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Title: Birds
Post by: sonicyouth on Friday, June 1, 2012, 08:52:08
Of the feathered variety.

After discovering at least one other TEFer is a secret birdrr, are there any others hiding on here?

I am moving home for a few weeks so would appreciate advice on good spots around Swindon and east Wilts.


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: 4D on Friday, June 1, 2012, 09:09:23
There's loads of seagulls at Compton Bassett tip


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: Flashheart on Friday, June 1, 2012, 09:17:20
No

But I did have a humming bird on my balcony the other day


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: Arriba on Friday, June 1, 2012, 09:38:16
Coate is the place so i'm told(my parents are into it)
Also the area between Westlea and barnfield-moredon.


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: sonicyouth on Friday, June 1, 2012, 09:42:13
Coate is the place so i'm told(my parents are into it)
Also the area between Westlea and barnfield-moredon.
thanks. I've been meaning to take the missus to Coate to show her that Swindon isn't made entirely out of concrete.


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: 4D on Friday, June 1, 2012, 09:50:06
No

But I did have a humming bird on my balcony the other day

She stink?


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: nevillew on Friday, June 1, 2012, 11:28:37
There's loads of seagulls at Compton Bassett tip

No such thing as a seagull.


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: Ginginho on Friday, June 1, 2012, 11:34:13
We get Great Tits in our garden occasionally (tee hee hee)
Also get a variety of finches, etc.

We also have two hedgehogs that live in the garden.

You're welcome to come round and twitch in my garden if you want.


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: Gnasher on Friday, June 1, 2012, 11:57:54
Having been dragged around every RSPB reserve in the country as a kid I hate birds, but can identify near every species! Sommerford Common (Purton) isn't too far away and Badbury Hill (Coleshill) isn't too bad. Coate Water or Lydiard in Swindon.


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: yeo on Friday, June 1, 2012, 12:17:39
There's a Cormerant type bird that stalks the Canal from the bottom of Kingshill to Wichelstow,it sits on posts and stares out fish,there's a Kingfisher on that stretch as well.There are small Birds of Prey at Shaw Forest maybe Kestrel? dunno they are little and hover.

Errr there are probably other stuff there to..


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: Gnasher on Friday, June 1, 2012, 12:23:54
For the twitchers, my mum saw a montagu's harrier yesterday, north of Burford.


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: Samdy Gray on Friday, June 1, 2012, 12:41:58
There's a Cormerant type bird that stalks the Canal from the bottom of Kingshill to Wichelstow,it sits on posts and stares out fish,there's a Kingfisher on that stretch as well.

Is it completely white? If so it's a Little Egret and I've seen (possibly the same) one in Westlea recently.

When I finally get round to getting myself a DSLR I would like to get into a bit of wildlife photography.


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: Joycie on Friday, June 1, 2012, 12:54:36
There's an absolute bastard of a pigeon that sits on my balcony and watches me munch my cereal every morning.

Every goddamn morning the little arsehole.


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: sonicyouth on Friday, June 1, 2012, 12:55:08
Coate sounds like a good option then, nice for a wander around even if we don't see much.

Have you seen the kingfisher much yeo? It is a bird that has so far eluded me, bar from the occasional flash of blue flying across my peripheral vision and frequently hearing them call from the stream that runs through the park near my flat. The kingfisher footage on Springwatch this week has been incredible. I spent ages watching an adult cormorant with a juvenile yesterday on a reserve just outside Coventry - it might be a sad hobby but it's cheap (to start with) and very relaxing.

I'd love to get into the photography side of it as well Sam but it's an expensive hobby as you inevitably end up spending more and more money on kit to obtain that elusive shot of a short eared owl... My mate spent upwards of 10k on his kit and he got fed up with it pretty soon. Check out his shots here (http://tgphotographic.com/).


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: Ginginho on Friday, June 1, 2012, 13:05:39
I saw a dead kingfisher once. It was just dead, on the floor, near the entrance to our office. Very random.


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: Ginginho on Friday, June 1, 2012, 13:07:21
Those photos are amazing.


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Friday, June 1, 2012, 13:52:03
Coate sounds like a good option then, nice for a wander around even if we don't see much.

