Naturewatch - today I saw....

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » October 18th, 2018, 1:30 pm

It seemed that the cockchafers were of the opinion that they were above the law :lol:

And Wiki tells us "... in some areas and times, cockchafers were served as food. A 19th century recipe from France for cockchafer soup reads: "roast one pound of cockchafers without wings and legs in sizzling butter, then cook them in a chicken soup, add some veal liver and serve with chives on a toast". And a German newspaper from Fulda from the 1920s tells of students eating sugar-coated cockchafers. A cockchafer stew is referred to in W. G. Sebald's novel The Emigrants...."

I must say, the recipes don't hold any appeal for me :rolleyes:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » October 18th, 2018, 7:05 pm

Nope.

And the cockchafers in the medieval court case did not oblige, alas, and so were killed.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby uschi » October 19th, 2018, 1:02 pm

Ohh, I've only just seen this! Love your cockchafer (they go under the much nicer name "Maikäfer" (May beetle) here).
They are supposed to bring spring and we still eat them!!!

They are the brown ones, the others are ladybirds.
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Oh, and I have just seen five or six large swarms of cranes cross the valley. Some used the updraft, circled for a while above the valley to gain height and then flew west. I guess they will stop at the Lower Rhine for a few days.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » October 19th, 2018, 2:04 pm

Love the choccy cockchafers Uschi :D

Lovely to see the cranes too ... there are a few resident not too far from here but I've not seen them http://www.norfolkcranes.co.uk/news.html

However we sat in bed this morning with our morning mugs and watched a heron land on the roof across the way ... then he flapped a few yards and perched in the top of the swaying eucalyptus ... a great sight to start our day :D
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Badger's mate » October 19th, 2018, 3:35 pm

It was our privilege to see thousands of cranes last weekend on the Hortobágy in Hungary :D
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » October 19th, 2018, 4:56 pm

Badger's mate wrote:It was our privilege to see thousands of cranes last weekend on the Hortobágy in Hungary :D


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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby uschi » October 19th, 2018, 7:27 pm

Oooh, I've only ever seen them in flight or a few in our zoo.

Suffolk, chocolate beetles are given for Easter. I always give the children in the house some. The cockchafers are male (because they are brown and bigger) and the ladybirds are the females. Always a family, because they are so much fun.

In the "good" olden days the real cockchafers were really eaten. I have seen recipes for Maikäfer soup.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby scullion » October 20th, 2018, 12:14 am

i've bought the chocolate version in lidl (along with the ladybirds).

they are known as june bugs down here. they're really noisy when they crash into the windows.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby uschi » October 20th, 2018, 8:17 am

We have both Mai and Juni beetles. They are a bit different, but from the same family. I would not know which I had before me. The chocolate version may pass for both.
My parents used to play with them, but I was six or seven until I saw my first one. They are rare nowadays.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby hickybank » October 20th, 2018, 8:33 am

Saw this beautiful Dragonfly yesterday, it is a "Migrant Chaser"
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Also this Grey heron looking for a meal
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Postby uschi » October 20th, 2018, 9:12 am

Gorgeous, both of them!!!
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » October 20th, 2018, 9:25 am

Fantastic photos!

Are you sure of the ID? The dragonfly looks much more like a Hawker than a Chaser to me ... looks like one of these ...

https://www.british-dragonflies.org.uk/ ... ant-hawker

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » October 24th, 2018, 9:48 pm

Brilliant pics, Terry! That poor old dragon fly has rather raggedy wings. How far away were you from it?
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby hickybank » October 25th, 2018, 7:47 am

Hi Herby, around 900 mm or 3 foot in old money. it's wings are ragged but the wings are very delicate & like a butterfly get damaged in time
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » October 25th, 2018, 11:54 am

I imagine they do, Terry. They don't last long though...
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby cyprusmoira » November 1st, 2018, 2:35 pm

We had a heavy shower last Wednesday then more heavy rain on Saturday, this has bought on the autumn flowers. There were already little blue squill's in the garden but that is watered. Overnight more squills, some small grape hyacinths and a couple of the tiny,white, maritime daffodils have appeared outside the front gate. There are autumn crocus,both white and mauve out in the country side. This is just the start.

