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Offline Roger Parsons  
#121 Posted : 11 August 2019 16:49:35(UTC)
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Barn Owl cam.
4 eggs [second clutch] and 5+ small mammals seen 5.40hrs.
The story continues.
http://www.lenpicktrust.org.uk/owl-project/4593449091

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".

Curiosities of Great Britain (c.1780)

Offline Roger Parsons  
#122 Posted : 12 August 2019 06:35:20(UTC)
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Cuckoos are said to "fly in July", which is when we stop hearing their adult calls - but juveniles are still being seen.
1 was reported last week on a Lincolnshire coastal reserve and another this week near the River Witham south east of Lincoln.

If interested click on the BTO cuckoo tracking website and follow the migration of monitored adult cuckoos.
You may be able to relate it to weather conditions.
https://www.bto.org/our-science/projects/cuckoo-tracking-project



Roger

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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)

Offline Roger Parsons  
#123 Posted : 02 September 2019 14:59:38(UTC)
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On the subject of cuckoos....the BTO say....

Climate change 'has affected a third of UK bird species'
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-49512732


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  
#124 Posted : 02 September 2019 15:08:34(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Roger Parsons Go to Quoted Post

On the subject of cuckoos....the BTO say....

Climate change 'has affected a third of UK bird species'
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-49512732


Roger

Interesting (& perhaps discouraging) link Rog; swifts & turtle doves are mentioned further down the first page.

Locally, both these species are down- the former during the past 7-10 years or so in Winchester and Eastleigh, the latter almost non-existent in farmland & open country in this part of Hampshire (disclaimer: anecdotal evidence from 'twitching').

Seems the swifts hung on a bit during modernisation of 1870s-1930s buildings until low-mobile older human generations, not bothering with modernising certain upstairs spaces, moved on.

I sigh with loss.

Bertie, Itchen Valley.

Remember Finlake!

Offline Roger Parsons  
#125 Posted : 02 September 2019 16:47:23(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Bertwhistle Go to Quoted Post

Interesting (& perhaps discouraging) link Rog; swifts & turtle doves are mentioned further down the first page.

Locally, both these species are down- the former during the past 7-10 years or so in Winchester and Eastleigh, the latter almost non-existent in farmland & open country in this part of Hampshire (disclaimer: anecdotal evidence from 'twitching').

Seems the swifts hung on a bit during modernisation of 1870s-1930s buildings until low-mobile older human generations, not bothering with modernising certain upstairs spaces, moved on.

I sigh with loss.

I feel the same, Bert. Turtle doves were regulars in our last garden down in Wildmore Fen and cuckoos frequently seen and heard, but best of all we had swifts in the roof! We used to sit in the garden with a G&T and wait to see them go in for the night. We had spotted flycatchers in the garden and the occasional woodcock in winter; Curlews in the fields and Short-eared Owls on the river bank; and an orchard full of winter thrushes.

The BTO can be relied on for the quality of information.

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 DEW  
#126 Posted : 02 September 2019 16:59:54(UTC)
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I haven't seen or heard the usual swifts in Chichester this year.  

The birds who have designs on our roof space are starlings and I hate them - they drop nesting material in the gutter and block it! (3 storeys up and pretty nearly inaccessible) and then monopolise the bird table for good measure.

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  
#127 Posted : 03 September 2019 06:39:26(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: DEW Go to Quoted Post

I haven't seen or heard the usual swifts in Chichester this year.  

The birds who have designs on our roof space are starlings and I hate them - they drop nesting material in the gutter and block it! (3 storeys up and pretty nearly inaccessible) and then monopolise the bird table for good measure.

I am sorry you have fallen out with your starlings, DEW. Whilst I agree about their "housekeeping skills", they are a fascinating species. We love our resident flock which now numbers around 35. I look forward to enjoying the coming season of murmurations and the sublime sight of birds performing spectacular displays.

https://www.newsflare.com/video/112907/animals/spectacular-starling-murmuration-in-lincoln-nature-reserve

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 DEW  
#128 Posted : 03 September 2019 06:52:06(UTC)
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Murmurations great - in previous winters there has been a minor one collecting above and diving into scrub on the railway sidings here to roost - but not a pair blocking my gutter which is too high for many builders to access due to H&S insurance regulations, and those that take the risk charge accordingly!

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
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#129 Posted : 03 September 2019 06:56:18(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: DEW Go to Quoted Post

Murmurations great - in previous winters there has been a minor one collecting above and diving into scrub on the railway sidings here to roost - but not a pair blocking my gutter which is too high for many builders to access due to H&S insurance regulations, and those that take the risk charge accordingly!

Yes - I don't know how you get round that one, DEW - other than putting it on your list should you ever have to get some other work done up there. [Hope not!] You can get a mesh barrier to keep gutters clear. For now best treat it by ignoring!