You missed the Feb thread on the bittern at Coate then SY? Coate is proper ace....it can get very busy, which is why it's probably best in winter...the best bet is to walk around to the causeway, between the two lakes where you get a good view of the heronry, then go straight on along the Hodson path then just before the cycle path veer off left and follow the paths near the lake to the duckboards, which head for the bird hide.  If you're really keen you could get a day pass from the Activity Centre, which gives you a key, otherwise just nipping round the side is OK.

Then retrace route and walk around the main lake, the bird table is worth 20 mins of anybody's time, but again dependent on how busy, and it can be very busy.

What you get is a bit random, but at this time of year I've sat and watched flocks of sand martins in the fields back of Day House Lane.

If you fancy a bit more of a walk, then rather than returning from the bird hide, just take the bridge over the M4 and follow the path to Hodson via Pinkcombe Wood....then back over teh M4 on Hodson road bridge and back to the other end of Coate. There's always stuff about either birds of field or wood.


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: Anteater on Friday, June 1, 2012, 14:27:34
A bit further afield but have regularly seen Kingfishers along from Buscot Weir down river on the Thames and also on the Kennet and Avon canal around both Little and Great Bedwyn.

Time also to make the most of Coate before it's surrounded by houses.


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: RWB Robin on Friday, June 1, 2012, 14:38:28
Wouldn't call us twitchers, but we have a great garden with many very mature trees, and have put a quite substantial feeding station in - we are constantly surprised at how busy it has been (though we are haunted by a pair of squirrels which cause havoc with the food and the feeders).  We have a Greater spotted woodpecker, a pair of jays, a pair of nuthatches, an occasional pair of bullfinches, several goldfinches and the usual range of tits and finches - so it is good; but I'm glad to have the tips of where else to go...especially the Purton common, which is just down the road from us.


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: Samdy Gray on Friday, June 1, 2012, 15:25:24
I once rescued a cygnet from Buscot weir. True story.


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: leefer on Friday, June 1, 2012, 18:07:27
Often stop and watch birds on my travels....this time of year they are manic.

The kestrels dont seem as common as they were a couple of years ago....that may be down to the increase of other hawks.
Saw a Jay today(gorgeous looking bird).....and at Wentworth i actually saw a baby woodpecker....at first i thought it was a robin on the bark of a tree.
Herons seem more plentifull these days.....but havn't seen many swifts or swallows this year.


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: Ginginho on Monday, December 17, 2012, 19:04:18
Had a sparrowhawk (I think) in our garden recently, ripping, what I think was a pigeon, to shreds. All that was left was a pile of feathers.
Managed to get a crap photo (rushed and through patio doors) before it flew off.



Title: Re: Birds
Post by: Foggy on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 10:47:12
Saw 2 Ravens at work yesterday, scarey looking things


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: Honkytonk on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 11:28:06
Living in London, you know what I've missed? Having lots of tits around. (ooh err matron) See the odd blue one, but rarely.

Saw a Hawk (didn't get a good enough look at what it was, there and gone in blink of an eye) take a pigeon right out of a tree yesterday. They'd all gone there to escape the thing and it just landed on a high branch and jumped on one below.



Title: Re: Birds
Post by: Flashheart on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 11:44:54
I know they're not birds, but I get loads of big bats flying about just outside my balcony. You can hear them rushing through the wind sometimes they get so close.


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: Ginginho on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 11:59:48
Yeah, I spot them most nights flying around above my head in our garden.
Considering we live in the middle of a council estate, we get a variety of wildlife in our garden, which is nice.


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: suttonred on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 12:12:15
Yeah we have bats, plus stag beetles which are scary mothers.. Also have a fox that eats my shoes, a group of starlings that keep getting pissed up on the apples I never picked off the grass, and the fattest robin i've ever seen that waddles up and down the lawn as it sruggles to fly.


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: TheDukeOfBanbury on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 12:57:46
I am into the wild birds. Feed them every day and get through loads of feed.

