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Offline Caz  
#341 Posted : 14 May 2020 08:57:31(UTC)
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We had reports yesterday that our resident swans were on the mill pond with ten cygnets!  Ten!  

As a matter of interest, this year we have three swans, the usual pair, plus another Pen!  She seems to be sat on a nest but doesn’t have a partner.  Hubby reckons she’s the ‘mistress’.  I thought swans had partners for life, does anyone know differently?

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#342 Posted : 14 May 2020 11:04:38(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Caz Go to Quoted Post

We had reports yesterday that our resident swans were on the mill pond with ten cygnets!  Ten!  

As a matter of interest, this year we have three swans, the usual pair, plus another Pen!  She seems to be sat on a nest but doesn’t have a partner.  Hubby reckons she’s the ‘mistress’.  I thought swans had partners for life, does anyone know differently?

Some questions are better left unasked, Caz! Expressions may give us a clue: Mute Swan? [when they aren't?] Swanning off? Up the Swanee? Swan Song?

"More geese than swans now live, more fools than wise...." [Orlando Gibbons] Sublime.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JfG1DMtlDI

 

 

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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".

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Offline Caz  
#343 Posted : 14 May 2020 13:01:07(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Roger Parsons Go to Quoted Post

 

Some questions are better left unasked, Caz! Expressions may give us a clue: Mute Swan? [when they aren't?] Swanning off? Up the Swanee? Swan Song?

"More geese than swans now live, more fools than wise...." [Orlando Gibbons] Sublime.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JfG1DMtlDI 

R. 

  indeed Roger!   

We’re just back from our walk around the mill pond and the mistress is still sitting on her nest.  There was no sign of the parents and their brood in the water, although they are probably somewhere on the island.  They’re much safer there than anywhere and in past years we’ve had cygnets rescued from the weir and the mill race and on many occasion they’ve been herded off the road.  Talk about living dangerously!

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#344 Posted : 19 May 2020 04:42:31(UTC)
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Our swan family have taken up residence a little downstream at the Mill house.  The parents take their brood there every year, whether by design or because the cygnets get into fast flowing water of the weir and aren’t strong enough to make it back.  One of the cygnets perished, but the remaining nine are doing well.

The couple who own the Mill house update us regularly with photos on our community Facebook page.  Fortunately they have a big garden along a nice stretch of the river and it’s safe for the babies until they’re a bit stronger and can swim against the current back onto the mill pond.  The other lonely Pen is still sitting on a nest on the island.  She’s a bit of an enigma!

My black Cayuga ducks are still with us and seem to have made themselves at home.  That may change once the swans are back on the pond and the Cob defends his brood.  He is very territorial and last week was seen trying to drown the lonely Pen.  

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#345 Posted : 19 May 2020 08:08:10(UTC)
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I got worked up this week when I got a scrambled pager report saying 22 Common Cranes had been seen over the village. I would cut off one b****ck to see such an unheard of sight! Well maybe not ... Turns out it was only 2 cranes and a twitchy finger!

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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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#346 Posted : 19 May 2020 15:32:59(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Roger Parsons Go to Quoted Post

I got worked up this week when I got a scrambled pager report saying 22 Common Cranes had been seen over the village. I would cut off one b****ck to see such an unheard of sight! Well maybe not ... Turns out it was only 2 cranes and a twitchy finger!

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Offline Rob K  
#347 Posted : 20 May 2020 05:48:29(UTC)
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I didn’t know crane had been reintroduced to this country. Learn something new every day!

Likewise I hadn’t heard about the white stork reintroduction project. So when my boss at work was talking about having seen storks while out on his bike ride the other week I sort of nodded but thought “What the hell is he on about, does he mean herons, or egrets or something?”

But it turns out there really are storks in Surrey.

