Big Garden Bird Watch

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Re: Big Garden Bird Watch

Post by Rizzo » Thu May 02, 2013 12:25 pm

Heard chiff chaffs in Clumber Park woods weekend before last, and saw house martins the week before that over the canal near Soar Valley Way.

An interesting read if you are keen on natural history is a book called Hares & Hummingbirds by Stephen Moss, a month by month natural history of the Somerset village area where he lives.
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Re: Big Garden Bird Watch

Post by tigerburnie » Fri May 03, 2013 10:30 pm

The weather is still crazy up here, there was a white out with snow at the Lecht on the Cockbridge to Tomintoul road. Summer migrants looking very few and far between.
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Re: Big Garden Bird Watch

Post by CJ » Sat May 04, 2013 8:20 pm

heard loads more cuckoos yesterday! that's good news as they are declining in numbers.

and aren't the ever just such a sign of spring/summer? wonderful

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Re: Big Garden Bird Watch

Post by Rizzo » Sat May 04, 2013 11:17 pm

Rarely hear them, if ever, in this part of South Leicestershire. My 22 year old daughter has never heard a cuckoo (apart from on TV and Simon King doing impressions). Have heard them in Minsmere a few years ago.

Hence my representative of spring is the chiff chaff, easily identifiable and almost always in the copse at the end of my road in springtime.
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Re: Big Garden Bird Watch

Post by CJ » Sun May 05, 2013 7:28 pm

brilliant! I've just got back from walking the dog and I actually saw a cuckoo! He was singing his little heart out in a copse near the willow plantation along the river where I live, then I saw what I thought was him fly into the plantation. Watched and yes, it was! so chuffed!

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Re: Big Garden Bird Watch

Post by tigerburnie » Mon May 06, 2013 12:25 pm

I was fishing at 1000 feet above sea level at the weekend and heard my first cuckoo and saw some Sand Martins, they must have had their thermals on as it was only 4 degrees and still snow on the ground.
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Re: Big Garden Bird Watch

Post by Rizzo » Mon May 06, 2013 7:12 pm

Been out to Eyebrook reservoir this afternoon, still no cuckoo heard but lots of migrants like whitethroat, blackcap and so on, lots of long tailed tits in the sedges near the bridge and also reed warbler. Yellowhammers and chaffinch all over the meadow and hedges, and a magnificent red kite as we sat outside the pub in Great Easton. Lots of house martins and swallows around too in the villages, despite the prediction for cooler rainy weather from midweek I think we can safely say Spring is fully here.
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Re: Big Garden Bird Watch

Post by h's dad » Fri May 10, 2013 2:01 pm

Flowers rather than birds but definitely garden:
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Re: Big Garden Bird Watch

Post by tigerburnie » Sat May 11, 2013 6:03 pm

Due to being unable to travel to Welford Road I took solace in the hills fishing. Quite a few Adders around, so had to be careful where I walked, Cuckoo heard again and a Golden Eagle flew overhead. Never seen so many Mistle Thrushes in one place.
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Re: Big Garden Bird Watch

Post by sapajo » Sat May 11, 2013 6:57 pm

tigerburnie wrote:Due to being unable to travel to Welford Road I took solace in the hills fishing. Quite a few Adders around, so had to be careful where I walked, Cuckoo heard again and a Golden Eagle flew overhead. Never seen so many Mistle Thrushes in one place.
Cannot remember the last time I saw sight or sound of a cuckoo or Mistle Thrush and I was in my teens (donkeys years ago) the last time I saw a Tree Sparrows nest :smt010
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Re: Big Garden Bird Watch

Post by tigerburnie » Sat May 11, 2013 7:12 pm

The wildlife in Scotland is pretty spectacular, one of the reasons I like the place...........and the whisky. It is a bit like stepping back in time, the farming in the hills is low intensity so a lot of stuff is still quite common that I didn't see in Leicestershire for decades.
There's a bit of a party atmosphere around Bath this afternoon - but you wouldn't get that at Leicester if we finished ninth." Richard Cockerill 7/5/16

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