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A Sand Martin spotted at Cotswold Water park on Fri 28th Feb, an early bird for sure.

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hello, that is early according to the RSPB, there is a nature reserve near Oxford that was an old sand quarry and has sand martins come every year to nest in the sand holes

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1 minute ago, oldypigeonpopper said:

hello, that is early according to the RSPB, there is a nature reserve near Oxford that was an old sand quarry and has sand martins come every year to nest in the sand holes

Yeah, Mid March is not unusual for early sightings, but February is very early.............insect feed may be sparse for this early bird.

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Spring is sprung for bird life. Have not seen any summer visitors yet here in the Midlands but certainly the little bluetit checking out every hole in the trees and dead timber around me this morning whilst I waited for a tree rat was showing clear signs of checking out new nest sites and the rooks behind our house have been building/rebuilding their nest for a few weeks now.

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hello, there is still time to sort out the magpies and crows to give our song birds a chance to re populate this year after the last nesting season due to the license debarcle

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....and the tree rats.   Heavy on magpies and jays year round, trouble is these townies keep breeding 'em and sending them into the countryside.

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8 hours ago, oldypigeonpopper said:

hello, there is still time to sort out the magpies and crows to give our song birds a chance to re populate this year after the last nesting season due to the license debarcle

do you really belive that ?

Grey squirrels are probably much bigger nest predators

 

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32 minutes ago, scolopax said:

do you really belive that ?

Grey squirrels are probably much bigger nest predators

 

hello, oh i never realized that, cheers

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2 minutes ago, oldypigeonpopper said:

hello, oh i never realized that, cheers

yeah, as well as destroying trees, strip the bark off well established 20 ft tall 20 year old trees killing them, seen them devastate beech plantations.

Corvids are no angels but the grey squirrel is in my view a bigger villain

 

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