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   Old Thread  #65 27 Jun 2020 at 8.37pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Just been chucking my spinner out for trout in my local brook /river , seen loads of birds , yellow and white wagtails , dippers and a kingfisher landed within 10 foot before it spotted me an shot off ! also looks like the trout stock are rising as i caught quite a lot !
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   Old Thread  #64 23 Jun 2020 at 6.25am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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They are impressive but that call isn't something you want to wake up too

Bit more hopeful now, mummy and daddy peregrine were eating a nice parakeet breakfast in the pylon when mummy flew off in answer to a distant call.

Edit, at least 4 in the group, possibly 5
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   Old Thread  #63 17 Jun 2020 at 3.49pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Didn't realise that sort of thing was still rife
Must be an impressive sight
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   Old Thread  #62 17 Jun 2020 at 3.47pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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A lot of eggs have been pinched too elsewhere in the country. Its normally around this time of year I start seeing them with chicks diving off a pylon
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   Old Thread  #61 17 Jun 2020 at 3.04pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Doesn't look great. There's been licences given to remove a small number of Peregrine chicks for Falconry, maybe that's the reason but unlikely
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   Old Thread  #60 17 Jun 2020 at 10.17am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I was watching the adult pair of peregrines this morning with no young ones present, is this a bad sign? In previous years I haven't seen both until they have the chicks with them
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   Old Thread  #59 14 Jun 2020 at 7.44pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I was out yesterday for a quiet day session feeder fishing for anything.

Loads of little swallows / swifts - not sure which - were swooping down and taking flies off the water. They were ace and definitely more successful than I was all afternoon!
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   Old Thread  #58 14 Jun 2020 at 7.37pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I've seen a couple of groups of Swallow's last few days. Don't know if they've arrived too late to breed though. I believe they come all the way up from South Africa so not surprised they get delayed sometimes!
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   Old Thread  #57 12 Jun 2020 at 8.27pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Last Springwatch

I have spent quite a lot of time watching grebes over the years. Anybody see the discussions about their eggs being able to cope with water? Fascinating really

Brilliant programme with some stunning photography

Lolo Williams like already mentioned, brilliant. Hope he gets the leading role

I like Gordon B too
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   Old Thread  #56 11 Jun 2020 at 5.22pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Cats have a massive impact, thereís a few near me, not to mention ****ting in the garden

Lot of fledglings around me, big family of thrushes, absolutely hammering the snails in garden!

Collard doves, Goldfinches, blackbirds, blue tits and even the sparrows are making a comeback and have all fledged. Saying that, I do get the odd sparrow hawk, bang, cloud of feathers, gone

No sign of any swallows though around me as yet, guess itís not going to happen?

I put some new feeders up this year, they have hammered the seed up to late
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   Old Thread  #55 11 Jun 2020 at 11.11am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Ive got a few feeders dotted about the garden, niger seed feeders are great for the Gold Finches as the squirrels leave them alone, ive got standard seed feeders and suet ball feeders as well they occasionally get pestered by all sorts, Starlings, green Parakeets and clever pidgeons even and squirrels but i'm not too bothered, they all have to survive as long as they all get their share its a pleasure to watch the wildlife, theyre all kept well away from the bird house
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   Old Thread  #54 10 Jun 2020 at 11.28pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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If you like the small bird's try a couple of small feeder's attached to a spindly branch that can just about hold the weight

It's incredible the change in bird numbers and species in the last couple of decades.
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   Old Thread  #53 10 Jun 2020 at 10.20pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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yeah true, it would make it easier for predators i guess, whenever I used to watch the Tits coming and going they always used it before hopping through the hole, I have placed the box on its own and not near any high bushes apart from a small lilac tree that they also used a lot to hop onto before they would go in the box but I made sure I never put any feeders near it, like I say its pristine and clean now so hopefully next year, got to do all we can for the little birds, i do get a lot of Gold finches feeding as well, love them
Its funny but when I was a kid in East London, Sparrows were almost as common as pidgeons back then, i'm talking fifty years ago, nowadays even little Sparrows are quite rare, in the suburbs at least, but all little birds had a bad time of it through the advent of pesticides being used more and more in farming, thankfully some have recovered in recent years with a lot more knowledge now
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   Old Thread  #52 10 Jun 2020 at 9.52pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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See what you mean

Wouldn't put a standing peg on the outside, other unwanted bird's can use it for predation mate.
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   Old Thread  #51 10 Jun 2020 at 9.38pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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No,the few eggs ive found in there over the years have been the odd one or two that just haven't hatched, I think the problem was like I said the box had gotten tatty and it was crammed full of nesting material, I fitted a small perch at the entrance hole and another one inside through the middle of the box to make it easier for them to hop in and out, probably not necessary when I see films of them on programmes like Springwatch they never have anything like that but it never seemed to do any harm, I still see Blue Tits about in the garden, I have an old gnarly apple tree that they seem to like, I think there are lots of bugs on it and they go for the fresh buds as well, lots of gardens near me and ive seen them coming and going bringing meal worm probably from a neighbours garden, I put feeders out with it in, a long way away from the nest as they say you shouldn't site a bird box too near a food source or they wont use it, anyway the Starlings muller it in no time, the meal worm that is
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