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PostPosted: Fri Mar 27, 2015 5:47 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

I discovered this yesterday, been watching it on and off overnight.
At around 05.15hrs today a small goose landed on it.

http://www.ospreys.org.uk/webcam/
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Gareth



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I took this video in Pilling Park last week. It is just over the fence at the bottom of our garden

It istwo crows fighting with two Magpies joining in the ruckus.

I have seen two crows square up to each other before and then a 2 or 3 second flurry ensue, but never over 2 minutes long (1 minute recorded) of prolonged physical contact, and then with a pair of Magpies joining in for good measure
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stone the crows, Gareth, that was exciting.
The bonus was NuT fans adding to the spectacle - silly choughs!  
Thanks for showing it to us.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 29, 2015 7:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm currently at Neijmegen in Holland.

Spoonbill are almost as rare as rocking-horse shit in the UK. I think there are only 4 breeding pairs and maybe another 14 or 15 individuals in the whole of the UK this year.

On this one 2 hectare pond in Groenlanden, less than 1km from where we are staying in Neijmegen there were at least 15 Spoonbills: I've only ever seen them singular in the UK, and I have seen more individuals within the outer-ring-road of Norwich than I have at the Holkham nature reserve and the Norfolk Broads combined.










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PostPosted: Sat Aug 29, 2015 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice pics  
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 29, 2015 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brilliant - I was just reading these pages whilst sitting and supping a fresh cup of coffee.

I was thinking of stirring it as I clicked on the spoonbill pictures.

What's the chances of that happening nowadays?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2015 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I sighted a common Crane down on the Whitlingham marsh this afternoon. Oz put it up when he was blundering around in the dry part of the reed beds. I was out on a quick recce of fishing swims for when my friend, Lee comes down to stop with us for his annual Norfolk fishing weekend with me in a fortnights time.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2015 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We had a juvenile Red Necked Phalarope on our local lake near Hereford for a couple of weeks, it hasn't been seen for 5 or 6 days and is assumed to have moved on. Very exciting when it was first spotted
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2015 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tree Creeper and a few minutes later a Nuthatch on our plum tree in the garden this morning.



Absolutely nothing except pigeons visiting the bird feeders, and it's been that way for almost 4 or 5 weeks now. There must be sufficient wild food available in the Pilling park hedges and Lionwood, hopefully the birds will begin revisiting my feeders when the clocks go back and weather turns colder at the end of the month.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2015 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A solitary Common Buzzard lazily soaring over Whitlingham Broad, Carey's Meadow, Lionwood, Pilling Park and Mousehold Heath today. I know it is not all that spectacular for most of you others dotted around the country, but here in Norwich NR1 they are still a very rare beast.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2015 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Husband and son spent their lunch hour today watching a short eared owl hunting along the length of a hedge out at Soar South Devon.

Son has also just texted me this "did he tell you about the pigeon and peregrine that crashed into the van!" and they say they've been working !!

I was content ( until then ) to have spotted a gold crest in the garden
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2016 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today I began my winter bird feeder feeding campaign.

My home-blended bird feeder mix. It is made up by volume from 4 parts mixed bird seed, 2 parts Sunflower Hearts and 1 part dried Mealworms. This is the most economic and most appealing mix I have so far come up with. Last winter I had 34 species visiting my feeders on a daily basis. I have found that this blend prevents waste, and attracts a wide variety of species. With a feeder being emptied in about 4 days and with 2 feeders offering this blend I have them on an alternate 2 day filling rotation to ensure feed is always available. The trick is to get the birds into the garden and onto the feeders early in the season and to keep them there all winter.

Left to right. Proprietary mixed wild bird seed, Sunflower hearts and dried Mealworms.



Blended in a spare bucket; 4 parts mixed wild bird seed, 2 parts Sunflower Hearts, and 1 part dried Mealworms.



My first feeder of this season put out and ready for my garden visitors.




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