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Re: nature notes II
« Reply #50 on: May 03, 2013, 03:50:06 PM »
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« Reply #51 on: May 03, 2013, 11:31:16 PM »
Hey check it out everybody. Had a look at the web cam and the ospreys are nesting at the bottom of my hill!

http://www.enmax.com/Energy/Res/Greenmax/Osprey+Camera/OspreyLiveCamera.htm

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« Reply #52 on: May 04, 2013, 02:44:27 PM »
Dear Mr. Wallo,
Why would I get my gun? Ospreys aren't pests. You on the other hand.....

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« Reply #53 on: May 04, 2013, 06:36:21 PM »
Hey check it out everybody. Had a look at the web cam and the ospreys are nesting at the bottom of my hill!

http://www.enmax.com/Energy/Res/Greenmax/Osprey+Camera/OspreyLiveCamera.htm

Powwow, thank you so much for this live camera link, I'm going to try and watch it whenever I have a chance!  :)
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« Reply #54 on: May 04, 2013, 09:27:20 PM »
Hi SweetPea,
I'm already addicted to watching them. lol

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« Reply #55 on: May 04, 2013, 09:36:24 PM »
Ah, powwow, if you are still there. There has been one lone birdy on the nest for sometime, the female I presume? Anyway, at one point, just for a second, the male(?) flew in and landed on her back, he stood there for five seconds or so then flew off. Do you know why he should display such behaviour?

Btw, I don't think he was up to anything - I could see his legs!  :D ;D
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« Reply #56 on: May 05, 2013, 12:42:00 AM »
SweetPea,
Oh, I missed that. Well I notice the sparrows do the same thing when they are mating. They males jump on for a few seconds at a time.  They have been adding sticks to the nest for the past few days. The male was still adding to it this morning. Perhaps it's time to fertilize. lol

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« Reply #57 on: May 05, 2013, 08:12:49 AM »
SweetPea,
Oh, I missed that. Well I notice the sparrows do the same thing when they are mating. They males jump on for a few seconds at a time. 

A bit like men then ?  All done in a few seconds.

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« Reply #58 on: May 05, 2013, 03:11:14 PM »
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« Reply #59 on: May 05, 2013, 03:13:36 PM »
Is bird porn allowed on a Sunday?
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« Reply #60 on: May 05, 2013, 03:22:21 PM »
Dear Mr. Gonnagle,
Well don't your buzzards have a fancy nest there. Looks windy today. Thanks for that, I'll be keeping an eye on your birds as well.

Ketty,
Bird porn on Sundays? Ya, I don't like the sparrows and their porn on my fence every day of the week! And when the squirrels start at it in my backyard, I chase them off to the next door neighbours.

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« Reply #61 on: May 05, 2013, 03:25:28 PM »
. . .  And when the squirrels start at it in my backyard, I chase them off to the next door neighbours.

 :D :D :D  A bucket of cold water will do it.  ;)
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« Reply #62 on: May 05, 2013, 05:22:34 PM »
SweetPea,
Oh, I missed that. Well I notice the sparrows do the same thing when they are mating. They males jump on for a few seconds at a time.  They have been adding sticks to the nest for the past few days. The male was still adding to it this morning. Perhaps it's time to fertilize. lol

Powwow, I was watching them bringing more sticks to the nest earlier today.

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« Reply #63 on: May 05, 2013, 05:26:48 PM »
Dear Powwow,

http://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/things-to-do/wildlife-webcams/loch-of-lowes/

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Gonners,  great stuff - and the camera is nearer. An interesting observation - the Canadian nest has twigs but the Scottish nest has no sticks visible - looks more mossy.
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« Reply #64 on: May 05, 2013, 05:27:25 PM »
Hi SweetPea. I was amused earlier. The female  needed to do something so she went to the other side of the nest and rearranged a couple of sticks. I want to see them bring a big trout back to the nest for a feast.

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« Reply #65 on: May 05, 2013, 05:32:10 PM »
More mossy, more cushy, I could almost use it as a pillow, I almost wish I was an egg.lol  Gonnagle's is actually in a tree or it looks that way. Mine, top of a pole on a board.

