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#201 Red Willow

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Posted 03 August 2014 - 02:34 PM

We put out sunflower and nyger  seeds for the finches and have loads of goldfinches plus a couple of Bullfinches . We have the usual green and chaffinches as well. a small fledgling gold finch flew into my kitchen window and knocked it's self silly. Husband picked it up and put it somewhere safe under the blueberry bush tiny little thing but very nice.



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Posted 03 August 2014 - 05:54 PM

Goldfinches seem t have grown in number in recent years, maybe because of more people putting out sunflower seeds, nyger seeds etc. I see them in large numbers in my garden and out and about, right up to the moorland edges. Cracking looking birds.

first time i have seen a goldfinch in my area standish wigan, plenty other finches though, i thought we were a bit to far north for goldfinches?


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#203 Ullman

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Posted 04 August 2014 - 12:10 PM

We put out sunflower and nyger  seeds for the finches and have loads of goldfinches plus a couple of Bullfinches . We have the usual green and chaffinches as well. a small fledgling gold finch flew into my kitchen window and knocked it's self silly. Husband picked it up and put it somewhere safe under the blueberry bush tiny little thing but very nice.

Seen a couple of bullfinches near Melbourne on the Hull to York back road recently. They really are striking looking creatures.

 

Seen (and heard) a lot of yellowhammers recently. Apparently they're a rare sight in some parts of the country but they're commonplace in the East Yorkshire countryside.


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Posted 04 August 2014 - 12:50 PM

first time i have seen a goldfinch in my area standish wigan, plenty other finches though, i thought we were a bit to far north for goldfinches?

 

Missus, they are resident a lot further north than Standish right up to the north of Scotland. They are not resident in N West Scotland though.



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Posted 04 August 2014 - 12:53 PM

Seen a couple of bullfinches near Melbourne on the Hull to York back road recently. They really are striking looking creatures.

 

Seen (and heard) a lot of yellowhammers recently. Apparently they're a rare sight in some parts of the country but they're commonplace in the East Yorkshire countryside.

 

Aye the bullies are attractive birds.

 

Yellowhammers are in serious decline in much of the country, which is partly attributable to the grubbing out of hedgerows and bushes in the past and also changes in farming practices. There's only a few of them in Calderdale now.



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Posted 16 August 2014 - 10:34 PM

Coming back from Featherstone today on the coach ( wish I'd never gone!)
I saw a hare in a field.
I don't think I've ever seen one before.
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Posted 25 August 2014 - 01:41 PM

Sparrowhawk in Coniston this morning (that's the Coniston on the Hull to Bridlington road, not the one in the Lake District).


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Posted 25 August 2014 - 01:44 PM

just before nightfall I was out with the dogs yesterday, and a heron flew over. Not that rare, but against the setting sun it was stunningly graceful.


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#209 Red Willow

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Posted 25 August 2014 - 04:31 PM

We have a small bird of prey hanging round the garden, think it may be  a merlin



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Posted 25 August 2014 - 06:32 PM

just before nightfall I was out with the dogs yesterday, and a heron flew over. Not that rare, but against the setting sun it was stunningly graceful.


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Posted 26 August 2014 - 07:06 AM

Coming back from Featherstone today on the coach ( wish I'd never gone!)
I saw a hare in a field.
I don't think I've ever seen one before.
Sure sign I'm a townee?


We used to have a large number of brown hares round here, but that was probably because the Waterloo Cup was held in the area. Since the ban on hare coursing I've only seen the odd one. Sad really; watching them box in the spring was always enjoyable.
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Posted 15 September 2014 - 09:33 AM

Walking to the dentist this morning from home a red squirrel ran out in front of me and over a garden wall. A very good sign to see one so far from the nature reserve as it's only a few years since we thought we were going to lose the whole colony to squirrel pox.
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#213 Larry the Leit

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Posted 15 September 2014 - 10:32 AM

We used to have a large number of brown hares round here, but that was probably because the Waterloo Cup was held in the area. Since the ban on hare coursing I've only seen the odd one. Sad really; watching them box in the spring was always enjoyable.

 

I don't really understand your point here, why would the presence of the Waterloo Cup lead to a large number of Hares?

 

For anyone travelling as a passenger by motorway, hares and deers are a really easy spot from the M40 and the M5.  Once you see a few, and get used to looking for them, then you'll see them all the time.


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#214 Griff9of13

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Posted 15 September 2014 - 10:44 AM

I don't really understand your point here, why would the presence of the Waterloo Cup lead to a large number of Hares?

For anyone travelling as a passenger by motorway, hares and deers are a really easy spot from the M40 and the M5. Once you see a few, and get used to looking for them, then you'll see them all the time.


Because they were looked after and encouraged to breed and flourish by the gamekeepers. Since the demise of the Waterloo Cup the local farmers have undertaken a programme of pest control reducing their numbers dramatically.
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#215 Larry the Leit

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Posted 15 September 2014 - 10:50 AM

Because they were looked after and encouraged to breed and flourish by the gamekeepers. Since the demise of the Waterloo Cup the local farmers have undertaken a programme of pest control reducing their numbers dramatically.

 

Farmers are just ace.  So when they could gamble they weren't a pest, now that they cannot they are.  Lovely people.


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#216 Griff9of13

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Posted 15 September 2014 - 11:02 AM

Farmers are just ace. So when they could gamble they weren't a pest, now that they cannot they are. Lovely people.


I believe they received "compensation" from the landowners (Lord Derby for example), but yes your point stands. I have seen one or two in recent months so maybe they are staging a comeback. I hope so.
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Posted 15 September 2014 - 10:06 PM

It is estimated that the hare population has declined by c80% in the last hundred years.

 

Sightings of hares can be reported to the Hare Preservation Trust :-

http://www.hare-pres...uk/sighting.php

 

Lamping to kill hares is still, unfortunately, far from eradicated.

 

Hares are magnificent creatures and are the subject of many myths and folk tales about their powers. 'The Leaping Hare' by George Ewart Evans is well worth a read.



#218 Wolford6

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Posted 15 September 2014 - 10:55 PM

I know someone  who goes hare coursing in Scotland with half a dozen mates. The police look the other way if they see them.


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#219 Larry the Leit

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Posted 16 September 2014 - 02:38 AM

It is estimated that the hare population has declined by c80% in the last hundred years.

Sightings of hares can be reported to the Hare Preservation Trust :-
http://www.hare-pres...uk/sighting.php

Lamping to kill hares is still, unfortunately, far from eradicated.


Thanks, I had a good read and will print off a few of those and leave in the car. I'd guess the reduction in numbers is down to habitat change.

I saw one close up two weeks ago whilst cycling, one ran out of a field into the lane I was on and ran up the lane in front of me for about 40 yards until there was another gap where it went back into the field. I was doing over 20 mph, and I didn't make any ground up on it.

As for lamping, I struggle to understand the motives of people who kill for fun.
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#220 Wolford6

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Posted 16 September 2014 - 06:35 AM

I struggle to understand the motives of people who kill for fun.

 

Most only kill as many as they want to eat.

 

 

Most coursers do it primarily as a sport for, and with, their dogs.


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