Naturewatch - today I saw....

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby PatsyMFagan » March 10th, 2019, 8:50 am

hickybank wrote:Hi Patsy, I think that is slang for Flamingoes in these part's


Having been to Zosh's place, I don't think she's anywhere near a zoo :?
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby hickybank » March 10th, 2019, 9:23 am

PatsyMFagan wrote:
hickybank wrote:Hi Patsy, I think that is slang for Flamingoes in these part's


Having been to Zosh's place, I don't think she's anywhere near a zoo :?

Sorry Patsy should have made myself clearer, we visited her recently & she was showing us her Flamingo sculptures in her garden :lol: :lol:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby cyprusmoira » March 10th, 2019, 10:38 am

We have real flamingos here, down on the Salt Lake. The swallows have been here for several weeks, I heard swifts screaming on Friday, they do not nest locally. The Scops Owls have started beeping.
The anemones are almost finished except for the scarlet ones, a different variety which are in bloom. The various orchids have started in their usual progression. am told that the little blue iris have started to flower.
There are great stands of wild fennel by the roadside, which means that there will be plenty for the Swallowtail caterpillars to munch
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby hickybank » March 10th, 2019, 10:55 am

cyprusmoira wrote:We have real flamingos here, down on the Salt Lake. The swallows have been here for several weeks, I heard swifts screaming on Friday, they do not nest locally. The Scops Owls have started beeping.
The anemones are almost finished except for the scarlet ones, a different variety which are in bloom. The various orchids have started in their usual progression. am told that the little blue iris have started to flower.
There are great stands of wild fennel by the roadside, which means that there will be plenty for the Swallowtail caterpillars to munch

That sounds like my kind of heaven Mary, we are loving our move to Somerset with all it' nature reserves, hill & coastal walking, so different to the midlands
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Seatallan » March 10th, 2019, 10:56 am

I like herons too. They're so 'Jurassic Park' aren't they? Especially when they fly. :luv:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » March 10th, 2019, 5:52 pm

Can't remember if I asked if you went to see the murmurations at Ham Wall, Terry.

We had a big rabbit in the garden here (in France). Not seen one before here.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby hickybank » March 10th, 2019, 6:40 pm

Hi Herby , yes we did, not bad about 200.000 Stralings came in, but no great performance, still beautiful to see though
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » March 10th, 2019, 9:40 pm

That last one is almost bird shaped.
I hope husband and I can go back one year. Brighton was great this year, but you can't get close enough to hear their wings. Some tosser was flying a drone into the Brighton murmuration :(
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » March 19th, 2019, 4:55 pm

In the garden, as bold as brass, last week in Normandy. Also saw various birds of prey but couldn't tell what they were.

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby cyprusmoira » March 23rd, 2019, 11:03 am

The spring flowers are very prolific this year, probably after all that rain, we are promised more. The anemones are almost over. The rain has stopped them from strimming of the road verges so they are full of Turban Buttercups (Ranunculus Asiaticus), some yellow but mostly cream coloured, we do not get the pink form around here. There have always been the cream buttercups on a bank opposite the slip road from the main highway at Pissouri Bay, this year this display spreads at least 100 metres.

Deb has some big Echiums growing in our garden, they are covered in butterflies, Tortoiseshells and Camberwell Beauties. The latter are migrating to Northern Europe via Israel
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Postby scullion » March 23rd, 2019, 11:19 am

i need to plant out the self seeded echiums i have in pots before they succumb to lack of attention.
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