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Title: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twit 2 on August 06, 2018, 12:59:58 PM
Even though 99% of wildlife has died in the last 2 months and the world will end Thursday week there's still the occasion to see a wild beast and be gladdened. Yesterday I saw two cool things:

1) Big fuck off seal at Cromer. Seals in Norfolk are ten a penny when 1000s of them line the beaches during their winter breeding, but this was just one on its own, frolicking 10m or so out past the bathers. First time I've seen a seal so close 'in the wild', so to speak.

2) Kingfisher on the Yare just out of Norwich. If you're out on a boat you get a good view of them fucking about on the banks. Hard to spot otherwise.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Jumblegraws on August 06, 2018, 01:08:45 PM
Quote from: Twit 2 on August 06, 2018, 12:59:58 PM
Even though 99% of wildlife has died in the last 2 months and the world will end Thursday week there's still the occasion to see a wild beast and be gladdened. Yesterday I saw two cool things:

1) Big fuck off seal at Cromer. Seals in Norfolk are ten a penny when 1000s of them line the beaches during their winter breeding, but this was just one on its own, frolicking 10m or so out past the bathers. First time I've seen a seal so close 'in the wild', so to speak.

2) Kingfisher on the Yare just out of Norwich. If you're out on a boat you get a good view of them fucking about on the banks. Hard to spot otherwise.
Always wanted to see a kingfisher. I saw kookaburras when I was in Oz, which I think are their antipodean cousins.

I like walking my cats at night on the golf course next to where I live, got some relatively decent footage of a couple of fox cubs the other bight.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Claude the Racecar Driving Rockstar Super Sleuth on August 06, 2018, 01:15:29 PM
Buzzards (or some other bird of prey) seem to be all over the place these days. They're quite mesmerising, circling around the sky with their distinctive T-shaped silhouette. I was walking the dog one time and I saw one on the ground. I tried to get close enough to take a photo, but the dog scared it away.

I don't remember ever seeing them when I was little. Have they been reintroduced to the wild recently, or was young me just too engrossed in my computer games?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on August 06, 2018, 01:17:25 PM
We get a fair amount of red kites in Yorkshire after they were successfully reintroduced. They're well shit mate, gas them all I don't really mean that
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: holyzombiejesus on August 06, 2018, 01:19:58 PM
I see quite a lot of deer where I live. Saw just the head of one floating in the canal the other day, which was nice. We get sheep breaking in to our garden too. There are bulbs that I planted 4 years ago that I have never seen flower because that fucking farmer can't keep his sheep contained and they keep coming down and nibbling the buds off. They did a load of shit on the lawn and I shovelled it up and put it on our soil and all manner of weird plants (well, not weird, but wheat and poppies) grew where I'd put it.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Hecate on August 06, 2018, 01:29:02 PM
I see deer too, in the forest up next to a stream where I live, someone's dog was chasing after them, and I see them in the farmers fields too.
I was walking along one day and thought "Ooh, look, the farmer must have put up a little scarecrow" and when I got closer I saw it was two deers just standing there in the corn field staring at me, I waved and they bounded off and then later on I saw another one in the other field. I love the way they bounce away when they see you.
I went for a walk at something silly like 3 in the morning the other week and saw a hedgehog. I know that's not that rare but it's still really exciting when you see one.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Claude the Racecar Driving Rockstar Super Sleuth on August 06, 2018, 01:30:29 PM
I've seen grass snakes twice in my lifetime. Once when I was a nipper and again a few years ago. By some strange coincidence, both of them had the front half of a frog sticking out of their mouths and trying to crawl away.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on August 06, 2018, 01:36:42 PM
Now that CaB's gone all outdoorsy - I saw a porpoise last week when out kayaking. Also gannets and puffins. Very few seals but there are usually hundreds around Howth(north of Dublin).

Also saw a grey wagtail while walking home along the canal - which was nice.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: kittens on August 06, 2018, 01:48:12 PM
saw a kingfisher and a heron on the same boat trip once. must have been about 7 years ago now so it's just a memory of a memory, but it's a good one.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Mr_Simnock on August 06, 2018, 01:50:02 PM
Quotedon't remember ever seeing them when I was little. Have they been reintroduced to the wild recently, or was young me just too engrossed in my computer games?

Me too I seem to notice more of them whence I din't in the past. Check this link out to see there is some truth in this - https://app.bto.org/birdtrends/species.jsp?s=buzza&year=2017 (https://app.bto.org/birdtrends/species.jsp?s=buzza&year=2017)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Endicott on August 06, 2018, 01:51:52 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/OcVFHJT.jpg)

Bit of deer stalking from Sat afternoon.

On Sunday I was over the same place with the dog, and on the way home suddenly realised she was prancing along with a bit of deer leg in her mouth. She'll find anything that dog, and be pleased as Punch. It was hard it tell what it was to begin with as she would not let it go, I thought at first it was a dead vole but it was too large, not a rat because no tail, also it appeared to have an arse at both ends. Anyway when I finally got it off her I reckoned it was a bit of leg, very furry.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Gregory Torso on August 06, 2018, 02:05:21 PM
Quote from: Claude the Racecar Driving Rockstar Super Sleuth on August 06, 2018, 01:30:29 PM
both of them had the front half of a frog sticking out of their mouths and trying to crawl away.

Probably just frogs cosplaying as grass snakes.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 07, 2018, 01:49:20 AM
Dawn hike today and saw five deer in the forest, a night heron, egret, crane, Caspian tern, some rabbits, and the usual chipmunks and squirrels...although the "red" squirrel they have here is quite cute

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c6/Tamiasciurus_hudsonicus_CT.jpg/1200px-Tamiasciurus_hudsonicus_CT.jpg)

Night heron
(https://d1ia71hq4oe7pn.cloudfront.net/videoThumbs/480829-720px.jpg)

None of them feeding today as it was about 42 degrees with the humidity.

A few weeks ago I got to see a Grizzly bear and cub and some bison and elk too in Yellowstone. Been a nice few weeks, but still no raccoon sighting despite them being all about my window at night.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 07, 2018, 01:50:53 AM
Also seen Garter snakes, turkeys and coyote around my house too. And a bald eagle with chick.

Not looking forward to living back in England and spotting the odd pigeon.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Spoon of Ploff on August 07, 2018, 07:31:36 AM
Couple of times now I've seen a Little Egret on the banks of the river Colne where it coughs its way passed the big Tesco in Watford. I find myself wanting to apologize to it for the grim state of the place.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Pijlstaart on August 07, 2018, 08:56:27 AM
The hill I live on is known for it's crows, and I've been attacked by the crows. Work has a lot of squirrels, and although I have been promised teddy bears, I haven't seen any.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Galeee on August 07, 2018, 10:12:37 AM
Happy to see a pair of mistle thrushes on the bird table today, and a juvenile woodpecker last week.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 07, 2018, 12:44:59 PM
Quote from: Galeee on August 07, 2018, 10:12:37 AM
Happy to see a pair of mistle thrushes on the bird table today, and a juvenile woodpecker last week.

I fed a downy woodpecker a month ago from my hand. It's underbelly was so soft and....downy. Beautiful.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: holyzombiejesus on August 07, 2018, 12:57:07 PM
I found 2 caterpillars and a chrysalis on my living room curtains today. Don't know whether to detach the chrysalis. I really want to but imagine it will kill the soon-to-be moth inside.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: shiftwork2 on August 07, 2018, 01:05:42 PM
Noble and fearsome sparrowhawk in the garden last weeK, chomping on a sparrow. The birdbath was quiet for a few days afterwards.  Beautiful creature though.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Gregory Torso on August 07, 2018, 02:01:16 PM
This summer our complex has been invaded by what I have been calling "daddy shrews". Everyone else calls them mice, but mice are they fuck. They're long, close to the ground, velvety christlike moles, almost ribbons when they move. They quibble and peep  in the bushes and are always running under and over people's slippered feet.
The management got in some spare cats to try and subdue the rodents, but the cats were useless, and just went up on the playground equipment and stood there mewing redundantly as wave after wave of long mice broke over the rubber ground. That's all I've got really: long mice and useless mews.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 07, 2018, 02:04:46 PM
Shame you didn't have any mewls to cart them away
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on August 07, 2018, 02:17:36 PM
Don't be an arse.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: manticore on August 07, 2018, 05:43:56 PM
Quote from: Spoon of Ploff on August 07, 2018, 07:31:36 AM
Couple of times now I've seen a Little Egret on the banks of the river Colne where it coughs its way passed the big Tesco in Watford. I find myself wanting to apologize to it for the grim state of the place.

The Little Egrets love the Colne, I can see them often out of my window overlooking the Colne Estuary. They've had a resurgence in recent years because of decreased levels of pollution, so not everything's totally bad in the world.

They have a funny walk, bit like a chicken.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: kngen on August 07, 2018, 05:51:54 PM
After living in London for a decade, it's quite a trip to see some actual wildlife out in the wild,. It's, as the OP says, a pleasant reminder that not every aspect of our lives has been monetised or eroded due to lack of monetary value.

So yeah, I get quite giddy when I see fireflies or hummingbirds or chipmunks in my yard - all the stuff of American childhoods that I read about from afar.

Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Brian Freeze on August 07, 2018, 06:06:57 PM
Recent highlights have been finding a sea slug,  a couple of washed up and dessicated pipefish and marvelling at the incredible aerobatics of seabirds doing their utmost to escape the attentions of Skuas.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on August 08, 2018, 09:04:53 AM
Recently stayed in Golspie for a week for my father-in-laws 70th, they have a house up there, it was bloody lovely. Hot as the med, clear seas. So bright and still, it was like an aquarium, i could wade up to my chest with a net and swipe marine creatures from the sandy bottom and amongst the gardens of bladder wrack to impress the kids with.

Best thing I got was a bobtail squid, or 'little cuttle'. Quite impressed with my catching abilities on that one. Kept changing colour in the net, getting black and angry. Then when released, it fired out a burst of ink and then instantly changed colour to be invisible against the sand, jetting off at high speed leaving an inky ghost of its own shape hanging in the water. Amazing to watch. Also pipefish, baby flounders, brown shrimp, opossum shrimp, scorpion fish and crabs. One of my best mornings ever.
Also lots of seals and a couple of ospreys. Nice times.

As for wildlife, Ive got a fair bit in my garden in London, so wont hear the city done down too much.
Ive had sparrowhawks in the sycamore, peregrine falcons being mobbed by swifts overhead, packs of squirrels and foxes runing riot, wheeling flocks of parakeets, a heron landing on my fence, a purple hairstreak and various species of dragonfly and damselfly checking out my pond, a song thrush smashing snails to bits on my lawn, hordes of goldfinches gorging on the milk thistles, blackcaps and jays flitting furtively about in the canopy, wrens and blue tits nesting in the understory.

Also get little egrets, cormorants, mandarin ducks and kingfishers down the river in the local park behind my house.

Its a lot more than I see in much of Britain's desolate and raped countryside.

Some of the countyside is lovely of course, every year i go with a bunch of mates to wild camp for the weekend in a plot of wood in the weald that my dad bought years ago when his dad died. The weald is amazing. Highlight this year was when everyone else had crashed about 7 in the morning and me and one intrepid pal went for a stimulant-fuelled wander amongst the glistening dew and sunbeams of the glades and rides and we stumbled across a huge red deer (not often found in the weald) that bolted through the open wood just ahead of us with incredibly touching and profound grace, then it was gone, and just the buzzing of hoverflies pollinating the heather again.

Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twit 2 on August 08, 2018, 09:27:52 AM
SOUNDS SHIT MATE
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Gregory Torso on August 08, 2018, 10:42:39 AM
Seriously, do we have any like rodentologists on here can help me out identifying these long mouse things. I've tried googling "Chinese shrew", "Chinese king mouse", "Sausage mouse", "Asian shrew dads", "Emperor Mouse or Shrew", "Sausage Mole", "Penis Rat", "Chinese Bamboo Fur Snake", "Asian Long Vole", "Penis in bush", "Desmond's". some are close but these things are pretty big, anyone?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on August 08, 2018, 11:39:29 AM
I spent about twenty minutes just sitting silently in my garden earlier this morning, and I must have seen at least three wasps. Everyone should make time to just stop and look at the beauty that's all around.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Claude the Racecar Driving Rockstar Super Sleuth on August 08, 2018, 01:13:24 PM
Egrets - I've seen a few
But, then again, too few to mention
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on August 08, 2018, 01:23:00 PM
Two hedgehogs have taken up residence in the back garden right by the back door to the house. They came originally at the beginning of the heatwave, as I put our snacks and a waterbowl for the cats, and they were desperate for food and water.

Now both are fat wobbles, have their own dedicated dish, and show up just about 9pm each night to chuff, squeak, and grunt their way around the flowerpots, play in their water bowls, and throw chicken-flavoured kitten kibble all over the stones. They must also be eating the slugs -- we had loads originally because they'd come and eat the cat-snacks. If you go out quietly onto the step, the hedgehogs'll tolerate you sat there. Mostly they just go back to eating and grunting, but sometimes they chase each other around like a pair of cats having a mad half hour.

My cat doesn't give a fuck about them, but the neighbour's cat comes over like clockwork every night to watch them.

In the mornings I've got to hose down where they've shat all over the place and sweep up the morning-after carnage of the hedgehog party palace we built for them (to keep the rain off their food bowl.)

I call one Small Robert and the other one Friend of Small Robert.


Used to have loads of animals up at the food station my mother and I maintained -- a feral cat and her kittens (who moved into one of the outbuildings), possums, all sorts of birds; there was a fox set in the field behind the house, so they'd come up for kibble, too.

I swear I'm the only one on my train commute who likes to look out of the window -- at dawn and dusk, the fields are full of deer, and along the tracks are loads of bunny dens.


Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: manticore on August 08, 2018, 01:41:06 PM
Quote from: Attila on August 08, 2018, 01:23:00 PM
Two hedgehogs have taken up residence in the back garden right by the back door to the house. They came originally at the beginning of the heatwave, as I put our snacks and a waterbowl for the cats, and they were desperate for food and water.

Now both are fat wobbles, have their own dedicated dish, and show up just about 9pm each night to chuff, squeak, and grunt their way around the flowerpots, play in their water bowls, and throw chicken-flavoured kitten kibble all over the stones. They must also be eating the slugs -- we had loads originally because they'd come and eat the cat-snacks. If you go out quietly onto the step, the hedgehogs'll tolerate you sat there. Mostly they just go back to eating and grunting, but sometimes they chase each other around like a pair of cats having a mad half hour.

My cat doesn't give a fuck about them, but the neighbour's cat comes over like clockwork every night to watch them.

So glad to hear about this. I've only seen one hedgehog briefly in the last ten years or so. Dogs can be completely freaked out by them, my family dog circled one in our garden barking and whining and not knowing what the hell to do, it was very funny.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Darles Chickens on August 08, 2018, 02:48:46 PM
Living in a small Spanish island, there's hardly any variety of fauna. We don't even get squirrels! Just the occasional wild rabbit. Oh, and this thing which looks like some hellish cross between a cat and a lemur:

(https://i.ytimg.com/vi/zCmQU-IJwXw/hqdefault.jpg)
Common Genet

I saw one cross the path in front of me one time when walking in the woods, but I think they're nocturnal so rarely seen by anyone. I'd never even heard of this animal before I lived here.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twit 2 on August 08, 2018, 02:58:53 PM
I think they were introduced from Africa. They're a viverrid, as are civets, binturongs, kinkajous etc.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 08, 2018, 03:38:46 PM
make good coffee
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: New Jack on August 08, 2018, 05:04:08 PM
Saw a woodpecker today, not even a euphemism
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on August 08, 2018, 05:13:11 PM
Quote from: Twit 2 on August 08, 2018, 02:58:53 PM
I think they were introduced from Africa. They're a viverrid, as are civets, binturongs, kinkajous etc.

desolation - googling common genet autofilled to common genetic disorders. Not what I was after - Ive got most of them.

pedant alert - Kinkajous are procyonids, viverrids are only found in the Old World.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: derek stitt on August 08, 2018, 08:58:30 PM
From my vantage point i sat and watched a band of rain move from the Black Mountains across to the Malvern hills today. By the side of my car an aged Labrador spent some considerable time noisily licking the cheese from its cock.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on August 08, 2018, 09:06:09 PM
Quote from: derek stitt on August 08, 2018, 08:58:30 PM
From my vantage point i sat and watched a band of rain move from the Black Mountains across to the Malvern hills today. By the side of my car an aged Labrador spent an age noisily licking the cheese from its cock.

That labrador is probably generally almost always experiencing happiness I can only dream of.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Brian Freeze on August 08, 2018, 10:09:58 PM
We passed through Golspie just recently and having read about it in this thread I dreamt about it this afternoon. It must have been a good bit of writing to do that.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 08, 2018, 10:14:16 PM
(https://image.ibb.co/foE2o9/IMG_1772.jpg)

Here's Bilbo asking for/demanding my nuts
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on August 08, 2018, 10:29:49 PM
Quote from: manticore on August 08, 2018, 01:41:06 PM
So glad to hear about this. I've only seen one hedgehog briefly in the last ten years or so. Dogs can be completely freaked out by them, my family dog circled one in our garden barking and whining and not knowing what the hell to do, it was very funny.

I've just been sat out in the dark in the garden, whilst Small Robert chows down on his insect-flavoured suet and cat biscuits mix. They seem to sleep/nest in my neighbour's garden during the day, but I may get a little bunker for them to hibernate in during the winter, just in case.

When I had my own house, I lived in the woods with a small cleared area where I kept sheep; every once in a while a possum would show up, and the dogs would freak out thinking it was some strange new-type of cat.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: phes on August 09, 2018, 08:04:17 AM
I wouldn't claim to be a twitcher, but I do pay attention to the birds that are around me and during the last year I've got pretty good at identifying yer basic models. So I can recognise by sight and sound the 15-20 most common urban and garden birds. It's quite a fun little pastime and recognising them by song is a nice little middle-aged party trick that seems to go down well. Sadly it's been silent out the back of my house since early June. Do we have a widespread second breeding season or is that just a few species? Anyway, I hope I don't have to wait until Feb/March as I miss the little fellas waking me up at 5am (huge windows, no double glazing). My favourite bird is the Wren on account of its movement, being so quick and jittery that it appears like a flick book animation, and having a resonant cavity in its syrinx that allows it's to belt out a disproportionately loud song.

