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Attila

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #120 on: August 17, 2018, 05:28:46 PM »
Sadly there's no snakes around, although they've been eating through the slug population.

Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #121 on: August 17, 2018, 05:33:42 PM »
Love hedgehogs. There's a project called Urban Urchins which is an attempt to map sightings of them in London. Unsurprisingly they don't seem to want to really hang out in the inner city, yet there's been a supposed sighting near me in Whitechapel by a bloke who was walking his dog at 4am after his night shift and swears he saw one walking in a park. Incredibly resilient hedgehog colony or large ambling rat? Only an all night stakeout will tell.

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #122 on: August 19, 2018, 06:22:32 PM »
Another great early walk out into the wilds today. I arrived just before dawn at an area close to the 403 junction and next to the train lines. I was waiting for the sun to emerge as it was too spooky to venture into the forest/marshland in the pitch black. A red boy racer car came upon me all of a sudden, drove right up to me, reversed, turned and parked. After a few minutes a guy gets out of the car and comes over and says "Do you know how to download movies on a phone?". I asked him what sort of movies and said it would be pretty tricky. He then brought over the phone and said "I'd like porno movies". He seemed friendly enough so didn't feel threatened and I said he could search google for Pornhub but they may not be full length. He told me to type it into google - I started getting a bit suspicious but typed it in and gave him back the phone. He said "what next" - I said "press the link" and he kept insisting I show him, but I just told him to put his finger on the search entry. He then fist bumped me and returned to the car. I decided immediately to venture into the pitch black marsh land!

Well, I had the last laugh as I got to see a REAL beaver only moments later, swimming in one of the smallish lakes that border the end of Lake Ontario. It was my first proper sighting of a wild beaver but I couldn't get any decent photos because of the light.

Location of Beaver (but not picture of beaver) a bit later. Apocalypse CrowGull


A blue jay playing with my nuts. Thankfully it was the blue jay not the boy racer guy.


I also saw an American Goldfinch. Not as impressive as Manticore's Golden Oriole, but moments before I was thinking about his Oriole and wondering if there were yellow birds like that in Canada...hey presto (no decent photo sadly).



I bumped into jogger lady again but she got a bit racist after I told her the porno story and my invite to watch her racoons might have been retracted, I'm not sure.

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #123 on: August 19, 2018, 06:40:51 PM »
I'm on holiday on an island about 90 minutes from Tromso. This morning as I was drinking some coffee down on the beach, a seal appeared and swam around a bit. Later, we were out hiking and as we came round a corner, a huge eagle took off from about fifteen metres away and we watched it fly out over the ocean in silence. Probably one of the most exhilarating things I've experienced.

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #124 on: August 19, 2018, 07:00:00 PM »
Lovely birds, Blodwyn -- one of the very very few things I miss about home.

Hedgehogs gifted us last night by turning the back step into their latrine; woke up to a rather generous offering stood straight up on end. I startled one the other night as he was flopped in the food dish, happily crunching and grunting whilst lying mostly in the dish.

I used to keep sheep when I had my own house, and one of the recurring anxiety dreams I have is that I'm still in that house, and I realise I've neglected to feed them for ages -- it's an awful dream, because I go outside to try to find them, it's dark, everything is overgrown, and I'm so overcome by guilt and sorrow. (In real life, it was usually me who mixed their feed and hay and took them their supper at night). Since I've been doing the hedgehogs' party platter every night the past few weeks, I haven't had one of those dreams -- plenty of other recurring anxiety dreams and night terrors in the rotation, but the party pigs seem to have been helpful in at least putting that one on hold for a bit.

Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #125 on: August 19, 2018, 07:08:17 PM »
Hedgehogs are a benign presence, that's one reason I like them so much.

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #126 on: August 19, 2018, 07:27:30 PM »
Hedgehogs are a benign presence, that's one reason I like them so much.

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #127 on: August 19, 2018, 09:10:48 PM »
Hedgehogs are a benign presence, that's one reason I like them so much.

Small Robert and his pals are noisy little buggers -- with all the hooting, chuffing, snorting, grunting, throwing-food-everywhere, all they're lacking are the red party cups lying  scattered about in the morning. It's like a hedgehog frat house out there behind the crockery every night.

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #128 on: August 19, 2018, 09:20:14 PM »
Just saw a cardinal land on the fence. Did a huge turd, then took off.

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #129 on: August 19, 2018, 09:23:52 PM »
^bloody Catholics.

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #130 on: August 19, 2018, 09:33:37 PM »
I saw a black bear and a bison a few days ago, and a horse stood on my foot.

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #131 on: August 19, 2018, 09:53:51 PM »
I saw a black bear and a bison a few days ago, and a horse stood on my foot.

