Naturewatch - today I saw....

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby PatsyMFagan » July 14th, 2019, 8:29 pm

WOW :o :tu: 8-)
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » July 19th, 2019, 7:19 am

Something to look out for in the UK

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Pepper Pig » July 19th, 2019, 7:26 am

Funnily enough Herbi I was saying to a friend yesterday that I have seen more butterflies this year than usual. I must look more carefully.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » July 21st, 2019, 7:43 pm

Saw all sorts today. We went for a walk in a wildlife/wetlands place near Sevenoaks. Didn't spot a kingfisher (of course) but lots of insects. Dragonflies, butterflies, caterpillars. Hard to take photos and I didn't really have the right lens with me (I was more prepared for birds.) I should go back.

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Banded Demoiselle?

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » July 21st, 2019, 7:43 pm

And party time...!


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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby PatsyMFagan » July 22nd, 2019, 7:52 am

And I see you've captured a cinnabar moth caterpillar :tu:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby cyprusmoira » July 22nd, 2019, 7:55 am

The Painted Ladies flew through Cyprus earlier this year. Meanwhile the Swallowtail caterpillars are chomping their way through the parsley.

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » July 22nd, 2019, 8:35 am

We had a gorgeous Comma butterfly spending some time in the garden yesterday morning .,, lovely
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Seatallan » July 22nd, 2019, 11:39 am

We have a bumblebee nest by the shed! :D :luv:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby cyprusmoira » July 22nd, 2019, 11:57 am

Earlier this morning I was gazing out of the kitchen window when suddenly a bit of carob tree moved, it was a chameleon. I have seen them here before but usually at ground level, Very disconcerting


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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » July 22nd, 2019, 12:01 pm

PatsyMFagan wrote:cinnabar moth caterpillar


Thanks for that. I should definitely go back to see if I can spot some of the actual moths. They are very striking.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby icelesley » July 22nd, 2019, 12:31 pm

Not just today but for the last week we have had seagulls squarking at all hours. I wouldn't mind we are nowhere near the sea. :? We also have some lovely red admiral butterflies on the budlia.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » July 22nd, 2019, 12:39 pm

I think I saw a peacock (butterfly!) too on my trip. We've had a lot of seagulls as well. I have heard swifts, but not seen them.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby scullion » July 22nd, 2019, 12:43 pm

we have a solitary bee, that looks very much like a cornish black honey bee (not solitary) that's building/built a nest in the corner of a small pot containing a cavolo nero plant that i didn't get round to planting out - looks like i'll have to forgo planting it now.
i have 'wasted' a lot of time watching it.
it started digging yesterday while i was doing some watering and it's tunnelled quite far down the side of the pot going by the (levelled out) mound of potting compost around that corner.
it does a little dive down into the pot, comes out, flies around for a foot in diameter, or so, then dives back in again, doing it over and over - we are assuming it's cleaning its wings or cooling down (but don't really know).
i can't find a picture of one of close enough likeness in the books we have,
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby scullion » July 22nd, 2019, 12:46 pm

icelesley wrote: I wouldn't mind we are nowhere near the sea.

herring gulls have moved inland where there's richer pickings - remember eric cantona's famous quote!
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby icelesley » July 22nd, 2019, 1:55 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: I wonder what they have found :rolleyes:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » July 22nd, 2019, 4:10 pm

Did anyone see that BBC article about a gull snatching a chuahua... :shock: :(
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby scullion » July 22nd, 2019, 4:42 pm

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby PatsyMFagan » July 22nd, 2019, 8:07 pm

Herbidacious wrote:
PatsyMFagan wrote:cinnabar moth caterpillar


Thanks for that. I should definitely go back to see if I can spot some of the actual moths. They are very striking.


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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » August 4th, 2019, 7:40 am

Any ideas? Not very clear photo I'm afraid.

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » August 4th, 2019, 10:41 am

Have a look here Herbi https://www.naturespot.org.uk/taxonomy/ ... 338?page=0

I've been through them all and can't get a really good match but there are several possibles ... perhaps you, having seen it in the flesh so to speak, can get a better match.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » August 4th, 2019, 8:15 pm

It was big. It flew into my face as well! :shock: I spent most of my time in its presense trying to photograph it. I am in Normandy.