Here's the racket I get out the back of my flat Feb/March - June/July

https://youtu.be/Hx2c3ouDIn4

Do enjoy the old birds of prey too and always see buzzards and occasionally kestrels by the motorway. Saw a buzzard gliding just 10 meters up in between some low-rise flats in Leeds the other day. Terrifying!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Spoon of Ploff on August 09, 2018, 08:13:02 AM
Sometimes get Red Kites in the lower fields where I do walking. Here's one trying to decide if I'm quite dead enough to eat:

(https://i.imgur.com/EhTCdtK.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: phes on August 09, 2018, 08:18:49 AM
Quote from: Claude the Racecar Driving Rockstar Super Sleuth on August 06, 2018, 01:15:29 PM
Buzzards (or some other bird of prey) seem to be all over the place these days. They're quite mesmerising, circling around the sky with their distinctive T-shaped silhouette.

They seem way more common than kestrels thesedays. I'd estimate I see 20:1 when out driving. Sounds like a combination of gamekeeper culling, loss of prey (myxomatosis) and pesticides messing up reproduction was keeping numbers down

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/magazine-35916515
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on August 09, 2018, 08:29:20 AM
Heaps of the old buzzards here too but we also have the odd golden eagle up on the mountain - I am not even joking.  Fabulous things until they open their mouths and then they let the side down a bit.

Lovely to hear of your hedgehogs Attila, I have a terrible weakness for them but they're rare as all hell here.  Photos please!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: manticore on August 09, 2018, 03:24:34 PM
This is true, some photos would be nice. I wish to virtue signal by saying I once rescued a hedgehog that had fallen into one of those pipes that are stuck in the ground. I rang the RSPCA and asked them what do do and they said it would be fine to handle it, so I reached down and pulled it back up and let it go further down the garden. Their spikes are not spiky, they feel quite pleasant to the touch.

The decline in hedgehogs is quite a worry, and people need to be putting little holes in their garden fences for a start.

https://www.hedgehogstreet.org/made-hole-fence-hedgehogs-yet/ (https://www.hedgehogstreet.org/made-hole-fence-hedgehogs-yet/)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on August 09, 2018, 03:26:20 PM
Quote from: manticore on August 09, 2018, 03:24:34 PM
I once rescued a hedgehog that had fallen into one of those pipes that are stuck in the ground.

Well done, you.

What pipes?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 09, 2018, 03:29:22 PM
Hedgehog pic from this morning

(https://image.ibb.co/jhxVbU/chip.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: manticore on August 09, 2018, 03:30:13 PM
Quote from: paruses on August 09, 2018, 03:26:20 PM
Well done, you.

What pipes?

Yes, what are they? Pipes stuck vertically into the ground, going down two or three feet. A drainage thing?

Someone will know.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: New Jack on August 09, 2018, 03:34:22 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on August 09, 2018, 03:29:22 PM
Hedgehog pic from this morning

(https://image.ibb.co/jhxVbU/chip.jpg)

Aww! Chipmunk though innit?

Aaaaalllviiiin!
Title: Feather footed through the plashy fen passes the questing vole...
Post by: gilbertharding on August 09, 2018, 03:35:52 PM
The other day I went to have a ponder by the side of the River Great Ouse, in Huntingdon. There were quite a lot of mallards on the water, but I was amazed to see a grass snake swimming quite purposefully among them, holding its head clear of the water. The ducks were keeping a very close eye on it, but didn't seem scared at all. I've only seen a swimming grass snake once before, also on the Ouse.

The snake disappeared into the long grass and reeds by the bank virtually under my feet.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on August 09, 2018, 03:36:12 PM
Quote from: manticore on August 09, 2018, 03:30:13 PM
Yes, what are they? Pipes stuck vertically into the ground, going down two or three feet. A drainage thing?

Someone will know.

Hopefully Buzby will be along soon to clear the matter up.

Who is it has the avatar of a hedgehog? Ironically not Hedgehog90. (Note - I can't see avatars at work so I am not just being very lazy by not looking anywhere else on the screen)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 09, 2018, 03:38:59 PM
Quote from: New Jack on August 09, 2018, 03:34:22 PM
Aww! Chipmunk though innit?

Aaaaalllviiiin!

me and Alvin the Hedgehog

(https://image.ibb.co/bO4CO9/6_A8155_A91_B.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: manticore on August 09, 2018, 04:27:51 PM
There are no wild hedgehogs in BlodwynPig's adopted land of Canada, my Canadian girlfriend told me that, and she was very disappointed not to see one when she came over here to live.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: New Jack on August 09, 2018, 04:41:43 PM
Alvin is cute!

I think Simon pops into my garden. I've seen him burrow under the fence.
.... But he went next door, who have four cats (four cats, Jeremy? That's insane!)

I keep my eyes peeled for the little fella.

Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on August 09, 2018, 05:05:28 PM
Quote from: manticore on August 09, 2018, 03:30:13 PM
Yes, what are they? Pipes stuck vertically into the ground, going down two or three feet. A drainage thing?

Someone will know.

Mortar launchers?

Nice marmot there Blods.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on August 09, 2018, 05:29:53 PM
Morning after in the hedghog party palace (that round dish under the metal shelter thing starts out brimming with food every night)

(http://i.imgur.com/a4TDE2wl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/a4TDE2w)

post-hog carnage

(http://i.imgur.com/7kzlblXl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/7kzlblX)

Small Robert on the doorstep (before the party palace was built)

(http://i.imgur.com/cb8bZHll.jpg) (https://imgur.com/cb8bZHl)

Small Robert on the doorstep

(http://i.imgur.com/gJB4V5ql.jpg) (https://imgur.com/gJB4V5q)

And Small Robert again with a slug

(http://i.imgur.com/4Fi57gAl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/4Fi57gA)

Small Robert playing behind the flowerpots

(http://i.imgur.com/k5Ftrrxl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/k5Ftrrx)

Mr Gus does pre-hedgehog rave checks

(http://i.imgur.com/ghLP7Gol.jpg) (https://imgur.com/ghLP7Go)

Morning after: that one guest who just will not leave

(http://i.imgur.com/bLNFsr4l.jpg) (https://imgur.com/bLNFsr4)

Bonus Vince: Cat head - big.

(http://i.imgur.com/xrSiqY9l.jpg) (https://imgur.com/xrSiqY9)


I swear I had photos of Small Robert and his friend when they were chasing each other around the bins, but I cannot for the life of me find them now. I do'nt have that many photos as I like to sit out there with them (that step and the party palace are about 2 feet apart, so if I'm quiet on the step, they will run around below me grunting and squeaking in between chowing down). I'd have to use a flash on my camera -- I've had the opportunity for some good shots, but I don't want to annoy them.

They stand in their water dish, so we have perfect little hedgehog prints in the dust at the bottom of their dish, magnified by the water (dust and dirt is inescapable here at the moment due to endless construction on the happy-clappy church that's about 50 meters from our front garden, but that's another story).

ETA -- Found it!

Small Robert and pal

(http://i.imgur.com/ZvQhfjZl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/ZvQhfjZ)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on August 09, 2018, 05:33:47 PM
Phoarrh.  Loads of virtual karma to you Attila, my cup runneth over.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Brian Freeze on August 09, 2018, 05:35:29 PM
That's good hogging you've got going on there.
I was supposed to get in touch with local hedgehog sanctuaries to see if they need any rehoming because I'd love to be able to have them round here. Should get off my arse and do it. I'd need to build some ramps for them but that's easily doable.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on August 09, 2018, 05:36:47 PM
Cheers <3

Mr Attila has a much better camera than I do (the ones of SR on the doorstep came off his camera), but I'm tempted to see if I can't get better photos some other night -- SR was quite small when he was stealing cat treats (photo of him on the step), but he's a fat barstard these days now that he's got two food stations loads of slugs to eat. (There's a hidden food bowl behind the flower pots, because we think there's at least 3 of them that come over every night, and they're quite shy).

We don't have them in the US, except for the rare stripey Canadian one that Blodwyn has (ha!), and I'd never seen one in person before until Small Robert showed up last month. Just about after full dark you can hear them knocking about in the neighbours' garden, and if I go out and shake their bowl, they come grunting along and squeeze through the gap under the fence. They're quite loud when they're talking and playing (and fussing -- they chuff like steam trains when they're annoyed with each other) and they have appalling table manners -- we can hear them crunching away at their biscuits through the cat flap.

ETA -- Crisps? has the flying hedgehog avatar.

Myself really miss North American birds -- when I had my own house, we had a feeding station, and throughout the winter especially all sorts would drop in. I really miss bobwhites and cardinals. One winter we had loads of birds that I could tick off in my bird book, including a white duck that got blown off course from somewhere and decided to hang out eating the sheeps' food. In summer we'd get loads of hummingbirds; I had three or four feeders that I was refilling constantly during migration season. They swarm around the feeders in flocks (although they are solitary and territorial birds), and frequently dive bomb and torment the dogs by bouncing off their heads.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 09, 2018, 05:57:28 PM
Hummingbirds

(https://preview.ibb.co/nCKXO9/IMG_0597.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/hxWe39/IMG_0598.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/hNC8wU/IMG_0825.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/mZuz39/IMG_0588.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on August 09, 2018, 06:27:19 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on August 09, 2018, 05:57:28 PM
Hummingbirds

(https://preview.ibb.co/nCKXO9/IMG_0597.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/hxWe39/IMG_0598.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/hNC8wU/IMG_0825.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/mZuz39/IMG_0588.jpg)

I miss all of them kinds you got there :(
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on August 09, 2018, 06:59:12 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on August 09, 2018, 05:57:28 PM
Hummingbirds

(https://image.ibb.co/mZuz39/IMG_0588.jpg)

What's this one that looks like a coal tit?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: phes on August 09, 2018, 10:39:58 PM
looks like a marsh tit or willow tit. Hard to tell without seeing top of wing feathers or hearing them

Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 09, 2018, 10:49:32 PM
Quote from: paruses on August 09, 2018, 06:59:12 PM
What's this one that looks like a coal tit?

they're called chickadees.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 09, 2018, 10:51:26 PM
Quote from: phes on August 09, 2018, 10:39:58 PM
looks like a marsh tit or willow tit. Hard to tell without seeing top of wing feathers or hearing them

they are the closest relations to the chickadee, yes.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on August 10, 2018, 06:54:30 AM
Thanks. Now I know what a chickadee looks like too - I always imagined they would be very different.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on August 10, 2018, 10:20:33 AM
Agreed.  Those are probably shit-chickadees.  Full or righteous chickadees are almost certainly covered in extraordinarily silken wool.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: New Jack on August 10, 2018, 11:06:08 AM
Those hogs of the hedges are fuckin gawjus
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 10, 2018, 12:43:15 PM
Quote from: Buelligan on August 10, 2018, 10:20:33 AM
Agreed.  Those are probably shit-chickadees.  Full or righteous chickadees are almost certainly covered in extraordinarily silken wool.

That would be the downy woodpecker in the first picture. Beautiful fur on its belly.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: New Jack on August 10, 2018, 01:30:12 PM
Oh fuck, I've just gone to post a letter and there's a squashed animal that looks like a hedgehog in the road :(

Gutted if it's mine, gutted if it's not. I'll spare you a photo.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Ferris on August 10, 2018, 01:44:12 PM
Massive great big golden eagle out the window of our apartment. Ran to the balcony and stood out there watching it rise and fall on thermals. Took a few photos then though "don't take photos, live in the moment!" so I didn't even look at them and put my phone away.

It floated about for a couple more minutes then got enough wicked-air and drifted off to swoop down on small children or candy floss or whatever it is they eat.

Coming down from my nature-high, I looked at the pictures - every single one a beautiful, HD, 12 megapixel, framed shot of my finger in front of the lens. Such is life.

Edit: while trying to find it to post because it's funny, I also remembered I met this friendly gentleman at Shubenacadie Wildlife park which is lovely. You can feed him little deer pellet food things for 25c a go which is great fun.

(http://cdn.pbrd.co/images/HywE9vS.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: derek stitt on August 11, 2018, 06:52:47 PM
Saw some exmoor ponies, some wild boar but could not see the re introduced beaver today. Last week saw some Pearl Bodied fritillaries and what I think was a grasshopper warbler ( the Google's said it was so).

I wonder what happened to that sex pest who used to harass wowmen while he was dressed as a smurf. In some form of institution hopefully.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 11, 2018, 07:22:07 PM
Quote from: derek stitt on August 11, 2018, 06:52:47 PM
Saw some exmoor ponies, some wild boar but could not see the re introduced beaver today. Last week saw some Pearl Bodied fritillaries and what I think was a grasshopper warbler ( the Google's said it was so).

I wonder what happened to that sex pest who used to harass wowmen while he was dressed as a smurf. In some form of institution hopefully.

where did you see the boar? Apparently there are beaver in the same area as the above photos so will be setting off extra early tomorrow (night time) to explore
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: holdover on August 11, 2018, 09:13:34 PM
I'm in Edinburgh and have a lovely walk to work which takes me along old railway routes which as now paths and alongside the Water of Leith so I'm lucky enough to sometimes see kingfishers, goosanders, buzzards, perigrine falcons, sparrowhawks, treecreepers, woodpeckers and foxes. Summer brings loads of swifts and swallows along the water and in winter redwings arrive. I never used to notice any of this, was always listening to music on headphones and unaware of the wildlife around me. I used to think that any small bird was a sparrow or a robin and was stunned to discover that the trees around here are full of greenfinch, goldcrests, goldfinches and all manner of wee thing.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Bazooka on August 11, 2018, 10:31:54 PM
In Beijing all you see is finches and magpies that's it, don't even have pigeons for fucks sake.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: derek stitt on August 11, 2018, 11:33:31 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on August 11, 2018, 07:22:07 PM
where did you see the boar? Apparently there are beaver in the same area as the above photos so will be setting off extra early tomorrow (night time) to explore

Forest of Dean, Michael Gove realeased the beavers a few weeks ago into a 15 acre enclosure a couple of weeks ago. The ponies are also recent additions, they do a better job than chemicals and manpower in keeping the gorse bushes down. Nobody seems to know wha5 happened to sex pest smurf.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: manticore on August 11, 2018, 11:48:19 PM
Contrary to popular belief, smurfs, like wombles, are not wild animals.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: derek stitt on August 12, 2018, 12:27:12 AM
Could a smurf interbreed with a Womble?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Ferris on August 12, 2018, 01:26:37 AM
Only in the sick private zoo of a billionaire madman
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: manticore on August 12, 2018, 02:55:53 AM
Having checked pictures of smurfs and wombles they look at least as similar as lions and tigers so I reckon a somble or a wurf might be possible if they were allowed out of their their parks and forests and allowed to mix in polite society.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 12, 2018, 08:05:08 PM
Good morning
(https://image.ibb.co/j8rvGU/IMG_1819.jpg)

what a lovely morning it is
(https://image.ibb.co/mXuRO9/IMG_1836.jpg)

everyone up so bright and early
(https://image.ibb.co/c6daGU/IMG_1828.jpg)

even Punky and the gang
(https://image.ibb.co/kQnfi9/IMG_1859.jpg)
(https://image.ibb.co/nMDmO9/IMG_1867.jpg)
(https://image.ibb.co/m0Cfi9/IMG_1864.jpg)

but what have you done Punky?
(https://image.ibb.co/b5BFi9/IMG_1812.jpg)

yes, you Punky
(https://image.ibb.co/dnfY39/IMG_1798.jpg)

oh Punky!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 12, 2018, 08:10:03 PM
on a side note...have iPhone cameras always been so bad? Would consider in investing in a proper camera if I had longer left over here.

this...for example...is an Osprey

(https://image.ibb.co/fTjXwU/IMG_1850.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on August 12, 2018, 09:04:36 PM
Stunning bird. Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 12, 2018, 09:06:18 PM
Quote from: paruses on August 12, 2018, 09:04:36 PM
Stunning bird. Thanks for sharing.

the Osprey?...sorry...I'm lamenting the lack of proper camera. Some twitchers had super zoomy lenses but wouldn't let me look.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on August 12, 2018, 09:09:53 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on August 12, 2018, 09:06:18 PM
the Osprey?...sorry...I'm lamenting the lack of proper camera. Some twitchers had super zoomy lenses but wouldn't let me look.

I was only joking - I have quite a few photos like that. I am enjoying your wildlife posts.

But yes I also like ospreys. They seem to be doing quite well near me in mid-Wales which is good.

Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 12, 2018, 09:14:59 PM
Quote from: paruses on August 12, 2018, 09:09:53 PM
I was only joking - I have quite a few photos like that. I am enjoying your wildlife posts.

But yes I also like ospreys. They seem to be doing quite well near me in mid-Wales which is good.

please share any "snaps" if you have them. Bloody twitcher scalded me for saying "got any nice snaps today?". They're quite the bunch. Met a nice lady who just pointed in some bushes and said there was a blue grey nut jubbit (or something)...I had never heard of one before and my eyes are too poor to be able to see most things anyway. Then I met an older male twitcher who was rather laissez-faire. "just an egret today, I'm afraid..." (and then conspiratorially) "...but there is an Osprey in a dead tree just behind me" *wink*. Later I met the female twitcher on my way back and she said "there are a few old guys up there on the tracks if you also like train spotting". Despite being outdoors the air was thick with the smell of BO and prawn cocktail crisps. I felt humbled not to be yet elevated to such levels of dedication.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on August 15, 2018, 11:33:36 PM
Walking home tonight, very warm, starlit and clear, noticed the air was full of hundreds of silver moths.  Box tree moths, which is a bit worrying for all the box growing on the garrigue but extremely beautiful all the same.  In some stretches it was like being in a snowstorm.

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/a1/Cydalima_perspectalis_MHNT_Imago.jpg/800px-Cydalima_perspectalis_MHNT_Imago.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 15, 2018, 11:38:17 PM
Beautiful, you've got a decent camera I see.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on August 15, 2018, 11:40:58 PM
Heheh, no!  I don't have a camera, pinched the illustration off of wikipedia.  I'm a criminal, what can I say?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 15, 2018, 11:48:49 PM
Quote from: Buelligan on August 15, 2018, 11:40:58 PM
Heheh, no!  I don't have a camera, pinched the illustration off of wikipedia.  I'm a criminal, what can I say?

sorry?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on August 15, 2018, 11:57:18 PM
What?  We don't say sorry (and if we do, we're probably only saying it to get off easy).
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 16, 2018, 02:54:22 AM
The Royal We?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on August 16, 2018, 07:03:31 AM
Criminal we (for we are legion).
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on August 16, 2018, 07:20:11 AM
Saw a lovely bird today. It was black with white on it.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: jobotic on August 16, 2018, 08:43:13 AM
Quote from: bgmnts on August 16, 2018, 07:20:11 AM
Saw a lovely bird today. It was black with white on it.

Pied wagtail.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on August 16, 2018, 09:06:20 AM
Quote from: jobotic on August 16, 2018, 08:43:13 AM
Pied wagtail.

