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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2016 3:00 pm    Post subject: Swallows Reply with quote

Anyone seen any swallows yet.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2016 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not yet. Looking out for them every day.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2016 3:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nope.

(Reminds me. I must get out my Hawk Kite.) Very Happy

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2016 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did you know that up to 55 million birds are killed every year and its not because of loss of habitat or poisoning but due to the Cats (I hate cats)
http://www.rspb.org.uk/makeahomeforwildlife/advice/gardening/unwantedvisitors/cats/birddeclines.aspx

Did you know that in 1916 Getting in and out of Phoenix Park became difficult during the Easter Rising and meat ran out. In order to keep the lions and tigers fed, some of the other animals in the zoo were killed! More cats... i wonder did they eat the flimingos and ostriches.
http://www.dublinzoo.ie/142/Zoo-History.aspx
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2016 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Let me proudly be the first. Two swallows in the shed this evening busy inspecting last year's nest. Welcome to the sunny south east, aye it is definitely better down south. They should make Donegal/Fermanagh by June!!!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2016 6:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thats great now for the Cuckoo and Corncrake.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2016 6:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Haven't heard a Corncrake for donkeys' years. Sad

There's a cuckoo in the same spot for at least 30 years in some trees down the road from us. (Hardly the same cuckoo, though).

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2016 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

tagwex wrote:
Let me proudly be the first. Two swallows in the shed this evening busy inspecting last year's nest. Welcome to the sunny south east, aye it is definitely better down south. They should make Donegal/Fermanagh by June!!!
For once I have to agree. Our swallows don't normally arrive until second or even third week in April. They were late last year. But whenever they arrive it really lifts the spirits.

I just hope OH remembers to keep his shed door closed. The birds nested in there last year - what a mess! We have cats and I had to rig up a screen door to keep cats out while allowing birds in. Good grief, that was a faff!

Greengage - while we do lose an occasional bird to our two hunters (the other two couldn't care less) our cat-proof feeders and 8 bird boxes (including a new one for the swallows) mean we have far more birds in our garden, including some uncommon ones, than any of our neighbours who don't have cats. Something we don't have, that they do, is rats!

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2016 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"For once"???????
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2016 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes!!!!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2016 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's harsh....
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2016 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

tagwex wrote:
That's harsh....


What is....being in agreement or its only the once Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2016 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So you lure the birds to the garden and reduce you feed bill for cats and you have no rats or you have never seen rats in your garden.
http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/ireland-faces-plague-of-super-rats-over-the-winter-months-34232749.html
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2016 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You always manage to get in a good dart Keeks!!!
The fact she claims to only have agreed with me once. Do you know that last week I travelled over 200 miles to extend the hand of friendship to Fermanagh (and to cadge a mug of taaaaay in her coffee house) and she wasn't even there at the prearranged time!!!

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2016 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can't wait for mine to come. Also the crows and rooks are really nesting high this year. We've always been told a sign of a good summer
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