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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-04-2019, 14:29 Thread Starter
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First Swallow of this year

Arrived at 3.20pm today
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Arrived at 3.20pm today
None on the Isle of Wight yet but we did have a very rare visitor a couple of weeks ago. A Greater Spotted Cuckoo!!! Usually found in Southern Europe and North Africa we had one on the seafront at Ventnor just down the road from where we live. It stayed a couple of days and was then off, presumably to warmer climes. We got to see it thanks to a friendly birder who lent us his powerful binoculars.
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We have had a pair of storks nest and rear a chick on neighbouring chateaux every year as far as I can remember. But this year only one lone bird hung about for a month and now seems to have disappeared.

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We have had a pair of storks nest and rear a chick on neighbouring chateaux every year as far as I can remember. But this year only one lone bird hung about for a month and now seems to have disappeared.

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We thought we saw a few storks arriving some weeks ago, but we probably mistook Kranes for them.
Our village Storks haven't been around for 3 years there seem to be quite a few abandoned nests in this area.

Today we have had a lovely surprise, after being here for 13 years, for the first time we saw 6 thrushes in the back garden all morning, they seem to be finding lots to eat, we have also seen a pair of blackbirds for the first time, two birds that were very common in England. I shall be listening out for their song later.
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We thought we saw a few storks arriving some weeks ago, but we probably mistook Kranes for them.
Our village Storks haven't been around for 3 years there seem to be quite a few abandoned nests in this area.

Today we have had a lovely surprise, after being here for 13 years, for the first time we saw 6 thrushes in the back garden all morning, they seem to be finding lots to eat, we have also seen a pair of blackbirds for the first time, two birds that were very common in England. I shall be listening out for their song later.
There is nothing quite like the song of the Blackbird. Beautiful, simply beautiful.
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Yep, swallows sitting on the wires yesterday. Might even get them in the two swallow nests we stuck up under the car port roof.

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Yep, swallows sitting on the wires yesterday. Might even get them in the two swallow nests we stuck up under the car port roof.

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I thought you didn't like them in there, or have you got sensible and put a shelf underneath the nests?😉
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I bowed under pressure Jan. Going to give em a chance not to make too much mess on the car.

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I bowed under pressure Jan. Going to give em a chance not to make too much mess on the car.

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So have you put shelve under to catch the dropping?

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Nope. Moved the car to the other side. Might get droppings on the way.

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