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Pingu

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5450 on: October 31, 2019, 08:27:58 pm »
Dead sparrowhawk at work this morning  :(

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ElyDave

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5451 on: November 05, 2019, 07:07:18 pm »
Bloody massive fruitbat/flying fox settling into a palm tree over my head this evening while having dinner outside.  Didn't have my camera of course.
“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” –Charles Dickens

T42

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5452 on: November 06, 2019, 09:15:43 am »
Yesterday, a buzzard in its winter overcoat - very fancy. Sundry herons hunting in the fields, which are soggy enough to serve as down-market waterways.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Wowbagger

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5453 on: November 10, 2019, 02:40:04 pm »
A very fine sighting of a buzzard as I was driving along the A2 near the Dreaded Bluewater this afternoon.
Eating's a serious business. Don't bollocks around wagging your tail.

T42

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5454 on: November 11, 2019, 04:00:35 pm »
Yesterday, a red kite diving on size 3 roadkill - fox/hare/stray dog - and nearly getting creamed by a car while its mate circled about 10 metres up.  The driver must have got a right shock - it missed his windscreen by less than a metre.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

ElyDave

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5455 on: November 11, 2019, 09:26:35 pm »
A couple of buzzards yesterday, east Cambridgeshire is not Brisbane
“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” –Charles Dickens

Salvatore

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5456 on: November 16, 2019, 04:00:11 pm »
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et avec John, excellent lecteur de road-book, on s'en est sortis sans erreur

Basil

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5457 on: November 16, 2019, 07:02:05 pm »
A cormorant perched high on a bough.  Took me a while to work out what it was not where you'd expect to see one.  In fact I waited for it to fly off in order to confirm.  (No. I didn't buzz a brick at it)
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5458 on: November 16, 2019, 09:24:56 pm »
A cormorant perched high on a bough.  Took me a while to work out what it was not where you'd expect to see one.  In fact I waited for it to fly off in order to confirm.  (No. I didn't buzz a brick at it)

We used to have a pair every year on the Derwent at Kirkham Abbey (about a mile form here), that's about 20 miles from the sea. Haven't been any for about ten years though :(
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

Wowbagger

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5459 on: November 17, 2019, 10:38:35 am »
A fairly quiet day at Minsmere yesterday. Nothing more exciting than assorted ducks. Some of them are quite hard to distinguish from Quite a Long Way Away.

Definites: shelduck, mallard, shoveler.

Probable/possibles: pochard, wigeon, teal, gadwall.

We drove back to Woodbridge by the scenic route and I drove through the deepest flood water of my experience. It must have been above sill level. None got into the car, and of course since it's leccy there's no exhaust pipe to get filled up, and all the electrics are well sealed. But it crossed my mind afterwards that that is quite a narrow road with ditches/ponds either side. You wouldn't have deviate much to find yourself getting more than you bargained for.

But, fortunately, Nothing didn't Happen.
Eating's a serious business. Don't bollocks around wagging your tail.

Re: Seen today
« Reply #5460 on: November 18, 2019, 11:54:09 am »
A stoat bounding across the road yesterday afternoon.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

Salvatore

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5461 on: November 19, 2019, 08:35:16 am »
What I haven't seen rather than what I have seen.

3 nights in a row without any hedgehog activity in my garden. It seems hibernation has begun even for the hardiest of the spiny visitors/residents.

But I did catch some video of a mouse briefly sitting on the ice in the water bowl.
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et avec John, excellent lecteur de road-book, on s'en est sortis sans erreur

T42

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5462 on: December 16, 2019, 01:44:35 pm »
A couple of Great Egrets in a local field.  They usually pass through around this time of year, then again in February. Wonderful birds.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Steph

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5463 on: December 28, 2019, 01:55:20 pm »
A cormorant perched high on a bough.  Took me a while to work out what it was not where you'd expect to see one.  In fact I waited for it to fly off in order to confirm.  (No. I didn't buzz a brick at it)
We have two subspecies of cormorant in the UK, sinensis and  carbo. Carbo is bigger, with different facial markings, and it is sinensis that is more likely to nest in a tree. Carbo is our 'standard' while sinensis is the continental version.
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5464 on: December 28, 2019, 04:04:11 pm »
seen a few bats when out on the bike last night, don't think I have ever seen them at this time of year before, very strange.  There was plenty of those little white winter moths about so I guess the bats were getting a meal.


Re: Seen today
« Reply #5465 on: January 07, 2020, 11:29:58 am »
STOP PRESS

Waxwings, North Northumberland - not something we see every year and they will be heading south so keep an eye out

mattc

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5466 on: January 07, 2020, 07:37:22 pm »
There's a Barn Owl on my morning commute! Well, today and Monday - but this has tripled my lifetime sightings of them, so I'm v happy.

Saw him in exactly the same spot while it was still dark - in my lights - yesterday, then I was a bit later today so I saw him in (dim) daylight. I know lots of audax/night-rider types that have had them fly alongside all night, but I've never had the pleasure before :)

Does their colour vary much? He looked very much white with a few pale brown bits, but officially they're "brown with white underparts" or summat.

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Wowbagger

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5467 on: January 08, 2020, 02:19:20 pm »
There is quite a bit of variation in barn wols' colour.



That's the palest I have ever seen.



That's more normal.

I have a picture on the cover of my diary, a present from a former pupil, and the wings are so dark they are almost black.

Here:

Eating's a serious business. Don't bollocks around wagging your tail.

mattc

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5468 on: January 11, 2020, 02:52:21 pm »
Aha, yes. I'd say ours is much more like your first one. Pretty  :)
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hellymedic

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5469 on: January 11, 2020, 08:45:14 pm »
That first one appears albino rather than just pale but I don't know if owls get albinism.

ETA Seems albinism can occur in many species https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albinism

Wowbagger

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5470 on: February 05, 2020, 04:59:14 am »
Whilst I was nattering with Pal Penelope over a pot or two of tea, a sparrow hawk alighted on her fence post to consume the small bird it had just caught - a great tit I think. We watched through her patio doors as the hawk plucked the feathers out before tearing it limb from limb.
Eating's a serious business. Don't bollocks around wagging your tail.

Re: Seen today
« Reply #5471 on: February 21, 2020, 10:02:39 am »
Whilst I was nattering with Pal Penelope over a pot or two of tea, a sparrow hawk alighted on her fence post to consume the small bird it had just caught - a great tit I think. We watched through her patio doors as the hawk plucked the feathers out before tearing it limb from limb.

Paging Mr Cummings, Mr Cummings to the new employee engagement hotline please.

Re: Seen today
« Reply #5472 on: February 23, 2020, 02:46:03 pm »
A group of 8 hares in the field down the road. A lovely colour in the sunshine.
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ElyDave

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5473 on: February 26, 2020, 02:48:56 pm »
a jay has take up using my large blue spruce in the driveway as a perch, don't they make a bloomin' racket

As for barn wols, we used to have one flying around our lane, but not seen him for a while now.  They seem to have fallen back here unfortunately.
“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” –Charles Dickens

Steph

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5474 on: February 27, 2020, 12:45:57 pm »
a jay has take up using my large blue spruce in the driveway as a perch, don't they make a bloomin' racket

As for barn wols, we used to have one flying around our lane, but not seen him for a while now.  They seem to have fallen back here unfortunately.
If you don't know the 'Latin' name for a jay, it will amuse you. I always translate it as "gobby nutter"
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