I also saw a hummingbird hawk moth today (v hard to photograph!) Not seen one was this far north before (apart from that one time in my London garden.)
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » August 14th, 2019, 7:33 am

Five long tailed tits on the feeder! Never seen this many together before.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » August 18th, 2019, 7:24 pm

Butterflies in a garden centre near Sheffield:

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Comma, Peacock, Painted Lady(?) and a Small Tortoisehell
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby earthmaiden » August 18th, 2019, 9:00 pm

Beautiful pix Herbi :luv:.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » August 18th, 2019, 9:21 pm

Thank you. It's clear now that a Buddleia is needed! :)
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Ratatouille » August 19th, 2019, 9:32 am

I mentioned this on CB. Thsi morning we saw 2 storks flying low at the back of the house from west to east.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » August 19th, 2019, 12:06 pm

How lovely.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » August 20th, 2019, 9:20 pm

In the garden this afternoon. Not seen one this colour before - they are usually electric blue or emerald green. It obligingly kept still for several minutes - albeit on a cane a foot above my head so had to hold the camera out to get this close.

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » August 20th, 2019, 9:25 pm

And some of the long tailed tits from the other day (extra cuteness if you click on it.):


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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby earthmaiden » November 25th, 2019, 4:18 pm

One of the pair of heron who live near Waitrose let me get this close today before flying to the other side of the canal and posing for me!
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby earthmaiden » November 25th, 2019, 4:19 pm

Posing!
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » November 25th, 2019, 4:21 pm

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby aero280 » November 25th, 2019, 6:39 pm

Two herons! :) I don't think that I've seen them other than singly.


Our green woodpecker was back in the garden this afternoon, but it flew off before could get the camera. :(
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby earthmaiden » November 25th, 2019, 9:54 pm

That was just one, the other is usually to be seen about 1/4 mile down the canal and was there today. I have no idea what the visible differences between male and female are but the one in the photo seems like a male, the other is lovely but not quite so handsome.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » November 26th, 2019, 10:51 am

Herons do make good photographers' sitters, don't they :) Lovely spot and picture!
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby PatsyMFagan » January 21st, 2020, 12:00 pm

I have refreshed this thread to add my daughter's blog .... I think some of you already see this on facebook : winowendyswildlifeworld.blogspot.com

The latest one shows photos taken in my garden yesterday of blue tits and a little gold crest that regularly visit my garden .. I think they are beautiful, however, would never had noticed the goldcrest if she hadn't pointed it out to me :tu: :hug: :kneel: :luv:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby scullion » January 21st, 2020, 3:48 pm

Two storks sitting/nesting on a church belfrey.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » January 21st, 2020, 7:56 pm

scullion wrote:Two storks sitting/nesting on a church belfrey.


Where? :shock:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » February 6th, 2020, 1:53 pm

Just spent at least 20 minutes watching a large buzzard circling in the sunshine quite low over our front garden :D
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Seatallan » February 6th, 2020, 2:00 pm

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

Postby scullion » February 6th, 2020, 2:03 pm

suffolk wrote:
scullion wrote:Two storks sitting/nesting on a church belfrey.


Where? :shock:


sorry, didn't reply - faro.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » February 6th, 2020, 2:14 pm

Scully ... I worked it out ... eventually :tu: :lol:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby earthmaiden » February 7th, 2020, 12:11 pm

There's been talk of garden bird spotting on another thread. I wondered if you knew about this as well - probably not for urban spotters but .... https://www.bfbc.org.uk/
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » February 7th, 2020, 12:30 pm

I wasnt aware ... thanks EM ... I've put a link to it on the GW Wildlife forum :D
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby cyprusmoira » February 10th, 2020, 10:41 am

I saw my first swallow today, we don't usually see them until about 14th Feb but I was at a much lower level driving through farm land

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby hickybank » February 20th, 2020, 7:33 pm

A little bit of a fall out on my feeder
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » February 20th, 2020, 8:25 pm

Lovoly. Lucky you.
I did actually have a goldfinch (v rare for me) on Tuesday but didn't manage to photograph it.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby hickybank » February 20th, 2020, 10:13 pm

They are turning me into a poor man, in the last month I have spent £30 on Sunflower hearts,. I have up to 15 to the feeder at the same time
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