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  1. El Annie

    Apologise for the lapse in [email protected] up-dates...............

    Thanks for the positive feedback one and all!! I have had a big break from BF due to house move and various other bits and bobs going on but am back on line now so will start to post [email protected] stuff again if you would all like me to?? Annie :)
  2. El Annie

    Gibraltar Ringing

    Oh dear, as one of those visiting ringers I sincerely hope it wasn't one I got wrong tchagra :) I was amazed at how different the Gib Blacki's are! El
  3. El Annie

    Ringing project

    Hey tchagra!! Just back on Forum after a long break and so good to see you submitting your reports once again - wish I was there :) El
  4. El Annie

    Kingfisher help!

    Can't help with NW Denise but if you'd care to pop over to the NE could probably oblige :) Annie
  5. El Annie

    Swallows have paired up.............

    Hi folks, have not done a very good job of keeping you up-dated on the progress of the Swallows - sorry about that but have been very busy :( Anyway, nest building went well and what a lovely nest it is complete with lots of lovely downy feathers :) First egg laid yesterday and another today...
  6. El Annie

    Apologise for the lapse in [email protected] up-dates...............

    ...........have been very, very busy and away from the compi but here's today's tit-bits and very interesting they are too!! Wildlife boom as rare species fly, swim and crawl their way back Britain's wildlife is crawling back from the brink. Some of the country’s best loved and most...
  7. El Annie

    Tit numbers down?

    Have BT's in nest box with only 5 young :( This seems very low to me.............. Annie
  8. Day 5 of nest building for the Barn Swallows..........

    Day 5 of nest building for the Barn Swallows..........

    Nest is situated in small outbuilding approx 5yds from house, there are beams in building but Swallows have chosen to use a stone ledge. Will try to photograph on regular basis so you can all watch progress :)
  9. El Annie

    Swallows have paired up.............

    Hi Screech, after the upset on Saturday things have settled and on checking shed tonight I see that nest building has begun :) The base is in and it consists of bits of moss and twigs, in fact I saw lady swallow go in with a piece of twig this morning, she then sat on the door window (empty of...
  10. El Annie

    Swallows have paired up.............

    Hi Jeff, it's an outbuilding and it's as old as as the house which is late 1800's. Nest building has not yet started and there's a bit of a fuss going on at the moment as another male has turned up and decided to cause trouble!! There are also house martins and swifts nearby so it's pretty...
  11. El Annie

    Some really good stories in [email protected] today.......

    Thriving otters are on the move Otters, recently thought close to extinction in Britain, are now more common than at any time since the Second World War, and their habitat is five times larger than it was a quarter of a century ago. Previously confined largely to the South West of England...
  12. El Annie

    Swallows have paired up.............

    Will do Kingfisher!! Annie :)
  13. El Annie

    Rabbit predators question

    More Rabbit bits in field tonight..... Hi all, yet more legs in the field tonight and the ducklings have all gone from the mill race, also a lot of empty duck eggs scattered about.............. The plot thickens.......... Annie :) BTW I understand that Badger skin the Rabbit first, did think...
  14. El Annie

    First ever photo posted on Bird Forum - please be gentle with me!

    I think it's a great shot Peter blurring and all! But what interests me most is that it has been ringed :) and even more interesting the ring is on the left leg......
  15. El Annie

    Rabbit predators question

    What creature would skin rabbit to the bone but leave it's feet intact?? In this vacinity we have fox, badger, mink, stoat and I'm told the odd otter but I haven't seen one............... Annie :)
  16. El Annie

    Swallows have paired up.............

    The Swallows arrived back here on 29th April and I have been waiting with bated breath to see if 'our' Swallows would return to our cottage and nest again in the yard shed and today they have made their first visits!! A lovely sight, chattering away to each other whilst checking out the new...
  17. El Annie

    [email protected] today...............

    Choughs hatch chicks for second year running The first wild choughs to breed in England for 50 years have hatched more chicks. The chough, which is the emblem of Cornwall, had not bred in the county for five decades until last summer when three chicks were born. The RSPB today confirmed that...
  18. El Annie

    In [email protected] today............

    Why one good tern deserves another.. It is a struggle for survival when over-fishing means you have less to feed on and large predatory seagulls want to eat you. But now conservationists have come up with the answer to help the decreasing population of terns near the Firth of Forth - by...
  19. El Annie

    Twitch question

    Hope I'm putting this in the right forum.......... Would anyone happen to know if there was a Twitch in Masham, Nth Yorks, (UK) on Sunday 4th May???? Annie :)
  20. El Annie

    Question.........

    Can anybody explain to me plainly and simply what is meant by 'imprinting'. Many thanks. Annie :h?:
  21. El Annie

    Poo

    I've got baby Heron poo in my Camo jacket pocket!! Went all over my cigs - yuk :)
  22. El Annie

    swifts

    First Swifts here today as well Seb, so lovely to see them and the Swallows arrived yesterday :)
  23. El Annie

    Ringing, Banding What's The Point!!!

    Spar, so far as I am concerned you are to be commended for everything that you do in your efforts to protect and conserve our birds. You are absolutely right (drunk or not!), we MUST make the effort and do what we can. If not then we might find one of these day's that there may be not be quite...
  24. El Annie

    what did you see first this year?

    Sand Martin for me Seb :)
  25. El Annie

    Shy bird makes home near Suffolk airbase.............

    ................ A rare species of bird has chosen a unique setting to escape the ever-growing threat of poachers. Four pairs of stone curlew have made their home at a military runway at RAF Lakenheath in the midst of the constant roar of jet engines at the base. Though not the most typical of...
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