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Old January 10th, 2011, 01:52 PM   #41
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Great to see the Mute Swan thriving in the city
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Old January 10th, 2011, 08:55 PM   #42
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Seal washed up on Formby beach.

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Old January 10th, 2011, 09:08 PM   #43
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Formby beach. Shark fish?

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Old January 10th, 2011, 10:07 PM   #44
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Sefton Park. Rook or Crow?

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Old January 10th, 2011, 10:26 PM   #45
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Great stuff Jane. The Seal will probably one from Hilbre . The bird is a Jackdaw,excellent pic(the pale eye colour is the identifier there)

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Old January 11th, 2011, 11:06 AM   #46
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Formby beach. Shark fish?
Looks like a Tope - 'Galeorhinus galeus'
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Old January 16th, 2011, 10:16 PM   #47
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Birders and Twitchers.

Just in case anyone's interested there is a difference and i'd be insulted if i was called a Twitcher Apologies to anyone viewing this who might be of the aforementioned Twitchers are more like collectors,hunters even. The thrill of the chase is an intrinsic part of their hobby. They might only see the bird for a fleeting second and have travelled hundreds of miles in the process. To me that is 16 hours or spent driving when i could watching and listening to birds. And the emphasis being on listening. I might walk an hour in country and only see 20 or so birds, but i'll hear a lot more, especially so in woodland where you'll often hear more birds than you see. Identifying birds by their song is one of the great pleasures of birdwatching, twitchers are not allowed a 'tick' for bird song

Colonels, Captains and Corporals.
Next time you see a group of House Sparrows hopping about after some crumbs on the pavement maybe you might look again after reading this. Within that little group is a strict hiearchy, often compared to the military ranks. It's all do with the 'bib' the dark colouring on the bird's chest, the bigger the black area the higher the rank. The highest ranked bird will feed first followed by the lower ranks and this decorum in the pecking order is repeated in the things such as disputes. Boring little drab thing, no way!
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Old January 29th, 2011, 01:20 PM   #48
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An oystercatcher was having none of it and this was as close as I got to this fella before he buggered off into the dock.

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Old January 29th, 2011, 04:19 PM   #49
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Brilliant Joe, that Cormorant will be getting an honourable mention later.
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Old January 29th, 2011, 08:24 PM   #50
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City Centre Birdwatching

Surprisingly there are places to watch birds even in the heart of the city.The best spot is St James's Gardens/Cemetery. This is a haven for birds normally only found in suburban parks. Blue Tit, Great Tit, Greenfinch, Chaffinch,along with the more common species such as; Wood Pigeon,Blackbird, Song Thrush,Magpie,House Sparrow. Occasional visitors include;Long-Tailed Tit, Coal Tit,Blackcap and Goldfinch.

Over on the waterfront,the docks have small numbers of Coot, Moorhen,Tufted Duck, Canada Geese,Mute Swan and has Joe has illustrated above, the Cormorant.

Another little city centre refuge for birds is the Cornwallis Estate, between Lydia Ann St and Park Lane/St James's Rd. Obviously not a place to bring binoculars to. Putting aside the architectural merits or not of the estate, it is a nice surprise for me anyway, to come off Duke st in to a little oasis of birdsong in the Spring. Birds i've either heard or seen here; Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Magpie as well as the more common town species. On a cautionary note, when viisting the estate for whatever reason, don't park there. Due to under provision of parking spaces locally the locals are hostile to 'outsiders' parking there.

The Approach of Spring.

Spring for birders is a bit like Christmas for kids, there's big build up to it Also it starts earlier for birders, when the first birds start breeding, that's late February for the Heron. My favourite description of the harbinger of Spring is Chaucer: " and smale fowles maken melodye" Spring is all about the return of migratory birds. The, Swift, Swallow, Martins but especially the songsters, the Warblers, Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers, Blackcaps etc. Not to forget are resident songsters like the Robin and Wren. Which can be heard almost throughout the year and brighten even the darkest January day. The Wren is the little bird with the huge voice that can be heard almost anywhere.
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Old January 29th, 2011, 08:48 PM   #51
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I remember Mersey Orange posting a picture of a Kingfisher in Liverpool Docks ages ago,apparently the often Winter there.I saw my Barn Owl again yesterday Tom,I'm glad to report it survived the cold spell.
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Old January 29th, 2011, 08:58 PM   #52
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74XPObUCIG4

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The whole of the album Aerial is full of bird song.

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The whole of the album Aerial is full of bird song.
Thanks Jane I'll listen to that,I really like Kate Bush.
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I remember Mersey Orange posting a picture of a Kingfisher in Liverpool Docks ages ago,apparently the often Winter there.I saw my Barn Owl again yesterday Tom,I'm glad to report it survived the cold spell.
Great Paul.
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The whole of the album Aerial is full of bird song.
Thanks Jane.
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Old January 30th, 2011, 02:17 PM   #56
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The whole of the album Aerial is full of bird song.
Nice that Jane. Listened to the prelude and then the prologue in which she sings about "the lark ascending" obviously a little nod to Vaughan Williams. Beautiful as it is, Vaughan Williams's tribute to the Skylark can't approach the real thing.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKz6XJlI_jk
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Old January 31st, 2011, 10:34 AM   #57
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Scandinavian Waxwing spotted in Liverpool
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A SCANDINAVIAN bird rarely seen in the UK caused a stir among twitchers in Liverpool.

Three flocks of waxwings saw excited birdwatchers assemble in a flutter in Scotland Road.

The waxwing – identified by a distinctive crest on its head – only visits the UK when driven from its traditional feeding grounds by a lack of food.

Student Daniel Foy, 29, of Mossley Hill, said: “Waxwings are a rare species and you only see them in over here when the berry crop in Scandinavia has failed.

“They have been seen in Liverpool now and again but it is rare for them to be seen so close to the city centre in such numbers.”
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Old January 31st, 2011, 06:04 PM   #58
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Check this out Paul. Great little blog.
http://southliverpoolbirder.blogspot.com/
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Old January 31st, 2011, 07:33 PM   #59
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Check this out Paul. Great little blog.
http://southliverpoolbirder.blogspot.com/
Some of that seems familiar,I'm sure he posts on John Dempsey's blog in the Echo.Thanks for that,I'll save that page.
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Old January 31st, 2011, 07:44 PM   #60
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It's really good! Thanks for the heads-up.
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