Birdies are dissapearing in France

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Unfortunately, not House Sparrows, (vermin)or Magpies, (cannibals).

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A mixed result here in ghetto 22.
We have quite a steady supply of birds, most of which I can't identify. Two lots of pigeons nesting this year, normally just one pair. Bloody magpies as usual. Two or three pair of blackbirds. A really huge crow hanging around waiting for our corn to grow. :x Two pair of robins last year, none this year. Also blue tits are strangely absent and haven't yet seen a wren. Woodpecker working on the other side of the valley not far away, and hearing some owls givin' it some stick some evenings.
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Welcome to the forum. You are right to be proud, such a well lit and clear position. I don't hate any birds, I find Magpies amongst the handsomest and love the Sparrows, Tits and Blackbirds that come to my birdbar outside my window on the terrasse. Even a large Pigeon the other day landed there and seemed to be wondering why he had come, and quickly departed.

Once some years ago a large Heron landed next to the pool in the front garden looking for fish or frogs. There aren't any fish, they have to be dropped from the air by mistake or introduced, and all that is there arrived naturally in the years after I dug it, but if there had been and he had taken one or two, I wouldn't have intervened.

A snake that tried to swallow a frog, unsuccessfully after a great struggle, was not interfered with. Nature, red in tooth and claw. ;) But I was sad for them both at different times and for different reasons. :D

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Up front apology for thread drift but your mention of the snake and the frog reminded me. Back when I was living on my boat I was up early one morning in the cockpit having a coffee and watching the morning wildlife. A heron had managed to grab a small eel and was working hard at trying to get hold of it by one end to swallow it. He did manage it but that wasn't the end of the show. The eel was having none of it and managed to do a U-turn in the heron's neck to make his escape. The Heron didn't give up and I watched this happen twice again before the two of them disappeared down the river.
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lindal1000 wrote:
Wed May 23, 2018 10:58 am
This year the orchids have been superb..plenty of butterflies, but hardly any bees, despite having several hives nearby. Beekeepers report losing many colonies this year. No hirondelles yet either. A few hoopoes...No milipeeds either..
That is down to the killer hornets who prey on the bees to feed to their larvae.
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m\arycrt wrote:
Mon May 11, 2020 7:34 pm
I have a pair of kestrels in the wall of the house and have managed to fit up a live webcam. I feel honoured. There are six eggs - which suggests plentiful food around here. I'm close to the Gironde estuary. When (if) the eggs hatch I'll add more to my Youtube webcam extracts. I must admit to being rather proud of the videos...
Has anyone had successful kestrel families in their property? Please keep your fingers crossed for us. They are such beautiful and patient birds.

The first egg hatched about ten minutes ago. I am so relieved - and moved - by such miracles!

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Saw the first swallows this morning chasing insects I disturbed whilst cutting the field.
Mind you they could have been swifts but difficult to tell when I was in my tractor cab & they were doing very fast fly bys.
They're getting fewer as the years go by so nice to see a couple made it here safely.

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m\arycrt wrote:
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The first egg hatched about ten minutes ago. I am so relieved - and moved - by such miracles!
Lovely, but you switched off just as another was about to hatch. :o
I am pleased to see though that the bit of fluff on the right hand side was just that and being moved by the breeze in the first video. When I first saw it I thought it was a hatchling that had been discarded. :|

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Spardo wrote:
Wed May 13, 2020 12:06 pm
m\arycrt wrote:
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The first egg hatched about ten minutes ago. I am so relieved - and moved - by such miracles!
Lovely, but you switched off just as another was about to hatch. :o
I am pleased to see though that the bit of fluff on the right hand side was just that and being moved by the breeze in the first video. When I first saw it I thought it was a hatchling that had been discarded. :|
Don't worry. There are three fairly sturdy-looking balls of fluff now. I wish I had time to watch every moment - but I do miss quite a lot of drama! However, I'm rather pleased with this extract. Thank you for being interested!

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Update on the kestrel family in my wall. I have a resident blackbird and pied wagtail in the garden. I keep hearing hoopoes - but haven't seen any yet this year. Have others seen them - of got nests?

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