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Offline Caz  
#361 Posted : 14 July 2020 15:54:40(UTC)
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Sadly it’s looking like the male parent swan could have eaten rat poison as someone was seen baiting it a week ago and there was a definite rat problem before but we’ve seen none at all in the past few days.  It’s not yet known whether it was done by an official, or a well meaning individual but my cousin’s a district councillor for our parish and is making enquiries.    She’s also trying to locate the body of the swan to get it examined.  

The mother and nine cygnets are still doing well, as is Penny but she’s still keeping well away from the family.

Market Warsop, North Nottinghamshire.

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#362 Posted : 17 July 2020 10:56:37(UTC)
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Young tawny owl that I spotted on Chat Moss, Irlam

 

Nor sure if it is the same owl but it was very close where I spotted the one above

 

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Offline Caz  
#363 Posted : 17 July 2020 17:55:59(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: KevBrads1 Go to Quoted Post

 

Nor sure if it is the same owl but it was very close where I spotted the one above

 

Aww!  That’s sweet Kev!  It looks like it’s knitted from wool!  

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#364 Posted : 18 July 2020 06:18:02(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Caz Go to Quoted Post

Aww!  That’s sweet Kev!  It looks like it’s knitted from wool!  

Be careful what you post! Someone recently got suspended from Facebook for an owl video which referred to "white chicks"

It has been observed that less snow falls here than any other place of equal extent in the kingdom, occasioned by the shelter of the hills and the warmth of the sea breezes - Alexander Hay, Guide to Chichester, 1805
Offline Roger Parsons  
#365 Posted : 18 July 2020 08:07:33(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: DEW Go to Quoted Post

 

Be careful what you post! Someone recently got suspended from Facebook for an owl video which referred to "white chicks"

A habit obscure and unsavoury

Held the Bishop of London in slavery.

Amidst screams, shrieks and howls

He  <phrase deleted> young owls

In a crypt he'd equipped as an aviary.

 

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".

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Offline KevBrads1  
#366 Posted : 24 July 2020 10:48:12(UTC)
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The tawny owl. Lovely bird

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Offline Caz  
#367 Posted : 28 July 2020 19:35:13(UTC)
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Not about birds but don’t know where else to put this!  

We had a small weasel or stoat on our garden today.  I think it was a young one as it was quite small.  I wrote on here that we’d had one a couple of years ago and thought it was a one-off rare sighting but now it seems not!  It is unusual though because although we’re a small market town surrounded by countryside, I don’t live directly next to countryside and have houses on all sides.  

We have a lot of trees and shrubs around us and some big gardens but there is no ‘corridor’ to fields and lanes.  A stoat or weasel would have to cross a couple of roads to get here and I doubt it would do that during the day, so I can only think there must be a family of them in someone’s garden.  

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Offline Bertwhistle  
#368 Posted : 01 August 2020 07:15:29(UTC)
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We now know we have 3 blackbird families cohabitating happily in our garden- two broods born on-site and one in a neighbours garden has filled our garden with rather tame youngsters- and they're still getting pestered by magpies.

Bertie, Itchen Valley.

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Offline Roger Parsons  
#369 Posted : 01 August 2020 07:37:09(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Caz Go to Quoted Post

Not about birds but don’t know where else to put this!  

We had a small weasel or stoat on our garden today.  I think it was a young one as it was quite small.  I wrote on here that we’d had one a couple of years ago and thought it was a one-off rare sighting but now it seems not!  It is unusual though because although we’re a small market town surrounded by countryside, I don’t live directly next to countryside and have houses on all sides.  

We have a lot of trees and shrubs around us and some big gardens but there is no ‘corridor’ to fields and lanes.  A stoat or weasel would have to cross a couple of roads to get here and I doubt it would do that during the day, so I can only think there must be a family of them in someone’s garden.  

Hi Caz. Weasels and stoats will use rat and mole tunnels, drains and underground voids and can climb well too. When we had a resident stoat at our last place I saw it inspect nearly every bird box we had put up and even saw it up on our cottage roof. They don't hang about - they seem constantly on the go.

