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    26th and 27th January

    The National count of garden birds in your garden if you want to take part the info is here

     

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    Will give it a whirl. Just need a good English/French bird name translator.

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    Will give it a whirl. Just need a good English/French bird name translator.

    This web site can help you Langoustine :

    Birds of France

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    Just what I need, thanks Babeth. :rose:

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    That’s  very useful information Babeth, thank you  :good:

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    Down near to Le Mans many years ago I saw one of these and thought it had escaped from a zoo or something.

    Turned out that it was a common or garden Hoopoe. Apparently quite common.

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    #449682

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    Oh yes, I can remember first time I saw one. I was sitting in the car and have the opportunity to watch it for few minutes having a dust bath, as it didn’t noticed me. Since that, we’re lucky to see one of them stopping in the garden, every year in springtime.

    We’ve got a couple of stoke, stopping and nesting every year in the swamp, South Est Morbihan.

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    Stork Babeth?

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    Yes of course

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    We saw many Hoopoes down in Bergerac when we stayed there on 3 separate occasions.

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    My friends saw one in their garden in Normandy ! Said it was Beautiful!

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    Babeth, I’ve bookmarked that link you posted re the bird names, it’s not only interesting, but also useful for things like crossword clues, thank you. :good:

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    Hope tomorow will be not as windy and wet as today, so I can sit an hour outside and have a chance to count the birds !

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    Today in the garden we’ve had 8 bluetits, a pair of chaffinches, a robin, a pair of great tits, several house sparrows, a wren, what we think is a female linnet, a couple wood pigeons and a pair of magpies flew over I’ll see what happens tomorrow. (Fortunately, we don’t have to go outside!)

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    two hedge sparrows and three herring gulls.

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    We can now add to the above list a greater spotted woodpecker!

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    we hear lots of owls at night but unsure what hoot/shriek belongs to which type  :scratch:

    we were in bed falling asleep a few weeks ago and an owl was hooting loudly just outside the window. i was thinking how lovely to be so close to an owl when E muttered ‘it’s like sleeping in a horror movie!’  :yes:

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    I love earing them too at night, especialy in the summer when the window stays open. We have several little owl, I think barn owls too. In the sumer 2017, I can remember earing during few days an odd noise, a bit like a door squeaking coming from big trees over the road. I went to see, and discover up on a branch of the big oak tree, two babies long eared owl. The mum (or dad) came and have a kind of agressive flight, so I gently came back home …. I was supprised because it was day light, but I suppose they are like human babies, they don’t make a difference between day and night when they are hungry at that age !

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    In one hour :

    2 chaffinchs

    3 greenfinchs

    1 bluetit

    1 robin

    1 pigeon

    lots of seagulls

    hundreds of northen lapwings

    1 magpie

    and lots of starling

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    Love the sight of Lapwings.

    We’ve had, Sparrows, Goldfinches, a Coal Tit, Blackbird, Wood Pigeons and a Collered Dove.

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    I missed this! Always plenty going on out there though, a robin and a great tit were having a huge fight yesterday over three different fat ball feeders, as though there were not enough to go round (robins sit in the top of ours and stuff themselves).

    Love that comment @koat! I adore listening to them all talk to one another. We have lots of barn owls and they nest in the falling down cottage next door. Last summer the Wizards brother was staying in the caravan in our garden when he came back in about 1am to say there was a nest of snakes outside. Went to investigate and it was baby barn owls he could hear, such a funny noise they make.

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    Here is a pic of a lapwing I took today. I didn’t realise before how colorful their wings were

     

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