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  1. Watched a Barn owl hunting the grass banks on a Cotswold valley yesterday evening, a lovely sight, so agile, and silent, it returned to the nest box several times with its prey, so lucky to be able to watch this every evening. 3 Pied Flycatchers, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, reported in the Forest of Dean (Nagshead) yesterday, 21/5/22.
  2. Nice one, many ticks about ?........dogs getting lots up on the Cotswolds,
  3. That's a lot of nesting material in there, she must be using the feed point, as you say. Blue tits have been recorded nesting in some very unusual places, such as letter boxes, litter bins, pipes etc, they only need a hole of 25mm and a reasonably sized void beyond the entrance hole. A few years ago a pair of Blue Tits nested in an emergency life jacket container at Kew Gardens,
  4. A pair of EIDER at Sharpness (7/5/22). A SPOONBILL at Coombe Hill Meadows (10/5/22). A drake GREEN WINGED TEAL at Slimbridge WWT (10/5/22).
  5. I'm afraid the TV companies will never make a programme showing this type of information, or domestic cat songbird killings (27,000,000) per Spring/Summer in the UK, and that's an RSPB figure !, House Sparrow, Robin, Blue tit and Blackbird being the favourite playthings............they rarely eat them, just traumatise them to death. The truth hurts, there you go, that would be a good name for the programme😁. All the best.
  6. Most ferreters only work their permissions from September -April, after this time there tends to be a lot of kits underground, and the ferrets will lay up on their kills.
  7. Magpies and Jackdaw keep a careful eye on the nest building activities of songbirds, often returning to the remembered area in 5-6 weeks time, to take the eggs or nestlings.
  8. Perches are not a good idea on a birdbox, most hole nesting birds prefer to fly straight to the entrance, perches allow predators a foothold, another good idea is to have at least a 50mm overhang on the roof of the birdbox on the side with the entrance hole, this can deter anything reaching in from the top.
  9. A HOOPOE spotted in Dymock, Gloucestershire, yesterday (29/4/22).
  10. Two SWIFT reported in Gloucestershire yesterday (27/4/22), as well as SWALLOWS.
  11. Two SWIFT reported in Gloucestershire yesterday (27/4/22). Also a HOBBY and a passing OSPREY at different locations in the 'shire.
  12. Been with Gunplan for 5 years, £26.00/year.
  13. Research into falling numbers of Song thrush, found that the degradation of their feeding and nesting areas such as hedgerows and wet ditches, and increased land drainage and tillage, reduced earthworm and invertebrate prey on farmland, Grazed cow pastures and woodland have also been lost or degraded in many lowland areas. All the best.
  14. Taken off the Red list for birds in conservation danger about three years ago, now Amber listed ( not of immediate concern)..........UK breeding population, circa 1,200,000 breeding territories..........a wonderful Songster, go to RSPB Song Thrush, on line, and give it listen. All the best.
  15. That's a Song thrush nest, the blackbird does form the cup in mud, but then lines it with rootlets and grasses.
  16. Three singing NIGHTINGALES in Highnam woods, Glos (17/4/22).
  17. A Pair of DOTTEREL on Cleeve Hill yesterday (16/4/22), First record since 2014.
  18. twenty

    Cuckoo.

    Could try stock fencing around nest site, set upside down (bigger spacings down), would allow Curlew to walk through.
  19. twenty

    Cuckoo.

    A Cuckoo sighting yesterday at Purton ,( South Gloucestershire ), 14/4/22, flying Northbound.
  20. twenty

    Cuckoo.

    A Cuckoo sighting yesterday at Purton ,( South Gloucestershire ), 14/4/22, flying Northbound. Sorry, double entry.
  21. A North bound flying CUCKOO at Purton, ( S Glos ), 14/4/22.
  22. Adult Summer Male Yellow Wagtail, A UK summer visitor, April - September, breeding on marshy pasture, waterlogged fields and sewage farms.
  23. A Stone Curlew at WWT Slimbridge, and a Hooded Crow at Saul,(13/4/22).
  24. Could be Witches Broom, a tree deformity, with a dense mass of shoots in one area.
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