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Denfinella's lockdown birdlife diary

Re: Denfinella's lockdown birdlife diary

Postby jmarkb » Sun May 10, 2020 6:09 pm

Odd colouring, but if was right size and shape for a wren, there's not much in the way of other options.
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Re: Denfinella's lockdown birdlife diary

Postby jmarkb » Sun May 10, 2020 6:46 pm

Mal Grey wrote:I love the scream of the swifts, something just utterly associated with summer. Seen 3 so far this year, pretty early for me, but then again this year is somewhat different as I've been able to watch a wonderful spring blossom in front of my eyes. A lovely feeling that balances the dread and awfulness.


Yes, I love the swifts too. Don't get to see a wide variety of other bird life from our windows (gulls, magpies, pigeons and tits just about covers it) so the swifts are welcome visitors. Their numbers do seem to have declined somewhat, sadly.

It's been a very interesting experience to note all the little changes that spring has brought to the local area, which I would have normally not noticed. Every week there are some new flowers in bloom.
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Re: Denfinella's lockdown birdlife diary

Postby denfinella » Sat May 16, 2020 7:27 pm

jmarkb wrote:Odd colouring, but if was right size and shape for a wren, there's not much in the way of other options.


Thanks. I asked a non-WH friend and they thought the same.

jmarkb wrote:It's been a very interesting experience to note all the little changes that spring has brought to the local area, which I would have normally not noticed. Every week there are some new flowers in bloom.


Yes, it has! The transformation of our local woodland from quite an earthy, brown, sparse area to a lush, green, crowded (even oppressive) space has been quite amazing.

The usual running water suspects were out in full force this morning, including a dipper and several grey wagtails - including a grey wagtail no more than a minute's walk from the front of our house:

Grey wagtail.JPG


Also managed to get a shot of a sparrow in enough detail that we could identify what type it was (unsurprisingly, a house sparrow). And a few other birds which we hadn't previously got a picture of - now added to the first post.
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Re: Denfinella's lockdown birdlife diary

Postby prog99 » Sat May 16, 2020 10:25 pm

From the sounds of things you are on the same side of town as us. Theres often a kestrel hunting in the waste ground opposite ikea.
We also got a visit from a large flock of starlings this morning. Not seen so many in years.
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Re: Denfinella's lockdown birdlife diary

Postby denfinella » Fri May 22, 2020 7:44 pm

prog99 wrote:From the sounds of things you are on the same side of town as us. Theres often a kestrel hunting in the waste ground opposite ikea.
We also got a visit from a large flock of starlings this morning. Not seen so many in years.


A bit far out for us (we have got up that way on one occasion). We haven't seen a single bird of prey yet.

IMG_6694.JPG


Here's an interesting one from Wednesday. Smaller than a blackbird and slimmer. After discussion with a friend we think it might just be a juvenile starling though - anyone want to offer an alternative?
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Re: Denfinella's lockdown birdlife diary

Postby CharlesT » Fri May 22, 2020 10:45 pm

Yes. Juvenile Starling.
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Re: Denfinella's lockdown birdlife diary

Postby prog99 » Sat May 23, 2020 9:51 am

denfinella wrote:
prog99 wrote:From the sounds of things you are on the same side of town as us. Theres often a kestrel hunting in the waste ground opposite ikea.
We also got a visit from a large flock of starlings this morning. Not seen so many in years.


A bit far out for us (we have got up that way on one occasion). We haven't seen a single bird of prey yet.

Lovely birds, so impressive to watch them hover. You can see them on Arthurs Seat too.

I've seen a peregrine once a few years ago chilling out on our garage roof and the occasional owl but not recently.
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Re: Denfinella's lockdown birdlife diary

Postby denfinella » Sun May 24, 2020 6:47 pm

CharlesT wrote:Yes. Juvenile Starling.


Thanks Charles!
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