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RE: BIRD BEHAVIOUR


Here,s a blast from the pastbiggrin.gif,I watched a crow gathering nesting material this afternoon,it had found a piece of twine in a laybye and made a very determind effort to extract it from the bush,after much pulling the twine was freed and then folded into a beakable bunch which was then transported to the nest site (unknownno.gif) a very interesting 10 minutes.


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mobbing swallows,i,ve been watching some swallows on a private farm site as and when i can and have seen them 'mob' kestrel ,magpie,pheasant, farm ducks in fact anything (including me) that comes into their air space that they don,t like.It seems unlikley that any contact ever occurs, but their just as defensive of their 'patch' as any parent.conversley a pair of swallows nesting on the irwell would let me get within six foot before moving off.

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Pennington Flash on Saturday - 10-15 GBB Gulls on the end of the spit, including 4-5 immatures. One of the immatures was apparently enjoying itself trying to 'catch' snowflakes in the blizzard that covered the place for about 20 mins. The bird was constantly snapping at the flakes as they blew past it.

Well, I thought it was interesting!!

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pete,just checked the listings she,s had me over again,watching repeats on sky+ was her stern reply.

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They don't broadcast 'Corri' on Sundays anymore Geoff biggrin.gif

-- Edited by Pete Hines at 23:33, 2008-01-27

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on a brief visit to the three sisters feeding station friday a.m. i was surprised to watch a g s pecker
harrass a jay by flying straight at it with claws out (coot style) and the jay backed down to skulk in the undergrowth,? in that strange world of 'who would beat who' heron vs bittern or swallow vs
swift .yes it,s dark and she,s watching corri

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In the garden this week i watched a Blackbird feeding on the fat cakes(berry flavoured) in the feeder. Never seen Blackbirds do this in my garden. Perched on a branch next to feeder and pecked away. Today i had a Mistle Thrush doing the same thing !! I had just put new fat cakes in the feeders and put what was left of the old ones on the bird table. Starlings were feeding on the table when the Thrush came in but was chased off by the much smaller Starlings. After 2 or 3 attempts to get the food on the table the Thrush landed in the tree right next to the berry flavoured cake and took a peck. It fed quiet happily and came back several times. There is a lot off wind blown apples on the floor which the Thrushes usually feed on. I've never seen this in my garden before. There's always fat cake on offer but never seen the thrushes show an interest. I've only recently started buying different flavoured ones, berry, apple, nut and insect.
Is it possible the Thrushes could smell the berry flavour? all the blocks are the same size and shape although the berry ones are a reddy colour.

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Ian Woosey wrote:

Inspired by the `Crow chasing Wagtail` post, how about a thread devoted entirely to behaviour (witnessed in the county, of course) ?

Yesterday at Rumworth I was watching two Stonechats ranging along low bushes and a fence, dropping down and flitting up, as they do. Behind them was a large-ish Hawthorn tree. Three Fieldfares came in and landed in this tree and immediately the male Stonechat jumped into the tree, onto a branch close to the Fieldfares. It was watching them intently, whilst they had started feeding. Then after a minute or two the Stonechat lunged straight for the nearest Fieldfare causing all three to take flight. It then dropped back down into the small bush and continued fidgeting about. Was he protecting his Mrs or just causing mischief ? I`ve never seen a Stonechat mob anything before. I`ve seen them shooing Meadow Pips away from their fence perches, but no `aggression` as such.






Ian,Isnt it known as defending a territory?biggrin.gif

I saw the male Stonechat being aggressive to a reed bunting, could suggest there going to hang around a while, what is it with chats staying a while at Rumworth.

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Inspired by the `Crow chasing Wagtail` post, how about a thread devoted entirely to behaviour (witnessed in the county, of course) ?

Yesterday at Rumworth I was watching two Stonechats ranging along low bushes and a fence, dropping down and flitting up, as they do. Behind them was a large-ish Hawthorn tree. Three Fieldfares came in and landed in this tree and immediately the male Stonechat jumped into the tree, onto a branch close to the Fieldfares. It was watching them intently, whilst they had started feeding. Then after a minute or two the Stonechat lunged straight for the nearest Fieldfare causing all three to take flight. It then dropped back down into the small bush and continued fidgeting about. Was he protecting his Mrs or just causing mischief ? I`ve never seen a Stonechat mob anything before. I`ve seen them shooing Meadow Pips away from their fence perches, but no `aggression` as such.



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