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Mrs Pingu

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5150 on: May 25, 2018, 09:34:13 pm »
Do not clench. It only makes it worse.

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5151 on: May 27, 2018, 09:15:36 pm »


Not today, but on 6th May when we were cycling through Luxembourg. Black stork.
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Kim

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5152 on: May 30, 2018, 01:47:07 pm »
Seen yesterday: Kestrel taking off from the hedgerow and swooping overhead as I cycled past at almost reach-out-and-you-can-touch-it-range.  To the point where an inept bird-spotter like me was in no doubt that it was a kestrel.
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5153 on: May 30, 2018, 02:00:27 pm »
Good walk from Grassington along the Warfe and then back over high ground yesterday.  Saw my first green woodpecker ever ! We have greater and lesser spotted locally and they even visit the nuts in our garden but I have never seen a green woodpecker before so that made my day. Pied wagtails a plenty plus one grey or yellow wagtail on the rocks in the river, I find it hard to tell them apart. Oyster catchers and various ducks on the river plus a lot of black headed gulls which were as far from the sea as its possible to get in the UK probably. Hear loads of curlew on the higher dales as we walked back but unfortunately didn't spot any, just crows and pheasant. Oh and sheep, lots and lots of sheep.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

Re: Seen today
« Reply #5154 on: May 31, 2018, 07:21:10 pm »
Today walking near Levisham on the North Yorks Moors I did actually manage to see a curlew rather than just hear them. Havn't seen one for a few years.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

Steph

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5155 on: June 03, 2018, 04:35:06 pm »
Grey wags have a much longer tail than yellows, just for starters. Wing bar, darker back, and so on. Yellows have a huge range of races/subspecies.

You get lesser spotted? Wow! Not the commonest of birds, certainly not in the North.
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5156 on: June 03, 2018, 07:58:32 pm »
i was thinking I must visit pcolbec. I have never seen a lesser spotted woodpecker.

I had two sightings of cuckoos today, whilst walking between Benfleet and Leigh along the sea wall path. The first had been cuckooing and was therefore a male*. The second was skulking around the reedbeds for all the world looking as though it was hunting for reed warbler nests to parasitise.

Oh, and I made the pleasing discovery that the freshwater marshes in that area contain marsh frogs! I didn't see any but I heard them. I think it's the first time I have heard them in Essex, although I have a feeling that they are present on Rainham Marshes.

*I believe this to be the case, having read stuff, but I am always acutely aware that the wildlife I observe has very rarely read the same books that I have, and therefore might have other ideas.
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Steph

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5158 on: June 06, 2018, 05:43:14 pm »
Some 20 red kites and 6or so buzzards appeared when the field opposite was mown today - it’s organically grown silage that the farmer lets seed before cutting.
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ElyDave

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5159 on: June 09, 2018, 04:12:19 pm »
this little chap

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5160 on: June 13, 2018, 05:01:29 pm »
On a walk around the local nature reserve (a former Castle Cement chalk quarry) a small cluster of bee orchids.
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ElyDave

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5161 on: June 15, 2018, 03:36:25 pm »


plus a cinnabar moth that wouldn't sit still

Rescued the damselfly from inside my greenhouse
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5162 on: Yesterday at 12:16:57 am »
Seen yesterday: Kestrel taking off from the hedgerow and swooping overhead as I cycled past at almost reach-out-and-you-can-touch-it-range.  To the point where an inept bird-spotter like me was in no doubt that it was a kestrel.
A magical moment. It's decades & tens of thousands of cycling miles since I last saw a kestrel that close. Thanks for sharing it.

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5163 on: Yesterday at 01:44:52 pm »
A beetle.

Anyone know what it is ?


Re: Seen today
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Aunt Maud

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5165 on: Yesterday at 07:31:38 pm »
Cheers.

Pingu

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5166 on: Yesterday at 09:24:29 pm »
Curlew with a chick yesterday.

Re: Seen today
« Reply #5167 on: Today at 04:53:47 pm »
Today walking near Levisham on the North Yorks Moors I did actually manage to see a curlew rather than just hear them. Havn't seen one for a few years.
We have curlews very near to us as there is quite a bit of permanent pasture in a sea of arable crops. When we visited the Peak District a few years ago, one of our friends commented on how nice it was to hear curlews (they lived in Surrey). I didn't have the heart to tell them that we heard them almost every day at this time of year.

Last night, whilst visiting my allotment, I watched a barn owl hovering for a few minutes. It flew up the hedge line then over some rough grass at one corner of the allotment field then flew across the next field into the tall trees. We often see this owl out hunting in the evening. There is a field of miscanthus grass that grows very tall and is probably full of small mammals.