Naturewatch - today I saw....

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » May 3rd, 2018, 4:22 pm

Zosherooney wrote:Well it was either a fallow or roe deer that has just bounded across the lawn, a bit spooked but defo not a muntjac....


Watch out for your roses :scared: ;)
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Zosherooney » May 3rd, 2018, 5:00 pm

The MJ normally have a nibble of those Suffs. :rolleyes: They seem to have found the bluebell leaves tasty this Spring. They also chomp on the geraniums in late Summer, they can have as many of those as they wish.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby aero280 » May 3rd, 2018, 10:47 pm

Been doing some major work in the garden and there were three or four robins following me around, and possibly a great tit. I tried to photograph, but they got shy as soon as the camera appeared. I was so carried away with all the work, I completely forgot a dental appointment... :oops: :oops:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby TeresaFoodie » May 6th, 2018, 8:43 pm

For the last two days there has been quite a lot of pigeon action in the elder tree. Much pecking! Right up until almost 9pm they were at it. I tried to take photos but the angle wasn't great, plus they were so fast bobbing up and down. They are lovely to watch!
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Zosherooney » May 7th, 2018, 6:09 am

We sat in our friends garden for a good couple of hours yesterday and were treated to a delight of bullfinches, robins, chaffinches, and saw my first swallow of the season :D
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby scullion » May 7th, 2018, 10:07 am

yesterday, four preformed swallow/swift/housemartin nests attached under the eaves of a house which alerted my attention by the chittering noise of the parent birds flying in and out with food for the peeping babies. a 'bird-made' nest was also nearby. lovely noise.
just looked them up - seems they were house martin nests.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby aero280 » May 21st, 2018, 4:17 pm

Today we suffered the complexities of a German/Swiss replacement bus service. :rolleyes:

But for compensation, on the way from the bus stop to the hotel we saw this...

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And winding in the telephoto lens we saw that it was feeding! :)

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » May 21st, 2018, 6:05 pm

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

Postby Herbidacious » May 22nd, 2018, 6:49 am

I just put some food out and was almost instantly rewarded with a very noisy (probably cats) woodpecker. Just a great spotted I think, but always lovely to see them. Soon after chased away by a magpie alas - was going to have a good look at it thorough a telescopic lens.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Zosherooney » May 22nd, 2018, 7:11 am

I have seen storks like that nesting in Poland, quite spectacular !

Yesterday, 'something' (I suspect a badger) dug a large hole in the rockery, it is inches from the house, the hole has been duly filled in and 'treated' so they don't do it again !!! :club: :club:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby TeresaFoodie » May 22nd, 2018, 7:30 am

Wow aero, how beautiful, thanks for sharing!
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby PatsyMFagan » May 22nd, 2018, 9:27 am

Herbidacious wrote:I just put some food out and was almost instantly rewarded with a very noisy (probably cats) woodpecker. Just a great spotted I think, but always lovely to see them. Soon after chased away by a magpie alas - was going to have a good look at it thorough a telescopic lens.


Do you mean the woodpecker was noisy, or the cats Herbi ? If it was a Great Spotted Woodpecker, they don't as far as I know, make a noise apart from them drumming on the tree trunks. However, the Green Woodpecker mainly forages on/in grass looking for ants and other invertebrates and 'yaffles' ... so that could have been what you heard ?

I stand corrected ... daughter Wendy says the Great Spotted Woodpecker does make a short, sharp call.... :tu:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby aero280 » May 22nd, 2018, 7:42 pm

In Singen station it seems that the anti-bird spikes on top of things just stop the nest falling off!! :D

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby aero280 » May 25th, 2018, 8:00 pm

When we woke up on Wednesday morning we found the stork was hunting in the field right outside or bedroom window...

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Cheezy_Jazzy » May 28th, 2018, 9:06 pm

Various birds including eagles, white ibis. Grasshoppers, wild deer and alligators in their natural habitat rather than enclosures. We did not see any grizzly bears or panthers but saw plenty of signs for them.

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » May 28th, 2018, 9:44 pm

We have a lot of little dragonflies in the garden. Two types as far as I can see.

If I had had time I would have sat and waited for one rather than trying to chase them with my camera. If they are still around tomorrow when I get home...

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » May 28th, 2018, 9:48 pm

Google says the blue one is a variable damselfly - Coenagrion pulchellum

I am guessing the red one is a damselfly too. Pyrrhosoma nymphula?
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Badger's mate » May 28th, 2018, 10:10 pm

Yes, the red one is Large Red Damselfly P. nymphula

I think the blue ones might be Azure damselfly, C. puella. The way to tell is the shape of the black marking on the abdominal segment just behind the wings. In Azure it's U shaped, looks like a beer glass, but the black doesn't meet the black ring behind it, whereas in variable the black mark is a Y shape and does meet the black ring. Not easy to tell though.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Badger's mate » May 28th, 2018, 10:20 pm

The blue antehumeral stripes on the thorax of the male are whole in Azure and broken in Variable. I think this shows up more clearly in your photos than the black abdominal markings. Azure is a much more common and widespread species than Variable.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » May 28th, 2018, 10:20 pm

Ooh thanks. I will try and get a better, more close up photo. Whatever they are, they are multiplying (potentially!) Although I am struggling with the physiology a bit there.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Badger's mate » May 28th, 2018, 10:26 pm

The British Dragonfly Society has got a lot of info on their website

https://british-dragonflies.org.uk

It's a bit academic, but there's useful stuff on the species pages.

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Cheezy_Jazzy » May 30th, 2018, 11:56 pm

The other night we also saw several Manatees swimming past the bar we were in. Today we saw a turtle crossing the road, turtles swimming including a baby one some wild deer and more alligators. :)
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » May 31st, 2018, 12:20 pm

Wow. In Yorkshire? Or are you on holiday?


