Archive for the ‘Ornithology’ Category

Breakfast Visitor

Many thanks to David G for this amazing series of pictures of a robin visiting his garden.

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Cuckoo!

On a walk this morning over Bletch Brook I heard a cuckoo calling, I must admit it’s the first for a very long time in this area I have heard.

David S

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Bird ID Please

I have been visited by this bird in my garden at Gibbons Bank over the
last 2 days- it sits very still for a long time. Can anyone identify it?

Martin C

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Swallows Back at Alsop

We received this yesterday from Alsop:

On this day exactly a year ago I reported in these pages spotting the first swallows of 2019. Earlier this evening, I spotted a pair (a male & a female) hawking above Church and Manor Farms up at Alsop en le Dale. It was a joy, as ever, to see their creamy breasts catching the golden light of the setting Sun as they performed their beautiful acrobatics in pursuit of their quarry. Of course, they have returned to a (temporarily) very different England. It was unthinkable a year ago that we’d be facing a pandemic such as this, but here we are.
A sign of continuity and renewal, the swallows’ return traditionally signal better things to come, and I hope you will not mind my re-posting a comment I made last year at this time:
Throughout his long life, my late father (Tideswell family) looked forward to swallows returning in the Spring following their annual epic journey home from sub-Saharan Africa. As a child, I remember him watching the skies around this time of year and, having spotted the first, announcing with a happy smile: “Swallers are back!”. Now he is gone, I make a point every year of whispering on his behalf, and with the inevitable tear: “welcome back”, to the Swallers.
Stay safe and well everyone.
Anthony C

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Unusual Garden Visitors

Thanks to David G for this lovely shot of some visiting birds

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Confirmation of Early Curlews

Thank you to JFS who thinks David S is correct in suggesting that this year’s curlews are early. Here are JFS’s photos of the previous years early arrivals on 12 March 2019, 25 March 2018 and 13 March 2017

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Curlews are Back!

Curlews on Port Meadow,  early this year, is that a good sign??
David S

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JFS.

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Thanks to John F-S for these great shots

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Sleepy Chick

‘The sun is out I’m fed and watered, now I just want to sleep’ Another fabulous shot from David G

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Egret?

This is a not very good photo of what I think must be an egret which flew from the brook when I startled it. Has anyone else seen it?

 

Fiona H

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Proud Mum

Photos by David G

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Welcome Back Parwich Swallows

Thank you to the ever vigilant JFS who will no doubt also be taking up summer residence at the pond along with the swallows

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Swallows at Alsop

Sent to us last night, first again Anthony C!
Spotted two earlier this evening, hawking above Church and Manor Farms at Alsop en le Dale.
Throughout his long life, my late Father (Tideswell family) looked forward to swallows returning in the Spring following their annual epic journey home from sub-Saharan Africa. As a child, I remember him watching the skies around this time of year and, having spotted the first, announcing with a happy smile: “Swallers are back!”.
Now he is gone, I make a point of whispering on his behalf, (and with the inevitable tear): “welcome back”, to the Swallers.
Anthony C

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Thank You Parwich

What a wonderful show on Monday. Thanks to the villagers for being so welcoming. Mary Wilde

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Curlews arrive in Port Meadow

Today if not seen before there was curlews in port meadow, the twitchers won’t know where to go first, or which way to turn.

David S

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A Dramatic Spectacle

Thousands of starlings gathered around the giant horse chestnut in the churchyard this evening,  the beginning  of a dramatic murmuration difficult to capture because their speed of flight. They have been congregating for the last three or four days.

Richard Tresidder

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Spot the Owl, no. 2

Seeing Bob’s photos inspired me to take my camera out today and here’s the result – spot the owl competition no. 2. This one is somewhat easier than number 1!
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A Spot of Bird Watching

Thank you Cheryl W for sending in the photos taken by Bob

 

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Spot the Owl

In the tradition of the once popular Spot the Ball games here’s our very own variation Spot the Owl.

Can you spot the Barn Owl captured by iphone this afternoon near Newton Grange on the Tissington Trail? (Come back John F-S!)

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Swallow Sighting

A few days later than the previous two years (snow probably) I’ve just spotted three swallows flying high above Dam Lane at Alsop!Can it be possible that Spring is here at last?

Anthony C

 

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Curlews

Thank you John F-S for sending in photos of the Curlews near Parwich

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Dog owners asked to keep pets under close control in countryside

Dog owners are urged to keep their pets on short leads to protect wildlife in the Peak District National Park. During the breeding season of spring and early summer, new-born lambs and ground-nesting birds, such as lapwing, curlew and snipe, are particularly vulnerable to harm from dogs roaming free or on long leads.

By law, dogs must be under control on public rights of way and on a short lead on open access land from March 1 to July 31. In fields containing farm animals and nesting birds, it is sensible to keep dogs on leads.

