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Mon 16-Dec-13
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Toffeeapple
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Thank you Tina, better late than never, as they say! cheers

I'll try that again!

Wed 18-Dec-13
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Looking out of my west windows, I can see two Blackheaded Gulls swooping and twisting and turning in the stiffening breeze.  They don't usually get this close to buildings so I am properly thrilled to see their acrobatics at close hand.

I'll try that again!

Wed 18-Dec-13
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That's good TA......you don't realise just how big gulls are until you see them close up, do you?

We've had an owl to-whit, to-whooing outside our front windows for the past few nights......but as it's pitch black here with no street lights, it's impossible to see anything at night! frown

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Wed 18-Dec-13
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You are right Sue, they look magnificent close to.

If your owls go to-whit AND to-whoo, you have a pair of them - you can read about it here, in the 'About' section.

I'll try that again!

Wed 18-Dec-13
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Ooh, I didn't know that!  I knew it was a tawny owl that makes the classic owl sound (Barn owls have an unearthly screech don't they?), didn't realise it was actually a pair though.  How exciting!  Just wish I could see them.

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Yes, Barn Owls are also know as Screech Owls, they look magnificent when you see them swooping over a field in the twilight.

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Wed 18-Dec-13
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We have barn owls here, they dive bomb the car when we drive up our road. I hear them often but never get a good look at them.

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Wed 18-Dec-13
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That must be disconcerting!

I'll try that again!

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I am used to it now and no longer swerve! They seem quite big close up in the dark! Just this big shape that swoops across the windscreen!

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Wed 18-Dec-13
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Toffeeapple said
You are right Sue, they look magnificent close to.

If your owls go to-whit AND to-whoo, you have a pair of them - you can read about it here, in the 'About' section.

I remember hearing about that on QI. I think they said it's the fault of Shakespeare who popularised the tu-wit tu-wu thing.

The last time I saw an owl 'in the wild' was when I was living in Aberystwyth. There's a path which connects Aber and Penparcau and we saw them when they flew through the pools of light alongside the path.

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Fri 27-Dec-13
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A seasonal warning about not putting turkey & other fats out for the wild birds.  

 

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from Les Miserables

Fri 27-Dec-13
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Thank you for putting the link up Hattie, a timely reminder.

I'll try that again!

Fri 27-Dec-13
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wave Thanks Nadine!!

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Didn't know that about cooked fat...however, we never pour it down the sink due to not being on mains drainage, when we do have to clean out the drains, it's bad enough anyway, got only knows how bad the sewers must be.   One job I definitely could do I think.

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My Mother taught me to not put fat into the drains.  It was the RSPB who taught me to not put cooked fat out for the birds.  

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