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Old 15 July 2014, 15:42   #1
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Gone Soft Again- Birds.

I'm sitting here in the kitch, watching freshly fledged swallows playing in our front porch just a few feet away. When we bought the place, it was semi derelict and birds of differing species had been nesting here for years. Now that the place is refurb'd, still they return. Every year we have at least two swallows nests and one Housemartin's in the apex under the soffits. It's amazing when they return each spring from Africa to repeat the cycle. Even the amount of sh*t that they produce, doesn't put me off of my little feathered pals.
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Old 15 July 2014, 16:05   #2
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I quite like them too, the same pair has used the nest in my porch for the last 3 yrs.

One of the chicks fell out the nest one morning just before they fledged, poor thing landed in some melted lard on the doorstep, I took it in to the sink, washed it with fairy liquid then popped it in my shirt pocket to dry and keep warm and went to work, I placed it back in the nest when I got home and it flew the nest a few days later.

I should've ringed it to see if it came back to the same area.
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Plenty for them to eat this year never seen the flys so bad
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Plenty for them to eat this year never seen the flys so bad
When I'm mowing the grass, my little pals love it. As the mower throws up insects, the swallows go into 'Red Arrows' display mode, coming in from all angles. .
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When I'm mowing the grass, my little pals love it. As the mower throws up insects, the swallows go into 'Red Arrows' display mode, coming in from all angles. .
Yup was at some stables the other week with loads of swallows it was like the Battle of Britain they amaze me when they fly past me into a stable over the horses etc
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My father in law who is a retired builder was converting his loft into a bedroom and while up there he found bats nesting or roosting "not sure of the correct terminology" in the rafters and his next door neighbour told him that he would have to leave them be, as bats are a protected species, so my father in law being a bird / bat lover, did the right thing and dispersed them through the party wall into his neighbours part of the loft and bricked it up saying that if he likes them that much they can sh*it and stink his loft out instead Straight as a dye my father in law
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A Council Waller came to my place of work a few years back and spotted a swallow's nest over a service door:

"There is a nest over a service door, birds are health hazard - have them removed and destroyed"

So, I sent a nice letter back confirming that contrary to the laws protecting nesting birds and their eggs/chicks, we would destroy the nest and it's contents but could we have the Authorising Officer's written permission first.....

.....still waiting for that reply
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"Gone Soft Again- Birds"

There was me thinking you'd run short of the blue pills
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Pretty amazing that Swifts almost never land and sleep on the wing.

Did someone mention coconuts?
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We've got swallows & they nest right over the boat,,,sh1t everywhere, BUT not half as bad as the Little Owls, I think that Little Owls are big owls until they have a dump, then they shrink. I've had to put a 1t bulk bag over the console to stop them roosting on the windscreen grab rail.
As an aside, just found this
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