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » November 5th, 2018, 9:43 am

At my mother's wover the weekend, as soon as I refilled her bird feeders, dozens of sparrows, blue tits, coal tits, great tits, a nuthatch, a goldfinch and a robin as well as magpies. I also saw a wren on the bird bath.
Back home on my feeder - pigeons, squirrels and parakeets :(
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Ratatouille » November 13th, 2018, 1:24 pm

It was 20C at lunch time and we ate in the veranda with the windows fully slid back.
We saw a lizard, a red admiral, a large white and I was bitten by a mosquito :o
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » December 7th, 2018, 2:04 pm

Sorry about the lack of clarity but as I went outside in torrential rain a little while ago to get in the car I saw this sparrowhawk? which had just caught a pigeon (not a woodie ... one of the stock-dove type) ... It was just beginning to pluck it when my neighbour came home and drove onto the driveway ... the pigeon escaped ...

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Ratatouille » December 7th, 2018, 2:22 pm

Lucky pigeon, hard luck sparrow hawk.

I forgot to mention that on our way into town yesterday we disturbed a partridge which ran back into the bushes. Another one the hunters missed!!
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Grasshopper » December 7th, 2018, 9:55 pm

Rats - it didn't go and hide in a pear tree, did it?

Sry - couldn't help it! :spank:

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby PatsyMFagan » December 8th, 2018, 8:59 am

cyprusmoira wrote:We had a heavy shower last Wednesday then more heavy rain on Saturday, this has bought on the autumn flowers. There were already little blue squill's in the garden but that is watered. Overnight more squills, some small grape hyacinths and a couple of the tiny,white, maritime daffodils have appeared outside the front gate. There are autumn crocus,both white and mauve out in the country side. This is just the start.

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I was interested in the flora I saw in the North last week … I spotted a cyclamen growing through the rocks of a ruined castle and did enquire about some clumps of leaves that I thought may have been daffodils - Our guide didn't know, but perhaps I was right ?
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » December 12th, 2018, 7:15 pm

On my way home (not great from my phone camera...):


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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby hickybank » December 12th, 2018, 7:45 pm

Not great.I think they are brilliant, it looks in superb condition.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby earthmaiden » December 12th, 2018, 8:24 pm

Lovely pics. Amazing to get that close. Is it really playing with a ball?
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » December 13th, 2018, 11:03 am

He/she nuzzled it.

A more blurry pic:



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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby earthmaiden » December 13th, 2018, 1:31 pm

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

Postby Oat » December 13th, 2018, 3:05 pm

Beautiful intelligent animals. Thank you for the pics :D
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Oat » December 13th, 2018, 3:05 pm

Beautiful intelligent animals. Thank you for the pics :D
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » December 14th, 2018, 4:10 pm

Four long tailed tits on the feeder nearest to my window :luv: I have not seen this many together before in my garden. I can hear them there again right now twittering quietly - I have shut the curtain as it's now nearly dark, so can't actually see them. Thrilled.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » December 14th, 2018, 6:24 pm

Lovely little llllipp birds. Love them :luv:

Edited to say: drat and double drat ... don’t you just love predictive text?!?!?! Lollipop of course :evil:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby PatsyMFagan » December 14th, 2018, 6:35 pm

Here's one my daughter took in my garden a couple of years ago …. one of my favourite garden birds
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » December 14th, 2018, 9:44 pm

Cor. My mother says she gets lots, but I have never seen them in such numbers.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » December 14th, 2018, 9:45 pm

And a goldfinch! (My second favourite.)
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » December 14th, 2018, 9:58 pm

It was quite dark so the ISO is sky high and the photos very grainy and not very colourful. I hope they come back tomorrow.


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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby PatsyMFagan » December 15th, 2018, 4:58 pm

Here is a goldfinch scolding a GSW for not taking his turn ….
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » December 15th, 2018, 9:34 pm

Ha!

My boiler man, who lives out of town enough to have the oocaional deer in his garden, said that 'his' woodpecker sees off all the other birds.

Nothing but parakeets, pigeons and a squirrel today, with the robin and a few great tits waiting in the wings... so to speak.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby hickybank » January 4th, 2019, 6:52 pm

My new Christmas toy, a trail cam, this is the first pic, I now know Fox's visit my garden every night, should be lots of fun

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » January 5th, 2019, 10:40 pm

Ooh they are fun. I haven't used mine for a while. I should set it up again.
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Postby hickybank » January 15th, 2019, 10:38 pm

More from my trail cam, these were last night

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