I uncovered this with a slight shriek on Monday.

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » May 31st, 2018, 1:40 pm

Wow! I think that's a Leopard slug ... although its markings are more distinct than the ones we get here ... they're fairly good guys, as slugs go ... tending to prefer already rotting vegetation rather than fresh growing stuff ... I find them in our compost heap ... never on the veg patch :D
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » May 31st, 2018, 1:45 pm

I know. It is a very pale (big fat bloated) one too. Beautiful and disgusting (to me) at the same time. I tossed it into the water Iris plot.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » May 31st, 2018, 3:41 pm

It really is rather splendid 8-)
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » May 31st, 2018, 3:43 pm

If I hadn't been busy doing my strawberry planter I might have taken a better photo. Got it to pose for me a bit :)
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » May 31st, 2018, 3:47 pm

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

Postby TeresaFoodie » May 31st, 2018, 4:17 pm

I would have shrieked too, and probably thrown up! :sprout: Alone it might have been quite fascinating, but surrounded by other critters...... :terrified:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » June 1st, 2018, 2:23 pm

I spotted these while on Blackfriars Bridge/station. Don't know what it is.

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » June 1st, 2018, 2:31 pm

Egyptian Goose ... https://www.theguardian.com/environment ... population

Apparently they were introduced to Norfolk ... and spread .................
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » June 1st, 2018, 2:47 pm

Ah I should have known. I saw these in Dusseldorf a while back. Thank you!
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Postby suffolk » June 1st, 2018, 3:01 pm

There's a lot of them around here ... there's even a road called Egyptian Goose Road on the edge of Norwich :lol:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Badger's mate » June 3rd, 2018, 3:33 pm

Lovely morning at Fowlmere today, marsh harrier, turtle dove, trout and pike in the chalk stream, speckled wood butterflies all over the place, four-spotted chaser, all good. Had a lovely family of newly fledged baby chiffchaffs on our survey transect before we went to the reserve. :D
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Ratatouille » June 3rd, 2018, 4:17 pm

Didn't see them but very early this morning Mr R was woken y a Scopps owl and a cuckoo perorming at the same time. I was not imprssed.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » June 3rd, 2018, 6:36 pm

I was going to post another leopard slug but it says the board attachment quota has been reached!

Anyway apparently leopard slugs eat other slugs :shock:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » June 3rd, 2018, 6:41 pm

Herbidacious wrote: apparently leopard slugs eat other slugs


Yes, I try to encourage this ;)
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby TeresaFoodie » June 4th, 2018, 6:46 am

Herbidacious wrote:I was going to post another leopard slug but it says the board attachment quota has been reached!

Anyway apparently leopard slugs eat other slugs :shock:


Mods are looking into it. The photo posting issue, not the slugs. :sprout:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Badger's mate » June 4th, 2018, 8:42 am

To round off a lovely day, we had two hedgehogs eating mealworms outside the back door last night. We thought we have got multiple visitors but it was the first time we have seen more than one at a time. :D
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Ratatouille » June 4th, 2018, 8:58 am

Around dawn this morning I woke to the sound of 3 different owls all crying at once. The usual scopps, a tawny and finally a barn owl.

It's a long time since I heard so many at one time.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » June 4th, 2018, 9:09 am

That's a very special dawn chorus Rats :D
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby scullion » June 4th, 2018, 9:53 am

i have been told by two different people of them seeing red kites in this part of cornwall. i have yet to see them but am pleased they've made it this far down.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » June 4th, 2018, 10:56 am

That's good news Scully ... we saw a couple 'up country' as we drove back, but saw what seemed like scores of buzzards on our way down and back up again. We've seen red kites in North Norfolk a couple of times and see them regularly when we visit the outlaws on the S. Lincs/Cambs border :D
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby earthmaiden » June 4th, 2018, 12:31 pm

Wasn't it Buzzards that we discussed at the meet the other day when it was felt I must have mistaken them for another bird? I am still pondering over this. It is the Common Buzzard.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » June 4th, 2018, 12:58 pm

Do we need a new thread to be able to post pics btw? Or was that message I had a glitch?
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby aero280 » June 4th, 2018, 1:09 pm

Picture attachment problem is across the whole board.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » June 4th, 2018, 1:17 pm

I think the whole of Wildfood has used up its quota of picture space ... Riocaz will have to decide what he wants to do about it.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby scullion » June 4th, 2018, 4:31 pm

suffolk wrote:That's good news Scully ... we saw a couple 'up country' as we drove back, but saw what seemed like scores of buzzards on our way down and back up again.


we've seen so many red kites upcountry that they seem quite commonplace now. i'm glad they're heading here.
we have buzzards coming out of our ears, down here. they are often seen sitting on posts at the side of the road - and we had a pair (and offspring) nesting in a tree in the field behind us.
the bird i would like to see making it's way back down is the lapwing. we used to see large flocks of them until a really bad winter in the early/mid eighties, when they couldn't get their food from the fields, meant that they died in large numbers. i've only seen those upcountry in recent years.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Seatallan » June 4th, 2018, 4:48 pm

scullion wrote:the bird i would like to see making it's way back down is the lapwing


Oh me too. I hardly ever see them now. When I was a child they were everywhere.

On the plus side, the spread of red kites is just wonderful. We have loads and loads of them round here now and I've seen them in Yorkshire too.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby aero280 » June 4th, 2018, 5:02 pm

I'm a bit wary of the Red Kite. They seem to be everywhere in the Chilterns and south and west of London. If you drive along the M40, you will see several, maybe mainly because they were reintroduced there. It's possible that they may end up as a pest. I think they were hunted to extinction in the past because they caused a lot of damage to small domestic and farm animals.

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