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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5325 on: 22 April, 2019, 01:28:55 pm »
A circling buzzard, and - a first for our part of Aylesbury Vale - a green parakeet.
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5326 on: 22 April, 2019, 02:07:21 pm »
Thanks Chris.
I haven't been around the forum long enough to work out where folks are from
Yes, I remember seeing them on Simonside years ago, and on the Otterburn Ranges just last year.
They are around, but thankfully not too many folks know that!
"Ours" are about 100m from the house, but we have had them in the garden quite often in the past.
The cat found the sloughed skin - she was poking it to see if would wake up!


Re: Seen today
« Reply #5327 on: 27 April, 2019, 09:25:29 pm »
Having a glass of wine and a fag on the patio steps just now and the first hedgehog of the year popped out from between the plant pots. It looked startled then turned round and shuffled off.
It always cheers me up to see a hedgehog.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

Re: Seen today
« Reply #5328 on: 28 April, 2019, 08:44:03 am »
A pair of buzzards circling in Windsor park yesterday   :)
the slower you go the more you see

Re: Seen today
« Reply #5329 on: 28 April, 2019, 11:56:39 am »
Driving home from yesterday's audax ride, I saw a Short-eared Owl over Bollihope Common.  Always a treat, but we don't see the number we used to in past years.

Re: Seen today
« Reply #5330 on: 28 April, 2019, 06:09:52 pm »
Osprey, whimbrel, Darford warbler...
RSPB local group field trip to RSPB Arne.
Brilliant day.
"No matter how slow you go, you're still lapping everybody on the couch."

Re: Seen today
« Reply #5331 on: 28 April, 2019, 07:06:57 pm »
Our “local” heron in the field opposite the house.
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Kim

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5332 on: 28 April, 2019, 08:01:48 pm »
Bonus points to CrinklyUncle for saying "Oh dear!" when a deer wandered onto the road ahead of us on yesterday's audax.
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5333 on: 06 May, 2019, 11:12:06 am »
Yesterday.  The first swifts.
And this morning, the first swallow.
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5334 on: 06 May, 2019, 07:36:58 pm »
I was up at about 4.30 for no good reason and went for a walk.  Met a badger in the meadow with the abandoned tractor, had my first ever sighting of a cuckoo, listened to the crazy sedge warblers as the sun came up, saw a vampire deer and lots of whitethroats. Marsh marigolds and ladies’ smocks down by the sewage farm.

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5335 on: 06 May, 2019, 08:18:35 pm »
Dolphin with calf in the harbour this morning.

Re: Seen today
« Reply #5336 on: 06 May, 2019, 09:30:23 pm »
Sparrowhawk in the garden again sitting on the drystone wall. Cue all the small birds hiding in the hedge and the trees and going mental.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5337 on: 08 May, 2019, 12:32:26 pm »
Dolphin with calf in the harbour this morning.

They're back along with about half a dozen of their chums  :thumbsup:

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5338 on: 12 May, 2019, 08:31:39 pm »
I went out at about 9 this morning to get rid of the compost (no, that's not an euphonium) and heard the lovely sound of swifts screaming overhead. They weren't there yesterday I'm sure.

Also, saw a marsh harrier at Wakering Stairs whilst talking to a bird-watching type, who hadn't seen it until I pointed it out.
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5339 on: 13 May, 2019, 04:19:20 pm »
In Haguenau this afternoon, a bit of fag-packet cellophane blowing across the road with a sparrow in hot pursuit. Quite delightful.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5340 on: 13 May, 2019, 05:26:34 pm »
I went out at about 9 this morning to get rid of the compost (no, that's not an euphonium) and heard the lovely sound of swifts screaming overhead. They weren't there yesterday I'm sure.

We saw swifts up here on Saturday evening, so I'm guessing they'd probably arrived in Essex a few days before.

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5341 on: 14 May, 2019, 12:23:06 am »
The first reported sighting of a swift this year on the Southend RSPB website was 30th April.
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5342 on: 19 May, 2019, 09:35:23 pm »
We saw swifts on Saturday, and a roe deer today, a nice change from the more usual muntjac.
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5343 on: 20 May, 2019, 01:01:13 pm »
Yesterday, a heron catching a couple of small roachy things in Priory Park, despite the "Closed Season" signs.
Bach without a doubt.

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5344 on: 20 May, 2019, 09:39:13 pm »
a few days ago watched a heron alighting on a roof in the village.

This evening, stood outside the patio doors with my daughter watching the bats circling the garden, just as the light fades completely.  I don't know what it is, but I could stand there for ages watching them flitting around their circuit
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5345 on: 23 May, 2019, 10:11:32 am »
On yesterday's commutes

- A heron, majestic on a rock in the middle of the Tawe. I would have stopped for a photo, but, from experience, I knew it would have flown as soon as I'd stopped.
- Several jays
- A green woodpecker in flight - sightings of green woodpeckers and jays on my commute seem to go hand-in-hand
- A rarity for me, but I saw a cuckoo, in flight, as well has hearing it (less rare), before and after the flight.

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5346 on: 24 May, 2019, 02:27:44 pm »
We've seen the heron a few times in the park since. Also, a kingfisher on Wednesday evening.

Yesterday we went to Minsmere for the day. Saw one bittern, heard another booming, and saw a number of marsh harriers. Also, a small swarm of bees on a post.
Bach without a doubt.

Re: Seen today
« Reply #5347 on: 24 May, 2019, 05:05:07 pm »
We've seen the heron a few times in the park since. Also, a kingfisher on Wednesday evening.

Yesterday we went to Minsmere for the day. Saw one bittern, heard another booming, and saw a number of marsh harriers. Also, a small swarm of bees on a post.

Lucky man, I've never seen or even heard a bittern. Mind you I don't exactly live near any marshy flatlands so its not surprising.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

Re: Seen today
« Reply #5348 on: 24 May, 2019, 07:50:00 pm »
Our local cuckoo has been very conspicuous over the last few weeks, even calling as it flew over our garden on Saturday morning. Here it is caught down by the Thame, on camera and in audio.
https://soundcloud.com/user-143636955/cuckoo1

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5349 on: 25 May, 2019, 01:37:37 pm »
I haven't heard a cuckoo yet this year. I'm going to Wakering Stairs this afternoon in order to try to make amends. I suspect I will hear some as we cycle across Wales in a week or two.
Bach without a doubt.