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Something wicked this way comes

Postby Sagitar » Wed Jul 13, 2016 11:46 pm

We had a couple of Magpies in the garden this afternoon. I took some conventional pictures of them, but I thought that these two caught the element of mischief that we associate with these particular birds.

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Re: Something wicked this way comes

Postby CraftsbyCarolyn » Thu Jul 14, 2016 1:24 pm

great pics, thank you for sharing.
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Re: Something wicked this way comes

Postby oceanbreeze » Thu Jul 14, 2016 9:11 pm

Well caught Sagitar! There was always a lot of Magpies in our garden when we lived in Wisteria House, just near you, years ago, and also many when we lived in Arthur Street! Now in North Norfolk the Magpie is a bird rarely seen or heard in our garden! The joys of our pair of Turtle Doves can only be heard as they are most elusive, keeping right of sight, but gracing us with their gentle purr!
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Re: Something wicked this way comes

Postby mickmc » Fri Jul 15, 2016 8:45 am

Has anyone else spotted the red kite that has made an appearance this week, once at the firs and again over my garden?
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Re: Something wicked this way comes

Postby Sagitar » Fri Jul 15, 2016 10:11 am

mickmc wrote:Has anyone else spotted the red kite that has made an appearance this week, once at the firs and again over my garden?


We see Red Kites fairly regularly from our garden; sometimes a single one and sometimes a pair, but they are always flying too high to photograph with any detail.
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Re: Something wicked this way comes

Postby SCRABBLER » Fri Jul 15, 2016 12:28 pm

Magpies are regular visitors to my garden. Red Kites, not so!
Although this morning I had a fairly rare visitor - a young green woodpecker. His feathers had not quite turned the green they should be, but
he had a lovely red feathered head. Peculiar birds - they have such short legs they look as if they are sitting on the grass. Very very shy, and
will fly at the slightest movement. Unfortunately I do not possess the camera skills of Sagitar, so can never capture "the moment".
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Re: Something wicked this way comes

Postby CraftsbyCarolyn » Fri Jul 15, 2016 6:52 pm

I see red kites quite a bit these days, over the park especially.

Green woodpeckers sit at the top of our garden, but not seen one in a while - although they really blend in with the grass. I think they eat the ants - which we seem to have no shortage of.
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Re: Something wicked this way comes

Postby groutman » Sun Jul 17, 2016 10:17 am

mickmc wrote:Has anyone else spotted the red kite that has made an appearance this week, once at the firs and again over my garden?



I saw one near Lockheed Martin, on my way home from work on Friday afternoon.
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