First swallow

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Spotted this morning and just before lunch I spent an amazing five minutes watching an osprey hunting over our neighbours' ponds. Five minutes of pure magic in a very crazy world.

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Thank you for the heads-up Stompie. I've just been out to take the perspex covers of the holes in the barn doors for them. :good:

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Stompie wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 2:13 pm
Spotted this morning and just before lunch I spent an amazing five minutes watching an osprey hunting over our neighbours' ponds. Five minutes of pure magic in a very crazy world.
Wow, that’s good news, cheered me up no end. You saw an osprey too - some guys have all the luck. Dry, bright and sunny here in the Vendee with a high of 10 forecast, so I reckon it’ll be a while before we see our first swallow, or swift. Which one normally arrives first?
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I heard the cuckoo yesterday. That just leaves the Golden Oriel still to hear!

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I like the call of the golden oriel especially when walking the dogs in the early morning in woods. It has a sort of "jungle" type call for me. I have managed to spot them/it about 3 times only.

Still no swallows or house martins here yet. Although it is clear and sunny, the wind is vicious. When they do arrive Mme. LG puts trays of mud out, front and back, to aide nest building and repair. Last year was very difficult for them.

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golden oriel - I heard their call in 2007 and 2008, but never again after that :(
I also THINK I saw one flitting from tree to tree. They fly so fast you can easily miss them.
Here the magpies pigeons and seagulls are still in charge, with a few coal tits returning.

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The oriole is incredibly hard to spot for such a bright bird. I've spotted it a couple of times. They seem to like our big poplar trees and their song makes summer come alive!

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Stompie wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 2:13 pm
Spotted this morning and just before lunch I spent an amazing five minutes watching an osprey hunting over our neighbours' ponds. Five minutes of pure magic in a very crazy world.
The last time I saw an Osprey, it was catching a big fish in the Findhorn river where it enters Findhorn Bay. I was about 100 yards away, so in full view, what a sight! (This was in the early seventies, we had yards in those days!) However, this morning, walking the dogs I had an Osprey quartering over our lake and calling - had the ducks very worried - circled several times at about 10 metres but failed to spot a breakfast and set off north-east, still calling. Another to add to our Tick List. :good:
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Crazy Diamond wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 10:38 am
I reckon it’ll be a while before we see our first swallow, or swift. Which one normally arrives first?
The swift, of course :)
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First swallow for us yesterday in 49
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