Naturewatch - today I saw....

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Postby Ratatouille » June 24th, 2017, 1:30 pm

Only on the cat's psyche :lol:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » June 24th, 2017, 1:58 pm

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

Postby TeresaFoodie » June 28th, 2017, 7:20 am

I am seeing a pattern here with these sparrows in my roof.
Every few minutes they emerge, cheep loudly, presumably to get food for the young, then go quiet for a bit.
When I went out yesterday they dive bombed me and sat on the drive, looking around.
So interesting these little birds. A daily pleasure watching them and being surrounded by them.
I wonder how many are up there? Would love to see the babies!
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Zosherooney » June 28th, 2017, 8:12 am

I have been meaning to mention... we saw evidence of fireflies in Greece, have only ever seen them once in the UK.

Nearly forgot, we had a red kite fly over the house, quite low yesterday. :tu: :tu:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby cyprusmoira » June 28th, 2017, 8:59 am

We have a great flock of sparrows, they roost in the carobs and the big yucca. They visit the bird bath, one of the few reliable sources of water around here. Yesterday evening we watched a young bird fly to the bowl rim only to find no water, he landed facing the wrong way.

No red kites but there is a buzzard about.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Ratatouille » June 28th, 2017, 9:07 am

Did anyone see this yesterday? It made me think of Rocky's mum.

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Seatallan » June 28th, 2017, 9:37 am

They're wonderful aren't they? :luv:

My father was phobic about them- he lived in fear of a June Bug getting into the house at this time of year- but I love them.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby scullion » June 28th, 2017, 9:48 am

we usually see/hear quite a few may/june bugs but haven't had any crash into the windows this year and seen none in the garden - you've just made me realise that.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » June 28th, 2017, 10:03 am

We usually spend time on warm summer evenings laying on the grass watching the Junebugs flittering around the branches of the big ash tree .... haven't done it this year ... yet ....
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby TeresaFoodie » June 28th, 2017, 10:26 am

Ratatouille wrote:Did anyone see this yesterday? It made me think of Rocky's mum.

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-england-s ... rd-of-prey


What great footage! Luckily no damage done to man nor beast. Just a weird experience and one I'd probably welcome when I next go cycling as long as no talons are involved!
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Zosherooney » June 28th, 2017, 12:16 pm

I did not know those were called June bugs, they are all over my mint, very vivid colour, could do with a pair of earrings that colour. :tu:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Ratatouille » June 28th, 2017, 12:37 pm

I enjoy seeing the glow worms and the fireflies though we don't see them as much now we have the street lighting. We still send the GCs out to look for them in the orchard, usually on the night we are out watching the shooting stars around August 15th.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » June 28th, 2017, 1:06 pm

Does anyone remember that episode of To the Manor Born?!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-40428787

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » June 28th, 2017, 1:22 pm

Zosherooney wrote:I did not know those were called June bugs, they are all over my mint, very vivid colour, could do with a pair of earrings that colour. :tu:


My guess is that the ones on your mint are Mint Leef Beetles ... http://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/so ... af-beetle/

Not June Bugs ... these are June Bugs

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Seatallan » June 28th, 2017, 5:20 pm

We always called them June bugs. Indeed, Stag Beetles and Cockchafers were both June Bugs in my neck of the woods. May have been a family thing of course.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » June 28th, 2017, 6:07 pm

DD's in-laws call them Billy Witches.
We call them May bugs if we see them in May ... June bugs if it's June ...... if we remember. :lol:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Badger's mate » June 28th, 2017, 9:45 pm

We call them May bugs if we see them in May ... June bugs if it's June



We get them in the garden in May. I run a moth trap - they're a PITA, blundering around and getting themselves in a tizzy, so I suspend operations for a few weeks.


We had a hobby flying over the garden today.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby hickybank » June 30th, 2017, 7:58 pm

Thought I would post a picture of the insects enjoying my wild flower garden

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Zosherooney » July 2nd, 2017, 6:49 am

Nice pikkie hicks, Mr. Z has a T shirt that colour and at this time of year gets covered in those small black flies.

