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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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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

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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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been installed in the new house for a couple of weeks now (looks a bit shite from this angle, but time we get some curtains up and the chicken wire off the windows it'll be a bit better), and pissed loads of money away on bird feeders - not a particularly exotic selection so far (long tailed tit about the only marginally interesting visitor) but the sheer volume of birds is amazing - this level of activity goes on all day - it's like those sped-up videos of airports with all the comings and goings...

 

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My dog found a young wood pigeon cowering under a car during the school October holidays. Poor thing had an injury of some kind on its neck and I was convinced a vet would euthanise it as the wound stunk quite a bit. He seemed perky otherwise so we decided to do a bit of home rehab.

Fast forward a couple of weeks of him living in our old chicken run, having the wound cleaned with salt water and packed with manuka honey along with some antibiotics he made a full recovery. The wee git is now hanging about and eating all the bloody seed we put out for the other birds.

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On 25/08/2019 at 14:32, The Mantis said:

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

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On 25/08/2019 at 14:32, The Mantis said:

 

I caught up with one in September at Baron's Haugh, which was a lifer for me. The Haugh was good to me last autumn and provided another lifer in the shape of Pectoral Sandpiper...another Yank vagrant I eventually saw was a drake Blue-winged Teal which had been hanging about a wee loch outside Milngavie for a few days. I'd walked round the place twice and saw nothing and was standing  there wondering whether to sack it when I sneezed and the thing flew out from a reedbed literally four or five feet away from me...

Fieldcraft at its finest right there.

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