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xelas

Still nice photo, @pomkiwi. And ISO eek starts at 6400 !

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Not quite my backyard but within walking distance is a natural burial ground and nature reserve.  My retirement from medicine last year (shortly to be reversed due to Covid-19) and recent travel restr

Came acoss this rather jolly sight on our river walk

Hi all,   Here in Spain the pandemic is hitting terribly with almost 50,000 confirmed cases and unfortunately we have not reached the peak so we have a heartbreaking situation. We are in t

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pomkiwi
35 minutes ago, xelas said:

Still nice photo, @pomkiwi. And ISO eek starts at 6400 !

Not when you start cropping !!

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Caracal

@pomkiwi- I'll be on the lookout for more photos and updates on your local barn owl. Fascinating.

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xelas

Dunnock is a rare visitor and if coming, it stays on the ground. This one makes me happy by having a brief stop on the branches of the linden tree.

 

 

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mvecht

Luckily we are still allowed to go for walks in the local area

Wagtail

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and the four Tawny owlets are still doing well. There are four in the picture although it is not easy to tell

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Towlersonsafari

In the last year or so House Sparrowss have returned to the garden-they are very fond of the fatballs we put out These were taken on my birthday-I am now very old-and instead of a long weekend in Buxton, we had a longer weekend in Northamptonshire

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a couple of others taken on the same day

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TonyQ

@Towlersonsafari  lovely photos.

Happy Birthday.

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kittykat23uk

I'm not entirely restricted to the back garden, as we have some nice river and recreation ground that is not too busy that we can enjoy safely. So here are a few highlights so far.

 

49735416081_d04c6950fd_b.jpgP4040768 Song Thrush by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

I was delighted to find a pair of kingfishers who seem to be holding territory at a local pond. I wonder if they will attempt to nest there?!

 

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A couple of weeks ago I had some displaying buzzards

 

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Butterflies are emerging now

 

49735910587_8f54d3ec65_b.jpgP3220381 Comma by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

49735613151_162c315f0f_c.jpgP3190203 Grape Hyacinth by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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49735651676_5c74979418_c.jpgP3270809 adj Grey Heron by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

Always love seeing these, they have been visiting my garden every day.. 

49735146178_21ec22b6df_b.jpgP3220640 Long-tailed Tit by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

 

This poor muntjac is missing a foot..

49736019047_2a73b36e10_b.jpgP3270885 Stumpy the Muntjac by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

49736046702_e123c7d4ec_b.jpgP3220493 Mute Swan by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

49735718256_54ea70198a_b.jpgP3270744 Mute Swan by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

We have a breeding colony of these now, they are pretty but not so welcome..

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Nesting again

49735923366_2c5eca19a4_b.jpgP4040198 Ring-necked Parakeets- at nest hole by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

 

49735422863_8685b3be25_b.jpgP3210258 (2) Flying Pheasant by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

49736293237_07c30c3fda_b.jpgP3210267 (2) Flying Pheasant by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

49735982126_c2b4756fc6_c.jpgP3220336 (4) Sparrowhawk by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

And finally..

 

49736043581_059a24a9c1_b.jpgP3310070 (2) Wren by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

49736344102_80054c9e79_c.jpgP3190116 (2) Treecreeper by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

 

 

 

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marg

@kittykat23uk..another fortunate one with good birding nearby.  Nice photos!

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1 minute ago, marg said:

@kittykat23uk..another fortunate one with good birding nearby.  Nice photos!

 

Yes, I'm very glad we chose this house all those years ago. We did consider moving closer to my work, on the other side of the city last year but it didn't happen. I'm quite relieved now TBH as the options for wildlife walks would have been more limited. 

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TonyQ

@kittykat23uk what a wonderful collection of local wildlife 

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xelas

@Towlersonsafari great photos of your garden birds. And Happy Birthday !

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Pictures of the last days, always taken from my kitchen :

 

Great tit

 

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Eurasian blue tit

 

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European starling

 

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European robin

 

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xelas

Since the boundary of the backyard has been extended. From a daily walk, still within eye contact with my home.

 

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An interesting hour's exercise today. A crow and a buzzard were disputing airspace above one field:

 

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Just as I approached home I was able to watch a kestrel hunting - it then turned to watch me watching it!

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Since I live in an apartment, and have no yard, we consider our local park (right across the street, and very large) our backyard. In addition, we have a very large and old cemetery within walking distance and during these time, it is a pleasure to bird there because (unlike in our park) they don't allow runners, joggers, or dog walkers, but they do allow and encourage birding. Even during normal times it is a birding hotspot.

 

anyway, here are a couple of newly arrived spring migrants from Green-wood Cemetery in Brooklyn (its quite an historic cemetery with several famous people buried there.)  Hopefully we will get out again soon as more migrants arrive.

 

Pine Warbler

 

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Palm Warbler

 

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xelas

Another one from my "extended backyard". A Nuthatch in its signature pose.

 

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Towlersonsafari

just out of interest my first Swallow of the year seen on 7th April- which is a bit later than usual-and first Sand Marten seen yesterday-which is a lot later than normal for us. and  i thought this was interesting- birders restricted in their birding because of the lockdown but keeping in touch with each other by twitter etc have helped show the significant nocturnal migration-that had previously been guessed at-of the common scoter duck -through the UK -birders were out in their gardens at night listening to the calls-

a link to the story is here

https://www.birdguides.com/articles/migration/citizen-science-reveals-nocturnal-scoter-migration-routes/

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xelas

@Towlersonsafari that is interesting as I have noticed my first swallow in Barje also on the same day!

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Peter Connan

I call foul! Not.allowed out of my yard! 

 

Anyway,  enough sour grapes...

 

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xelas
36 minutes ago, Peter Connan said:

I call foul! Not.allowed out of my yard! 

 

Put a ladder up the fence and look into the park, @Peter Connan. I remember seeing some interesting birds on the trees in the park.

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xelas

I have seen this guy stalking around :ph34r:, probably from that other birding thread :lol:.

 

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39 minutes ago, xelas said:

 

Put a ladder up the fence and look into the park, @Peter Connan. I remember seeing some interesting birds on the trees in the park.

 

Done that. And photographing birds flying high overhead. Still just 24 birds...

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3 hours ago, Towlersonsafari said:

 and  i thought this was interesting- birders restricted in their birding because of the lockdown but keeping in touch with each other by twitter etc have helped show the significant nocturnal migration-that had previously been guessed at-of the common scoter duck -through the UK -birders were out in their gardens at night listening to the calls-

a link to the story is here

https://www.birdguides.com/articles/migration/citizen-science-reveals-nocturnal-scoter-migration-routes/

Interesting - I had noticed there were a lot of noc mig common scoter reports on our local bird sightings a few days ago.

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