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5 hours ago, VladimirIlyich said:

Spoiled it all by using that horrible Yank superlative 'awesome.'

 

It's an American bird. I saw loads of them in Oregon.

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13 minutes ago, Strontium said:

 

It's an American bird. I saw loads of them in Oregon.

I'm dying to go to Oregon 

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54 minutes ago, VladimirIlyich said:

The sign was in England. 'Fantastic''Superb''Great' are all worthwhile superlatives.

 

Well perhaps I'm not so keen as you that foreign birds should have to conform to British norms!

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8 hours ago, Strontium said:

 

Well perhaps I'm not so keen as you that foreign birds should have to conform to British norms!

I bet he writes angry letters to the Daily Mail asking when the Government are going to stop all these migrant birds coming over here.

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I’m up in the lakes this week with my missus and my little girl and we went for a walk that ended at an Osprey viewing location and we reckon we saw one in the top of a tree nearby through our fairly shit binoculars. Good times

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On 12/04/2022 at 14:05, Strontium said:

 

Well perhaps I'm not so keen as you that foreign birds should have to conform to British norms!

As the birds can only be understood by other feathered types we can stick to using human interactions. I am gutted the Brexit never kept out these 'forrern tipes' too. I want to change my vote.

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There’s a little bird who comes a calling. To my shame I don’t know what kind it is. Taps it’s beak against the window. I get the feeling it’s trying to tell me something. There’s so much about the world we don’t understand or don’t allow ourselves to believe. 
 

I went with the dog to a small wood earlier. The bluebells are out and we were the only ones there. Is there a better sound than birdsong on a beautiful spring morning? I call it Wellbeing Wood. It’s a magical place. 

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On 01/05/2022 at 12:50, YorkshireRed said:

There’s a little bird who comes a calling. To my shame I don’t know what kind it is. Taps it’s beak against the window. I get the feeling it’s trying to tell me something. There’s so much about the world we don’t understand or don’t allow ourselves to believe. 
 

I went with the dog to a small wood earlier. The bluebells are out and we were the only ones there. Is there a better sound than birdsong on a beautiful spring morning? I call it Wellbeing Wood. It’s a magical place. 

There used to be quiet places by ours when I was a teenager but everywhere has fuckin houses on it now and I doubt dog walkers could find any of those serene spots any more.

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3 minutes ago, VladimirIlyich said:

There used to be quiet places by ours when I was a teenager but everywhere has fuckin houses on it now and I doubt dog walkers could find any of those serene spots any more.

Yes, it’s a real shame. This particular wood has had houses encroaching on it, slowly but surely, over the last ten years or so. I would be devastated if it finally succumbs. In part for me and my dog, but mainly for those that come after us. We are not leaving this world a better place.  

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36 minutes ago, VladimirIlyich said:

There used to be quiet places by ours when I was a teenager but everywhere has fuckin houses on it now and I doubt dog walkers could find any of those serene spots any more.

I’m getting fuck all in my garden now. Houses being built at the front and a couple of cats moving in next door but one appear to have been the final nail in the coffin. 
 

I went to Burton mere on Sunday though which was a decent walk with tonnes of wading birds, warblers and even had a good display from a Marsh Harrier which was pretty cool. 
 

I compensated for my nerdiness by having about 8 or 9 beers later on that evening. 

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59 minutes ago, YorkshireRed said:

Yes, it’s a real shame. This particular wood has had houses encroaching on it, slowly but surely, over the last ten years or so. I would be devastated if it finally succumbs. In part for me and my dog, but mainly for those that come after us. We are not leaving this world a better place.  

A lot of street names in Surrey are named after what used to be there but was flattened to build house or golf courses, farmhouse close, forest drive, pine views, chestnut hill, the warren, the rookery etc etc. It’s very poignant once you notice it. 

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On 01/05/2022 at 12:50, YorkshireRed said:

There’s a little bird who comes a calling. To my shame I don’t know what kind it is. Taps it’s beak against the window. I get the feeling it’s trying to tell me something. There’s so much about the world we don’t understand or don’t allow ourselves to believe. 
 

I went with the dog to a small wood earlier. The bluebells are out and we were the only ones there. Is there a better sound than birdsong on a beautiful spring morning? I call it Wellbeing Wood. It’s a magical place. 

Were you “looking for badgers” as the defence maintains ? 

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I went the shops yesterday evening to a right racket. I looked up and there was a 10 on 10 fight between crows and sea gulls. It was like a scene out of the birds. I even put my keys in between my fingers, in case one of them dive bombed me and I had to throw a punch.

 

Not seen it before. 

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We need to talk about seagulls.

 

They no longer live by the sea any more. (Probably because there’s no fish in the sea and they can get stuck into plenty of pasty’s and sausage rolls further inland)
 

The other morning I woke up and thought I was on the Pembrokeshire coast, there was one on my roof (I live in the centre of the universe, Mid-Cheshire) and at least two others flying around the street making a holy racket. 
 

Today I drove to work in Runcorn and there were hundreds and hundreds circling around from Frodsham right into the site, I think they’re planning some kind of takeover and if they want it there’s fuck all we can do about it. The twats. 

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44 minutes ago, TheBitch said:

We need to talk about seagulls.

 

They no longer live by the sea any more. (Probably because there’s no fish in the sea and they can get stuck into plenty of pasty’s and sausage rolls further inland)
 

The other morning I woke up and thought I was on the Pembrokeshire coast, there was one on my roof (I live in the centre of the universe, Mid-Cheshire) and at least two others flying around the street making a holy racket. 
 

Today I drove to work in Runcorn and there were hundreds and hundreds circling around from Frodsham right into the site, I think they’re planning some kind of takeover and if they want it there’s fuck all we can do about it. The twats. 

Geese are even worse,fuckers.

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Just now, TheBitch said:

Disagree. 
 

The geese don’t appear to have the numbers or want for a takeover. The ‘gulls do. 

You haven't visited enough ponds and lakes. The Seagulls manor might be the beaches and seaside towns but go near the freshwater and they are getting a right good kicking. Gulls v Geese is the next turf war,well water anyway.

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Got another duck nesting in our garden again. I dont know if she's the same one, they all look similar to me, but, it's the 4th time a duck has laid her eggs in the approximately 16" square plastic planter hidden behind some grow bags the old girl wont let me throw away!

 

We have to watch for the chicks running round the garden trying to get out with the duck, then, nip out and open the side gate as a way out. Then we 'escort' them out the cul de sac and across the road for them to get in the nearest pond.

 

Poor buggers dont seem to last long as the gulls or heron pick them off.

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