Birds Urban

Stormy Birch, Steady Birds

Storm Calum rocking and rolling the silver birch outside my kitchen window.

And the jackdaws rocking and rolling with it, as easy and as steady as you like.

Gives vivid meaning to the word ‘steadfast’.

Words & Vid: Ian Nisbet

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A Tall Turkey Twizzler

A walk into the back end of Ela Woods got me onto pasture dotted in grazing sheep and honking geese.
Following the geese up the rutted path lead me to a farmyard choka with chickens, ducks – and tall turkeys.

One tall turkey twizzler decided to come down to the gate to see what I’d got to offer.
Er, I got nothing for you, Mr Wattle.
Go and stuff yourself somewhere else – you greedy gobbler!
(Don’t think this turkey is going to be ticked off our birder twitchlist)

Walk, Words & Vid: Ian Nisbet

Goodbye Little Swallows

I’ve filmed these swallows from the first day they were born, all of 18 days ago.

But now its about time they left.
They’ve been getting the hurry up call from mom and dad the last few days.

And today they were flitting in and out of the nest, having a little fly onto the nearby rafters.
Won’t be long now.

Update: I walked up early this morning.
They’d all fled, gone.
Goodbye you barely-old-enough-to-be-in-this-world little pluckers.
Hope you make it to Africa.

Filming & Vid: Ian Nisbet

Swallow Chicks about to fledge

The swallow chicks up at the ruined church are at least 2 weeks old now.

Two chicks had already made it out of the nest and were sat on to the ajoining rafters.
The other 3 chicks were all fluffed up and good to go.

And maybe they would have gone but for the sound of blaring bagpipes bunging up their earoles.
They were shrinking back into the nest wondering what the hell was going on.
Poor fings.

Anyway, all 5 chicks (where’s No 6?) may well have flown their nests tomorrow.
I might nip up early morning to see if they’ve gone.

Filming,Vid & Words: Ian Nisbet

Swallow chicks with wings

The swallow chicks up at the ruined church are now about 10 days old.

Still with those white yappery zipped mushes.
But with wings becoming more visible, prominent.
They’re distinctly more swallow-like than muppet-like now.

By the end of this week they may well have fledged the nest. Hopefully the 3 you see in this vid, and the 3 in the other nest, will have made it up into air where they truly belong.

Filming & Vid: Ian Nisbet