Naturewatch - today I saw....

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby smitch » March 31st, 2017, 10:28 am

I saw a heron on my way home from work yesterday. It was perched by the side of a pond in the middle of a very busy junction next to the M60 :shock: I've seen them by the canal round the corner from my house, but never somewhere so busy!
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » March 31st, 2017, 10:38 am

Ooh lovely!
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » March 31st, 2017, 11:13 am

Herons ......... my favourite birds :luv:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Ratatouille » March 31st, 2017, 11:59 am

suffolk wrote:Herons ......... my favourite birds :luv:


They weren't a favourite of MIL because they stole so many things from her pond until we bought her a rather lovely sculpture of a heron and the real one didn't come back,
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby TezzaBear » March 31st, 2017, 12:18 pm

That's the way to do it Rats, a nice fake one to scare the real ones off your land. I did have one once purchased from a local garden centre. Whilst shopping for it my Mum manhandled one a bit too vigorously and accidentally snapped the head off. We have never laughed so much. She did own up to the store and paid for the damage and paid for my heron. I didn't have a heron problem at the time or a pond, just the name Heron formed part of our street address. We did aim to create a pond at some point but in the meantime it looked lovely in the garden.
Reminds me...must reactivate my RSPB membership again. I love a good bird watch! I would love to see a heron and a woodpecker.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby PatsyMFagan » April 1st, 2017, 8:53 am

Tezza, I think there is a reserve close to where you now live .... Ask Mamta, she goes there often :tu:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby TezzaBear » April 1st, 2017, 9:46 am

Thanks Pat, will check in with Mamta.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby cooksalot » April 4th, 2017, 2:43 pm

I saw a reed warbler today when walking past the pond in Dulwich Park. Beautiful yellow colouring - he/she was hovering like a helicopter round the reeds!
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Re: Naturewatch - herons nests

Postby Mamta » April 5th, 2017, 5:54 am

Hello everyone
Those of you that are interested in birds, it is a good time to visit Rushmere Park at Leighton Buzzard. There are about 14 pairs of Heron nesting. The great thing is that the viewing platform and caffetaria are almost at eye level of the top of te tree, so you can see the nests. I went last week. The chicks must have just about hatched out now. Take binoculars, f you have them. They usually have a scope on site, as well as a guide. One camera is focused on a nest for closeups.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » April 5th, 2017, 6:30 am

Thank you for sharing that Mamta - I love herons :D
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby StokeySue » April 5th, 2017, 9:05 am

There's a big heronry at Walthamstow wetlands resrve, I feel a walk coming on
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Seatallan » April 5th, 2017, 9:44 am

suffolk wrote:Thank you for sharing that Mamta - I love herons :D


Me too. They look so Jurassic don't they? :)
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » April 5th, 2017, 10:20 am

Absolutely! :tu:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Mamta » April 5th, 2017, 3:58 pm

Saw my first Ring Ouzel of the year today, at Ivinghoe Beacon today.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » April 5th, 2017, 4:23 pm

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

Postby Seatallan » April 5th, 2017, 4:38 pm

Oh how lovely Mamta! :D Always look forward to seeing nesting pairs when we're in the Lakes in early summer.

Saw my first swallow of the year on Sunday, flying down Little Loch Broom.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Mamta » April 5th, 2017, 5:36 pm

I haven't seen those yet. May be next week.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Badger's mate » April 6th, 2017, 12:20 pm

Walking over the hill to Great Amwell farmers' market this morning I heard (and saw) my first blackcap. Hopefully there will be sedge warblers singing this afternoon on the King's Meads.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Zosherooney » April 6th, 2017, 1:23 pm

Yesterday pm. saw up the end of the garden what I thought was a pigeon acting strange, I called mr. Z. and about a minute later a sparrow hawk dived off with a male blackbird in its talons. I felt so sad for the BB as we had been watching a pair of male BB fighting for worm territory the day before..... :cry:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Mamta » April 6th, 2017, 5:09 pm

Heard several black caps over Ivinghoe. I saw the front of one through branches, was the right colour, but did not see its cap, so not 100% sure.
Here is my ring Ouzel, pictured from about 250-300 m with a small automatic Cannon PowershotSX720 HC camera.


