Naturewatch - today I saw....

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » September 28th, 2017, 11:14 am

I seem to remember chicken of the wood is rather nice. I had a mycophaeliac friend, whose father was also an enthusiast. He was a GP and his patients used to bring him Giant Puffballs and the like. I sort of trusted my friend (she's a doctor too, now) but remember on one holiday in Scotland cooking ceps and other things we'd picked in the Youth Hostel, and lots of little maggoty things wriggling out as they hit the frying pan. We picked the maggots out and ate the mushrooms... :shock:

Another friend married the son of a Scottish laird (now a laird - she's now a Lady!) and discovered hundreds of Cceps on their estate when she ‘moved in’ after marriage. Alas, I think she went overboard in picking them and they didn’t come up again :( Ah well, gave her more time to shoot deer and pheasants (and possibly peasants...) and the like...
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Badger's mate » September 28th, 2017, 11:56 am

Yes, giant puffballs, parasols, field mushrooms and blewits were my usual ones. Used to get a good haul from various places (mostly where I used to fish) around this time of year. Never really bumped into ceps or chicken of the woods.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » September 28th, 2017, 2:07 pm

Ceps favour pine woods, I think.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » September 28th, 2017, 2:21 pm

The thing is there are a lot of pine woodchips used as mulch in gardens nowadays ... and ceps seem to be popping up all over the place :bounce:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Grasshopper » September 28th, 2017, 7:42 pm

We've seen BATS flying about outside! They are prob. Pipistrelles, tiny things hardly bigger than a large moth. They'll be after midges and little moths and suchlike.

Did you know that a single bat can hoover up some 3000 midges in a single night? :ugeek:

Amazing little creatures :luv:

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » October 31st, 2017, 8:09 am

A few urban funghi on the way to work in the last couple of weeks:

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Ratatouille » October 31st, 2017, 9:48 am

Lovely Herbie.

Lunch time yesterday, there were 2 red admirals in the garden. Late, even here,
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » October 31st, 2017, 2:56 pm

Gosh, rats!

I saw a Comma butterfly trying to alight on the side of a London double decker about 17 days ago. I felt rather sorry for it. There are a few parks round about where I work, and trees on the pavements but where I spotted it was a bit flower-free. Plus it was trying to land on a bus...

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby icelesley » November 2nd, 2017, 7:49 am

We suddenly have several bats flying around. I think they must live in the loft of the house next dorr. They are having a new roof done so the bats must have been disturbed. Last night as it started going dark they were wizzing back and too and we could hear them screaching.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Ratatouille » November 2nd, 2017, 1:19 pm

This morning , on the way back from town, the sky suddenly went dark. It took us a few seconds to realise it was an huge murmeration of starlings, weaving and twisting above us. We are quite used to seeing them at dusk but at 11,00 in the morning?

We have bats here too Ice but far fewer than a few years ago because so many of their habitats have been "done up"
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » November 2nd, 2017, 3:27 pm

Ooh how exciting, Rats. I had to travel to Somerset to see that earlier this year. Would love to see it again.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby aero280 » November 5th, 2017, 4:56 pm

Spent the week concreting a new shed base. I had a regular helper who kept harvesting the disturbed soil.

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Seatallan » November 5th, 2017, 5:33 pm

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby scullion » November 28th, 2017, 5:38 pm

a firecrest, dining on the residents in the bay tree that brushes the living room window.
couldn't take a picture cos it would have been gone as i moved. so we stood and watched it for ten minutes instead, and enjoyed it.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » November 28th, 2017, 6:39 pm

How lovely ... a special birthday visit :D
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Zosherooney » November 28th, 2017, 6:50 pm

We have had a plethora of muntjac in the garden over the last couple of days, one of them was charging around like a mad thing ! After moving the leyllandi today, a resident robin was bobbling around and behaving very tame !!!!
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby aero280 » November 28th, 2017, 6:54 pm

Giving the car a quick check over before the MOT and the local robin was getting under my feet. I'll try for a close up of him tomorrow if he gets that close again.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Zosherooney » December 2nd, 2017, 8:42 am

Now that the majority of the leaves are off the trees, we have spent time over morning tea sitting and watching a very comical squirrel trying to keep half a dozen black birds out of 'his' tree ! They seem to be teasing him, so very funny to watch.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » December 10th, 2017, 7:11 pm

I think I saw a tree creeper this morning, but didn’t get a photo. I definitely saw a red squirrel and did get some photos. Although he/she seemed determined to not let me. Won’t know for sure how good they are until I am able to upload them.

Yesterday very large birds of pray but not skilled enough to identify on the wing.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby hickybank » December 11th, 2017, 5:07 pm

Massive amount of birds in the garden due to the snow, filled my bird feeders cleared snow away to put down food for the ground feeders & piled up the birdtable
Goldfinch, greenfinch, chaffinch, pied wagtail. robin. starling, blackbird, pigeon, blue tit, great tit
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Zosherooney » December 11th, 2017, 10:27 pm

Nuther flipping fox this evening, in the drive with 2 claws in an upwardly direction !!!!!!
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » December 12th, 2017, 1:24 am

Just got in. 1am! They diverted the plane to bl**dy Southend!!

