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Friday, 24 May 2013

BIRDS WHO’D HAVE THEM? (24/05/13)

It’s a grand day here but very gusty and cool in a fresh easterly breeze.

KEITH first drew my attention to the actions of a certain estate in Scotland who have been granted permission to destroy Buzzard nests. BOB has all the words and music here.

I wish I knew which estate. Come on RSPB tell us. I’ll be along to help cause more disruption to their shoots, far more than half a dozen Buzzard ever could. What was the RSPB playing at? Probably a Royal estate and they didn’t want to loose the ‘R’.

SPB sounds like a sexually transmitted disease. I hope the management….Sorry. Executives of the RSPB all get the pox. Chicken Pox would do but venereal disease or syphilis would be better.

We went a walk this morning and found this poor gull. _MG_0619 copy    This is a raptor kill and very fresh. I should have gone out when I woke up but it was awfully chilly. I could have got a close up of a raptor. Not a Buzzard kill, they are too lazy. A Sparrow Hawk is my best guess. And a female one to take a gull, the males are too small I would have thought.

_MG_0622 copy  The dogs had a good run. Moll was sick as she drank sea water. Both are pretty wet.

I put the feeders out but as I’m a good three hundred yards from trees or cover I thought it would be a waste of time. Not a bit of it…..the Scottish Sparrow or Siskin as birders call it were soon diving in.

Could Natural England find time to organise the extermination of Siskin? They are chewing yet another set of wiper blades. This a serious safety issue and not one of profit. I could ram one of you with a smeary windscreen. Then all your issue, like the Buzzards would be orphans.

_MG_0627 copy   Naughty bird………

_MG_0630 copy    Who Me?… These are great. Just as beautiful as the Buzzard so Unnatural England please take my previous request as irony.

I hope this post doesn’t set up a new ministership for Siskin Elimination. MSE sounds like another disease. Whilst I’m addressing the top echelons of incompetency could I point out that three wiper blade vehicles are discriminated against. Halfords only sell them in twos and my van takes three. Just like the millionaires that find shooting the slowest and daftest bird entertaining,  my van feels discriminated against.

Have a good Bank Holiday Weekend and place your Pheasant pens under bushes. The evil Buzzard can’t fly through twigs.

18 comments:

  1. I think that gull might have been a victim to something larger then a sparrowhawk, perhaps a Golden Eagle or Peregrine, do take with your dogs in Bonnie Scotland, the favoured killing technique of the raptor haters is Carbufan (I think I spelt that wrong) and a number of dogs have been poisoned in this manner.

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    1. Hopefully an Eagle Douglas. It wasn't there the night before. Eagles seem to hunt early in the day.

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  2. I'm not surprised that Siskin is looking at you! Good shot. Margaret

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    1. Little devils they are Margaret.

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  3. What a cheeky Siskin.

    Enjoy the weekend; and I hope you find somewhere quiet to enjoy it.

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    1. Keith, there are about ten of them.
      It's heaving here. Kids running everywhere. I thought I was far enough off the beaten track to avoid most of the crowds.

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  4. There's always some wise guy who wants to balance nature from his own perspective. Raptors have to eat too. We have peregrine falcons here and they like ducks and pigeons. We also have the little Merlins and they pick something off everyday to feed themselves. Watching the merlin make a kill is a thing of beauty.

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    1. Red, If it were one wise guy things wouldn't be too bad. We have dozens of them.

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  5. Cute little sparrow looking at you there ... be cute while you can ... the next buzzard is just around the corner ... bald eagle in my neck of the woods ... they magnificent, but they also attack my new born calves ... so bullets are flying again in the old corral ... it's a matter of survival of the fittest.

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    1. Cat, Buzzard here are scavengers mostly. They are too lazy to take live prey unless they a very hungry.

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  6. I sympathies with the wiper blades but not because our car has three but because the driver and passenger side blades are of different sizes, so again selling them in pairs isn't much use. Fortunately our local car spares shop (as well as selling red oxide primer for my modelling) sells wiper blades singly so you can buy as many of each size as you need.

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  7. An unexpected visitor :))
    Good details, the bird is beautiful.
    I stay here without your permission :))
    A hug from Béjar. Salamanca.España

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    1. Laura, It's good to see you here.

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  8. I wonder what is it likes from the wipers; seeds? If it eats the rubber it can kill it!

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    1. Maria, they don't eat them. The bigger birds of the crow family just rip them to bits.

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  9. Scottish wildlife MOT inspection !

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