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Twitchers Anonymous

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by MJB, Apr 28, 2020.

  1. jchrisc

    jchrisc Well-Known Member

    We see both Kites and Buzzards fairly frequently from our garden in Ampthill. The Buzzards have appeared recently in a group of three, but they are always far to0 high and distant to get a useful picture. The Kites are often quite low, but usually travelling too fast for me to set up. The most interesting sky visitors lately are the Swifts. They scream by in groups of up to six or seven, travelling far too fast for me to do anything.
  2. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    Oh man, another sad one today. Yesterday I thought I heard a bump on the front window but couldn't see anything, but today we noticed a dead juvenile woodpecker by the beds below the window. To make matters worse there was another dead juvenile woodpecker on the road about 50m up, presumably hit by a car. :(
  3. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    I had a spate of it at one (only one) of my windows in the old house. It was opposite some bushes, so I wonder if they reflected in the window. Not much you can do about it really. It will stop.
  4. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    Aye, when they're all dead. :(

    Why is it usually the rarer ones that hit the windows? As mentioned earlier, we have things on the downstairs back garden windows to break the reflections as they are near feeders, but this was upstairs at the front. The woodpeckers come from that side so I'm guessing youth and inexperience rather than a death cult...
  5. MJB

    MJB Well-Known Member

    A bit of Yellowhammer porn on my walk today.

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  6. AndyTake2

    AndyTake2 Well-Known Member

    Didn't manage to get any shots of the starlings this year.
    They were later than usual - I wondered if they were going to turn up at all. Cherries on the tree are usually about as bright in the photo when they are stripped, but this year they were really dark and ripe (ripe enough for humans to like them!) before the starlings turned up about 3 days ago, when they descended in their hoards and have now buggered off again. Light was useless for photos.

    I am assuming that they have found something else to eat elsewhere instead of the cherries - maybe because of lockdown there are plenty more places for them to forage.
    Our University Challenge blackbird seems to have gone now as well.
    About a week ago I had to slam the anchors on in the car - a buzzard flew from one side of the road to the other, low enough so he would have smacked into my headlight. Pretty impressive to see that close, but lucky there wasn't a load of traffic behind me going too fast, so I could brake in time.
  7. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    Very happy to see an alive woodpecker in the garden yesterday. Amused to see him pecking a metal clothesline pole, seemingly mistaking it for a tree. :D
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  8. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    When not searching for food they peck to make noise, the drumming sound penetrates much further through woodland than does bird song. It could be that it liked the acoustic of the metal pole!
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  9. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    Could be. I'll put a picture up later.
  10. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    Pictures (all taken by my wife, handheld, with 135mm manual focus lens through double glazing; hasn't she done well!):

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  11. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    Very good. A long time since we had one on our feeders.
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  12. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    Newly fledged robin just now. Let's hope the cats stay away.

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    It did hop back under the hedge again when I had finished.
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  13. AGW

    AGW Well-Known Member

    Newly fledged robins dont have the red breast.... thats an old bird.

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  14. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    I did wonder. OK I assume it is replacing its feathers then!
  15. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    Could be - we are into July already. Once the breeding season is out of the way the birds start to moult and generally hide away. It is the poor end of the year for bird photography - too many leaves on the trees and birds keeping out of sight.
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  16. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    Sparrowhawk flew by earlier as I was looking out. Seemingly not on business, but needless to say the other birds were agitated...
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  17. Bazarchie

    Bazarchie Well-Known Member

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  18. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    A long time since we had kingfishers! Looks as if you have found a good location.
  19. Bazarchie

    Bazarchie Well-Known Member

  20. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    Nice one! I’m jealous.

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