Or leucistic blackbird. Probably what you said though.

Or a magpie.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Spoon of Ploff on August 16, 2018, 09:06:41 AM
Quote from: Buelligan on August 15, 2018, 11:33:36 PM
Walking home tonight, very warm, starlit and clear, noticed the air was full of hundreds of silver moths.  Box tree moths, which is a bit worrying for all the box growing on the garrigue but extremely beautiful all the same.  In some stretches it was like being in a snowstorm.

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/a1/Cydalima_perspectalis_MHNT_Imago.jpg/800px-Cydalima_perspectalis_MHNT_Imago.jpg)

I am jealous right now. We've passed peak butterfly here in t'home counties.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on August 16, 2018, 09:10:29 AM
Quote from: jobotic on August 16, 2018, 08:43:13 AM
Pied wagtail.

I googled it, something called a Magpie.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on August 16, 2018, 09:33:38 AM
Quote from: bgmnts on August 16, 2018, 09:10:29 AM
I googled it, something called a Magpie.

Boom! I should be on Springwatch.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: jobotic on August 16, 2018, 09:34:39 AM
Goddamit
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on August 16, 2018, 09:51:09 AM
I am shit at trolling.

I genuinely am an abysmal ornithologist though, I saw a red-billed chough which I had never actually seen before, down the afon chilling with the ducks and turned out they are common as muck. Was gutted.

The cruel, disillusioning world of wildlife spotting.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: littlenell on August 16, 2018, 10:09:40 AM
I love this topic!

My bastard cat bought in a lesser spotted woodpecker, which was identified through tears as it hung limp from the cats jaws, then dropped at my feet. I was inhaling to roar out fire at the cat, when the canny bird stopped it's I'm dead act and made for the window. The cat was frozen in fear of me, which meant I could put it in the hall, shut the door and release the magnificent bird. To be fair to the cat,i would never have got this close to such a beautiful creature if it hadn't been dropped at my feet.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on August 16, 2018, 10:49:59 AM
Quote from: bgmnts on August 16, 2018, 09:51:09 AM
I am shit at trolling.

I genuinely am an abysmal ornithologist though, I saw a red-billed chough which I had never actually seen before, down the afon chilling with the ducks and turned out they are common as muck. Was gutted.

The cruel, disillusioning world of wildlife spotting.

To be fair choughs aren't everywhere and a lot of people wouldn't have noticed. They would have just thought it was a crow.

Just because there are loads where you are means you should still enjoy them. I have been on ringing trips where people have jizzed themselves over a dunnock (not literally, that would be hideous) but were completely indifferent at all the black redstarts we were picking up.  With the dunnocks - where they are ten-a-penny in the UK - it was  nice to stop and appreciate a bird that's so common you've taken them for granted.

Quote from: littlenell on August 16, 2018, 10:09:40 AM
I love this topic!

My bastard cat bought in a lesser spotted woodpecker [...]

Me too. And am very pleased at the outcome of the story.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Hobo With A Shit Pun on August 16, 2018, 11:04:28 AM
Quote from: littlenell on August 16, 2018, 10:09:40 AM
I love this topic!

My bastard cat bought in a lesser spotted woodpecker, which was identified through tears as it hung limp from the cats jaws, then dropped at my feet. I was inhaling to roar out fire at the cat, when the canny bird stopped it's I'm dead act and made for the window. The cat was frozen in fear of me, which meant I could put it in the hall, shut the door and release the magnificent bird. To be fair to the cat,i would never have got this close to such a beautiful creature if it hadn't been dropped at my feet.

I'd a similar experience recently, only it wasn't a woodpecker, but a chiffchaff. Took me ages to wrench open the little bastards jaws, and when I had done I was left standing there with a fat white cat in one hand, and a tiny motionless bird in the other. I shook him (the cat), called him a cunt, and threw him through a nearby cupboard door, which I then closed. With him incarcerated, I was able to put the bird down and let it recover a bit. Ten minutes later, it was flying and fucked off.

When I let the cat out, he acted like we were best mates. Either he knows and accepts the reasons for the screaming and throwing into cupboards, or he just didn't mind.

This came after a series of bird-legs-in-the-hall incidents, and spoke of action required. We've belled him now, and he tinkles where'er he goes. Interestingly, the extended anti avian campaign only really kicked off once we had his majestic baws removed. He must have more time on his hands these days, without the shagging.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Thomas on August 16, 2018, 11:06:07 AM
I was always thrilled to see buzzards back in Derbyshire (they're sometimes nicknamed 'tourist eagles' for their mistakable, eagle-like appearance), but now I live in Ireland they've been replaced by seals and otters (not in the sky, which is still very much the domain of birds). Saw two otters hunting together the other day. Herons are ten a cent here, but I still love to see them. Graceful, lanky things when patrolling the water's edge; perched on rooftops they hunch like old men in raincoats waiting for a bus. They seem to know, with some regret, that they are birds, and want nothing to do with the avian community. They would like to read Philip Larkin but are not allowed in the library.

My partner and I saw a huge seal last year, barrelling along just beneath the clear surface of the river, dappled and patterned, and we watched it pursue and catch a big fish. Ripped it in half with an audible velcro tear from head to tail.   

Cool when you go to London and see them green parrots.


Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on August 16, 2018, 11:28:49 AM
Quote from: paruses on August 16, 2018, 10:49:59 AM
To be fair choughs aren't everywhere and a lot of people wouldn't have noticed. They would have just thought it was a crow.

Just because there are loads where you are means you should still enjoy them. I have been on ringing trips where people have jizzed themselves over a dunnock (not literally, that would be hideous) but were completely indifferent at all the black redstarts we were picking up.  With the dunnocks - where they are ten-a-penny in the UK - it was  nice to stop and appreciate a bird that's so common you've taken them for granted.

Me too. And am very pleased at the outcome of the story.

Indeed, especially considering that almost all wildlife will be eradicated eithin the decade probably.

I saw two fuck-off Heron's at the marshes a few months bavk, they were glorious.

Everything is good except Geese. Nature's cunts.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Dex Sawash on August 16, 2018, 11:48:07 AM
(https://s8.postimg.cc/ppajdrro5/20180816_062601.jpg)

Deer in front yard just now.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 16, 2018, 12:42:50 PM
Quote from: Dex Sawash on August 16, 2018, 11:48:07 AM
(https://s8.postimg.cc/ppajdrro5/20180816_062601.jpg)

Deer in front yard just now.

nice!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: manticore on August 16, 2018, 03:29:35 PM
When I was on a mental ward in the days of Euro '96, a duck used to come round from the nearby hospital pond asking for food. Fortunately there was a shop nearby that sold the correct food for ducks, so we were able to feed her. Then she disappeared for a few days and then suddenly reappeared in a much more forward but also agitated state of mind, grabbing the food straight out of my hand and then flying off quickly.

We wondered what was happening with her, then soon one day we found out when she appeared with seven tiny ducklings in trail behind her, having walked them across an access road and some parkland to be fed by us. The silly people at the hospital pond mostly feed the birds with bread, so maybe she wanted some better sustenance for her babies.

She seemed quite happy to stay for quite a while after feeding as long as she could fit the chicks under her wings, but once they got too big to do that the visits became much briefer, and eventually they stopped.

Once we had to actively shoo away a disturbed young patient who showed intentions to harm the ducklings, I fear for how he grew up, but otherwise it was just about fine.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on August 16, 2018, 03:49:02 PM
Isn't that the pilot episode of The Sopranos?

(I liked your story)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: manticore on August 17, 2018, 01:47:39 PM
The best bird I've ever seen wild was a male Golden Oriole, on the banks of the Colne Estuary. He was absolutely luminescent and this wikipedia picture doesn't quite do him justice. We posted about it on an ornithological site and were told that no it couldn't have been one because it was a few weeks too early for them to be visiting Britain. They suggested it was actually a woodpecker, which was nonsense because he was absolutely distinctive and outstanding and couldn't have been anything else but a Golden Oriole.

I still trust the ornithologists, just not as much as I used to (except maybe Bill Oddie, I like him).

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6f/Loriot_d%27Europe_by_Michel_Idre.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 17, 2018, 02:38:41 PM
I wonder if people spot the female Golden Oriole and shrug and say "just a thrush"

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/06/Oriolus_oriolus_Ayodar_2.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: manticore on August 17, 2018, 03:16:31 PM
We thought we saw the female Golden Oriole near the male, but due to her relative lack of distinctiveness we couldn't be sure. Out of foolishness and ignorance I posted the location where we had seen them on this ornithologist's forum, only to be told off because it might attract the bloody birds egg collectors looking for their nest and a rare prize egg.

Wouldn't make that mistake again.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 17, 2018, 03:27:21 PM
Just say that you meant "Oreos", you saw a packet of Oreos in the bushes.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on August 17, 2018, 04:10:09 PM
Animals are so fucking cool.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on August 17, 2018, 04:36:59 PM
Hedgehog Party Palace update: now that the little fuckers are getting full-time chow, they've gone back to being very shy. Still hear them out there grunting and choofing away come rave time, though. Saw Small Robert the other night, and if he's a yardstick to go by, they've all turned into fat  little pigs.

That said, when we first discovered them, it was because they were coming onto the back step desperate for food and eating the cat's cheesy-biscuits. The devoured the insect-suet I got for them (on recommendation from t'internet), then went apeshit for the chicken-based kitten food, to the point of eating all of the kitten kibble and just throwing the mixed-in suet pellets to one side.

Stopped at the petshop earlier this week and bought an extortionately priced bag of bespoke hedgehog kibble, and mixed that in with the kitten 'n' suet trail mix. Every night so far this week, the little gourmands have been picking out and throwing all over the pavement the suet and kibble, and inhaling the hedgehog nosh.

I do'nt mind buying it for them; my fist-shake is for the companies that sell it in these tiny wee sacks for about 4x the cost of the same-sized sack of kitten chow. Grr.

Still, it's been fab having the prickly pricks stomping around the crockery and norking at the cats every evening, so on that score I'm not going to complain at all.

Loads of lovely birds and butterflies and stuff in this thread!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on August 17, 2018, 04:41:07 PM
Can you feed the hedgehogs snakes please?

Two birds, one stone.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on August 17, 2018, 05:28:46 PM
Sadly there's no snakes around, although they've been eating through the slug population.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Dolly Clackett 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.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig 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
(https://image.ibb.co/hOOZaz/IMG_1967.png)

A blue jay playing with my nuts. Thankfully it was the blue jay not the boy racer guy.
(https://image.ibb.co/cXZU8K/IMG_1958.png)

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).

(https://d1ia71hq4oe7pn.cloudfront.net/photo/63737371-720px.jpg)

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.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: finnquark 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.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila 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.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: manticore on August 19, 2018, 07:08:17 PM
Hedgehogs are a benign presence, that's one reason I like them so much.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 19, 2018, 07:27:30 PM
Quote from: manticore on August 19, 2018, 07:08:17 PM
Hedgehogs are a benign presence, that's one reason I like them so much.

Are you sure? NSFW

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEszIa5SR38 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEszIa5SR38)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on August 19, 2018, 09:10:48 PM
Quote from: manticore on August 19, 2018, 07:08:17 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.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Ferris on August 19, 2018, 09:20:14 PM
Just saw a cardinal land on the fence. Did a huge turd, then took off.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: the midnight watch baboon on August 19, 2018, 09:23:52 PM
^bloody Catholics.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: QDRPHNC 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.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Ferris on August 19, 2018, 09:53:51 PM
Quote from: QDRPHNC 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.

Fuckkk offff! Really? That's mental
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: manticore on August 19, 2018, 10:06:35 PM
Quote from: Attila on August 19, 2018, 09:10:48 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.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 19, 2018, 11:09:44 PM
Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on August 19, 2018, 09:53:51 PM
Fuckkk offff! Really? That's mental

just off Danforth as well
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: QDRPHNC on August 19, 2018, 11:53:11 PM
Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on August 19, 2018, 09:53:51 PM
Fuckkk offff! Really? That's mental

Quote from: BlodwynPig on August 19, 2018, 11:09:44 PM
just off Danforth as well

I was up in a yurt north of Algonquin Park. Highly recommended, you two.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 20, 2018, 12:27:11 AM
Quote from: QDRPHNC on August 19, 2018, 11:53:11 PM
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.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: QDRPHNC on August 20, 2018, 12:29:01 AM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on August 20, 2018, 12:27:11 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."
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 20, 2018, 12:33:14 AM
Cats scat?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: QDRPHNC on August 20, 2018, 12:42:36 AM
The cat scat on the mat.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Ferris on August 20, 2018, 01:42:02 AM
Quote from: QDRPHNC on August 20, 2018, 12:42:36 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.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Dex Sawash 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.




1. Or one that came a lot of times
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on August 20, 2018, 06:14:15 AM
Had a hummingbird Hawk Moth in my bedroom last night,
(http://www.animalspot.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Hummingbird-Hawk-moths.jpg)

And a moorish wall gecko in the courtyard
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/82/Moorish_Gecko.JPG)

Yesterday morning, before work, one of the Golden Eagles off of the mountain was circling over me.  Nice.
(https://cdn.audubon.org/cdn/farfuture/JmWiK3K05aQO4DCustryWqNAQXiY9GINrc4H0KO9pqc/mtime:1422549383/sites/default/files/Golden_Eagle_w13-17-117_l.jpg)

I love this thread, more tales of hedgehoggery please Atilla, I enjoy.  And more tales of everything, everyone.  Incredible beaver story, Blods
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: pancreas on August 20, 2018, 10:47:31 PM
Guardian has some wildlife.

Bird photographer of the year. (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2018/aug/20/2018-bird-photographer-of-the-year-in-pictures)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twit 2 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.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: pancreas on August 20, 2018, 11:14:24 PM
Quote from: Twit 2 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.

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:

(http://forreadingaddicts.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/liar-town-4.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twit 2 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.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Ferris 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.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: thraxx 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.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 20, 2018, 11:30:06 PM
Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on August 20, 2018, 11:22:01 PM
the humpbacks are particularly active this year we are told.

the 'bears' will be all over them...ask Panco.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 20, 2018, 11:30:36 PM
Quote from: thraxx 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.

Are you in Germany?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: New Jack on August 21, 2018, 12:01:09 AM
Not glamorous, but I still melt, there's a blackbird(? Could be a thrush?) in my garden that sits there every day. Motionless, originally I looked out the kitchen window and thought 'huh, I don't usually put socks on the washing line, I barely iron em and they rarely have a beak'.

I went out - a few days ago - worried the little birdy was hurt, let me get pretty close then scampered off. I watched and blackbird returned! Daily thing now, it's cute. I avoid removing every fallen, wasp-destroyed apple (drunk wasp candid upclose shots is probably too small scale for this thread but hilarious).

Google suggests it's sunning... There's some vitamin D reaction for lubricating feathers or some shite... And the much more prosaic eating apples.

I'm happy the bird is back every day. It's nice. No, not glamorous, but animals touch me just by being. Expression is fucking great!

(https://s33.postimg.cc/4ofh81trz/IMG_20180816_144428.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 21, 2018, 12:07:14 AM
It's a blackbird and it's saying "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is a bit shit, actually, at least not as good as Always Sunny in your back garden. Mate"
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: New Jack on August 21, 2018, 12:12:21 AM
Apt comparison. My back garden does see a lot of hilarious narcissism, sociopathy and utterly terrible jokes and the continuity to solidify that as permanent for a number of seasons that's popularly regarded as too high. What do you think, blackbird?

(https://s33.postimg.cc/lq8b9w0un/IMG_20180816_144434_2.jpg)

... Hey, you heckle me enough in the mornings, no need to walk out too!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: manticore on August 21, 2018, 12:18:40 AM
Most often when I hear a beautiful bird song and look up to see what it is, it's a blackbird, so in that way they are glamourous to me.

Another underrated bird is the starling. I once sat by my window and listened to one go through a whole repetoire of six different tunes in a row. Now obviously anyone would say it has an evolutionary purpose, but I don't care, it was plainly full of the joy of life.

The struggle with anthropomorphism is fruitless, there's really nothing you can do, might as well succumb I reckon.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on August 21, 2018, 12:36:15 AM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on August 21, 2018, 12:07:14 AM
ItHe's a blackbird and it's saying "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is a bit shit, actually, at least not as good as Always Sunny in your back garden. Mate"

FTFY, heheh.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on August 21, 2018, 08:13:58 AM
Quote from: thraxx 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.

FUCKING RODENT WATCH YES!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on August 21, 2018, 09:31:07 AM
Right here, in la belle France, we have copious coypu or ragondin as we tend to call them. 

So many in fact that we also have a plethora of recipes to enable our (not mine) full enjoyment of these delightful toothsome creatures.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/5d/Myocastor_coypus_2016_G2.jpg/240px-Myocastor_coypus_2016_G2.jpg)(https://previews.123rf.com/images/kakigori/kakigori1410/kakigori141000018/32363743-french-cuisine-chef-with-funny-big-mustache-holding-silver-tray-gesturing-ok-sign-in-front-of-french.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Captain Z on August 21, 2018, 10:39:25 AM
Quote from: FerriswheelBueller 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.

*exchanges briefcase*
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Spoon of Ploff on August 21, 2018, 11:14:30 AM
My folks get a lot of birds in their garden... several generations of black birds have set up home there. This female with the gammy leg ran things for a few years, first dibs on all the feeders:

(https://i.imgur.com/gPy9LyJ.jpg)
frog stupid?


One year they built a nest up close to the kitchen window, and you could get into staring competitions with these guys:

(https://i.imgur.com/d9ZPIjb.jpg)
food now or gtfo


But there were small mammals too. Sadly no hedgehogs in recent times, but I made an obstacle course out of apples for the mice once:

(https://i.imgur.com/RIcAJfD.jpg)
fast as f**k!


I was able to prove scientifically that they prefer red apples:

(https://i.imgur.com/9Ca9X2P.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: thraxx on August 21, 2018, 12:17:35 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on August 20, 2018, 11:30:36 PM
Are you in Germany?

Nein.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 21, 2018, 01:59:43 PM
Quote from: thraxx on August 21, 2018, 12:17:35 PM
Nein.

They have Coypus next to the Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg.

France?

Nice pics Ploff. I regret not having a camera...
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: manticore on August 21, 2018, 06:06:23 PM
All you Canada people. When my Canadian girlfriend yes I did once have a girlfriend was living in a ground floor flat close to me, she rang me one evening utterly freaked out telling me that an evil dangerous big black creature was sitting on her carpet. She is not a nervous woman but she had come to Britain expecting an anodyne place free of such perils.

