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Bird Watching
Mon 17-Jan-11
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My Sister-in-Law, who lives in Symonds Yat, saw a Sparrow-hawk take her favourite Blue Tit, immediately made a roof for the feeding station and has not lost another bird.  I can recall driving through a French village watching a Sparrow-hawk flying before us with a male Blackbird in its beak. Fascinating but horrifying at the same time.

I'll try that again!

Wed 19-Jan-11
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Nature does have it's drawbacks, TA, like one year, a heron took a moorhen right outside our house on the riverbank - the moorhen's partner was making such a lot of noise, but sadly the heron flew off with it in its beak. Heartbreaking stuff, but all creatures need to eat! thumbs_down

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Wed 19-Jan-11
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Yes I know, but we put such personalities onto the creatures we love that it hurts when they are eaten.

I'll try that again!

Wed 19-Jan-11
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Michelle from Oregon said:

 

I was trading bird siteings with Kate, and came across this site....

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Evening_Grosbeak/id

If you scroll down the page you can find a voice sampling too....


 

I used to use this site in America

http://identify.whatbird.com/mwg/_/0/attrs.aspx

That is where I found out that English Robins and American Robins are totally different apart from the red breast.

I saw a dipper on Monday when I was out and about for a walk with friendscheers

Wed 13-Apr-11
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All right, the forum completely dumped my first try, so lets see if this one sticks!

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Thu 14-Apr-11
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wave  It worked.  The photos are super.  welldone   

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Thu 14-Apr-11
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Very well done Michelle!  I'd be thrilled to see that on my doorstep.

I'll try that again!

Thu 14-Apr-11
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Such a striking bird, and those blue feathers - wow!

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Thu 14-Apr-11
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My bro was moving some breeze-blocks this week, and these particular ones have a hole in the side - just like a birdbox.

You've probably already guessed - he found one with a complete nest and 6 little eggs in it - we think it is either a great tit nest, or a black redstart (or even a common redstart - we have both types here). He's moved it back to where it was, but I just hope the parent birds will find them!

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Thu 14-Apr-11
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wave  Oh I do  hope the parents find it.  How long was the breeze-block out of place?

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Thu 14-Apr-11
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Is that a blue jay Michelle? I remember seeing those birds on one of our Rocky Mountain trips but can't remember if that is what we decided they are.what_the_heck

I hope the little nest is okay too. eeek

Don't think we have any inhabitants for the bird box that Ian put up but they are using the stick at the front to sing from cheers

Thu 14-Apr-11
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what a brilliant Blue Michelle - amazing.

Thu 14-Apr-11
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danast said:

wave  Oh I do  hope the parents find it.  How long was the breeze-block out of place?

..... about 20 minutes+, I would think.

Although I'm not sure if the one with the nest was amongst the whole pile - which now has been moved to the building project - with just the one left behind....

Just asked hubby. He said that there was a large pile and three of them were taking the breeze-blocks from one place to another, and it was discovered after they'd been moved. Chances are, then, that the little bird may not recognise it's position. I'll go hunting tomorrow to see if I can see where it is, and if the bird is visiting.

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Thu 14-Apr-11
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Oooh BS its good of you to watch. Hopefully the parents will tolerate the disruption (crossing fingers).

 

Joanna, yes, he's a Blue Jay.

The Stellar's Jay is more likely to be in the hills and mountains, so I'm very suprised that I was able to get his attention. Especally since where I'm at has many, many Scrub Jay's and the two varites don't tolerate each other very well.

Here's the Scrub Jay-

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Western_Scrub-Jay/id

 

Then to contrast, here's the Stellar's Jay-

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Stellers_Jay/id

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Fri 15-Apr-11
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big_laughThe storks are back and scavenging the local pond¦.they are so huge¦.not sure how they get airborne¦..and this morning driving to get my men I surprised a Hoopoe and they are beautiful¦.that's the bird, not the men¦..big_laughbig_laugh

 

And just now there was a pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers knocking seven bells out of my walnut tree.eeekeeek  ding dong....whistlewhistle

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