Our summer visitors are finally arriving, about a week or so late, so with the Rose Breasted Grosbeaks crowding out the one feeder with 4 males and 2 femails all trying to get in its been most entertaining. Yesterday the Great Creasted Flycatcher arrived and announced that he was here with his distinctive Weeeep, weeep. weeep, we also spotted the first male hummingbird at the feeder just put out for him so the ladies should be along in the next week or so. The Song Sparrow has been singing away back in the cedars out back so I guess summer has arrived here in this part of Canada
We were privileged to have the largest Canadian woodpecker drop in and make some changes to our woodland trail entrance yesterday, he later moved off and rattled on a dead tree further back off and on for most of the afternoon. Its a Pileated Woodpecker and he is about 20" long......
We are starting to see our spring birds arriving from parts south and with the snow almost all now gone expect to see an influx over the weekend as our temps rise to around +10c. Yesterday we had to dig the bird book out to identify a previously unseen fellow resting in our window feeder. It was an Eastern Towhee, a first for us. Think perhaps spring is finally here.
heard, though didn't see a green woodpecker other day. did see him in the same area a couple of weeks before.
the usual suspects are hanging round our garden at the moment, but now they're building nests. blackbirds, sparrows, pigeons, theres a couple of great tits around. listened to 2 robins having a conversation.
Yep, the birds are all full of chatter around here too. Some are giving it the big 'I am' too (you know, like those market guys, "come on girls, get your bananas here, lovely bananas"... you know the kind of thing)... looking for potential mates I guess. I wonder if birds have dating agencies?
They are also on top of Salisbury Cathedral too. Think it is Springwatch who have the camera on them. In other news: "OUR" Swallows are back and we have just polished of a bottle of Champagne in the Welcome tradition we have kept up for 32 years now. It was also our first Alfresco meal of the year. We only came in from the garden half an hour ago at almost nine O'clock. Hope we can do that a lot more this summer.
I do like birds of prey (falcons and the like) I find there's a majesty to them. My wife doesn't like our local marsh harrier because of its piercing cry, but I find that same cry quite plaintive. I see them lazily circling high above the fields and think 'life can't get much better than that'
Post by thesentientpasty on Apr 22, 2019 10:17:44 GMT
I agree, Edgar.
Once, years ago, I was sitting outside my (then) home and witnessed a buzzard doing slow figure-eights, a couple of hundred metres up in rising thermals, clearly eyeing out breakfast and enjoying the purity of gliding flight. Breakfast, he thought, was to be the chicks of a crowsnest, just down there in the outskirts of a nearby wood.
Mr and Mrs Crow were not happy with this, understandably, and flew up to tell him to feck off. A fight ensued. The crows, maybe a third of the size of the buzzard, repeatedly took to diving on him from behind. He'd twist, this way and that, out of their way, but they'd take up spots above and behind him and do it again. And again, and again. They crowed.
This fight, one of aerobatic crows versus a much larger adversary, went on for the best part of five minutes. A few feathers flew, a few scratches landed, and eventually the buzzard left for an easier meal.
I have seen a group of Swallows mob a Buzzard until he buggers off a few times.
Yes, similar here except I think it was a pair of magpies in my case. The harrier seemed more hassled than afraid/concerned though. As if to say 'yes, alright alright, don't get your knickers in a twist' before sauntering off unfazed in search of unsuspecting field mice. Impressive nonchalance.
yesterday i saw a red kite and a crow (or it could've been a raven but i think crow) having an aerial set-to. whatever they were fighting about the crow wouldn't let it go. like edgars harrier, the kite was just meh, i'm more majestic than you.
So, as I was saying before I was so rudely interrupted by crappy Internet, Much rare bird excitement up at the reservoir! A red rumped swallow. Normally they live in the Mediterranean.
I got up at early o clock yesterday to go to a dawn-ish bird chorus walk. Lots of singing, all the usual suspects though. Blue tits using the nesting boxes put up last year. Also our guide had set out small mammal traps the day before, so we had a good stare at a Woodmouse begore she escaped from custody.
And so after me and a couple of others strolled up the ressy. The people with big lenses informed us, yes swallow still here. That's it there. Points to darting bird. So I saw it abstractly! Also regular swallows, sand Martins, a pair of grey wagtails and 10 ducklings.