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Cuckoos and swallows

Posted Sunday 16th August 2020 at 21:03 by kennethwfd
A local photographer had all the luck about a week ago managing to capture a fledgeling cuckoo which has probably flown south by the time I am making this post.

Meanwhile, the air was alive with swallows, now silent. We have an old saying about a bird brain, maybe this is really a compliment
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Jenny paid a visit

Posted Sunday 12th July 2020 at 21:04 by kennethwfd
I used to have a robin, as soon as I opened a door or window to let fresh air in, this little chap would be indoors. Invariably, he would perch on the computer monitor and decorate it.

Then one day, the dog saw him and chased him into the bedroom. no longer fun, I had to open a window and encourage him to fly out, for some reason, he has never been back.

Until today, I thought return of the robin, but it was in fact a wren, who likewise ended up in the bedroom and was...
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Cuckoo, cuckoo, farewell, farewell

Posted Monday 29th June 2020 at 19:27 by kennethwfd
Actually, the cuckoo in question showed some development to his call, with three notes of the scale (Me, ray, do) from time to time.

Haven't heard him for some days now, so I presume he has started the journey south.

Meanwhile, work has started on the bird pool, already the local sparrows are appreciating a source of water in the hot weather
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Cuckoo, Cuckoo, Say what do you do?

Posted Tuesday 9th June 2020 at 08:49 by kennethwfd
Resident cuckoo still in song, flew over me at close range. I wonder for how much longer.

Modern tracking devices have shown that the old nursery rhyme is not always accurate. Last year, one individual came to Beaulieu on cue, but began the journey south two months later, on 16 June crossed the channel, and spent the next three months migrating south.

Any cuckoos in August in GB are usually born this year making a slow start to migrate
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Swallows

Posted Friday 5th June 2020 at 20:08 by kennethwfd
My favourite bird.

This year, a new record for me, first sighting 19 March, previous 26 March (worst year the cold start to 2013, when first sighting 1 May).

As the threat of Covid was growing, comfort to see that life continues

One of the few wild birds that share our outbuildings, even a farm messhut, nesting while the kettle boiled below.

What a shame that someone moaned about the poop.

You are always welcome in my shed...
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