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Avian observations

Postby Splitpin » Wed Oct 14, 2020 6:35 pm

At the moment Im on a really odd shift that sees me up at 0430 , but home at 1500 latest ....the trouble is, by the time its 1800, it feels like ...well, much later to me, and I cant stay awake ....but, the birds dont know anything about shift work.
I cook rice for them , and they expect it <_< But, when Im home early ..... which feels late for me at the moment, they get confused, as do I.
Anyway.... it must be spring, because today 95% of the sparrows were males....dozens of them. So Im picturing all the lady sparrows sitting on thier eggs, while the guys land in my garden.
Also noted a couple of unusual visitors ...a Chaffinch and a couple of Red Polls .... just saying.
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Re: Avian observations

Postby Charl » Wed Oct 14, 2020 7:24 pm

We have a male sparrow sitting on a bough, chirping nonstop.
I had thought he was trying to attract a girl, and failing the voice test.
Maybe he already has, as you suggest, a mate on egg.

Meantime, the Kookaburras have moved on down the valley and given this little fella a gap to fish my pond.
He's very tricky to photograph, as he doesn't hang about if he spots you.
This was a 20x zoom and a deep breath.

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Re: Avian observations

Postby Naki » Wed Oct 14, 2020 7:42 pm

Kookaburras? Or have you moved to Australia?
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Re: Avian observations

Postby Charl » Wed Oct 14, 2020 8:33 pm

Nope they are very much here in NZ, and there is no mistaking their call!
Maybe someone brought a pet and set it free... some bright spark did just that to start the Auckland Rosella population.
Around here, people with orchards poison them. A shame as they are really beautiful.
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Re: Avian observations

Postby emfrat » Wed Oct 14, 2020 8:45 pm

In the last couple of weeks, the dawn chorus here has been brilliant, with a distant kookaburra joining in. I have found the best way to get it to call is to stop the recording :rolleyes:
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Re: Avian observations

Postby Charl » Thu Oct 15, 2020 8:14 am

:lol: :lol: I found the best way to stop my little Kingfisher from doing its dip 'n dive was to START recording!
NOTAM: abovementioned sparrow has found and inseminated (in front of witnesses!) a low-ranking last of the season female.
Now they will laboriously build a nest in the piece of end guttering that I laboriously clean out every winter. :P
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Re: Avian observations

Postby emfrat » Thu Oct 15, 2020 9:47 am

A pair of Masked Lapwings set up house in my yard last week. Only seen one egg so far, but there are probably four by now.

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Re: Avian observations

Postby Charl » Thu Oct 15, 2020 7:33 pm

Time to mow the lawn, Mike :D
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Re: Avian observations

Postby emfrat » Thu Oct 15, 2020 8:53 pm

Lawn? What lawn? :lol:
But there's a La Nina coming, so it might want mowing around Christmas.
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Re: Avian observations

Postby Splitpin » Fri Oct 16, 2020 5:58 pm

Mike ...over here, those little things are known as "Spur-winged Plovers" I've got them nesting on my sports field at school ..... aggressive little things.
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Re: Avian observations

Postby Splitpin » Fri Oct 16, 2020 6:08 pm

Back to the Sparrows if I may.....I will anyway :P
It must have been ladies night last night(in Sparrow land) because ...ALL.. the sparrows, were female.
But, just an addon to this ... this afternoon while driving home, I noticed on a lake.... a bunch...clump...whatever, of young Swans with their Parents...cold as it is down here, it is most definitely spring.
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Re: Avian observations

Postby Charl » Fri Oct 16, 2020 6:47 pm

A Clump of Cygnets... has a ring to it don't you think?
I am still trying to get a flying clip of my little Kingfisher friend.
So far he has used up an entire memory card.
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Re: Avian observations

Postby emfrat » Fri Oct 16, 2020 8:27 pm

Splitpin wrote:Mike ...over here, those little things are known as "Spur-winged Plovers" I've got them nesting on my sports field at school ..... aggressive little things.


Cheers, Marty - that's the common name for them on this side of the ditch, too. They're mostly bluff and bluster, and they have a rounded bill. The magpie is the one you need to watch out for. I wouldn't be at all surprised if it was a magpie that killed the two little fluffballs that hatched last year.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-10-15/ ... d/12767868
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Re: Avian observations

Postby Splitpin » Mon Oct 19, 2020 6:27 pm

Charl wrote:A Clump of Cygnets... has a ring to it don't you think?
I am still trying to get a flying clip of my little Kingfisher friend.
So far he has used up an entire memory card.


Charl, that's a lovely photo.
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