Peak District National Park access and rights of way manager Mike Rhodes said: “Walking a dog is one of the joys of being in the countryside, but we need all dog owners to keep their pets under proper control during this sensitive time, which usually means being on a short lead. Ground nesting birds are particularly at risk, while sheep and lambs can also be badly injured or killed by uncontrolled dogs. For its own safety, never let a dog approach or chase farm animals or wildlife – your dog could get kicked, trampled or lost and it could be legally shot for chasing farm animals. It is not a legal requirement to use a lead on public paths, but you should be extra vigilant in the breeding season and always use a lead if you can’t rely on your dog’s obedience.”

Dogs are not allowed at all on some moors to protect sensitive breeding sites – and signs will indicate this on site.

To report incidents involving dogs on farmland or moors, call the police on 101. To ask for signs to go up in problem areas, please contact Peak District National Park on 01629 816200 (weekdays).

More advice can be found in the Countryside Code at www.naturalengland.org.uk/countrysidecode

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First Sighting of Curlews

The Curlews have landed in Port Meadow, a herd of 10 this morning in the field, which over the next week or so should hopefully increase.

Its amazing how they choose to mass in this one field continuously year on year before going to their nesting grounds in pairs, it also shows their resilience to changes in farming the land, its great to see.

Any signs of spring yet???  David S

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Lawncreeper

It has been a tough time for the local wildlife during the snow storms. This little treecreeper is continuing to feed off fallen sunflower hearts on our lawn, I’ve never witnessed behavior like this before.

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Robin

Beautiful Bobbin Robin by Carol S

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Garden Visitors

David G has had a beautiful Redwing visit his garden this morning. Thank you for sending in the photos David.

There are chances we may see more unusual visitors in our gardens with the bad weather.

Lucky David has also had a Goldcrest visiting his feeder today, poor things must be so cold out there tonight!

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On it’s Way to Parwich Birdwatch?

Bradbourne buzzard. Not  quite  in  the  catchment  area  for  your  wildlife  survey- but  took  off  in  a  westerly  direction ! John L

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The Annual Parwich Garden Bird Watch

The 27th – 29th January 2018 is the RSPB’s annual Big Garden Birdwatch. To take part in the official RSPB survey Click here

Or alternatively take part in the Parwich wildlife survey and log your bird and wildlife sightings in Alsop, Ballidon, Pikehall and Parwich over the 27th – 29th January weekend by adding your observations to the comments at the bottom of this post.

After recent sightings of ring-necked parakeets in the village who knows what you may discover.

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The Annual Parwich Garden Bird Watch

The 27th – 29th January 2018 is the RSPB’s annual Big Garden Birdwatch. To take part in the official RSPB survey Click here

Or alternatively take part in the Parwich wildlife survey and log your bird and wildlife sightings in Alsop, Ballidon, Pikehall and Parwich over the 27th – 29th January weekend by adding your observations to the comments at the bottom of this post.

After recent sightings of ring-necked parakeets in the village who knows what you may discover.

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Woodpecker

Nice to see Great Spotted Woodpeckers on the garden feeder again today.

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The Annual Parwich Garden Bird Watch

The 27th – 29th January 2018 is the RSPB’s annual Big Garden Birdwatch. To take part in the official RSPB survey Click here

Or alternatively take part in the Parwich wildlife survey and log your bird and wildlife sightings in Alsop, Ballidon, Pikehall and Parwich over the 27th – 29th January weekend by adding your observations to the comments at the bottom of this post.

After recent sightings of ring-necked parakeets in the village who knows what you may discover.

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We have received the following information on bird flu form the Derbyshire Association of Local Councils via our Parish Council.

Last winter the UK experienced several outbreaks of avian influenza – better known as bird flu – and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is asking for help to share information in local communities. This highly contagious disease affects birds including chickens, ducks and geese, and can be fatal to them, devastating farmers’ livelihoods. It is just as much of a risk to those with a few chickens in a back garden as to commercial farmers and anyone who keeps chickens, ducks or geese. Defra is asking local councils to share their advice on bird flu in their respective communities, for example on noticeboards using their poster, through social media or in newsletters.

Please help spread the word

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Stonechat

This Stonechat was spotted on the Tissington trail yesterday.

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Green parakeet sighting

Lucy B has contacted us to say that this morning she experienced a random sighting of a bright green parakeet opposite her house.
They are common in London but has anyone ever seen one in our area? Or, has someone lost a pet?
Has anyone else seen it?

Updated later the same day

A pair of ringnecked parakeets (Psittacula krameri) were feasting on yew berries in the church yard this lunch time. Here is a photo of the female. The male did not stand still long enough to photograph him. Presumably they are from the breeding populations in either Manchester or Sheffield touring the countryside. It will be interesting how long they stay. Peter T

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Swallow Ripples

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Thank you John F-S for taking this photo at the Millenium Pond

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Cruise Control

Thank you John F-S for sending in this photo of a heron cruising over the village today.

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Swallows

Thank you John F-S for sending in these swallow photos taken at the Millenium pond.

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Swallow in trouble

Thank you John FS for sending in these photos of a young swallow in trouble, but still being fed by its parents.

 

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Tea Time?

A little robin waits to join its siblings in the big wide world

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Thank you David G for sending in this lovely photo.

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