From her description I was pleased to be able to inform her that she was addressing a Devil's Coach Horse Beetle and that they do not kill you.

Still I mean look:

(https://www.warrenphotographic.co.uk/photography/cats/34364.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: New Jack on August 21, 2018, 06:34:53 PM
That looks quite a fun little fella. Defo exudes a bit more personality than some bugs! Bet he's rambunctious
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Dex Sawash on August 22, 2018, 01:27:32 AM
Quote from: Captain Z on August 21, 2018, 10:39:25 AM
*exchanges briefcase*

I laughed
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: manticore on August 22, 2018, 01:41:21 AM
Quote from: Dex Sawash on August 22, 2018, 01:27:32 AM
Quote*exchanges briefcase*

I laughed

There have been very few things on CaB I've been more amused by than that one. Commended in the GUFFAW thread.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Ferris on August 22, 2018, 02:31:46 AM
Quote from: Dex Sawash on August 22, 2018, 01:27:32 AM
I laughed

Yeah and me actually.

Didn't even see a whale to numb the pain :(
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Maurice Yeatman on August 22, 2018, 02:49:11 AM
Quote from: Spoon of Ploff on August 21, 2018, 11:14:30 AM
[photos of birds and mice]
Lovely pics, thanks.

Quote from: New Jack on August 21, 2018, 12:01:09 AM
(https://s33.postimg.cc/4ofh81trz/IMG_20180816_144428.jpg)

In my back garden I saw a juvenile robin doing this a couple of weeks ago (took some video but probably not worth uploading here), and before that there was this young thrush basking in the searing late-June heat. (Always makes me panic that one of the neighbourhood cats is going to pounce at any minute.)
(https://i.imgur.com/BOe84xP.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: RedRevolver on August 22, 2018, 02:59:38 AM
There's a lot of hedgehogs in my parents' garden, as well as newts, frogs, owls, jackdaws and the occasional deer. Wouldn't be surprised if there were badgers, but I've never seen one (although one did try to break into the cottage in the Lake District once, but that was ages ago and also countered by the dead one we found that had apparently starved to death, stuck between a stone wall and a wire fence). A lady cat (who I've named Lady, how fucking clever am I) had some kittens in the garage and now they're ours but they're accidentally wild rather than being proper wildlife.

A lot of butterflies and bees too. All is rather nice.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on August 22, 2018, 08:33:35 AM
No updates on the hedgehogs here aside from hearing them scrambling around at night, and the morning-after carnage at the party palace they leave behind. Lately they've been picking all of the suet out of the party-platter (whereas before they hated it) and the red kibbles from the kitten kibble. They seem to go through phases in taste.

We always know when they show up because Mr Gus, the neighbours' cat, appears on the back step, looking in through the cat-flap with an expression of great indignation. Once we go out to give him a pat, he lets us know he disapproves of the whole rave scene behind the crockery.  He doesn't bother them; just has that NIMBY thing going on.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on September 08, 2018, 10:54:46 PM
Hedhegog update:

Downstairs this evening, looking at a Star Trek TNG episode, when we heard really loud crunching coming from just beyond the cat flap -- peeked out to see on the back step an even Smaller Robert chowing down on the handful of cat treats we put out for Vince and his pals.

Opened up the door, and Smaller Robert wasn't fussed at all; even when I knelt down to bring in the cats' milk saucer, he just stopped crunching, got nose to nose with me, and had a look round past me and into the kitchen. So I gave him another dollop of cat kibble and let him get back to it. I didn't get a photo, but Mr Attila did, so once I get those off his phone I'll post them.

Deffo a youngun, as Small Robert and his pals have grown fat and sassy over the past few weeks since they've been hitting up the two food stations in the hedgehog party palace. This little guy was about 1/3 of their size and not afeared at all of us or the cats (who tend to hang around as bouncers every evening, especially Mr Gus).

When will they be headed for hibernation? I'd like to set up a shelter for them.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on September 08, 2018, 11:09:18 PM
I bet the cats are DYING to kill the hedgehog but can't.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on September 08, 2018, 11:20:35 PM
Quote from: bgmnts on September 08, 2018, 11:09:18 PM
I bet the cats are DYING to kill the hedgehog but can't.

Actually, and happily, they're not.

Vince doesn't pay them much attention, and Mr Gus mostly just dances around like an idiot when they're raving it up. Or else he'll be sat looking in through the catflap to alert us that party time has kicked off.

Vince wandered past this evening when I was sat with Smaller Robert and was more interested in chasing after moths attracted to the back light than the hoglet.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twit 2 on September 08, 2018, 11:38:34 PM
I don't think they're hedgehogs. They're just clumps of compost blowing in the dusk.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on September 08, 2018, 11:46:40 PM
Thanks for the update Attila.  I think heggies need to be fairly portly to survive hibernation, so make sure that little one eats constantly, I think you have a couple of months to fatten him up.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: holyzombiejesus on September 09, 2018, 12:45:46 AM
Quote from: Captain Z on August 21, 2018, 10:39:25 AM
*exchanges briefcase*

(http://i1300.photobucket.com/albums/ag82/liorshen/applause.gif)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on September 09, 2018, 09:23:29 AM
Quote from: Buelligan on September 08, 2018, 11:46:40 PM
Thanks for the update Attila.  I think heggies need to be fairly portly to survive hibernation, so make sure that little one eats constantly, I think you have a couple of months to fatten him up.

I've been reading up to find out when they go into sleep mode, so I think I have another few weeks (although it's been turning chilly at night).

If Smaller Robert is anything like the adults, he'll be porking up nicely til then. They completely wrecked the party palace again last night (they trash the place every night) with most of the kibble gone. Currently they're all eating a mix of kitten food, hedgehog chow, and bird suet (insect-flavoured, yum!). Now that it is getting cooler at night, I may up the ante with moist & wet food and see how they get on with that, as well.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: manticore on September 09, 2018, 05:08:19 PM
Twitter is not all evil! If you want to keep up with news and advice etc. about hedgehogs there are at least a couple of good pages:

https://twitter.com/HedgehogCabin (https://twitter.com/HedgehogCabin)

https://twitter.com/hedgehogsociety (https://twitter.com/hedgehogsociety)

I learned this:

QuotePlease never feed mealworms; they are not hedgehog food and are very harmful. They cause Metabolic Bone Disease, a crippling painful condition leading to death from starvation. Dry complete kitten/cat food and a dish of clean water is perfect and will keep them healthy
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Dex Sawash on January 23, 2019, 01:51:36 PM
Caught a pair of hawks bumming in the white oak at work. They quit before I could snap a shitty over-zoomed image.

(https://i.postimg.cc/VsdzNLFs/20190123-083637.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on January 23, 2019, 01:58:44 PM
They're just corvids, mate.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Dex Sawash on January 23, 2019, 02:02:27 PM
Been a ton of crows around but looked like these had lighter chests. I can't see good though.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Endicott on January 23, 2019, 02:05:01 PM
This doesn't look good for corvids.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on January 23, 2019, 02:05:04 PM
Quote from: Dex Sawash on January 23, 2019, 02:02:27 PM
Been a ton of crows around but looked like these had lighter chests. I can't see good though.

I've seen various hawks and eagles in and around Hamilton, often just glances as they whizz past - and to be fair I sometimes wonder if they are not just crows or other large normal birds. My landlady told me that there are no crows in Canada - but I have since seen large crows around, so...

I did see a bald eagle and chick and Osprey, for sure, as they were stationary.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Ferris on January 23, 2019, 03:12:34 PM
Raccoon last week

https://imgur.com/a/oyU2sMj
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on January 23, 2019, 03:14:01 PM
Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on January 23, 2019, 03:12:34 PM
Raccoon last week

https://imgur.com/a/oyU2sMj

Corvid.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Ferris on January 23, 2019, 03:15:42 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on January 23, 2019, 03:14:01 PM
Cor! Vid?

Didn't get a vid sorry, only pictures.

A prize to anyone who can make imgur embed in this thread. It seems to arbitrarily hate me.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on January 23, 2019, 03:39:50 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/UbXJCzJ.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on January 23, 2019, 03:40:26 PM
where did you see the racoon? 
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on January 23, 2019, 03:50:33 PM
(https://i.ibb.co/dbTCPJ0/Untitled.png)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Ferris on January 23, 2019, 04:45:02 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on January 23, 2019, 03:40:26 PM
where did you see the racoon?

Parliament Square Park. The site of Canada's first parliament before it was burned down by Americans, fact-fans.

Now raccoons hang around there instead.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on January 23, 2019, 05:03:42 PM
Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on January 23, 2019, 04:45:02 PM
Parliament Square Park. The site of Canada's first parliament before it was burned down by Americans, fact-fans.

Now raccoons hang around there instead.

Cool, will head there next time I'm up. Is it guaranteed Racoon spot?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Brian Freeze on January 23, 2019, 05:37:12 PM
Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on January 23, 2019, 03:12:34 PM
Raccoon last week

https://imgur.com/a/oyU2sMj

There was a 99% Invisible episode about Raccoons in Toronto you might find interesting. Number 330.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Ferris on January 23, 2019, 05:37:52 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on January 23, 2019, 05:03:42 PM
Cool, will head there next time I'm up. Is it guaranteed Racoon spot?

I've lived opposite it for over 6 years and have seen a grand total of 2 raccoons there. So... probably not? Not really sure.

They're difficult to seek out downtown, the sneaky fuckers. You'd have better luck in Hamilton I reckon
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Ferris on January 23, 2019, 05:39:38 PM
Quote from: Brian Freeze on January 23, 2019, 05:37:12 PM
There was a 99% Invisible episode about Raccoons in Toronto you might find interesting. Number 330.

Will seek it out, thanks!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Brian Freeze on January 23, 2019, 05:40:31 PM
We sat out having a fire in the garden a couple of weeks ago and while we were toasting marshmallows we got invaded by a flock of long tailed tits onto the fastball feeder. I counted 15 at one time and we were only ten feet away. Which was a very pleasant five minutes.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on January 23, 2019, 06:26:54 PM
Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on January 23, 2019, 05:37:52 PM
I've lived opposite it for over 6 years and have seen a grand total of 2 raccoons there. So... probably not? Not really sure.

They're difficult to seek out downtown, the sneaky fuckers. You'd have better luck in Hamilton I reckon

I've just seen the one in October and the squashed one on York Road.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on February 03, 2019, 04:36:41 PM
Early this year

(https://i.ibb.co/4PNSsdN/image1.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on February 03, 2019, 04:54:43 PM
Got a lovely look at a kingfisher, grey wagtail and some redwings down the park today.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on February 03, 2019, 06:56:01 PM
Quote from: ZoyzaSorris on February 03, 2019, 04:54:43 PM
Got a lovely look at a kingfisher, grey wagtail and some redwings down the park today.

nice, where was this?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on February 03, 2019, 07:53:31 PM
Ladywell Fields, Lewisham.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: NattyDread 2 on February 03, 2019, 09:09:55 PM
My daughter spotted a treecreeper yesterday. Handy to have eagle-eyed youngsters around as I'm rubbish at spotting creatures these days, unless it's a fold of Highland Coos. My better half is quite the accomplished otter spotter.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: DrGreggles on February 03, 2019, 11:10:43 PM
Saw a stray ironing board earlier.

(https://i.imgur.com/slNsODy.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Jittlebags on February 04, 2019, 01:30:23 AM
Possible red kite spotting near Welshpool today.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on February 04, 2019, 09:27:12 AM
Quote from: NattyDread 2 on February 03, 2019, 09:09:55 PM
My daughter spotted a treecreeper yesterday. Handy to have eagle-eyed youngsters around as I'm rubbish at spotting creatures these days, unless it's a fold of Highland Coos. My better half is quite the accomplished otter spotter.

Nice. I remember spotting a treecreeper when I was tiny that my parents hadnt seen, maybe there something about tiny prying eyes that gets in the cryptic zone.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Brian Freeze on March 29, 2019, 05:34:00 PM
A couple from last weekend and one from this morning. We saw the first Bumblebee of the year on saturday and then while moving some stone we found a brand new species - Rosy Woodlice (new to us, not science)

This morning we had a couple of randy blackbirds getting fruity on the apex of the shed.
Spring is in the air!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on March 29, 2019, 05:55:52 PM
Tons of siskin in the garden and over the last week greenfinch and a lot of goldfinch. Finch central.

Also spotted a treecreeper in the woods the other day and I am a full grown man. Take that tiny children!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on March 29, 2019, 05:57:33 PM
Got a nice video of a black vulture over the golf course yesterday and on the same course I saw a coyote gamboling into a wood pile. My landlady said she'd spotted a baby raccoon in the neighbours tree and a hawk or eagle swooped down and killed it. It returned in the evening to pick at the carcass and then picked it up and flew over the house. Although ghastly, I would have loved to have seen that. I am in the basement and my bathroom window faces the back garden where this happened but Im not going to sit there all day craning my neck to see all the action. First chipmunk of the year emerged from his burrow this morning and came and fed from my hand.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on March 29, 2019, 06:01:25 PM
Oh, and the Grackle are abundant.

[url width=400]https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/ACa62aGbxqHnD7nURYyqub02sJM=/0x727:2000x2060/1200x800/filters:focal(0x727:2000x2060)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/47092770/GettyImages-173465898.0.jpg[/url]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFoEJfpHh5I (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFoEJfpHh5I)

Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twit 2 on March 29, 2019, 06:02:27 PM
Barn owl on the river last night.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on March 29, 2019, 06:10:11 PM
(https://i.ibb.co/R9TctNH/image1.png) (https://ibb.co/1LGTBM2)

(https://i.ibb.co/BC8WYDx/image2.jpg) (https://ibb.co/KrC48Zk)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on March 29, 2019, 06:11:05 PM
Quote from: Twit 2 on March 29, 2019, 06:02:27 PM
Barn owl on the river last night.

I hope he nodded in acknowledgment.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: QDRPHNC on March 29, 2019, 06:24:20 PM
(https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/g1sAAOSwlxRahX-u/s-l300.jpg)

Here's your near future, Blodders. Showing a bear who's boss with a high powered jet of steam from your navel.

Seriously though, pick up some bear repellant.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on March 29, 2019, 06:59:38 PM
Quote from: QDRPHNC on March 29, 2019, 06:24:20 PM
(https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/g1sAAOSwlxRahX-u/s-l300.jpg)

Here's your near future, Blodders. Showing a bear who's boss with a high powered jet of steam from your navel.

Seriously though, pick up some bear repellant.

it's alright, they're black bears. Cubs will be old enough by May. Mind you, I guess I might have a night time ramble and encounter some other dangerous critters.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on March 29, 2019, 09:37:45 PM
No photos yet, but the hedgehogs have been absolutely destroying the party palace every night over the past week.

I kept a little bowl out for them all winter and could tell the occasional sleepy visitor had come by, and a few more when we had that mild spell. But the little fuckers are wide awake now, and hungry as ever -- I fill up two heaping bowls every evening (with a mix of posh kitten food, Go Cat kitten food, hedgehog kibble, and suet), and I swear they lick the bowls clean.

Up through to hibernation time last autumn, they'd leave scraps and crumbs, and they made a hell of a mess throwing food everywhere. They turned up their nose at the posh kibble and hedgehog chow -- but now, they're not only kicking the empty bowls all over the place, but they eat up every stray bit and pellet that falls on the ground.

I've been going out in the evenings to watch the ISS pass overhead, and invariably when I open the back door there's this mad scramble as 3 or 4 hogs knock themselves over to disappear into the crockery. The whole time I'm in the back garden I can hear them impatiently grunting on the other side of the fence and bashing around the flowerpots behind the shed, waiting for me to leave. Mr Gus (on solo watch, thanks to a speeding neighbour ending his pal's life last week) is going nuts trying to patrol the back garden and watch out for them.

Mr Attila plans to install one of those bird-box cams so that we can see just how many of the little guys are tearing up the party palace every night.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on March 30, 2019, 09:23:08 AM
Atilla - could you remind me of the names? Is it the same characters returning this series?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: phes on March 30, 2019, 10:20:10 AM
Quote from: NattyDread 2 on February 03, 2019, 09:09:55 PM
My daughter spotted a treecreeper yesterday. Handy to have eagle-eyed youngsters around as I'm rubbish at spotting creatures these days, unless it's a fold of Highland Coos. My better half is quite the accomplished otter spotter.

That's why learning bird songs is great! I know about twenty now so whenever there's a nuthatch or a bullfinch in the garden I'm the first to find out

Creeperfacts: treecreepers only every creep up or along, nuthatches creep up, along and down. Sometimes hard to tell which is which if it's just a tiny silhouette
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Ferris on March 30, 2019, 10:38:34 AM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on March 29, 2019, 06:59:38 PM
it's alright, they're black bears. Cubs will be old enough by May. Mind you, I guess I might have a night time ramble and encounter some other dangerous critters.

Have I told my story about scaring a black bear + cub away while half-drunk in a canoe in Kejimkujik? I bet I have.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on March 30, 2019, 04:32:12 PM
Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on March 30, 2019, 10:38:34 AM
Have I told my story about scaring a black bear + cub away while half-drunk in a canoe in Kejimkujik? I bet I have.

No!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on March 30, 2019, 04:33:04 PM
Quote from: phes on March 30, 2019, 10:20:10 AM
That's why learning bird songs is great! I know about twenty now so whenever there's a nuthatch or a bullfinch in the garden I'm the first to find out

Creeperfacts: treecreepers only every creep up or along, nuthatches creep up, along and down. Sometimes hard to tell which is which if it's just a tiny silhouette

The nuthatches here are tame and will land on your hand to feed.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Mr Banlon on April 01, 2019, 05:49:42 PM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7854/46792283604_1f7fedd331_b.jpg)
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7841/32573738957_d5fb4abd2b_b.jpg)
Back garden parrots, West London
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twit 2 on April 01, 2019, 07:17:41 PM
Saw a Kodiak bear shopping in Aldi.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Ferris on April 01, 2019, 10:09:53 PM
Quote from: Twit 2 on April 01, 2019, 07:17:41 PM
Saw a Kodiak bear shopping in Aldi.

fuk off no u didnt
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on April 01, 2019, 10:13:11 PM
Quote from: Twit 2 on April 01, 2019, 07:17:41 PM
Saw a Kodiak bear shopping in Aldi.

