of good stuff.


I think I prefer the new slower pace of this Springwatch to be honest, feels like there's less pieces but they're longer.
Not hopping all over the place trying to cram loads in.
Packham seems more relaxed with less people around him as well.

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Spring-watch anybody?

Birds galore and some brilliant filming and photography again, superb
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   Old Thread  #30 4 Jun 2020 at 8.24pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Think of it this way the Spuds haven't lost a game in months
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   Old Thread  #28 4 Jun 2020 at 8.04pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Yes Iím back, never been away but a bit lost without the footy.

Regarding the red kites, they were reintroduced a few years back around the A40 area and have really established themselves, fantastic to see some have managed to come further south, about 5 years ago I was working in a place called Princes Risborough and every day there would be a dozen or do gliding over our site, apparently the surrounding households use to feed them
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   Old Thread  #27 4 Jun 2020 at 7.35pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Amazing birds red kites. Their wing span is so wide. When they fly over you low, quite impressive for me if Iím honest. Just think yourself lucky your not a rabbit, not a chance!

Once fishing and a bittern came from behind and flew about 5 meters above my brolly, absolutely **** myself, thought it was a Pterodactyl
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   Old Thread  #26 4 Jun 2020 at 7.14pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I've only ever seen a few Kites when I dangled on a few waters on the Shrops/Welsh border. Great bird's to watch raptors. Did see a few mistle thrushes late April, can't recall seeing or hearing a song thrush
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Alright Jim you're still with us then
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never mind the birds - it's good to see the return of the large billed JimmyAd to these shores....

hope you are well fella
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Down here in East Sussex, we are seeing Robins a lot more than usual, also sparrows seem to be doing better than previous years, and Buzzards are well established, magnificent birds, Iíve even seen red kites, good to see theyíve spread out down here from Oxford way. 👍....sadly I canít remember the last time I saw a thrush or heard a cuckoo
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No mate, sadly it is what people have been reporting in, which even more sadly is, I suspect the truth
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Only caught the last half hour on the Knepp project. Did they give a reason for the lack Swallow's mate.
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On again now mate.

Sad times, echos what people are saying about the swallows in this thread, but an increase in Martins?

Nice time of year to get out with a camera mate as well as the rods
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Watched it on catch-up.

Love the leucistic Badger.
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Did a bit on Scotland last night, the filming was absolutely stunning, just like being there, crystal clear, looked amazing
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Bugger - hardly ever watch the telly so didn't know it was on!
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Fascinating creature Keebs. They can manoeuvre.

Use to throw tiny stones into the air, they catch them and drop them
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   Old Thread  #15 2 Jun 2020 at 8.21pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Anybody watching Springwatch. Absolutely stunning picture in HD!

One of my favourite programs
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   Old Thread  #14 2 Jun 2020 at 5.39pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I really hope that the tiger mosquito doesn't manage to make it across the channel from France , pesky little bas****s
far worse than the normal mozzy's and they feed all day long !
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   Old Thread  #13 2 Jun 2020 at 5.35pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thinking about it I haven't heard a cuckoo this spring either. They come up from the Congo around the same time as Swift's, Swallow's etc that are coming from a similar direction
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We were discussing bats when we had a bbq last weekend and how few there were
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Love watching the bats.

Keep meaning to get one of those detectors to ID them from the calls, I know I have at least two different types by size, but can't see beyond that.
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   Old Thread  #10 2 Jun 2020 at 4.43pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Sounds like the swallow situation is quite common then sadly?

Interesting about midges. I have bats in my garden too, quite like them, they can catch midges!
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I have always been interested in our birds since being a kid , i live on the outskirts of Bolton close to the moors , last year was a strange one , maybe due to the heatwave , not sure , i was down at the cricket club watching a game , which went late into the evening when i noticed that we were not being eaten by midges , same for the remaining matches , usually you have a swarm around you at that time of year and everyone would be passing round the midge cream , must of had an effect on the birds that depend on them

this year i have not seen one swallow in my neighborhood , as a child the sky would be full of them

House martins , hardly any

Swift's quite a few , nowhere near the amount from years ago .

As i mentioned before , last weekend i saw a peregrine nest with 2 chick's in , last years brood was stolen , probably to order , i also saw a stonechat

When i'm in France i often listen to the golden oriels ,they come to the edge of the forest close to me , the male has an incredible call the absolute opposite of the females screech !
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Love my wildlife

Funny one like you say, I have only seen small amounts of swallows and none around my house and like you say, when I have seen them they seem to be down in numbers, sad really. Now weather itís climate change or people are shooting them, once read an article in a newspaper and they are fair game for the pot in foreign countries, why is beyond me, but hey ho. Hopefully there may be still time? Saying that itís out warmest spring for a long time.

Small flock of greenfinch passed through this morning which is nice to see

Sat here this morning, garden is nice and green and the gardens full of wildlife, love this time of year
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   Old Thread  #7 1 Jun 2020 at 10.31pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Plenty of swallows around Hanley,just got find them and have twenty quid on you
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Mobbing it's called - it's amazing how feisty some of them get.
The fuss alerts all the other birds of the predators presence.
Funnily enough when the cry goes up - none of them yell "Fake news!"


Watched two Blue Tits chase off a Buzzard before.
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   Old Thread  #5 1 Jun 2020 at 10.04pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Weíve got a few down here drinking at my pond. Possible slightly down in numbers but not significantly.
However one less now, the hawk caught one as it came in to drink.
Surprising to see a swallow attacking a hawk as it perched on the fence holding itís kill.
Probably itís mate or youngster, sad but thats nature I guess.
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All normal round here - saw loads of Swallows this afternoon down the river.
Up to a dozen Swifts over the house most evenings too.


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Good to hear there's Swift's where you are
Always been plenty of Sand Martin's, less house though around my part of Cheshire. Hopefully they've stopped off somewhere.
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Good question, hardly seen any swallows

Loads of swifts on a couple of waters near me, always there, every year, can virtually touch them when they are on the bugs, all over the place. Really nice to see

Last time I say a Martin was in Scotland around 3 years ago now!

Strange one, climate change?
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Where's all the Martins, Swift's and Swallow's? I spotted a few Martin's around Knutsford mid April, 2 Swift's around Daresbury mid May and no Swallow's at all
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