I'm sure you know the mnemonic for distinguishing weasels and stoat.

For the benefit of those who do not...

 

A weasel is weaselly recognised and a stoat is stoatally different.

R

 

 

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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 Bertwhistle  
#370 Posted : 05 August 2020 12:23:56(UTC)
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Hook with Warsash nature reserve, S End of Southampton Water.

5 black-tailed godwits, 6 little egrets, oystercatcher, dabchick, goldcrest, lesser black-backed gulls, grey heron, a flock of Canada geese and a Dartford warbler (heard by me and my son, seen by my son, call confirmed with app. 'Chirp'.

Bertie, Itchen Valley.

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Offline Roger Parsons  
#371 Posted : 05 August 2020 20:29:50(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Bertwhistle Go to Quoted Post

Hook with Warsash nature reserve, S End of Southampton Water.

5 black-tailed godwits, 6 little egrets, oystercatcher, dabchick, goldcrest, lesser black-backed gulls, grey heron, a flock of Canada geese and a Dartford warbler (heard by me and my son, seen by my son, call confirmed with app. 'Chirp'.

Sounds good, Bertie. Lincolnshire seems to be well supplied with spoonbills this year, plus occasional storks and common cranes. Not that I've driven to see any under lockdown. Maybe soon. Swifts are being reported at the coast, moving south - they've all gone from here.

You might enjoy listening to this:

BBC Proms - Proms Plus - Birds - BBC Sounds - listen

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000l23m

The BTO Cuckoos are on their way south too, with Valentine making his way across the Sahara to Mali when i last checked.

https://www.bto.org/our-science/projects/cuckoo-tracking-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)

Offline Bertwhistle  
#372 Posted : 11 August 2020 14:49:06(UTC)
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Love the tracking link Roger. I presume all 3 are adults? Don't the young wait a while before leaving?

 

As for swifts, the nearby 30s housing that keeps them has been bereft of activity for well over a week and possibly two. Not sure why- that would be the end of July

Bertie, Itchen Valley.

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Offline Roger Parsons  
#373 Posted : 11 August 2020 16:31:53(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Bertwhistle Go to Quoted Post

Love the tracking link Roger. I presume all 3 are adults? Don't the young wait a while before leaving?

 As for swifts, the nearby 30s housing that keeps them has been bereft of activity for well over a week and possibly two. Not sure why- that would be the end of July

Glad you like it, Bertie - I find it fascinating. The BTO are doing quite a lot of this stuff now.

When last checked Valentine had crossed North Africa as far as Mali. Via Ziguinchor in Southern Senegal and through the National Park of Niokolo-koba. He will have enjoyed that!

https://www.bto.org/our-science/projects/cuckoo-tracking-project

If you click on their individual "logos" you can get to their individual pages for a bit more details of their history.

We had a memorable trek to Ziguinchor from Banjul in the mid 80s. Great. Weather not unlike today! Later an even better trip to Niokolo-koba in our VW! Numberplate fell off - we got off lightly.

Great!

Roger

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)

Offline Bertwhistle  
#374 Posted : 12 August 2020 10:52:26(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Roger Parsons Go to Quoted Post

 

Glad you like it, Bertie - I find it fascinating. The BTO are doing quite a lot of this stuff now.

 

When last checked Valentine had crossed North Africa as far as Mali. Via Ziguinchor in Southern Senegal and through the National Park of Niokolo-koba. He will have enjoyed that!

https://www.bto.org/our-science/projects/cuckoo-tracking-project

If you click on their individual "logos" you can get to their individual pages for a bit more details of their history.

We had a memorable trek to Ziguinchor from Banjul in the mid 80s. Great. Weather not unlike today! Later an even better trip to Niokolo-koba in our VW! Numberplate fell off - we got off lightly.

Great!