For Hoffmeister?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twit 2 on April 01, 2019, 10:15:55 PM
Detergent, cat food, leeks.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on April 01, 2019, 10:17:53 PM
Makes sense. Cheaper there.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: DoesNotFollow on April 01, 2019, 11:08:37 PM
Caught a glimpse of an adder as well as at least a dozen common lizards on east Dartmoor, on Saturday.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: phes on April 02, 2019, 10:50:41 AM
Yesterday I was taking a snap of a Jay sitting in a tree in the botanical gardens. I put my phone away (grr!) heard an almighty flapping commotion behind me and turned to see a raptor pulling a pigeon down towards the ground about five yards from me. The same Jay i'd photographed along with another pigeon flew at the birds flapping and screeching and I think one must've got a really good peck in because the raptor lost grip and took off. It was all very spectacular. I think it was probably a female sparrowhawk because it was in a densely featured wooded area and from what I read they like hunting in places such as that, and gardens generally.

The hero of the hour. Paying more attention than me

(http://i65.tinypic.com/23wwv3a.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 02, 2019, 02:12:36 PM
that's great Phes. Animal defenders Engage!

I got hounded by a murder of crows yesterday in a lonely forest. I decided to walk from the company I collaborate with and thought I'd take a detour through some woodland I'd never been in before. It was pretty boring, just leaves and mud and hills, no wildlife. I then felt like I was getting lost and my blood sugar may be falling. Suddenly the cawing started and a huge band of crows flew into the trees around me, cawing like crazy. Perhaps they scented my demise. They followed me for a mile or so until I found a clearing and could hear the road. Unnerving.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Spoon of Ploff on April 09, 2019, 01:18:59 PM
careful there. Adder in the grass there. careful

(https://i.imgur.com/n2aM5dM.jpg)

t'was on Cannock Chase. Daren't get any closer with my shitty phone camera in case it stung me with its sharp talons or something.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: gib on April 09, 2019, 01:55:00 PM
That's really cool Ploff.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Mr_Simnock on April 09, 2019, 01:55:28 PM
That is a great spot that, I would love to see one of those in the wild.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 09, 2019, 01:56:31 PM
Beautiful markings!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Dex Sawash on April 09, 2019, 03:37:01 PM
Raking leaves* the other day and shit myself when there was a purple snake under the leaves. Was just a tamper seal from a gallon of milk which is just as terrible.

(https://i.postimg.cc/Lshxnbrg/IMG-20190323-093608-01.jpg)

* Not a euphemism
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Ferris on April 10, 2019, 01:08:58 AM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on March 30, 2019, 04:32:12 PM
No!

Just realized I didn't reply to this. Basically, I was half-drunk in a canoe in Kejimkujik. Saw a bear + cub on the lake shore ~100ft away. Exclaimed (because I didn't actually expect to see a bear) and they both fucked off.

It's not a great story, I know.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 10, 2019, 01:10:13 AM
It doesn't bear thinking about
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Ferris on April 10, 2019, 01:29:53 AM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on April 10, 2019, 01:10:13 AM
It doesn't bear thinking about

Canoe not think of a better pun?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 10, 2019, 01:30:25 AM
Kayak harder!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Sherringford Hovis on April 10, 2019, 01:39:26 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on January 23, 2019, 02:05:04 PM
My landlady told me that there are no crows in Canada - but I have since seen large crows around, so...

Odd, considering the Internet's most famous crow is even named 'Canuck' and lives in Vancouver. She probably also claims that there's no pigeons in Trafalgar Square.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flU0rDDGtHU
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 10, 2019, 02:00:26 PM
Quote from: Sherringford Hovis on April 10, 2019, 01:39:26 PM
Odd, considering the Internet's most famous crow is even named 'Canuck' and lives in Vancouver. She probably also claims that there's no pigeons in Trafalgar Square.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flU0rDDGtHU

lovely story
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: NoOffenceLynn on April 10, 2019, 03:22:27 PM

Not my spotting but, this is a clip of Sammy the Seal from my friends in Wicklow. He comes out of the harbour and heads to the fish shop opposite for fresh fish, it's only the best for Sammy but really he can't be bothered to catch his own :)
The fish shop owners lame attempts to gently guide him back to the water using a chair, are the actions of a man who knows he has been defeated, by a seal.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FbKLSIO5lcU

I have bird feeders outside but lately they have been attracting more crows, rather than the smaller birds that used to come and tweet all their friends about the food, it was beautiful to listen to their early morning song. Now it's just a crow squawk before he heads to the nearest rubbish tip for his second breakfast
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Dex Sawash on April 10, 2019, 04:56:10 PM
Crow flew inside shop and landed on open hood of car I was working on and talked some crow to me.  Flew away before I could flip phone to landscape.

(https://i.postimg.cc/N0ytDJk7/20190410-115233.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 10, 2019, 05:49:38 PM
(https://i.ibb.co/mGxKb91/Untitled.png) (https://ibb.co/SPLg5tW)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Flatulent Fox 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.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) 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.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig 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
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 13, 2019, 10:30:48 PM
Oh and a pair of canadian kingfishers courting
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan 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.

(https://www.ukbutterflies.co.uk/phpBB/files/phpbbgallery/core/source/ef459468f343cacb73242ff6725467d4.jpg)(http://www.planetepassion.eu/mammals-in-france/stone-marten.Martes-foina.Fouine.France.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig 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
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 14, 2019, 05:21:24 PM
Vultures on the church in Westdale
(https://i.ibb.co/SQGnrrm/image1.png) (https://ibb.co/Q8tNddH)

Banded woolybear (coincidentally the last creature I saw on my last hike before winter kicked in)
(https://i.ibb.co/WFbY9sf/image2.jpg) (https://ibb.co/jGc1KHD)

Gartersnake
(https://i.ibb.co/71j6Ywn/image3.jpg) (https://ibb.co/TgYFvV4)

Trumpeter swan
(https://i.ibb.co/g4c9r15/image4.jpg) (https://ibb.co/5KJ41DN)

Downy woodpecker
(https://i.ibb.co/3kpKgMw/image5.jpg) (https://ibb.co/QXP0yCZ)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Ferris on April 14, 2019, 06:50:31 PM
Hamilton seems to be like a zoo with town/university attached
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 14, 2019, 06:59:18 PM
Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on April 14, 2019, 06:50:31 PM
Hamilton seems to be like a zoo with town/university attached

Canada, in general, outside of Downtown Toronto.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan 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.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 14, 2019, 10:12:37 PM
Quote from: Buelligan 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.

thanks - didn't realise

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

(https://media.mnn.com/assets/images/2014/09/puss-caterpillar.jpg.653x0_q80_crop-smart.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Mr_Simnock 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?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Dex Sawash on May 08, 2019, 10:28:37 PM
Wasn't driving my truck or we would be having Carolina Possum-N-Buzzard Supper tonight.

(https://i.postimg.cc/hvtS1WCF/20190508-091145.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Dex Sawash on May 08, 2019, 10:29:29 PM
Quote from: Mr_Simnock 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?

Dadadwdadadadadada batnonce!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan 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.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Bennett Brauer on May 08, 2019, 11:54:22 PM
Wren breath. This must be what avian musical notation looks like.

(https://i.imgur.com/a4EOXtl.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Clatty McCutcheon 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.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig 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
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Ferris on May 09, 2019, 12:50:23 AM
Quote from: BlodwynPig 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

What a trip to the pet store it was!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on May 09, 2019, 12:51:32 AM
(https://i.ibb.co/ryky8f6/IMG-4333.jpg) (https://ibb.co/GP7PY32)
(https://i.ibb.co/41q2nz2/IMG-4340.jpg) (https://ibb.co/3R3v92v)
(https://i.ibb.co/hYQZGgq/IMG-4353.jpg) (https://ibb.co/41vYbFQ)
(https://i.ibb.co/1Tc9pYC/IMG-4364.jpg) (https://ibb.co/KWn9Qct)
(https://i.ibb.co/7jVxtWx/IMG-4362.jpg) (https://ibb.co/Kb7cxqc)
(https://i.ibb.co/phmKL1z/IMG-4361.jpg) (https://ibb.co/5K7jR18)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on May 09, 2019, 12:52:33 AM
Also a beaver.

Just one month left of this adventure. Sad
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Ferris on May 09, 2019, 12:57:21 AM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on May 09, 2019, 12:51:32 AM
(https://i.ibb.co/41q2nz2/IMG-4340.jpg)

That's amazing.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig 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)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Dex Sawash on May 09, 2019, 02:32:17 AM
The birds all seem to love your p'nts
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila 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 :(
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: phes on May 09, 2019, 07:40:15 AM
Quote from: Clatty McCutcheon on May 09, 2019, 12:03:16 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
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: NattyDread 2 on May 09, 2019, 07:54:15 AM
Quote from: phes on May 09, 2019, 07:40:15 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.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan 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 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPH8-tiFKHE). 
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Dex Sawash 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.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on May 18, 2019, 10:04:35 PM
Any hawk experts out there

Saw this last evening and it had a very distinctive non-hawk like call. The only hawk seen in this area with greyish colour is the Sharp-shinned Hawk and actually just looking up the calls, I think it was this bird.

(https://i.ibb.co/r2NC1Wg/IMG-4465.jpg) (https://ibb.co/N2b8H4X)

Note to self - invest in a fucking camera
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: NattyDread 2 on May 18, 2019, 11:15:38 PM
Big elm across the road from us is chock full of goldfinches at the moment, getting stuck into the seeds. When the pods start getting blown off the tree we get a load of siskins come to feed on them at our front door.

I sat out in the garden yesterday with the binoculars in hand and as if on cue the birds promptly fucked off, including the sparrow fledgelings our gable end has produced. Patience paid off though as eventually the male blackbird I'd not seen in a while (presumably the same one) appeared with his latest offspring, fannying about in the grass not more than 3 metres from where I was sat listening to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBOdZAObsgQ  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBOdZAObsgQ)

It was beautiful.

Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on May 20, 2019, 01:39:28 AM
A decent day in the sun - also saw a Coywolf in the dawn light, but luckily it stayed quite far from me

(https://i.ibb.co/6BSLysd/IMG-4609.png) (https://ibb.co/74DLSy9)

(https://i.ibb.co/vvrv5HV/IMG-4600.jpg) (https://ibb.co/G313w0n)

(https://i.ibb.co/dkrqMXK/IMG-4598.jpg) (https://ibb.co/ss2GRc3)

(https://i.ibb.co/s936nRV/IMG-4576.jpg) (https://ibb.co/3mhM2dC)

(https://i.ibb.co/TrydVCg/IMG-4557.jpg) (https://ibb.co/KmnSM1r)

(https://i.ibb.co/c11JssY/IMG-4536.jpg) (https://ibb.co/rmmkXXd)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on May 20, 2019, 01:46:42 AM
Bullfrog

(https://i.ibb.co/prS53R0/IMG-4603.jpg) (https://ibb.co/CsfDnM1)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: chveik on May 20, 2019, 02:02:01 AM
Canada looks lovely. bit gutted that my sister didn't pass the entrance exam of the Quebec circus school, it would've made a nice holiday.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Ferris on May 20, 2019, 02:05:26 AM
Quote from: chveik on May 20, 2019, 02:02:01 AM
Canada looks lovely. bit gutted that my sister didn't pass the entrance exam of the Quebec circus school, it would've made a nice vacation.

That's no way to speak about l'Université de Montréal
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on June 01, 2019, 09:40:51 AM
Quote from: Buelligan 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.


Recent updates for the Party Palace: the hedgehogs aren't around, partly I think because it's so green and warm now that they're finding fodder elsewhere for the summer. And party because of badger carnage. We've temporarily shut down the PP (unless we get another horrible drought like last year, we'll start it back up again in the autumn) because of said badger -- we think he killed one of the hedgehogs after a terrible battle one evening (Mr Attila took photos of the aftermath because of the clear footprints -- he's been trying to ID what the animal was. I say a fox, but he insists it's a badger).

That said, we've set up a motion-sensitive camera in the garden at night to see if any hogs are still around. So far, we've captured about 348 photos of Mr Gus, Mr Gus's nose in close up, and Mr Gus's arse, but the other night, we got two very clear night-vision photos of a big-arsed badger messing about by the rose bushes.

Really enjoying your photos, Blodwyn. I didn't have a very nice time with my ex when I lived in Virginia, but the area, with its lake, woods, and wildlife over those years were beautiful and really the best thing about that place. You've got really lovely photos there of a number of animals, especially birds, that I miss. If you get any cardinals, please do share those pictures as well.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on June 01, 2019, 12:26:59 PM
Thanks Attila, im off to Alonquin Park with QDRPHNC today, so moose, bears but more likely tonnes of black fly. Did see a squirrel fall out of a tree this morning.

Took a good video of a cardinal last night, lets see if i can post a still on my phone...

Cool that you have a motion camera now, jealous
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on June 01, 2019, 12:28:31 PM
(https://i.ibb.co/47q5SRW/3-FF8-F338-D4-D7-4-DC5-AB71-BDEFBEA90166.png) (https://ibb.co/R9FV6T2)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on June 01, 2019, 12:30:40 PM
(https://i.ibb.co/XxHVbZw/1-A9-C8-E90-7-E37-4-A8-B-A65-F-0-C244-EBE3-D2-B.png) (https://ibb.co/pjqnxvm)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Ferris on June 01, 2019, 12:39:58 PM
Saw a fucking massive cardinal yesterday here on the east coast. It sounds banal, but they really are very red aren't they? They don't look right, like a bird that fell in paint.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twit 2 on June 01, 2019, 12:42:13 PM
Was it preaching a sermon from a fish tank?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Ferris on June 01, 2019, 12:47:44 PM
Quote from: Twit 2 on June 01, 2019, 12:42:13 PM
Was it preaching a sermon from a fish tank?

Strangely: yes!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on June 01, 2019, 12:48:09 PM
Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on June 01, 2019, 12:39:58 PM
Saw a fucking massive cardinal yesterday here on the east coast. It sounds banal, but they really are very red aren't they? They don't look right, like a bird that fell in paint.

Well you also have the bluebird and american goldfinch that are extremely colourful. The orange oriole is my favourite with their hanging nests.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on June 01, 2019, 12:51:19 PM
When u back Ferris? Heading to Patrician now.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on June 01, 2019, 01:17:04 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on June 01, 2019, 12:48:09 PM
Well you also have the bluebird and american goldfinch that are extremely colourful. The orange oriole is my favourite with their hanging nests.

Orioles are my top birds, of course, growing up a massive Orioles baseball fan -- which makes having anything cardinal-related around the house a source of deep conflict.

Top cardinal bird photo there -- much appreciated! Whenever I'm back home, that's the one thing I really like hearing are all the birdsong that's 'missing' over here. Cardinals and bobwhites top of that list.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on June 01, 2019, 01:28:08 PM
(https://i.ibb.co/XS8Y15h/DF276-BA3-2151-4-A73-BA42-64-CE68532696.png) (https://ibb.co/yWS4tkw)
(https://i.ibb.co/HH6tXz0/B434-C02-F-F21-D-4-A3-B-ABA8-F9-F515-CAAEB0.jpg) (https://ibb.co/yQt6VyD)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on June 01, 2019, 01:29:21 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on June 01, 2019, 12:26:59 PM
Thanks Attila, im off to Alonquin Park with QDRPHNC today, so moose, bears but more likely tonnes of black fly. Did see a squirrel fall out of a tree this morning.

Took a good video of a cardinal last night, lets see if i can post a still on my phone...

Cool that you have a motion camera now, jealous

The motion camera showed up as part of Mr Attila's contribution to getting the errant Mr Whiskers back inside.

Gus on patrol, night and day

(http://i.imgur.com/IKmIG12l.jpg) (https://imgur.com/IKmIG12)

(http://i.imgur.com/q2dsWLll.jpg) (https://imgur.com/q2dsWLl)

(http://i.imgur.com/tJ8veLPl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/tJ8veLP)

(http://i.imgur.com/keBGXnDl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/keBGXnD)

Fat-arsed badger

(http://i.imgur.com/GAWLlFll.jpg) (https://imgur.com/GAWLlFl)


ETA -- Ohh a bunny and cardinal as I was posting, yay!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on June 01, 2019, 01:33:11 PM
Wow! Pregnant badger. At least there is some wildlife to look forward to seeing when i return to uk in 2 weeks
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Ferris on June 01, 2019, 02:25:19 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on June 01, 2019, 12:51:19 PM
When u back Ferris? Heading to Patrician now.

Not til next week. Wish we could stay, the sun has come out and the city is quieter and friendlier than Toronto.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Blue Jam on June 01, 2019, 03:36:03 PM
There are loads of buzzards around the park near my workplace. I hear them more often than I see them, mind. Never spotted one of the voles they apparently prey on up here, but I think it's because the buzzards spot them first.

Saw a vole on Cramond Island once.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: MiddleRabbit on June 01, 2019, 04:56:15 PM
We've had a pair of bluetits nesting in a box in the side of our garage which isn't unusual.  What I've not seen before is that the pair of bluetits have a great tit helping them.  He goes in e box, brings food, takes crap out, all of it.
Anyone heard of this sort of thing happening before?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Spoon of Ploff on June 01, 2019, 05:00:41 PM
Quote from: MiddleRabbit on June 01, 2019, 04:56:15 PM
We've had a pair of bluetits nesting in a box in the side of our garage which isn't unusual.  What I've not seen before is that the pair of bluetits have a great tit helping them.  He goes in e box, brings food, takes crap out, all of it.
Anyone heard of this sort of thing happening before?

Found this, which is similar, but different:

https://www.birdguides.com/news/caught-on-camera-great-tit-parents-raising-blue-tit-chicks/ (https://www.birdguides.com/news/caught-on-camera-great-tit-parents-raising-blue-tit-chicks/)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on June 01, 2019, 05:11:15 PM
QuoteSaw a vole on Cramond Island once.

He is of course dead now
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Blue Jam on June 01, 2019, 06:48:51 PM
Quote from: Shoulders?-Stomach! on June 01, 2019, 05:11:15 PM
He is of course dead now

One Christmas I adopted a water vole for Mr Jam, as a bit of a joke present. I had the adoption certificate and card read "I VOLE YOU". Mr Jam named his vole Larry. So romantic.

Larry is also dead now.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: dr beat on June 01, 2019, 06:51:11 PM
It wasn't a joke to Larry.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Blue Jam on June 01, 2019, 06:56:12 PM
ADOPT A VOLE:

https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/adopt-animal/adopt-water-vole

Go on, I guarantee that the warm fuzzy feeling will last longer than the actual vole.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: shiftwork2 on June 01, 2019, 08:12:42 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on June 01, 2019, 01:28:08 PM
(https://i.ibb.co/XS8Y15h/DF276-BA3-2151-4-A73-BA42-64-CE68532696.png) (https://ibb.co/yWS4tkw)
(https://i.ibb.co/HH6tXz0/B434-C02-F-F21-D-4-A3-B-ABA8-F9-F515-CAAEB0.jpg) (https://ibb.co/yQt6VyD)

The adventure of Hamilton?  With some imagination maybe, once you've stopped coughing on the smog and the smell and, at this time of year, the humidity.  Dofasco and Stelco still pumping it out?  I think this board needs a representation of real Canada.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twit 2 on June 01, 2019, 09:05:51 PM
If you want me to GAS that badger, I'll do it for free, like.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Brian Freeze on June 01, 2019, 10:09:15 PM
We saw loads and loads of ladybirds at the beach earlier this week. Just mooching about on the foreshore, hundreds of them though. I didnt know they liked sunbathing - is it a salt thing for them?

