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02 Oct 2019 10:17 #151 by Unrepentant blue
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Not so many years ago September would have seen the yearly invasion of craneflys.
They used to be everywhere.
This year I haven't seen one.

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16 Oct 2019 14:25 #152 by newcarlislefan
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New bird for me. I had to ask a local with a lot more knowledge than me.
See if anyone on here knows what it is. Saw this between Longlands Fell & Great Cockup in the Northern Fells in a boggy, reedy area.
Very distinctive call.
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16 Oct 2019 14:29 - 16 Oct 2019 14:34 #153 by munchymagic
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Looks a bit like a Stonechat to me mate.

Last seen one in Cornwall about five years back next to the coast.

Glad that you are feeling better and are back out and about.
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16 Oct 2019 14:33 #154 by newcarlislefan
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Correct, Munchy! Very impressive.
Not one you see down here and first time I've seen one was this one.
Been seeing a few Jays recently as well out walking. Too difficult to photo but amazing to see those flashes of blue on their wings.
Used to see loads as a kid but not too many anymore around here.
More Magpies than ever though.
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16 Oct 2019 14:43 #155 by newcarlislefan
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munchymagic wrote: Looks a bit like a Stonechat to me mate.

Last seen one in Cornwall about five years back next to the coast.

Glad that you are feeling better and are back out and about.


Cheers for that - getting older. Starting to fall apart!
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16 Oct 2019 16:47 #156 by Bumble
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You get a few on the Pennines from time to time. You often first know ones about by it's song which is a very ready tweet then a noise that my dad used to say was like two stones being rubbed together.
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16 Oct 2019 16:52 #157 by newcarlislefan
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Yes, that is absolutely right, Bumble. I only noticed it because of that clacking stone type noise.
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18 Oct 2019 20:08 #158 by Alan
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This cute little bird popped up on twitter the bird that started this thread.

Haven't seen one in the flesh for a while.
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18 Oct 2019 20:18 #159 by Bumble
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One of those birds that somehow instantly cheer you up when you see one. It must be ten years since I've seen one though. They seem to like evergreen trees to flit around in.
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18 Oct 2019 21:43 - 18 Oct 2019 21:44 #160 by High Street
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There’s a lovely robin knocking around my garden, it landed on my garage door last week. I told the cats l’d kick their arsed if it was ever brought into me.
Do bats hibernate? Seen one flying round a few days ago, at dusk, thought it would be late for them.
Thought it was late for the bloody wasps l newspapered yesterday though.
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20 Oct 2019 19:25 #161 by Alan
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Today's dog ratch Ridge Walk Wood Brampton an abundance of grey squirrels several spieces of Tit a rattling Woodpecker a massive Bull and a Stoat.

Colours to die for too.

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20 Oct 2019 19:26 #162 by CCU
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Come on Alan. Did you place the conker?

;)

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20 Oct 2019 19:30 #163 by Zebby
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CCU wrote: Come on Alan. Did you place the conker?

;)


No he found the conker and placed the leaves ....:)

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20 Oct 2019 19:31 #164 by Alan
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CCU wrote: Come on Alan. Did you place the conker?

;)


I would never do that the dog did it ;-)
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20 Oct 2019 19:35 #165 by Alan
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It's Cheggy Btw :-P
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20 Oct 2019 19:53 #166 by Bumble
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High Street wrote: There’s a lovely robin knocking around my garden, it landed on my garage door last week. I told the cats l’d kick their arsed if it was ever brought into me.
Do bats hibernate? Seen one flying round a few days ago, at dusk, thought it would be late for them.
Thought it was late for the bloody wasps l newspapered yesterday though.


I think it depends a bit on how cold the autumn is but I think it's usually end of October or beginning of November before bats hibernate. When I was a kid I remember seeing them a few times on bonfire night.
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26 Oct 2019 19:09 #167 by Alan
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A walk from Martindale to Bannerdale today we spotted several large herds of Red Deer some over 30 strong.
Sadly stealth isn't a strong point although we did get within 50 metres of this herd nearly as difficult to get a good shot of deer as it is our youngest grandson.

Stags seem rather quiet atm maybe they are feeling the love :-D

Still a fantastic sight.

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05 Nov 2019 12:38 - 05 Nov 2019 12:39 #168 by newcarlislefan
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Out and about on the fells and across the fields in Cumbria saw some lovely birds.
Sadly, I wasn't quick enough to snap the Jay, Merlin, Dipper,Redwings, Owls and a few others I saw but managed to photo a Heron, Kestrel, Stonechat ( I think) Fieldfares and Woodpecker. Sat and watched the Woodpeckers and Jays for hours. Not sure if this is the Lesser or Greater Spotted one. Any ideas, anyone?
So many Fieldfares everywhere across the fields and heard the Tawny Owls a lot, even in the daytime.
Heartwarming stuff.
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05 Nov 2019 12:57 #169 by Bumble
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I'm pretter sure it will be a greater spotted. Not always easy on a photo cos the biggest give away is the size. Lessers are small, not a lot bigger than a sparrow, and I've never seen one round here. Greaters are quite common nowadays, they are about the size of a blackbird but longer and thinner in sillouette. They are also cleaner to look at somehow, Lessers are sort of more speckly where greaters have cleaner lines to their markings.

Sounds like you've had some lovely relaxing days.
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05 Nov 2019 13:35 #170 by newcarlislefan
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Thanks, Bumble.
Yes, it was a larger bird and actually I stopped and watched a group of 3 or 4 of them going about their business.
I found a spot close to where Tawny Owls, Woodpeckers and Jays all nest and it's easy for the hours to just roll by.
I was on the edge of the Chilterns at the weekend and there's no stopping the Red Kites. A stunning looking bird. They are even above the M25 now. I wonder in time if they'll become a problem?

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05 Nov 2019 16:57 #171 by High Street
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Somewhere on the M40 round about Buckingham/ Wycombe area, there are loads of Red Kites. Used to pass them in the bus, on the way to the many London games, in the Conference.

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05 Nov 2019 19:02 #172 by tommycoleman1
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We red kites regularly when we travel to/ thru Buckinghamshire ( must be around 20+ pairs along the motorway)

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05 Nov 2019 22:31 #173 by Zebby
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I don't know if any of you are on Facebook but there are a few cracking pages you might enjoy British Bird lovers gets some excellent photos great for sharpening up your bird spotting skills

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