Couldn't resist having a quick look at pics before bed. This is a bit out of focus but it made me laugh, which is good, because it's the first thing that has made me do so today. 11 hours of travelling... I had to get a taxi. Anyway. Will sift through the rest of the photos tomorrow.

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » December 26th, 2017, 6:56 pm

Yesterday I saw some of these. They look a bit chanterelle-like but perhaps too big. And not flutey enough?

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby scullion » December 31st, 2017, 4:48 pm

on my way home from shopping i was next to a large murmuration taking off from a nearby hedge so i stopped and was engulfed in a swoop by it before it moved off. it was the second murmuration along the same road, a minute or two apart.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » December 31st, 2017, 9:35 pm

Ooh lucky you! We were going to go down to Brighton this week to see the murmuration there, but OH too ill.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby aero280 » January 8th, 2018, 6:02 pm

I'm cross!

I have posted pictures of the friendly robin that comes along to help me dig the garden. But my pictures are not good as they have been snatched with my old phone, but when ever I get my proper camera out the robin disappears.

So here's the latest which OH took while the robin posed for the photo...

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » January 8th, 2018, 6:20 pm

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

Postby TeresaFoodie » January 8th, 2018, 6:44 pm

Cute! :tu:

Is anyone taking part in the RSPB bird watch this month? I have just received my free pack. Having no garden I need to decide where to go and watch. I doubt my mum/sister's gardens would be much good with the amount of cats! I may try and coincide one of the watch dates with a visit to Dunstable Downs!
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Pepper Pig » January 8th, 2018, 6:56 pm

I usually do it but may have a problem this time round as we have a number of social things on then. For once. :o
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » January 8th, 2018, 7:08 pm

I usually do it online ... it's my birthday weekend but now they do it over three days I should be able to find an hour free to gaze out of the window :D
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » January 8th, 2018, 7:29 pm

aero280 wrote:..., but when ever I get my proper camera out the robin disappears.


I have the same problem with my cat Basil.

Nice pic!

I always forget re the bird watch thing. I shall if I remember.

Yesterday I have 4 parakeets, a woodpecker and a robin on the feeder at the same time. Very colourful for a British bird feeding station!
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby cyprusmoira » January 9th, 2018, 12:47 pm

This is more of a "what I did not see". We went down to Akrotiri Salt Lake to see the flamingos, we could see them, you cannot get up close. but saw nothing else except the usual Hooded Crows and a Moorhen. I had expected to see small rafts of ducks in the ponds by the reed beds but there was nothing.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Ratatouille » January 9th, 2018, 12:55 pm

I forgot to mention that, on Sunday when he went up to the village for the papers Mr R saw a fallow deer on the way up and 10 sangliers on his way back. We came to the conclusion that the hunters have probably killed more human beings than animals this year. There have been several reports in the newspapers and TV of hunters killing each other or folk walking their dogs in the woods etc
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » January 9th, 2018, 1:39 pm

I just had three robins. I think one might have been a juvenile. Is that likely? I know three is somewhat unusual as they are territorial. It had a fluffy head. He looked at me through the window full on, then turned his head to look at me with one eye. v sweet.

Long tailed tits in evidence this morning :D my faves.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » January 9th, 2018, 2:14 pm

They are territorial, but will tolerate each other (just) during the winter when food is scarce. I saw one of our resident pair this morning, hopping amongst the grapevine. Out of the other window I've been watching a little wren lurking in the winter flowering clematis ... the other day there were some Longtailed tits hopping about in there (Lollipop birds) :D
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » January 15th, 2018, 8:56 am

quite impressively tailed-fox captures with my trail camera last night.

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » January 15th, 2018, 9:09 am

And some shots of parakeets from yesterday:

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby scullion » January 15th, 2018, 9:19 am

pretty! shame they're not native.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » January 15th, 2018, 9:32 am

They will be (deemed to be so) eventually! They are not depriving the other birds. Squirrel is more problematic on that front.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby aero280 » January 15th, 2018, 2:11 pm

I'm still digging and concreting and our robin has a friend...

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby aero280 » January 19th, 2018, 3:29 pm

It was very cold here in Foggy Bottom this morning.

I went out to the car to drive to the gym, and found that nature had covered it with this!! :o

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » January 19th, 2018, 3:43 pm

how beautiful! The wonders of nature...
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Postby suffolk » January 19th, 2018, 3:54 pm

Yes mine was the same ... so beautiful ... it seemed a shame to de-ice it
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Postby aero280 » January 20th, 2018, 7:35 pm

I've just realised that I have a picture from a different angle...

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » January 20th, 2018, 9:16 pm

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

Postby Zosherooney » January 20th, 2018, 11:46 pm

Herb, those paraquettes are so attractive, great photos too. We witnessed today, a very ferocious robin fight over the bird table.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby cyprusmoira » January 21st, 2018, 7:30 am

There is a territorial fight here between a pair of magpies and a couple of hooded crows over possession of the bird bath. The magpies seem to be in charge at present, the little birds, sparrows, warblers and the rest just ignore them.

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby StokeySue » January 21st, 2018, 11:32 am

scullion wrote:pretty! shame they're not native.

Shame they are not mute

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Postby suffolk » January 21st, 2018, 12:19 pm

We have a beautiful pied wagtail amongst our regulars in the back garden this morning :D
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Postby Herbidacious » January 21st, 2018, 3:35 pm

Thanks, Zosh!
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