Naturewatch - today I saw....

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby uschi » April 12th, 2019, 6:13 pm

Thanks Herbidacious!!! :D
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » April 13th, 2019, 6:05 am

He really is a splendid chap Uschi 8-) OH is a big ‘beetle fan’ ... we’ve looked at several pics online and think yours is much clearer than they are. :tu:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby uschi » April 13th, 2019, 7:31 am

Thank you!!! I love beetles, too!
I spent my youth looking for "May beetles" (rather prosaic "cockchafer" in English) and only got to see a handful in my lifetime where my parents collected them in their hundreds.
My personal highlight was rescuing a rhinoceros beetle from a busy street and taking him home for a photo shoot and then rehoming him (plenty of dead wood around here).
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Badger's mate » April 14th, 2019, 7:53 pm

I run a light trap in the garden to see what moths are around. It generally catches plenty of cockchafers in May.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » April 15th, 2019, 10:45 am

I should do that BM.
Believe it or not I once co-wrote a book on insects for children. I think we put this in the book as a project. We had the excellent George McGavin as our expert. A really nice man.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Seatallan » April 15th, 2019, 11:09 am

My father was phobic about May Bugs bless him. I was phobic about Daddy Long Legs and large spiders when I was a child but I grew out of it and I love all insects now. Which is just as well as Mr S really can't be doing with insects at all. He's the only person I've ever met who has a phobia about Ladybirds.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » April 15th, 2019, 11:15 am

We had many hundreds of ladybirds clustered in my bedroom in France (apparently I didn't see them as OH arrived before me. No mercy was shown. Seeing them like that changes your view of them, it would seem.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » April 15th, 2019, 11:16 am

Apologies if I have posted this before, but anyone remember this?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-35603972

We holidayed in Bridlington that year (as usual...), and I remember it being hard not to walk on them.

My mum doesn't like beetles. She grew up in a house with cockroaches (a no electricity kind of place.)
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Seatallan » April 15th, 2019, 11:25 am

Herbidacious wrote:Apologies if I have posted this before, but anyone remember this?


Very well indeed! :)

We face a park and some years (last autumn being one of them) we get a bit of a Harlequin Ladybird invasion when they reach the point where they're thinking of hibernating. When that happens we get masses of them all over the windows and doors. Poor Mr S is beside himself.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby PatsyMFagan » April 15th, 2019, 11:55 am

Does anybody else remember getting crickets in their house ? When I was younger, we regularly had one somewhere at the back of the fireplace … it's chirruping eventually became quite tedious :rolleyes: Mum would spend ages searching it out and I suspect destroy it.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Ratatouille » April 15th, 2019, 12:17 pm

We do here Pat and locusts too . The latter because they are one of Jules favourite toys!

This lunchtime we had 6 different butterfly species in the garden. They are just loving the wisteria and now the rosa which is just coming into bloom.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby scullion » April 15th, 2019, 12:43 pm

Herbidacious wrote: but anyone remember this?

we were in north norfolk at the time and we, also, were unable to avoid them on pavements - along the front in cromer they were spraying the paths with insecticide.
i took some photos of a load that were on the bracken at kelling heath.
we get loads of crickets and grasshoppers in the garden. in late summer its not easy to walk without them hopping out of the way. they do make their way indoors sometimes but that may be because of the cats or having been caught in the washing.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby uschi » April 15th, 2019, 1:30 pm

I get autumn invasions of ladybirds, but I deal with them with a soft brush and dustpan. They get evicted, but come back. Eventually the onslaught stops and only a few were crushed in the windows. I guess in the end they found better places to hibernate.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » April 15th, 2019, 1:37 pm

When husband arrived at our French house, there were thousands of cluster flies (dead and alive) and close to a thousand ladybirds. Do ladybirds smell? there was a sickly sweet smell that seemed familiar. Was still finding them 4-5 days later when I was there.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby PatsyMFagan » April 16th, 2019, 11:06 am

Herbidacious wrote:When husband arrived at our French house, there were thousands of cluster flies (dead and alive) and close to a thousand ladybirds. Do ladybirds smell? there was a sickly sweet smell that seemed familiar. Was still finding them 4-5 days later when I was there.


