Naturewatch - today I saw....

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby PatsyMFagan » March 10th, 2019, 8:50 am

hickybank wrote:Hi Patsy, I think that is slang for Flamingoes in these part's


Having been to Zosh's place, I don't think she's anywhere near a zoo :?
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby hickybank » March 10th, 2019, 9:23 am

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hickybank wrote:Hi Patsy, I think that is slang for Flamingoes in these part's


Having been to Zosh's place, I don't think she's anywhere near a zoo :?

Sorry Patsy should have made myself clearer, we visited her recently & she was showing us her Flamingo sculptures in her garden :lol: :lol:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby cyprusmoira » March 10th, 2019, 10:38 am

We have real flamingos here, down on the Salt Lake. The swallows have been here for several weeks, I heard swifts screaming on Friday, they do not nest locally. The Scops Owls have started beeping.
The anemones are almost finished except for the scarlet ones, a different variety which are in bloom. The various orchids have started in their usual progression. am told that the little blue iris have started to flower.
There are great stands of wild fennel by the roadside, which means that there will be plenty for the Swallowtail caterpillars to munch
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby hickybank » March 10th, 2019, 10:55 am

cyprusmoira wrote:We have real flamingos here, down on the Salt Lake. The swallows have been here for several weeks, I heard swifts screaming on Friday, they do not nest locally. The Scops Owls have started beeping.
The anemones are almost finished except for the scarlet ones, a different variety which are in bloom. The various orchids have started in their usual progression. am told that the little blue iris have started to flower.
There are great stands of wild fennel by the roadside, which means that there will be plenty for the Swallowtail caterpillars to munch

That sounds like my kind of heaven Mary, we are loving our move to Somerset with all it' nature reserves, hill & coastal walking, so different to the midlands
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Seatallan » March 10th, 2019, 10:56 am

I like herons too. They're so 'Jurassic Park' aren't they? Especially when they fly. :luv:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » March 10th, 2019, 5:52 pm

Can't remember if I asked if you went to see the murmurations at Ham Wall, Terry.

We had a big rabbit in the garden here (in France). Not seen one before here.
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Postby hickybank » March 10th, 2019, 6:40 pm

Hi Herby , yes we did, not bad about 200.000 Stralings came in, but no great performance, still beautiful to see though
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Postby Herbidacious » March 10th, 2019, 9:40 pm

That last one is almost bird shaped.
I hope husband and I can go back one year. Brighton was great this year, but you can't get close enough to hear their wings. Some tosser was flying a drone into the Brighton murmuration :(
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » March 19th, 2019, 4:55 pm

In the garden, as bold as brass, last week in Normandy. Also saw various birds of prey but couldn't tell what they were.

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby cyprusmoira » March 23rd, 2019, 11:03 am

The spring flowers are very prolific this year, probably after all that rain, we are promised more. The anemones are almost over. The rain has stopped them from strimming of the road verges so they are full of Turban Buttercups (Ranunculus Asiaticus), some yellow but mostly cream coloured, we do not get the pink form around here. There have always been the cream buttercups on a bank opposite the slip road from the main highway at Pissouri Bay, this year this display spreads at least 100 metres.

Deb has some big Echiums growing in our garden, they are covered in butterflies, Tortoiseshells and Camberwell Beauties. The latter are migrating to Northern Europe via Israel
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby scullion » March 23rd, 2019, 11:19 am

i need to plant out the self seeded echiums i have in pots before they succumb to lack of attention.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby scullion » March 24th, 2019, 5:28 pm

i have put an elephant hawk moth chrysalis in a pot in the porch. i found it while weeding a raised bed. the porch is cool and it means we should see it when it emerges and before we let it out.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » March 24th, 2019, 6:55 pm

:bounce: :D
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Grasshopper » March 28th, 2019, 8:35 pm

I had a Royal encounter today!