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#348 Posted : 27 May 2020 21:01:13(UTC)
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One of the most positive things about lockdown has been the birdsong. One of my hobbies is making field recordings and I've been able to record some fantastic birdsong over the last few weeks. I've been especially pleased to see and hear Thrushes because they have been a very rare sight and sound over the last few years here. For some reason I've seen quite a few this Spring and tonight I got a fantastic recording of one in the wood near my house. I've spent a lot of time in the wood over lockdown and got to know individual trees which must 'belong' to certain birds. The wood is absolutely full of birds of many different kinds and the sound has been wonderful.

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#349 Posted : 25 June 2020 20:44:20(UTC)
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A month on from my last post and I'm still seeing and hearing Thrushes. It's odd because I've only seen the odd one over the last few years and there seem to be loads this year. Has anyone else noticed more or is it a NW Leeds phenomenon? 

 

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#350 Posted : 25 June 2020 21:46:21(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Northern Sky Go to Quoted Post

A month on from my last post and I'm still seeing and hearing Thrushes. It's odd because I've only seen the odd one over the last few years and there seem to be loads this year. Has anyone else noticed more or is it a NW Leeds phenomenon? 

 

I hear song thrushes every morning and most evenings but that’s not a recent thing. Perhaps their population is more localised rather than spread out.

I have heard more tawny owls this year though.

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#351 Posted : 26 June 2020 06:54:06(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: LeedsLad123 Go to Quoted Post

I hear song thrushes every morning and most evenings but that’s not a recent thing. Perhaps their population is more localised rather than spread out.

I have heard more tawny owls this year though.

Whether there is any real change in distribution or behaviour I cannot say, NS/LL. However the relative quietness and lack of human activity during lockdown seems to have benefited wildlife in many ways.

Also - with us doing less rushing about and taking time to listen a bit more we are bound to notice things we might otherwise overlook. I suspect most humans miss 90% of their fellow life forms! Just guessing.

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RogerP

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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#352 Posted : 26 June 2020 22:44:08(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Northern Sky Go to Quoted Post

One of the most positive things about lockdown has been the birdsong. One of my hobbies is making field recordings and I've been able to record some fantastic birdsong over the last few weeks. I've been especially pleased to see and hear Thrushes because they have been a very rare sight and sound over the last few years here. For some reason I've seen quite a few this Spring and tonight I got a fantastic recording of one in the wood near my house. I've spent a lot of time in the wood over lockdown and got to know individual trees which must 'belong' to certain birds. The wood is absolutely full of birds of many different kinds and the sound has been wonderful.

The songs of the Song Thrush and Blackbird are very underrated in my opinion. We had a pair of Nightingales successfully breed on my local patch this Spring for the first time for twenty years. I recorded the male singing when it arrived. The range of notes, the loudness and variety are amazing but not as melodious as a Thrush. They do have a couple of phrases that are similar though and historians generally reckon that " I heard a Nightingale sing in Berkeley Square " (London) was most likely a Song Thrush.

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#353 Posted : 27 June 2020 14:03:45(UTC)
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We’ve had several recent sightings of Red Kites circling over the parish. We know they’ve been seen about five miles up the road for the past three or four years but it’s good that they’re spreading out further. 

Nine of the ten cygnets survived and are quite big now.  They attract all the attention from visitors but my favourite is the lonely swan, who I’ve named Penny.  She’s moved upstream away from the swan family because the protective Cob has tried to drown her and she has a damaged wing but she seems comfortable in the company of a Coot family.  

I’ve been feeding her sweet corn, raw diced carrots and potato on our daily walks.  She comes to the bank when I call her now, eats all the sweet corn first, then the carrots followed by the potato.  I’ve tried her with peas, broccoli and lettuce but, just like a child, she won’t eat anything green.  The cheeky Coots get a look in with the sweet corn too and they’re so comical. 

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#354 Posted : 28 June 2020 16:41:55(UTC)
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Young tawny owl that I spotted on Chat Moss, Irlam

 

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#355 Posted : 28 June 2020 19:56:42(UTC)
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Wow!  That was a good spot Kev!  Lovely photos!  

