Twitchers Revisited


#242

The acceptable face of a raptor death.

Presumably the result of a con-specific territorial dispute. At least it wasn’t the usual ‘estate’ owner/manager/gamekeeper coalition that ended the life of such a magnificent creature. Consequently, I’m ok with this, it’s the other fuckers that I’m not ok with.


#243

You can add most farmings to that list - I live in the midst of an almost monocultural arable wasteland, yet in less than 3 years I’ve found and reported 2 buzzards, 2 barn owls and a kestrel shot (I checked for pellets as vehicle strikes take some as well sadly), as well as countless jackdaws, rooks and crows (as you know, only rooks are a minor agricultural pest), and most of them shot illegally close to roads and left on the ground to rot. There are no shooting estates, and only small numbers of pheasants set-out by small farmers for their own “abusement” - i.e. not the slightest possible justification beyond owning a gun plus a typical farming’s “instinct” to kill absolutely every living thing for miles around.

I don’t need to tell you how fucking angry this makes me, nor the police and other authorities’ utter lack of interest. At least they’ve not been rare species so far…


#244

This demonstrates that when eagles die naturally, people find them - as one would expect. When they die near driven grouse moors they disappear without trace, even when fitted with super reliable sat tags.


#245

Somebody here with an interest in birds should definitely buy this. It’s a great book and for only £2.45 with free delivery


#246

Saw my first Northern Wheatear (female) of the year this afternoon. VERY early for Shetland.


#247

Bought it, silly not to.


#248

Good. It’s excellent in dealing with a lot of confusion species :+1:


#249

Perfect for me then; I’ve been using the Collins guide


#250

Well you need that too as the Macmillan guide is not a complete field guide, but it certainly helps to know the subtle differences between say Willow/Marsh Tits, Black-tailed/Bar-tailed Godwits, Goshawk/Sparrowhawk etc. etc.


#251

Not sure if this has been posted before

http://woking-shopping.co.uk/entertainment/falcons/


#252

Amazing how adaptable the raptors are, thanks


#253

First one of these spotted in our back garden over the weekend

Blackcap

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#254

I find this useful for burb idontificuntion:

Furious Half Inch is my faverite burb :+1:


#255

Ducks are back, this pair of Mallards spent a lot of time here last Spring. Easily recognized as the male has a bad limp.


#256

They seem happy eating sunflower hearts. @pmac any recommendations for food ?


#257

You could display the male on the lounge wall like on the cover of Courtney Marie’s new album.:+1:


#258

Sunflower hearts are fine along with any other types of bird seed. Sweetcorn is very good as is (strangely) lettuce (tear it up into pieces)

I’m sure you know that bread is not good for them.


#259

Quite so, much better served with roast potatoes :+1:


#260

Did I mention I recently made up my own mix for the ducks and swans at the local lake? Porridge oats, barley, various lentils, peanuts and some bird seed I had. They ate it all in one visit!. I’ve made up more now.


#261

Struggling to ID…was thinking Chiff Chaff, Willow Warbler or am I completely on the wrong track?