Saw a creature on my bedroom window & realised it was a (large) wasp and that it was INSIDE! :o Given the time of year, I realised it could only be a Queen, newly woken from hibernation & looking for somewhere to start a nest. Luckily I had something I could catch her with. She proved to be very awkward, however, and was unconvinced by my pleas that I was trying to help her :rolleyes:

However, I managed to catch her (again), and release her via the landing window, and she flew off into the dusk.

I respect wasps, as they are a good friend to gardeners for most of the year.

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby scullion » April 1st, 2019, 4:35 pm

i have just discovered a dunnock's nest with one egg in it. the egg was cold - that may just be because the clutch hadn't all been laid yet but it may be an abandoned nest from last year. i've replaced some branches of ivy around it, just in case and will, maybe, have another look in a week or two - or more. i hope i haven't disturbed it cutting away the ivy.
the nest is lined with my hair! i will be emptying my brush outside more often in future.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Seatallan » April 1st, 2019, 5:04 pm

Awwwwww.... :luv:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Badger's mate » April 2nd, 2019, 11:53 am

I released a queen wasp from our landing the other day. We get at least one every spring, and the occasional queen hornet.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby aero280 » April 2nd, 2019, 3:15 pm

We have just released a queen wasp. It might have over-wintered under the bath!! :shock: The builders removed a wasps' nest in the roof above the bathroom when the built the new roof before Christmas.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Seatallan » April 2nd, 2019, 4:09 pm

We had one in ours some years back- again, builders removed the old nest when bathroom was redone. Nest was such a work of art...
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » April 2nd, 2019, 6:16 pm

This (among others) was under the floor of our balcony when we had it rennovated the other year.

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Gruney » April 5th, 2019, 1:40 pm

I read, this morning, that the "Beast from the East", had a severe effect on small birds.

I always put out the dog hair I sweep up, for birds to use for nesting material - it usually disappears almost immediately. This year it's untouched.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Ratatouille » April 5th, 2019, 1:50 pm

WE have bud break on the vine this morning :bounce: :bounce:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby cyprusmoira » April 5th, 2019, 2:31 pm

The vines are in full leave down on the coast but noticed on Wednesday that the vines at Kathikas, high and windswept, are still tightly closed.

People are reporting flocks of butterflies flying past, Painted Ladies on migration, they are not stopping, not even on the nectar plants in our garden, flying too fast for photos. A great pity that my brother left too soon to see them.

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » April 5th, 2019, 4:53 pm

3 goldfinches in 1 bush and a nuthatch :)
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » April 5th, 2019, 8:41 pm

Not the best of photos. They were high up.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Zosherooney » April 5th, 2019, 11:31 pm

I watched a great tit with a 'moustache' of cat fluff I had trapped between branches of the weeping pussy willow, good to know it will be keeping babies warm - good recycling :tu:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » April 6th, 2019, 5:32 am

Here the goldfinches are gathering the fluffy seeds from the winter flowering clematis on the trellis by the window ... I can watch them from the sitting room ... they eat the seeds and then gather a beak full of the fluff before flying back to the big cypress opposite us.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » April 7th, 2019, 2:00 pm

My mum used to put at hair/combed out fur out for the birds. I wondered whether it would result in babies reared to think the smell of cat is ok. I imagine though that birds don't detect cats by smell... ;)

I have never seen three goldfinch together before. It's makes me feel a little sad how limited birdlife is in the city, and thus how excited we (I) get if anything more interesting than a blue tit, starling or a robin appears... Even sparrows get me excited. This must seem strange to some. Roll on retirement to the country :?
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Postby scullion » April 8th, 2019, 10:05 am

the dunnock is sitting on the nest. i accidentally disturbed her on my way past the other day. i went to work in a different part of the garden.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby cyprusmoira » April 8th, 2019, 10:19 am

The Echium is covered in Painted Lady butterflies, they did not stop on Friday, perhaps the wind behind them was too strong.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby patpoyntz » April 8th, 2019, 10:38 am

White tailed sea eagles yesterday.
A large pod of orcas this morning.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby scullion » April 8th, 2019, 10:49 am

patpoyntz wrote:A large pod of orcas this morning.

i think you have top trump!
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Seatallan » April 8th, 2019, 11:58 am

patpoyntz wrote:White tailed sea eagles yesterday.
A large pod of orcas this morning.


