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Offline NMA  
#41 Posted : 09 April 2019 08:14:07(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Devonian Go to Quoted Post


Our first swallow arrived two days ago, now we have at least two - surprisingly I've read of only a scattering of other reported arrival. By contrast lots of sand martins about, as there are blackcaps.


Chiff chaffs arrived on time in mid march and I just heard our first willow warbler earlier today. Redstart still to see and, you never know, maybe I'll even get time to find a nightingale.



Haven't heard one yet on the undercliff the other day but hope to see and hear them in the next few weeks again. Just hope they make it back from Africa safely this year.

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#42 Posted : 09 April 2019 08:31:39(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: NMA Go to Quoted Post


 


Haven't heard one yet on the undercliff the other day but hope to see and hear them in the next few weeks again. Just hope they make it back from Africa safely this year.



If you hear one there do post details - it's a place just about in my car's reliability range...

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#43 Posted : 09 April 2019 09:53:04(UTC)
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Will do.
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#44 Posted : 09 April 2019 10:06:13(UTC)
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Will do.
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Damn, so it is...


 

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#45 Posted : 11 April 2019 11:54:00(UTC)
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Swallow seen today over Bath.


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#46 Posted : 17 April 2019 11:41:16(UTC)
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Blackbirds nested in our back garden again this year. The nest was robbed out by magpies a couple of days ago but undeterred, they have commenced nest building in the yew hedge at the front.
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#47 Posted : 17 April 2019 12:28:57(UTC)
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Have spotted a couple of Swallows ( & 1 Martin?) over recent days but all migrant so still awaiting our local birds. Will this warm settled spell be what they were waiting on.


Its odd as over in M/Cr, in the 80's, their return time was around my Sisters birthday on April 19th........ back to the 80's anyone?

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Offline Roger Parsons  
#48 Posted : 19 April 2019 07:25:17(UTC)
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I thought I might have spotted a Cuckoo this week, overhead in Woodhall Spa. A quick glance of a bird with the right JIZZ. Not impossible.
https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/bird-a-z/cuckoo/



Cuckoos and the ITCZ.
Cuckoo migration to and from Africa is apparently linked to the movement of the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone.
https://www.bto.org/science/migration/tracking-studies/cuckoo-tracking



You can follow the BTO's satellite-tracked cuckoos as they make their way towards Europe over the next few weeks.
Fascinating.

Roger 



Anyone seen or heard a cuckoo yet? I haven't - but it's about time for it. The tracking site shows they have arrived in Europe.


Roger

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Offline Northern Sky  
#49 Posted : 19 April 2019 08:34:51(UTC)
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Had a lovely walk round Hetchell Woods just north of Leeds yesterday, which is a mixed habitat area managed by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. The place was alive with birdsong of many different types, it was an absolute treat. My favourite was the skylark as we crossed a field next to the wood.


Also saw a surprising amount and diversity of butterflies. The little upturn in temps has obviously encouraged them out.

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#50 Posted : 19 April 2019 09:30:57(UTC)
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Had a lovely walk round Hetchell Woods just north of Leeds yesterday, which is a mixed habitat area managed by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. The place was alive with birdsong of many different types, it was an absolute treat. My favourite was the skylark as we crossed a field next to the wood.


Also saw a surprising amount and diversity of butterflies. The little upturn in temps has obviously encouraged them out.



 


I live in Thorner (close to Hetchell Woods) and when running I hear the skylarks in the fields nearby

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#51 Posted : 19 April 2019 14:37:40(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Roger Parsons Go to Quoted Post


 


Anyone seen or heard a cuckoo yet? I haven't - but it's about time for it. The tracking site shows they have arrived in Europe.


Roger



Two or possibly three separate ones heard today in Fishlake Meadows reserve north of Romsey; saw one fairly close on our family walk, flying from a perch from whence it cuckooed.


Also a number of blackcaps and Cetti's warblers; treecreepers, chiffchaffs and various tits & warblers.


A gathering of twitchers around a glossy ibis that has been gracing the fringe of the reserve for a few days now. All of us (me, Bess + 3) saw it clearly.

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#52 Posted : 24 April 2019 12:46:27(UTC)
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We have an outstandingly assertive male blackbird here. This year he has set out to train us properly and watches us through the windows. He puts on quite a display when he wants feeding, threatening posture, angry calls, angry movements. I have named him Genghis. There are other blackbirds about but he is the star of the show. His missis is quite forceful too. He is especially keen on dried mealworms and these have about run out. I tried ignoring him yesterday and he turned up with a beak full of grubs - showing them to me close up and clearly trying to get across the message "This is what I expect from you!" "This! This! Like This!"

Interestingly I mentioned him to a neighbour and she said there was a history of characters like him on our patch. Nature or nurture, I wonder?
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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#53 Posted : 24 April 2019 14:10:10(UTC)
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Heard two cuckoos yesterday - first time I've heard more than one for many years. I'd say plenty of chiff chaffs, blackcaps, and willow warblers this year but low numbers of swallow and house martin.

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#54 Posted : 25 April 2019 07:09:50(UTC)
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Seen a group of wheatears over the Easter weekend



 


Buzzard in flight




 



 


Yellowhammer



Lapwing in flight


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#55 Posted : 25 April 2019 07:18:07(UTC)
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"Seen a group of wheatears over the Easter weekend..."
Time well spent - great photos KB.
What a fine bird the wheatear is.
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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#56 Posted : 25 April 2019 07:30:50(UTC)
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Thanks Roger

Did hear the call of a cuckoo when was out

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Offline Roger Parsons  
#57 Posted : 25 April 2019 07:45:58(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: KevBrads1 Go to Quoted Post
Thanks Roger

Did hear the call of a cuckoo when was out



Great KB - I'm "in the field" today in both north and south of the county so maybe I'll get lucky.


I've not heard one yet this year.


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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#58 Posted : 25 April 2019 17:08:35(UTC)
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Seen a group of wheatears over the Easter weekend



 


Buzzard in flight




 



 


Yellowhammer



Lapwing in flight




The photos are super Kev; my favourite is the Peewit (Lapwing). classic pose mid air. Reminds me of an Edward Thomas poem.

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#59 Posted : 27 April 2019 17:44:44(UTC)
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For those of you who love Barn Owls - the Len Pick Trust Owl Project is up and running again this year.
You can watch the parenting skills of this year's pair - they are in the box as I write - and the hope is we will see a first egg soon.
There are useful notes to explain what is going on as the story develops. I find it hypnotic and keep it running on my backup pc.
http://www.lenpicktrust.org.uk/owl-project/4593449091


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Edited by user 27 April 2019 17:46:23(UTC)  | Reason: addition

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 Roger Parsons  
#60 Posted : 28 April 2019 20:19:02(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Roger Parsons Go to Quoted Post


For those of you who love Barn Owls - the Len Pick Trust Owl Project is up and running again this year.
You can watch the parenting skills of this year's pair - they are in the box as I write - and the hope is we will see a first egg soon.
There are useful notes to explain what is going on as the story develops. I find it hypnotic and keep it running on my backup pc.
http://www.lenpicktrust.org.uk/owl-project/4593449091


Why not become an addict?
Roger



First egg laid today!


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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