Naturewatch - today I saw....

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby scullion » March 4th, 2017, 12:20 pm

i regularly have to go out and swear at the jackdaws who are tap dancing on the roof. i think that all of last years babies with their mates, and the parents, are fighting over who is going to inherit the ancestral home in one of our chimneys.
doris did us a favour in that respect - she gave us a respite from the squabbling and really noisy footwork.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » March 4th, 2017, 8:17 pm

For a moment there I thought Suffolk had a cat called Doris...

Glad your blue tits survived, Suffolk.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » March 5th, 2017, 7:58 am

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » March 5th, 2017, 2:22 pm

This year's (?) robin couple seem to have entirely mastered the art of clingiing to the seed feeder à la bluetits. Clever robins :)
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Postby suffolk » March 5th, 2017, 2:32 pm

Yes, ours have too, some have the house sparrows and some of the blackbirds :hi5:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Grasshopper » March 5th, 2017, 7:04 pm

Saw my first squirrel of the year yesterday - Spring can't be THAT far away!
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » March 5th, 2017, 7:29 pm

Ours never went away. Are they supposed to?!

Here's one I took a month or two ago (!)
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Luca » March 5th, 2017, 7:29 pm

Your first squirrel of the year................ I wish! They are a constant pest in London and dig up my bulbs the whole time. I wouldn't mind if they were of the red variety..... and don't worry too much about them anyway but they along with foxes are a constant menace.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » March 5th, 2017, 7:49 pm

I thought 'my' squirrel was rather menacing... Reminds me of that poster for the 1984 version of film of 1984...
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Postby Herbidacious » March 5th, 2017, 7:51 pm

ok maybe not...

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Luca » March 5th, 2017, 7:55 pm

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

Postby Grasshopper » March 5th, 2017, 8:15 pm

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

Postby Herbidacious » March 9th, 2017, 4:15 pm

Was excited to see my favourite - a long tailed tit this morning.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » March 9th, 2017, 6:32 pm

My first Brimstone butterfly of the spring :D
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Badger's mate » March 9th, 2017, 10:07 pm

suffolk wrote:My first Brimstone butterfly of the spring :D


We had our first one in the garden today, too :D
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Ratatouille » March 10th, 2017, 9:47 am

Just seen it or rather them. Two hares boxing Mad March lie in the field at the bottom of the hameau :bounce: :bounce:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby aero280 » March 14th, 2017, 7:07 pm

It's mid-March and the daffodils have finally blossomed!! :)

Well, at least the ones on the south side.

The tree blossom came out over the weekend too.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Grasshopper » March 14th, 2017, 8:37 pm

Pied Wagtails, squirrels, Robins, the Collared Doves are at it, cooing at each other, dandelions are popping up, daffs & crocuses are in bloom - not long 'till Spring!!!!!!!!
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » March 14th, 2017, 11:24 pm

17 degrees in London tomorrow and very mild today. Feels like spring already here. The mahonia is out and heavenly in fragrance. The raspberry canes and black currant bushes are in leaf. Lots of crocuses, some hyacinths, the camelia all in full bloom along with Daffodils and narcissi. O sign of wild garlic. Too early or not happening?!
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby scullion » March 15th, 2017, 3:29 pm

there was a female blackbird collecting dried grass from the garden yesterday. she flew into the bay tree outside the living room window and is obviously building a nest where we (and any cat sitting on the back of the sofa) have a good view. i'm going to leave the combings from the cats' fur out for her - it seems appropriate.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » March 15th, 2017, 4:48 pm

Our bluetits' nest always contains a large proportion of next door's very fluffy tortoiseshell :D
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » March 19th, 2017, 12:43 pm

Did a spot of gardening and encountered some flora and fauna: robin was very interested in what I was doing and hopped to within a foot of me. Toad, and a sleepy bumble bee which I rescued from inside a netted area and a wood blewit (dug up as in my raised bed)? Also had a woodpecker - Greater Spotted I think.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby PatsyMFagan » March 19th, 2017, 1:34 pm

Herbidacious wrote: No sign of wild garlic. Too early or not happening?!


Mine is up, but only little leaves at the moment. I potted some up last year - I recall some wildies wanted some ? Or did I dream it :?

Herbi, you would have been very lucky for the woodpecker to be a Lesser Spotted, rather than the more common Great Spotted .. I understand from bird mad daughter that the Lesser Spotted are quite rare .. :td:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby aero280 » March 19th, 2017, 11:44 pm

Spent the day at Warwick Castle with the family and saw some birds...

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby scullion » March 20th, 2017, 12:16 am

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Mine is up, but only little leaves at the moment. I potted some up last year - I recall some wildies wanted some ? Or did I dream it :?


no you didn't dream it, one of them was me. we'll meet sometime - i think i'm going to be quite near you in august!
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby PatsyMFagan » March 20th, 2017, 10:11 am

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Mine is up, but only little leaves at the moment. I potted some up last year - I recall some wildies wanted some ? Or did I dream it :?


no you didn't dream it, one of them was me. we'll meet sometime - i think i'm going to be quite near you in august!


