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Week two and Great Spotted Woodpeckers had been drumming like a 'Tommy Gun' on my nest boxes , the music on our weekend round-up was a bit too 'Jimmy Jazz' for me , I'd have preferred a 'Rebel Waltz' . 'Look Here' at an Australian Flatworm , new to science , discovered by a participant of our Bioblitz and despite the sad loss of our young Buzzard I said 'I'm Not Down' because in reality its all part of the cycle of life . Five , thirty six .

Wrens blast their song out with all the fury of 'Clash City Rockers' , the pronunciation of Chough from 'chow' to 'chuff' was first noted in 1643 at the time of the 'English Civil War' , the Great Spotted Woodpecker had broken into a viewers nestbox with all the panache of a 'Bankrobber' and our tuffty headed Meadow Pipit Family certainly deserved the title of 'All the Young Punks' . Only four in programme two , sorry , total up to forty .

'Life is Wild' I told Micheala whilst describing the vicious antics of our Jackdaw intruders , our nestful of meadow Pipits had to gape to remain 'Cool Under Heat' and a Weasel which had predated a viewers nestbox was justifiably 'The Equaliser' as it was balancing out prey and predators in the ecosystem . The beautiful Grass snake emerging from the compost heap was as polished and shiny as a 'Brand New Cadillac' . Forty four .

Programme eight . . . if they had evolved to be camouflaged then Water Rail chicks might be 'Koka Kola' coloured and when it comes to a Grass Snake attack our fleeing Meadow Pipit youngsters needed to 'Play to Win' by scattering from their nest . A man was running for a 'Train . In Vain' because he missed it but saw a Kestrel which he reported to our Kestrels Count Survey . Another fellow tweeted me suggesting that we post snipers to scare off the Jackdaw intruders , but of course , 'Guns on the Roof' wouldn’t be an answer as I'd have 'Police on my Back' if I organised that . In our fledging frenzy it may be that our Redstarts are the 'Last Gang in Town' . Fifty with four programmes to go . A bit worried about 'Julies Been Working for the Drugs Squad' and 'Whiteman in the Hammersmith Palais' tho' !

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  • Comment number 19. Posted by sadie

    on 23 Jun 2013 09:40

    fantastic program, horrfied to find that mirgrant birds in europe are still trapped with glue to be eaten is this true ?

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  • Comment number 18. Posted by sandra

    on 14 Jun 2013 12:22

    I thoroughly enjoyed this series of Springwatch, as I always do. I think the three presenters gel together perfectly and I am very pleased, and perhaps a little biased, that they are all vegetarians. Well done Michaela, Chris and Martin. However, I have one big niggle. Why does Chris, who is a very erudite, educated and knowledgable person, persistently use the intensely irritating grammatically incorrect terms of "sat" and "stood", instead of "sitting" and "standing" when talking?

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  • Comment number 17. Posted by Arch Stanton

    on 13 Jun 2013 14:31

    I'm totally pragmatic, Chris replied.
    Birds? I love them all to bits
    Excpet for those nasty woodpeckers
    Who ate my little tits.

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  • Comment number 16. Posted by Tingles

    on 13 Jun 2013 12:55

    Springwatch is back with cool Chris Packham
    And his old mate Martin and Michaela Strachen
    They're bringing us the action from Ynys Hir
    With lots of webcams and other gear.
    We've seen bees and snakes and water rails
    And even a feature on the love life of snails.
    But this year they're too keen on showing us predation.
    Sometimes it makes me want to change the station
    We must be pragmatic, we hear Chris insist
    Creatures must eat each other to exist.
    But I wonder how pragmatic he would be
    If an eagle owl swooped down and took his poodles for tea!

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  • Comment number 15. Posted by PhilPolEcon

    on 12 Jun 2013 19:26

    Here' you get fined a thousand quid for feeding gulls. Bechod!

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  • Comment number 14. Posted by PhilPolEcon

    on 12 Jun 2013 19:23

    Glad you hear 'y'll bigging it up for gulls.

    Here they cull them - boo!

    Tell you what, why not give pigeons a huge hooraay.

    They are a delight1

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  • Comment number 13. Posted by PhilPolEcon

    on 12 Jun 2013 19:20

    Chris,

    Much happier now the wonderful history of the elevated bog has been told.

    Saw a heron with two chicks on the waterside on the Mawddach Estuary yesterday. Plus oyster catches slumming it taking mussels (and took home some myself), a swan pair etc.

    All easy to see, access free.

    Still worried about your attacks on anthropomorphism.
    At the same time you tell us creatures do this or that in order to..
    Which sounds like a teleological explanation to me.

    I'll give you an example you weren't involved in.

    Gulls sit down and so reduce aggression. Aren't they doing what we do when we insist aggressive people sit down.
    And we do so with good reason. Any attack on us is more difficult for them.
    That's what they're doing - what we do.

    You'd say they do it in order to reduce aggression, an absurd teleological account from your own perspective. I'd say referring to us is to refer usefully to another animal species behaviour

    Evolution knows no sort of 'in order to'. Why do you?

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  • Comment number 12. Posted by EmmaVickBerks

    on 12 Jun 2013 17:58

    Question : Do cuckoos always lay eggs of the same colour and therefore choose a nest to suit their egg colour, or... do they somehow lay the egg a different colour each time relevant to the nest chosen ? Does that make sense ?

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  • Comment number 11. Posted by Ted Castle

    on 12 Jun 2013 11:53

    After your article on the plight of kestrels.I spotted one the following day hovering over the A14 at Haughley. Viewers were asked to give details on sightings but I cannot find where on your website to do this.

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  • Comment number 10. Posted by Colin

    on 12 Jun 2013 09:35

    My wife Jane and I have just escorted Mother Mallard and 8 very small young across a road on a housing estate, through a park (popular with dogs having a run round), shooed away 3 threatening crows, 400 yards to the nearest water. The bird appeared to know where the water was but would never have made it without being attacked without our assistance. What would the presenters have done? Should we have let nature take it's course ?

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