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3lbgrayling

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I was watching the rabbits in the meadow behind my house early this morning through the binoculars and having a laugh at the ineptitude of next door's cat trying to catch on. Totally hopeless and the rabbits seemed to know it. I scanned across the field and spotted a male blackbird that appeared to have some white on its chest. It was broadside on so I watched it, hoping it would turn and face me. It did, and on its chest was a perfect white crescent shape stretching from side to side. I noticed, too, that its wing feathers were a little bit more grey in colour rather than the black one would expect from a male blackbird.

The only bird in the book that fits what I saw is a Ring Ouzel, but what is one doing hopping around in a grass meadow used as a horse paddock in Wiltshire?
It could just be on it's way north.Def sounds like a Ring Ouzel.

Jim
 

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1 mile walk counted 13 discarded face masks, a danger to wildlife. Who throws them down ?

Covidiots!

Fkn unbelievable, isn't it. As if bags of dog poo hanging in trees everywhere wasn't bad enough, now we have masks lying all over the floor...
 

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sad state of affairs, it's redbull cans here, saw a BT diver at the loch this afternoon. but not a sniff of a trout there was another guy fishing well away from , but he was away before I left, I had a Idea I heard a corncrake , they have been known in the rushes near the loch, but it was well in the distance, nice after noon got all my washing done and dried hopefully it'll be fine tomorrow, easker1
 

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I have seen three ring ouzels in 15 years.

Noticing this year curlews, oyster catchers and lapwings are all down to rock bottom levels.
 

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I was watching the rabbits in the meadow behind my house early this morning through the binoculars and having a laugh at the ineptitude of next door's cat trying to catch on. Totally hopeless and the rabbits seemed to know it. I scanned across the field and spotted a male blackbird that appeared to have some white on its chest. It was broadside on so I watched it, hoping it would turn and face me. It did, and on its chest was a perfect white crescent shape stretching from side to side. I noticed, too, that its wing feathers were a little bit more grey in colour rather than the black one would expect from a male blackbird.

The only bird in the book that fits what I saw is a Ring Ouzel, but what is one doing hopping around in a grass meadow used as a horse paddock in Wiltshire?
Bob, ring ousels are migrating north at the moment and quite a few turn up in apparently odd places because they have stopped off on the way for a feed before continuing on further north or west to the mountains where they will hopefully breed. So the bird you saw could quite easily be such a hungry migrant on a stopover.
 

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I went to Cuba Just for the Birdwatching.We used the famous Guide out of the Playa Largo hotel(for my sins I can't remember his name). he was absoloutly brilliant.and a genuinly nice person.It was not long after Hurricane Andrew had laid bare large swaithes of the forrest/jungle/mangroves but we got all the species we had come for including several Fernandina's Flickers. Bee humingbirds .loads of Toadys.Pygmy owls.and rare doves.

Jim
 
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where My son lives in California is great for birding, 3 kinds of Humming birds in and around his garden, various grebes along the sea front , an early morning Turkey vulture , rufus Hawks , Heermans Gull, grey Phalaropes, Great white heron, American Robin, red shouldered Black Birds and Brewers Black bird, I bought the Audubon bird Book just to Keep up ( the Pocket Version), great place for Birds and wild life, I'm hoping to see the Californian Condor when I manage to get over next easker1
 

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I went to Cuba Just for the Birdwatching.We used the famous Guide out of the Playa Largo hotel(for my sins I can't remember his name). he was absoloutly brilliant.and a genuinly nice person.It was not long after Hurricane Andrew had laid bare large swaithes of the forrest/jungle/mangroves but we got all the species we had come for including several Fernandina's Flickers. Bee humingbirds .loads of Toadys.Pygmy owls.and rare doves.

Jim
We went with Paulino Delgardo on caya coco he was brilliant he takes you round in a old Cadillac
 
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BobP

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Bob, ring ousels are migrating north at the moment and quite a few turn up in apparently odd places because they have stopped off on the way for a feed before continuing on further north or west to the mountains where they will hopefully breed. So the bird you saw could quite easily be such a hungry migrant on a stopover.

Yes, I thought as much. He seemed to be quite happy and was hopping around in the same area as several blackbirds. It was a surprising sight and I'm pleased to have seen one in such peculiar circumstances.

The rabbits. btw, seemed to be all but falling over laughing so overweight and pathetic was next door's cat. Couldn't catch a cold!
 

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I was out doing a bit in the garden this evening and for the first time in my life , in this part of Ireland , I heard a Cuckoo.
I have often heard them in the West of Ireland when fishing on Corrib , but never here in County Waterford where I have lived for 48 years.
Really pleased to hear it actually . :)
 
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