This afternoon hubby and I were sat out on our veranda listening to a Goldfinch singing beautifully above the chatter of other birds.  It suddenly went dead quiet and I knew there’d be a bird of prey close by.  Sure enough a Sparrow hawk was flying very low right above our heads.  It’s amazing how the other birds know when there’s danger. 

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#356 Posted : 30 June 2020 14:04:10(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: fairweather Go to Quoted Post

 

The songs of the Song Thrush and Blackbird are very underrated in my opinion. We had a pair of Nightingales successfully breed on my local patch this Spring for the first time for twenty years. I recorded the male singing when it arrived. The range of notes, the loudness and variety are amazing but not as melodious as a Thrush. They do have a couple of phrases that are similar though and historians generally reckon that " I heard a Nightingale sing in Berkeley Square " (London) was most likely a Song Thrush.

I'd love to hear a Nightingale! I agree about the songs of the Thrush and Blackbird and I'll miss them when they go quiet soon. At least I'll have my recordings and the quiet of lockdown has provided some great opportunities. 

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#357 Posted : 30 June 2020 17:09:24(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Northern Sky Go to Quoted Post

I'd love to hear a Nightingale! I agree about the songs of the Thrush and Blackbird and I'll miss them when they go quiet soon. At least I'll have my recordings and the quiet of lockdown has provided some great opportunities. 

As I’ve said in previous years, I’m no good with identifying birdsong and wouldn’t know what a Nightingale sounded like, but the Blackbird has such a wide vocabulary that’s a joy to hear.  I‘m learning the meaning of their different sounds and recently learned that the high pitch shrill is a warning to their fledglings, which I heard yesterday.  Also, the Goldfinches have been more plentiful this year, so I can now identify that song. 

I’m not a fan of wriggly things but yesterday resorted to buying some live mealworms for the Blackbirds, as they’re feeding their young.  

The wound on Penny swan’s head has now healed but her wing feathers still look a bit tatty.  I’m sure she recognises me now because as soon as she sees me, she swims to the snicket in the riverbank where I feed her.  I don’t think she gets much attention from other people, who tend to go and feed the swan family on the mill pond.  

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#358 Posted : 05 July 2020 19:26:18(UTC)
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Penny swan was a little edgy today and it wasn’t until she’d finished eating and started preening that I saw a new wound on her left side with fresh blood.  I don’t know what’s happened to her of course but swans don’t have teeth, so the others haven’t bitten her, although she could have been cornered into something, or something else has attacked her.

She seems OK otherwise but I wish my garden pond were bigger!  I’m just besotted by this gorgeous creature!  

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#359 Posted : 11 July 2020 18:00:24(UTC)
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Penny swan seems none the worse now for her injury.  However, this morning, the cob swan was found dead this morning with no apparent injuries.  So the mother pen is now left alone to rear their nine cygnets alone.  They are almost adult size now and have some real feathers, so they’re pretty independent but it’s sad that the family of eleven are reduced to ten.

I wonder if we’ll have any new cygnets next year because once this year’s have flown, we’ll be left with two widowed pens.  We’ve always had only one breeding pair, perhaps because the mill pond won’t support any more, or perhaps because swans are so territorial, they chase others away.  I suspect the pair that bred this year are relatively young as she hatched ten eggs and they tend to lay fewer as they age. 

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#360 Posted : 12 July 2020 07:39:45(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: fairweather Go to Quoted Post

 

The songs of the Song Thrush and Blackbird are very underrated in my opinion. We had a pair of Nightingales successfully breed on my local patch this Spring for the first time for twenty years. I recorded the male singing when it arrived. The range of notes, the loudness and variety are amazing but not as melodious as a Thrush. They do have a couple of phrases that are similar though and historians generally reckon that " I heard a Nightingale sing in Berkeley Square " (London) was most likely a Song Thrush.

My god I envy you. I have to drive hundreds of miles to hear one, and that was obviously not possible this year. But, I suspect they may have bred well this year so next year might be better - if humans don't shoot or eat them, or destroy their wintering habitat...

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