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....starlings.

Discussion in 'General chit chat' started by the logun-ator, Jan 22, 2020.

  1. the logun-ator

    the logun-ator "can i,? wey aye man!"

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    No.not shooting them :)
    Sitting in me front garden sipping a cup of tea.there's one 20ft above in a tree.
    Out of all the birds that knock round here they must have the largest selection of "noises" that birds can make.
    They squeak.squark.chirp.warble.wobble.whistle.click it's funny how the older you get the more you enjoy the little things...oh and to top it off it's just pooped on me dog.nice.
     
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    They are good mimics, not far behind minor birds.

    Bb
     
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    In my Wildfowling days you could shoot them. We trained a gun dog (f--king useless thing) by shooting starlings by the bucket load. My garden gate (mate) had a 10g s/s shotgun, one shot and it rained starlings which we tried to get Rex into the water, would he go? like f??k, I ended up throwing the damned dog into the creek, he learnt. Had a hard mouth though, the damned ducks came back half eaten0.
    Why starlings are protected beats the hell outta me.
     
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    Blue BSA Keyboard Hero

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    We had one locally used to sing like a blackbird.

    I am glad their numbers are recovering a bit.
     
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    Recovering a bit?? We’re over run with the flamin’ things where I live year on year, and they nick all the food I put out for the small birds. Also, they’re trying to find nesting places now...under the facia boards on my roof. :facepalm:
     
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    Resident starlings had a massive decline in numbers, most of the ones we see here are migrants from Eastern Europe that stay for the winter and then leave. Google "murmurations on Somerset Levels", I see that quite often.
     
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    TrickyDicky Life in the slow lane

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    I like all the common birds that frequent the garden (excepting woodies) i have been working in the garden in the last few day and due to the nice weather lots of birds are busy singing and trying to attract a mate really nice to hear...we had a whole flock of long tailed tits in the garden this morning looking for insects must have been at least ten of them not seen that many before.
     
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    We used to have dozens if not hundreds in the garden as a kid, I haven't seen one in my garden for years or anywhere near, I am seeing a lot of finches lately though as I've put feeders out for the small birds and they perch under the bargeboard of my shed roof nipping back and forth to the feeders and they're completely protected from predators above and the rain while they eat and chill.

    It's nice, yes funny how you start appreciate the small things as you get older. :up:
     
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    I appreciate mine every day Steve, despite peeing on four fingers every bloody time :confused:
     
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    I’ve lived where I am now for 20 years and haven’t ever seen one locally. Seems strange as others have said, growing up they were everywhere.
     
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    the logun-ator "can i,? wey aye man!"

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    in my early teens,mid 80's,we used to shoot on the staiths by our local power station.those days you could take our springers anywhere without armed police spoiling it like they would today
    anyhoo,there were some massive cranes there and i poop you not the 'stashys' roosted there ....and there were 1000's infact 10s of 1000s like above vid.there were just a sea of 'stinkers',wave after wave of the b*****s.
    but yea there pretty much gone up this end.we occasionally see the odd lot of the phone lines opposite the old folks homes,like a scene from the film BIRDS.
     
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    One of the best things about Somerset, as a kid I lived out at Huntworth and would see the groups on a regular basis. It's mesmerising watching them with a fab sunset, sometimes there were so many that it definitely change the colour of the sky............dom
     
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    we've had them nesting in our roof for years house was built in 1890 so no facias to contend with lol
     
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    I grew up in Essex and remember seeing clouds of thousands swirling and swooping around the sky before coming in to roost.

    Now if anyone sees a hundred, it's an event.
     
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    Horrible things that bully other birds away from food and yank others young from nests so they can use it without having to build one themselves. I saw it happen many times in Kent. As a lad in the 70's and 80's, me and my farmer's son mate had the job of shooting them in the barns and around the yard during a lot of our Summer holidays. They would sit and squirt everywhere, worse than feral pigeons and would paint things white like his tractors and combine.

    We used to see regular twilight sky patterns before diving to roost around the marshes in Kent certain times of the year, but less in recent years. Here in the Borders they seem more localised, we hardly ever see them around our woodland house but we have seen them swarming before twilight only 8 miles nearer the coast.
     
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    you can see huge murmurations still in essex
     
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    Yep, saw one this morning as the light came in at work, about a couple of hundred or so I reckon... :thumb:
     
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    We’ve got loads here. They were in the trees in the garden the other week and I did an audio clip of them on my phone, they were so loud. Very nice to hear and see them.

    We’ve got owls, woodpeckers, buzzards and the usual small garden birds around us too. Living alongside farmers fields and orchards helps with the wildlife :)
     
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