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Birds, Insects & Bats in flight (outdoors) Page 21

Image Taken on 06 Sep 2007 at 21:50    Image of day on 08 Oct 2007

We often see mice in positions we can't see they can land properly from, and now we see that sometimes they don't.

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Image Taken on 06 Jul 2020 at 10:51    Image of day on 13 Aug 2020

We do enjoy these 'Fox & Cubs' flowers self-set around the house and providing flashes of brilliant orange. The insects like them too.

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Image Taken on 01 Nov 2022 at 05:16    Image of day on 02 Dec 2022

Most creatures enter at the south straight down into the ditch. For some reason this Fox slinks behind the tree to cross the ditch a few metres to the right.

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Image of day on 18 Mar 2005

First 'sighting' of a frog here this year would be this fun if rather inelegant image.

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Image Taken on 27 Jul 2011 at 13:40    Image of day on 05 Sep 2011

This pair didn't have it all their own way - another individual (probably a male) fluttered around them but they ignored him.

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Image Taken on 25 Mar 2016 at 12:31    Image of day on 27 Apr 2016

A few hours after the Buzzards found a nearby thermal, this glider spirals up in a thermal on the sun-facing slope to our south.

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Image Taken on 24 Jun 2015 at 12:39    Image of day on 27 Aug 2015

This glider appeared in a Thermal. Taking a frame about every 2 seconds we hoped to produce an accurate montage. But it would have been as wide as a desk so we have contracted the gaps and simply softened the cloud discontinuities. The Green arrow is the first exposure, moving counter clockwise.

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Image of day on 24 Sep 2005

Gliders are among the more welcome aerial visitors being quiet and graceful, unlike helicopters on their way to Silverstone Racetrack and the military Chinooks which shake the whole house. On 8 August we saw a series of about 40 gliders gaining height in a local thermal.

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Image Taken on 29 Oct 2017 at 11:07    Image of day on 07 Dec 2017

A few fleeting glimpses of Goldfinches is augmented by this self portrait as one comes in to land.

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Image Taken on 14 May 2018 at 14:53    Image of day on 28 Jun 2018

Goldfinches have done well this year, through we haven't spotted any of the nests. The fluffy down in the beak was put down on the branch and left there as the bird flew off.

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Image Taken on 22 Sep 2014 at 13:08    Image of day on 01 Dec 2014

A couple of juvenile Swallows perched on main electricity cables for what must have been a late brood for these youngsters to be waiting to be fed - supplementary feeding 'on the wing' is more typical for this time of year. Here one of the Juvenile Swallows was briefly joined by a Goldfinch landing on the wire.

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Image Taken on 07 Sep 2013 at 08:02    Image of day on 14 Nov 2013

An adult Great Black-backed gull flying ahead of a juvenile.

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Image Taken on 04 May 2013 at 15:26    Image of day on 17 Jun 2013

The plethora of gulls (mostly Black-headed) that descended for the harrowing and sowing of the surrounding field have gone, but this great Black-backed Gull made a nice flyby showing both sides of his wings nicely lit.

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Image Taken on 07 Sep 2013 at 08:02    Image of day on 14 Nov 2013

This gull was following the adult Great Black-backed gull shown above, and we assume from size and general appearance that it must be a juvenile.

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Image Taken on 02 Nov 2015 at 13:02    Image of day on 23 Dec 2015

This female Great Spotted Woodpecker looks lovely and clean after her moult as she flies past the kitchen window.

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Image Taken on 10 Dec 2019 at 15:21    Image of day on 11 Jan 2020

A female Great Spotted Woodpecker flies from the kitchen feeder/perch.

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Image Taken on 05 Apr 2009 at 19:20    Image of day on 04 May 2009

There are a pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers visiting various places around the house. Do hope they are breeding somewhere near.

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Image Taken on 10 Jun 2011 at 06:38    Image of day on 13 Jul 2011

40 minutes later the mother Great Spotted Woodpecker defends her place from aggressor male starling.

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Image Taken on 19 Jun 2019 at 14:32    Image of day on 30 Jul 2019

We have lost count of the Great Spotted Woodpecker juveniles, now with the full spread from 'Feed Me' to 'I'll Feed Myself' including the 'I'll accept what's offered but find my own as well'.

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Image Taken on 26 Jul 2022 at 19:34    Image of day on 09 Sep 2022

We no longer see much of Great Spotted Woodpeckers on feeders near the house - at this time of year there is masses of 'natural' food available. But this juvenile sweeps in with aplomb to check out the hedge bottom.

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