Author Topic: Seen today  (Read 663693 times)

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5725 on: October 08, 2020, 08:43:14 pm »
Very good. Presumably foxes know better than to tackle a hedgehog. Our Jack Russell terriers didn’t, back in the day. Had to dissuade them several times.
The fox knows many things but the hedgehog knows one big thing (and the Jack Russells know very little at all!)

Jumping forward a few months and if we allow vicarious sightings, porpoises in the Avon.
https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/two-porpoises-swimming-under-clifton-4586959
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Wowbagger

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5726 on: October 10, 2020, 08:37:05 am »
Yesterday, at lunchtime with Jane otp: 3 swallows zooming around above the water meadows near Paper Mill Lock.
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5727 on: October 10, 2020, 01:21:30 pm »
In quarantine, possibly?

Re: Seen today
« Reply #5728 on: October 11, 2020, 01:40:07 pm »
I saw about 6 or 8 swallows on Wednesday during my ride home - they looked as if they were going to fly under a railway bridge, or at least into the cutting, before disappearing. This was behind Putney leisure centre.



Edited to add: on second thoughts, the above is most un-swallow-like.

Re: Seen today
« Reply #5729 on: October 11, 2020, 07:13:42 pm »
I see small groups of starlings most evenings I assume going to roost most evenings. I thought that they would have migrated by now  :)
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5730 on: October 13, 2020, 05:23:24 pm »
I see small groups of starlings most evenings I assume going to roost most evenings. I thought that they would have migrated by now  :)
Where are you? Starlings are resident in the UK all year round. In fact we get birds from Russia and similar places migrating here to over winter.
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5731 on: October 13, 2020, 09:22:51 pm »
Slough  :)
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ElyDave

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5732 on: October 14, 2020, 06:16:43 am »
Slough, too cool for starlings  :)
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Pingu

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5733 on: October 14, 2020, 11:04:48 pm »
From our garden, saw a buzzard being mobbed by crows.

Pingu

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5734 on: October 18, 2020, 10:37:30 pm »
Mouse rescued from the middle of a road on today's pootle.


Wood mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus) by The Pingus, on Flickr

Wowbagger

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5735 on: October 18, 2020, 11:17:55 pm »
From our garden, saw a buzzard being mobbed by crows.

On Friday, shortly after Denis's nuptials, I witnessed a herring gull mobbing a sparrowhawk above Southend Civic Centre. After a few minutes of this, the sparrowhawk escaped the attentions of the gull but was then mobbed by a pair of carrion crows. They really meant business and there were several occasions on which one bird or another had to take extreme evasive action to avoid something sharp.
Eating's a serious business. Don't bollocks around wagging your tail.

Re: Seen today
« Reply #5736 on: October 29, 2020, 03:08:53 pm »
What seems like only 2 weeks ago, wood pigeons built a nest in the monkey puzzle tree just outside the flat window.
...

Nevertheless, astonishing growth rate or not, I really hope they don’t make a habit of breeding repeatedly in that nest.

They’ve just had another sprog - at the end of October! They are very discreet about it, I must say, but it is annoying as their presence is putting me off putting out my bird feeder.

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5737 on: November 08, 2020, 03:51:06 pm »
Out for a walk round the Chesham/ ley Hill area yesterday morning and, as we exited woods into ley hill at 11:30 a.m. I spied a bat flitting around above a garden. About the size of a robin.
Never seen a bat doing its thing at that time of day before.
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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5738 on: November 21, 2020, 10:47:01 pm »
Couldn’t sleep the other night, wandered into the living room (which has no blinds) and saw a shadow passing outside. I could discern a shape - that tree is only a few metres away - so used a torch to provide non-flash light, which revealed a lovely wol:



It is the first owl I have ever seen at rest. I hear hooting regularly here, loud enough to wake my partner, but had not managed to set eyes on the source before.

Pingu

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5739 on: November 22, 2020, 12:04:09 am »
 :thumbsup:

Wowbagger

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5740 on: November 22, 2020, 11:55:46 pm »
That is a very fine wol!

We just had a lot of screeching and chattering immediately outside the front door. I opened it and surprised a fox, which I suspect was libidinous, given the time of year and the noises it was making.
Eating's a serious business. Don't bollocks around wagging your tail.

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5741 on: November 27, 2020, 01:14:24 pm »
On yesterday's ride I saw a woman walking a dog that looked exactly like an ewok.
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quixoticgeek

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5742 on: November 28, 2020, 03:58:05 pm »
On yesterday's ride I saw a woman walking a dog that looked exactly like an ewok.

The woman looked like an Ewok? or the dog did?

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Re: Seen today
« Reply #5743 on: November 28, 2020, 09:18:55 pm »
On yesterday's ride I saw a woman walking a dog that looked exactly like an ewok.

The woman looked like an Ewok? or the dog did?

J

Since owners tend to choose dogs that look like themselves, probably both  ;D

Re: Seen today
« Reply #5744 on: November 28, 2020, 10:05:11 pm »
Water voles x2, Thames, Middlesex side, near Marble Hill Park. 

The light was poor but I had quite a long time, for a change, to do the rat / vole differentiation and I’m 90% sure: rounded face, shorter furry tails compared to rats.