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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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24 Feb 2020 20:53 #174 by newcarlislefan
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Bad half term week for walking but the consolation was more time to keep an eye on what was turning up on the bird feeders.
Bullfinch, greenfinch, long tailed tit, great tit and coal tit in amongst all the sparrows. Some beautiful collared doves as well.
Don't normally see long tailed tits on feeders - anyone else see them on theirs?
Lots of starlings about as well. Saw some decent sized murmurations above the fields at dusk.
Rooks making a right racket everywhere and still some field fares about mainly in amongst the starling flocks.
Heard the song thrush as well so spring must be on its way soon..
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24 Feb 2020 20:55 #175 by newcarlislefan
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Fieldfares in amongst the starlings. Great sight was to see huge flocks of starlings, rooks and jackdaws on the flooded fields feasting on the worms coming up.
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24 Feb 2020 21:04 #176 by kells
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newcarlislefan wrote: Bad half term week for walking but the consolation was more time to keep an eye on what was turning up on the bird feeders.
Bullfinch, greenfinch, long tailed tit, great tit and coal tit in amongst all the sparrows. Some beautiful collared doves as well.
Don't normally see long tailed tits on feeders - anyone else see them on theirs?
Lots of starlings about as well. Saw some decent sized murmurations above the fields at dusk.
Rooks making a right racket everywhere and still some field fares about mainly in amongst the starling flocks.
Heard the song thrush as well so spring must be on its way soon..



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Yes! They just turned up one day en-masse and have been regular visitors for about 12months now, always in groups. Lovely to see.
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24 Feb 2020 21:08 #177 by Laffy
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There’s a guy coming to our farm at the weekend to record Willow tits with his mother.Any photos?
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24 Feb 2020 21:12 #178 by Zebby
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Laffy wrote: There’s a guy coming to our farm at the weekend to record Willow tits with his mother.Any photos?


Very rare Laffy can't ever remember seeing one in flesh hopefully they are doing well where you are pretty sure they are on endangered list

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24 Feb 2020 21:14 #179 by Laffy
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He said he wants to wander around the Tyne banks and the burn that runs into it-at the moment it’s like the Mississippi

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24 Feb 2020 21:19 #180 by Dancingbear
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You sure it’s not Kessler?

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24 Feb 2020 21:19 #181 by Waltero
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I've had a couple of collared doves visiting my garden for some months now. Beautiful birds but very timid
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24 Feb 2020 21:20 #182 by newcarlislefan
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Never seen one either, Laffy. Thought I might see a few in the woodlands in and around the Lakes but not to be. Think Zebby is right - must be pretty rare.

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24 Feb 2020 22:03 #183 by Zebby
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24 Feb 2020 22:41 #184 by munchymagic
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I'm pretty sure I seen one on that run up to Alston just off the A69 a few years back.

Just like all bird watchers though unless you are 100% sure and get a good look at the species then you haven't seen it.

If you do have them on your land Laffy then you are well lucky, I would be out there most days seeing what I could spot.
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20 Mar 2020 20:53 #185 by Alan
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A very busy (when my backs turned) Homemade feeder hanging old fence post offcut with suet +insect coconut shells.

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20 Mar 2020 20:56 #186 by Bruntonpasty
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Waltero wrote: I've had a couple of collared doves visiting my garden for some months now. Beautiful birds but very timid


They're not all timid, I have one that sometimes looks through our dining room window, We nod heads at each other.........

Strange times.......

They don't like it up 'em!

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20 Mar 2020 20:57 #187 by Laffy
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Thinking of going up Helvellyn on Sunday Alan-safe to go snow wise?

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20 Mar 2020 21:12 #188 by Alan
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Laffy wrote: Thinking of going up Helvellyn on Sunday Alan-safe to go snow wise?


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20 Mar 2020 21:15 #189 by Laffy
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Looks a bit hairy.Anything a bit safer?

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20 Mar 2020 21:40 #190 by howoldboy
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Not like a capitalist to be risk averse.

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20 Mar 2020 21:40 #191 by Alan
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If you do Helvellyn from Thirlmere it should be fine Park up at either Swirls car park of Wythburn two great path avoiding any risk.

Enjoy.

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20 Mar 2020 21:55 #192 by Laffy
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Went up Striding Edge a couple of years ago-the dog was shitting itself and refused to budge halfway along.Ended up taking it around by the scree slope-dog was crying.Never have I been so pleased to get down.

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27 Mar 2020 12:45 #193 by newcarlislefan
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Bleak times but have been watching this beauty in the garden this morning.
Saw a Red Kite this morning overhead as well. Used to seeing them above the roads and cross country but now directly overhead us in the middle of a built up area.
Hoping the Swifts may be back any day now to help lift the gloom. Sadly we do not get any Swallows in town.
Anyone seen any Swallows, Martins or Swifts just yet?
The whole family including in-laws were supposed to be up in the Lakes for a fortnight so bit despondent not to be out on the fells and hearing the Curlew but still plenty of beauty in nature even in the middle of town.
Keep well and stay safe everyone.
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27 Mar 2020 13:50 #194 by Bruntonpasty
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I noticed some House Martins yesterday, I was surprised to see them actually.

They don't like it up 'em!

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27 Mar 2020 14:31 #195 by howoldboy
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Bruntonpasty wrote: I noticed some House Martins yesterday, I was surprised to see them actually.


More often seen in the beautiful south.
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