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#331 FitzRoy

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 09:07 AM

This morning i saw a pair of Magpies and a pair of Jays in my garden........now i like Magpies and i like Jays ...but which one is better ? There's only one way to find out , FIGHT !

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#332 RachelF

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 09:13 AM

They are both quite 'nasty' birds. (Yes I know, I am being anthropomorphic!) I once saw a magpie trying to peck a sparrow to death. About 15 sparrows were dive bombing it, seemedly to try and stop it.
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Posted 12 June 2012 - 09:49 AM

They may be the thugs of the bird world, but I really like the corvids; they're intelligent, inquisitive, inventive and devastatingly handsome. Yes, I've watched them do some pretty unpleasant things to the tinier birds (including two carrion crows pulling a starling to bits), but I can't help it, they're my favourite birds.

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 12:09 PM

I had to rescue a tiny blue tit fledgling yesterday morning; it was all tangled up in the bindweed and was flapping and fluttering and getting more and more stuck. I put my fingers under it, and gently raised my hand, it clung on to the tops of my fingers really tightly until I had it out, then it sat long enough for me to get my mobile out and take a picture! Then it flew off over the fence and away. Beautiful!

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 12:12 PM

Adorable :)

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 12:35 PM

It even took some time out to go 'peep peep' when it was sitting on my hand and I was trying to get my mobile out...
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Posted 25 June 2012 - 01:05 PM

Fantastic picture - even better that you saved the little bird.

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 05:27 PM

A pair of song thrushes hoping around the garden smashing up our snails at the moment. We have a mistle thrush i've seen about too. And yesterday an amazing dragonfly - not birdlife but so what. It was beautiful.

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 09:36 PM

Bunny - we have seen the song thrushes and the mistle thrush too - they have been bathing in our bird bath. Can't believe you saw the Dragon Fly - AWS called me up to the window to look at it either yesterday or Saturday - indeed beautiful. Amazing how far they travel.

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 11:34 AM

I had to rescue a tiny blue tit fledgling yesterday morning; it was all tangled up in the bindweed and was flapping and fluttering and getting more and more stuck. I put my fingers under it, and gently raised my hand, it clung on to the tops of my fingers really tightly until I had it out, then it sat long enough for me to get my mobile out and take a picture! Then it flew off over the fence and away. Beautiful!

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VN Needs a 'like' button! What a great photo, and a good story.

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 12:13 PM

That photo still gives me a thrill, and my fingers still feel its little claws holding on tightly.

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Posted 26 September 2012 - 11:38 AM

More bird rescuing! I’m walking down Maberley Rd this morning on the way to the station, and I see this, sitting on the pavement, looking pretty bedraggled:-

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It’s a Tawny Owl, as far as I can tell, and it doesn’t seem happy. I stop and take the photo, then I walk slowly up to it, it’s eyes are closed, but they pop open, and it takes fright and turns and tries to fly, but it crashes into the fence and falls over, dazed. I don’t want to leave it there, so, handing my umbrella over to a woman who’s walked up behind me, I carefully pick it up, doing the ‘RSPB grip’ to make sure its wings don’t get injured. It doesn’t seem to be hurt, just damp, so I pop it over the fence, where it flies off into the undergrowth. I do hope it’s OK, it’s such a beautiful creature.
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Posted 26 September 2012 - 11:48 AM

You are truly the Bird Whisperer, Nik. Good on ya :)

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Posted 26 September 2012 - 12:03 PM

Poor thing! Maybe it had been hit by a car or flown into a window or something. Hope it's OK.

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Posted 26 September 2012 - 12:13 PM

It actually made me feel quite emotional. Such a beautiful animal, if a little soggy. I've heard them around our way fairly regularly, but never ever seen one, especially not up close and personal like this.

And it's funny you should say that GillW, but I do seem to have an affinity with birds, I've had many a bird sit on me in various countries around the world. My Dad is the same, and regularly has birds, especially the corvids (his, and my, favourites), take a close interest in him. One of my earliest memories is of a jackdaw that hung out in our garden for several years, sitting on my Dad's hand and cackling at him. It was nicknamed Jackie, natch.
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