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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6650 on: 10 January, 2024, 06:34:49 pm »
A male siskin today, which was nice.
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6651 on: 10 January, 2024, 07:58:56 pm »
A murmuration[ (youtube) this evening. Like yesterday evening, the show finished on the dot at 16:45.
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6652 on: 12 January, 2024, 08:19:57 pm »
A murmuration[ (youtube) this evening. Like yesterday evening, the show finished on the dot at 16:45  16:25.
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16:23 this evening.
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6653 on: 12 January, 2024, 08:28:13 pm »
Two urban foxes on the lean-to roof when I pulled back the landing window curtains this morning. The older one scarpered before I could take a picture, but the younger one hung around for a bit. It had been in a fight at some point in the past - I initially thought it had a bit of a squint in its left eye, but when approached the landing window, I could see that the eyeball was missing.
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6654 on: 14 January, 2024, 04:15:38 pm »
A flock of Waxwing feasting on mistletoe berries in Bushy Park near the Hampton Court gate.
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6655 on: 14 January, 2024, 07:39:57 pm »
A blackbird heading east with 5 parakeets following it in close formation. I was reminded of a airshow fly past  ;D
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6656 on: 15 January, 2024, 01:43:46 pm »
For the double-barrelled welterweight championship of the Crooked Billet roundabout: Pica pica vs. Rattus rattus!!

Magpie is convinced there is a Lunch to be found under those dead leaves.  Rat is equally convinced that any Lunch thereabouts belongs to him only.  Pagga ensues.
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6657 on: 15 January, 2024, 07:18:39 pm »
Heard rather than seen, the sound of a muntjac galloping down the village road.
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6658 on: 16 January, 2024, 10:29:23 am »
Lots of fieldfares and redwings here now. The fields will be covered in snow so we'll have an influx from farmland.

Re: Seen today
« Reply #6659 on: 21 January, 2024, 04:26:32 pm »
Another (presumably overwintering in the woodpile) wasp in the house. This one didn’t sting me.
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6660 on: 21 January, 2024, 05:00:31 pm »
For the double-barrelled welterweight championship of the Crooked Billet roundabout: Pica pica vs. Rattus rattus!!

Magpie is convinced there is a Lunch to be found under those dead leaves.  Rat is equally convinced that any Lunch thereabouts belongs to him only.  Pagga ensues.
And the winner was...?
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6661 on: 21 January, 2024, 06:39:32 pm »
A pair of waxwings perched at the top of a tree, surrounded by by a dozen or so twitchers armed with binoculars and huge telephoto lenses. Apparently waxwings are Very Unusual in these parts.

I wouldn't have known they were waxwings if I hadn't stopped and asked a couple of twitchers.

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6662 on: 01 February, 2024, 12:54:02 pm »
On the way to the pie shop at lunchtime: 2 drumming GSWs (one seen, the other just heard) and a red squirrel 🐿 :)

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6663 on: 04 February, 2024, 05:46:04 pm »
Last year I saw loads of great tits and hardly any blue tits.  This year it is the other way around...  is that a local phenomenon (North Hampshire) or something others have noticed.
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6664 on: 10 February, 2024, 11:01:12 am »
Lots of water birds, settling down at dusk, at Slimbridge.





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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6665 on: 12 February, 2024, 08:58:35 am »
Three Muntjac running across our neighbour's lawn heading for the adjacent field.
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6666 on: 14 February, 2024, 07:52:43 pm »
A bird sitting on our fence.

It was a Sparrowhawk.  It stayed for 10 to 15 minutes until a huge hairy cat started walking nonchalantly in its direction. The bird let it get close before skimming gracefully away.

I’ve never seen a sparrowhawk before.
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6667 on: 14 February, 2024, 09:07:26 pm »
Three curlew arrived today, two lapwing last week.
The black and red grouse are here year round.
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6668 on: 14 February, 2024, 09:21:20 pm »
Today was a siskin day on the sunflower hearts.

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6669 on: 14 February, 2024, 09:56:44 pm »
For the double-barrelled welterweight championship of the Crooked Billet roundabout: Pica pica vs. Rattus rattus!!

Magpie is convinced there is a Lunch to be found under those dead leaves.  Rat is equally convinced that any Lunch thereabouts belongs to him only.  Pagga ensues.

Sorry to be a belated killjoy/pedant, but I think the Hon. Mem. will find that the away team was rattus norvegicus. Rattus rattus is, I understand, virtually extinct in the UK, largely down to the more successful invasive species supplanting it.
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6670 on: 16 February, 2024, 05:41:08 pm »
Redpoll, lots of goldcrests and possibly a firecrest.


Goldcrest (Regulus regulus) by The Pingus, on Flickr

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6671 on: 16 February, 2024, 07:27:11 pm »
Splendid photo!
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6672 on: 16 February, 2024, 07:32:26 pm »
Terrific.  Like the wren, it's name is far bigger than the bird.

Re: Seen today
« Reply #6673 on: 16 February, 2024, 08:47:02 pm »
Fantastic, Pingu. They are so fast moving and active, quite an achievement to get such a good image.

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #6674 on: 19 February, 2024, 07:00:43 pm »
Obviously it's not unusual to spot a pied wagtail.  They're pretty common around here.
But usually they're just wandering around in the park and car park and only hop-fly short distances to move along a bit.
Today was the first time I've seen one sitting up on the appex of our roof, and singing.  I've never heard one singing before.
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