Naturewatch - today I saw....

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » May 19th, 2019, 7:45 am

:) Thank you. And I am very glad it cheered you. It was so overcast all day I didn't think I would get any ok photos. The sea was surprisingly colourful given the colour of the sky.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby uschi » May 24th, 2019, 9:50 am

scullion wrote:that rose looks lovely, uschi, it's available from growers in this country if your cuttings don't thrive.

I managed to replace it from a grower in Gotha, I think, but I want cuttings as a back-up and to give away. I agree, it is my favourite. Runner up is Louise Odier which sits in the neighbouring container. Both are in full flower now.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » May 24th, 2019, 11:16 am

I spooted some mayflowers in a gardne on my way to the station., This surprised, me. They grow in a field near my mother's, but she is on the edge of Derbyshire, and I suspect the field was a 'proper' field or just countryside 70 years ago, as opposed to a playing field. But in urban Sydenham?!

I always used to pick a single stem for my mother on her (May) birthday...
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby PatsyMFagan » May 24th, 2019, 6:36 pm

Have a quick look at my daughter's blog and see what she saw today :

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Zosherooney » May 24th, 2019, 9:33 pm

There's a lot going on out there Patsy ! Nice blog and photos.

I have had 3 hornets locally in as many days..... worried for my kitten as one of them was indoors and he loves hunting flies...... She is now 3 months old and is totally adorable and into everything... No one can resist her...
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » May 25th, 2019, 7:59 am

Very nice blog. Lovely photos. Interesting name... ;)

I didn't know you had a kitten. Zosh. :luv:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby PatsyMFagan » May 25th, 2019, 8:29 am

Herbidacious wrote:Very nice blog. Lovely photos. Interesting name...


Apart from photographing wild life, probably her favourite pastime :rolleyes: :oops: :td:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby earthmaiden » May 25th, 2019, 8:32 am

Lovely pics Pat. Very satisfying and relaxing to have taken them too. :luv:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby scullion » May 25th, 2019, 10:39 am

i'm beginning to think that the noisy lodgers 'upstairs' are too big/fat to get out of the chimney or have decided not to fledge until they've driven us to complete insanity. i've taken to demanding their fledging (with added expletives) every time they start shouting for food.
i may have to go onto the roof with a can of squirty foam when they, finally, leave.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » May 26th, 2019, 1:45 pm

The damselflies are mating, and just realized that a robin is nesting in the wisteria on the back of the house. Our house is bird nest central it would seem. The wisteria only goes as far as the balcony (if we can help it) i.e. one storey so it's quite low down.


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And this is what was going on at, er the other end, so to speak... A green one.


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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby earthmaiden » May 26th, 2019, 2:23 pm

Wonderful pics Herbi! :luv:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Busybee » May 26th, 2019, 2:50 pm

We have swifts nesting under our eaves, I’m guessing that the eggs have hatched as mum and dad are constantly in and out.

They are making a bit of a mess but never mind.

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby scullion » May 26th, 2019, 5:27 pm

the lesser and greater spotted beach bums, sporting their red (windswept this time) legs and summer plumage.
we have rock samphire fritters for dinner.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » May 26th, 2019, 7:11 pm

Thanks, EM!
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Kitewatcher » June 1st, 2019, 1:10 pm

Swifts are very discreet. They never, never leave a mess. Are you sure they are swifts? I have had some on my gable-end for many years. They always come on the same date every year, indeed at the same time of day.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Busybee » June 1st, 2019, 2:28 pm

Kitewatcher wrote:Swifts are very discreet. They never, never leave a mess. Are you sure they are swifts? I have had some on my gable-end for many years. They always come on the same date every year, indeed at the same time of day.


I’m really not sure, they are small - could they be swallows or house martins? Whatever they are they come every summer and nest under the eaves.

