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lizzie44



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 7:36 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Jays and fieldfares today!! Egyptian geese in the field behind the chickens. Love Lizzie
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Gareth



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 11:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The female Peregrine has been returning daily to the nest ledge on Norwich cathedral for the last 5 days. Although she is not yet roosting, or scraping the gravel.

On the rare occasions during this winter that I have been down into the city during daylight hours I have seen her out and about flying her patrols, but I have yet to see the Tiercel this year.

By my reckoning she will be roosting overnight upon the nest ledge within the next 5-7 days, and courtship and breeding will begin in the next 10-14 days.
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Gareth



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2013 11:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here in Norwich we have experienced a rise in temperature today: 7*C during the day, and it is currently 2*C (11.40pm)..... the first night we have had above 0*C this month.

Just out of curiosity a few minutes ago I logged into Norwich cathedral's falcon cam (currently at 1 frame per minute) and lo and behold the female peregrine is roosting on the edge of the nesting ledge for the first time this year. Her back can be clearly seen to the right hand side of the picture.

Here is a copy & paste of that still:


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

3 buzzards over the airfield. They are becoming a common sight here. Lovely! Love Lizzie
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A real bonus day in our garden this morning. We have some of our bird tables sited so that we can sit in bed in the morning with a cup of tea and watch the birds. You can't beat a bit of comfort and luxury when you're bird watching and yes!  We really do have a set of binoculars on the bedside cabinet
Well our unusual visitors to the garden this morning were a pair of jays, two pairs of red polls and one black cap.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Swallows back at the horse yard. We had 2 on Sunday now there are a dozen. Lovely!!! Til the Poo on the horses rugs!!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The jackdaws are sitting on the horses backs pulling hair out of them for their nests.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spoonbill flying almost due South over Duke street in Norwich at about 200 feet high at 10.40 am this morning....................... observed by me as I drove across the St Crispin flyover in a westerly direction.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2014 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

working outside today next to a field of winter wheat nice to hear   skylarks,  Worcestershire 9.4.2014.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2014 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mistle Thrush singing from the top of the poplars this morning when I was out feeding the sheep
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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lois took me to London for 3 days this week for my birthday and I saw a flock of Green Parakeets in both Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens (probably the same flock), a Red Kite over the Mall and Horse Guardsl and Peregrines at both Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London: a pair of Peregrines have successful bred on the Flint Tower.

I spoke to the head Yeoman Warder (Beefeater) of the day and he confirmed that the Peregrines had successful bred on the flint tower this year and he also commented that I was the first and only tourist who had spotted and then asked about them.  
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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ive seen green parakeets in Sandwell vally ,west mids,
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2015 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw both a Peregrine Falcon and a Cuckoo in flight from our garden yesterday.


The Peregrine is not actually that unusually as we are only about a mile in straight line from Norwich cathedral where there is a very successful breeding pair of Peregrine falcons. The pair are currently incubating 2 eggs. Norwich Peregrine Falcon nest Live web cam feed

At about 3pm yesterday afternoon a cuckoo flew out of Lionwood and directly over me stood in the garden, and was heading in the general direction of Mousehold Heath and woods about 1/2 mile away.  We've been hearing the close by Cuckoo for a few days now, especially during the sunnier and warmer breaks in the weather. I am not sure if we have lost our Cuckoo for good or not yet, as it is raining lightly but persistently this morning.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2015 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cuckoos ? We see and hear them every spring and summer down in Herefordshire but we haven't managed to see any where we live for the last four or five years. You're lucky to have them.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 12:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't seen a cuckoo since 1998 when we lived in Suffolk.


I did cycle through the grounds of the cathedral today on my way into the city centre, and I had the opportunity to watch the pair of peregrines pass food to each other on the wing and then one of the pair circled the cathedral spire several times before alighting on the nest ledge.  

I took this photo with my cannon compact digital camera at the max X 64 Zoom whilst resting the camera on the prior's garden wall, which is about 25 metres from the location of this year's official observation point...... I can assure you that it was a long way away from where I was stood, maybe some 250 yards along the length of the diagonal from my ground level position to the nest ledge at 253 feet high.





An un-zoomed photo of the cathedral's from exactly the same position ...... I think this is one helluva compact digital camera I have now got!





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