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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Badger's mate » April 9th, 2017, 2:37 pm

... Orange tip butterflies all over the place today :D

I noticed that the Lady's Smock has been in flower for a few days and the Garlic Mustard is coming on, so it's time.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Seatallan » April 9th, 2017, 4:35 pm

Lovely pic Mamta :hug: :hug:

Badger, the Lady's Smock is out here too. Am hoping to hear the first cuckoo any day now.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Mamta » April 9th, 2017, 7:14 pm

Yes, i am looking forward to cuckoos too (Paxton pits), and all the warblers. Perhaps one day i will be able to differentiate their songs!
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Badger's mate » April 10th, 2017, 6:49 am

We go to Paxton pits sometimes, often in late Spring/early Summer, for the nightingales.

Also dragonflies. Scarce chasers are quite common there. paradoxically :D

We have been known to go there after one of Mrs B's clinics at Addenbrooke's
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Badger's mate » April 10th, 2017, 4:42 pm

Finally there were sedge warblers singing on the Meads today. Swallows flying around too.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Mamta » April 10th, 2017, 9:06 pm

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

Postby Zosherooney » April 12th, 2017, 6:05 am

We spotted our first swallow about 10 days ago - quite early...
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » April 15th, 2017, 8:38 pm

Saw a little wren up close near outbuilding. And something else... but can't post pics as have somehow got through all our 10GB of broadband in three days??!! How did that happen? It's not as if I have been watching tv on it. The back garden suddenly filled with a small flock of sheep and lambs earlier :) Dashed out there with camera. They are funny things. Was worried they were eating my mint, but I don't think so. There's probably a reason it's the only herb that's survived.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Ratatouille » April 16th, 2017, 1:55 pm

As we were driving up to the restaurant for lunch three wild boars shot across the road causing both Mr R and the driver of a car coming in the other direction to throw out the anchors pretty swiftly. How the other car missed them I shall never know.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Luca » April 21st, 2017, 6:35 pm

I've had that happen Rats and it's not a lot of fun. They would have caused a lot of damage to your car.

Many years ago I had a close encounter with a boar during a shoot in Northern France.... How I didn't collapse from fright I don't know!

I didn't have a camera sadly but whilst visiting family in Oxfordshire over Easter I saw a group of about 20 deer around the edge of the lake at night and under a rather clouded sky. Other family members saw baby muntjac but sadly I didn't.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Badger's mate » May 6th, 2017, 1:56 pm

Loads of swifts flying around the plot today. :D
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » May 6th, 2017, 2:04 pm

We saw one swallow when we were in south Lincs over the Easter weekend, haven't seen a swift, swallow or martin since our return to Norfolk ........ don't blame them, it's freezin here.
On a brighter note, the song thrush sang for nearly two hours this morning :D
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » May 6th, 2017, 5:44 pm

We seem to have at least two Greater Spotted woodpeckers coming to our feeders a lot. Very nice to see. The Long tailed tits seem to have gone. Thye must stay with us en route to somewhere else every year.
No swifts round here, but lots in Normandy the other week.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » May 6th, 2017, 6:11 pm

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby PatsyMFagan » May 7th, 2017, 8:34 am

I am having my first :mug: with several starlings, jackdaws, blackbirds and a robin as company... nothing spectacular, but all so cheeky, vying for their breakfast. The Great Spotted Woodpecker will be paying a visit soon too .. :tu:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby scullion » May 8th, 2017, 12:08 pm

as pretty cat came bouncing across from the field next door, shouting at me (like they do), she was suddenly distracted by something in the grass.
when i went over to see, it was a lizard that had obviously encountered something in the past as it had no tail (no fresh blood so not that recent) and i couldn't see the tail flicking anywhere.
i supervised it's escape, from the cat, into the undergrowth.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » May 8th, 2017, 3:32 pm

The squirrel was baffled by the new squirrel baffle today. He looked at it, looked at me, chattered, then off he went. A few moments later he was back with his Mrs (I actually have no idea what gender they were), they looked at it, then off they went again. Later, after I had left, one of them went up the pole and did space man impressions. Alas no photo, but this is the baffle design - it's fitted half way up the pole under the food.