Just :D :D :D :luv: .....
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Grasshopper » April 9th, 2019, 8:42 pm

scullion wrote:
patpoyntz wrote:A large pod of orcas this morning.

i think you have top trump!
wonderful!


I am SO jealous! What a sight that must have been!
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Grasshopper » April 9th, 2019, 8:44 pm

When we feed our wild birds, which we do every day, the starlings swoop down like a squadron of fighter jets.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » April 10th, 2019, 9:52 am

Ah yes, it's starling time of year. If I have time I will try and sit and watch (and photograph) at the weekend. I love watching them squabbling. It's most fun when they start bringing babies.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Zosherooney » April 10th, 2019, 9:33 pm

We had a large flotilla of flamingoes at the bottom of the garden earlier....... :? :lol:
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Postby aero280 » April 10th, 2019, 10:18 pm

We are having robin wars at the bottom of our garden at the moment. There are at least three nests and the large patch of bare earth at the bottom of the garden where the builders put the excavated material seems to be very popular.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby cyprusmoira » April 11th, 2019, 5:20 am

Zosherooney wrote:We had a large flotilla of flamingoes at the bottom of the garden earlier


We go down to the Salt Lake to see those :D

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Zosherooney » April 11th, 2019, 5:48 am

I know Moira, we went too, we saw one flamingo but got more enjoyment out of watching a young couple trying to retrieve their car from the muddy surroundings. He was steering and she was pushing !!!!! Or trying to...... :lol: :lol:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Badger's mate » April 11th, 2019, 7:55 am

Yesterday we went to Therfield Heath. The Pasque Flowers were magnificent. At their peak, showing beautifully on a sunny day, possibly more extensive than I've seen before. I've been visiting most years over the last forty.
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Postby Seatallan » April 11th, 2019, 11:04 am

Oh I do envy you Badger's mate! I've never seen a Pasque Flower and have always wanted to..
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Postby Badger's mate » April 11th, 2019, 1:47 pm

According to Plantlife in a document last reviewed in 2011, Pasque Flowers occur at 18 sites in the wild in the UK. 5 of these sites account for more than 99% of the total UK population. There were approximately 60000 plants at Therfield, I suspect there are more now.
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Postby Seatallan » April 11th, 2019, 3:06 pm

There are a few sites in the Chilterns where they grow but I'm not sure exactly where. Seeing a Pasque Flower in the wild is up there for me with seeing a Stone Curlew. One day....
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Postby StokeySue » April 11th, 2019, 4:20 pm

I don't think I've ever seen a wild pasque flower, though I have grown them
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Badger's mate » April 11th, 2019, 9:13 pm

We've got a few in the front garden, (we're on a chalk hill) but they were planted.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby uschi » April 12th, 2019, 7:28 am

We don't have pasque flowers here, but I saw entire hillsides covered in them in East Germany near Jena.

Spent last Saturday helping my OH's daughter in her garden and found this sitting under a large plant container.

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Postby suffolk » April 12th, 2019, 8:40 am

We go here http://langdyke.org.uk/welcome-to-langd ... and-holes/ to see the Pasqueflowers in spring ... a lovely quiet spot on the edge of Cambridgeshire/Northants not far from P’bro. It’s also close to John Clare’s Cottage http://www.clarecottage.org/ which is a lovely fascinating place to visit for anyone interested in his work or even just to learn about rural life for the working class in the 19thC. It too is a lovely quiet spot where you can just sit and contemplate. We love both places and together they make a lovely day out. :D
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Postby Badger's mate » April 12th, 2019, 1:09 pm

Several years ago we bought some artwork in aid of the Great Fen project, I'm fairly sure it was from the gallery in Helpston.
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Postby Herbidacious » April 12th, 2019, 2:31 pm

Beautiful beetle, Uschi.
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