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#281 Ullman

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Posted 07 March 2015 - 03:19 PM

Skylarks singing their heads off today.

 

A sure sign of spring


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Posted 07 March 2015 - 03:40 PM

Hitching a ride.

 

This has received quite a bit of coverage.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31711446

 

Well done to the photographer for capturing this.

 

Cracking stuff.



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Posted 07 March 2015 - 03:42 PM

Skylarks singing their heads off today.

 

A sure sign of spring

 

That really is one of the sounds of spring along with the calls of the curlews, lapwings etc as they return to their breeding grounds.

 

Ullers, in what habitat/terrain did you see the skylarks?



#284 Futtocks

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Posted 07 March 2015 - 05:33 PM

Hitching a ride.

 

This has received quite a bit of coverage.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31711446

 

Well done to the photographer for capturing this.

 

Cracking stuff.

Wow!


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#285 Old Frightful

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Posted 07 March 2015 - 06:25 PM

That photo is absolutely extraordinary.


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#286 scrumblebee

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Posted 08 March 2015 - 05:12 AM

Hitching a ride.
 
This has received quite a bit of coverage.
 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31711446
 
Well done to the photographer for capturing this.
 
Cracking stuff.


Amazing. What I can't understand is how they didn't just attack each other when they got in close proximity of one another, given how nature usually works. It's almost as if they agreed a fare beforehand.

#287 Trojan

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Posted 08 March 2015 - 10:27 AM

I saw my first bee of 2015 yesterday. It was on the ground seemingly unable to take off.  There was a programme on R4 about the life cycle of bumble bees last year.  Apparently the queens hibernate and emerge at this time of year to found new colonies.  It said if you find one struggling on the ground give it some sugar and water in a teaspoon and it will revive.  It works! :)


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#288 Johnoco

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Posted 08 March 2015 - 11:20 AM

Had some blackbirds hopping up close to the house (to feed) for a while now but a pair of thrushes have appeared and seem to be trying to boss the blackbirds off from the food we put out for them. Cheeky sods they are.
Goldfinches are going through the nyger seed like no ones business lately but are stunning.

#289 Ullman

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Posted 08 March 2015 - 12:24 PM

That really is one of the sounds of spring along with the calls of the curlews, lapwings etc as they return to their breeding grounds.

 

Ullers, in what habitat/terrain did you see the skylarks?

In the farmland around the pretty village of North Newbald, about 15 miles north west of Hull in the southern Yorkshire Wolds.

 

First one I heard was at Wrangmandale Wold. Lapwings are a common sight around the Newbald area too.


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#290 John Rhino

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Posted 08 March 2015 - 05:47 PM

Frogs arrived in the pond on March 1st, the earliest since we built it four years ago.

 

Only just had the time to go out and watch. You have to site quietly for at least 15 minutes but eventually they all pop their heads out and start singing.

 

This was taken from a window as they are rather camera shy!

 

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Posted 11 March 2015 - 03:38 PM

Frogs arrived in the pond on March 1st, the earliest since we built it four years ago.

 

Only just had the time to go out and watch. You have to site quietly for at least 15 minutes but eventually they all pop their heads out and start singing.

 

This was taken from a window as they are rather camera shy!

 

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It's a good sight when the water in a pond, etc almost seems to be boiling with frogs.



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Posted 11 March 2015 - 03:42 PM

And here's another bit of weasel action. 

 

http://www.birdforum...ad.php?t=300743

 

The weasel in these photos ended up a gonner.

 

I once saw a heron pick up a weasel towards its tail in its beak. The weasel managed to stretch round and bite the heron on the underside of its beak. It dropped the weasel pretty damn quick.



#293 Farmduck

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Posted 11 March 2015 - 05:42 PM

Reading this thread I realise how lucky I am, mainly to live in a warm temperate climate. (and on the fringe of built-up area.) I see about half of these nearly every week:  http://www.liverpool...photo-guide.pdf



#294 Ullman

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Posted 22 March 2015 - 11:39 AM

Saw a red kite near Lund yesterday. It was quite low down over the road so I got a really good view. It was heading north as I was heading south. We were both enjoying the free ride from the strong wind.


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Posted 24 March 2015 - 11:03 AM

I saw a sea eagle in Fife last week :)  Bloody huge animal!


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#296 Wolford6

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Posted 24 March 2015 - 11:10 AM

Saw a red kite near Lund yesterday. It was quite low down over the road so I got a really good view. It was heading north as I was heading south. We were both enjoying the free ride from the strong wind.

 

Was the wind simultaneouly blowing in opposite directions?


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#297 Ullman

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Posted 24 March 2015 - 06:03 PM

Was the wind simultaneouly blowing in opposite directions?

Well I did have a few beers the night before.


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Posted 23 April 2015 - 02:25 PM

Plenty of summer migrants such as swallows, willow warblers, blackcaps, chiff chaffs, in the country now. It's a good time to spot warblers before the leaves are out on all the trees. Mugging up on the various warbler songs helps too.






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