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The Last Bird You Saw

Postby franfran » Tue Aug 11, 2020 1:38 pm

What was it? The last one I saw was an Eastern Rosella that came into the garden just before it started getting dark:

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(not my photo - just one I found on the internet so you can see what it looks like)
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Re: The Last Bird You Saw

Postby Lucylastic » Tue Aug 11, 2020 1:41 pm

A female blackbird.
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Re: The Last Bird You Saw

Postby Chudleigh » Tue Aug 11, 2020 2:01 pm

A nuthatch

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Re: The Last Bird You Saw

Postby Winston Smith » Tue Aug 11, 2020 2:52 pm

Moorhen. They are nesting on the riverbank just below my flat.
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Re: The Last Bird You Saw

Postby Victorious1-reborn » Tue Aug 11, 2020 4:10 pm

Red tailed hawks circling above hunting for bunnies. And the usual hummingbirds at my porch feeders.
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Re: The Last Bird You Saw

Postby Lucylastic » Tue Aug 11, 2020 4:34 pm

Starlings, thousands of 'em.
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Re: The Last Bird You Saw

Postby Victorious1-reborn » Wed Aug 12, 2020 5:40 am

Lots of water birds. Canadian geese, mallard ducks, wood ducks, loons, great blue herons, and kingfishers. But my personal favorites are the wild turkeys and the sand hill cranes that live on land in the surrounding fields. The native Americans say the sandhill cranes were made from lightening and seeing them ensures good luck and longevity, but that killing one brings bad fortune. They only migrate to this area in the summer.
There are also bald eagles in addition to the red tailed hawks -but they are endangered and elusive. I read yesterday in the news that the county sheriff rescued one that got hit by a car and took it to a wildlife rescue.
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Re: The Last Bird You Saw

Postby Winston Smith » Wed Aug 12, 2020 9:39 am

I saw a nice bird in Tesco's this morning. One of the staff. Very pretty she was.
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Re: The Last Bird You Saw

Postby Lucylastic » Wed Aug 12, 2020 9:44 am

I saw a nice bird in Tesco's this morning. One of the staff. Very pretty she was.
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Re: The Last Bird You Saw

Postby Lucylastic » Wed Aug 12, 2020 9:48 am

I can hear my tame wood pigeon in his tree but can't see him. Normally he comes up to me at least three times a day to be fed but in this heat he's been spending the whole day in the shade of his tree then he flops down at 7.30pm, drinks a load of water and eats heartily. Then he perches on the chimney to watch the sun go down. He's got life sorted.
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Re: The Last Bird You Saw

Postby Winston Smith » Wed Aug 12, 2020 9:53 am

I saw a nice bird in Tesco's this morning. One of the staff. Very pretty she was.
How could you tell?
No mask obviously.
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Re: The Last Bird You Saw

Postby franfran » Wed Aug 12, 2020 10:07 am

I've spent most of the day inside today. I did hear a few parrots this morning (probably Rainbow Lorikeets) but all I've seen today has been one overweight feral pigeon.
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Re: The Last Bird You Saw

Postby Winston Smith » Wed Aug 12, 2020 10:24 am

I've spent most of the day inside today. I did hear a few parrots this morning (probably Rainbow Lorikeets) but all I've seen today has been one overweight feral pigeon.
From my time in Australia, I do know that kookaburras make the most infernal racket. The first time I heard them I was convinced it was monkeys in the trees. Australian corvids are also noisy and make totally different sounds to British corvids.
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Re: The Last Bird You Saw

Postby franfran » Wed Aug 12, 2020 11:17 am

Not as loud as sulphur crested cockatoos though. Their screeches frequently exceed 100 decibels and, when a flock of 30 or so flies overhead, you sometimes have to suspend your conversation until they've passed. It's unusual to see them alone, as they usually travel in groups and, of course, the more of them there are together, the more noise each one seems to make. I once counted a large flock of them flying over the house, screeching their heads off, and there were over 50 of them.
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Re: The Last Bird You Saw

Postby Gobnait » Wed Aug 12, 2020 11:57 am

Crow and two magpies.
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