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    Blue Tit feeding behaviour

    Today I witnessed something I've never seen before. Blue Tits pecking and eating a small dessert apple, making a circular hole in the fruit. Despite a daily top up of sunflower hearts, suet pellets and mealworm, a " female type " spent a good few minutes feeding on a the cherry sized apple...

    Calci or Mealworms

    A friend of mine mentioned he feeds calci worms (Black Soldier Fly larvae) to the garden birds. So I bought a small bag and scattered some for the ground feeding species. The Starlings devour them, nothing new, then the Blackbirds and finally the resident Robin. Haven't noticed any House Sparrow...

    Fall of y.h. blackbirds.


    Bird Flu - Pensthorpe Natural Park

    https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&ved=2ahUKEwjS0I2xxfD1AhURWsAKHa8aCn8QvOMEKAB6BAgHEAE&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.edp24.co.uk%2Fnews%2Fpensthorpe-natural-park-reopens-after-bird-flu-outbreak-8676850&usg=AOvVaw2fiKUG44D7br2KOpnGl4O3 Quite surprised it has reopened so...

    RSPB Warning

    It seems that the negatives of feeding garden birds is a real concern...

    Appeal to find 10 of the World's rarest birds

    https://www.rewild.org/lost-species/lost-birds No I.B. Woodpecker on the list but how many of these would be seen by even the keenest of global birders?

    BBC The One Show

    Ran a piece this evening on how the Eurasian Curlew is being monitored at the base and eggs collected from RAF Marham and then juveniles rewilded via the Pensthorpe programme. Downside was showing take offs and taxiing of aircraft that were scrapped at least 2 years ago, rather than the newer...

    I.B.W extinction latest

    Officially declared extinct rather than most probably. https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/sep/29/us-bird-species-ivory-billed-woodpecker-extinct&ved=2ahUKEwi3lI6irKTzAhWLOsAKHV1hAn4QFnoECCsQAQ&usg=AOvVaw34LSwdiRn7beHuNuaE_uth

    Stay dirty, bathe less.

    https://news.sky.com/story/rules-on-waste-water-discharge-eased-due-to-supply-shortages-linked-to-brexit-and-pandemic-12401308 Following the recent announcement to reduce our daily hygiene bath or shower we're now going to put up with untreated water being discharged into and onto watercourses...
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    "Unlinked" ?

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-58270076 Just a coincidence or continued persecution by livestock farmers.
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    Bird Holidays ceases trading

    Another UK based company has sadly closed citing the pandemic.
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    RSPB Snettisham - Quad Bikes

    Footage on local TV tonight showing 4 Quad bikes intentionally and repeatedly roaring around beach area which had been cordoned off for breeding Ringed Plovers. Despite public objection they all sped off. RSPB species officer visibly upset when doing a piece to cameras. Hopefully the culprits...
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    Egg collector prosecuted

    https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/RealData/ArticleDetail.asp?id=3935 Further details show him to be named as a 63 year old from Yorkshire who had previous convictions involving many raptor species and traded eggs on an auction site. He had also travelled abroad to target and collect " highly...
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    NWT Holme Dunes - Car Park Trial

    It appears that due to it's increasing visitor footprint, (mostly by beach goers ), a car park space prebooking system is to commence. Surprisingly this also applies to members of the Trust. Naturally some backlash from long time members...
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    W.T.Eagle ( N W Norfolk ) reintroduction proposal

    Here we go again........https://wildkenhill.co.uk/category/white-tailed-eagles/ I recall the last proposal ( English Nature then ) a decade ago, and the response from within the county. Let's see how this one develops, early days to gauge reaction through a survey. Some familiar exponents in...
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    Zeiss - Try it for 48hours

    Followed an advert here - interesting concept, especially in lockdown? I wonder why this departure from the traditional type of retailer.....apart from an avenue to increase sales of both binoculars and telescopes. Just a refundable deposit and you could test in the comfort of your back garden.
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    Scottish Wildcat kitten

    Found freezing, and taken into care...... https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/scots-chef-finds-rare-scottish-23320536&ved=2ahUKEwjxwK6W5p3uAhUEu3EKHdKJDX4QFjAFegQIBRAB&usg=AOvVaw2TBQceIYufdspKjXMeGuLV
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    Sparrowhawks hunting in pair

    First time I've ever seen an adult pair actively pursuing garden birds, at the same time. A female struck first , pinning a male blackbird down, whilst the male chased a fleeing Blue Tit. I would think it was sheer coincidence rather than anf form of strategy.
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    French law supports limesticks use under heritage

    https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/RealData/ArticleDetail.asp?id=3693&S=DatePosted%20DESC&P=1&pos=9 This is obviously a backward step in many ways and must have repercussions throughout other EU countries such as Italy and Cyprus where efforts to ban and prosecute hunters using this method have...
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    Oriental Skylark - 1st for Cyprus

    A photographed individual recently at Akrotiri, found by a serviceman.
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    DEFRA to licence gamebird releases.

    A step in the right direction? https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/review-of-gamebird-releases-on-and-around-european-protected-sites
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    Bison coming to Kent (Merged Thread)

    https://t.co/KqTVy2YY1Z?amp=1 How long before they make the habitat suitable? Interesting methodology rather than machinery to remove the intrusive trees. And private funding.
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    Garden Isolation today

    Song Thrush still singing despite an early 6 am start, must be his second wind. Long tailed tits collecting Pheasant feathers, Blue Tits prospecting a nestbox. First Bee Fly on Daffodil / Narcissus and a Brimstone dashed through.Dog Violets out and one or two Queen Bumblebees. Common Buzzards...
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    Blackcap on fat ball feeder

    First ever winter record for the garden this morning was a male Blackcap happily feeding on suet fat balls for about 10 minutes, nonplussed by the frenetic Coal Tits.
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    Starling deaths - caused by Predator

    https://news.sky.com/story/wales-hundreds-of-starlings-found-dead-were-avoiding-bird-of-prey-11910210 I guess the forensic science proves what happened. Oops, typo in the headline.