Naturewatch - today I saw....

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » July 16th, 2018, 6:10 pm

Your ratter has obviously found where they hang out ... good for him :tu:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » July 17th, 2018, 2:47 pm

Different colour though...

Beastly Basil! :) Wish he wouldn't bring them in.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby scullion » July 17th, 2018, 11:32 pm

the war has been won - by me.
i have just released the bu@@er over in an area called (appropriately) sinns. if it gets back from there i'll be surprised.
i was heading for bed when i noticed the carafe, baited with peanut butter half an hour before (forget the mealworms it was having none of those) had a dark smudge in it. i'm hoping it's the only one - it did look skinnier than the last time i saw it but that could be that it'd spread and covered itself with some of the small blob of peanut butter, or hadn't found much to fill it's belly (maybe they don't like cat food).
i've re-baited the carafe - just in case.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Ratatouille » July 18th, 2018, 1:02 pm

Jules arrived through the cat flap just now looking very pleased with himself and carrying a snake - fortunately a grass snake but he was carrying it "correctly" behind the head. He quite happily gave it up to me and it is now safely back in the orchard. It was clearly a gift.

I wonder if cats know the difference between harmless and venemous snakes?. We have both.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Busybee » July 18th, 2018, 3:44 pm

I don’t know Rats, but in Australia last year we came across training sessions for dogs and how they should behave when coming across a snake. I doubt they were being taught identification :lol: more how to avoid them I hope!

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Rainbow » July 18th, 2018, 10:54 pm

Ratatouille wrote:I wonder if cats know the difference between harmless and venemous snakes?. We have both.

Well, our cats certainly never did :(
We lost a couple of cats to snake bites - they liked playing with baby brown snakes!! Unfortunately, although the snakes were very small their venom is really strong and deadly and it doesn't take much for a small cat......... :(
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby scullion » July 19th, 2018, 12:17 am

Ratatouille wrote:I wonder if cats know the difference between harmless and venemous snakes?


i very much doubt it.
our first cat killed both an adder and slow worms (yes, i know they're legless lizards but i doubt the cat did), willy nilly, with the coup de gras executed just behind the head. the other cats have also had their share of slow worms.
i think they just see them as a long thin prey/plaything rather than a short, furry, running one. they have bought (venomous) shrews in in the same way that they've bought voles and mice indoors.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby scullion » July 19th, 2018, 7:05 am

no sign of any other shrews in the house/carafe.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby hickybank » July 25th, 2018, 1:00 pm

Enjoying a feast of nectar
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Zosherooney » July 25th, 2018, 2:41 pm

Bloody Hell Hicks, you get giant bees in your part of the country !!!!! Great that they match the flower as well......
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby hickybank » July 25th, 2018, 4:07 pm

Yes I sat on its back & it flew me into town :D :D
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Zosherooney » July 25th, 2018, 5:17 pm

:lol: :lol:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » July 26th, 2018, 7:37 am

All sorts here. Swallowtail as posted on photos thread and various other butterflies I don’t know the identity of. Small lizards too. And lots of feral cats of varying degrees of friendliness.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby TeresaFoodie » July 26th, 2018, 8:55 am

I took to sleeping in the living room last night with all the windows wide open to stay cool, and through my main window at about 1am I heard what sounded like geese flying over. Obviously too dark to take a look. Do geese fly like that in the middle of the night?
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Seatallan » July 26th, 2018, 9:14 am

Could well be Tezza. At this point in the summer, whilst proper migration hasn't really kicked off, birds are starting to disperse from their breeding grounds (especially young birds and birds that for whatever reason didn't breed this season). Migrating birds often fly during the night.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby TeresaFoodie » July 26th, 2018, 10:30 am

Thanks for the explanation Sea! I have probably had geese and other birds flying over me in the night but not heard them. It was a lovely sound in amongst the discomfort of the heat of the night!
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby scullion » July 27th, 2018, 10:27 pm

a sparrow hawk sat on next-doors roof to the local young. wouldn't have noticed it if their cat hadn't been staring out and chattering at it.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby cyprusmoira » August 11th, 2018, 8:07 am

I have just seen a Hooded Crow splashing in the bird bath, Hoodies are big birds and it is only a small bath, it got very soggy breast feathers. Consequently the sparrows and little warblers are having to drink from the water butt.

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » August 11th, 2018, 9:18 am

This flew into my sitting room last weekend. (Red Underwing.)

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby StokeySue » August 11th, 2018, 10:02 am

I just rushed down the outdoor stairs to get a parcel, disturbing a cloud of white butterflies that were feeding on the herbs - I have a large Greek oregano in flower and it’s insect central

Nothing as lovely as that one Herbi though I do see some spectacular ones in the cemetery park
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » August 11th, 2018, 1:32 pm

I should go for a walk in a local cemetery, Sue. We don't get that much in the garden, as few flowers. I did enjoy the damselfies from next door though.