Living in the Country and this time of year you get so many coming in closer to the garden in search of food.
We are getting the odd Nuthatch and this morning a visit from the smallest British bird, the Goldcrest.
I spotted a blackcap on the bird table Sunday as well.
With all this activity I have to chase off the Sparrowhawk who visits frequently and of course when feeding birds come the mice and the seasonal Rat......I hate the things. Mind you I believe I have got rid of the one after putting daily poison in the hole.

Has the Red Kite reached the Swindon area yet ? All over Oxfordshire now.
Amazing that different birds reach different areas. The coal tit for example is common in north oxon but you rarely see them in south oxon. In addition we have a very small population of willow tits on the northern parts of the river cherwell.

I am always looking out for birds when fishing. Saw my first ever Egret this Summer.
On the River Cherwell we get 2 pairs of nesting Curlew's every spring that are wonderful to watch and catch the odd snipe during dusk.

Glad I am not the only Town birder :)


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: TheDukeOfBanbury on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 12:59:50
Had a sparrowhawk (I think) in our garden recently, ripping, what I think was a pigeon, to shreds. All that was left was a pile of feathers.
Managed to get a crap photo (rushed and through patio doors) before it flew off.



Female Sparrowhawk that is. Bigger than the male.
They don't often take a pigeon but will when small birds are less in supply as well as smaller collard doves.
Nice picture.


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: Peter Venkman on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 13:04:12
I am no twitcher but enjoy wildlife, after Leefers comments here are a couple of pics of the woody woodpecker that used to visit us in our old house a year or so ago.

[url width=900 height=675]http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g171/jjedmunds/PICT0861_zpsf86e79c1.jpg[/url]

[url width=900 height=675]http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g171/jjedmunds/PICT0862_zpsfff9c07c.jpg[/url]


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: TheDukeOfBanbury on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 13:15:01
Fantastic picture.

Green Woodpecker and a male blackbird.


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: Peter Venkman on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 13:21:13
Fantastic picture.

Green Woodpecker and a male blackbird.

The little bugger used to wake us up pecking the tree next to our bedroom in the morning during June and July.


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: RWB Robin on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 14:41:56
Envious of the green woodpecker, but we have a pair of greater spotted woodpeckers feeding regularly at our bird table, plus a pair of jays; currently a flock of long-tailed tits and some redwings drop in, and we have had .... and yes red kites are regularly seen over here too (RWB); they have become almost as common as buzzards now.


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: Honkytonk on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 14:49:28
We've got a green woodpecker who sits on the small patch of lawn outside the front of the house and goes after the ants. Is that what yours used to get up to Venkman?


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: corner on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 16:16:14

Has the Red Kite reached the Swindon area yet ? All over Oxfordshire now.
Amazing that different birds reach different areas. The coal tit for example is common in north oxon but you rarely see them in south oxon. In addition we have a very small population of willow tits on the northern parts of the river cherwell.

Glad I am not the only Town birder :)
Seen over north swindon a couple of weeks ago and back in August, looked to be flying thro, not seen any nest around here though.


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: Peter Venkman on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 16:38:33
We've got a green woodpecker who sits on the small patch of lawn outside the front of the house and goes after the ants. Is that what yours used to get up to Venkman?
TBH I have no idea, I only spotted him headbanging on the tree until he got a headache and went for a walk on the lawn!


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 16:54:18
We've got a green woodpecker who sits on the small patch of lawn outside the front of the house and goes after the ants. Is that what yours used to get up to Venkman?

It's a facet of green woodpecker behaviour, that you're just as likely to see them on the ground as in a tree, back in the summer I saw a pair feeding in a field up near the Ridgeway, confused me at first as there wasn't too many trees anywhere nearby...but that's what they were.


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: TheDukeOfBanbury on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 17:18:55
They love eating ants for sure.



Title: Re: Birds
Post by: THE FLASH on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 17:21:27
I once rescued a cygnet from Buscot weir.

Did it break your arm?


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Thursday, December 27, 2012, 17:06:45
Has the Red Kite reached the Swindon area yet ?

Saw a red kite on the way down from Liddington Hill earlier...closest I've seen one to Swindon so far..for a lengthy  5 hour walk, not really too much about.  Cormorants on Coate Water and jays in the trees back of Chiseldon.