I knew my daughter would know: They secrete a liquid from their knees if they feel threatened. :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » April 16th, 2019, 2:52 pm

‘Our’ frogspawn has hatched and the little wildlife pond is now full of hordes of little tadpoles happily devouring the blanket weed :D
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Seatallan » April 16th, 2019, 3:30 pm

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

Postby scullion » April 16th, 2019, 4:27 pm

the tail of a lizard......
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » April 16th, 2019, 5:14 pm

scullion wrote:the tail of a lizard......


On its own or still ‘occupied’ ?

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Postby scullion » April 16th, 2019, 6:40 pm

unoccupied thankfully but the cat was still interested in the area and leaping at the ground when i saw him. i went and brought him in and kept him in the kitchen with some treats until he'd forgotten what he'd been doing - he's not very bright.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby uschi » April 17th, 2019, 9:44 am

Herbidacious wrote:When husband arrived at our French house, there were thousands of cluster flies (dead and alive) and close to a thousand ladybirds. Do ladybirds smell? there was a sickly sweet smell that seemed familiar. Was still finding them 4-5 days later when I was there.

The smell is more acrid. I guess the flies were drawn by something bigger that was dead and smelt badly.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Bubbles » April 17th, 2019, 10:54 am

Herbidacious wrote:When husband arrived at our French house, there were thousands of cluster flies (dead and alive) and close to a thousand ladybirds. Do ladybirds smell? there was a sickly sweet smell that seemed familiar. Was still finding them 4-5 days later when I was there.

I read on another site that Sheild bugs emit a smell like marzipan - could that be it? This was a site for people living in the Limousin, so not too far from you maybe?
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Ratatouille » April 17th, 2019, 12:11 pm

While we were having lunch in the veranda just now we became aware of a shadow overhead. It waas an Egyptian Vuture. They are like a large tea tray in the sky.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby uschi » April 17th, 2019, 2:43 pm

Bubbles wrote:
Herbidacious wrote:When husband arrived at our French house, there were thousands of cluster flies (dead and alive) and close to a thousand ladybirds. Do ladybirds smell? there was a sickly sweet smell that seemed familiar. Was still finding them 4-5 days later when I was there.

I read on another site that Sheild bugs emit a smell like marzipan - could that be it? This was a site for people living in the Limousin, so not too far from you maybe?

True, that is a sweeter smell!
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » April 17th, 2019, 2:47 pm

Loads of native ladybirds in the garden today ... I’m having to remove them from the washing on the line :D
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby uschi » April 17th, 2019, 3:55 pm

I just placed a newly hatched one onto Axel's white rose.

Talking of roses, I think two of the cuttings I took from my favourite rose ("Magenta" by Kordes) seem to be sprouting roots. Wish me luck!!! I'd love to raise some, they are so hard to get by.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby scullion » April 18th, 2019, 4:42 pm

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a good reason to walk up to the village.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » April 18th, 2019, 4:44 pm

Can’t see it Scully ... it says it doesn’t exist
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby scullion » April 18th, 2019, 4:48 pm

that rose looks lovely, uschi, it's available from growers in this country if your cuttings don't thrive.
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Postby scullion » April 18th, 2019, 4:51 pm

hmm, i can see it. i wonder what's going on - it's a jpeg so i assume it should be ok.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Suelle » April 18th, 2019, 5:17 pm

scullion wrote:hmm, i can see it. i wonder what's going on - it's a jpeg so i assume it should be ok.


