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#141 ckn

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Posted 06 July 2011 - 07:58 PM

A beautiful male sparrowhawk swooped past me today and landed on the roof of the house at the bottom of our garden. He stood there for about 5 minutes, bold as brass.

Unfortunately, my camera is about 10 years old and utter bobbins. :(

Still, it was a pleasure to watch. This is the best I could do with my hopeless camera, despite only being about 30 metres away:

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We've had a kestrel sitting on our garden fence lately, every time I go to get some sort of camera it disappears :(

I can usually tell when it's near because all other noise outside from the little birds stops. Even shuts the magpies up

I should really keep the camera ready on my desk rather than putting it securely away in its padded bag...

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#142 Leeds Wire

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Posted 19 January 2012 - 10:14 AM

Where have all the birds gone? Seriously, all the varieties of #### and finches seem to have just disappeared.

All that is left are a couple of fat wood pigeons, a pair of blackbirds eating our manky old apples, one occasional robin and a fleeting visit from a solitary jay.

What's going on?

Edit T. I. T. S. is not a swear word!

Edited by Leeds Wire, 19 January 2012 - 10:15 AM.


#143 Ullman

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Posted 22 January 2012 - 05:38 PM

Where have all the birds gone? Seriously, all the varieties of #### and finches seem to have just disappeared.

All that is left are a couple of fat wood pigeons, a pair of blackbirds eating our manky old apples, one occasional robin and a fleeting visit from a solitary jay.

What's going on?

Edit T. I. T. S. is not a swear word!

Is that in your garden? I've seen loads of blue t i t s and great t i t s and some fair sized flocks of goldfinches out in the country.

A week or two back I saw a huge flock of fieldfares at Wrangmandale Wold and one of the biggest flocks of lapwings I've ever seen.

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#144 Trojan

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Posted 22 January 2012 - 05:49 PM

Where have all the birds gone? Seriously, all the varieties of #### and finches seem to have just disappeared.

All that is left are a couple of fat wood pigeons, a pair of blackbirds eating our manky old apples, one occasional robin and a fleeting visit from a solitary jay.

What's going on?

Edit T. I. T. S. is not a swear word!



It's the mild winter keeping them in the country according to this
http://www.guardian....ens-rspb-winter
I know that on New Years Day, the bird table at my daughters near Stonehenge was swarming with chaffinches, bluetits, coaltits and starlings.
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#145 Leeds Wire

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 11:05 AM

Is that in your garden? I've seen loads of blue t i t s and great t i t s and some fair sized flocks of goldfinches out in the country.

A week or two back I saw a huge flock of fieldfares at Wrangmandale Wold and one of the biggest flocks of lapwings I've ever seen.


Yes, sorry, I meant in my garden.

I wonder if the spread of red kites is scaring them away. The kites are now regularly hovering only about 20 metres above all the gardens around here - I know they don't usually go for live prey but the garden birds probably don't know that!


edit - thanks Trojan, that would explain it

Edited by Leeds Wire, 23 January 2012 - 11:06 AM.


#146 Red Willow

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 07:31 PM

My garden has had all the usual vistors, long tailed ####, gold finches, and a solo woodpecker

We feed them all year wonder if that makes a difference.

#147 Trojan

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 11:03 PM

Yes, sorry, I meant in my garden.

I wonder if the spread of red kites is scaring them away. The kites are now regularly hovering only about 20 metres above all the gardens around here - I know they don't usually go for live prey but the garden birds probably don't know that!


edit - thanks Trojan, that would explain it



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#148 Wolford6

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 11:59 PM

I wonder if the spread of red kites is scaring them away ... I know they don't usually go for live prey but the garden birds probably don't know that!



Oh yes they do. Ignore all that guff the RSPB says about them taking rabbits and so forth. Their easiest meal is a knackered racing pigeon that's just flown 100 miles on its way home.
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#149 Leeds Wire

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 04:20 PM

I was, ahem, working hard in my study at home this aft, looked out of the window and saw this handsome jay in the cherry tree, waiting for the rain to stop. Again, rubbish camera, but another nice moment.

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#150 Ullman

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 12:53 PM

A bloomin' great buzzard flew over Ermine Street as I was cycling along yesterday.

They seem to be becoming more common in this part of the world.

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#151 westhuller

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 02:49 PM

A bloomin' great buzzard flew over Ermine Street as I was cycling along yesterday.

They seem to be becoming more common in this part of the world.


There have been a few Red Kites spotted near us we had one on our decking last year, they fly over the Humber from the Far Ings nature reserve were they nest, a mate of mine works there he said they has been a jump in numbers after new habitat has been created for them to breed.

#152 Just Browny

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 03:12 PM

It's those robins you need to worry about in West Hull.

I can confirm 30+ less sales for Scotland vs Italy at Workington, after this afternoons test purchase for the Tonga match, £7.50 is extremely reasonable, however a £2.50 'delivery' fee for a walk in purchase is beyond taking the mickey, good luck with that, it's cheaper on the telly.


#153 westhuller

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 03:39 PM

It's those robins you need to worry about in West Hull.

Theres is a Robin that is a regular visitor to my back garden my next door neighbours black and white cat constantly sits on top of the shed watching it waiting to pounce it always comes off second best, a bit ironic really.

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#154 ckn

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 12:50 PM

We had a grey wagtail in the garden this morning. First time I've seen one here :)

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#155 longboard

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 01:20 PM

We had a grey wagtail in the garden this morning. First time I've seen one here :)


Good spot. Not usually a garden bird, but they will come in if hungry enough.

#156 ckn

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 01:51 PM

Good spot. Not usually a garden bird, but they will come in if hungry enough.

We have a very quiet garden at the edge of the countryside that gets its fair share of rural birds. The wildlife aspect was one of the main reasons we picked this house.

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#157 longboard

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 02:41 PM

We have a very quiet garden at the edge of the countryside that gets its fair share of rural birds. The wildlife aspect was one of the main reasons we picked this house.


A river nearby?

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 03:46 PM

A river nearby?

A brook. Fairly slow moving and very shallow but about 6-8 foot across on average

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#159 Red Willow

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 06:17 PM

we have had a few new visitors this year, loads of goldfinches, beautiful birds and have seen a few siskins.

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 09:28 PM

A brook. Fairly slow moving and very shallow but about 6-8 foot across on average


That will do.




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