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  • Alasdair
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    in reply to: Painted Ladies #3412

    At least 6 painted ladies near Clougha on Friday evening.

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    That’s not a flock, Pete, that’s a blizzard.

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    in reply to: Freehold swifts #3299

    Swifts will fly hundreds of miles to avoid bad weather so they can keep feeding. Chicks go into a torpor while parents are away, lowering their body temp from 105 to 70. Amazing birds. Log then on swiftmapper.org.uk if you have a chance.

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    Still looking for swift surveyors. Drop us a line at [email protected]
    Ta!

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    in reply to: Lancaster canal #3184

    Haverbreakwater?
    Main Cetti’s ship canal?

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    in reply to: Lancaster ravens #2631

    Wonderful stories, Eddy. Thanks for sharing them. And interesting to learn that you were the first to use social distancing to reduce the risks of corvid.

    My favourite raven tale was of a pair seen in the Welsh mountains hopping up to the top of a frozen slope then flipping onto their backs and sliding down head first before repeating the process. Sheer playfulness, like their victory rolls in the air.

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    in reply to: Arnside Raven Nest #2602

    Thanks John. I remember seeing a family of ravens mooching around the shore in Arnside.

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    in reply to: Arnside Raven Nest #2594

    I wonder if the Arnside pair are the ones that nested at Foulshaw for a few years – quite close to the osprey nest, which led to the odd fracas.

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    in reply to: Lancaster ravens #2593

    I’ve heard ravens around Greaves and Haverbreaks a few times.

    Eddy’s brother’s knowledge of medieval Scottish literature is impressive. It reminded me of the Scots nonsense songs we would sing as bairns of Three Craws sittin’ on a wa’.
    The first craw fell and broke his jaw
    The second craw was greetin’ for his maw
    The third craw went and flew awa’
    – and this is where it enters the realm of abstract philosophy and ontology –
    The fourth craw wasnae there at a’.

    I appreciate the literary and cultural history of corvids might be better discussed elsewhere, but hey, lockdown. Take it where you find it.

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    And there was me thinking you were just playing Birding Battleships. “You’ve just sunk my little grebe! No, there it is again.”

    In all seriousness, it’s an excellent idea. The more we can do to protect this area the better.

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    in reply to: Blackcap #1874

    1 male blackcap in front garden in Greaves, Lancaster this a.m.
    (Breaking concentration while looking out of window during work phone call.)

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