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1 minute ago, Padge said:

You didn't send me an email, you sent me a text. I have replied to said text asking you to email the original at full size, but you seem to have not worked out that bit yet. ? 

Apologies, my phone seemed to infer it was sent.

Anyhoos, looks like I helped you enough!


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34 minutes ago, Old Frightful said:

Apologies, my phone seemed to infer it was sent.

Anyhoos, looks like I helped you enough!

T'owd you it was an albino or luke wotsit. 


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2 minutes ago, Padge said:

T'owd you it was an albino or luke wotsit. 

You do have certain similarities to someone who knows about these things...

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8 minutes ago, Old Frightful said:

You do have certain similarities to someone who knows about these things...

I am just a goodie at heart.

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Radio 5 Live: Saturday 14 April 2007

Dave Whelan "In Wigan rugby will always be king"

 

This country's wealth was created by men in overalls, it was destroyed by men in suits.

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The Winchester Cathedral peregrines - Winnie and Chester - have become parents again.  This year, five eggs were laid, rather than the more common three or four for this species.  As far as I can see, three have hatched.  The food supply could be good and plentiful; if so, that will be good news for the fifth born, which otherwise might end up being supper for its siblings - such are the harsh ways of nature!  The webcam offers good views.  here is the web address:

https://www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk/the-peregrines-return-in-2020/

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busy watching a robin, rival male blackbirds, chaffinches, bluetits, and wood pigeons from my window.

 

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“Few thought him even a starter.There were many who thought themselves smarter. But he ended PM, CH and OM. An Earl and a Knight of the Garter.”

Clement Attlee.

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Sightings on today's "daily exercise" bike ride: lapwing, yellowhammer, skylark, jay. Some swallows knocking about but they seem to be feeling the cold.

Should be looking out for the first swifts over the next week or so.

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Eventually saw my first swallow this morning, while my wife and I were out walking our puppy, which, incidentally, is a Catalan sheepdog - could there be any other choice for a fan of Les Dracs, like me? 

Maybe there is a new thread in that; 'does your pet in any way reflect your RL loyalties?'  Or maybe not...!

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One for you ornithologists out there , walking the dog round the clay hole , a smallish local lake , plenty of ducks ,swans and geese , one particular duck was dragging round with it 21 ducklings , surely that number isn't all down to one bird ? 

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Saw a clip from countryfile of a golden eye. She laid her eggs then another hen jumped on the nest and laid three more for the original hen to incubate and raise. It's called egg dumping.

The large clutches may not all be from one hen.

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Blackcaps started nesting in West Cumbria , lots of Whitethroats arrived , heard more and more Grasshopper Warblers , but one huge negative Lapwings have vanished , they have been scarcer year by year but this year haven`t seen any .

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Walking the hound this morning , took a detour to check out one of the ' great speckled newt ' ponds they spent 30 K on a few years back , absolutely full of tadpoles , good job my mate Lee Hansen wasn't about , 20 stone of Tongan muscle , scared of frogs ?

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11 hours ago, GUBRATS said:

One for you ornithologists out there , walking the dog round the clay hole , a smallish local lake , plenty of ducks ,swans and geese , one particular duck was dragging round with it 21 ducklings , surely that number isn't all down to one bird ? 

A chick total just into the teens is by no means unheard of, Gubrats, but 21 does seem excessive.  So, thanks to Robin Evans who may well have hit on the answer.  Here is a link to an article about big duck broods.

https://ornithology.com/egg-dumping/

Small point of possible correction in your latest post, Gubrats.  I think it would have been great crested newts on which some money has been lavished.  When my wife and I bought a brand new house down here near Salisbury in 1995, we created quite a large pond, by garden pond standards.  We put nothing in it, other than some plants and let nature do the rest.  Within a year we had masses of beetles and newts.  Most were of the common newt species, but we got some great crested ones too.  It is interesting to think about how they knew to make their way to a brand new pond.

I'm not a big fan of gardening, so whenever, after that, my wife wanted some help with weeding or something equally back-breaking and tedious, I tended to say that I thought it was inappropriate and probably illegal, as we shouldn't disturb a site known to have great crested newts, which are a protected species.  Inexplicably, my legal good sense tended to be not very well received!

