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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5550 on: May 18, 2020, 07:44:34 pm »

Weird cobwebby possibly caterpillarly stuff


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« Reply #5551 on: May 18, 2020, 07:47:47 pm »
Large slowworm o the lawn. I see them fairly often in the garden, but never out in the open like that before.
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« Reply #5552 on: May 18, 2020, 09:54:00 pm »
This morning, double otter frolics right under the nose of a tree dwelling seal.
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5553 on: May 18, 2020, 10:49:01 pm »
Large slowworm o the lawn. I see them fairly often in the garden, but never out in the open like that before.
I saw loads of them the other day in the woods. Well, I say loads... at least five in the space of about 20 minutes of walking. Including one on the road that hadn’t made it across to the other side.

They certainly didn’t seem as shy as usual. One just sat there on the path while the dog sniffed at it.

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« Reply #5554 on: May 26, 2020, 12:44:46 am »


In my garden this evening.
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« Reply #5555 on: May 26, 2020, 02:30:47 pm »
"If I hide my head he won't see me."
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« Reply #5556 on: May 26, 2020, 07:57:37 pm »
I've never seen a hodgepig in the whole time I've been here. Not even two dimensional ones.
I used to see loads in Brum.  Both two and animated three-dimensional ones.
Same with foxes. I've seen three or four in 15 years. Used to see them all the time in Bournville.
Do see wowbadgers though. Makes night riding in the lanes interesting sometimes.  Those thick set, solid buggers only get out of the way when they're ready to, and not before.
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« Reply #5557 on: May 26, 2020, 08:13:53 pm »
Areas which are good for badgers tend to have fewer hedgehogs. It's not that the badgers predate on them particularly, but they are competing for similar resources and the badgers, being
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tend to get the better of it.
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« Reply #5558 on: May 26, 2020, 08:31:37 pm »
Yesterdays early morning ride we saw loads of dolphin frisking at the harbour, two of them doing flips at the same time.
Pingu managed to capture this rather more sedate one

Common bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) by The Pingus, on Flickr
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« Reply #5559 on: May 26, 2020, 08:35:30 pm »
This morning's tree dwelling seal

IMG_6093_01 by The Pingus, on Flickr
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« Reply #5560 on: May 27, 2020, 12:26:18 pm »

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Moth caterpillars of the processionary type are probably involved.
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« Reply #5561 on: May 27, 2020, 12:27:10 pm »
Heard from my "office" (back bedroom) window this morning, though not seen, the first Swift "screaming party" of the year.
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« Reply #5562 on: May 27, 2020, 07:03:51 pm »
Areas which are good for badgers tend to have fewer hedgehogs. It's not that the badgers predate on them particularly, but they are competing for similar resources and the badgers, being
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thick set, solid buggers
tend to get the better of it.

I'm not familiar with any other large town (if c. 200000 can be considered large) but I have become accustomed to the dense badger population within a short distance of my house. I don't know if any other similar sized towns are so blessed. I don't think we've ever been especially short of hedgehogs, as I see enough flat ones to make me think that there are still a few pumped-up ones around.

A few weeks ago I went out for an early morning (6am-ish) bike ride and there was a dead badger here: http://streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?X=588063&Y=186945&A=Y&Z=120 . That's about 200 yards from my house. There are setts on the railway embankment and also in the small public park less than 500 metres WSW of the arrow.
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« Reply #5563 on: May 29, 2020, 01:39:06 pm »
The bowls of water seemed to be appreciated last night

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« Reply #5564 on: May 29, 2020, 09:23:55 pm »
Squirrels are back in the garden. Tilly is terrified of them for some reason being that she weighs 30Kg and they weigh 500g that's just daft. She is a big silly yellow lump though. She sat looking out the patio doors (open) all afternoon and refused to go outside unless we were there too.
Mrs Pcolbeck got a photo of a squirrel a robin and a greater spotted wood pecker all in one frame. Unfortunately from a distance with a phone camera.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

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« Reply #5565 on: May 29, 2020, 11:21:43 pm »
Great to see those hedgehogs.  :thumbsup:


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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5566 on: May 30, 2020, 06:34:01 pm »
A chiffchaff. 

I may have seen these before but have always struggled to identify warblers - by the time I got back to a bird book I'd forgotten the song or couldn't translate the description into what i'd heard.  Armed with the RSPB web site, the BirdNet bird call recognition app, and a  digital camera with 300mm lens meant, I got a confident observation of that small brown bird cheeping away at the top of a 50 foot tree.
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5567 on: May 31, 2020, 01:20:57 pm »
Look a squirrel !

Yesterday in our garden.



I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

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« Reply #5568 on: May 31, 2020, 01:58:39 pm »
Whilst I was sitting outside eating my breakfast a pair of blackbirds were rummaging about under the laurel. I think they have built a nest in next door’s yew, but I don’t think they can be incubating as the female seems to be out and about too much. A robin appeared a little later.

A blue tit has a nest inside the bathroom vent of the house across the road and I quite often see them coming and going. Also, there were plenty of swift wheeling about. I am thinking about installing a swift box for next year.
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« Reply #5569 on: Yesterday at 03:13:25 pm »
A black kite I think. Kite shaped with a forked tail but not as defined as a red kite and the wrong colour for a red kite.

Never seen one before we moved here.

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« Reply #5570 on: Yesterday at 03:18:40 pm »
A black kite I think. Kite shaped with a forked tail but not as defined as a red kite and the wrong colour for a red kite.

Never seen one before we moved here.

I didn't even know we had them in the UK before you posted that.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

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« Reply #5571 on: Yesterday at 03:26:05 pm »
Me neither, we saw a dark 'solid' looking bird and our first thought was it was one of the IOW sea eagles. When we got the bins on it we could clearly see it was the wrong shape completely for an eagle. Much perusing of Heinzel, Fitter, Parslow got us to black kite. Google suggests they do visit the south a fair bit these days.

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« Reply #5572 on: Yesterday at 03:33:32 pm »
I went paddleboarding on sunday morning and sat and watched an owl hunting up and down granchester meadow for about 10 minutes.

Probably a teenage barn owl practicing, it was about 9.30 and there were quite a few people about.  It did a lot of hovering and diving down but didnt seem to actually catch anything.
 Fantastic to see, I've never watched one for that long before.

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« Reply #5573 on: Yesterday at 09:57:58 pm »
Me neither, we saw a dark 'solid' looking bird and our first thought was it was one of the IOW sea eagles. When we got the bins on it we could clearly see it was the wrong shape completely for an eagle. Much perusing of Heinzel, Fitter, Parslow got us to black kite. Google suggests they do visit the south a fair bit these days.

Would not be surprised.  Have seen them in Brittany - so perhaps they are following in the wake of Little Egrets and settling north.
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« Reply #5574 on: Today at 02:39:23 pm »
Some inter-species drama in my garden last night

https://youtu.be/r_Pa9gMR_Sc

Meanwhile my nephew's wildlife camera captured a squirrel, a raccoon, and a snake on his patio. He's in Florida.
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