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rowanwitch | 10:03 Fri 27th Mar 2020 | Twitching & Birdwatching
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So far I have managed 37 species from my flat windows if I add in my exercise walks I wonder how many species I can get before the crisis is over.......

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Wow, that’s good.
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Lots of birders here take up the challenge
You'll know the end is nigh when you spot one of these ;-)
https://tinyurl.com/uk72hnr
i bet all the urban birds wonder where everyone's gone ...

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I live in sheltered housing the buzzards were circling this morning
>>> the buzzards were circling this morning

Now why does that make me think of Alfred Hitchcock?

;-)
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The block seems to generate a thermal, they use it to climb, I love hearing them too.
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38 saw the neighbourhood sparrowhawk this afternoon
This came flying along a path at the allotment .. straight at me .. I ducked out of the way as it missed me by inches and then it shot up and landed on the top of the pole .. any idea what is it ?

http://www.upl.co/uploads/1585338942294IMG201909021414592281585339039.jpg
Definitely not a plane or Superman anyway.
looks like a kestrel
It had a wing span of at least then 1.8 metres .. not a kestrel !
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I don't think it was that big,I think it's a female sparrowhawk, they are pretty chunky compared to the males.
Sparrowhawk!
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Today's addition. Mute swan, rare fly by. 39
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Treecreepers on my walk this morning, and lesser spotted woodpecker. 40
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Sorry 41
Just a quick update on the bird I sought identification on earlier in this post. When I said it had a wing span of 1.8m that is what I meant. My footpath is 1mtr. wide and as it approached me it's wings overhung the path on either side.
Earlier today at work we have a visit from someone who visits weekly at this time of the year and upsets the swarms of seagulls that cause many problems on our roofs. He uses a hawk to soar around the roof and this puts them off nesting.
He also takes in and rescues birds of prey, he looks after them, often for life.
When I showed him the image I put in the link above he said ..
''I keep two of those at home they keep my Eagle owl and a few of my Barn owls company ... it's a Common Buzzard''
Can't really dispute it with him, as he has rescued and kept birds of prey for more than 40 years !

https://photos.app.goo.gl/38MSdhQ9H7Ma4YdP8
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Sorry didn't see the whole picture, can see the bird is on a telegraph pole so yes the identification is buzzard. Btw had a nice interaction involving three jackdaws and a slice of cold chicken.... 42

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