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« Reply #66 on: May 05, 2013, 05:35:12 PM »
Hi SweetPea. I was amused earlier. The female  needed to do something so she went to the other side of the nest and rearranged a couple of sticks. I want to see them bring a big trout back to the nest for a feast.

Yes, I think I saw that. The trout will certainly be a good watch!  :o

I can't make out if the Scottish nest is in a tree or on a cliff-top/bank ....

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« Reply #67 on: May 05, 2013, 05:46:52 PM »
More mossy, more cushy, I could almost use it as a pillow, I almost wish I was an egg.lol  Gonnagle's is actually in a tree or it looks that way. Mine, top of a pole on a board.

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Wow, that's quite a balancing act for those wee (large) buddies!  :o
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« Reply #68 on: May 06, 2013, 06:50:54 AM »
Today I looked at the RSPB Willow Warbler page and my heart sank because I couldn't find the Listen' link on the left-hand side. However, I thought it would be very surprising if they had removed the bird song altogether, so persevered and cursored through the page listening to every line and found a greatly improved listen immediately below the picture of the bird. It's 01:58 minutes long. I have my little recorder all ready to take with me to the Forest tomorrow, when my brother comes to visit, so have recorded it; firstly to make sure I know the song well, and secondly to play it in various areas, in hopes that an anxious WW will sing to challenge!

The more I listen to it, the more I think I have almost certainly heard a WW during the last few years, but have mistaken it for a Chaffinch song, sung by a bird who's forgotten to put the 'per-CHOO' flourish at the end of his song!

Dave-at-the-gym has suggested a good spot for easy access and a place where I should hear others - he's written me a list of 6 or so- woodland birds. At least the weather is going to be just right it seems.
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« Reply #69 on: May 06, 2013, 10:18:23 AM »
Today I looked at the RSPB Willow Warbler page and my heart sank because I couldn't find the Listen' link on the left-hand side. However, I thought it would be very surprising if they had removed the bird song altogether, so persevered and cursored through the page listening to every line and found a greatly improved listen immediately below the picture of the bird. It's 01:58 minutes long. I have my little recorder all ready to take with me to the Forest tomorrow, when my brother comes to visit, so have recorded it; firstly to make sure I know the song well, and secondly to play it in various areas, in hopes that an anxious WW will sing to challenge!

The more I listen to it, the more I think I have almost certainly heard a WW during the last few years, but have mistaken it for a Chaffinch song, sung by a bird who's forgotten to put the 'per-CHOO' flourish at the end of his song!

Dave-at-the-gym has suggested a good spot for easy access and a place where I should hear others - he's written me a list of 6 or so- woodland birds. At least the weather is going to be just right it seems.

And I wish you the best of luck, Susan. I hope that a willow warbler will sing its delightful song right next to you.
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« Reply #70 on: May 06, 2013, 12:54:50 PM »
Dear Susan,

This morning I woke up ( habit forming ) and after my initial struggle to the kitchen, coffee and checking that I had put a steredent tablet in the old mans wallies I turned on the telly to check the news, doom and gloom all round.

But after reading your wonderful little post I am thoroughly cheered up, it does my wee Christian heart the power of good to know that in this little world of ours their are good people like yourself, people like you who stick two fingers up at life and say sod you lot I am off to experience the simple wonders of nature.

God Bless you Mrs B.

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« Reply #71 on: May 06, 2013, 04:16:00 PM »
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How wonderful to hear, and see, a Nightingale. Do they ever come to this country? I still remember back in the 70s, rushing home from teaching each day to listen to a bird that sang its heart out with a continuous, beautiful song, perched on the chimney of a near-by house. What sort of size is a Nightingale I never did work out what it was.

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« Reply #72 on: May 06, 2013, 04:46:38 PM »
We have been practically falling over willow warblers in London at the moment, I have never heard so many.  Some years I don't hear any, but this spring has been amazing.   I think one day the local nature reserve recorded 22.   A very sweet song with its descending scale.
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« Reply #73 on: May 06, 2013, 05:02:19 PM »
Heard the first cuckoo on May 1st.  It seemed quite lonely.

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« Reply #74 on: May 06, 2013, 08:42:29 PM »
Good news, Ekim as the cuckoo is one of the species in decline. Yes, they can sound lonely especially against the calls of the other birds.

Btw, there are sites online that ask people to record when and where they have heard a cuckoo.
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