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Ornithology & Bird watching in Stafford

Discussion in 'Stafford Chat' started by gon2seed, Mar 30, 2012.

  1. JTL85

    JTL85 Well-Known Forumite

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    Peregrines seem to have made Stafford their permanent residence. Noisily spending a lot of time at the red building.
     
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  2. tek-monkey

    tek-monkey wanna see my snake?

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    Yeah, I hear them most lunchtimes. Good supply of food I guess!
     
  3. The Hawk

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    At the Derby cathedral site, over a period of a few years, they kept a record of the prey taken by Peregrines at that site. This is the list of prey identified between 2005 and 2008:

    mallard - teal - gadwall - ruddy & tufted ducks
    woodcock - common & jack snipe - dunlin - knot
    redshank - lapwing - golden plover
    bar & black tailed godwit - whimbrel - turnstone
    quail - water rail - little grebe - moorhen
    common & arctic tern - black headed gull
    jay - jackdaw - crow - magpie - pied wagtail
    swift - little owl - fieldfare - redwing - blackbird
    song & mistle thrush - great spotted woodpecker
    robin - skylark - chaffinch - goldfinch - starling
    wood pigeon - feral pigeon - collared dove - waxwing
    and one brown rat!


    Elsewhere, across the Bristol, Bath & Exeter sites, prey taken was analysed as:

    Pigeons and doves 47%
    Sparrows, finches and buntings 10%
    Thrushes 10%
    Starlings 9%
    Waders 7%
    Ducks 3%
    Gulls and terns 2%
    Swifts and hirundines 2%
    Others 10%

    So, I would imagine that Stafford's Peregrines dine similarly, as above.
     
  4. tek-monkey

    tek-monkey wanna see my snake?

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    Ducks?!?!?! Fair play to them, I was impressed when one flew past with a pigeon twice its size.
     
  5. The Hawk

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    Peregrines, like many other birds of prey, have evolved so that the females are larger than the males. This means that they are going after different sized prey, in the main.

    So, less competition between the males and females and, of course, it means there is a wider range of prey available for them to collect for the young.
     
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    The more of the carrion species they take, he better. Numbers of them must be devestating the population of smaller birds.
     
  7. tek-monkey

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    If only they hunted cats!
     
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  8. The Hawk

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    There's probably only two species of bird in the UK that would take a cat, and then very, very rarely; one is the Golden Eagle and the other is the European Eagle Owl.

    Most attacks, by birds on cats, are simply to frighten them off from breeding territories. Similarly, there are many species that will "attack" humans, when defending territory.

    This was a photo I took In Lancashire a few years back:
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    [​IMG]
     
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    What ever was making the racket in south walls, there's something similar on one of the buildings at Alston/GE making the same noise!
     
  11. Gramaisc

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    We had either kestrels or sparrowhawks in the side of the Tank Shop in the 80s, I have some (paper) photos somewhere.
     
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    This was posing nicely on Doxey Marshes this afternoon:
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  13. proactive

    proactive Behind you with a big stick!

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    Don't let the Good Lord Stafford see that.

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    Sounded like a peregrine had taken up residence over tesco this morning
     
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    Probably going to make a tit of myself but there were two of these in my garden today. Very beautiful in the crisp snow.

    I don't recall seeing one of these before, any ideas what they are and if they are a common sighting in these parts? IMG_4680 - Copy.JPG IMG_4707 - Copy.JPG
     
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    Ahh! One was in my garden yesterday morning, cat nearly got it as it didnt seem bothered about flying away, jyst hopped around a bit untill it eventually flew off - I thought it was just a dark Thrush..
     
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    Fieldfares have discovered that one of our cotoneaster things has still got berries on it. Happy fieldfares, rapidly vanishing berries.
     
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    There's a really fat one round here. Never seen one before today either.
     

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