Roger

Stayed in Banjul and later upriver at Tendaba in '92. Was supposed to be focusing on out of town education provision and desertification of the Sahel/Sudan zones, but I kept being distracted by birds, especially a shrike-like beauty called the Senegal Coucal and various hornbills. 

 

Bertie, Itchen Valley.

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Offline Roger Parsons  
#375 Posted : 12 August 2020 11:25:45(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Bertwhistle Go to Quoted Post

 

Stayed in Banjul and later upriver at Tendaba in '92. Was supposed to be focusing on out of town education provision and desertification of the Sahel/Sudan zones, but I kept being distracted by birds, especially a shrike-like beauty called the Senegal Coucal and various hornbills. 

 

Interesting, Bertie - We had several stays at Tendaba in the 80s - then run by a Swede who had been in the porn business and needed to make himself scarce! I had a lot of work in Kiang West - and my job took me all over the country - birdwatching along the way - for 3 years. Coucals are wonderful birds - we occasionally had one visit our garden in Bakau. Our sunday morning routine was a walk round the Abouko reserve first thing. Great for kingfishers. Hornbills are a delight, especially ground hornbills -  straight out of Edward Lear books of nonsense. Desertification was a big issue at that time, with the water table declining 1/2 a metre a year with saline intrusion in the aquifer near the river. I'm getting quite nostalgic...

 

R.

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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#376 Posted : 12 August 2020 11:53:27(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Roger Parsons Go to Quoted Post

 

Interesting, Bertie - We had several stays at Tendaba in the 80s - then run by a Swede who had been in the porn business and needed to make himself scarce! I had a lot of work in Kiang West - and my job took me all over the country - birdwatching along the way - for 3 years. Coucals are wonderful birds - we occasionally had one visit our garden in Bakau. Our sunday morning routine was a walk round the Abouko reserve first thing. Great for kingfishers. Hornbills are a delight, especially ground hornbills -  straight out of Edward Lear books of nonsense. Desertification was a big issue at that time, with the water table declining 1/2 a metre a year with saline intrusion in the aquifer near the river. I'm getting quite nostalgic...

 

R.

I had a photo from a shallow boat on a bolong (l: Mandinka) off the Gambia, in which 3 different species of kingfisher could be seen in a mangrove tree, two on the same branch! One was a pied, one a malachite and one a green kingfisher which I never identified, as it seemed there was nonesuch in Gambia! Might've been blue but it looked green, black and shiny to me. Long time ago and I can't find the photo now.

Bertie, Itchen Valley.

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#377 Posted : 12 August 2020 16:19:21(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Bertwhistle Go to Quoted Post

I had a photo from a shallow boat on a bolong (l: Mandinka) off the Gambia, in which 3 different species of kingfisher could be seen in a mangrove tree, two on the same branch! One was a pied, one a malachite and one a green kingfisher which I never identified, as it seemed there was nonesuch in Gambia! Might've been blue but it looked green, black and shiny to me. Long time ago and I can't find the photo now.

You set me a challenge there, Bertie - here's my thoughts:

The Senegal or Woodland Kingfisher [Halcyon senagalensis]  is blue-green, black and white. Less vivid blue than the Malachite [Alcedo cristata]. Could it have been that?

The Gambia list for Kingfishers was:

Pied [Ceryle rudis] - No

https://birdsoftheworld.org/bow/species/piekin1/cur/introduction

Giant [Megaceryle maxima] - No

https://birdsoftheworld.org/bow/species/giakin3/cur/introduction

Shining-blue [Alcedo quadribrachys] - No

https://birdsoftheworld.org/bow/species/shbkin1/cur/introduction

Malachite [Corythornis or Alcedo crista] - No

https://birdsoftheworld.org/bow/species/malkin1/cur/introduction

Pigmy [Ispidina picta] - No

https://birdsoftheworld.org/bow/species/afpkin1/cur/introduction

Woodland [Halcyon senagalensis] - possible candidate

https://birdsoftheworld.org/bow/species/wookin1/cur/introduction

Blue-breasted [H. malimbicus] or malimbica - possible candidate

https://birdsoftheworld.org/bow/species/blbkin4/cur/introduction

Grey-headed [H. leucocephalus] - No

https://birdsoftheworld.org/bow/species/gyhkin1/cur/introduction

Striped [H. chelicuti] - No

https://birdsoftheworld.org/bow/species/strkin1/cur/introduction

Your thoughts. [Hope I got all my spellings right!]