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 Northern Sky  
#130 Posted : 03 September 2019 07:10:42(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Roger Parsons Go to Quoted Post

On the subject of cuckoos....the BTO say....

Climate change 'has affected a third of UK bird species'
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-49512732


Roger

On the subject of Swifts I was in Dubrovnik a few weeks ago and I have never seen (or heard!) as many Swifts in my life. One night we had a very intense thunderstorm and just before it arrived the Swifts were extremely noisy flying low through the streets of the old town. My wife took a great video but I can't even work out how to post a picture!

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#131 Posted : 03 September 2019 07:35:01(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Northern Sky Go to Quoted Post

My wife took a great video but I can't even work out how to post a picture!

I can't post a pic either, NS, What a pair of laggards!

I look forward to seeing it if you crack the problem.

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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#132 Posted : 09 September 2019 06:51:11(UTC)
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Peregrine falcon with prey

SHOW EXTERNAL IMAGES

MANCHESTER SUMMER INDEX 2020: 174 up to 14th of July

Timelapses, old weather forecasts and natural phenomena videos can be seen on this site

http://www.youtube.com/c...z2feWDTydhpEhQ/playlists

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#133 Posted : 09 September 2019 09:29:26(UTC)
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A sign of the change in seasons. I saw what must have been hundreds of swallow's feeding on what I asume were seaweed maggot flies on the coast at Osmington Mills on Saturday morning. They must have been refueling before the Channel crossing. Spectacular aerobatics.
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#134 Posted : 10 September 2019 05:28:44(UTC)
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Peregrine falcon gliding in the wind over the Great Orme, Llandudno in October 2017. I didn't realise it was a peregrine until I looked back at my photos.

 

SHOW EXTERNAL IMAGES

MANCHESTER SUMMER INDEX 2020: 174 up to 14th of July

Timelapses, old weather forecasts and natural phenomena videos can be seen on this site

http://www.youtube.com/c...z2feWDTydhpEhQ/playlists

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#135 Posted : 13 September 2019 13:41:54(UTC)
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https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/insecticide-neonicotinoids-migrating-songbirds-study-a9102631.html

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/09/common-pesticide-makes-migrating-birds-anorexic

Anyone with an interest in birds will know about the sharp decline in the numbers of species and in particular of some migrant species. The above link is interesting in that respect. Hopefully, the research will be a nail in the coffin of the use of neonicotinoids.

On a different note, some great pics there, Kevin

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Offline Roger Parsons  
#136 Posted : 13 September 2019 14:52:57(UTC)
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If penguins could fly - stunning photos

https://www.bbcearth.com/blog/


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Edited by user 13 September 2019 14:58:07(UTC)  | Reason: + bold

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  
#137 Posted : 20 September 2019 10:16:04(UTC)
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Len Pick Barn Owl camera - the story continues!
6 chicks on 17th, a live vole racing about in the nest on the 18th, then 4 chicks on 20th. Did they learn from eating the vole that siblings might be yummy too?


http://www.lenpicktrust.org.uk/owl-project/4593449091


For those who don't know, large barn owl broods at this time of the year are relatively common. This is insurance against deteriorating weather and the consequent difficulty in catching enough prey. If there is lots of food, most or all of the chicks may survive. If not, dinner is sitting next to you.


Roger

Edited by user 20 September 2019 10:23:55(UTC)  | Reason: + bold

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 DEW  
#138 Posted : 20 September 2019 19:00:07(UTC)
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Found on path this morning - a broken plain white egg (not hen's egg), insides cleaned out. Squirrel found a pigeon's egg (I think they're still doing late broods), do you think?

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
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#139 Posted : 20 September 2019 20:01:39(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: DEW Go to Quoted Post

Found on path this morning - a broken plain white egg (not hen's egg), insides cleaned out. Squirrel found a pigeon's egg (I think they're still doing late broods), do you think?

Very probably, DEW.

"The Woodpigeon breeding season is a long one, beginning as early as February in many urban and suburban areas and extending through to November or even December. "

https://www.bto.org/sites/default/files/shared_documents/gbw/associated_files/bird-table-77-woodpigeon-species-focus.pdf

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".

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#140 Posted : 20 September 2019 20:31:56(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Roger Parsons Go to Quoted Post

 

Very probably, DEW.

"The Woodpigeon breeding season is a long one, beginning as early as February in many urban and suburban areas and extending through to November or even December. "

https://www.bto.org/sites/default/files/shared_documents/gbw/associated_files/bird-table-77-woodpigeon-species-focus.pdf

Roger

We live in rural Worcestershire and during this current warm spell, the pigeons round here have been nest building once more. Whether they can actually raise a brood successfully this late in the year, is another matter.

 

New world order coming.
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