Cannibal ducks ......http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-40445379 Whatever next!
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby hickybank » July 2nd, 2017, 9:37 am

I have always said mallards are like young blokes all they want to do is fight, have sex & have terrible table manners :lol: :lol:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » July 3rd, 2017, 10:04 am

Nothing new, but as soon as I put bird food out on Saturday, I had in succession a long tailed tit, a sparrow, a robin and a blur tit one after the other within about 45 seconds :D

:lol: Zosh - re the t-shirt, not the ducks! I have heard other nasty things about mallards. e.g. gang raping females to death. A bit self defeating from an evolutionary point of view. Or maybe not...
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby scullion » July 3rd, 2017, 10:21 am

not just mallards, a friend had a khaki campbell (ok, a bit like a mallard) that drowned its chosen mate. they hold on to the back of the neck to hold the female down but unfortunately they are usually on water when they do it - they like a water-bed - and sometimes it goes on a little too long from the female's point of view.
i don't think ducks are renowned for their intellect.

ps. did the blur tit move very quickly?
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » July 3rd, 2017, 10:40 am

scullion wrote:
ps. did the blur tit move very quickly?


:D Why is my typing so very very bad?!
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » July 3rd, 2017, 11:36 am

Re mallards - gang rape seemed to be the norm for the mallards that lived on our farmyard pond ...... Ma was not impressed. One day she opened the back door to find a drake having his wicked way with a poor tired duck on the back doorstep ... she picked him up and wrung his neck! :shock:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Ratatouille » July 3rd, 2017, 12:09 pm

Recipe please ?? :lol: :lol:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » July 3rd, 2017, 1:00 pm

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

Postby TeresaFoodie » July 3rd, 2017, 1:37 pm

Poor duck! Could she not have shooed them away? I don't know what I would have done, not much experience of ducks! But I couldn't have killed it for doing nature's thing. No disrespect to your Ma of course! I remember a massive ant's nest underneath my patio. The sods were coming into the kitchen and I kept finding them in our food. I tried everything to keep them out but nothing worked. I had to get a kettle of boiling water on them. Hated every second. And some years later slugs found their way through the dishwasher pipes to the cat food bowls. I would come downstairs in the morning to find half a dozen or so of them skirting the bowls having a feast. Knowing the dangers of such creatures to my babies, and seeing as I just cannot physically pick them up, OH would have to hurl them over into unused shrub land and I would put powder down all around the house, although I don't think that kills them, I think it deters them as they don't like slithering on them. My fear of slugs probably stems from when I turned veggie and got into animal rights and my Mum would go out in the garden armed with a tub of salt to deal with the slugs. I would race out and beat her to it and rescue them! Horrible things to look at, touch and indeed tread on them in the dark with bare feet when getting the laundry in! :shock:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » July 3rd, 2017, 1:56 pm

Tezza, some of the females were nearly dead from exhaustion and others were being drowned in the act so to speak ... there were a lot more drakes than ducks ... in following years Pa culled them over the winter and we benefitted :hungry:

:shock: As I was typing that, there's just been a huge commotion outside .... alarming bloodcurdling cries :terrified: ... OH went out and reported back ... two large gulls (possibly Yellow Legged Gulls) were on our neighbour's garage roof, fighting over the body of a recently killed blackbird ...... nature red in tooth and claw.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Zosherooney » July 3rd, 2017, 2:00 pm

I am assuming that....
And some years later slugs found their way through the dishwasher pipes to the cat food bowls. I would come downstairs in the morning to find half a dozen or so of them skirting the bowls having a feast. Knowing the dangers of such creatures to my babies,
you are talking about cats ?

If I understand correctly, it is only slugs that have taken slug pellets that are deemed dangerous to cats, but they are gross all the same.

Sometimes Scrumpy comes in with a small slug stuck to his fur.
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Postby smitch » July 3rd, 2017, 2:33 pm

Slugs can certainly cause lungworm in dogs. Not sure about cats though.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby TeresaFoodie » July 3rd, 2017, 4:46 pm

Yes cats re slugs. I heard somewhere they were dangerous to cats but could have heard wrong but being in love with my Boblets I would have done anything to keep them from harm. I didn't know slug pellets had anything to do with it but now I do. Mind you, how would you know?

