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1 minute ago, oldypigeonpopper said:

Hello, yes, despite the inclement weather, 

Yeah, Frost here this morning, but watching House Sparrows collecting pigeon feathers I've put out for them, is good fun.

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12 minutes ago, twenty said:

Yeah, Frost here this morning, but watching House Sparrows collecting pigeon feathers I've put out for them, is good fun.

Frost here too this morning. Not heard a cuckoo yet but usually a fair few around here. We have starlings starting to nest in the roof, they keep coming down and stripping my other half’s lavender plants 😂.

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3 minutes ago, JTaylor91 said:

Frost here too this morning. Not heard a cuckoo yet but usually a fair few around here. We have starlings starting to nest in the roof, they keep coming down and stripping my other half’s lavender plants 😂.

If you put some Straw/hay down near your plants, they will probably take that instead, ( and feathers)

All the best

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1 hour ago, twenty said:

A Cuckoo calling yesterday around Woodmancote, (Cotswold escarpment)..........Always seems to be  around 7th-12th April to hear the first in Gloucestershire.

...and thank you from PW’s own birdy correspondent. No Cuckoos here yet and the Swallows are two days overdue. There is a Black Redstart locally.

15 minutes ago, JTaylor91 said:

Frost here too this morning. Not heard a cuckoo yet but usually a fair few around here. We have starlings starting to nest in the roof, they keep coming down and stripping my other half’s lavender plants 😂.

Please tell your other half that the long flowering shoots on the Lavender should have been cut off last September.

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3 minutes ago, JDog said:

...and thank you from PW’s own birdy correspondent.

Please tell your other half that the long flowering shoots on the Lavender should have been cut off last September.

My other half is no gardener, she’s currently trying to grow chives, it’s been a pot of soil for coming up to two months now.

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1 minute ago, JTaylor91 said:

My other half is no gardener, she’s currently trying to grow chives, it’s been a pot of soil for coming up to two months now.

I have Chives she can transplant when I next see you. They are easy to grow and maintain.

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1 minute ago, JDog said:

I have Chives she can transplant when I next see you. They are easy to grow and maintain.

She will be chuffed with that, she says they’re her favourite herb but I’ve never seen her use them.

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3 hours ago, JDog said:

I have Chives she can transplant when I next see you. They are easy to grow and maintain.

Just stick a few bulbs in a quiet corner of the flower bed and they will grow into a nice cluster. Easy peasy. Take them out of the pot as they will die.

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On 11/04/2021 at 08:26, oldypigeonpopper said:

Hello, always pleased to hear the cuckoo, 👍

Hello, still waiting to hear one in the Vale, but the swallows  are about on the farm, only in small numbers this year, been putting out some wheat for all the hedgerow birds, 

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7 hours ago, NatureBoy said:

My first cuckoo of year in Mid Suffolk yesterday. Stone curlew on drillings next to where i was shooting Sunday. Saw one on that same field 4 years ago.     NB

Only Stone Curlew I have ever seen was on Minorca...........with Bee Eaters above it on a power line.

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53 minutes ago, twenty said:

Only Stone Curlew I have ever seen was on Minorca...........with Bee Eaters above it on a power line.

My only Stone Curlews were on Majorca.

 

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48 minutes ago, JDog said:

My only Stone Curlews were on Majorca.

 

Bet you saw plenty of Egyptian vultures as well on Majorca........I spotted quite a few in Puerto Pollensa in the NE of the Island.

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4 minutes ago, twenty said:

Bet you saw plenty of Egyptian vultures as well on Majorca........I spotted quite a few in Puerto Pollensa in the NE of the Island.

Yes and those marvellous Eleonora's falcons. 

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5 minutes ago, JDog said:

Yes and those marvellous Eleonora's falcons. 

Yeah brilliant, I saw a red footed falcon there as well, and also just offshore, some Balearic Shearwaters.

The national bird of Majorca is the Hoopoe, plenty of those to be seen as well.

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