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » May 18th, 2017, 10:11 am

Have seen some swifts here now. I am working from home today and I confess am being a little distracted by the antics of the squirrel. It is determined to get on that bird feeder. Obviously, the fat that hangs on it is more alluring than the seeds on the other baffle-free feeder. I just caught him launching himself of a pot and manged to land on top of the baffle. I moved the feeder and the pot. He then launched himself from about five feet away from a bench. I have now moved the bench.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby PatsyMFagan » May 18th, 2017, 11:52 am

:lol: :lol: :lol: I am enjoying the visions your post has conjured up Herbi ;) 8-)
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » May 18th, 2017, 6:47 pm

After that, it managed to somehow get itself on top again. Not sure how. I moved the feeder. It then ran up the wall and sat on the satellite dish, but obviously decided it was too risky. Ditto from the balcony. It eventually managed to jump from the fence, a good eight feet away. I must have moved the feeder about ten times and shifted the position of the baffle (which was a right pain.) It did a lot of reconnaissance in between flying squirrel impersonations and stared at me a lot.

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In the end, I managed to get a decent amount of work done in the afternoon. Also captured a niceish shot of one the woodpeckers.

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby cyprusmoira » May 19th, 2017, 1:22 pm

We have just had a large flock of Bee Eaters flying around after insects above the field behind us. Because the land drops away they were almost at eye level

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Pepper Pig » May 19th, 2017, 1:34 pm

Us dog walkers were chatting in the park this morning and the general opinion is that the urban fox population is decreasing in Harrow. Fox poo is still about but we are definitely not seeing the animals.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Janet » May 22nd, 2017, 12:44 pm

Today I have watched the final 5 blue tit chicks fly our camera fitted nestbox. The nest building and egg laying began back at the beginning of April. The first of nine eggs hatched on the 1st of May and the nest has been a source of fascinating entertainment ever since. Seven of the chicks made it to the fledgling stage. Now they have all gone :( - until next year.

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » May 22nd, 2017, 12:46 pm

How fantastic Janet :D
Maybe they'll have a second brood ......
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Pepper Pig » May 31st, 2017, 10:22 am

Because of the road closures which come into force on the annual Pinner Fair day I was the first one to the gym this morning. There were a beautiful pair of Muntjac in the car park. 8-) 8-)
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby PatsyMFagan » May 31st, 2017, 1:02 pm

Ah Pinner Fair ... brings back memories - was only talking about that this week.

Not so much 'today I saw', but today I heard, furiously calling over the field at the end of my garden, a cuckoo .. It went on and on and on ;)
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby karadekoolaid » June 1st, 2017, 1:33 am

I found one of these behind the washing machine yesterday:

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Fortunately, they are not poisonous; they live on small birds, lizards, mice, etc. Their defence is their speed. VERY fast across the ground!
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby scullion » June 1st, 2017, 8:54 am

there's probably a lot of nature behind our washing machine, too!
my partner and our son saw a goldcrest hovering/pecking round the living room window, yesterday evening, while i was in the kitchen.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » June 1st, 2017, 1:27 pm

I saw this in a graveyard in West Yorkshire on Sunday. Painted Lady, I think.

The church had a grant to keep part of the graveyard as a nature reserve, which is great, but seemed to mean that the gravestones (was searching for ancestors') were very overgrown and some inaccessible without nettle and bramble proof clothing. But at least the nature reserve aspect is working!

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Postby suffolk » June 1st, 2017, 1:31 pm

I think it's a Painted Lady too :D Lovely :tu:
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