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BlodwynPig

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #240 on: April 10, 2019, 05:49:38 PM »

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #241 on: April 11, 2019, 04:21:40 PM »
Last summer I was camped along the Macrihanish coast.After a late night camp fire booze up* I awoke and started to get a brew on the stove.
I happend to look up across the road into the hills was a large herd of Llamas watching me quietly with interest.
Unexpected and surreal.

I hit the vodka while I observed them,they are cool animals.

*During which the wind was almost gale force and my brothers new tent dissapeared in the darkness leaving only a bag of cans where it once stood.

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #242 on: April 13, 2019, 08:37:10 PM »
Saw a muntjac while walking my dog this morning. Pretty mundane for those of you that live in more rural spots but for me, living in an urban area less than two miles from Molineux stadium as the crow flies (or the muntjac trots), it was quite a thrill. Perhaps I should get out more.

BlodwynPig

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #243 on: April 13, 2019, 10:16:43 PM »
Pretty productive day on the first warmish day of the year

- downy woodpecker
- bald eagles and chick - parent being hounded by seagulls for the fish in its claws
- wood ducks
- vultures
- fed some trumpeter swans and canadian goose from hand - dont know if peanuts will kill them
- heard the frog chorus but they were hidden in the dry reeds
- the canadian hells angels doing a funeral cortege for a fallen comrade, it was awesome and slightly scary. Last week my colleague drove me through the seedy industrial area of Hamilton and pointed out their former club house. I asked if they were the real deal criminal gang... “yup”. Anyway it was impressive to see them in full regalia with the coffin riding side saddle, but there was a tangible menace, even in the full sunlight. Later a few came down into the marshes for no apparent reason (perhaps dead angel liked the wildlife), i thought they were going to crush the goose but they went around him
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BlodwynPig

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #244 on: April 13, 2019, 10:30:48 PM »
Oh and a pair of canadian kingfishers courting

Buelligan

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #245 on: April 14, 2019, 04:55:18 PM »
Couple of boars ran away terrified from me last night, I could see their full hoggishness in the moonlight.  And a stone marten.  Pretty nice.  Also lots of swallowtail butterflies flipping about.  No hoopoes.



BlodwynPig

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #246 on: April 14, 2019, 05:15:49 PM »
Those poor hoggers - they normally use the hoopoes as lookout for human disturbers, but I guess the hoopoes had other things on their minds

BlodwynPig

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #247 on: April 14, 2019, 05:21:24 PM »
Vultures on the church in Westdale


Banded woolybear (coincidentally the last creature I saw on my last hike before winter kicked in)


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Trumpeter swan


Downy woodpecker

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #248 on: April 14, 2019, 06:50:31 PM »
Hamilton seems to be like a zoo with town/university attached

BlodwynPig

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #249 on: April 14, 2019, 06:59:18 PM »
Hamilton seems to be like a zoo with town/university attached

Canada, in general, outside of Downtown Toronto.

Buelligan

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #250 on: April 14, 2019, 09:35:56 PM »
Nice woolybear especially.  I was made terribly ill by handling a similar-looking caterpillar (that was in Africa though).  Be on your guard, nevertheless.

BlodwynPig

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #251 on: April 14, 2019, 10:12:37 PM »
Nice woolybear especially.  I was made terribly ill by handling a similar-looking caterpillar (that was in Africa though).  Be on your guard, nevertheless.

thanks - didn't realise

here's one not to mess with - the puss caterpillar


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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #252 on: April 17, 2019, 08:56:42 PM »
There has always been a couple bats fly round my back garden every night from around early April to the end of September. Tonight though there are about 4 of them farting around, wonder if some of them are young ones?

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #253 on: May 08, 2019, 10:28:37 PM »
Wasn't driving my truck or we would be having Carolina Possum-N-Buzzard Supper tonight.


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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #254 on: May 08, 2019, 10:29:29 PM »
There has always been a couple bats fly round my back garden every night from around early April to the end of September. Tonight though there are about 4 of them farting around, wonder if some of them are young ones?

Dadadwdadadadadada batnonce!

Buelligan

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #255 on: May 08, 2019, 11:33:51 PM »
Weirdly my exact thought too.  Which is odd.

The nights here are currently full of nightingales, singing and singing, all they're good for really.