At this time of year, there are usually plenty of redwing and fieldfare etc, but nothing, it must be too warm in Scandanavia. SY?


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: Gnasher on Thursday, December 27, 2012, 17:13:24
Was at my mums in Little Rissington (near Burford) yesterday and there were nuthatch, treecreeper, jay and brambling in the garden.


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: ronnie21 on Thursday, December 27, 2012, 17:14:04
Saw a red kite on the way down from Liddington Hill earlier...closest I've seen one to Swindon so far..for a lengthy  5 hour walk, not really too much about.  Cormorants on Coate Water and jays in the trees back of Chiseldon.

At this time of year, there are usually plenty of redwing and fieldfare etc, but nothing, it must be too warm in Scandanavia. SY?
Seen an odd red kite or two, one at Coleshill, one around Aldbourne and one just outside Marlborough.  Give them a couple of years and they'll be quite common I guess.


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Thursday, December 27, 2012, 17:24:15
Seen an odd red kite or two, one at Coleshill, one around Aldbourne and one just outside Marlborough.  Give them a couple of years and they'll be quite common I guess.

Shows how successful reintroduction campaigns can be....let's hope this one does as well

http://greatbustard.org/the-project/


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: sonicyouth on Thursday, December 27, 2012, 18:09:45
Saw a red kite on the way down from Liddington Hill earlier...closest I've seen one to Swindon so far..for a lengthy  5 hour walk, not really too much about.  Cormorants on Coate Water and jays in the trees back of Chiseldon.

At this time of year, there are usually plenty of redwing and fieldfare etc, but nothing, it must be too warm in Scandanavia. SY?
the temperature hasn't got above 1C for about a month, not seen anything but magpies and blue tits since autumn.

looking forward to the mild climes of west oxfordshire this week...


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: Arriba on Thursday, December 27, 2012, 19:44:42
I've seen a red kite over the weir field in wroughton once


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: fatbasher on Friday, December 28, 2012, 09:58:40
I saw loads of Turkey's, Chickens, Pheasants, Ducks, Geese, Partridge's and some Quail in my mates butchers shop just before Christmas. A twitchers paradsie if you ask me. The best sighting was some Great Tits flocking into the shop as I was walking out.

I am so sorry I could not help it.


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: Dostoyevsky on Friday, December 28, 2012, 15:41:28
Saw a cuckoo take over a nest and chuck the eggs out when I was in Petts Wood, Outer London, last month. Must be quite a rare sight :hmmm:


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: OOH! SHAUN TAYLOR on Friday, December 28, 2012, 15:45:36
Saw a cuckoo take over a nest and chuck the eggs out when I was in Petts Wood, Outer London, last month. Must be quite a rare sight :hmmm:
It would be extremely rare in November, yes...some may even say impossible ::)


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: Flashheart on Friday, December 28, 2012, 15:50:28
I expect loads of birds coincide their egg laying with freezing temperatures. Makes sense.


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: Dostoyevsky on Friday, December 28, 2012, 15:52:40
It would be extremely rare in November, yes...some may even say impossible ::)

Good point, my dad claimed that was what he saw, neither of us are ornitholgically clued up, he was eager to tell my Uncle who is very much a twitcher. Feel like a right berk now  :doh: "Now"? Hows about always  :cry:


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: OOH! SHAUN TAYLOR on Friday, December 28, 2012, 15:54:51
Good point, my dad claimed that was what he saw, neither of us are ornitholgically clued up, he was eager to tell my Uncle who is very much a twitcher. Feel like a right berk now  :doh: "Now"? Hows about always  :cry:
Not saying you didn't see it, just not at that time of year ;)


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Friday, December 28, 2012, 16:10:46
I expect loads of birds coincide their egg laying with freezing temperatures. Makes sense.

Anything is possible in Dosser's world...being a fantasist has its compensations.


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: Flashheart on Friday, December 28, 2012, 16:44:19
Penguin eggs..... in trees, naturally.


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: corner on Friday, December 28, 2012, 16:54:07
Saw a cuckoo take over a nest and chuck the eggs out when I was in Petts Wood, Outer London, last month. Must be quite a rare sight :hmmm:
Thought I saw a pair 6-8 weeks ago, my mate convinced me it was jays that I saw....


