The Young of 2019

  • Curlew

    Lapwing

    Red Grouse

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    Cheers,

    Bob

    My Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bobs_retired_now/

  • Lovely photos of the little ones, Bob--thanks! I think the Curlew wins the prize in the cuteness stakes!
    As for the story about the Peregrines, there is always the possibility that the volunteer had the story wrong, but sadly the part about there being no Peregrines nesting in the usual place is true. And there is a cautionary note on the boards near the loos asking that no climbing take place between two named cliff faces due to the nesting Peregrines. But the volunteer also told us that there are Peregrines nesting at a spot a bit farther down river, one for which you kindly gave us directions a few years ago! We're busy Thursday and Friday so we can't go there until the weekend, but hoping we'll see activity there. The main road along the river is closed for stabilisation work from just below Tintern Abbey to a junction only a short distance above Chepstow until roughly mid-summer--sorry, I've forgotten the date. Any word from your contacts about that, please? Was there a washout or is it simply precautionary work?

    Kind regards, 

    Ann

  • So excited to see no fewer than 8 baby long tailed tits - all huddled together on a branch at Lackford Lakes (near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk)

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    ... and then there were 6!

    PS how do I get my photos to display full width rather than about one third of the editor box width, please?

    Karen B Suffolk
  • In reply to Paul A:

    She does look rather frazzled, it must be said!!
    Karen B Suffolk
  • How absolutely fabulous Karen, what a lovely group photo - adorable !

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    Regards, Hazel 

    "Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again" 

  • Welcome to the world of Brex-tit  little one    !!!!!

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    Regards, Hazel 

    "Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again" 

  • What big feet Curlew chicks have.

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    Cheers,

    Bob

    My Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bobs_retired_now/

  • Bob, We heard another story today about the Peregrines at Symonds Yat Rock. A certain bird of prey person told us that the male, thought to be from that nest, had been shot last autumn and taken to the nearest bird of prey hospital where it died after 2 days. Both stories might be true, or not (who can say?) but it might involve a new male, perhaps. Hope we meet another volunteer on another day to hear the real (or another?) story. I still think if the Geese story is true that it would sound a bit more plausible if the Geese were Egyptian Geese, but again, just speculation.

    Kind regards, 

    Ann

  • In reply to Gardenbirder:

    Gardenbirder said:
    Bob, We heard another story today about the Peregrines at Symonds Yat Rock. A certain bird of prey person told us that the male, thought to be from that nest, had been shot last autumn and taken to the nearest bird of prey hospital where it died after 2 days. Both stories might be true, or not (who can say?) but it might involve a new male, perhaps. Hope we meet another volunteer on another day to hear the real (or another?) story. I still think if the Geese story is true that it would sound a bit more plausible if the Geese were Egyptian Geese, but again, just speculation.

    Dont forget Chepstow

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    Cheers,

    Bob

    My Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bobs_retired_now/

  • In reply to Bobs_Still_Retired:

    Bobs_Still_Retired said:

    What big feet Curlew chicks have.

    If it were a dog, big feet = big dog!

    Nice pic, as with the others, particularly the lapwing.

    Mike

    Flickr Peak Rambler