We collected a few in a pot back in Lancashire while out walking later in the week to see if they wanted to eat our greenfly that have been buggering a rose bush. We got five and they'd all flown away home within five minutes, but a couple did start shagging in the pot on the way home. The kids loved that bit and have never even seen the John Smiths advert.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: shiftwork2 on June 01, 2019, 10:14:47 PM
Ladybirds on the rise in south Norfolk this morning.  Haven't seen so many in a long time.  Too few bugs to eat or too few birds?  Beautiful fellas regardless of how you eco-balance it.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on June 01, 2019, 11:11:10 PM
Quote from: Twit 2 on June 01, 2019, 09:05:51 PM
If you want me to GAS that badger, I'll do it for free, like.

I'd take up your offer of the hit, given what s/he did to poor Mr Hedgehog, but then I've have to contend with Brian May in my garden. That's not a risk I'm prepared to take, I'm afraid.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on June 02, 2019, 01:17:22 AM
(https://i.ibb.co/9wDR5Zg/0109-AABB-C96-C-4504-9-BEF-884-B9-E59-FB9-E.jpg) (https://ibb.co/ZHjyD2X)
(https://i.ibb.co/W240J9p/52623028-72-BD-40-D6-B959-35-B414-EFDEBE.png) (https://ibb.co/yQcpjTB)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on June 02, 2019, 06:27:18 PM
Really enjoy catching up on this thread.

Question for Atilla - what camera did you go for? I would like to get something similar.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Ferris on June 02, 2019, 06:40:19 PM
White-tail deer! Bloody massive
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on June 02, 2019, 07:41:57 PM
Quote from: paruses on June 02, 2019, 06:27:18 PM
Really enjoy catching up on this thread.

Question for Atilla - what camera did you go for? I would like to get something similar.

Looking at the box here, it sez

HSS Trail camera. Apeman. 16 MP. 16MP image resolution. 40 PCS hidden IR LEDs.

No idea what any of it means, as Mr Attila did the buying, but it looks festive in his painfully English garden, nestled amongst thje foxgloves, lavendar, and dog roses, all camo'd up (it looks, from a distance, like a small head wearing some sort of camoflage gear.)

Excellent detail of Mr Gus's nose hairs and arse whiskers. We have about 457,000 shots of him patrolling the garden about every hour the past few nights.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on June 02, 2019, 10:28:01 PM
No big critters today except for the lesser spotted QDRPHNC

(https://i.ibb.co/wdbz00X/0-F1-DD034-E7-FF-4715-83-A5-38-E1-EDAB9342.jpg) (https://ibb.co/Gd15xxL)
(https://i.ibb.co/WGPZPjD/458-CF7-D6-EB43-4214-82-B9-5012534081-E3.jpg) (https://ibb.co/n6n9nt3)
(https://i.ibb.co/3hTkrnW/DBA7-FF28-1-DCA-4-FFD-AE8-D-1-AE282-CAE228.jpg) (https://ibb.co/VBL3jsD)
(https://i.ibb.co/vzmJpGY/EDDEF550-8676-41-A1-8-D40-A8-B538667-BC4.jpg) (https://ibb.co/Qmn6LRd)
(https://i.ibb.co/rGZq0ss/F4-D48-D2-E-2292-4-FEB-B9-D0-CE6-E2-FD156-AF.jpg) (https://ibb.co/7JGBC44)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Claude the Racecar Driving Rockstar Super Sleuth on June 02, 2019, 10:41:30 PM
It being a nice day, I went for a paddle on the river. Other than a tense encounter with a GBH of swans*, it was lovely and peaceful. That is until I got a bit further downstream and witnessed a buzzard having a fight with a moorhen. I think the buzzard was preying upon the moorhen's chicks. Magnificent animal, even if it was a bit of a bastard.

*like 'a murder of crows'.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on June 03, 2019, 12:04:32 AM
Quote from: shiftwork2 on June 01, 2019, 10:14:47 PM
Ladybirds on the rise in south Norfolk this morning.  Haven't seen so many in a long time.  Too few bugs to eat or too few birds?  Beautiful fellas regardless of how you eco-balance it.

I was literally thinking about how I hadn't seen any of those little yellow ladybirds with loadsa black spots (twenty spot ladybirds I believe?) for years a day or two ago and came to the conclusion it probably boded ill, and what should I see today? One wandering blithely about on my mildewy goji berry bush. And what should I see only an hour later on the very same mouldy superfood plant? Two of the jolly little buggers fucking. Made up I was. Maybe they need a fungal patina to get their juices going.

edit -on further research they were 22-spot ladybirds going by the snappy scientific nom de plume of Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata and they actually eat mildew, as opposed to aphids like most of their kith and kin. Well that clears that up. Great to see they aren't extinct anyway.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Spoon of Ploff on June 03, 2019, 08:02:03 AM
Lots of small butterflies and moths round these parts. Small Copper, Brown Argos, Mother Shipton, Common Blue. Spotted a chrysalis on a grass stalk near the path where I walk. I was tempted to bring it home and watch it do its thing, but no - best leave it to mother nature and all that. I'll keep checking up on its progress. Hopefully it won't get eaten by hedgehogs or foxes (if they eat chrysallisis I dunno).

(https://i.imgur.com/2aF4sBg.jpg)
Common Blue getting stuck in yesterday
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on June 04, 2019, 12:34:03 AM
Not wildlife but nice totem

(https://i.ibb.co/dQVDXSD/IMG-4882.jpg) (https://ibb.co/JzGH8NH)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Mr Banlon on June 04, 2019, 01:02:06 AM
Found this sneaky stray stalking the birds on my shed roof
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/47997059926_d960c8f67c_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Dex Sawash on June 04, 2019, 12:05:53 PM

Woodpecker going after the carpenter bees in my pergola.

(https://i.postimg.cc/xdztFSHQ/20190604-065639.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on June 04, 2019, 12:38:21 PM
Butterfly rocking its aggy owl-face. Bit of a cheat, as this is one of ten peacock butterflies I reared myself to try, probably in vain, to boost the local population (from zero, I haven't seen a single one in the two years I've been here, despite the abundance of food plants). Still, it will be wild in the next few days! 
(https://i.imgur.com/2mYACTdl.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on June 04, 2019, 02:16:52 PM
Quote from: Dex Sawash on June 04, 2019, 12:05:53 PM
Woodpecker going after the carpenter bees in my pergola.

(https://i.postimg.cc/xdztFSHQ/20190604-065639.jpg)

I think that's an upside-downy woodpecker <- woodpecker joke
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Spoon of Ploff on June 04, 2019, 03:47:03 PM
Quote from: ZoyzaSorris on June 04, 2019, 12:38:21 PM
Butterfly rocking its aggy owl-face. Bit of a cheat, as this is one of ten peacock butterflies I reared myself to try, probably in vain, to boost the local population (from zero, I haven't seen a single one in the two years I've been here, despite the abundance of food plants). Still, it will be wild in the next few days! 
(https://i.imgur.com/2mYACTdl.jpg)

lots of virtual karma.

i've seen two or three of these about this year... of course it could just be the same one following me, but i don't think that's the case
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Dex Sawash on June 04, 2019, 06:08:03 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on June 04, 2019, 02:16:52 PM
I think that's an upside-downy woodpecker <- woodpecker joke

You should have seen his red cock-aid
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on June 04, 2019, 08:09:12 PM
Quote from: ZoyzaSorris on June 04, 2019, 12:38:21 PM
Butterfly rocking its aggy owl-face. Bit of a cheat, as this is one of ten peacock butterflies I reared myself to try, probably in vain, to boost the local population (from zero, I haven't seen a single one in the two years I've been here, despite the abundance of food plants). Still, it will be wild in the next few days! 

Thanks for the reminder. Usually do some butterflies but forgot this year. Will get some ordered.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Brian Freeze on June 04, 2019, 08:49:29 PM
Quote from: paruses on June 04, 2019, 08:09:12 PM
Thanks for the reminder. Usually do some butterflies but forgot this year. Will get some ordered.

Please can you explain about this "growing your own butterfly" malarkey. Sounds interesting.

We had an angle shades moth knocking about last week and that was a very bonny beast. Will try to post a picture when at a computer.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on June 04, 2019, 09:36:09 PM
Just buy some little caterpillars off the old e-bay, search peacock butterfly caterpillars for example, get yourself a nice net cage, also off the bay (search butterfly cage), pop the caterpillars in the cage with some suitable leaves (nettles in this case), let the whole very hungry caterpillar thing you've probably read about in the books run its merry course, Eric Carle isn't wrong, they are right greedy little bastards, few weeks later - butterflies. Its an interesting process to witness and I'm trying to see if I can get some local wild colonies going.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on June 04, 2019, 10:01:58 PM
Quote from: ZoyzaSorris on June 04, 2019, 09:36:09 PM
Just buy some little caterpillars off the old e-bay, search peacock butterfly caterpillars for example, get yourself a nice net cage, also off the bay (search butterfly cage), pop the caterpillars in the cage with some suitable leaves (nettles in this case), let the whole very hungry caterpillar thing you've probably read about in the books run its merry course, Eric Carle isn't wrong, they are right greedy little bastards, few weeks later - butterflies. Its an interesting process to witness and I'm trying to see if I can get some local wild colonies going.

Yes - this is pretty much it. Can never remember who I buy off - never thought of ebay.

Only intervention is pinning them to the side / top of the cage. You think they're not going to hatch then wobble, wobble for a day or so and then BLAM - looks like it's exploded and you panic but it's just red caterpillar powder sprayed up the cage and you have a butterfly. Would recommend.

@Zoya - would be interested in your local colony project - how's it going?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: gib on June 04, 2019, 10:14:39 PM
Quote from: Brian Freeze on June 04, 2019, 08:49:29 PM
Please can you explain about this "growing your own butterfly" malarkey. Sounds interesting.

We had an angle shades moth knocking about last week and that was a very bonny beast. Will try to post a picture when at a computer.

Kids found 2 chrysalises and one of them hatched into an angle shade (looked it up) and the other one was a cool moth too, with orange and black bands. Will get hold of the pics and post on here now i know someone else knows what an angle shade moth is.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Brian Freeze on June 04, 2019, 10:16:33 PM
 Cheers for the caterpillar advice, will definitely look into it for next year. Dont want the haching to coincide with our summer holiday.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on June 04, 2019, 10:19:38 PM
I always go mad into things. First I bought some painted lady caterpillars in a self-contained tub with artificial diet from worldwide butterflies, who with hindsight are very overpriced, though they do have a much bigger range than anyone else. I bought them for my kids school but they already had some on order so thought we'd do them at home instead.

Then, appetite-whetted, I thought about introducing species to my local area that I haven't seen here despite it on the face of it being good habitat (I have been working on turning my garden into a mini nature reserve and it backs on to a small stream with wild woodland habitat  all along it, loads of nettles and brambles and other Lepidopteran delights). I know some formerly common species have dramatically declined.

Started with small tortoiseshells a few weeks back. Released ten, never saw them again. Now I will try out the peacocks. Will release ten, probably never see them again. Have ten brimstone in the post as have planted a bunch of their food plant, alder buckthorn. Will probably release ten and never see them again. Would like to try brown hairstreaks as have planted a bunch of blackthorn. May have more luck at getting them established in the immediate locality as they don't tend to wander far.

I think next year I may try breeding them in captivity for a larger second generation to release. We'll see how it goes though. My caterpillars just attached their pupae to the netting and food plants, I didn't have to do anything. One fell off though and I glued its cremaster (tail) to a piece of paper which I hung up. Apparently if they aren't attached to something the butterfly has a hard time getting out and is likely to be all Cronenburged.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: gib on June 04, 2019, 10:37:14 PM
Quote from: ZoyzaSorris on June 04, 2019, 10:19:38 PMI think next year I may try breeding them in captivity for a larger second generation to release.

If you get it right i reckon you could produce a huge cloud of butterflies. How much space do you need per 100 caterpillars?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Dex Sawash on June 05, 2019, 01:02:58 AM

Really disappointing to learn that you don't have to get your butterfly gear on dark web.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on June 05, 2019, 01:15:03 PM
Quote from: shiftwork2 on June 01, 2019, 10:14:47 PM
Ladybirds on the rise in south Norfolk this morning.  Haven't seen so many in a long time.  Too few bugs to eat or too few birds?  Beautiful fellas regardless of how you eco-balance it.

Which ones are the dirty foreign ones that we need to send back? I read an article on native species recently but sadly can't remember anything outside of "count the spots and some are even yellow".

Quote from: ZoyzaSorris on June 04, 2019, 10:19:38 PM
[...]  First I bought some painted lady caterpillars in a self-contained tub with artificial diet from worldwide butterflies, who with hindsight are very overpriced, though they do have a much bigger range than anyone else. [...]

My caterpillars just attached their pupae to the netting and food plants, I didn't have to do anything. One fell off though and I glued its cremaster (tail) to a piece of paper which I hung up. Apparently if they aren't attached to something the butterfly has a hard time getting out and is likely to be all Cronenburged.

Yes! Worldwide Butterflies - I agree they are ovepriced. I will look around I think for more. I like your project. Like you I tend to go a bit mad on things or do nothing so this seems worthwhile. I wonder how many you would realistically have to put out there to make a difference. Must be in the thousands. I like the idea of establishing a local colony though. I could build a compound and be king of the buterflies.

Need to find what species should be in mid-Wales.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on June 06, 2019, 03:31:13 PM
About 95% of our wildlife camera photos are Mr Gus on his patrol of the garden, but we've captured a few other creatures as well, in addition it the badger.

Few of Gus

(http://i.imgur.com/aG8RYQjl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/aG8RYQj)

(http://i.imgur.com/MBCVxj0l.jpg) (https://imgur.com/MBCVxj0)

(http://i.imgur.com/u5Zb9vJl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/u5Zb9vJ)

(http://i.imgur.com/t0GpxEyl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/t0GpxEy)

A few birds that have hove into view

(http://i.imgur.com/txBbkarl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/txBbkar)

(http://i.imgur.com/O3ABkJ4l.jpg) (https://imgur.com/O3ABkJ4)

(http://i.imgur.com/aCqFWVol.jpg) (https://imgur.com/aCqFWVo)

Mr Attila's scarred up shins

(http://i.imgur.com/tbkoGJzl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/tbkoGJz)

(http://i.imgur.com/4akcGyVl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/4akcGyV)

And from last night

(http://i.imgur.com/XNQzpGdl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/XNQzpGd)

(http://i.imgur.com/oesJE5fl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/oesJE5f)

Not as lovely as Blodwyn's shots, but it's fun to sift through the memory card every morning to see just how many times Gus looped around through the garden and if anyone else came to visit. Haven't seen any hedgehogs lately at all, though.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on June 06, 2019, 07:38:26 PM
"not as lovely" just as special. Love that fox and foxy sox
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on June 06, 2019, 08:16:36 PM
Quote from: gib on June 04, 2019, 10:37:14 PM
If you get it right i reckon you could produce a huge cloud of butterflies. How much space do you need per 100 caterpillars?

100 peacock caterpillars or similar would eat a LOT of leaves, is the tricky thing. It was quite a job keeping ten topped up with nettles once they reach the last couple of instars.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on June 06, 2019, 08:22:05 PM
Quote from: paruses on June 05, 2019, 01:15:03 PM
Which ones are the dirty foreign ones that we need to send back? I read an article on native species recently but sadly can't remember anything outside of "count the spots and some are even yellow".

Yes! Worldwide Butterflies - I agree they are ovepriced. I will look around I think for more. I like your project. Like you I tend to go a bit mad on things or do nothing so this seems worthwhile. I wonder how many you would realistically have to put out there to make a difference. Must be in the thousands. I like the idea of establishing a local colony though. I could build a compound and be king of the buterflies.

Need to find what species should be in mid-Wales.


Yes, I have no illusions my tiny releases are going to make much of an impact on the species at large! But with suitable habitat in cities (and increasingly in the countryside too unfortunately with the ever-increasing intensification of agriculture) fragmented into essentially islands, I was just hoping I might be able to get a local breeding population going at least. I would definitely go for other suppliers than WWB if you can find what you need, they are a bit of a ripoff (though may have to resort to them for my hairstreak plans). Can often find stuff on ebay or Devonbutterflies.co.uk are good but only have a couple of things in stock at any given time. Released the peacocks today, they looked happy, even had a couple back in the garden later on. 

Saw a cinnabar moth in the garden today, first I've seen in years, and first in the garden ever! Didn't get a pic but a right chirpy little fella, cheered me right up.

Indicative image (https://adriancolston.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/cinnabar-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on June 06, 2019, 08:37:11 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on June 06, 2019, 07:38:26 PM
"not as lovely" just as special. Love that fox and foxy sox

That odd one of the fox was the first in the set (the camera takes 3 in quick succession when it detects motion), and looked as if some sort of space creature was dancing on the lawn.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aae_RHRptRg
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Howj Begg on June 06, 2019, 09:01:49 PM
Wonderful thread, this. I do hope I won't be polluting it if I post the odd extremely common species.

Lovely little jumping spider on my copy of The Rainbow a week ago.

(https://i.ibb.co/G5BdRnY/IMG-20190601-130417791.jpg)

I'm fascinated by the way they move in abrupt scurrying motions, recollecting themselves into a new position and attitude with just a flicker.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on June 06, 2019, 10:29:32 PM
Yeah, jumping spiders are excellent little fellas.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: gib on June 06, 2019, 10:34:13 PM
Quote from: ZoyzaSorris on June 06, 2019, 08:16:36 PM
100 peacock caterpillars or similar would eat a LOT of leaves, is the tricky thing. It was quite a job keeping ten topped up with nettles once they reach the last couple of instars.

Oh, i thought they came with nutrient pellets you could feed them. Not sure where i got that idea.

