Twitchers Revisited


#262

Almost impossible to tell from that one pic. Was it singing?


#263

Yes it was, but I can’t recall the song pattern as it flitted away pretty quickly - spotted in the Marquenterre in the Somme Estuary. Here’s another pic which might or might not help.


#264

Well, if it wasn’t going _chaff chiff chaf chiff… etc etc _ then it wasn’t a Chiffchaff. Second pic doesn’t help really.

The only thing I could say for certain is that it is a phylloscopus warbler of some description.


#265

Thanks Paul, I’ll rule out Chiff Chaff and go for ‘some type of warbler’ :wink: (and aim for a better shot next time)


#266

Sitting in the garden eating lunch and threw a bit of fat onto the lawn. Suddenly out of nowhere appeared…


please excuse the shit photo but…


#267

Yes, the reintroduction scheme has worked so well, they may be in danger of becoming too successful and start to become a hindrance by displacing other species. Messing about with nature is rarely straightforward.

As an Oz, I’m sure you’re familiar with the Cane Toad fiasco…


#268

Only too well. Although living in the southern states we weren’t infested by them.

I do love the Kites though. Truly majestic creatures who cause little or no bother locally. Although some will say otherwise.

We occasionally indulge them by throwing chicken skin or such-like out for them. They enhance the local skies.


#269

Indeed, spectacular in flight


#270

Trying to keep very still and thinking I can’t see it.

Common Snipe in the back garden


#271


#272

No pics, but had the first Greater Spotted Woodpecker I’ve seen in the area in the garden this morning, picking away between the cracks in the bark of a large silver birch.

Green woodpeckers are common - heard more than seen - but the pied chaps seem scarce for some reason.


#273

Lesser spotted ones are now extremely rare.
I have never spotted one.


#274

Likewise. Habitat change + loss of elms I believe. It’s more specialised than the Greater.


#275

I printed off this today for my youngest to teach her the names of common birds and to get her interested in looking out for birds in our garden.

No sparrows because regrettably I see few of those - and the parakeet is the joker in the pack although I have seen them locally.


#276

Good idea is that :+1:


#277

They’re an absolute plague where I live.

Arrk! Arrk! Eh-eeeeeeeh!

SHUT UP YOU NOISY LITTLE GREEN BASTARDS


#278

Yep, they are noisy birds. As if being a bright lime green colour wasn’t loud and lary enough.

The largest populations are in London which have spread out to parts of Kent, Surrey and Sussex. There’s also populations in Oxford, Birmingham and Manchester and as far north as Edinburgh.

You can blame one of for this:

Humphrey Bogart, because they escaped from the film set of The African Queen in the 1950s.

Jimi Hendrix, because he released a pair on Carnaby Street in the 1960s.

The Great Storm of 1987 which liberated a pair from an aviary.


#279

Yep - I’ve heard all the urban myths :smile:

There’s a big colony of them lives in a hornbeam at the end of the road.

One of the weirdest sights I’ve ever seen was them going completely nuts when a big raptor (no idea what, but clearly a bird of prey) came past. Dive - bombing the living daylights out of him until he gave up and went in search of easier targets!


#280

Come over ‘ere with their flash looks and squawkin’ like they own the place, nabbin all the best spots and I tell ya, them stealin’ the food off our tables etc


#281

Until recently, scientists thought the superb bird was unique among the 43 birds of paradise that comprise the family Paradisaeidae.

But in a new paper in the journal PeerJ , ornithologist Edwin Scholes and photographer Tim Laman detail a new addition: the Vogelkop superb bird-of-paradise.