Suffs, as I said I know nothing about ducks. Are the males like Hannibal Lecter? They will kill their species out if they leave no breeding females, obvious! I am not quite sure of the male to female population. In humans isn't it 49/51 in female favour? Will they die out without human intervention?
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby hickybank » July 3rd, 2017, 5:37 pm

Just to show how violent it gets here is a set of pictures taken at the height of the mating season
Sorry if it is a bit long but shows how violent it gets

2 Males head for female
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The fight starts with the female trapped
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The fight is at its height with the female still underneath
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The female is still underneath & now the one male is trying to push the other under
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Total chaos as the loser flees
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The victor
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The female survives & shakes herself down while the victor moves in to have his wicked way with her
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Postby Zosherooney » July 3rd, 2017, 9:36 pm

Most of the slugs I 'do' with pellets don't venture far....
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby TeresaFoodie » July 4th, 2017, 6:35 am

Crikey, I was not aware of the duck situation. Beautiful photos by the way even if the subject matter could be seen as a little distressing.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » July 4th, 2017, 7:27 am

I have not had many slugs this year (touch wood). Nematodes working, or the almost drought? I use stuff that claims to be safe for pets too. Not sure if it really is. There are some blue crystals that kill them if they eat them that claim to be ok for wildlife, kids and pets.
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Postby suffolk » July 4th, 2017, 7:55 am

TeresaFoodie wrote:Suffs, as I said I know nothing about ducks. Are the males like Hannibal Lecter? They will kill their species out if they leave no breeding females, obvious! I am not quite sure of the male to female population. In humans isn't it 49/51 in female favour? Will they die out without human intervention?


In truly wild situations, a duck and drake will pair up and and find somewhere quiet to nest and the surplus males (there are always some as more males than females are produced) go off in a sort of gang of bachelors and hang out and go through the moult period together ........ however, in places where there is a lot of food (farmyards, parks etc) the pairs tend to nest fairly close to the source of food (after all, in towns there aren't many nest sites other than in the parks) and because there are no other ponds etc nearby the unpaired males tend to hang around and pester the females who are already paired up.

Mayhem and ungentlemanly behaviour ensues ... :rolleyes:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » July 5th, 2017, 9:00 am

Wow I have never seen a red squirrel in the UK. My MIL lives in north Wales but she's not the animal feeding type ;)
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Postby hickybank » July 5th, 2017, 9:22 am

How lucky are you, woodpeckers,hedgehogs & red squirrels in your garden, I want to move there
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Postby Sloe-Gin » July 5th, 2017, 9:48 am

hickybank wrote:How lucky are you, woodpeckers,hedgehogs & red squirrels in your garden, I want to move there


Not actually in our garden, but on the little caravan site where we have put our 'van for the season, Hicky. I love it!
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Postby OneMoreCheekyOne » July 5th, 2017, 10:09 am

Today we've seen lambs enjoying next doors grass in their front garden. They've obviously escaped through the side fencing. Neighbours are away so we spent 10 minutes herding them back as we were worried they'd meander down to the road. DD thought the whole thing was brilliant :D
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Zosherooney » July 5th, 2017, 10:14 am

Sloe your menagerie puts my dragonfly to shame, will have to wait to post photo, Mr. Z is on the mower at present.... Great photos.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » July 6th, 2017, 4:26 pm

The parakeets have being going nuts every day at around 6.30pm. I am in danger of no longer saying that I quite like them. I would guess there are at least 50 of the noisy blighters presumably nesting in the massive oak tree that borders our gardens with the field. Must try and snap a photo of them midflight.
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Postby Ratatouille » July 7th, 2017, 9:26 am

Last night when I was going to bed I heard a noise, I thought was our Scoppie but that doesn't sit in the tree right outside the dressing room window and it didn't sound right.

When I looked out there was an adorable little owl siting right in front of me, galring as they do and wiggling it's eyebrows. It's a while since I saw one so close - what a treat

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » July 7th, 2017, 10:12 am

I love Little Owls ... how lovely :luv:
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Postby Busybee » July 8th, 2017, 5:13 pm

Our new next door neighbour. The calf was born a couple of days ago, mum is a longhorn so it's taken a few days to get this close. We love seeing these cattle each year, especially as the calves start to be born.

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Postby suffolk » July 8th, 2017, 6:30 pm

Oh how gorgeous! Longhorns are beautiful :luv:
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Postby Busybee » July 8th, 2017, 7:14 pm

suffolk wrote:Oh how gorgeous! Longhorns are beautiful :luv:


Yes they are, but also very protective. the Mother has a magnificent pair of horns and didn't like me taking her babies picture even though I was on the other side of the fence and hedge.

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Postby Herbidacious » July 8th, 2017, 7:16 pm

Aw sweet :)
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Postby Luca » July 9th, 2017, 11:23 am

Lovely pictures!
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