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby PatsyMFagan » June 1st, 2019, 7:57 pm

I reckon house martins …. Swallows are very dark with a much longer forked tail .
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Zosherooney » June 1st, 2019, 10:55 pm

We are hoping for swifts/house martins/swallows to nest in our drive thru... nothing as yet.... but it is only the first year it has been up and it's still been busy in the locality. It has been a joy to have long tailed tits nesting in a spiky bush, the garden is loud with their calls. I think they had 2 nest fulls.

Sally Anne is fascinated with ants and woodlice...... keeps her amused for hours !
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » June 2nd, 2019, 3:24 am

Swallows and housemartins need access to proper mud nearby to make their nests ...not a lot of mud nowadays about in some areas ... everywhere’s too tidy, village ponds filled in, even some river banks have been concreted ... and it’s been dry this spring ...

I was woken at 3:30 by a combination of noisy blackbirds and being too warm (need to put the thinnest duvet on) so I’ve been out in the garden hedgehog watching :D
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Busybee » June 2nd, 2019, 7:16 am

We do have access to mud, the farm next door is Spring Head Farm..........plus it’s been quite wet up here so far, regular almost daily showers. Everywhere is so lush and green.

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » June 2nd, 2019, 7:58 am

Glad someone’s got some proper mud Busybee ... haven’t seen a properly muddy farmyard in ages ... they’re all dry and dusty around here , if they’re not covered with concrete :|
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby scullion » June 2nd, 2019, 8:04 am

i think i may've fledged one of 'the lodgers'.
yesterday and this morning i was a little confused by the noise on the roof; it seemed a little closer than it should've.
i opened the loft hatch about half an hour ago and a very young jackdaw flopped through the gap - frightening lazy boy cat, who had got up when i had, and who scarpered off outside.
i managed to pick up the complaining brat, take it out and put it on the outhouse roof, where it stayed and squawked for its mummy for a while. i coaxed the cat back in.
when i went out again, a minute or two later, it flew (very low) to the other side of the garden, with a soft landing into a patch of long grass and campions, then off again towards the front and disappeared into the undergrowth. the parents, and maybe other young, were bouncing through the trees parallel with the fledgling shouting to it all the time.
there must be another/different gap in need of squirty foam in the loft!
the excitement was too much for lazy boy - he's gone back to bed.

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby PatsyMFagan » June 2nd, 2019, 9:23 am

Zosherooney wrote: It has been a joy to have long tailed tits nesting in a spiky bush, the garden is loud with their calls. I think they had 2 nest fulls.



Deep envy … my favourite visitor to the garden :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » June 3rd, 2019, 7:28 am

Mine too.

We had a goldfinch yesterday. Always delighted to see these.

I have a horrible feeling that the bird one of our cats had last week (bird no.3, so far this summer, I think :( More that we have had in 5 years) might have been one of the robins. There was a pair taking it in turns to carry worms to the nest in the wisteria on the ground floor of the house, and, I assume, to babies (although they were very quiet babies if so.) They had a routine, hopping progressively closer to the nest, last stop being on top of some metal shelving I have out for plants. Not seen robins since apart from one, briefly, afterwards. So I fear one dead, and nest abandoned. I could be wrong...
We have been having great tit fledglings. They are nesting in a large shrub/small tree just over the fence in neighbour's garden.
Pleased to see more sparrows. They are usually almost as rare as goldfinch(es).
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby aero280 » June 3rd, 2019, 9:11 pm

I couldn't get a photo, but while we were sitting having a coffee looking over the lake, a jackdaw came and wandered among the tables. We thought it was looking for crumbs, but it wasn't,it was after bigger prey. It was seen flying off with a fluttering sparrow in its beak! :o

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » June 4th, 2019, 7:25 am

Oh no!
I once saw a magpie trying to peck a sparrow to death. It was being mobbed by dozens of other sparrows, but it didn't seem to stop it. Nature, red in tooth and claw and all that.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Busybee » June 12th, 2019, 6:51 pm

A great bird spotting day, but only from the kitchen window. A jay and a cuckoo. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a cuckoo before, heard plenty but never seen one.