I can see it - a stone wall covered in wild (mostly) flowers.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby earthmaiden » April 18th, 2019, 5:33 pm

I can see it. English springtime at it's best. Gorgeous :luv:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby scullion » April 18th, 2019, 5:39 pm

phew!
yes, a cornish hedge. they are a boon for the natural world including lizards and other animals as well as flora. there's been a wren's nest in one of ours for decades.
its only on a low resolution photo, the higher is much more detailed but you get the idea.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Badger's mate » April 19th, 2019, 10:06 pm

Busy day for insects here. Ran the moth trap last night, only one detainee this morning, a Hebrew Character. Then spent a lovely day in the garden, saw our first Orange Tip and Holly Blue butterflies, plus a Large Red Damselfly over our recently enlarged pond. Tonight I have just evicted a queen Hornet from the kitchen.
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Postby Zosherooney » April 20th, 2019, 5:38 am

I saw my first swallow a few days back, Mr. Z saw his first today.....
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby hickybank » April 23rd, 2019, 7:44 am

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A pair of mating Adders, we went looking for them & found two mating pairs & several individuals

Also this nesting Heron
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Postby Herbidacious » April 23rd, 2019, 2:32 pm

Wow. Great pics!

Do you know what type of heron it is, Terry? Very blue!
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Postby earthmaiden » April 23rd, 2019, 2:53 pm

Oh wow Hickey, those pictures are superb.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby hickybank » April 23rd, 2019, 5:32 pm

Hi Herbi, it is a Grey Heron, think the breeding plumage is the reason for it; blue tinge

Thankyou earthmaiden we have been spoilt for wildlife since our move to Somerset
I also rather like this shot of a Little Egret in flight
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » April 25th, 2019, 8:42 am

Think most of our newts have found most of our tadpoles ... hopefully there's still a few hiding in the blanket weed
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » May 15th, 2019, 3:51 pm

I have been watching the birds a bit to day. (I'm not much good for anything else.)

Not the sharpest of photos, and nothign unusual but lots of fledglings.

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Postby scullion » May 17th, 2019, 8:53 am

i wish our jackdaws would fledge and take their hobnailed relatives with them. they are noisy and demanding, up in the kitchen chimney.
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Postby Herbidacious » May 17th, 2019, 1:41 pm

So thrilled - almost vicarious thrilledness as I know my mother will be thrilled to hear - that I have just seen a bird use my new bird bath. Great tit. My mother was determined to buy me a bird bath for Christmas and sent OH and I off to Chatsworth garden centre to look for one. I have seen them on the edge of it before but not in it. :D It was having a proper bath :)
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Postby earthmaiden » May 17th, 2019, 1:54 pm

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » May 17th, 2019, 2:28 pm

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

Postby Rainbow » May 18th, 2019, 2:24 am

Herbidacious wrote:So thrilled - almost vicarious thrilledness as I know my mother will be thrilled to hear - that I have just seen a bird use my new bird bath. Great tit. My mother was determined to buy me a bird bath for Christmas and sent OH and I off to Chatsworth garden centre to look for one. I have seen them on the edge of it before but not in it. :D It was having a proper bath :)

What a great Christmas present :D Good to see the birds are beginning to appreciate it too :hug:
We used to love sitting watching all the birds in our birdbath, before we moved away from that house last year ;)
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Postby PatsyMFagan » May 18th, 2019, 7:31 am

It's great when the birds start using stuff you have put in your garden specially for them. I don't need a bird bath as I have a 'stream' effect water feature in my (back) garden and the birds all use I, along with all the feeders hanging from the pergola and trees. I have a window feeder on my living room window … this is at the front of the house, but since the birds (robins, tits, blackbirds, sparrow) have found it, I have to refill it most days. I have just watched a young blue tit being fed at close quarters, then 2 or 3 sparrows will all feed together. :tu: :bounce:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » May 18th, 2019, 8:39 pm

I'm afraid Basil caught a baby starling today :(

Some 'nature' in Pays-de-Calais today (mainly Cap Gris-Nez):

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Postby Herbidacious » May 18th, 2019, 8:40 pm

And one more

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Postby Oat » May 19th, 2019, 5:55 am

Lovely photos Herbi, brightened my morning
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