May 4th by Ian under Bird Watching

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I was observing the osprey pair on the 1/5/17 and she still hadn't settled, I witnessed an attempted copulation but she was wanting food I could heard the begging calls and see her beak moving. On the 3/5/17 she was sitting constantly through the couple of hours I was hoping to see Harrier activity, and I never did. So it would appear that the Ospreys have settled and I can only presume she was not in good enough condition to breed and took a week or two to get to good condition. All of a sudden more warblers are here…
Something is amiss, the female should be sitting tight on eggs by now and is not. Today the 25th April I saw her sitting alone but not tightly, meantime I was watching harriers, after say 15 mins she was sitting up in the nest and looking around. After say another 15 mins she had gone and for the next 40 mins the nest remained that way. Had I arrived some 20/30 mins later than I did I would have seen an apparently abandoned nest for 40/50 mins, can't fathom out what is happening as the male is bringing fish, or…

Apr 20th by Ian under Bird Watching

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20th April and at last the Osprey pair are settled, even yesterday the female was not sitting and was frequently absent as was the male, the weather is dry but windy so not the best for fishing. The fish clasped in these domestic pictures is again a pike as I saw it's tail as the male manoeuvred in the wind. I spent most of yesterday and today on marsh harrier nest location and think I have a location but it needs more observation work, the previous "late" location last year does not look like a positive site…
Easter Monday 17th April and weather showery, as was yesterday, a fact I am grateful for as the tree pollen is affecting me; streaming nose, few sneezes and itchy eyes. Loads of cuckoo flowers now in bloom joining lesser celandine and some newly showing dog violets. Got my first and second swallow today along with a male marsh harrier, appeared to have wing tags but did not get close enough views to be certain. Ospreys curiously absent, I was expecting the female to be sitting on her first egg, if she was I could not see her which is in…

Apr 9th by Ian under Bird Watching

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This was from the 7th April when his partner had not arrived, he was clutching a pike rather more eaten than on the 5th, so I am guessing it is the same pike. I took these shots to see if I was correct and there are no leg rings, well although the shots are very poor quality the purpose was served; there are no leg rings on this male. When I went out on the 9th (today) his  partner was on the nest and he was in attendance on the perch. The two were alert and he…
5/4/17, this was my 5th visit and the one with success, although I knew one osprey was back on the 3rd as the grass growing from the nest cup had disappeared. The pictures are where the male perched at times last year and no other male had done so in previous years, so I am guessing it is the same male with no leg rings. He was mighty alert as some of the pics show, head never still and looking up as well as around. Guessing again, he had eaten the head of the fish and the…
The RSPB suggested putting out over ripe bananas for butterfly food, although it was next to a buddleia I mostly had visits from flies and wasps. So I got up close to the wasps that were not interested in a camera shoved in their faces. I was surprised at how hairy a wasp is, you normally don't want to get that close to them! It is becoming autumnal and the wasps get a bit daft with rotting fruit that has sugars and alcohol, I also had a skein of about 60 geese go over the village this…

Aug 28th by Ian under Bird Watching

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28 August, half expecting to see no ospreys, the male and the juvenile were still around. When I got there I heard the begging food calls of the juv, he/she was on the nest and picking the bones of some well eaten fish, how do I know ? the juv took to flight with the fish remnant, landed back on the perch beside the nest and continued to beg call. I could clearly see it was sporting a blue ring on it's left leg. The male was in sentinel position on a nearby higher tree and when…

Aug 18th by Ian under Bird Watching

I knew from reports that the single chick was flying strongly, so on the 18th I went along to have a look. I have previously reported that birds of prey can be lazy, and so it turned out, the juv was on the navigation pole, just note the orange eye and white tips to the wing feathers, not easy I grant you with the poor digiscoping pics, and stayed there for the two hour observation, so did the female at the eyrie, and the male was off fishing (I guess.) Heard and saw a jay, heard a…

Aug 7th by Ian under Bird Watching

On the 3/8/16 about 4.30 am we had a huge thunderstorm, mostly lightning. On the morning of the 3rd we had about 30 odd swifts around the village skies, far more than is normal nowadays. On the morning of the 4th post the thunderstorm there was a single swift, I have waited a few days to monitor the skies and now on the 7th with a gale developing from the west there are none. So the swifts left on the 4th and scarily that was the date last year I recorded them being absent, I suspect they moved ahead of…

Jul 15th by Ian under Bird Watching

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After some holiday time in Englandshire I eventually did some birding on the 14th of July ostensibly checking a marsh harrier nest site, but had to look in on the Osprey who was feeding a newly hatched chick in late June. They certainly have one chick now in feathers but I never saw the chick/chicks being fed so hopeful there are more chicks. At one point there was a third Osprey circling the eyrie but both nesting Ospreys remained at the eyrie which surprised me, usually one will take to the air and "push" the interloper off.…
just a few snaps of birds as I met them from West Yorkshire through to Cornwall to Nth Devon. I particularly like the kittiwakes in Bridlington and the sun bathing robin that just laid out in the sun 2 metres from us as we looked round the Rosemoor gardens near Torrington in Nth Devon. I checked the robin photo for ants and there were none, just sun bathing, first time for me to witness that.…

Jun 19th by Ian under Bird Watching

After a week and more of rain I ventured out on the 18th PM when the F1 qually finished, no show of harriers but the ospreys have a chick or chicks, I saw a parent (the female usually) feeding a chick and maybe fooled myself to see a white wobbly head. What was certain through heat haze and 60x magnification was that she was picking food and offering it up, so one chick at least. Both parents were on site and after feeding one flew off and the other stood nearby as with the heat of the day there was…

Jun 13th by Ian under Bird Watching

Well yes they do, and through a friendly local blackie that came within a metre of you whilst gardening, my wife then myself witnessed snail procurement. They are recorded as doing this in the BWP and we witnessed the wiping mechanism that the birds employ, they do it where they find the snail rather than take it to a place where wiping is more effective, like a gravel path. They clearly like snails as when we encountered a few and put them on the lawn the blackie was on to them, especially if pre-crushed. I also through the window witnessed…

Jun 11th by Ian under Bird Watching

This is the Osprey eyrie from a different viewpoint, you can see the happy couple intact. Moments earlier however there was a third Osprey hanging around and was perched where the present Osprey is perched, it was calmly escorted off the premises, I was expecting both Ospreys to do it and assertively but no, just when you think you can predict bird behaviour, you can't! The, I think male, Osprey in the second picture is on a perch quite near me in a different position from the first shot, note the length of the wings hence the…
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