Roger

Sometime member of the Gambia Ornithological Society

 

Edited by user 12 August 2020 16:35:02(UTC)  | Reason: typo

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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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#378 Posted : 12 August 2020 16:34:07(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Roger Parsons Go to Quoted Post

 

You set me a challenge there, Bertie - here's my thoughts:

The Senegal or Woodland Kingfisher [Halcyon senagalensis]  is blue-green, black and white. Less vivid blue than the Malachite [Alcedo cristata]. Could it have been that?

The Gambia list for Kingfishers was:

Pied [Ceryle rudis] - No

https://birdsoftheworld.org/bow/species/piekin1/cur/introduction

Giant [Megaceryle maxina] - No

https://birdsoftheworld.org/bow/species/giakin3/cur/introduction

Shining-blue [Alcedo quadribrachys] - No

https://birdsoftheworld.org/bow/species/shbkin1/cur/introduction

Malachite [Corythornis or Alcedo crista] - No

https://birdsoftheworld.org/bow/species/malkin1/cur/introduction

Pigmy [Ispidina picta] - No

https://birdsoftheworld.org/bow/species/afpkin1/cur/introduction

Woodland [Halcyon senagalensis] - possible candidate

https://birdsoftheworld.org/bow/species/wookin1/cur/introduction

Blue-breasted [H. malimbicus] - possible candidate

https://birdsoftheworld.org/bow/species/blbkin4/cur/introduction

Grey-headed [H. leucocephalus] - No

https://birdsoftheworld.org/bow/species/gyhkin1/cur/introduction

Striped [H. chelicuti] - No

https://birdsoftheworld.org/bow/species/strkin1/cur/introduction

Your thoughts. [Hope I got all my spellings right!]

Roger

Sometime member of the Gambia Ornithological Society

 

Seems it was blue, not green then. I wish I had that photo, as I can't remember if there was a red beak. That would have helped!

Thanks Roger.

Bertie, Itchen Valley.

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#379 Posted : 12 August 2020 16:42:11(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Bertwhistle Go to Quoted Post

 

Seems it was blue, not green then. I wish I had that photo, as I can't remember if there was a red beak. That would have helped!

Thanks Roger.

The quality of light can make quite a difference, Bertie

I have not considered non-kingfisher species like rollers as I don't think you would have confused them.

Senegal roller [Coracias abyssinicus]

https://birdsoftheworld.org/bow/species/abyrol2/cur/introduction

Roger

 

p.s. There is a red-beaked Kingfisher - it's an Asian species called the White-throated Kingfisher. I think we can rule that one out - or you missed out on an amazing record!

https://birdsoftheworld.org/bow/species/whtkin2/cur/introduction

 

Edited by user 12 August 2020 16:47:51(UTC)  | Reason: addition

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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)

Offline Bertwhistle  
#380 Posted : 12 August 2020 17:04:01(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Roger Parsons Go to Quoted Post

 

The quality of light can make quite a difference, Bertie

I have not considered non-kingfisher species like rollers as I don't think you would have confused them.

Senegal roller [Coracias abyssinicus]

https://birdsoftheworld.org/bow/species/abyrol2/cur/introduction

Roger

 

p.s. There is a red-beaked Kingfisher - it's an Asian species called the White-throated Kingfisher. I think we can rule that one out - or you missed out on an amazing record!

https://birdsoftheworld.org/bow/species/whtkin2/cur/introduction

 

Checked out the roller Roger. As you say, possible confusion but habitat is what draws me to a third kingfisher.

Bertie, Itchen Valley.

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