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sonicyouth
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« on: Friday, June 1, 2012, 10:52:08 »

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.
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« Reply #1 on: Friday, June 1, 2012, 11:09:23 »

There's loads of seagulls at Compton Bassett tip
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« Reply #2 on: Friday, June 1, 2012, 11:17:20 »

No

But I did have a humming bird on my balcony the other day
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« Reply #3 on: Friday, June 1, 2012, 11:38:16 »

Coate is the place so i'm told(my parents are into it)
Also the area between Westlea and barnfield-moredon.
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« Reply #4 on: Friday, June 1, 2012, 11:42:13 »

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.
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« Reply #5 on: Friday, June 1, 2012, 11:50:06 »

No

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

She stink?
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« Reply #6 on: Friday, June 1, 2012, 13:28:37 »

There's loads of seagulls at Compton Bassett tip

No such thing as a seagull.
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« Reply #7 on: Friday, June 1, 2012, 13:34:13 »

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.
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« Reply #8 on: Friday, June 1, 2012, 13:57:54 »

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.
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« Reply #9 on: Friday, June 1, 2012, 14:17:39 »

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..
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« Reply #10 on: Friday, June 1, 2012, 14:23:54 »

For the twitchers, my mum saw a montagu's harrier yesterday, north of Burford.
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« Reply #11 on: Friday, June 1, 2012, 14:41:58 »

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.
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« Reply #12 on: Friday, June 1, 2012, 14:54:36 »

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.
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« Reply #13 on: Friday, June 1, 2012, 14:55:08 »

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.
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« Reply #14 on: Friday, June 1, 2012, 15:05:39 »

I saw a dead kingfisher once. It was just dead, on the floor, near the entrance to our office. Very random.
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