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  • and Mum

  • This could have gone in the bad pics thread lol

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  • You did well to get it in focus at that distance. Was it laughing at you?

  • We heard it earlier on Tony...it's usually the other birds that laugh at me.

  • Female Linnet

    Female Blackbird

  • This morning's stomp around Manor farm was reasonably productive. One day I'll get a decent shot of a flying swallow.

    I think these are possibly, maybe, juvenile Shelduck? My RSPB pocket guide didn't throw up anything definite. They flew over from Cormorant lake, over Finch pond, then around me and the north embankment to end up somewhere back in Cormorant lake.

    Observe the last bird in this photo. The piece of land in the background has a white layer of rock (possibly limestone) and then a smaller black band. Somewhere between the black band and the grass topping is the course of the Colebrook, which used to pass through Manor farm.  It was diverted to allow extraction of gravel.

     A small length of the Colebrook was retained, along with a few trees, to form the area I have christened 'The Copse'. Cemex are restoring the flow of the Colebrook as part of the restoration of Manor farm. This means building up the level of soil to match that of the copse. The level of the land you can see in this photo (not the copse) has already been raised by a few feet. There are quite some feet of infill to go.

    Finch pond grows ever smaller as the infill gathers pace. It is roughly 30% of its former size.  The pump has been removed, perhaps to be repaired or to be used on another quarry, which has resulted in water levels rising considerably. This in turn has flooded all the small islands that had appeared in this pond.  Not sure if the geese were looking for the islands, but they didn't land in the lake.

    In the background is the sewage works. A well known and smelly landmark. I thought, at this point, that the geese were headed over the Longwater road to Fleet Hill farm.

    I was surprised when they flew back over the north embankment.

    Concentrating on one of the birds

    I have absolutely no idea what it is up to here or what caused it to take this violent manoeuvre.

  • Brown hare running past me in a field this morning. Closest I've been, not sure who was more surprised. Stopped to have a twitch and then turned 90 degrees and sped off up the field.

  • Young blackcap I think from beside a pond this morning.

  • These Lapwings appear to love this post industrial wasteland;  Light, open, scrubby, dry(sih). They gather in large - possibly huge - flocks.

    They hang around this area for the longest of time, well into winter.  You can make out quite a few still on the ground, wondering what all the fuss is about.

  • Caught red handed - or winged in this case.

    I've taken to whizzing peanuts around in a coffee grinder to break up the large nuts into smaller pieces. It is a black art whizzing sufficiently to break up the nuts but not so much as to turn the nuts into dust.

    The small birds love the little pieces. However, every now and again the feeder I have the broken nuts in gets depleted dramatically. I had my suspicions: Magpies? Wood Pigeons? Jays? All of above?

    This morning, three Magpies furnished me with the proof.

    Firstly, these (scrawny) chaps on the main feeder do not worry me.

    But this fella is naughty. It shouldn't be depleting the feeder of peanut bits.

    I feel a slight modification to the design is called for.  The anti-squirrel dome has thwarted all squirrels. However, it does offer Magpies, Wood Pigeons, Jays etc a platform to stand on.

    Raise the feeders to stop them, and the Wood Pigeons stand on top of the feeders to gorge themselves on seeds from the top feeder - and scare off all other birds.

    Raise the top feeder, and it becomes difficult for me to refill it.

    Stick the seed feeders out on arms, simply allows the Wood pigeons to land on the arms and gorge off the main feeder - even with anti pigeon spikes.

    Thinking cap on, me thinks.

  • Mmm, could you put something on top of the dome and around the base of the pole, so the birds won't/can't stand on it? Thinking on the lines of sticky Velcro or the like?

  • I don't like mid August. It's the fag end of summer. everywhere is looking rather tired, the birds are hiding and even the butterflies and dragons have lost their zest.

    So, the best of a bad job.

    Male Green Woodpecker on my very brown lawn. I think this may be the juvenile I posted being fed by its mum a couple of weeks ago.

    From deathly quiet local patch - Common Sandpiper.

    Roll on September for a bit of mild and mellow fruitfullness

  • Despite the quieter month of August you found two beauties Tony and love the photos;  thrilling to get a G.W. in your garden again so there must be plenty of ants around !   I love the waders and this Sandpiper looks pristine.  You've now got me thinking of a visit to Deeside today although the high tide isn't until mid afternoon - watch this space but I bet it is devoid of birds today  lol