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#241 Futtocks

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Posted 28 September 2014 - 06:35 PM

Still classier than Jeremy Kyle...


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Posted 28 September 2014 - 07:23 PM

With the end of the hunting season round here the other week, a stag has decided to come down to the outskirts of the village and bellow in a splendidly defiant manner.  Scared the Bejaysus out of my puppy.

 

As did the he hawing of a pair of beveiled donkeys in the next field.


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#243 Larry the Leit

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Posted 28 September 2014 - 07:46 PM

It's a great spectacle, which a small proportion of our population have seen.

You probably know this, but the boxing is the females who are not ready to mate fighting off the males who are keen to copulate.


The males can be a bit rapey it would seem.
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#244 Leeds Wire

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Posted 28 September 2014 - 08:02 PM

LW what is the terrain/countryside around your house like?
 
It's unusual to get a ring ouzel in a garden, although I have heard of it happening.


I'm not a twitcher but I had a feeling that this was something very unusual.

I looked up the ring ouzel on t'internet and only then realised what I had witnessed. There is even a website for reporting sightings of this critically endangered highland bird, which I did. So what was he doing in north Leeds on a Sunday morning? Probably en route to Africa from Scotland and stopping off to refuel.

To answer your question, If you go to google maps and look up LS17 8DZ you will see exactly where we live. We are about a third of a mile from the northern edge of Leeds, where suburbia meets farmland, Eccup reservoir and the beautiful Harewood estate (red kite country).

Our garden is pretty big, with mature trees like rowan, silver birch and 100 ft beech hedge. We get a huge and diverse range of birds, but never something so unusual as this.

He was an aggressive so-and-so, attacking blackbirds on the grass and darting in and out of the trees and hedges frantically. He spent quite a while right in front of my kitchen window pulling worms up, occasionally jumping up into the rowan tree for the berries.

Only afterwards did I realise that I hadn't bothered to take a photo, which I am kicking myself for now.

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Posted 28 September 2014 - 09:13 PM

I'm not a twitcher but I had a feeling that this was something very unusual.

I looked up the ring ouzel on t'internet and only then realised what I had witnessed. There is even a website for reporting sightings of this critically endangered highland bird, which I did. So what was he doing in north Leeds on a Sunday morning? Probably en route to Africa from Scotland and stopping off to refuel.

To answer your question, If you go to google maps and look up LS17 8DZ you will see exactly where we live. We are about a third of a mile from the northern edge of Leeds, where suburbia meets farmland, Eccup reservoir and the beautiful Harewood estate (red kite country).

Our garden is pretty big, with mature trees like rowan, silver birch and 100 ft beech hedge. We get a huge and diverse range of birds, but never something so unusual as this.

He was an aggressive so-and-so, attacking blackbirds on the grass and darting in and out of the trees and hedges frantically. He spent quite a while right in front of my kitchen window pulling worms up, occasionally jumping up into the rowan tree for the berries.

Only afterwards did I realise that I hadn't bothered to take a photo, which I am kicking myself for now.

Mark

 

Living where you do, you are not far from areas where ring ouzels breed etc. They are a member of the thrush family and they are usually a bit smaller than blackbirds There are still numerous sightings of them in the uplands of the north of England, even though their numbers have declined significantly. They are shy birds usually and can be very difficult to spot when in their breeding areas. They tend to head towards the coast before their autumn migration south.

 

Another possibility, given your observations of the aggressive behaviour, is that you have seen a bird with leucisism in your garden, that is one that shows some white features where there would more normally be black/brown colouration. At this time of year birds from N Europe/Scandinavia migrate to this country to spend the autumn and winter here and they fly into the territories of established birds, with predictable conflict ensuing; this will include a number of birds with markings which are not conventional.

 

I hope the above is not too boring.

 

Anyway, let us know if said bird is around in the next few days.



#246 Leeds Wire

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Posted 29 September 2014 - 10:00 AM

 

Anyway, let us know if said bird is around in the next few days.

 

He's back this morning, darting in and out of the rowan tree to munch on the berries.

 

I got a really good view through my binoculars and he's definitely not leucistic, it's a textbook ring ouzel.

 

If only he'd stand still for a photo!



#247 Wolford6

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Posted 29 September 2014 - 10:04 AM

Not a single berry on my rowan bush this year.

 

I'm chopping my apple bushes down to the stumps ... over the last few years, they've got decimated by a progressive knobbly mange.


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Posted 29 September 2014 - 11:45 AM

Living where you do, you are not far from areas where ring ouzels breed etc. They are a member of the thrush family and they are usually a bit smaller than blackbirds There are still numerous sightings of them in the uplands of the north of England, even though their numbers have declined significantly. They are shy birds usually and can be very difficult to spot when in their breeding areas. They tend to head towards the coast before their autumn migration south.
 
Another possibility, given your observations of the aggressive behaviour, is that you have seen a bird with leucisism in your garden, that is one that shows some white features where there would more normally be black/brown colouration. At this time of year birds from N Europe/Scandinavia migrate to this country to spend the autumn and winter here and they fly into the territories of established birds, with predictable conflict ensuing; this will include a number of birds with markings which are not conventional.
 
I hope the above is not too boring.
 
Anyway, let us know if said bird is around in the next few days.


I had a "blackbird" with a big white patch on its head in my garden last year.
Does that mean it was a Ring Ouzel?
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#249 Ullman

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Posted 29 September 2014 - 12:26 PM

I had a "blackbird" with a big white patch on its head in my garden last year.
Does that mean it was a Ring Ouzel?

Nah, you often see blackbirds with white patches. It's known as leucism (as longboard refers to above).


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#250 Red Willow

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Posted 29 September 2014 - 05:44 PM

The squirrels in my garden are making some noise. I thought it was a Maggie, was shocked to see it was the squirrel



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Posted 29 September 2014 - 09:47 PM

He's back this morning, darting in and out of the rowan tree to munch on the berries.

 

I got a really good view through my binoculars and he's definitely not leucistic, it's a textbook ring ouzel.

 

If only he'd stand still for a photo!

 

Interesting.

Good luck with the photography.

 

http://www.ringouzel...toidentify.html






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