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6 hours ago, Old Frightful said:

Remind me never to date any ex "girlfriends" of yours.

That's exactly what Des Lynam said.

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On 6/20/2018 at 11:09 PM, longboard said:

It sounds like it. The females and juveniles have the cream crown colouration. There should be plenty of marsh harriers around Blacktoft and surrounding areas at this time of year.

I read somewhere that their numbers were increasing along the Humber.

I also saw a large bird of prey overhead not far down the road. I assumed it was a buzzard but the markings under its wings weren't like a buzzard's. I'm wondering now if it was the female partner of the male I saw.


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18 hours ago, Ullman said:

That's exactly what Des Lynam said.

It seems rather apt during a FIFA World Cup that I should offer you the opportunity to slot one home.

(Said Caroline Cossey, moments before the romance ended...)

Des now sticks to female company that he knows has never had any sort of cosmetic surgery...

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         SL Hit Man 2016/2017 - Danny Houghton (1,289/1,123 tackles)  SL Club of the Year 2016 - Hull FC

         SL Coach of the Year 2016 - Lee Radford   RL Challenge Cup Winners 2016/2017 - Hull FC

 

                                                                      All in all, not a bad couple of years, I suppose...

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Wow!, and I mean wow!

Just heard a magpie making a commotion out front so had a look out and saw it in a stand off with a sparrowhawk in the middle of the street. Never seen a confrontation between these two types of bird so close up before so shot upstairs to get my phone for a photo but by the time I returned one of the #### local moggies had chased them off. 

I bloody hate cats.

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         SL Steve Prescott Man of Steel 2016 - Danny Houghton  SL Top Gun 2016/2017 - Marc Sneyd (83%/89% goal success)

         SL Hit Man 2016/2017 - Danny Houghton (1,289/1,123 tackles)  SL Club of the Year 2016 - Hull FC

         SL Coach of the Year 2016 - Lee Radford   RL Challenge Cup Winners 2016/2017 - Hull FC

 

                                                                      All in all, not a bad couple of years, I suppose...

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One of the baby blackbirds  died after starting to sneeze then it became persistent , and three others have started to sneeze now . Never known it ?

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This is the time of year when many birds start to drift south towards Africa.  If you live near a decent sized stretch of water, it's worth looking out for an osprey.  A female, born in 2016 at Loch Fleet, near Dornoch, north of Inverness, has been at Romsey in Hampshire for the last few days, presumably stocking up before heading across the channel and, in due course, the Med.

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Ospreys still drifting through Hampshire pretty well daily, albeit in penny numbers.  Quite a few hobby reports too.  They are, of course, summer residents and breeders hereabouts.  Now, I suspect, before they themselves head south over the channel, they are eagerly following the ever larger flocks of martins and swallows which are foregathering, particularly over inland water.

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With the best, thats a good bit of PR, though I would say the Bedford team, theres, like, you know, 13 blokes who can get together at the weekend to have a game together, which doesnt point to expansion of the game. Point, yeah go on!

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On 9/11/2018 at 9:22 AM, ivans82 said:

Saw a Little Egret by the banks of the Derwent behind the Workington Reds ground on Sunday , first time i`ve been lucky enough to see one .

Started to see them in East Yorkshire within the last couple of years. Saw a Great White Egret at North Cave wetlands a few months back, the only one I've seen in this area.


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Been watching the thousands of gannets at Bempton Cliffs this afternoon. Something in the sea was attracting their attention just offshore. You could see what looked like a large white fin sticking out of the water. The RSPB people reckoned it was most likely a dead minke whale.


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On 7/10/2018 at 6:31 AM, Old Frightful said:

Wow!, and I mean wow!

Just heard a magpie making a commotion out front so had a look out and saw it in a stand off with a sparrowhawk in the middle of the street. Never seen a confrontation between these two types of bird so close up before so shot upstairs to get my phone for a photo but by the time I returned one of the #### local moggies had chased them off. 

I bloody hate cats.

I love birds and bloody hate cats to , with a passion . And of course Sod’s law both neighbours have one 

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Had an odd thing happen today. Saw a Nuthatch trying to get into the bluetit nesting box, all of a sudden out flies  bluetit and they fight over the box. This happened a number of times.

Not seen this before, I assume they wanted to shelter from the wind.

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You probably need to zoom into this, but this is a weasel stalking a young rabbit in Golden Acre Park in Leeds the other day. 

The rabbit ran off but the weasel came back. I managed to record one encounter on video but the rabbit actually ran to me for shelter and my daft dog got involved. The rabbit was injured but my dog chased it into a burrow.  

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There's a flock of fieldfares munching on our rowan berries today. Beautiful birds, they are. 

Last year it was all redwings - no sign of them at all this Autumn.

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On 10/25/2018 at 3:25 PM, Leeds Wire said:

There's a flock of fieldfares munching on our rowan berries today. Beautiful birds, they are. 

Last year it was all redwings - no sign of them at all this Autumn.

Saw a flock of fieldfares at Skipsea Brough the other day. My first sighting of the autumn. They really are beautiful, as you say.


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On ‎10‎/‎25‎/‎2018 at 3:25 PM, Leeds Wire said:

There's a flock of fieldfares munching on our rowan berries today. Beautiful birds, they are. 

Last year it was all redwings - no sign of them at all this Autumn.

Both redwings and fieldfares now making it south-west into the New Forest in some numbers.  I saw probably about 45 redwings and 25 fieldfares during a short walk I had at Fritham Plain in the forest this morning.  I haven't seen - but have noticed a report - of the first overwintering hen harrier in the forest, and a couple of great grey shrikes have been reported too.

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We had two Jays in our garden today eating the sunflower seeds that none of the other birds wanted.  Lovely birds but very shy.

We've found that by putting out the seeds and other birdfood in the middle of the garden that they're far more likely to come in as they can get a good field of view around them for things they don't like.

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11 minutes ago, Wiltshire Warrior Dragon said:

Both redwings and fieldfares now making it south-west into the New Forest in some numbers.  I saw probably about 45 redwings and 25 fieldfares during a short walk I had at Fritham Plain in the forest this morning.  I haven't seen - but have noticed a report - of the first overwintering hen harrier in the forest, and a couple of great grey shrikes have been reported too.

Fritham Plain is one of my preferred runs, depending on what time of day you're there it's a great place to spot Owls, Buzzards and other Raptors.

Running there after dark is fantastic on a clear night, there's a lot of sky and no light pollution, you'd be surprised how many meteors and satellites you see with no interference. 

Plus the Royal Oak is one of the finest pubs in the world.

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10 minutes ago, Shadow said:

Fritham Plain is one of my preferred runs, depending on what time of day you're there it's a great place to spot Owls, Buzzards and other Raptors.

Running there after dark is fantastic on a clear night, there's a lot of sky and no light pollution, you'd be surprised how many meteors and satellites you see with no interference. 

Plus the Royal Oak is one of the finest pubs in the world.

Velociraptors ?

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