Tag Archives: swallow

Radipole Lake

16 Jul

On Sunday 12th I went to Radipole Lake in Weymouth to seen some birds. I was hoping to seen a mediterranean gull because I have not seen a mediterranean gull before Sunday 12th. I also did not on Sunday 12th. Or since Sunday 12th. This is a dreadful way to try and fill the time between birth and death. Sweet death. Wonderful welcoming death. It was a great day.

Marsh harrier and swift unaware of each other probably or having a fight maybe. I don't know. I never claimed to be your god, you just made me one.

Marsh harrier and swift unaware of each other probably or having a fight maybe. I don’t know. I never claimed to be your god, you just made me one.

Marsh harrier. Again. Might be a different one. Might not.

Marsh harrier. Again. Might be a different one. Might not.

Fucking grebe.

F***ing grebe.

Woodpigeon.

Woodpigeon.

My best guess is reed warbler. Could just as easily be any other brown bird. Let's pretend it is a horsefinch just for some excitement. Ooh look at this horse finch. No. Didn't work. Still bored.

My best guess is reed warbler. Could just as easily be any other brown bird. Let’s pretend it is a horsefinch just for some excitement. Ooh look at this horse finch. No. Didn’t work. Still bored.

Another bloody fuzzy swallow. This hobby sucks.

Another bloody fuzzy swallow. This hobby sucks.

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Herondines

14 May

Today I am in Selsey and there are lots of herondines. Mostly swallowses and house martinses. As you might expect herondines are all members of the heron family.

Swallowses and house martinses are the heralds of summer, bringing with them the sun. Literally. Those long feathers on a swallow tail are for towing sunlight. Without swallows the Earth would be plunged into an eternal night.

A female house martin is called a house martine.

Here endeth the lesson.

Swallowses

Swallowses

House martinses

House martinses

Killbeak

20 Aug

Today this evening today I gone all Farlington Marshes. I seen a flock of starlings and a swallow’s bum and a load of swallows goading a kestrel into killbeaking something to death.

Starlings get their name from the ancient Greek word for Stalin. Because of their inate ability to create a five year plan involving mass slaughter of the lower classes. Just look at them. Evil feathery swines.

Stalins

Swallow's BumKestrel being mobbed by swallows Kestrel being mobbed by swallows 3 Kestrel being mobbed by swallows 2Kestrel killbeaking something to death Kestrel killbeaking something to death 2

Pygmy Birds

7 Jul

I just been up Thorney Island and I seen some pygmy birds.

Pygmy bird 1 - The Tiny Pigeon

Pygmy bird 1 – The Tiny Pigeon

Pygmy bird 2 - The Miniscule Tern

Pygmy bird 2 – The Miniscule Tern

Pygmy bird 3 - The Midget Heron

Pygmy bird 3 – The Midget Heron

I also see some other boringer birds.

Whitethroat. The whitethroat is so called because it annoys him.

Whitethroat. The whitethroat is so called because it annoys him.

Twin black-headed gulls (conjoined at the face).

Twin black-headed gulls (conjoined at the face).

Swallows. It is an interesting fact that swallows cannot actually swallow. This is why they all starve to death.

Swallows. It is an interesting fact that swallows cannot actually swallow. This is why they all starve to death.

Shelducks and chicks. For all we know, they've abducted those chicks.

Shelducks and chicks. For all we know, they’ve abducted those chicks.

Linnet. All linnets are female. Except for the male ones.

Linnet. All linnets are female. Except for the male ones.

 

 

Petersfield Heath

27 May

Today I gone out West Dean way and seen these things:

A swallow.

A swallow.

Two swallows.

Two swallows.

A horse's eye, as used in Findus Crispy Pancakes as a "meat substitute".

A horse’s eye, as used in Findus Crispy Pancakes as a “meat substitute”.

Then I gone up Petersfield Heath and I done some sign spotting and seen these things:

Two great crested grebes.

Two great crested grebes.

Coot trying to smother its ugly babies to death but failing because coots are too stupid to do a good murder.

Coot trying to smother its ugly babies to death but failing because coots are too stupid to do a good murder.

A chaffinch.

A chaffinch.

Osprey?

3 Sep

It was a dark and stormy night when I went back to Thorney Island on a clear, bright morning this morning. I wanted another shot at seening the osprey. I seen this bird of prey on one of the posts. It is almost certainly the osprey. But as it is hunched over with its back to the camera I ain’t gonna cross it off the list like. Still cool though. Might try digiscoping it later in the week. (edit: I failed to get a better picture, changed my mind and crossed it off the list. Get over it.)

Also, I seen this reed warbler. I’m as sure as I can be that it is a reed warbler. Warblers are difficult innit.

And a load of swallows.

And a grey heron.

Might drop the dramatic writing. soz.

Barnacle Geese

18 Jul

Gone to Baffin’s Pond this morning and seen this barnacle geese. It’s defo a goose because the bloke doing our garage roof said so.

Also a heron was there so I seen him.

And I seen this cormorant doing that thing with the wings out.

And a whole family of swans and a washing up bowl.

Then I went along a bit to Great Salterns. Great Salterns is a rare patch of green on Portsea Island. As such people come from miles around to cover it in dog faeces. I don’t have a dog of my own, so I stopped off at the stray dog kennels to get some to take with me.

I tried photographing the swallows there, but, as ever, the swallows wouldn’t stay still no matter how much I shouted at them.

Yellow Wagtail

5 May

This afternoon I went back to Farlington Marshes and I seen this yellow wagtail:

And it was next to the face of a cow. For scale.

I seen a load of other stuff. Not just a yellow wagtail. I seen a linnet. But only a female. Soz.

And I seen a wheatear. It’s proper name is a northern wheatear. But most people just say wheatear, like.

There were loads of swallows that I seen. But they go well quick. I took a photo but they look smudged. I pretend to people that is what I wanted cos then they look like they are moving. But they really were moving so it is no great shakes.

And I seen this shelduck. He stood on one leg. Ducks do that.

And I seen a lapwing he was colourful before I photoed him.

And I seen this greenfinch.

And I seen a load of bar-tailed godwits. At least I think they are bar-tailed godwits. Could be curlews for all I know. Know what I mean?! Ha ha! Yeah.

And I seen a swift but the photo was no good. So it don’t count.