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57 minutes ago, Melanius Mullarkey said:

Big b*****d sparrow hawk war circling our garden the other day but was then hounded off by the resident gulls and crows.

Magnificent specimen. Must have been after the sparrow family that lives next door (must be gang of about 20 of them).

The great Sparrow Hawk War of 2019

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20 minutes ago, KnightswoodBear said:

The great Sparrow Hawk War of 2019

My garden occasionally sees gang battles between crows and seagulls who kick the shit out of each other for the right to get the food that's fallen from the bird feeders.

It's actually rather entertaining.

#monthecraws 

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1 minute ago, Hedgecutter said:

My garden occasionally sees gang battles between crows and seagulls who kick the shit out of each other for the right to get the food that's fallen from the bird feeders.

It's actually rather entertaining.

#monthecraws 

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That said, from what Melanius is saying, it gives me joy joy feelings knowing that  even these foes can form an avian coalition in the face of adversity.

Give them the government gig I say.

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11 hours ago, Hedgecutter said:

Loads of shags too (although they kept their distance a bit more) 

 

Such is life.

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My friend sent me this photo earlier. We had been talking about hopefully spotting an eagle when we were walking our dogs only a few days ago. IMG-20190724-WA0000.jpeg

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I'm looking after this guy for a few weeks, he always says hi when i take his covers off in the morning IMG_20190725_094450.thumb.jpeg.b9a88ae456cd17ee05c441d97acb13cb.jpeg

 

 

 

 

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Saw an osprey from the car between Dulnain Bridge & Grantown the other day. 

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On 25/07/2019 at 10:16, Hedgecutter said:

Saw an osprey from the car between Dulnain Bridge & Grantown the other day. 

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One of these guys? 

Don't think I've posted this before, apologies if I have. Last May.

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1 hour ago, The Mantis said:

One of these guys? 

Don't think I've posted this before, apologies if I have. Last May.

Aye, white underside made it pretty easy to spot above the conifers along the Spey.

Magnificent photo btw.  Can't beat a talon through the eye for extra brutality.  Damn, nature. You scary.

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11 minutes ago, Hedgecutter said:

Aye, white underside made it pretty easy to spot above the conifers along the Spey.

Magnificent photo btw.  Can't beat a talon through the eye for extra brutality.  Damn, nature. You scary.

Maybe start a brutality thread 😂

https://www.pieandbovril.com/forum/index.php?/topic/236443-pb-bird-watch/&do=findComment&comment=12479106

https://www.pieandbovril.com/forum/index.php?/topic/236443-pb-bird-watch/&do=findComment&comment=12179866

 

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Couple of new ones ticked off in the last couple weeks - first a a pair of Slavonian Grebes at RSPB Loch Ruthven and then a light phase Arctic Skua on St. Kilda. Beautiful plumage on both species.

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I left a large bowl out (actually a gold pan) beside the feeder recently to make a bird bath. Our resident wood pigeon absolutely loves it and sits chilling in the water after having a good clean.

He's not daft either cos the bowl fills up with crumbs from all the sparrows scrapping with each other overhead at the feeder.

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My other half informs me that we had a headless pigeon in the garden last week. 

Can't see that particular type in the RSPB guide so I have to presume Mrs Sparrowhawk is still in town, hence I finally have a bird around the house that can rip the heed aff it. 

 

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This is a Spotted Redshank that's been hanging about Musselburgh Lagoons

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