Birdlifes gone mad round here

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gbb

Legendary Member
Location
Peterborough
Green Woodpecker abound round here, almost certainly not one of them. Very distinctive 'laughing' yaffle...whats 'yaffle' mean BTW :smile::wacko: As i write that, i've a Collins dictionary next to me ;). Another name of course for the GW, also imitative of its call. So now i know.

Something occured to me last night...there was a hedge between me and the bird. Who's to say there was'nt a dog running round yapping at the same time ? I would'nt have seen him. Quite plausible.

On another note...colleague is convinced he saw a Puma t'other evening. Sopmething largish and black shot across the road in front of him. As he slowed (he was in a pickup) to the point where it disappeared, he could see its rearend desperately trying to get through the hedge. Definately not a deer (they're very common aabout those parts...ive seen herds of them on some rides)...it got through and as he drove along the hedge, he caught fleeting glances of it (whatever it was) running on the field side of the hedge.

Got home, googled the area with Puma and Panther....look what he found...
http://www.bigcats.org.uk/panthermap.html

Christ, i'd love to see one of those :biggrin:
 

Bromptonaut

Rohan Man
Location
Bugbrooke UK
laurence said:
the swift could be trying to get into a nest hole that's been covered up. they are very site faithful -

They certainly seem to nest around the same houses each year but no history where this one was trying to get in. They're all newish houses without the holes and stuff from older buildings. If there are swift specific nest boxes I'd be interested in setting one or two up.
 
Bromptonaut said:
They certainly seem to nest around the same houses each year but no history where this one was trying to get in. They're all newish houses without the holes and stuff from older buildings. If there are swift specific nest boxes I'd be interested in setting one or two up.

it could be a new nester (they don't nest for at least three years) retuning to the area where it was born.

the RSPB are asking for swift sightings, etc here...
http://www.rspb.org.uk/thingstodo/surveys/swifts/index.asp

nest boxes here...
http://www.jacobijayne.co.uk/nest-boxes-by-species/swift/

still no idea on the yapping bird (or dog). the only yapping ones tend to be geese. maybe a starling? they are good mimics.
 

PBancroft

Senior Member
Location
Winchester
Bleedin' crows are everywhere around here this year. Right pain in the proverbial they are, make a right old racket and have been feasting on my runner beans up at the allotment.

;)
 
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