Author Topic: A random thread for the wildlife stuff - you know the drill  (Read 65405 times)

Edd

Re: A random thread for the wildlife stuff - you know the drill
« Reply #475 on: January 17, 2020, 11:51:23 am »
Horse on a bus (and associated puns)
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-51146051

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Re: A random thread for the wildlife stuff - you know the drill
« Reply #476 on: January 17, 2020, 11:56:19 am »
Was it a (Grand) National bus?
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Re: A random thread for the wildlife stuff - you know the drill
« Reply #477 on: January 24, 2020, 11:14:27 am »
I heard the first dawn chorus of the year today  :thumbsup:
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Re: A random thread for the wildlife stuff - you know the drill
« Reply #478 on: January 24, 2020, 06:13:54 pm »
A flock of starlings flew over the garden at dusk this evening  :)
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Re: A random thread for the wildlife stuff - you know the drill
« Reply #480 on: April 14, 2020, 09:29:16 am »
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Re: A random thread for the wildlife stuff - you know the drill
« Reply #482 on: April 26, 2020, 05:58:43 pm »
Bloody hell! How did that get approved?

Back to what I came here for: urban foxes. I'm wondering how they're doing, with some of their major food sources closed down. I know that foxes round here scavenge behind fast food places & restaurants, & there've been no discarded scraps in those places for them for weeks. Has anyone noticed hungry foxes?
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Re: A random thread for the wildlife stuff - you know the drill
« Reply #483 on: April 26, 2020, 06:20:24 pm »
Was in our local shopping centre the other day and heard an odd sound like a squeeky pedal kind of skreetch.  Looked up and and spied a pigeon sized bird on a ledge about 8 stories up.  Then saw another nearby.  When they flew there was definitely crescent shaped wings.  Got home and listened to bird calls and I'm pretty sure they were peregines.

If this works top of that brick building.

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Re: A random thread for the wildlife stuff - you know the drill
« Reply #484 on: April 26, 2020, 06:50:27 pm »
I’d suggest the BTO as a starting point.
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Re: A random thread for the wildlife stuff - you know the drill
« Reply #485 on: April 26, 2020, 07:10:30 pm »
WHAT THE FF?
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/apr/17/falconers-to-be-allowed-to-take-wild-peregrine-chicks-from-nests?utm_term=RWRpdG9yaWFsX0d1YXJkaWFuVG9kYXlVS19XZWVrZW5kLTIwMDQxOQ%3D%3D&utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&CMP=GTUK_email&utm_campaign=GuardianTodayUK
>:(

Bloody hell! How did that get approved?

Back to what I came here for: urban foxes. I'm wondering how they're doing, with some of their major food sources closed down. I know that foxes round here scavenge behind fast food places & restaurants, & there've been no discarded scraps in those places for them for weeks. Has anyone noticed hungry foxes?
Haven't seen any local foxes since lockdown.
Days become simply the spaces between dreams, spaces between the shifting floors of time...


Re: A random thread for the wildlife stuff - you know the drill
« Reply #487 on: May 03, 2020, 05:06:43 pm »
Opened up the nest box today, as we haven’t seen the bluetits recently. A fully formed nest, but no sign of eggs having been laid. Cleaned it out and repositioned slightly so the entrance is more easterly.  Perhaps another pair will use it for a late brood. Hopefully, as we’ve had nests in there for the last 5 or 6 years without fail.
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Re: A random thread for the wildlife stuff - you know the drill
« Reply #488 on: May 04, 2020, 04:29:44 pm »
I had a big fox in my garden a few weeks back. Meant I had to build a secure run for my chickens but suspect its down to the school field behind me being quieter. There's a sports centre in the other side that's normally fairly noisy in evenings. I think the chickens have been ignored now in favour of the rabbits of which there must be over a hundred on the field. The fox may as suggested up thread be having to supplement its usual scavenged diet.

Re: A random thread for the wildlife stuff - you know the drill
« Reply #489 on: May 17, 2020, 03:13:34 pm »
I have a bumblebee nest in one of my raised beds at the allotment. Little tunnel into the ground, bees going in and out.

A pea seeding is growing next to it but I didn't water as I didn't want to drown the bees.

Am best not going too close as they fly guard outside if I do.

GC

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Re: A random thread for the wildlife stuff - you know the drill
« Reply #490 on: May 17, 2020, 03:49:58 pm »
Ground dwelling bees have taken up residence in my shed which is rather inconvenient. They seem to resent my presence.
Mustn't grumble in the circumstances .

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Re: A random thread for the wildlife stuff - you know the drill
« Reply #491 on: May 23, 2020, 05:43:04 pm »
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Re: A random thread for the wildlife stuff - you know the drill
« Reply #492 on: June 03, 2020, 03:59:30 pm »
Whilst on a work skype call, I was vaguely aware of what my mother might have termed "a bit of a commotion" from downstairs.  Turns out a juvenile blackbird had wandered into our kitchen, helped itself to a piece of dry cat food from the bowl on the floor (this latter being found by me some 4m from said bowl, in the living room), been disturbed by my wife, and performed several circuits of said living room, flapping at windows and crapping vigorously, until it spotted the open kitchen door and once more exited our abode.
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Re: A random thread for the wildlife stuff - you know the drill
« Reply #494 on: June 06, 2020, 06:05:17 pm »
You know those pigeon deterrent spikes?


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Re: A random thread for the wildlife stuff - you know the drill
« Reply #495 on: June 06, 2020, 08:36:08 pm »
Mrs CET saw three magpies in the garden, one smaller than the other two, which would suggest that the nest in our Norway Maple has been productive.  Which is better than not, given said magpies have evicted the wood pigeons from their favourite tree
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Re: A random thread for the wildlife stuff - you know the drill
« Reply #496 on: June 07, 2020, 07:48:41 am »
(Yesterday)
Couple of bluetit fledglings exited the bird box on the side of our garage. One made it to the bushes in the border, the other made a powered glide onto the middle of the lawn. Where it stayed for a while , then moved closer to the flower bed where at least there is a bit of cover. Parents kept visiting to encourage it to move, then a blackbird came across to say hello. The chick went for the blackbird and saw it off. Presumably programmed that if something large and unrecognised approaches you have nothing to lose by attacking.


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Re: A random thread for the wildlife stuff - you know the drill
« Reply #498 on: June 25, 2020, 08:44:47 pm »
We always have swifts, but this year there appear to be many, many more. The sky over our garden is full of them this evening, the screaming almost deafening.
Has anyone else noted an increase, or is it just local to me?
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Re: A random thread for the wildlife stuff - you know the drill
« Reply #499 on: June 25, 2020, 09:10:38 pm »
We seem to have quite a lot, but whether that's unusual I don't know. I read somewhere that the early summer visitors (swallows and martins) were badly affected by a series of storms over the Pyrennees an far fewer made it than usual.
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