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: OOH! SHAUN TAYLOR on Friday, December 28, 2012, 17:08:42
Thought I saw a pair 6-8 weeks ago, my mate convinced me it was jays that I saw....
Cuckoos left for Africa months ago (sensible). They're not that common a sight when they are over here.


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: leefer on Friday, December 28, 2012, 17:17:55
Birds have typical breeding patterns...thats not to say that some of every species will do things different at certain times and breed and nest at a completly different time of year to what is normal.
I have seen a lot more Jays this year,but a lot less of the Kestrel.
Magpies are as common as ever as is the scrounging Seagull.
The suicidal Pidgeon has been prominent and i saw a lot more flocks of Starlings this year.
I even saw a Tawny Owl mocking a crow...the Owl whispering under clenched beak you Twit you to the bemused looking crow.


Title: Re: Re: Re: Birds
Post by: sonicyouth on Friday, December 28, 2012, 19:04:11
Birds have typical breeding patterns...thats not to say that some of every species will do things different at certain times and breed and nest at a completly different time of year to what is normal.
I have seen a lot more Jays this year,but a lot less of the Kestrel.
Magpies are as common as ever as is the scrounging Seagull.
The suicidal Pidgeon has been prominent and i saw a lot more flocks of Starlings this year.
I even saw a Tawny Owl mocking a crow...the Owl whispering under clenched beak you Twit you to the bemused looking crow.
birds may breed early or late in the case of exceptionally mild weather but that would only occur around the breeding season. Its extremely unlikely to see birds nest at this time of year, particularly given Dostoyevsky's instance of two different species choosing to breed out of season in such close proximity


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: THE FLASH on Friday, December 28, 2012, 20:22:15
Saw a red kite today...south of Salisbury...lovely.


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: adje on Friday, December 28, 2012, 20:23:41
Saw a red kite today...south of Salisbury...lovely.

Saw one the other day down here-had to slow down for it as it picked at some road kill,magnificent sight


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: THE FLASH on Friday, December 28, 2012, 21:43:40
It was near Stowford on the hill near Devizes road.


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: Flashheart on Thursday, January 3, 2013, 12:37:28
Saw what looked like a parrot on my balcony today. Dunno if it was wild or maybe a lost pet.


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: sonicyouth on Thursday, January 3, 2013, 19:35:06
Spent the day at Slimbridge, fantastic numbers of birds and decent weather too.


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: Gnasher on Thursday, January 3, 2013, 19:44:40
First Green Woodpecker for the garden today. Also the first Grey Squirrel (I know it's not a bird)


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: red socks on Thursday, January 3, 2013, 19:53:23
Saw a redish bird of prey hunting in front of me the other day that I think was a Marsh Harrier, didnt get my camera out in time and if darted off, beautiful looking bird would have been an amazing photo ....


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Sunday, February 17, 2013, 19:12:24
  The highlight of today's walk...disturbing a snipe in the flooded fields just off the Old Ridgeway, south of Burderop Down.  Handsome looking bird, not common in this part of the world...only ever seen a pair once before, a good few years ago.

[url width=612 height=431]http://www.shropshirebirds.com/ess_bap/bap_Common_Snipe.jpg[/url]

Not my photo...not quite in the whimbrel/curlew stakes when it comes to silly beaks, but comes close.


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Monday, April 15, 2013, 15:54:23
 Today's bird of interest. The common tern. It's a shame they're called common, because they're not as common as say the common gull.

 Saw 4 or 5 down at Coate earlier....swooping and diving looking for fish. Their problem was not being able to find any.

I've watched them before at the coast diving for sand eels...a fantastic aviator. Apparently they arrive in April having migrated, don't know where from mind.

Think they're often overlooked becasue people think it's just another gull

 
[url width=700 height=467]http://www.stephenburch.com/oxonpics/Common%20Tern%202%20PM%205%20Jul%2008sm.jpg[/url]


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: TheDukeOfBanbury on Monday, April 15, 2013, 16:01:13
Nice picture.

