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#16 bell

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 01:32 pm

No not tree sparrows.Only breed in selected places around the country.Your very lucky bryon would love to see them.No eggs as of yet but defently house sparrows nesting .....Honest fellas :DGreat idea OTC the great big nest thread.

Love tree Sparrows, even though they arnt that different to House Sparrows its always a privelage to see them. we have a few knocking about and had one twittering away in the garden all this week. Does anyone know if you can tell the difference between the male and female ? Also we have Willow Tits in the garden, or are they marsh Tits ? :hmm:

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Posted 10 April 2009 - 07:41 pm

Found a couple more today when I was out taking the dog for a walk

The great tits were busy in and out of this hollow elder stump

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Searched around the tops of a few pollarded willows down by the river for the mallards that usually nest up there and then I spotted her . . .

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Sitting tight on a clutch of ten which I covered up before I left ;)

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Plenty of wood pigeons and magpies in the tops of the blossoming blackthorns too

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Posted 10 April 2009 - 10:45 pm

Used to love looking for egg's years ago,before the wildlife and countryside act came in,would take photo's and leave them alone.Will post some when i look them out,
the magic of it was you could look at an egg and it would take you right back to the day.
When out fishing and find any now i take photo and they are great to look back on,atb Ned.
PS.Sorry about quality of photo's had to scan them,all old photo's,atb NID.

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Lapwing on top of molehill

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Ringed plover

Is the second picture down Golden Plover?

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Posted 10 April 2009 - 11:11 pm

that with the tree sparrows building it was an old maggies nest if i recall . i have not seen a dunnock's nest this year.and a black redstart well their birds from the past round here any way so sad atvb

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Posted 10 April 2009 - 11:36 pm

Im 52 and cant resist shoving my hand in a crows nest, they nest low here because theres not many trees on the coast. Quite often in tamarisk 8 to 10 feet off the ground, I like the variety of colours. Once I saw a buzzard fly out of a blackthorn, the wide nest was less than chest height off the ground, and I stood beside it, there was 2 eggs and a young rabbit on the edge, about half a mile away was another in the first fork of a small tree about 8 foot off the ground with 2 chicks. I made these observations when I had shooting permission there, but the farm changed hands and I cant go there anymore. By the way, first swallow this afternoon April 10.

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Posted 10 April 2009 - 11:54 pm

I find it strange how my interest in nature led mi to a life of poaching maybe i chose the wrong road or did i atb

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 07:28 pm

Found a couple more today when I was out taking the dog for a walk

The great tits were busy in and out of this hollow elder stump


The Great Tits have been flat out here too... I spent a while watching them, but couldn't figure out where they were tooing and froing from... Any tips? what sort of sites do they like...?

#23 OldTrapCollector

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 07:31 pm

Holes!!

Great tits like holes in walls, trees etc, usually not too high either - below 6 foot most of them

Have a look around any old stumps too ;)

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 07:40 pm

Used to love looking for egg's years ago,before the wildlife and countryside act came in,would take photo's and leave them alone.Will post some when i look them out,
the magic of it was you could look at an egg and it would take you right back to the day.
When out fishing and find any now i take photo and they are great to look back on,atb Ned.
PS.Sorry about quality of photo's had to scan them,all old photo's,atb NID.

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q167/...
Lapwing on top of molehill

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q167/...

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q167/...


Ringed plover

Is the second picture down Golden Plover?
Hi Miles,know what your saying the variation in marking's between the two nests.
To be honest there was'nt a great distance between the two site's,yet the marking's totally different but they are two Lapwing nest's,atb NID.

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 07:49 pm

Don't know about anyone else but anytime i seen a fallen tree had to investigate the upturned roots for wren's.
Was one of my favourite place's to look,atb NID.

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Posted 16 April 2009 - 11:35 am

Found this pheasants nest in the rushes this morning with a virtually full clutch of 12, and a robins nest tucked well into a bank still laying also, only 2 eggs so far

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Posted 16 April 2009 - 12:24 pm

That robin's is a good find. For such a common bird they are very secretive when they got young.....

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Posted 16 April 2009 - 03:55 pm

Great stuff OLC,the robin's bring back memories,i could see the parents coming and going but looked for ages with no sucess till i looked in a small paint tin and there it was.
Come on lad's there must be more photo's to come,atb NID.

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Posted 16 April 2009 - 04:09 pm

The robins always seem to make a little runway to the nest with leaves and moss which gives them away

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Posted 16 April 2009 - 07:21 pm

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