Ah yes, thought you were on the list Scully :tu: .... So I will keep yours pot safe and we will make a plan for when you are next up this way. Don't forget I am always up for a meal somewhere, so perhaps a mini-meet with others who are close by ? :bounce:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » March 20th, 2017, 10:30 am

PatsyMFagan wrote:Herbi, you would have been very lucky for the woodpecker to be a Lesser Spotted, rather than the more common Great Spotted .. I understand from bird mad daughter that the Lesser Spotted are quite rare .. :td:


It was definitely Great spotted, Patsy.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » March 20th, 2017, 10:32 am

Ok wild garlic not happening then. I planted loads and loads came up last year, but i didn't harvest any as you are not supposed to for a year. I fear my gardeners probably weeded it all out :( v frustrating given the need to wait a year.

My snake's head fratillery are out though.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby StokeySue » March 20th, 2017, 10:45 am

I looked last week in the wood over the road, the wild garlic was up but not quite ready to pick, and not close to flowering
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Seatallan » March 20th, 2017, 10:56 am

Herbidacious wrote:My snake's head fratillery are out though.


Mine too. One of my favorite flowers. :luv:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » March 20th, 2017, 11:39 am

Do you pick it, Sue? Or is that a no no? I imagine restauranteurs are all over it.
It used to grow abundantly near where my mother lives. Maybe I will get a moment to look on my next visit (or maybe not... :( )
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Postby Herbidacious » March 20th, 2017, 11:40 am

I wonder if sheep eat it. If not, I could plant some in our garden in France.
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Postby PatsyMFagan » March 20th, 2017, 12:11 pm

Herbidacious wrote:Ok wild garlic not happening then. I planted loads and loads came up last year, but i didn't harvest any as you are not supposed to for a year. I fear my gardeners probably weeded it all out v frustrating given the need to wait a year.


I have enough for you Herbie ;) :tu:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » March 20th, 2017, 3:28 pm

aw thanks!
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Postby Luca » March 20th, 2017, 6:41 pm

Pat, if at some stage you have some spare I'd love to try growing it. Project 2017 garden is about to commence!
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby PatsyMFagan » March 20th, 2017, 8:10 pm

I have lots ... wish I could grow mint so successfully .. ;)

So perhaps a Wild Garlic meet-up rather than a Wild Food meet-up :lol: 8-)

Or I could pop some in the post to you all ............ (but that's the boring way :( )
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Grasshopper » March 20th, 2017, 8:27 pm

We have mint in the garden. It has to be contained otherwise it gallops everywhere. Do you have a garden centre nearby? Maybe you could pick up some tips about mint-growing.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » March 21st, 2017, 11:49 am

I have mint growing out of the lawn, it would seem, at the moment. Smells lovely when its mown.

A wild garlic meet up would be very nice indeed!
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Postby PatsyMFagan » March 21st, 2017, 4:50 pm

Herbidacious wrote:A wild garlic meet up would be very nice indeed!


I believe Scully is going to be up this way in August and the other recipients all live within the M25 :tu: :bounce:
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Postby cyprusmoira » March 22nd, 2017, 10:52 am

The Hoopoes have arrived, I like Hoopoes, they look as if they have a sense of humour

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » March 22nd, 2017, 2:46 pm

I like hoopoes too :D
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Postby Meganthemog » March 22nd, 2017, 6:49 pm

Image This is one of the little frogs we met on our holiday - he was so tiny but he seemed happy to sit and pose for me!
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Postby suffolk » March 22nd, 2017, 7:05 pm

He is seriously cute :luv:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Badger's mate » March 30th, 2017, 3:21 pm

Holly Blue butterflies in the sunshine. One around the garden and another on the King's Meads :D
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Postby suffolk » March 30th, 2017, 6:15 pm

Comma butterflies here, and lots of bumble bees in the broad bean flowers :D
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Ratatouille » March 30th, 2017, 6:26 pm

He looks very like our reinettes - tree frogs. They sound like ducks and we have several up in the ivy on the wall.

On the way home from our lunch to drop off another guest we saw our two Bonelli's eagles. They live on the sheer cliff on the way to her hameau.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby TezzaBear » March 31st, 2017, 9:47 am

Apparently we have a Bumble Bee nest somewhere in this building. I must try to find out from my neighbour if she found the nest since she found a couple buzzing around indoors.
Noticeably Luton seems to be teeming with birds. Half of them i think are starting to get ready for breeding season in my loft space. I keep seeing them flitting past my window and disappearing into what must be a hole in the roof. They look like thrushes but I didn't think they nested in rooves. They move so fast it is difficult to see fore sure what they are. They have a handy telegraph wire outside that they springboard off of into the roof. Anyone any idea what these birds are likely to be at this time if year?
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby PatsyMFagan » March 31st, 2017, 9:58 am

TezzaBear wrote:Apparently we have a Bumble Bee nest somewhere in this building. I must try to find out from my neighbour if she found the nest since she found a couple buzzing around indoors.


Tezza, I would be surprised if bumble bees are nesting IN a building ... Bumble Bees are endangered and need all our help for them to survive. They are great pollinators and without them WE would be in trouble. Have a look at this link:

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby PatsyMFagan » March 31st, 2017, 9:59 am

TezzaBear wrote:Noticeably Luton seems to be teeming with birds. Half of them i think are starting to get ready for breeding season in my loft space. I keep seeing them flitting past my window and disappearing into what must be a hole in the roof.


Starlings .... their young are quite pale and I suppose could be mistaken for thrushes ;)
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