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    Redwing and Fieldfare being reported over weekend around here (along with a singing chiffchaff). Keep ‘em peeled!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Travs View Post
    Wild ponies (well I assume they're wild) up on the Long Mynd today. I've never noticed them before despite racing up there solidly since 2015. Usually I'm blowing out of my arse too much to notice anything.
    Yes there is quite a few around up there. They are free roaming though not feral. Some are branded so presumably owned by someone. Quite docile, and inquisitive at times. Also partial to apple cores.

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    Not seen/heard any yet, but Redwing and Fieldfare reported at Kinder Bank over the past few days.I had a pair of Cormorant flying along the canal yesterday morning.

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    a pair of Goshawks and a kite which is pretty rare in this bit of the peak

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    Quote Originally Posted by IanDarkpeak View Post
    a pair of Goshawks and a kite which is pretty rare in this bit of the peak
    Fantastic! I've heard of many accounts of Kites in the Peak District but not seen any yet. I'd love to see a Goshawk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by William Clough
    Fantastic! I've heard of many accounts of Kites in the Peak District but not seen any yet. I'd love to see a Goshawk.
    I've heard about Goshawks over near Strines Res. some years ago, but never seen one. I've seen the odd Kite over on our side Mark, most recently Rushup Edge area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Travs View Post
    Wild ponies (well I assume they're wild) up on the Long Mynd today. I've never noticed them before despite racing up there solidly since 2015...
    Perhaps you saw this one?


    Fell Pony Foals on the Long Mynd
    by Andy Holden, on Flickr

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    Just got back from Washington DC and Pennsylvania.

    Great blue heron (just like our grey heron but a bit bigger)
    Lots of mockingbirds
    Red tailed hawk - sitting in a tree with some people with long-lens cameras watching it near the start of my run. Then it was still there (and so were the people) when I came back again, so I could ask them what it was
    Some sort of groundhog/woodchuck type thing
    And possibly bald eagle. I'm not sure about this but it was a large eagle-shaped bird with notable fingered wing tips, with a longer body than a golden eagle and a white head. It was near the Potomac river, where the internet tells me they are sometimes seen.
    No longer "resting"

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    Over the last few weeks there's been a barn owl, swooping over the rougher bits of pasture in the field in front of the house. It's been there in the early evenings, when it's still really light - floating like some white ghost - magnificent. A couple of times it's been mobbed by a local kestrel.

    This morning, I left for work much later and there it was again at 8:30 am, in the morning's sunshine, flying over the grass tops and circling around. Great to see it in day light, but I wonder if that's not a good sign? Desperate for food perhaps.
    “My actions are my only true belongings.”

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    We were driving up the M6 for a day's walking in the Lakes yesterday and there were literally thousands of geese, in large, multiple skeins, flying south. It was almost as if they were using the motorway for navigation! They must have been migratory birds, probably heading for Martin Mere or similar. Quite spectacular!

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