Author Topic: Seen today  (Read 1059174 times)

Pingu

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6775 on: 05 June, 2024, 04:47:00 pm »
Early hedgepig this arvo.


IMG_8080_01 by The Pingus, on Flickr

Re: Seen today
« Reply #6776 on: 07 June, 2024, 05:32:29 pm »
Baby Kestrels on the verge of fledging

"Ott's Law states that the worst weather will coincide with the worst part (for that weather) of any planned ride"

Wowbagger

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6777 on: 12 June, 2024, 10:53:03 am »
Tree creeper in Hungerford.
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6778 on: 12 June, 2024, 06:31:28 pm »
They fledged at the weekend.

"Ott's Law states that the worst weather will coincide with the worst part (for that weather) of any planned ride"

Pingu

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6779 on: 16 June, 2024, 09:17:33 pm »

Pingu

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6780 on: 07 July, 2024, 09:46:50 pm »
Distant, poor light and taken through double glazing, but a record of our first visit by a redpoll.


Common redpoll (Acanthis flammea) by The Pingus, on Flickr

Re: Seen today
« Reply #6781 on: 08 July, 2024, 07:30:38 am »
Two adult swans and a line of 10 cygnets walking along a very damp country lane somewhere in deepest darkest Suffolk on Saturday.

Mr Larrington

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6782 on: 10 July, 2024, 02:55:16 pm »
Myriad seabirbs including two gannets, a possible seal and a Several of cetaceans including an actual whale.  Which hopefully did a crash dive before it got sunk by a car ferry.
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6783 on: 11 July, 2024, 01:42:22 am »
A buzzard in a tree - to which I called "Hello Mr Buzzard" - then a minute later it swooped low over our heads as we cycled down a quiet lane, and kept descending until it was using ground effect, less than a metre off the tarmac. It carried on gliding close to the ground for what seemed like ages  - checking up over its left shoulder to make sure we were not getting too close (I purposefully slowed to prolong the experience), every few seconds, just for a moment, then went back to looking where it was going (probably also looking for small birds, rodents, and oncoming cars). I also saw other buzzards and kestrels (one with a rodent) and a marsh harrier. All on the Dengie Peninsula.
"Ott's Law states that the worst weather will coincide with the worst part (for that weather) of any planned ride"

rogerzilla

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6784 on: 11 July, 2024, 04:43:06 pm »
A grey heron on the roof of the house opposite.  It was being dive-bombed by Swindon's most common bird, the townie gull.
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Jaded

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6785 on: 11 July, 2024, 06:18:53 pm »
Distant, poor light and taken through double glazing, but a record of our first visit by a redpoll.


Common redpoll (Acanthis flammea) by The Pingus, on Flickr

That's interesting, in that at the end of May I saw my first redpoll, over on the West coast.
It is simpler than it looks.

Mr Larrington

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6786 on: 11 July, 2024, 08:26:33 pm »
A Several of outsize fish-nomming sea Labradors, including this chunky sort:


Finsbay: Fish-nomming sea labrador by Mr Larrington, on Flickr
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6787 on: 11 July, 2024, 08:30:06 pm »
A bird of prey (couldn't tell you which sort) trying to fly off with a dead pigeon in its talons. As the bird was at most only marginally larger than the pigeon, this was more a series of elongated hops than a flight.

Mr Larrington

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6788 on: 14 July, 2024, 05:00:48 pm »
A pair of Golden Eagles from the North Harris Eagle Observatory.  Too far away to be photographed, alas.
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Mr Larrington

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6789 on: 18 July, 2024, 07:55:44 am »
Dolphins that swim did precisely that close to the Stornoway-Ullapool ferry yesterday.
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6790 on: 18 July, 2024, 02:00:17 pm »
Picnicking beside the Minster when a huge swarm of insects darkened the sky. Bees heading for the Minster itself, the belfry probably.
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6791 on: 18 July, 2024, 06:22:26 pm »
On yesterday's ride a goldfinch in a hedge a  number of blackbirds and 2 separate buzzards  :)
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6792 on: 21 July, 2024, 01:39:26 pm »
Very unusually (we rarely see them in winter even) a group of long tailed tits eating bugs off a clematis in our garden.

And heard, rather than seen, a green woodpecker.
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6793 on: 21 July, 2024, 04:52:28 pm »
A large dragon fly in our living room. The cat was caught it, but wasn't sure what to do next. I managed to open a window and let it out whereupon it flew off, seemingly unharmed.
Rather beautiful.
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6794 on: 21 July, 2024, 09:54:21 pm »
Hornet mimic hoverfly:



Which was actually much bigger than the two real hornets I saw later, although they do seem to be minus their heads:



Anyone know what this spider is?






Re: Seen today
« Reply #6795 on: 22 July, 2024, 08:44:05 am »
This morning, on the way to the station (a matter of 10 minutes or so) foxes at four separate locations.

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6796 on: 22 July, 2024, 09:06:41 am »
This morning, on the way to the station (a matter of 10 minutes or so) foxes at four separate locations.
You sure it's not one fox, stalking you?
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