Your day's wildlife

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Flick of the Elbow, 17 Feb 2015.

  1. gbb

    gbb Legendary Member

    A regular sighting almost daily now alongside the A1M as I drive home, Buzzard.
    As I join from the A14 theres a wide section of grass and I will often see one on the grass, searching for worms, small mammals, roadkill perhaps. Then the same a few miles further north near Peterborough.
    At each location, you'll often see one sat on a fence post, light crescent patch clearly visible on their chests.

    No biggie really but go back 20 years, you NEVER saw buzzards round here.
  2. albal

    albal Veteran

    I drive around France . A lot. It's a similar story. So many line the autoroute sat on posts downward looking for their next prey. Never noticed them back in the early nineties . It's a joy to see them so prevalent.
  3. Heltor Chasca

    Heltor Chasca Out-Riding the Black Dog

    I forgot to mention my sighting on the 30th of December. I was doing a big ride. So big in fact, where I live you only get buzzards, but where I got to has red kite.

    I was cycling along and a kite dropped it’s (dead) prey (rabbit) from a fair height, right infront of me on the road. Splat!

    I guess it thought I needed feeding up.
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  4. MikeG

    MikeG Guru

    Just watched a barn owl in our garden for quarter of an hour. It caught a mouse in the adjacent ditch.

    Softening up, I reckon.I'll bet it went back and ate it once you were out of sight.
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  5. meta lon

    meta lon Guru

    Just had 5 long tailed tits do a flying visit..
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  6. I love it when that happens, usually hear the chatter before I see them, noisy little buggers!
  7. Alex H

    Alex H Guru

    Anyone identify these please?

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  8. Tight Git

    Tight Git Senior Member

  9. snorri

    snorri Legendary Member

    My bird tally for a coastal walk today..Heron 3, Oystercatcher 38, Eider 1, Redshank 7, Curlew 1, Shag 8, Cormorant 7, Purple Sandpiper 33, Turnstone 9.
  10. Alex H

    Alex H Guru

    Thanks :okay:

    From Wikipedia - "runs along the sandy beaches it prefers with a characteristic "bicycling" action of its legs" :laugh:
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  11. Dave 123

    Dave 123 Guru

    They look very earnest and busy!
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  12. meta lon

    meta lon Guru

    I saw myfirst ever Curlew at Titchwell Marsh nature reserve in October.
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  13. Reiver

    Reiver Ribbit, Ribbit.

    you need to here them up on the moors on still and silent summer evenings, one of the most beautiful and haunting of bird sounds.
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  14. Reiver

    Reiver Ribbit, Ribbit.

    There little legs go at an astonishing speed, I have often followed them along the shoreline, and they can forage and run and keep 20 yards in front of me.

    I once calculated that if my legs went at the rate theirs do, I would be walking at 144 mph
  15. Cavalol

    Cavalol Veteran

    Sadly the injured fox we saw at work hasn't been spotted in ages. We got a fox rescue place in who left us a cage (monitored through day and night) for a few weeks, but he/she never showed up.
    Have to accept the poor thing has probably passed away now, made even more harder to deal with by the absolute and utter scum who hunted one recently then threw it into the canal after their dogs had ripped it to bits.
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