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Rig of Jarkness

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #1725 on: March 15, 2011, 06:56:13 am »
Yesterday my dreich ride to work was briefly cheered by the yellow of a grey wagtail.  And my equally dreich ride home was accompanied for several seconds by a female sparrowhawk skimming along at pedal height beside me.  So it wasn't all bad.
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clarion

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #1726 on: March 17, 2011, 11:25:42 am »
Not seen today at all, so I'm a fraud.

But on Saturday, in Stratford, I was distracted by something falling on the ground from an arch beside a building.

I thought it might have been pigeon droppings, but there was a lot of it coming down, so I looked closer.  It wasn't from under the roof bit, but from behind.  I then saw it was moss.

OK, I thought, someone's cleaning the rooftiles the other side.  No ladder apparent, so I thought I'd have a look.

It wasn't a person; it was a thrush-sized bird (couldn't see clearly as it was silhouetted and flew off fairly sharpish).  It was hopping along the roof picking up the blobs of moss and, rather than flying off with them for nestbuilding as I would have expected, dropping them over the edge of the gutter.

It's possible the bird was planning to come back later & pick them up off the ground, but there was more than might be needed for a nest. 

I wonder if there was something in the moss that the bird was eating, or collecting for its young...
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Pingu

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #1727 on: March 17, 2011, 11:30:35 am »
Blackbirds do that and so do magpies. I'm there are plenty others which do too.

clarion

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #1728 on: March 17, 2011, 11:43:22 am »
May well have been a blackbird.  What was it doing?
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #1729 on: March 17, 2011, 11:45:44 am »
May well have been a blackbird.  What was it doing?

looking for something that lives under the moss?
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Wowbagger

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #1730 on: March 17, 2011, 11:46:00 am »
Well, if there was that much moss it must have had a leaf mould base I reckon, and that will have wrigglies living in it, I expect.
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Pingu

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #1731 on: March 17, 2011, 12:47:48 pm »
Blackbirds seem to be hardwired to go nosing about underneath things. They throw the bark off our so-called flower beds & toss leaves about on the lawn. I guess they're looking for tasty noms rather than trying to recreate the "child's bedroom" look in nature.

Snakehips

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #1732 on: March 17, 2011, 06:47:07 pm »
First saw this creature a couple of months ago and posted a pic earlier in this thread. This pic taken close up in sunlight shows the bird more clearly.  It lives with Tufted Duck and Red Crested Pochard in Bushy Park , Hampton Court.

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #1733 on: March 18, 2011, 10:08:25 pm »
Sitting in my back garden after mowing the lawn this morning two buzzards circled overhead. Didn't realise I looked that knackered. Never seen them so close to home before.
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #1734 on: March 18, 2011, 11:25:42 pm »
Blackbirds seem to be hardwired to go nosing about underneath things. They throw the bark off our so-called flower beds & toss leaves about on the lawn. I guess they're looking for tasty noms rather than trying to recreate the "child's bedroom" look in nature.
They are, they are - but they're pretty good at picking the right things to nose about under, i.e. things likely to have a population of nice tasty invertebrates squirming beneath 'em. Your bark provides an excellent habitat for blackbird food. They see it as a snack bar.

What they really like is a flowerbed dressed with nice fresh compost or other worm food. Do that, & they'll be rummaging merrily in no time at all - & finding plenty of yummy (to a blackbird) things. I have to protect any seedlings I put in compost-enriched soil, or the little feathered buggers'll root 'em up in their hunt for what lives underneath.
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Pingu

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #1735 on: March 20, 2011, 12:06:51 pm »
Third dead badger by the road in a fortnight  :(

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Pingu

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #1736 on: March 20, 2011, 12:17:37 pm »
Bird skellingtons (outside a café):


Re: Seen today
« Reply #1737 on: March 20, 2011, 03:11:53 pm »
A cormorant flying along parallel to the shore and just inches above the almost flat calm surface. They must gauge their height by reference to the waves because the sea was so calm that a small boat's wake was clearly visible on the surface and the bird rose up a couple of feet to cross it before dropping back down again.
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #1738 on: March 20, 2011, 03:17:51 pm »
A cormorant flying along parallel to the shore and just inches above the almost flat calm surface. They must gauge their hight by reference to the waves because the sea was so calm that a small boat's wake was clearly visible on the surface and the bird rose up a couple of feet to cross it before dropping back down again.

Sounds  8) - the way you've described it.

Rig of Jarkness

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #1739 on: March 20, 2011, 05:07:27 pm »
Three more species added to the 'birds seen from the house' list today - buzzard, goldcrest, goldfinch.  That takes the list to 27 since 1st Jan.   :)
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #1740 on: March 20, 2011, 05:20:15 pm »
Two deer going up the embankment  and into the woods between Balcombe and Three Bridges, which I was able watch easily because we were crawling along. The driver then apologised for our slow running and explained it was to avoid hitting the deer because "We don't want to hit the deer and the can damage the train".
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #1741 on: March 21, 2011, 06:08:49 pm »
On the Long Water at Hampton Court Palace I saw two pairs of Wigeon.
I stopped to look at an interesting creature* on a nearby pond , parked my bike against a tree , walked cautiously round the tree and was confronted by the back end of a Parakeet sticking out of a shoulder height hole in the tree trunk.

* which I now believe to be a Gadwall (and its mate)
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Rig of Jarkness

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #1742 on: March 21, 2011, 06:31:18 pm »
On a gloriously sunny and almost warm ride home today, (on my new bike  :)), 2 roe deer and several thousand pink footed geese.  (Or perhaps bean goose ?  I've no idea, I'll assume pink foot).
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RJ

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #1743 on: March 21, 2011, 08:58:50 pm »
On a gloriously sunny and almost warm ride home today, (on my new bike  :)), 2 roe deer and several thousand pink footed geese.  (Or perhaps bean goose ?  I've no idea, I'll assume pink foot).

Pinks, (OK, almost) absolutely certainly, in those numbers, in Scotland.

Rig of Jarkness

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #1744 on: March 21, 2011, 09:31:55 pm »
On a gloriously sunny and almost warm ride home today, (on my new bike  :)), 2 roe deer and several thousand pink footed geese.  (Or perhaps bean goose ?  I've no idea, I'll assume pink foot).

Pinks, (OK, almost) absolutely certainly, in those numbers, in Scotland.

The SOC Gallery recently had a few shots of a mixed flock of pinkfoot and bean - even with the two species in the same shot and the bird guide in front of me I still can't tell the difference...The SOC - photo viewer
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #1745 on: March 22, 2011, 04:24:46 pm »


Donner, Blitzen & friends having lunch.

mattc

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #1746 on: March 28, 2011, 08:44:37 am »

Wild Boar in Britain

I've never seen one but it seems possible.

They're quite numerous in the Forest of Dean now; some of the verges in the Forest have been rotavated by them.  They've crossed the Wye and are heading this way !

(For those not reading the Audax board) many of us were rather sad to spot a piglet on the verge in the Forest of Dean on Saturday. Dead but quite fresh looking. Almost more orange than brown to my eyes, and about the size of a very fat jack russell.
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #1747 on: March 28, 2011, 12:00:52 pm »
Wasp! Just now.
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hellymedic

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #1748 on: March 28, 2011, 01:44:28 pm »
Wasp! Just now.

David has reported many wasps in his observatory.

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #1749 on: March 28, 2011, 09:13:26 pm »
A ginormous bee.
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