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    Saw this today while fishing down the salmon river. Not sure if you can see the nest? but that wee piece of grass in between the barb and the river where the nest is is means every angler has to step over the eggs. Unfortunately she nested during a dry spell - for her sake lets hope there's no more water for a couple of weeks.
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    Nice pics.
    We had a pair of Canada geese nest on the island on our stretch of the Teifi earlier this year, the first time that's happened in 17 years, they usually nest upstream from us. This island's regularly covered by floods but they got away with it and successfully raised a brood, had to wonder whether they had a contact in the met office.

    Musha rig um du rum da

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    From a bad choice to a superb choice. We were at Coldingham Loch today, and Gareth pointed out to me a yellow 5 L plastic container that had been recycled into a baler by cutting the corner off it. It was lying on a shelf inside the boathouse. I had to get into one of the boats to look inside the cut end. And there, inside, sitting on 5 eggs, was a pied wagtail...


    She's out the weather and she's out of reach of predators. She does have to put up with anglers getting in and out a boat a foot from her front door every day, but she seems fine with that. Wasn't at all fussed with me crouching down outside her pad to take a photo of her.

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    We have had a Blackbird nesting in our front garden in a holly hedge, yesterday the magpies attacked and ate all the young but the female Blackbird fought valiantly swooping and attacking the magpies but to no avail. Not unexpected but painful to watch.
    Colin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by colboro View Post
    We have had a Blackbird nesting in our front garden in a holly hedge, yesterday the magpies attacked and ate all the young but the female Blackbird fought valiantly swooping and attacking the magpies but to no avail. Not unexpected but painful to watch.
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    As much as I hate seeing things like that happen it's got to be accepted as it's mother nature.

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    Mallard nested at the side of the road next to a rubbish bin, at the first look it had 6 eggs, next day the crows had them, a week later she was back and over the next week or so she had 11 eggs and was sitting tight, on the last look the nest had been ripped down he banking and everything gone, was the same last year when an Oystercatcher nested around the same area. crows don't miss anything.

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    We lost a mallards nest this year, all that remained were the smashed shells, assumed a badger had got it but it could well have been crows. ( Have sussed out date stamp now...)

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    Don't worry, be happy.
    Sandy
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    Myself and 4 others locally that I know of have got larsson traps set for the magpies and crows I have no issues about stretching there necks or shooting them whenever possible.
    Yes the trap is registered.

    The magpies were taking the young blue tits and blackbirds most years hence getting the trap for them.

    Al

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishtales View Post
    Superb!

    Here's another good choice of nest site. Chancelot Mill is a big old flour mill that backs onto Leith docks. The rear face of it is a featureless vertical concrete wall, over 100 feet high. There is a small ledge towards the top of it - a disused entry portal. Peregrines use it as an eyrie, some years...




    It's about as inaccessible as it's possible to be. They have hot and cold running pigeons, 24/7. The pigeons don't know what they are when they are perching...


    It's only when the peregrines take to the air that they realise, and then panic ensues!

    This was one of the fledglings that came a bit closer - photographed it from Asda's car park!




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