I live right near a park and it's got acres of nettles. Never seen a single caterpillar on them - i'm sure when i was a kid you'd see nettles all draped in silk dotted with caterpillar shit.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on June 06, 2019, 11:18:29 PM
The painted lady will feed on an artificial diet but I dont think many other species will. Yes, the massive decline in nettle feeding species like the peacock and small tortoiseshell is a bit of a mystery given there is no lack of food plant available, in fact nettles are doing well from all the nitrogenous pollution in today's world. It must be a problem elsewhere in the lifecycle, some believe our mild winters are ironically making it harder for them to survive hibernation, also disease and wasp parasites could be causing increased larval mortality, probably as with bees it's a mixture of modern stresses.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Spoon of Ploff on June 07, 2019, 01:17:12 PM
There's a small but relatively stable population of Small Tortoiseshells near me. They're usually the first butterflies I see every late winter/early spring. You can watch them basking on the nettles, and see the males sit close behind the females and tap them on the back with their antenna. Insect foreplay there.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on June 08, 2019, 03:21:21 PM
Final hike to the marshlands this morning before I leave for Beige Britain on Wednesday

I've seen things...you people wouldn't believe. Attack skunks on fire off the shoulder of Lake Ontario. A red-bellied woodpecker fluttering in the dawnlight near Hendrie Park gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like sock in the flood water. Time to fly.

(https://i.ibb.co/DY2TC06/image4.jpg) (https://ibb.co/9h5STQf)

(https://i.ibb.co/XZ7THm1/image2.png) (https://ibb.co/cc6dqz0)

(https://i.ibb.co/wz5PqRF/image3.png) (https://ibb.co/S3FMgP4)

(https://i.ibb.co/gTBvMdF/image1.png) (https://ibb.co/mqMvC0F)

(https://i.ibb.co/k3fJShx/image5.jpg) (https://ibb.co/DGyYR7t)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: jobotic on June 08, 2019, 03:27:59 PM
Have seen three or four cinnabar in the past couple of weeks. In wait for it...Kent. One of the few moths I know the name of.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on June 08, 2019, 03:30:03 PM
Quote from: jobotic on June 08, 2019, 03:27:59 PM
Have seen three or four cinnabar in the past couple of weeks. In wait for it...Kent. One of the few moths I know the name of.

How big are they? They look incredible in the picture above.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on June 09, 2019, 05:50:24 PM
Major discussion here this morning, as the wildlife camera appears to have caught what might be a snake, Bigfoot, or a sentient sock.

It's definitately not a bird or vole or anything like that. Unfortunately, it was at the far end of the garden from the camera, and only part of whatever it was got caught in the photos -- but Mr Attila is convinced that it's a fairly large snake, maybe someone's escaped pet. Maybe it's just a grass snake?

Apologies for the giant photos, but it's for anyone who wants to spend a Sunday gotta-go-to-school-tomorrow (or in my case, two days of Exam Boards) musing over what sort of creature has moved into the bottom of the garden. Should also point out: something absolutely destroyed a bird in the greenhouse that's in the other corner of the garden. Even our cat-neighbour Mr Gus doesn't cause that much carnage when he brings down a bird.

The camera takes three photos in succession when it detects motion.

The 3 photos look really creepy when you scroll quickly through them, because it really does look like a large snake winding and rearing up its head.

I've cropped the photos so that you don't have giant photos of our garden. For scale, the orange roses are right next to Mr Creature, and each rose is about 2 inches in diameter.

(http://i.imgur.com/zvKBpUb.jpg) (https://imgur.com/zvKBpUb)

(http://i.imgur.com/IxrEkrr.jpg) (https://imgur.com/IxrEkrr)

(http://i.imgur.com/9V9aowS.jpg) (https://imgur.com/9V9aowS)

It sure looks like a snake, and if I were back home in the US, I'd be like, 'Yeah, ok, and?'

But I didn't think there were any bigguns like that in the UK, which is why Mr A thinks it's an escaped pet or summat.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on June 09, 2019, 06:25:10 PM
can you put an arrow as I really cannot see anything but tall grass and the Bigfoot in the shadows

(https://i.ibb.co/GfDw5kj/Untitled.png) (https://ibb.co/qL8Gr9w)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: gib on June 09, 2019, 07:07:57 PM
Is it the tip of a large black panther's tail?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Brian Freeze on June 09, 2019, 07:17:24 PM
Looks like a small Komodo dragon to us.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on June 09, 2019, 07:21:01 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on June 09, 2019, 06:25:10 PM
can you put an arrow as I really cannot see anything but tall grass and the Bigfoot in the shadows

(https://i.ibb.co/GfDw5kj/Untitled.png) (https://ibb.co/qL8Gr9w)

Hallo, Mr B --

You've circled a shadow and a stalk of lavendar, but that's my fault as I didn't mark up the photo. Also, your Bigfoot could easily be Mr Attila relaxing in the corner of the garden. It really is extraordinary what he gets up to out there.

(http://i.imgur.com/osMihdl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/osMihdl)

(http://i.imgur.com/Ydjgekq.jpg) (https://imgur.com/Ydjgekq)

(http://i.imgur.com/eO9CmAB.jpg) (https://imgur.com/eO9CmAB)

Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on June 09, 2019, 07:21:56 PM
Quote from: Brian Freeze on June 09, 2019, 07:17:24 PM
Looks like a small Komodo dragon to us.

Yikes. Are they that bendy?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on June 09, 2019, 07:24:46 PM
the texture looks possum or raccoon but all grey-black
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on June 09, 2019, 07:31:50 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on June 09, 2019, 07:24:46 PM
the texture looks possum or raccoon but all grey-black

Neither in this neck of the woods, tho. And I'd've spotted a possum a mile off, as we used to get loads of them in the wildlife cafe/food station my mum had back in the US. Poiny noses.

I'm still reckoning on something repetilian, like a snake or (as above) a komodo dragon or Cloverfield.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Dex Sawash on June 09, 2019, 07:34:36 PM
Armadillo w/o armor
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: gib on June 09, 2019, 07:36:44 PM
Quote from: Attila on June 09, 2019, 07:21:56 PM
Yikes. Are they that bendy?

Nile monitor lizard:
(https://haydensanimalfacts.files.wordpress.com/2015/06/nile-monitor.jpg?w=285&h=214)

Even the stripes look right.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on June 09, 2019, 07:45:02 PM
So what's s/he doing in a garden on the south coast of England near Portsmouth. I wonder.

Do they eat cats?

Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: gib on June 09, 2019, 09:13:12 PM
Quote from: Attila on June 09, 2019, 07:45:02 PM
So what's s/he doing in a garden on the south coast of England near Portsmouth. I wonder.

Monitoring stuff?

Quote from: Attila on June 09, 2019, 07:45:02 PMDo they eat cats?

According to the Daily Star, yes.

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/435940/Nile-Monitor-lizard-cat-eating-vicious-creature
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: poo on June 09, 2019, 09:20:09 PM
That's a tentacled pearly king!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on June 09, 2019, 09:29:56 PM
Quote from: gib on June 09, 2019, 09:13:12 PM
Monitoring stuff?


Fair enough.

Quote

According to the Daily Star, yes.

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/435940/Nile-Monitor-lizard-cat-eating-vicious-creature

Fucking Florida, sending their cat-eating lizards over here.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on June 09, 2019, 11:58:00 PM
I did see a water snake yesterday here as the lake is still flooded and I had to wade through flood water that stank of dead fish to get to the bird feeding (see above)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: gib on June 10, 2019, 08:27:11 AM
Quote from: Attila on June 09, 2019, 09:29:56 PMFucking Florida, sending their cat-eating lizards over here.

I know! They should stay on the banks of Florida's River Nile, where they belong.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Brian Freeze on June 10, 2019, 08:57:01 AM
(https://i.imgur.com/wlbCjuO.jpg)

As promised, an angle shades moth ealier this month. Not the best photo but the lovely markings are still visible.

Ive seen a couple of Cinnabar moths lately, always get them confused with Burnets until I look in the book. Seeing hordes of their stripey caterpillars demolishing weeds is a proper childhood memory.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on June 10, 2019, 01:30:20 PM
Quote from: Attila on June 09, 2019, 05:50:24 PM
Major discussion here this morning, as the wildlife camera appears to have caught what might be a snake, Bigfoot, or a sentient sock.

[...]
It sure looks like a snake, and if I were back home in the US, I'd be like, 'Yeah, ok, and?'

But I didn't think there were any bigguns like that in the UK, which is why Mr A thinks it's an escaped pet or summat.

Are you sure you put the garden hose away?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on June 10, 2019, 02:31:48 PM
Quote from: gib on June 10, 2019, 08:27:11 AM
I know! They should stay on the banks of Florida's River Nile, where they belong.

Hey now, that article says it was a Nile lizard living in Florida. Probably on an exchange with a gator who is currently romping with his corocdile pals back in Egypt.

Quote from: paruses on June 10, 2019, 01:30:20 PM
Are you sure you put the garden hose away?

Wrong colour, and as far as I know, unless it's a euphemism, Mr Attila hasn't got a prehensile garden hose.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: gib on June 10, 2019, 02:44:41 PM
Moths as promised.

(https://i.postimg.cc/CxyVy9r8/20190515-160741.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/9XnhbDGJ/20190603-122315.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on June 10, 2019, 03:21:02 PM
Quote from: Attila on June 09, 2019, 05:50:24 PM
Major discussion here this morning, as the wildlife camera appears to have caught what might be a snake, Bigfoot, or a sentient sock.

It's definitately not a bird or vole or anything like that. Unfortunately, it was at the far end of the garden from the camera, and only part of whatever it was got caught in the photos -- but Mr Attila is convinced that it's a fairly large snake, maybe someone's escaped pet. Maybe it's just a grass snake?

The camera takes three photos in succession when it detects motion.

The 3 photos look really creepy when you scroll quickly through them, because it really does look like a large snake winding and rearing up its head.

I've cropped the photos so that you don't have giant photos of our garden. For scale, the orange roses are right next to Mr Creature, and each rose is about 2 inches in diameter.

(http://i.imgur.com/zvKBpUb.jpg) (https://imgur.com/zvKBpUb)(http://i.imgur.com/IxrEkrr.jpg) (https://imgur.com/IxrEkrr)(http://i.imgur.com/9V9aowS.jpg) (https://imgur.com/9V9aowS)

It sure looks like a snake, and if I were back home in the US, I'd be like, 'Yeah, ok, and?'

But I didn't think there were any bigguns like that in the UK, which is why Mr A thinks it's an escaped pet or summat.

Could it be a retreating mink?  That would also explain the hedgehog fight and exodus.

(https://www.louisianafur.com/uploads/1/0/4/8/104800207/edited/for-web-mink-4-shutterstock.jpeg)

Another agreement on the fabulousness of this thread btw.  A source of unending pleasure and inspiration.  Thontributors.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on June 10, 2019, 08:36:06 PM
Interesting, Buelligan -- thanks!

I'll have to put that one to Mr A -- are minks still running around in the wild, I wonder?

Haven't had much time for more than a glance at today's haul; it was left outside all day since I was doing exam boarding at school -- caught a close up of a cat we've never seen before, tho.

Hmmm...quicky lookup of minks -- they also attact and eat birds -- and he did say (not the mink, himself), that were feathers and bird guts all over the greenhouse that day, too.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on June 10, 2019, 09:04:46 PM
Its a baby giant anteater. case closed.

(https://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/02650/anteater_2650791c.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: gib on June 10, 2019, 09:07:27 PM
Quote from: Attila on June 10, 2019, 08:36:06 PMare minks still running around in the wild, I wonder?

Yes, they are pretty much everywhere in England.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Dex Sawash on June 10, 2019, 10:14:30 PM
Do you have a licenc(s)e for your minky?

(https://i.ytimg.com/vi/2HMSnfeNf8c/hqdefault.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on June 11, 2019, 04:55:01 AM
Quote from: gib on June 10, 2019, 09:07:27 PM
Yes, they are pretty much everywhere in England.

Cool, thanks!

The more I look at GISeseses of minks, the more I'm convinced that's what it might have been.

No minky license, alas.

And, whoa, a slam against anteaters, out of nowhere.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UseqX4aHsys
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on June 11, 2019, 09:19:05 AM
Quote from: Attila on June 10, 2019, 08:36:06 PM

I'll have to put that one to Mr A -- are minks still running around in the wild, I wonder?


As Gib said - yes. And they are a big problem too - non-native species introduced in the 20s for fur farming now gone, unsurprisingly, rogue.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: gib on June 11, 2019, 02:00:44 PM
Yeah, we used to get water voles down the river but they've all been minked now.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on June 11, 2019, 02:03:27 PM
It was so cool in Nepal being able to go for a walk and spot an eagle on the regular, even monkeys around the village every now and again. What do we have here? Ducks and crows.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: gib on June 11, 2019, 02:04:15 PM
I always love it when people come back from going travelling and say how shit it is here.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on June 11, 2019, 02:13:19 PM
Quote from: gib on June 11, 2019, 02:04:15 PM
I always love it when people come back from going travelling and say how shit it is here.

Actually, my opinion of Britain has improved since returning from developing and third world countries, to be honest.

I just reckon our ecology isn't as diverse or interesting, I still love it though and I genuinely love our boring ducks and crows to an absurd degree.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Spoon of Ploff on June 11, 2019, 02:24:51 PM
Heard green woodpeckers this morning kicking up a racket. Followed the sounds to find a youngster peeking at me from the base of a tree. Moved on as the parents were sounding a bit stressed at my presence.

Sunday I stood in a patch of sunlight as a ... group(?) of Longhorn moths flew about me. They have stupidly long antennae and a funny kind of bump-up-and-down-in-the-air flight. Watched 'em for about five minutes as they moved in and out of shadow, occasionally glinting in the sun.

And the other day a red kite was gliding overhead, doing its best to ignore a pair of crows that kept trying to chase it off.

So. you know. Nepal and it's monkeys can get to fuck*.


(*not really)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: gib on June 11, 2019, 02:29:25 PM
Quote from: bgmnts on June 11, 2019, 02:13:19 PM
Actually, my opinion of Britain has improved since returning from developing and third world countries, to be honest.

I just reckon our ecology isn't as diverse or interesting, I still love it though and I genuinely love our boring ducks and crows to an absurd degree.

Sorry, bit harsh there xxx
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Noonling on June 11, 2019, 02:40:41 PM
Quote from: bgmnts on June 11, 2019, 02:03:27 PM
It was so cool in Nepal being able to go for a walk and spot an eagle on the regular, even monkeys around the village every now and again. What do we have here? Ducks and crows.

Yeah but if you lived in Nepal you'd come here and say "OMG, ducks!"
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on June 11, 2019, 02:42:37 PM
Quote from: bgmnts on June 11, 2019, 02:03:27 PM
It was so cool in Nepal being able to go for a walk and spot an eagle on the regular, even monkeys around the village every now and again. What do we have here? Ducks and crows.

I sat and watched the feeder in the garden yesterday morning and counted house sparrow, goldfinch, siskin, chaffinch, blackbirds, 2 crows, a jay, greater spot, wood pigeon, collard dove, and a hawfinch. Above there was a red kite, swifts, housemartins, and swallows.

I only really know a bit about birds but there is stuff to see it's just not quite as obvious (or in the case of the feeder - very obvious yesterday).

*the hawfinch is an outlier, admittedly but they're around in a few places near me and not too hard to find.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on June 11, 2019, 02:45:26 PM
Quote from: Noonling on June 11, 2019, 02:40:41 PM
Yeah but if you lived in Nepal you'd come here and say "OMG, ducks!"

True - I was in Romania surrounded by black redstarts, , pelicans, other exotics and all the bird people were beside themselves over a dunnock.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on June 11, 2019, 03:02:44 PM
Quote from: Noonling on June 11, 2019, 02:40:41 PM
Yeah but if you lived in Nepal you'd come here and say "OMG, ducks!"

Well they are pretty common animals everywhere no? I saw a weird white duck/goose thing with a yellow head.

Once in the marshes up in Magor somewhere I saw a big bastard heron, that was really cool! It was flying low and came at me like a scene from North by Northwest.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on June 11, 2019, 03:33:55 PM
Quote from: bgmnts on June 11, 2019, 03:02:44 PM
Well they are pretty common animals everywhere no? I saw a weird white duck/goose thing with a yellow head.

Once in the marshes up in Magor somewhere I saw a big bastard heron, that was really cool! It was flying low and came at me like a scene from North by Northwest.

Spot on.

No longer the mournful cry of the lesser Dinbuck echoing across the shimmering purple lakes at dawn
No longer the tempestuous charging of the RazorWolf neath the wan moonlight on the heathlands
No longer the shimmering gaze of the Madrigal Relbeak in the gloaming of a darkened forest
No longer the scurrying fervour of the Belver on the sun drenched plains of the upper land

Just some ducks in a stagnant pond outside Wakefield for us Brits.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on June 11, 2019, 04:53:15 PM
Just had to release a hummingbird hawkmoth from the conservatory. Great little bunch of lads, feisty flyers and no mistake. First I've seen here, looking like a bumper year for new moth species in the garden so far!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on June 11, 2019, 04:56:15 PM
I have flocks of parakeets in the garden all the time, and peregrine falcons flying over a fair bit, sometimes getting chased by swifts, sparrowhawks perching in the tree at the back, stag beetles getting busy, herons perching on the fence looking at my pond, OK its not Nepal but its OK for a massive city.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on June 11, 2019, 05:02:08 PM
Quote from: ZoyzaSorris on June 11, 2019, 04:56:15 PM
I have flocks of parakeets in the garden all the time, and peregrine falcons flying over a fair bit, sometimes getting chased by swifts, sparrowhawks perching in the tree at the back, stag beetles getting busy, herons perching on the fence looking at my pond, OK its not Nepal but its OK for a massive city.

But have you heard the mournful cry of the lesser Dinbuck?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on June 11, 2019, 05:16:53 PM
Many times I have seen the lesser Dinbuck on fire off the shoulder of Orion.  All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on June 11, 2019, 05:22:24 PM
Quote from: Buelligan on June 11, 2019, 05:16:53 PM
Many times I have seen the lesser Dinbuck on fire off the shoulder of Orion.  All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.

Actually, the animals I note above did exist. I had a book about them. However, searching on line reveals nothing. I suspect a Sorosian conspiracy of the highest magnitude. Just you wait and see...one day you'll be extolling the virtues of the Bobak Marmot, the next day - nothing...only you in the town square railing against the incredulous hordes in the warm Pyrenean air, holding a torn leaflet with a murky photo of a sciuridae-like beast that the townsfolk call "witches' familiar", but in French (Animaux des Crone).
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on June 11, 2019, 05:24:37 PM
Are you impugning me?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on June 11, 2019, 05:25:36 PM
Quote from: Buelligan on June 11, 2019, 05:24:37 PM
Are you impugning me?