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8 minutes ago, Wiltshire Warrior Dragon said:

A chick total just into the teens is by no means unheard of, Gubrats, but 21 does seem excessive.  So, thanks to Robin Evans who may well have hit on the answer.  Here is a link to an article about big duck broods.

https://ornithology.com/egg-dumping/

Small point of possible correction in your latest post, Gubrats.  I think it would have been great crested newts on which some money has been lavished.  When my wife and I bought a brand new house down here near Salisbury in 1995, we created quite a large pond, by garden pond standards.  We put nothing in it, other than some plants and let nature do the rest.  Within a year we had masses of beetles and newts.  Most were of the common newt species, but we got some great crested ones too.  It is interesting to think about how they knew to make their way to a brand new pond.

I'm not a big fan of gardening, so whenever, after that, my wife wanted some help with weeding or something equally back-breaking and tedious, I tended to say that I thought it was inappropriate and probably illegal, as we shouldn't disturb a site known to have great crested newts, which are a protected species.  Inexplicably, my legal good sense tended to be not very well received!

You know something , after all the fuss made about the bloody things ( they nearly stopped the whole LSV project ) you'd have thought I'd have got it right , what are the symptoms of dementia again ? ?

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2 minutes ago, GUBRATS said:

You know something , after all the fuss made about the bloody things ( they nearly stopped the whole LSV project ) you'd have thought I'd have got it right , what are the symptoms of dementia again ? ?

I forget...

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14 minutes ago, Wiltshire Warrior Dragon said:

A chick total just into the teens is by no means unheard of, Gubrats, but 21 does seem excessive.  So, thanks to Robin Evans who may well have hit on the answer.  Here is a link to an article about big duck broods.

https://ornithology.com/egg-dumping/

 

Sounds about right , there are loads of other pairs on the lake , and fairly sure there were several more broods last week 

Fascinating

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On 01/05/2020 at 12:49, Wiltshire Warrior Dragon said:

Eventually saw my first swallow this morning, while my wife and I were out walking our puppy, which, incidentally, is a Catalan sheepdog - could there be any other choice for a fan of Les Dracs, like me? 

Maybe there is a new thread in that; 'does your pet in any way reflect your RL loyalties?'  Or maybe not...!

First swallow this morning.

Along with a grey heron, a buzzard and a kestrel.

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Four doe roe deer last night a bit up the road from me. A seemingly heavily pregnant doe just over the road from me on Sunday night.

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6 hours ago, longboard said:

This week is Hedgehog Awareness Week. Do your bit for hedgehogs; their numbers are in serious decline.

https://www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk/hedgehog-awareness-week-2020-3rd-may-9th-may/

It's to be hoped that reduced traffic levels during lockdown means that they have a somewhat better year.

 

32 minutes ago, GUBRATS said:

Greedy little buggers in my garden every night ?

I'm envious, Gubrats! It's a year or two since I heard and then saw a couple squaring up to each other in the corner of mine.

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Just been dog-walking in the New Forest.  Heard a cuckoo (my first this year) and saw one of the Forest's specialities, a Dartford Warbler.  It was a fleeting sighting as it flitted from one gorse bush to another, but that is usually how you see them!

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Saw a Buzzard this morning which is unusual in my area (Wakefield/Ossett) I also saw my first Swift of the year. I'm lucky where I live, out of my street and I'm surrounded by fields in all directions, I've heard and seen more Skylarks this spring than for many years. Unfortunately yet no sign of our street's House Martins.

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On 05/05/2020 at 17:57, Wiltshire Warrior Dragon said:

It's to be hoped that reduced traffic levels during lockdown means that they have a somewhat better year.

 

I'm envious, Gubrats! It's a year or two since I heard and then saw a couple squaring up to each other in the corner of mine.

They weren't ' squaring up ' ?

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2 hours ago, Wiltshire Warrior Dragon said:

Just been dog-walking in the New Forest.  Heard a cuckoo (my first this year) and saw one of the Forest's specialities, a Dartford Warbler.  It was a fleeting sighting as it flitted from one gorse bush to another, but that is usually how you see them!

My dad's next door neighbour ( from Liverpool ) a year after he moved in remarked about the cuckoo' s he could here in the morning , my dad replied ,they're doves ?

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