Wildlife on the Gironde estuary - Pied Flycatchers passing through

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Wildlife on the Gironde estuary - Pied Flycatchers passing through

  • It would be lovely to hear that you have spotted another youngster in your neck of the woods again!  Did you ever see Rothes?

  • We think we may have seen him, he was around at the time that we saw some Ospreys near the fish farms, but only from a distance so not confirmed. I still keep an eye out for his ring (PJ -I think) as his tracker was lost but no body ever found.

  • Nice to have seen the SEO and Siskins. Not seen either yet this winter, but still hoping...

  • Nice, especially the SEO - that was one bird I missed in Devon, hopefully I will catch some up here in the NorthEast before too long.

  • Noisette

    We think we may have seen him, he was around at the time that we saw some Ospreys near the fish farms, but only from a distance so not confirmed. I still keep an eye out for his ring (PJ -I think) as his tracker was lost but no body ever found.

    It would be absolutely wonderful if you were to spot Rothes on the Gironde once more.  White PJ(09) f/m.  At ringing  she was declared to be female, but later it was thought she was a male.  He left the Gironde on 25 September 2011, and returned to his winter quarters on Ilha de Unhocomozinho off the coast of Guineau-Bissau, but his tag became unreliable and the last data was received on 25 March 2012.  Signals continued to come thru for a few more days, but they suggested that the tag was in a tree.  Did Rothes die in the tree, or did the tag fall off.  He was not seen on the Gironde in the summer of 2012.  With the lack of a sighting I tend to believe the report which suggested he was dead, in a tree on Ilha de Unhocomozinho.  So sad.

  • A few more Siskins came to eat in the garden. I had put some sunflower hearts on the soil pile with the mealworms & they loved it & then posed nicely in the fig tree to digest it all.

    We had 1 male & 2 females so the numbers are going up. Just ready for the weekends garden bird count!

  • Lovely H, never seen a Siskin!

  • Very nice Hazel, not seen a Siskin for a few years now.

  • A nice bit of yellow to brighten up the rain by the looks of it.

  • Nigel O

    A nice bit of yellow to brighten up the rain by the looks of it.

    Yes, at the moment it's either raining, just rained or just about too! LOL That pile of soil came 2 months ago to level our lawn & hasn't been touched yet. The birds will be devastated when it goes. We've got plans to put a big flat feeder there instead.

  • Lovely photos of the Siskins Hazel, more delicate than the Greenies, and we don't get them here very often either.

  • We only get them in Winter, they are lovely little things & good to see them this year.

  • It's long past time I posted on here. We've had Pied Flycatchers coming through in the last couple of days. On Friday they took advantage of the moths in the grass after a moth trap. This morning they were perched in the fruit trees & dropping onto the grass to eat whatever was there. I managed to get a few shots in a couple of sessions where they were near to the house,

    I managed to get a side view in this shot, but it was further away

    back in the old tree, but there are always twigs in the way

    & another side shot

    & finally out in the open

    They come through every year at this time, but we don't always get such lovely views.

  • lovely little bird  H but not one I've knowingly seen in the wild ... good idea to use moths as a lure, birds here fly into shed to pinch mine off the sheet, always know cos they leave calling cards! Lol

  • WendyBartter
    good idea to use moths as a lure

    LOL

    I had the Wagtails raising their families on what they found in the grass the morning after moth traps! They got most put out if I didn't have one for a few days.