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Loads of hedge / house sparrows as usual this year, maybe more, even bought a extra and bigger bird bath for them! (Little sods are nesting in my roof/ridge) Theres noticeably less crows hanging round the houses and gardens this year, but i’d say an increase of them along the wood/river at work?! Definitely less swallows at work this year in and around the buildings. Fewer starlings about too. We put feed out for the birds, so get the usual including tits, blackbirds, pigeons etc and do attract the odd pair of goldfinch.
Another strange one this year i’ve seen is a big increase on seagulls overhead, they congregate on a couple of house roofs in particular on the estate, thankfully not mine, as they leave a right mess!
This year i’ve seen four kingfishers up to now in total whilst out along the rivers. Not seen any for years so a real pleasure to see and watch.

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Swallows.... I've seen two - in April.  No martins, no swifts.

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We normally have shed loads ducking and diving about at work, but maybe only a handful this year. Weather changes are certainly creating waves in nature.

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I'm reading a lot of folk reporting drastic reduction in Swallow numbers but there's plenty here. More than usual if anything.

About the only thing I can think of that are less than previous times are Curlew, don't see or hear them much. Anything else I would say numbers have increased over recent years, including all species mentioned in this thread.

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I'm reading a lot of folk reporting drastic reduction in Swallow numbers but there's plenty here. More than usual if anything.
About the only thing I can think of that are less than previous times are Curlew, don't see or hear them much. Anything else I would say numbers have increased over recent years, including all species mentioned in this thread.

Where do you reside Peasgood?

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3 hours ago, Ratman said:

Another strange one this year i’ve seen is a big increase on seagulls

 

 

I guess I see less of these now landfills are managed better and  agricultural activity has decreased.

 

One unusual thing I recently noticed on the canal was a cormorant, I watched it dive four times as I walked the towpath and each time it surfaced with a fair sized fish and swallowed it. That will annoy the anglers.

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1 hour ago, Peasgood said:

I'm reading a lot of folk reporting drastic reduction in Swallow numbers but there's plenty here. More than usual if anything.

About the only thing I can think of that are less than previous times are Curlew, don't see or hear them much. Anything else I would say numbers have increased over recent years, including all species mentioned in this thread.

they catch and eat swallows in Africa - may be 1 reason why they are scarce?

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I guess I see less of these now landfills are managed better and  agricultural activity has decreased.

 

One unusual thing I recently noticed on the canal was a cormorant, I watched it dive four times as I walked the towpath and each time it surfaced with a fair sized fish and swallowed it. That will annoy the anglers.

We get a fair dose of cormorant on the river below work, but there are two dammed sections which creates a slower water coarse so maybe this is why, as fish will prob be easier to catch?

Regards the seagulls, i’m not a huge fan of them, but at the same time i’m not gona wish any harm on them either, but they are bloody noisey, and cheeky!

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13 minutes ago, Paul Cleaver said:

they catch and eat swallows in Africa - may be 1 reason why they are scarce?

Bloody hell not much meat on them

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