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Offline Caz  
#321 Posted : 23 April 2020 17:49:47(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Rob K Go to Quoted Post

 

Muscovies come in all sorts of markings, some have hardly any white. And they interbreed with other ducks so you get all kinds of weird mixtures too. I find if you see a weird duck it's probably one of them!

  I’ll go with that!  I’m just sorry I didn’t take photos!

On another note, we think cygnets may be hatching as the pen was shuffling around the nest and the cob was by her side.  There was certainly more activity around the nest than there’s been for a few weeks. 

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Offline Caz  
#322 Posted : 24 April 2020 13:48:06(UTC)
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My black ducks are back!  Hubby spotted them this morning on his run and we’ve just seen them again on our walk.  I managed to stop hubby marching me off so I could take photos and get a better look.  They are a beautiful colour and actually have a gorgeous green sheen when they’re in the sunshine.  I think they may be Cayuga!  

http://domestic-waterfowl.co.uk/cayuga.html

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Offline Roger Parsons  
#323 Posted : 24 April 2020 14:48:48(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Caz Go to Quoted Post

My black ducks are back!  Hubby spotted them this morning on his run and we’ve just seen them again on our walk.  I managed to stop hubby marching me off so I could take photos and get a better look.  They are a beautiful colour and actually have a gorgeous green sheen when they’re in the sunshine.  I think they may be Cayuga!  

http://domestic-waterfowl.co.uk/cayuga.html

Wonderful, but out of my zone, Caz. I make point of visiting poultry tents at shows and marvel at the variety, but it's not my field at all.

R.

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No county (Lincolnshire) has better churches and worse houses. The poorer sort of people wash their clothes with hog's dung, and burn dried cow's dung for want of better fuel; whence comes the Lincolnshire proverb: "Where the hogs shite soap and the cows shite fire".

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Offline Caz  
#324 Posted : 24 April 2020 15:29:31(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Roger Parsons Go to Quoted Post

Wonderful, but out of my zone, Caz. I make point of visiting poultry tents at shows and marvel at the variety, but it's not my field at all.

R.

I’m pretty sure they are Cayuga now I’ve read up on them, although they’re described as a domestic breed.  Possibly escaped from somewhere and now feral but I hope they breed on the mill pond because they’re beautiful birds and have a very gentle temperament.  

There are 4 of them and I had the pleasure of seeing them in the water, then when someone came to feed them, the cob swan chased them out onto the bank quite close to me.  They look all black but in the sun they are an iridescent green and sometimes even look purple.  

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Offline LeedsLad123  
#325 Posted : 24 April 2020 21:57:25(UTC)
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I’ve been hearing tawny owls almost every night this past week. Always lovely to hear.
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Offline speckledjim  
#326 Posted : 25 April 2020 09:22:37(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: LeedsLad123 Go to Quoted Post
I’ve been hearing tawny owls almost every night this past week. Always lovely to hear.

We are v fortunate to have lots round here so can hear them most nights

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#327 Posted : 25 April 2020 10:04:50(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Caz Go to Quoted Post

I’m pretty sure they are Cayuga now I’ve read up on them, although they’re described as a domestic breed.  Possibly escaped from somewhere and now feral but I hope they breed on the mill pond because they’re beautiful birds and have a very gentle temperament.  

There are 4 of them and I had the pleasure of seeing them in the water, then when someone came to feed them, the cob swan chased them out onto the bank quite close to me.  They look all black but in the sun they are an iridescent green and sometimes even look purple.  

TBH Caz, I've never heard of them, but rewarding that you seem to have identified them at last 

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#328 Posted : 25 April 2020 10:08:22(UTC)
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We have a new kid on the block, a male blackbird with a patch of white feathers on it's head, wing and back.

I've never seen one like this and wonder what gene has manifested itself in this way, and assuming it has offspring whether they will have similar "flaws" ? 

It's very nervous, but I'll try to get a pic if I can.

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Offline Roger Parsons  
#329 Posted : 25 April 2020 11:03:32(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: llamedos Go to Quoted Post

We have a new kid on the block, a male blackbird with a patch of white feathers on it's head, wing and back.

I've never seen one like this and wonder what gene has manifested itself in this way, and assuming it has offspring whether they will have similar "flaws" ? 

It's very nervous, but I'll try to get a pic if I can.

This is a well known phenomenon called leucism, llamedos, and ranges from a few white feathers to completely white blackbirds.

Here's the scientific poop:

https://www.bto.org/our-science/projects/gbw/gardens-wildlife/garden-birds/behaviour/plumage/leucism

https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/birdwatching/how-to-identify-birds/abnormal-colouration-of-birds/

Some photos:

https://www.birdspot.co.uk/galleries/leucistic-and-albino-birds

Roger

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No county (Lincolnshire) has better churches and worse houses. The poorer sort of people wash their clothes with hog's dung, and burn dried cow's dung for want of better fuel; whence comes the Lincolnshire proverb: "Where the hogs shite soap and the cows shite fire".

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Offline ARTzeman  
#330 Posted : 25 April 2020 11:37:11(UTC)
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Red Kite over the paddock today.

Some people walk in the rain.

Others just get wet.

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Online fairweather  
#331 Posted : 01 May 2020 14:57:32(UTC)
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A Nightingale singing in my local woods last week, possibly two. Got a bit of a photo of it and managed to record it singing. Not heard it yet this week but only been there once. I did hear one a few years ago but this is one nice advantage of spending time in your local patch.