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #256 on: May 08, 2019, 11:54:22 PM »
Wren breath. This must be what avian musical notation looks like.


Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #257 on: May 09, 2019, 12:03:16 AM »
Heard my first cuckoo of the year the other day, a strangely cheery and reassuring sound for a bird that had probably just carried out bird-ocide on a family of meadow pipit fledglings.

BlodwynPig

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #258 on: May 09, 2019, 12:49:30 AM »
Red-bellied woodpecker
Downy woodpecker
Blue jay
Various warblers
Mourning dove
Tree swallow
cedar waxwing
Trumpeter swan
Bald eagle
Turkey vulture
Grackle
Double crested cormorant
Blue heron
Treecreeper

all in one frantic 2 hour spell on Sunday

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #259 on: May 09, 2019, 12:50:23 AM »
Red-bellied woodpecker
Downy woodpecker
Blue jay
Various warblers
Mourning dove
Tree swallow
cedar waxwing
Trumpeter swan
Bald eagle
Turkey vulture
Grackle
Double crested cormorant
Blue heron
Treecreeper

all in one frantic 2 hour spell on Sunday

What a trip to the pet store it was!

BlodwynPig

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Re: Wildlife spotting
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BlodwynPig

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #261 on: May 09, 2019, 12:52:33 AM »
Also a beaver.

Just one month left of this adventure. Sad

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Re: Wildlife spotting
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BlodwynPig

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #263 on: May 09, 2019, 12:59:19 AM »
Some species will happily come to hand (chickadee, nuthatch), so will come when coaxed (these downy woodpeckers, the red bellied one shown above also came, surprisingly) and others (the boisterous ones surprisingly won't) (Red winged blackbirds, blue jays)

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #264 on: May 09, 2019, 02:32:17 AM »
The birds all seem to love your p'nts

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #265 on: May 09, 2019, 07:35:23 AM »
Our hedgehogs have fucked off, apparently, as an enormous badger has muscled his way into the party palace. He's already attacked one of the hedgehogs (judging from the noise and almighty amount of quills all over the paving stones a few weeks ago.)

We have a camera pointed at the party palace, so when we see his fat arse now, we rattle the keys in the back door and he runs away, but there's been no sign that the hedgehogs have come back :(

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #266 on: May 09, 2019, 07:40:15 AM »
Heard my first cuckoo of the year the other day.

Likewise a couple of weeks back in Eyam, the PLAGUE VILLAGE.

Blackcaps in the garden today. Last year I would've mistaken the sound for dunnocks but I can recognise the difference now. Recommend the free app BirdNET. Records birdsong and returns a probability based answer, often identifying several at a time. Almost always correctly. And you can play your recording back to familiarize yourself with it (or just use UK bird sounds app). I think I'm up to about 20 that I can identify now which improves the chances of spotting them

Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #267 on: May 09, 2019, 07:54:15 AM »
Recommend the free app BirdNET. Records birdsong and returns a probability based answer, often identifying several at a time. Almost always correctly. And you can play your recording back to familiarize yourself with it (or just use UK bird sounds app). I think I'm up to about 20 that I can identify now which improves the chances of spotting them

Oh you beauty. Just what I'm after. Cheers!

I saw what I thought was an injured hawk on the pavement recently. As I drove past I got a better look and could see a red kite tucking into a crow.
Lots of slowworms out at the moment. And a seal came to have a peek at me and my daughter swimming in a loch.

Buelligan

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #268 on: May 09, 2019, 09:41:51 AM »
Fantastic pics, Blods!  Lovely, lovely, stuff, thank you for sharing them with us. 

Sorry to hear about the Party Palace Attila, I hope they come back.  Have you considered making another feeding station for the badger further away, perhaps it would be possible to support both?  Whatever happens, please keep us up to date with developments, I am very invested in this hog saga.

On the identification of birdsong, the most remarkable experience I've had was when the 'net was young, I heard a nightbird calling, found a birdperson's site and wrote to the forum, describing the sound.  Just a description.  Very shortly after, I got a reply with a sound file attached, with the correct call on it and a full and detailed description of the bird, a Scops Owl

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Re: Wildlife spotting
« Reply #269 on: May 18, 2019, 09:49:35 PM »

Mockingbird chasing snake (possibly a black racer) across road yesterday. Happened too fast to get phone out for pix.