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Big Merv's nature watch.

Postby big mervyn » Tue Apr 05, 2016 1:09 pm

A lot of kingfisher sighting down on the Lagan towpath this last few weeks. I've recorded at least 6 separate sightings along the old canal above Mickey Taylor's lock - probably the same one or a pair, as they are territorial. Usually perched on a bullrush and close enough to give you a good view if you're quiet :thumleft:

There's also a couple of Grey Lag geese still wintering down towards the weir and I've seen a buzzard regularly hovering over the meadow.
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Re: Big Merv's nature watch.

Postby mid ulster maestro » Tue Apr 05, 2016 2:06 pm

Kingfishers are beautiful birds. I've only seen two in my time. Once along the Minnowburn and once down here along the Bann. Buzzards are a common as muck in the sticks and big feckers to boot. I was cycling along the Newry canal tow path and one was perched on a fence post. It just watched me as I cycled past. Needless to say I watched it too just in case it decided I was a threat and fancied a go. Plenty of Herrons along the Bann as well. Merv you'd probably get more interest on this thread if you signed yourself as Kate Humble.
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Re: Big Merv's nature watch.

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Re: Big Merv's nature watch.

Postby BaggyTrousers » Tue Apr 05, 2016 2:44 pm

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Re: Big Merv's nature watch.

Postby Samstew » Tue Apr 05, 2016 2:45 pm

I'm not a dedicated twitcher, but I do love watching birds during a little "me" time.
We get some fantastic birds visit the garden, mostly the usual common types.
We have a Sparrow Hawk who's a regular, seems quite partial to the collared doves.
Last year, we had a visit, to the Mere at the bottom of our road, a Fish Eagle!
It didn't hang around for long, but you couldn't move for twitchers for days.
My favourites are Sparrows, busy little things
It must show that all the care and work done in the countryside is paying off when birds like buzzards, Hawks, herons etc appear to be thriving.
Having said that, I live in an area where you can't drive 50 yards without road kill, so plenty of food around for whatever is in to that sort of thing.



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Re: Big Merv's nature watch.

Postby cardoc » Tue Apr 05, 2016 3:19 pm

There's a rough looking bird can be seen on lampposts in the Lisburn area >crazy1
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Re: Big Merv's nature watch.

Postby Cap'n Grumpy » Tue Apr 05, 2016 3:27 pm

Also not a dedicated twitcher but take more than a passing interest the birds in the garden and beyond.

Love seeing gold finches in the garden and have also had a couple of sparrow hawks (again) feasting on collared doves.

Occasionally get a heron in the garden (next door has a pond) and part of our garden is a bit marshy with plenty of frogs.

Probably my most "rare" visitors were the group of Bohemian Waxwings that came into the garden a couple of winters ago and stripped every berry off every bush before quickly moving on. Unfortunately was only able to get poor quality pics through the kitchen window without disturbing them.
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Re: Big Merv's nature watch.

Postby Rovi Snave » Tue Apr 05, 2016 3:27 pm

big mervyn wrote:A lot of kingfisher sighting down on the Lagan towpath this last few weeks. I've recorded at least 6 separate sightings along the old canal above Mickey Taylor's lock - probably the same one or a pair, as they are territorial. Usually perched on a bullrush and close enough to give you a good view if you're quiet :thumleft:

There's also a couple of Grey Lag geese still wintering down towards the weir and I've seen a buzzard regularly hovering over the meadow.


It's a small world - whilst walking with the family on the towpath this day last week saw what was probably the same Kingfisher at roughly the same spot - my first sighting in almost 30 years and a first for everyone else - made our day.

On the top of Cave Hill the day before (Monday 28th March) saw a single swallow - I have ever seen a swallow before late April and was amazed - I know - one swallow doesn't make a Summer, but then neither does a whole flock in this country :duck:
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Re: Big Merv's nature watch.