We had a Reed Bunting in the garden last week and yesterday heard and saw my first 2 Chiffchaff's.
Spring is here.

No sign of the Curlew on the Cherwell yet.


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Monday, April 15, 2013, 16:13:01
Nice picture.

We had a Reed Bunting in the garden last week and yesterday heard and saw my first 2 Chiffchaff's.
Spring is here.

No sign of the Curlew on the Cherwell yet.

I have to admit, that I'm hopeless on warblers, so wouldn't know a chiff chaff from a willow warbler.

I just try and listen to the song and call it a warbler.  Plenty of activity today, as it warms up..


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: RedRag on Monday, April 15, 2013, 17:03:12
Saw what looked like a parrot on my balcony today. Dunno if it was wild or maybe a lost pet.
we get to see parakeets here in Surrey which have fared rather too well as wild birds
http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/surrey/hi/people_and_places/nature/newsid_8286000/8286707.stm


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: Bogus Dave on Monday, April 15, 2013, 17:08:04
In the winter after it rained there were loads of wading birds in the fields between beckhampton and devizes. No idea what they were, but it was odd to see


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, April 15, 2013, 17:11:20
Saw a Sparrowhawk as I was driving to Purton yesterday.

Also caught glimpse of a rather large bird as I drove home from work today. Didn't see the body as it swooped below a hedge, but the wings were a light brown and darkened toward the tips. Any ideas?


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: Ginginho on Monday, April 15, 2013, 17:40:47
Possibly a kestrel, they are quite often seen hovering on the sides of roads.
I often see them on the A419 on my drive to Gloucester every day.


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 16:34:01
 Today, I'm pretty sure I saw a pair of red throated divers at Coate...at first I thought grebe, but on inspection with the binos, no tufts, and so grebes ruled out and these things had an almost gullet like throat, whereas the grebe is thinner and whiter. Also clocked one in flight which according to the books is pretty distinctive, this thing was almost arrow like with a drooping neck.

 They dived down for a good long time and worked their up the lake with the wind.....according to web they have been seen at Coate before, but seemingly not for a while...as they're not common, the largest population being around the Western Isles.

(http://www.mullbirds.com/RTDivers-2Sindri%20Skulasson.jpg)


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: Local_Dan on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 22:27:42
Spent the day at Slimbridge, fantastic numbers of birds and decent weather too.


Last time i went to Slimbridge, i saw a Spoonbill which was most peculiar.


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: Samdy Gray on Sunday, September 20, 2015, 13:29:14
(Bump)

Took the dog to Somerford Common this afternoon and managed to see a couple of Little Owls. I had the camera with me, but couldn't get a good shot. I really need to invest in a longer lens.

I came across an elevated bird hide too, so might be good for twitching if you're into that kind of thing.


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: ronnie21 on Sunday, September 20, 2015, 14:23:27
(Bump)

Took the dog to Somerford Common this afternoon and managed to see a couple of Little Owls. I had the camera with me, but couldn't get a good shot. I really need to invest in a longer lens.

I came across an elevated bird hide too, so might be good for twitching if you're into that kind of thing.
Are you sure that is what the "hide" was?  I believe it to be an elevated position for deer shooting!!  At least that is what I have seen it used for!!


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: Samdy Gray on Sunday, September 20, 2015, 14:32:49
Well, it's a hut on stilts. I guess it could be used for either purpose.


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: ronnie21 on Sunday, September 20, 2015, 14:38:49
Well, it's a hut on stilts. I guess it could be used for either purpose.
True


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Monday, September 10, 2018, 15:00:23
  An interesting spot in West Swindon!

  http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/16831926.rare-hoopoe-bird-ruffles-feathers-in-west-swindon/?ref=mr&lp=6#gallery0


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: OOH! SHAUN TAYLOR on Monday, September 10, 2018, 18:09:52
  An interesting spot in West Swindon!

  http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/16831926.rare-hoopoe-bird-ruffles-feathers-in-west-swindon/?ref=mr&lp=6#gallery0
I saw that on Twitter (appropriately) Very nice spot. They're not even that easy to find in Southern Europe these days (in my limited experience)


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: bamboonoshop on Monday, September 10, 2018, 20:02:57
Saw a Cream Coloured Courser once. Not it wasn't my Dad's old motor either.  :D


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: Peter Venkman on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 08:23:19
Saw a Cream Coloured Courser once. Not it wasn't my Dad's old motor either.  :D

(https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/friday-ad/uploads/image/16837701_16837800/vauxhall-corsa-2013-16837760-1_800X600.jpg)

or

(https://www.classiccarcatalogue.com/F/ford%20gb%201963%20corsair_oct_ad.jpg)

?