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » June 12th, 2019, 7:33 pm

Gosh lucky you! I've never seen a cuckoo, and we don't really hear them in SE London...!
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » June 12th, 2019, 10:13 pm

A heron on the roof opposite again, looking to see if they’ve put more fish in the pond he emptied several years ago, but he seems to have a dodgy foot :(
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Ratatouille » June 15th, 2019, 9:34 am

Last night in our walled front garden and enormous midwife toad who was going walkies. We used to see them quite frequently but this is the first for a while.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby PatsyMFagan » June 15th, 2019, 1:24 pm

While doing a bit of last minute gardening before disappearing for a week, I too found a large toad under a pile of garden debris that needed to be bagged up and put out for collection .. And a Robin was accompanying me round the garden.. :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » June 16th, 2019, 6:46 pm

Buzzards, deer, geese... and alpacas of course :)
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Postby Herbidacious » June 16th, 2019, 7:02 pm

And wild orchids

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » July 1st, 2019, 11:38 am

A Red Admiral in the garden. According to wiki, thye were once called Red Admirables.

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Postby suffolk » July 1st, 2019, 1:33 pm

We had one in the garden yesterday .... lovely to see it :D
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » July 1st, 2019, 7:55 pm

I don't often get 'interesting' butterflies in the garden (because there are very not many flowers, I suppose) so was quite thrilled to see this, and went off chasing it with my iPhone! (Which set off a oughing fit, but worth it!)
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Postby suffolk » July 1st, 2019, 9:18 pm

Ours was just passing through and went over the honeysuckle to next door’s garden.
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Postby Herbidacious » July 2nd, 2019, 7:29 am

Ah maybe it was our (? next doors'?) honeysuckle it was after.

The garden is still full of damselflies.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Ratatouille » July 2nd, 2019, 10:32 am

Not so welcome. Walking up the bedroom window this morning was a queen asiatic hornet :terrified: :terrified: :terrified: We are just hoping it was on a reccy and hasn't started a nest near by. :terrified: :terrified: If it has we'll have to report it.
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Postby Herbidacious » July 2nd, 2019, 11:55 am

eek!
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Postby earthmaiden » July 2nd, 2019, 3:28 pm

I must congratulate you on even recognising a queen Asiatic Hornet!
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby scullion » July 3rd, 2019, 10:45 pm

a rather beautiful, very young fox, looking around, in the garden, as if he thought he'd find someone he knew to play with. we watched him for about five minutes before he ambled off again to find his mates.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » July 5th, 2019, 7:20 am

I saw a comma butterfly yesterday.
I really must try and grow more flowers. I have a lot of scraggy geraniums that the bees like, which have mainly self seeded. As nothign else much will grow maybe I should get some nicer ones. Noe if I could get soemoen to come and cultivate the borders, but still too many shrubs/small trees.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby aero280 » July 11th, 2019, 3:32 pm

WHile tidying up things in the garden and around the car today, I had a couple of visitors... :)

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » July 11th, 2019, 3:43 pm

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

Postby Herbidacious » July 11th, 2019, 7:45 pm

What’s the second one, exactly?

Lots of swallow type birds round here. Maybe House Martins. Lots of babies too.
I’ve seen a few swallowtail butterflies, but not managed to photograph any. Ditto very large dragonflies. They just won’t settle for long enough!
There are lots of very pretty clouded yellows in the garden.
Saw assorted birds in the Camargue.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » July 14th, 2019, 8:16 pm

Some wild flowers in France. I have identified some of them, I think:

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Postby Herbidacious » July 14th, 2019, 8:21 pm

Also a close up of a cicada. I spent days trying to find one. Hard to spot even though they were everywhere and very loud. I managed to make a short video of it doing it's thing.

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