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LIZS Mon 30-May-16 20:46:05

Anyone watching? Little Owls look promising characters.

Bassetfeet Mon 30-May-16 21:55:47

They are gorgeous LIZS . Good start to the series . Am a bit concerned about the blue tit single mum and her few nestlings left. sad .

KurriKurri Tue 31-May-16 15:29:07

I love little owls - we get quite a lot round us. I'm also looking forward to the Golden Eagles.

I was surprised at how many eggs sparrow hawks lay - it seemed a lot for a hawk - I'd always assumed they only had one or two young.

The poor little blue tits - no wonder they have to lay so many eggs for any to have a chance.

Minsmere has a fantastic array of wildlife on offer - it is a beautiful reserve.

LIZS Tue 31-May-16 19:27:35

Oh no , they think the sparrowhawk's lunch was the adult swallow!

LIZS Tue 31-May-16 20:37:02

Anyone spotted any puns or song titles yet?

KurriKurri Tue 31-May-16 21:14:08

It was quite brutal tonight !

I'm slightly north of Minsmere but the weather here in EA last night was truly dreadful - I've had branches of trees, and had to get up in the night to secure the wheely bins as they were about to take off. Those poor birds looked so drenched and cold.

I loved the stoat moving her kits from one nest to another - always hope I can see something like that. I've seen weasels doing the 'charming' thing to hypnotise their prey.

Did anyone catch the name of the beautiful white coloured hawk they showed briefly at the end - I think it began with a G.?

KurriKurri Tue 31-May-16 21:17:18

Ah - it was Gyr falcon I think - beautiful.

SlinkyVagabond Tue 31-May-16 21:21:54

Dh saw one in Sth Uist earlier this year.

Bassetfeet Tue 31-May-16 22:12:35

Does Chris Packham hide song titles in the chat? grin.
Yes it was a bit brutal tonight but at least they didn't show the bunnies being eaten by the weasels . Loved that footage too Kurri of her moving her rather large babies .
Golden eagle my favourite as she is so gentle around the eyrie with her baby. Lots of wet bedraggled birds on my fret list though . Hope weather improves .

LIZS Wed 01-Jun-16 20:43:29

Herons sad

dementedma Wed 01-Jun-16 21:47:49

Adore herons, my favourite bird

SealSong Thu 02-Jun-16 10:53:41

Hello, nice to see a Springwatch thread this year. smile

I love the short films they show from guest presenters, really enjoyed the chap who went to Sanday in the Orkneys - beautiful.
I hope they have a short from John Aitchison again this year - I love his work.

Chris is on fine form this year, he seems more relaxed. He's just recently published his boyhood memoirs, and come out about his depression and Aspergers syndrome, I wonder if that's linked.

Enjoying the stone curlews - strange birds!

SealSong Thu 02-Jun-16 10:55:07

Oh and the golden eagles - stunning! Bit brutal them bringing in a live nest of baby birds for the young eagle to snack from, but that's nature.

SealSong Thu 02-Jun-16 18:49:26

Springwatch unsprung on now, with Maggie Aderin-Pocock, I absolutely adore her smile

LIZS Sat 04-Jun-16 07:10:13

Long tailed tits are fledging!

Bassetfeet Tue 07-Jun-16 19:20:49

Aw the long tail tits fledging smile . Think I read somewhere that as a flock they look after all the fledglings together . The loveliest of twittering these wee birds .
Good programme last night but closed my eyes when poorly bunny got taken . Nature I know.
I want a puffling . Best Google toy puffins I guess . And toy owls......blush.

redannie118 Tue 07-Jun-16 19:29:50

Love these programmes and its great they are up in my part of the world at the glorious Farne Islands
Never noticed the song titles but they do give you some utterly filthy innuendos that I have no idea how they get away with !! My absolute fave was the one when Micheala was talking about a flock of black grouse they had been following , and the males had been fighting for dominance. With a totally straight face she said "and now its time for a video of my very favourite dominant black cock " grinThey have snuck that back in a few times since and its always worth a snigger !!

Bassetfeet Tue 07-Jun-16 19:41:23

I saw that redannie grin . Oh and yes to the Farnes .

PortBlacksandBlackLobster Wed 08-Jun-16 21:41:54

Martin H-G is 60! ......... 60!!

I need to spend more time outdoors!

LIZS Wed 08-Jun-16 21:49:23

Carnage today sad

PortBlacksandBlackLobster Wed 08-Jun-16 22:04:43

Yes ... apologies for my somewhat banal comment (60 though!)

That mam stoat is working bloody hard for her brood though .... rabbits, birds etc. ... brutal though.

UnGoogleable Thu 09-Jun-16 11:49:55

Martin HG is 60? Whaaaaat?!

Loving it this year, the Stoat mamma is brutal but heck she does work hard!

I loved the Great Bustards last night, what majestic birds.

I am enjoying Iolo at the Farnes, looks like a fabulous place, I'd love to visit. Those feisty Terns and his shit hat make me giggle.

I read an interview with Chris Packham following the publication of his memoir - very interesting. I imagine he's not easy to work with, but he's so fiercely intelligent he casts a shade over the others.

A few years back he was sneaking The Cure song titles in, another year it was The Smiths. I haven't noticed any this year....

LIZS Thu 09-Jun-16 15:52:30

He mentioned Morrissey the other night and has dropped a few lines in. Can't believe Martin is 60!

UnGoogleable Thu 09-Jun-16 20:32:13

Oh Mrs Stoat you are ruthless!

Ooh seals!

RedRosie Thu 09-Jun-16 21:07:47

The last couple of nights have been a bit of a bloodbath! No room for sentiment in nature.

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