I am sorry I don't understand your East Midland twang :D


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: bamboonoshop on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 11:39:42
(https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/friday-ad/uploads/image/16837701_16837800/vauxhall-corsa-2013-16837760-1_800X600.jpg)

or

(https://www.classiccarcatalogue.com/F/Ford%20gb%201963%20Cortina03.jpg)

?

I am sorry I don't understand your East Midland twang :D

That's a cortina! My old man did have a lovely BROWN Cortina in the late 80's. When you could still pick up a "runner" for under 200.

In all seriousness though, a Cream Coloured Courser is a genuine bird I've been apparently lucky to see (I'm no twitcher but I do like the more colourful birds). This looks a bit Sandpipery/Bantamish

https://species.nbnatlas.org/species/NHMSYS0000530326


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: scillyred on Sunday, September 16, 2018, 15:38:30
Bill Oddie in a bird hide this am.
I was looking for a Knot or a Wryneck - my twitching is almost as bad as Town's defending  :cry:


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: 4D on Monday, January 13, 2020, 00:30:22
The little egret has made an appearance again, just off Tewkesbury Way.


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: bamboonoshop on Monday, January 13, 2020, 00:37:46
The little egret has made an appearance again, just of Tewkesbury Way.

Magistrates Court section of the Adver?

The way you worded that "Little Egret, of Tewkesbury Way..."


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: horlock07 on Monday, January 13, 2020, 09:41:00
The little egret has made an appearance again, just off Tewkesbury Way.

They are bloody everywhere up here!


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: Saxondale on Monday, January 13, 2020, 11:28:00
Whilst staying near Amsterdam in October I was rather surprised to see quite a lot of bright green Parakeets in the trees near us.  Didn't really seem right for a northern European city but apparently they have made their home in the area quite successfully after being bought in as pets in the 60's and 70's.


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: Batch on Monday, January 13, 2020, 11:36:14
You see them around in the UK too. Sometimes this way.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feral_parakeets_in_Great_Britain

First time I saw one (Ciren)  I thought someone's pet had escaped.


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: 4D on Monday, January 13, 2020, 11:36:51
There's thousands of Indian ring neck parakeets in SE England.


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: horlock07 on Monday, January 13, 2020, 11:39:26
You see them around in the UK too. Sometimes this way.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feral_parakeets_in_Great_Britain

First time I saw one (Ciren)  I thought someone's pet had escaped.

Bloody foreign parakeets coming over here taking jobs from hard working British birds...

Brexit cannot come soon enough!


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: Bob's Orange on Monday, January 13, 2020, 11:43:44
There's thousands of Indian ring neck parakeets in SE England.

I don't know if its an Indian ring neck type but there is definitely at least 1 in Battersea Park that I have seen previously.


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: Red Frog on Monday, January 13, 2020, 11:55:59
I don't know if its an Indian ring neck type but there is definitely at least 1 in Battersea Park that I have seen previously.

I was deafened by about 20 of the buggers in that park next to the Fulham ground last year. Maybe like taxis they don't like going south of the river.


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: bamboonoshop on Monday, January 13, 2020, 14:02:09
Bloody foreign parakeets coming over here taking jobs from hard working British birds...

Brexit cannot come soon enough!

Yeah those (im)migrant birds. COming here, picking nd choosing where they live, raping food resources & jet setting off to the Southern Hemisphere, with gay abandon. How dare they!!1!

#MAGA #TakingBackCuntroll #Yes2BluePassport #RoolBritanya #ThisIsEnglund


Title: Re: Birds
Post by: bamboonoshop on Monday, January 13, 2020, 14:02:52
#PecksItMeansPecksIt