We used to be very near West Norwood Cemetery, and before that, the one next to Bruce Castle/All Hallows in Tottenham. And indeed lived near a large cemetery in Oxford before that.

The Red Underwing was really quite big and kept dive bombing me (I was wearing a rather bright orange pyjama vest.) I squeaked a bit....
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby hickybank » August 11th, 2018, 2:32 pm

The property next to mine had its new lawn laid 2 days ago, last night the Badgers came out to playImage
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » August 11th, 2018, 2:44 pm

Oh dear Hickybank ... what a shame ... the soil is so dry and the worms have gone down so deep looking for moisture, the badgers must've thought their luck was in finding somewhere that was easy to dig :rolleyes:

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby hickybank » August 11th, 2018, 3:06 pm

No go ahead happy to share it happens on most new lawns down here,
Got to hand it to them, it proves the old saying wrong "Theirs no such thing as a free lunch" :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Busybee » August 11th, 2018, 3:46 pm

OH plays golf..........they have badgers in the woods on the course. They make a similar mess on the golf course. Whilst they are a bit of a pest (the groundsman uses much more colourful language), they keep the sett location a secret to deter anyone tries to damage it/them.

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby earthmaiden » August 11th, 2018, 9:33 pm

Goodness, what a mess! People round here dread having badgers come to live in the garden (urban environment, tiny gardens but they still come).

Beautiful butterfly Herbi.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby PatsyMFagan » August 13th, 2018, 5:35 pm

I found this crawling up the wall in my hall last night …. the second time I have seen it in a week, the first being crawling across my coffee table in the early hours of one morning when I was catching up on some recorded tv as I couldn't sleep.

It is, apparently a Bush Cricket Nymph … I have no idea how big the adult will be as this was not tiny by any means :o :scared:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » August 27th, 2018, 9:17 am

Delighted to see quite a few sparrows on my feeder. I don't think I've ever seen more than one sparrow at a time in my garden, and that doesn't happen often. I've not been feeding the birds for a while, but dishwashed the feeders yesterday and just put some food out. They were on it within minutes.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby TeresaFoodie » August 27th, 2018, 11:25 am

I saw your Bush Cricket Nymph Pats and rushed into the kitchen to take a photo of the creature that's been stuck to a wall for over a week, not dissimilar to your friend, but It's gone!
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Grasshopper » September 10th, 2018, 8:58 pm

I'd been checking something outside last nite when I spotted an oval object on the path next to the house. It was an adult Hedgehog. I watched him for a little while, before Prickles took off as fast as his little legs could carry him!

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby hickybank » September 10th, 2018, 9:03 pm

Brilliant Grasshopper, so rare nowadays
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » September 11th, 2018, 2:23 pm

In my kitchen. And ideas? (Other than 'caterpillar' ;) ) His head is a bit unfortunate...

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » September 11th, 2018, 2:25 pm

And one more. I moved him and he went into this position for so long (about 30 mins) I thought I'd killed him! (Are they gendered before they metamorphose? So much else changes...)

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » September 11th, 2018, 2:35 pm

Think it's one of the Noctiduidae moths ... possibly a Yellow Underwing ... but I'm not certain about that.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » September 11th, 2018, 2:39 pm

Ah I do get those a lot. It was munching away on the coriander. I wonder if they like kale. My young kales and my summer sprouting broccoli are edible lace.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby PatsyMFagan » September 13th, 2018, 9:32 am

How big is it ? I was thinking Elephant Hawk moth caterpillar, or another hawk moth ?
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » September 13th, 2018, 9:41 am

I am pretty sure it wasn't an Elephant Hawk moth. It was about an inch long (maybe a bit less.) They are massive and have fake faces/eyes?
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby scullion » September 13th, 2018, 9:52 am

yes, the elephant hawk moth is about three inches long, fat, and has fake eye markings. the hawk moths, generally, also have a rather evil looking spike on their back end.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby PatsyMFagan » September 13th, 2018, 10:29 am

I have grabbed a couple of the photos and put them on my fb page for the attention of my daughter .. I will let you know what she comes up with :tu:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby aero280 » September 18th, 2018, 11:34 pm

Last week I tried to find a leak in the car's cooling system, and failed. I put some fluorescene dye in the water. Tonight I went searching for the leak with a UV torch. I may have found the leak!! :)

But while waving the torch around in the garden, I saw a glow. On closer inspection, the bunch of toadstools are growing up again in the grass!! Here's a quick photo taken with my phone.

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