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ElyDave

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6000 on: 30 November, 2021, 08:44:00 pm »
A wol , most likely a barn wol whilst out running this evening, in the flit of my head torch, then along a ditch before disappearing through some trees.
“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” –Charles Dickens

Re: Seen today
« Reply #6001 on: 18 December, 2021, 11:04:05 am »
A (juvenile?) sparrowhawk we think, perched for half an hour in a tree in the field opposite our house. I’ve got a photo, but can’t find the transfer cable for camera to PC  ::-). Maybe later! We only saw it from behind, but it was larger and darker than the usual Kestrels, and had a blunt squared off tail.
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ElyDave

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6002 on: 22 December, 2021, 08:02:58 pm »
On a two hour ride today, an wol, a kestrel, a buzzard and three egrets, plus a bunch of unremarkable lbj's
“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” –Charles Dickens

Wowbagger

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6003 on: 24 December, 2021, 08:40:31 am »
A couple of days ago we were strolling along a very rural lane in north Essex with our younger son and we all stopped to watch a lovely display of bark-scrambling by a gold crest.  I often hear them but it’s no often i get such a good view of them.
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ElyDave

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6004 on: 24 December, 2021, 03:34:18 pm »
Whatever it was that helped itself to my beetroot last week has been back, this time for the chard,  but only the roots. I found all the tops lying in the veg plot, it went through about half the row, also nibbled a few brassicas.

I have re-netted the rest of them and pegged it down around the bottom.

I seem to remember someone on here buying a motion detector camera, are there any particular recommendations? I know there are plenty on amazon for example
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Wowbagger

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6005 on: 25 December, 2021, 12:09:07 am »
I've got a Browning something-or-other.
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T42

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6006 on: 25 December, 2021, 02:48:56 pm »
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But they never got to Carcassonne.

Re: Seen today
« Reply #6007 on: 25 December, 2021, 02:58:32 pm »
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It'd probably lead to a fairly decisive conclusion.

Tim Hall

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6008 on: 25 December, 2021, 07:53:05 pm »
A small tortoise shell butterfly, flittering around the house I'm staying in on Bantry Bay Web based research suggests they hibernate over winter, so I wondering if the house has been empty and cold for a while and our arrival woke it up.
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Wowbagger

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6009 on: 25 December, 2021, 09:13:37 pm »
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The same company makes/imports infra-red motion-sensitive cameras. They are sold to the "hunting" fraternity in the USofA to assist them in selecting which creatures to blast to Kingdom Come. In civilised countries they are used to detect hedgehog and badger movements in urban gardens.
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Mrs Pingu

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6010 on: 27 December, 2021, 07:32:47 am »
Standing at the back door earlier waiting for the cats to decide if they were going out or not, we heard a wol!
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Pingu

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6011 on: 29 December, 2021, 07:49:12 pm »
Standing at the back door earlier waiting for the cats to decide if they were going out or not, we heard a wol!

And this evening  :thumbsup:

Mrs Pingu

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6012 on: 01 January, 2022, 03:41:22 pm »
New year hot sqrl action at my brother's house. There were 3 at one point.

IMG_4841_01 by The Pingus, on Flickr

IMG_4846_01 by The Pingus, on Flickr
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6013 on: 02 January, 2022, 10:41:44 am »
So, this is a close up, from about 1.5m, of our poorly Goldfinch

Goldfinch 2 by Richard Fletcher, on Flickr

Whereas this as close as I can get to the to normal ones

Untitled by Richard Fletcher, on Flickr

The normal ones are more elongated, and have a redder face.  And are much more flighty, no pun intended.
We are making a New World (Paul Nash, 1918)

Re: Seen today
« Reply #6014 on: 02 January, 2022, 03:27:36 pm »

A ghost wol

and a dead otter  :'( :'((old A10 littleport - Ely)

CrazyEnglishTriathlete

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6015 on: 02 January, 2022, 09:19:17 pm »
Went to Winterbourne Downs RSPB reserve today.  Not a lot of things out and about except for a flock of about 30 goldfinches, which were very colourful in the two rays of sunshine we were allowed.
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Vernon

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6016 on: 02 January, 2022, 10:26:46 pm »
So, this is a close up, from about 1.5m, of our poorly Goldfinch

Goldfinch 2 by Richard Fletcher, on Flickr

Whereas this as close as I can get to the to normal ones

Untitled by Richard Fletcher, on Flickr

The normal ones are more elongated, and have a redder face.  And are much more flighty, no pun intended.

It's possible that your poorly goldfinch is suffering from trichomonosis, especially if you can see food or saliva around its beak. Make sure you regularly clean and disinfect the feeders and water sources, or even remove them for a week or two to reduce the chance of it spreading to the other birds.

Wowbagger

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6017 on: 02 January, 2022, 10:51:30 pm »
Somone fairly local to me has set up their hedgehog cam, and yesterday they caught two on film, one much bigger than the other.
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6018 on: 03 January, 2022, 01:38:53 pm »
An irregular visitor to our garden

Woodpecker by Richard Fletcher, on Flickr
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6019 on: 07 January, 2022, 03:20:33 pm »
For the first time this year, long tailed tits. And for the second or third time only, the elusive song thrush.
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« Reply #6020 on: 08 January, 2022, 02:24:27 pm »
We don't see long-tailed tits in the garden very often. But when it was so cold the sunflower seed feeders froze solid, I put out some suet logs in cage feeders. The long-tailed tits apeared as if by magic!

Re: Seen today
« Reply #6021 on: 09 January, 2022, 04:01:12 pm »
On my ride I had a close up view of a Kestrel hovering not 10m above me, looking for a meal in the lane-side verge and taking no notice of me.  Unfortunately no camera with me as it would have made a great photo.

Also a red kite and a starling roost of several hundred starlings in a lane-side thicket.  You couldn’t really miss them, they were making a right old racket.

And on my back lawn this afternoon,  a Jay.  Beautiful plumage.  One of my favourite birds.

Re: Seen today
« Reply #6022 on: 09 January, 2022, 07:58:22 pm »
A buzzard, perched in the black poplar across the road, and a hare in the back field.
We are making a New World (Paul Nash, 1918)

Auntie Helen

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6023 on: 09 January, 2022, 08:31:11 pm »
We saw hares boxing on New Years Day. Brilliant!
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ElyDave

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6024 on: 10 January, 2022, 06:46:56 am »
Whilst out running yesterday, a buzzard landing in the field as I went past. It was quite comical to watch all the pigeons suddenly scatter as it arrived
“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” –Charles Dickens