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Dodgylegs

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Re: Spring has started!
« Reply #30 on: 17:57:42, 06/04/21 »

Almost certainly a female sparrowhawk


Thanks for info  O0

ninthace

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Re: Spring has started!
« Reply #31 on: 21:21:00, 06/04/21 »
Heard a Willow Tit the other day, couldn't see it no matter how hard we looked but if ever a bird actually went tweet tweet tweet it's that one!
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Re: Spring has started!
« Reply #32 on: 07:38:54, 07/04/21 »
Surely it went willow tit willow tit willow!

BuzyG

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Re: Spring has started!
« Reply #33 on: 08:34:35, 07/04/21 »
Surely it went willow tit willow tit willow!
;D ;D ;D O0

Dyffryn Ardudwy

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Re: Spring has started!
« Reply #34 on: 10:39:18, 07/04/21 »
Winters returned, new snow on the summit of Moelfre this morning, and a windchill to even make a snowman wince.

Spring has been and gone,

richardh1905

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Re: Spring has started!
« Reply #35 on: 11:39:45, 07/04/21 »
Wind chill a balmy -10 deg C on top of Helvellyn, an improvement on the -16 yesterday!
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Re: Spring has started!
« Reply #36 on: 19:26:46, 14/04/21 »

Wonderful walk again in Keyhaven/ Pennington Marshes.
I saw my first Housemartins of the year and also my first Reed Warblers.
Total list from today :)

1   Brent Goose
2   Greater Canada Goose
3   Greylag Goose
4   Mute Swan
5   Shelduck
6   Shoveler
7   Gadwall
8   Wigeon
9   Mallard
10   Pintail
11   Teal
12   Tufted Duck
13   Pheasant
14   Woodpigeon
15   Moorhen
16   Coot
17   Great Crested Grebe
18   Oystercatcher
19   Avocet
20   Lapwing
21   Ringed Plover
22   Little Ringed Plover
23   Curlew
24   Black-tailed Godwit
25   Turnstone
26   Ruff
27   Dunlin
28   Snipe
29   Redshank
30   Spotted Redshank
31   Greenshank
32   Black-headed Gull
33   Mediterranean Gull
34   Great Black-backed Gull
35   Herring Gull
36   Lesser Black-backed Gull
37   Cormorant
38   Spoonbill
39   Little Egret
40   Marsh Harrier
41   Buzzard
42   Kestrel
43   Merlin
44   Peregrine Falcon
45   Magpie
46   Carrion Crow
47   Raven
48   Blue Tit
49   Great Tit
50   Skylark
51   Sand Martin
52   Swallow
53   House Martin
54   Cetti's Warbler
55   Willow Warbler
56   Chiffchaff
57   Reed Warbler
58   Blackcap
59   Whitethroat
60   Dartford Warbler
61   Wren
62   Starling
63   Blackbird
64   Song Thrush
65   Robin
66   Stonechat
67   House Sparrow
68   Dunnock
69   Pied Wagtail
70   Meadow Pipit
71   Chaffinch
72   Greenfinch
73   Linnet
74   Goldfinch
75   Reed Bunting
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Re: Spring has started!
« Reply #37 on: 15:58:53, 15/04/21 »
Another wonderful spring day, this time in the Acres Down Area, new Forest :)
I saw my first Redstart of the year. Also two species that are here year round but still my first sighting of the year: Goshawk in display flight and Lesser Spotter Woodpecker drumming, calling and appears to be  excavating a new nest hole.
Complete list from today:

1   Stock Dove
2   Woodpigeon
3   Goshawk
4   Buzzard
5   Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
6   Great Spotted Woodpecker
7   Kestrel
8   Jay
9   Carrion Crow
10   Coal Tit
11   Blue Tit
12   Great Tit
13   Long-tailed Tit
14   Chiffchaff
15   Blackcap
16   Firecrest
17   Wren
18   Nuthatch
19   Treecreeper
20   Blackbird
21   Song Thrush
22   Robin
23   Redstart
24   Stonechat
25   Meadow Pipit
26   Chaffinch
27   Bullfinch
28   Goldfinch
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Re: Spring has started!
« Reply #38 on: 16:28:44, 15/04/21 »
Noticed that you have not listed Tree Sparrow, are they in decline there as well as many other places?. We have a few small colonies around Nottinghamshire and always nice to see.

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Re: Spring has started!
« Reply #39 on: 17:15:05, 15/04/21 »
Noticed that you have not listed Tree Sparrow, are they in decline there as well as many other places?. We have a few small colonies around Nottinghamshire and always nice to see.


Tree Sparrow is not common in the areas that I visit near my home. And yes, they are lovely!
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Re: Spring has started!
« Reply #40 on: 17:55:41, 15/04/21 »
I saw my first bee fly of the year this afternoon, visiting some daisies at my feet whilst I was sitting in the sun, putting Ledergris on my boots.
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Re: Spring has started!
« Reply #41 on: 07:48:49, 16/04/21 »
I saw my first bee fly of the year this afternoon, visiting some daisies at my feet whilst I was sitting in the sun, putting Ledergris on my boots.
We watched a bee fly 'hitting' on some miner(?) bees as they were entering holes in a cob wall, yesterday
So many paths yet to walk, so little time left

richardh1905

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Re: Spring has started!
« Reply #42 on: 07:58:48, 16/04/21 »
Interesting creatures - I only first came across them last spring. Guess that they didn't like the Orkney weather.
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Re: Spring has started!
« Reply #43 on: 09:36:10, 16/04/21 »
The Snowdrops seemed to have had a longer season this year, as have the Blackthorne Blossom. Frost triggers the Blackthorne into bloom, an early frost followed by a mild spell got an early bloom over a month ago, then the more recent frosty mornings seem to have triggered off another wave of Blackthorns coming into bloom. Looks particularly striking in hedges planting alternate Blackthorne and Hawthorne as the Hawthorne is coming into leaf alongside the white sloe flowers.

 Two weeks ago we walked a wood for the first time in a number of years and I was surprised at the spread of Wood Anemone, sadly it was an overcast day and the flowers were closed, tomorrow we cross the Welsh Border, there is a natural bank of Cowslips that has survived I hope to find in bloom. So many are replants nowadays, these remind me of a shaded bank I knew of in my childhood on a canal embankment. The hardier Primrose will welcome us on the hedgerows of the secret parking place that gives entry to a resentful shooting estate (45/per bird) split by some well placed righteous way. These icons of early spring are not too far off the legal way, though when the Marsh Marigolds come out there, the need to stray may be greater.
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Re: Spring has started!
« Reply #44 on: 15:43:39, 16/04/21 »
The thing I like about this time of year is just how many variations of green there are in even a short section of hedgerow or woodland.
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