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Springwatch highlights: Thu 3rd June

Jeremy Torrance web producer Jeremy Torrance web producer | 15:20 UK time, Friday, 4 June 2010

The new blackbirds, conflict on the scrape and more updates on Simon's fox family... the final show of week one. Much of the talk in the Production Village here at Pensthorpe was about the gruesesome goings-on in the kestrel box, so that just had to be a highlight. The other two are Simon's piece on raft spiders, one of his favourite British invertebrates, and his look at how Dartford warblers manage to feed on insects all year round.

So that's the Springwatch team's highlights, what are yours?

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  • Comment number 1.

    With referance to your article on Dartford Warblers, I uploaded video last Saturday 29th, taken on the at Keeling Heath, North Norfolk, on 27th May 2010. I think there might have been a mating pair. There was definately two birds. I would be interested to know if this is the most northerly sighting of Dartford Warbler?

  • Comment number 2.

    There used to be Dartford Warblers sighted on the Mendips at Wavering Down.The National Trust has, however removed the very gorse bushes the birds were observed on. That and a very harsh winter does not bode well for these fab' birds. We have not observed them since the decimation of the habitat by the National Trust and their partners. Infact, we cannot bare to visit the area now.

  • Comment number 3.

    @Derek and Janet We know of a small population at Cley in north Norfolk, not far away from Keeling Heath.

  • Comment number 4.

    hi good show i have a prob iv got a small garden got bird feeders a small pond and all i get in the garden is mags and woods not had any small birds in itlike tits ig what do i have to do you can see them but not in the garden help

  • Comment number 5.

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  • Comment number 6.

    Can anyone help me I opened my garden shed last week to find hanging from the roof a cream ball(abount the size of a small tennis ball) with a small hole in the base. Does anyone know who owns this nest?

  • Comment number 7.

    We have a few starlings visit us every day we have noticed one has a very long beak would say twice as long as its mates, so long that when it tries to pick bit's up off the floor it has to put its head on one side to pick them up,it them takes them over to the grass to finish eating them

  • Comment number 8.

    With reference to the posts about Dartford Warblers, I have been lucky enough to have regular sightings of these lovely birds on our local heath until the last couple of years. Heath fires and the last two very cold winters have decimated the population. I agree that the loss of thick gorse cover does seem to be an important factor. Many were lost after a fire destroyed old growth gorse and also the insects that lived there. I saw my last pair on 2nd Jan just before the big snow and have been searching in vain ever since. They seem to have survived better near the coast, presumably because it's a bit warmer. Thank you for the lovely clips from Arne.

  • Comment number 9.

    Please is it time to start worrying about the Avocet’s eggs and there incubation. Wat would the average time for incubation be.

  • Comment number 10.

    Just wanted to thank the whole team for an excelent first. I always enjoy springwatch/autumnwatch. I have almost every episode from when it was called "Britain Goes Wild " I am going on holiday to Norfolk in july and hope to visit Pensthorpe and many other Places-so thanks again. One other thing Chris will you be at the Bird Fair this year?

  • Comment number 11.

    My husband has a mallard duck nesting in a planter outside his workplace. There are nine eggs but none have hatched. The duck has been sitting on them for about 30 days. Is this normal? How long do they take to hatch?

  • Comment number 12.

    @Alladell The avocets are starting to hatch right now. You can see all the action on the webcams: http://www.bbc.co.uk/springwatch/webcams/

  • Comment number 13.

    @judea001 That's a great question for the messageboard: http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/mbsn

  • Comment number 14.

    hi wendy yes its a wasps nest

  • Comment number 15.

    Watched Thursday's Springwatch with great interest. Simon's tip showing the 'Twig Technique' for photographing dragonflies, had us hotfooting it down to our local gravel pit Nature Reserve to try it out. Instant success! Four-spotted Chasers and Large Red damselflies, of which there were many on the pool, after a few minutes, were queuing up to stand on the twig. On a couple of occasions two alighted together.

    Thanks Simon for the tip. We twigged it! (will post results to the gallery shortly)

  • Comment number 16.

    hiya my name is leeanne b from london im watching springwatch on tv and every time a bird comes on the tv my cat taps on the tv with her paw bless her

  • Comment number 17.

    Stoat drowning rabbit
    Didn't get the chance to repond immediately to the footage shown of a stoat dragging a rabbit into a river in a programme shown last week. Many years ago when walking in the Yorkshire Dales with my family we witnessed a stoat grab a rabbit, drag it to a small stream and hold it's head under water until it drowned. It was clearly a deliberate act and not accidental falling into the stream. I wondered if any other folk had witnessed such an event?

  • Comment number 18.

    For the last 4 days we have had a Blackbird pecking and flapping against the outside of our windows. He is behaving just as though he was trapped inside the house and was trying to get out except that he is outside and seems to be trying to get in! This has happened on several windows and at various times of the day, 9pm tonight. The blackbird does not seem very big,possibly one of last years? Does anyone have any explanations? Hereford area.

  • Comment number 19.

    i can't praise highly enough hugh miles's unbelievable underwater footage of our beautiful coarse fish it was simply stunning again tonight

  • Comment number 20.

    The peregrine film was great, showing just how wonderful this top avian predator is. The film did however give the impression that all is well with the peregrine, which has returned from the brink of extinction in the uk over the last decades. Much of the growth of peregrine populations has been in the urban environment where high rise city buildings make good nest sites and feral pidgeons provide a ready supply of prey. However in rural locations this is far from the case. Persecution is growing with birds being killed at nest sites and in the air. Our local peregrines on Titterstone Clee Hill in South Shropshire, one pair of only 19 nesting pairs in the county, have been poisoned at the nest this year and last. In 2009 both adults and the 4 fledged young birds were poisoned and in May this year two nesting adults were killed by an illegal toxin while at the nest. The method used was to tether a live pidgeon, laced with poison near to the nest. THe birds would have died in great pain. The toxin used was so potent that one of the RSPB recovery team was poisoned by the residue on the dead falcons. Statistics indicate that this is far from a rare occurence, to such an extent that the RSPB are now looking to return the peregrine to the endangered list. I would ask, even plead, that you do not give a false impression that all is well. Only by the public at large being aware of these cruel crimes can we hope to protect this superb bird.

  • Comment number 21.

    I have put up several bird boxes in my garden one of which is quite near the house. Blue tits took up residence in this one & last Sunday, the babies decided to leave the box & from 2.00 pm to 7.00 pm I watched 28 No leave the box - thinking that was it, I completed the watch. Watering early Monday morning, I noticed adult blue tits hovering near the box & another 4 No babies left the box. I had read that between 5 & 12 fledglings were the norm - is this a record?

  • Comment number 22.

    My wife and I thoroughly enjoy watching Springwatch, but wonder why the present series concentrates so much on birds. We would like to see a wider 'spread' of wildlife, especially animals such as foxes, deer, rabbits, and all other living creatures in the 'wild'.

    The presenters (Kate, Chris) are excellent and seem to be so natural when discussing things with each other - and the viewers!




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