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    Could It possibly have been a Malachite Kingfisher which is very similar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3lbgrayling View Post
    For the 1st time in many ,many years our GC Grebes and Dabchicks never left our loch all winter.they normally do the short migration to the Forth estuary.And o/w there.

    Jim
    Sadly we don't have great crested grebes on our lake, we do have coots, swans, canada geese, moorhen and mallard all on eggs at the moment. I've only seen a single dabchick although there might be another on eggs somewhere.

    We used to have a few mink around that I think kept the dabchicks away and have been responsible for killing a great many dabchicks, water voles and other wildlife all round the country.
    “There is no more lovely country than Monmouthshire in early spring. Nowhere do the larks sing quite so passionately, as if somehow inspired by the Welsh themselves. There is a blackbird on every thorn and a cock chaffinch, a twink as they call him there, on every bush...... It moved me profoundly. I had been spared to see another spring, and I thank God for it.”

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    The mink decimated our coot population.and for several years we had very few Coots or Moorhens.But since a family of Otters moved in,the mink dissapeared and the coots and morehens are increasing in numbers.
    PS the Coots had a negative effect on the Dabchick Population.wrecking their eggs/nests.

    Jim
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    Quote Originally Posted by BobP View Post
    Not so much how do they remember, but how do they pass it on to their children that were born 8000 miles away?
    They don't do either. It is innate behaviour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3lbgrayling View Post
    The mink decimated our coot population.and for several years we had very few Coots or Moorhens.But since a family of Otters moved in,the mink dissapeared and the coots and morehens are increasing in numbers.
    Same on our loch Jim. We had major mink problems, until otters moved in, some years back. Never seen a mink since.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cap'n Fishy View Post
    They don't do either. It is innate behaviour.

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    Same on our loch Jim. We had major mink problems, until otters moved in, some years back. Never seen a mink since.

    Col
    Coincidentally we also have an otter visit from the nearby river, mink haven't been seen for a year or two and bird life seems to have increased.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3lbgrayling View Post
    Could It possibly have been a Malachite Kingfisher which is very similar.

    Jim
    Yes it might, it was 30 years ago and my memory isn't clear enough to say for sure.
    “There is no more lovely country than Monmouthshire in early spring. Nowhere do the larks sing quite so passionately, as if somehow inspired by the Welsh themselves. There is a blackbird on every thorn and a cock chaffinch, a twink as they call him there, on every bush...... It moved me profoundly. I had been spared to see another spring, and I thank God for it.”

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    Another thing or beastie I have noticed recently, Ladybirds!
    Have never seen so many in garden this early!
    regards
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    Quote Originally Posted by 3lbgrayling View Post
    Not sure what you mean Bob.Either your not expressing yourself very well,or you've got it totally wrong.The young swallows were born here.So know where they come from.and when migrating south. Normally just south of the Sahara.they form up into loose groups that get bigger as they move south.

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    And do they not rear a brood down there in South Africa? But if you insist, I will re-phrase it. How do the poor little b*ggers that leave here in September know where to go? Or could you, at the age of say 6, walk off to the south of France all on your own?

    I've always considered the migration of swallows, swifts and martins to be one of those miracles of nature that we just take for granted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobP View Post
    How do the poor little b*ggers that leave here in September know where to go? Or could you, at the age of say 6, walk off to the south of France all on your own?

    I've always considered the migration of swallows, swifts and martins to be one of those miracles of nature that we just take for granted.
    It's innate behaviour, which does not rely on learning. Their brains are evolved completely differently to ours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BobP View Post
    And do they not rear a brood down there in South Africa? But if you insist, I will re-phrase it. How do the poor little b*ggers that leave here in September know where to go? Or could you, at the age of say 6, walk off to the south of France all on your own?

    I've always considered the migration of swallows, swifts and martins to be one of those miracles of nature that we just take for granted.
    Sorry ,No broods in Africa.Only Northern Europe.(the're you go, you've learned a new fact)

    Jim
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    While on the subject of migration, how does a newly hatched wee salmo trutta decide it's destined for the sea & which direction it should go? GPS or SatNav??
    2019 & it will be time for a change.

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