First swallow as well. Loads of Blackcaps.

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#332 Posted : 01 May 2020 15:07:22(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: fairweather Go to Quoted Post

A Nightingale singing in my local woods last week, possibly two. Got a bit of a photo of it and managed to record it singing. Not heard it yet this week but only been there once. I did hear one a few years ago but this is one nice advantage of spending time in your local patch.

First swallow as well. Loads of Blackcaps.

I wonder if the reason you heard it was the lack of other background noise such as traffic?  Could be a benefit of lockdown!  

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Offline Roger Parsons  
#333 Posted : 02 May 2020 18:12:29(UTC)
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2 Cuckoos today east of River Witham towards Lincoln 2 heard, one of the seen, at 09.45hrs. Roger
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No county (Lincolnshire) has better churches and worse houses. The poorer sort of people wash their clothes with hog's dung, and burn dried cow's dung for want of better fuel; whence comes the Lincolnshire proverb: "Where the hogs shite soap and the cows shite fire".

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#334 Posted : 03 May 2020 13:36:37(UTC)
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From a fishing forum someone posted this list. This lockdown although it's not a lockdown is an amazing learning resource. 

The more familiar terms for groups of birds are: A gaggle of geese, a murmuration of starlings and murder of crows, but here are some less-well-known ones:

Aerie of hawks
Band of jays
Bazaar of guillemots
Bevy of larks
Bevy of quail
Bevy of swans (when in flight)
Boil of hawks (when in flight)
Bouquet of pheasants
Brace of grouse
Building of Rooks
Cast of falcons
Cast of hawks
Charm of finches
Cluster of Knots
Company of parrots
Squadron of pelicans
Company of widgeon
Concentration of kingfishers
Congregation of plovers
Constable of Ravens
Convocation of eagles
Covert of coots
Covey of grouse
Covey of partridge
Covey of ptarmigan
Deceit of Lapwings
Descent of woodpeckers
Desert of Lapwings
Dissimulation of birds
Dole of doves
Drift of quail
Dropping of ducks (when on water)
Exhaltation of larks
Fall of Woodcock
Flamboyance of Flamingos
Flight of cormorants
Flight of doves
Flight of Goshawks
Flight of swallows
Fling of Dunlins
Flush of Mallards
Gulp of Cormorants
Herd of cranes
Herd of Curlews
Herd of wrens
Horde of crows
Host of sparrows
Huddle of penguins
Jubilee of eagles
Kettle of hawks
Kit of pigeons (when in flight)
Knob of waterfowl
Murder of crows
Muster of Peacocks
Muster of turkeys
Mustering of storks
Mutation of thrushes
Nye of pheasants
Ostentation of Peacocks
Pack of grouse
Paddling of ducks (when on water)
Parliament of owls
Parliament of Rooks
Peep of chickens
Chattering of Choughs
Pitiousness of doves
Pitying of turtledoves
Plump of waterfowl
Plump of wildfowl
Quarrel of sparrows
Raft of coots
Raft of ducks (when on water)
Richness of Purple Martins
Scold of jays
Sedge of Bitterns
Siege of Bitterns
Siege of cranes
Siege of herons
Sord of Mallards
Spring of teals
Sute of Mallards
Tiding of magpies
Tittering of magpies
Trembling of finches
Trip of Widgeon
Unkindness of Ravens
Walk of snipe
Watch of nightingales
Wedge of geese (when in flight)
Whisper of snipe
Whiteness of swans (when in flight)
Wing of plovers
Wisdom of owls

Must be one of my longest posts. Sorry Brian if it's screwed up your bandwidth.

Offline KevBrads1  
#335 Posted : 03 May 2020 14:49:10(UTC)
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Offline Roger Parsons  
#336 Posted : 05 May 2020 16:03:52(UTC)
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Great Barn Owl shots, Kev - thanks.
We saw 3 swifts hunting high above the house today at about 10.30 - first this year.
Roger

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No county (Lincolnshire) has better churches and worse houses. The poorer sort of people wash their clothes with hog's dung, and burn dried cow's dung for want of better fuel; whence comes the Lincolnshire proverb: "Where the hogs shite soap and the cows shite fire".

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Offline Roger Parsons  
#337 Posted : 10 May 2020 06:05:43(UTC)
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Mrs Barn Owl has laid her 2nd egg. The scientist behind the project emailed me this morning to say:

The second egg was laid at 6.37pm yesterday [9/5] evening.

The gap between the first and second egg was about 51 hours. The next egg is due on Monday night.

https://www.lenpicktrust.org.uk/owl-project

Roger

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West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire

No county (Lincolnshire) has better churches and worse houses. The poorer sort of people wash their clothes with hog's dung, and burn dried cow's dung for want of better fuel; whence comes the Lincolnshire proverb: "Where the hogs shite soap and the cows shite fire".

Curiosities of Great Britain (c.1780)

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#338 Posted : 10 May 2020 06:50:34(UTC)
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I hardly ever managed to see a wren let alone try and take a photo of one but this year I can't recall ever seeing so many wrens or at least they seem to be more visible. 

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#339 Posted : 10 May 2020 07:01:46(UTC)
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Sadly he didn't show me his dsiplay. 

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#340 Posted : 10 May 2020 10:46:58(UTC)
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House Martins, Swifts and Swallows are back, about a week late by previous years arrival dates and not yet in any great numbers.
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