Fuckkk offff! Really? That’s mental

Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #132 on: August 19, 2018, 10:06:35 PM »
Small Robert and his pals are noisy little buggers -- with all the hooting, chuffing, snorting, grunting, throwing-food-everywhere, all they're lacking are the red party cups lying  scattered about in the morning. It's like a hedgehog frat house out there behind the crockery every night.

This is what I love, hearing them trundle around through a hedge, making all those noises and not giving a damn. They have no decorum or propriety, they don't care, and it's fine because they're in their own world doing what they want or need to do.

A frat house is a bunch of horrible young men performing sadistic rituals, putting each other down and talking about sex with 'girls'. I've seen Animal House so I know everything there is to know in that area. You wouldn't find a hedgehog lying about being the boyfriend of a girl killed in a kiln accident just in order to seduce her friend.

I rest my case on this matter.

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #133 on: August 19, 2018, 11:09:44 PM »
Fuckkk offff! Really? That’s mental

just off Danforth as well

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #134 on: August 19, 2018, 11:53:11 PM »
Fuckkk offff! Really? That’s mental

just off Danforth as well

I was up in a yurt north of Algonquin Park. Highly recommended, you two.

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #135 on: August 20, 2018, 12:27:11 AM »
I was up in a yurt north of Algonquin Park. Highly recommended, you two.

some twitcher told me today that he goes to Algonquin monthly. A bit far to walk, mind.

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #136 on: August 20, 2018, 12:29:01 AM »
some twitcher told me today that he goes to Algonquin monthly. A bit far to walk, mind.

A touch, yeah. 4.5 hour drive, and once you're out of the city, a pretty nice one. Already thinking about a trip back. They have a 2-level, 8-person yurt.

Stopped by a wolf sanctuary in Haliburton too. Interesting to see the wolves, the amateurish educational displays were obsessed with different kinds of scat. "Bear scat." "Bat scat."

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #137 on: August 20, 2018, 12:33:14 AM »
Cats scat?

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #138 on: August 20, 2018, 12:42:36 AM »
The cat scat on the mat.

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #139 on: August 20, 2018, 01:42:02 AM »
The cat scat on the mat.

I’ve already blamed the cat for that and thought we’d agreed to move on. I don’t appreciate it being raised again here.

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #140 on: August 20, 2018, 02:48:53 AM »
Had a bunch of hummingbirds1 at the feeder today but they fuck off when I try to get a picture through the window.




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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #141 on: August 20, 2018, 06:14:15 AM »
Had a hummingbird Hawk Moth in my bedroom last night,


And a moorish wall gecko in the courtyard


Yesterday morning, before work, one of the Golden Eagles off of the mountain was circling over me.  Nice.


I love this thread, more tales of hedgehoggery please Atilla, I enjoy.  And more tales of everything, everyone.  Incredible beaver story, Blods

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #142 on: August 20, 2018, 10:47:31 PM »
Guardian has some wildlife.

Bird photographer of the year.

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #143 on: August 20, 2018, 11:03:26 PM »
Nice. I bought the bird photographer of the year book (2017 I think) recently. Greet coffee table book.

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #144 on: August 20, 2018, 11:14:24 PM »
Nice. I bought the bird photographer of the year book (2017 I think) recently. Greet coffee table book.

Yes, that does sound like a good one. Liartown goes down very well in that category, particularly with people who have become … intoxicated. It's just pages and pages of HS Art meets Wimblewrong, basically:


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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #145 on: August 20, 2018, 11:17:58 PM »
Forgot to say I saw two herons and an egret along a canal. Further to the poster who was dismayed at people’s wildlife knowledge not going beyond Usborne buggy books, a well dressed man in his 40s asked me what bird the heron was. How the absolute fuck can you not recognise a heron? Shambles.

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #146 on: August 20, 2018, 11:22:01 PM »
2 golden eagles in rural Nova Scotia. Hoping for whales tomorrow, the humpbacks are particularly active this year we are told.

Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #147 on: August 20, 2018, 11:24:31 PM »
What the fuck is that in my garden?!

Well I'll tell you what it was, it was a Coypu, that's what, I realised after a bit of googling.

Apparently there's loads of them knocking about but I'd Never even heard of the cunts before this week!  But one was living in my garden free as you like.

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #148 on: August 20, 2018, 11:30:06 PM »
the humpbacks are particularly active this year we are told.

the 'bears' will be all over them...ask Panco.

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #149 on: August 20, 2018, 11:30:36 PM »
What the fuck is that in my garden?!

Well I'll tell you what it was, it was a Coypu, that's what, I realised after a bit of googling.

Apparently there's loads of them knocking about but I'd Never even heard of the cunts before this week!  But one was living in my garden free as you like.

Are you in Germany?

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