Postby Cap'n Grumpy » Tue Apr 05, 2016 3:35 pm

Rovi Snave wrote:
big mervyn wrote:A lot of kingfisher sighting down on the Lagan towpath this last few weeks. I've recorded at least 6 separate sightings along the old canal above Mickey Taylor's lock - probably the same one or a pair, as they are territorial. Usually perched on a bullrush and close enough to give you a good view if you're quiet :thumleft:

There's also a couple of Grey Lag geese still wintering down towards the weir and I've seen a buzzard regularly hovering over the meadow.


It's a small world - whilst walking with the family on the towpath this day last week saw what was probably the same Kingfisher at roughly the same spot - my first sighting in almost 30 years and a first for everyone else - made our day.

On the top of Cave Hill the day before (Monday 28th March) saw a single swallow - I have ever seen a swallow before late April and was amazed - I know - one swallow doesn't make a Summer, but then neither does a whole flock in this country :duck:

I believe, but could also be wrong, that the collective noun you seek is a flight,or a gulp of swallows. :whistle:
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Re: Big Merv's nature watch.

Postby Rovi Snave » Tue Apr 05, 2016 4:27 pm

Cap'n Grumpy wrote:
Rovi Snave wrote:
big mervyn wrote:A lot of kingfisher sighting down on the Lagan towpath this last few weeks. I've recorded at least 6 separate sightings along the old canal above Mickey Taylor's lock - probably the same one or a pair, as they are territorial. Usually perched on a bullrush and close enough to give you a good view if you're quiet :thumleft:

There's also a couple of Grey Lag geese still wintering down towards the weir and I've seen a buzzard regularly hovering over the meadow.


It's a small world - whilst walking with the family on the towpath this day last week saw what was probably the same Kingfisher at roughly the same spot - my first sighting in almost 30 years and a first for everyone else - made our day.

On the top of Cave Hill the day before (Monday 28th March) saw a single swallow - I have ever seen a swallow before late April and was amazed - I know - one swallow doesn't make a Summer, but then neither does a whole flock in this country :duck:

I believe, but could also be wrong, that the collective noun you seek is a flight,or a gulp of swallows. :whistle:


You are quite correct Grumps - I particularly like "Gulp" :lol:
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Re: Big Merv's nature watch.

Postby DavyG » Tue Apr 05, 2016 10:19 pm

This link will take you to the results of the RSPB 2016 survey.

https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/discoverandenjoynature/discoverandlearn/birdwatch
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Re: Big Merv's nature watch.

Postby BaggyTrousers » Tue Apr 05, 2016 11:13 pm

The most common things twitching here are the curtains of a furtive couple across the road and a bit down from me. They are part of some self-invented religious cult, and having been a "common slut" and a pervy looking policeman who sells snooping devices in his spare time, they found God, made their children throw their Pokemon cards in the bin & denounced Harry Potter as the work of Satan. Odder than blue fu@k.

However, like Sammy the Nudist, getting back to Big Merv's nature watch, rather than birds, though I too get the odd heron visiting & more sparrows than you could shake a stick at, my more interesting visitors are some tiny bats who have appeared for over a decade in late spring and on warm days are always buzzing the western edifice of Trouser Towers where the heat of the fading sun gathers insects and they go to & fro polishing off flies, midges and anything else that flies.

Adorable wee craters and by coincidence we also get bats in late evenings at our wee Spanish hovel, Mrs T is quite taken by them. We also get huge numbers of swifts and plenty of swallows, the lake in front of our hovel has a couple of varieties of duck & as Merv probably knows well, there are hundreds if not thousands of Flamingoes to be seen on the coastal salt pans.
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Re: Big Merv's nature watch.

Postby Cockatrice » Wed Apr 06, 2016 12:14 am

Did Paster O'Connell not find a rare bird at the bottom of his garden…

I used to have humming birds as a regular visitor to the garden.
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Re: Big Merv's nature watch.

Postby Kofi Annan » Wed Apr 06, 2016 12:40 am

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Re: Big Merv's nature watch.

Postby bazzaj » Wed Apr 06, 2016 7:38 am

I hand reared some mammaries when I was a little boy.
Well one blue bieber to be exact as the other 7 snuffed it after the mum had abandoned the nest in our garden bird box.
I can still hear a blue mammaries call above any other bird and I have learned that it basically translated means, "hurry up and feed me before we all die you fecker."
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