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    Thumbs up Swifts

    3 days later than the last few years,but saw them arriving about 9pm tonight. great feeling seeing them arrive. just the Sedge warblers to finnish off my migrant list.

    Jim
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    Default Re: Swifts

    Quote Originally Posted by 3lbgrayling View Post
    3 days later than the last few years,but saw them arriving about 9pm tonight. great feeling seeing them arrive. just the Sedge warblers to finnish off my migrant list.

    Jim
    Thought I heard the loud rambling song of one on Sunday Jim.
    Did not see it, but it was loud for a minute or two.
    Was as I was crossing board walk at reed bed east end corner.
    regards
    bert

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    Will go for a walk tommorow Bert.Hopefully get a sedge warbler song.

    Jim
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    We were sitting out in the garden yesterday watching the buzzards riding the thermals over the town, down by the seafront...noticed a swift over the house. Couple of minutes later, there were more than a dozen of them. Beautiful little things, they are.
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    I have seen a few, but only a few. There do seem to be more cuckoos about this year though.

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    A few house Martins around but no Swallows or Swifts so far this year.
    Quite a dawn chorus this morning, I would have thought it would have diminished somewhat as there are a lot of fledglings around and they wouldn't need to set up territories with such intensity. Must be raising second broods already. Magpies have already raised their second broods which doesn't bode well for the smaller songbird nestlings of which they take a great many.
    The Goldfinches have already raised one brood in the Irish Yew at the bottom of the garden, a popular place for them, their record is six nests in one year in there although I can't be sure they raised a brood in every one.
    The Midland Hawthorn is sickly and now seems to have been deserted by the many birds that nested there in the past.

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    Interesting point you make Bumble about Magpies.
    Goldfinches for the first year nested in a small bush on the banking in the garden. They raised a brood then left . Approx 2 days later i saw a Magpie go in the bush it found the nest and tore it to bits then flew off probably looking for young to kill. Happily they had all fledged.
    Nasty pieces of work those Magpies

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    I'm short on swallows this year, apparently something to do with over harvesting along the Egyptian coast.

    Bit of a strange one yesterday, blue tits have always nested in an old box I left near some bird feeders just feet from I come and go, they don't seem fussed at getting disturbed, this year I noticed the lid had been picked to hanging off, so I pushed it back in fear of rain or a predator getting in, two mins later I noticed a great tit trying in vain to get in through the hole, I moved the lid back and it immediately went in through the top, its obviously taken the blue tits nest but too big to get through the entrance so made its own.

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    No swift sightings for me yet, I've seen sand martins, house martins and swallows but they all seem in pretty low numbers. On a positive note the woods where I walk my dogs seem full of whitethroats.
    “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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    A couple of weeks ago while I was fishing there were a couple of ducks on the water. Now I can't possibly believe they followed me home, but the following morning these two turned up in our back garden....




    I can't believe they think the bird bath is some sort of pond, but they appear to have taken up residence! They fly away as soon as it starts to get dark, to return first thing the following morning. They follow us around the garden when we go out and bring a smile to our faces - even if the do sh1t all over the patio! No idea why they chose our garden, but I'm glad they did.
    Best Regards

    Peter

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