No, that is what the townsfolk of your village will do once the Sorosian cult wipe memories of Bobak Marmot from the minds of humanity, except your mind.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on June 11, 2019, 05:26:29 PM
Here today

(https://previews.123rf.com/images/yerbolatshadrakhov/yerbolatshadrakhov1801/yerbolatshadrakhov180100422/94017846-steppe-marmot-marmota-bobak-the-bobak-marmot-also-known-as-the-steppe-marmot-is-a-species-of-marmot-.jpg)

Gone tomorrow
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on June 11, 2019, 05:27:05 PM
My mind is already full and the Bobak Marmot is not on the list.  So it can go swivel for all I care. 
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on June 11, 2019, 07:33:21 PM
Latest haul from the wildlife camera:

A big cat head, no idea who this cat is. Just passing through, I guess.

(http://i.imgur.com/YDvwmsel.jpg) (https://imgur.com/YDvwmse)


Last night:

(http://i.imgur.com/XHgpEkbl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/XHgpEkb)

(http://i.imgur.com/9MGeAV5l.jpg) (https://imgur.com/9MGeAV5)

(http://i.imgur.com/BthXBpAl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/BthXBpA)

And Mr Gus in profile early this morning

(http://i.imgur.com/FPyWONRl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/FPyWONR)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on June 11, 2019, 09:48:31 PM
The foxes tail looks like the snake-mink

ps. imagine all those smells Mr. Gus is enduring in that garden
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on June 11, 2019, 10:19:00 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on June 11, 2019, 09:48:31 PM
The foxes tail looks like the snake-mink

ps. imagine all those smells Mr. Gus is enduring in that garden

Mr Gus contributes plenty, trust me. He's constantly backing up to stuff and arse-twizzling all over it. There's a sequence of photos on the wildlife camera of him shamelessly anointing the lilies.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on June 12, 2019, 01:22:46 AM
Quote from: Attila on June 11, 2019, 10:19:00 PM
Mr Gus contributes plenty, trust me. He's constantly backing up to stuff and arse-twizzling all over it. There's a sequence of photos on the wildlife camera of him shamelessly anointing the lilies.

Catpisser the lilies
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on June 14, 2019, 08:21:17 AM
Spooky nighttime fox

(http://i.imgur.com/jycNsXEl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/jycNsXE)

(http://i.imgur.com/aiX4Mx0l.jpg) (https://imgur.com/aiX4Mx0)

(http://i.imgur.com/BXLVKZZl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/BXLVKZZ)

Mr Badger was back

(http://i.imgur.com/OHYUCifl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/OHYUCif)

Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on June 18, 2019, 10:28:38 PM
So what better way to cheer someone up when returning to dull Britain after 2 years away than an evening stroll after a hot summery day. Didnt see anything but the sounds were bucolic and suitably mournful / nostalgic. Heard a new sound and i guessed fox cubs - back home this seems to be confirmed. Also a strange hoot / cry that was not owl.

Audio paradise if not visual
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on June 28, 2019, 04:01:36 PM
Solitary bee week next week everyone.....

https://blog.nhbs.com/nhbs-collections/equipment-collections/solitary-bee-week/
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on June 28, 2019, 04:41:08 PM
Quote from: paruses on June 28, 2019, 04:01:36 PM
Solitary bee week next week everyone.....

https://blog.nhbs.com/nhbs-collections/equipment-collections/solitary-bee-week/

not so solitary in Durham today

https://www.bbc.com/sport/av/cricket/48802347 (https://www.bbc.com/sport/av/cricket/48802347)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on June 28, 2019, 05:04:31 PM
Quote from: paruses on June 28, 2019, 04:01:36 PM
Solitary bee week next week everyone.....

https://blog.nhbs.com/nhbs-collections/equipment-collections/solitary-bee-week/

Great call, may have to get on this, might get that book they are suggesting, solitary bees are like the CaBbers of the Hymenopteran community. Spotted two yellow-legged nomad bees ferreting around my brickwork the other day, look almost exactly like wasps, they nick other solitary bees' nests, cheeky buggers.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on June 28, 2019, 05:08:17 PM
Had a lovely hour or two cavorting around the beautiful meadows of Brockley and Ladywell Cemetery, not a soul there, felt like I was in the middle of the country, except not a blasted and scoured agribusiness-devoured catastrophe. Teeming with marbled whites, ringlets, skippers, painted ladys, cinnabar moths and all sorts of other beasts. Bliss.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Spoon of Ploff on June 28, 2019, 08:07:03 PM
Quote from: ZoyzaSorris on June 28, 2019, 05:08:17 PM
Had a lovely hour or two cavorting around the beautiful meadows of Brockley and Ladywell Cemetery, not a soul there, felt like I was in the middle of the country, except not a blasted and scoured agribusiness-devoured catastrophe. Teeming with marbled whites, ringlets, skippers, painted ladys, cinnabar moths and all sorts of other beasts. Bliss.

Fields at the back o' the flats are much the same. hundreds of Meadow Browns, with a few Ringlets, Marbled Whites, Small Tortoiseshell, Commas, Painted Ladies, Common Blues to name but a few. A few dragonflies darking back and forth and overhead the swallows/swifts doing acrobatics accompanied by the rapping of skylarks.

Got to make the most of this time. Land's up for consideration for housing development.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Ferris on June 28, 2019, 08:27:07 PM
Nearly hit another whitetail deer (+fawn) on the Halifax peninsula. No photo because too busy standing on the brakes
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Mr_Simnock on June 29, 2019, 12:30:42 PM
Having left my lawn not mowed for a good few weeks now it's become somewhat meadow like. I was starting to mow just half an hour ago but i'v spotted lots of damsel flies so leaving it till tomorrow once they have mated.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twit 2 on June 29, 2019, 12:33:26 PM
Lovely portrait video of a barn owl fucking about on the river t'other day:

https://streamable.com/m5v0o
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Blue Jam on June 29, 2019, 12:47:55 PM
Quote from: paruses on June 28, 2019, 04:01:36 PM
Solitary bee week next week everyone.....

https://blog.nhbs.com/nhbs-collections/equipment-collections/solitary-bee-week/

Got this pic of a fatass bumblebee last weekend, in the beer garden at the Dalriada pub next to Portobello beach:

(https://i.ibb.co/6YNsMGN/20190622-170428.jpg)

Bit o' digital zoom going on, I didn't get that close. My new phone can be a bit rubbish but I'm pretty chuffed with the camera, I must say.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Blue Jam on June 29, 2019, 12:49:31 PM
I also saw a Robin yesterday, tried to get a photo of it but didn't manage to grab my phone before it flew away. It's June, bit late in the year for you mate...
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on June 29, 2019, 12:52:17 PM
Quote from: Mr_Simnock on June 29, 2019, 12:30:42 PM
Having left my lawn not mowed for a good few weeks now it's become somewhat meadow like. I was starting to mow just half an hour ago but i'v spotted lots of damsel flies so leaving it till tomorrow once they have mated.

So now you're some sort of insect pimp? Disgusting.

Quite envious of all this insect and butterfly spotting. Bit of a dearth around me at the moment although I did see a speckled wood the other day.

Birds doing well though - tonnes of siskin in the garden and skylarks and meadow pipits nesting on the estuary.

A juvenile crow landed in the garden the other day and followed me around for a bit. I was excited at the prospect of having a semi-tame crow but it's moved on now.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on June 29, 2019, 12:55:32 PM
Quote from: Blue Jam on June 29, 2019, 12:49:31 PM
I also saw a Robin yesterday, tried to get a photo of it but didn't manage to grab my phone before it flew away. It's June, bit late in the year for you mate...

How so? (Sorry if I missing an obvious joke). Saw. Couple of juvenile robins bouncing around the woods the other day. I like them because they look like a robin wearing a different outfit just for a bit of a change.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Blue Jam on June 29, 2019, 01:11:42 PM
Living in Edinburgh, I see juvenile cuntbeaks around here all the time. I hear them more than I see them though- that shrill screech they make, fucking hell...
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Ferris on June 29, 2019, 01:30:49 PM
Monarch butterfly in Toronto. Did a shite job of flying away, I can see why they are endangered.

(https://i.ibb.co/JcgW78M/55-D2796-B-FE0-D-47-C4-AE8-C-EBEDAF8868-FF.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on June 29, 2019, 01:55:56 PM
Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on June 29, 2019, 01:30:49 PM
Monarch butterfly in Toronto. Did a shite job of flying away, I can see why they are endangered.

(https://i.ibb.co/JcgW78M/55-D2796-B-FE0-D-47-C4-AE8-C-EBEDAF8868-FF.jpg)

Can you go and check up on my chipmunks?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Ferris on June 29, 2019, 03:32:54 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on June 29, 2019, 01:55:56 PM
Can you go and check up on my chipmunks?

On the east coast at the mo, dodging deer and getting rained on.

Will do a full chipmunk report when I'm back in Ontario
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: the ouch cube on June 29, 2019, 06:53:21 PM
Yellow-necked mouse vanishing into its burrow: I waited for a few seconds and it re-emerged and fussed around.


I have named it Abstract Mouse after a Frank Black lyric, because having a yellow neck is weird.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on June 30, 2019, 07:28:40 AM
Found a baby hoopoe yesterday, fallen from its nest in the barn at work, fully feathered but a bit wee for fully flying.  Decided best course of action was to lift it gently and place it a couple of metres away in a corner where it wouldn't have as much chance of being trodden on by clients.  I made a little place where he could hide there.  The nest was five metres or more above me so no chance of helping it to get home.  Sleepless boiling night with fevered dreams of tiny huppe crying for his mummy... hope the little darling's OK.

(http://justbirding.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/do-hoopoes-mate-for-life.jpg)
Artist's impression
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on June 30, 2019, 09:04:33 AM
Finally a hoopoe story from you!

Next, i'd like a whippoorwill story that doesnt involve yogsothoth
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on June 30, 2019, 09:11:44 AM
Thanks, I'm not sure I'll oblige.  Oddly, on the hoopoes, found a wing feather there some weeks ago and didn't think to look upwards, this is the kind of tit I am.  Have the wing feather now.  A small lovely thing.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twit 2 on June 30, 2019, 10:00:49 AM
Was mooching around Blakeney Point last night and the path was full of frogs with cool patterns that don't show up on my crappy phone camera:

(https://i.postimg.cc/HWbrXdWV/BE3915-DD-093-B-462-E-A2-D8-BAB94-CD4-E255.jpg)

Lots of birds about too, of course, including another barn owl sighting.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on June 30, 2019, 10:01:35 AM
Beware the night frogs
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on June 30, 2019, 03:42:57 PM
I bloody love Blakeney, out in the naked sky in the winter's wind and the endless sand and no human print at all.  All the lumbering seals in their sleeping bags.  And a bird dot high in the white air.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twit 2 on June 30, 2019, 04:26:18 PM
Also, you can see people coming for miles, which is why I was able to fuck my wife over a gate. No frogs harmed.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on June 30, 2019, 04:28:50 PM
I don't have a wife but thanks for sharing.  Heheh.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Ferris on June 30, 2019, 05:08:31 PM
Quote from: Twit 2 on June 30, 2019, 04:26:18 PM
Also, you can see people coming for miles, which is why I was able to fuck my wife over a gate. No frogs harmed.

Sounds like it!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Howj Begg on June 30, 2019, 05:33:25 PM
Quote from: paruses on June 29, 2019, 12:55:32 PM
How so? (Sorry if I missing an obvious joke).

Yah Robins are year-round visitors. I think they don't migrate.

Had a small flock of wrens feeding, playing and I believe courting in the garden today.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on June 30, 2019, 05:42:54 PM
Quote from: Howj Begg on June 30, 2019, 05:33:25 PM
Yah Robins are year-round visitors. I think they don't migrate.



I was going to say that the other day, but only as a guess.

Back to UK, back to boring wildlife, but they are actually quite interesting. A blackbird lifted a tossed (slightly mouldy) strawberry from the garden today.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on June 30, 2019, 06:06:40 PM
Quote from: Twit 2 on June 30, 2019, 04:26:18 PM
Also, you can see people coming for miles, which is why I was able to fuck my wife over a gate. No frogs harmed.

Def toad not frog, could be the rare natterjack toad in that location by the looks!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on June 30, 2019, 07:15:43 PM
Toad!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: gib on June 30, 2019, 07:16:26 PM
Unfortunately it doesn't seem to have the natterjack's stripe.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twit 2 on June 30, 2019, 08:42:47 PM
I'm out on the boat again and just as I spotted the barn owl my friend saw a kingfisher. Went to get a video of it just as it dropped into the water and caught a fish. You can just about make it out flying the fuck past.

https://streamable.com/n1tc4

https://streamable.com/kcdoi
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Dex Sawash on June 30, 2019, 08:59:08 PM
Show us yer tits boat
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Dex Sawash on July 11, 2019, 12:51:48 PM
(https://i.postimg.cc/6pFHF010/20190711-074904.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Ferris on July 11, 2019, 04:00:13 PM
It's my whitetail from last week! Guess it's migrating
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Dex Sawash on July 11, 2019, 05:23:41 PM
Shit' didn't spot that. Meant to show that pair of power walkers.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Maurice Yeatman on July 11, 2019, 05:42:03 PM
I thought you meant the clown.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Spoon of Ploff on July 29, 2019, 04:08:35 PM
been a mostly good summer for butterflies in these here parts. other insects are available... a lot of sunshine and just enough rain to keep the flowering plants happy.

(https://i.imgur.com/varHcFx.jpg)

Couple o Ringlets having a barny... probably after getting pissed up on nectar
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 04, 2019, 06:23:20 PM
Painted lady invasion reaches Newcastle

(https://i.ibb.co/2FzzH4Y/IMG-5543.jpg) (https://ibb.co/NF00bBn)

(https://i.ibb.co/7jfgScN/IMG-5559.jpg) (https://ibb.co/PFLTrpz)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on August 05, 2019, 04:52:57 PM
I'm not entirely sure what these are. They weren't as big as they appear in these pics if that helps.

(https://i.postimg.cc/3xpzMYTh/1-AEFA779-0041-4-E12-B427-4-DE44-FA3-F560.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/3rSsmtBs/573941-AA-0-ECB-44-F1-841-E-5870-D9-AA16-EF.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 05, 2019, 04:54:57 PM
Beehave!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on August 05, 2019, 05:07:23 PM
Love watching a bee shag a flower.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on August 05, 2019, 06:01:47 PM
Oh, they're bees are they? I'm not much of a naturist.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 05, 2019, 07:32:18 PM
Quote from: Voltan (Man of Steel) on August 05, 2019, 06:01:47 PM
Oh, they're bees are they? I'm not much of a naturist.

Top one may be a honey bee and the bottom a type of bumble bee (bombina bombina or something)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on August 05, 2019, 07:36:19 PM
Top one is the honey bee mimic Eristalis tenax aka the drone fly I think.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on August 05, 2019, 07:43:26 PM
Quote from: Spoon of Ploff on July 29, 2019, 04:08:35 PM
been a mostly good summer for butterflies in these here parts. other insects are available... a lot of sunshine and just enough rain to keep the flowering plants happy.

(https://i.imgur.com/varHcFx.jpg)

Couple o Ringlets having a barny... probably after getting pissed up on nectar

Do love a ringlet - has a good array of grassland butterflies and browns in the garden this year, pretty much the full range one could hope for - gatekeeper, meadow brown, ringlet, marbled white, speckled wood and large skipper. Seems a good year for butterflies in general here. Lovely stuff.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on August 05, 2019, 08:32:22 PM
Quote from: ZoyzaSorris on August 05, 2019, 07:36:19 PM
Top one is the honey bee mimic Eristalis tenax aka the drone fly I think.

Is it? Shows how much I know - it looked and sounded very bee-like to me. The other one's like a little cuddly teddy bear (but also made bee-type noises). Anyway, they're not wasps so that's good. Those little black-and-yellow bastards ruined my alfresco lunch later that day. Who knew the little shits are so fond of salmon and cream cheese bagels?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on August 05, 2019, 08:42:54 PM
Its definitely a hoverfly - you can see it has two, not four wings, and the very large eyes and small antennae compared with a real bee.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on August 05, 2019, 08:56:36 PM
How can I have lived my whole life, surrounded by all Nature's wonders in the Garden of Eden that is the Black Country, and yet know so little? I must be a right thick cunt.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 05, 2019, 09:14:39 PM
Quote from: Voltan (Man of Steel) on August 05, 2019, 08:56:36 PM
How can I have lived my whole life, surrounded by all Nature's wonders in the Garden of Eden that is the Black Country, and yet know so little? I must be a right thick cunt.

Give over
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on August 06, 2019, 12:55:43 PM
It's jersey tiger season! Always cheers me up seeing these gaudy fellas come August.
(https://i.imgur.com/ncO7wd1l.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Spoon of Ploff on August 08, 2019, 06:02:16 PM
Quote from: ZoyzaSorris on August 06, 2019, 12:55:43 PM
It's jersey tiger season! Always cheers me up seeing these gaudy fellas come August.
(https://i.imgur.com/ncO7wd1l.jpg)

nice,,, i've not seen anything that colourful round these parts 'ere parts.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twit 2 on August 08, 2019, 06:05:12 PM
Am helping the council count moths on Saturday night.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twit 2 on August 12, 2019, 12:53:28 PM
Well I had great fun. We were based in Norwich's main cemetery, which is fucking enormous. Couple of moth traps going off generators. We were there till 1 am and counted 50 different species of moth. We also had a bat sonar detector and went tramping around listening to bats. Also spotted 4 hedgehogs, a fox and an enormous fallow deer. The land has never been interfered with, sprayed or excessively cut back so it's absolutely teeming with wildlife and interesting flora. In the wake of all the environmental concerns it felt great to be a part of this. The moth experts were lovely to talk to, they could identify moths and give their latin binomials like it ain't no thang. Some of the moths viewed under magnifying glass were stunning.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on August 12, 2019, 06:48:09 PM
Would love a bit of the old moth trapping. Been meaning to knock up a DIY black light battery one to take to the woods.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Brian Freeze on August 12, 2019, 10:19:31 PM
Ive been thinking for a while now that  I prefer the moths to the butterflies, being up all night means I get to see plenty. Had a few last week that I've not looked up yet. Will stick photo up when I do.

Had some wildlife over the weekend, an excellent silhouette of a woodpecker doing its thing at the top of some bare branches that we could all see. And tried to rescue a Hawker dragonfly with a hot water bottle and dead flies. Used a paintbrush to clean its thorax too as it was quite dusty. Sad news though.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: gib on August 12, 2019, 11:58:48 PM
Saw two mini eagles fighting each other for ages, mainly in the air. I reckon sparrowhawks from the grey banding under the tail-arse but i am hopeless at hawk ID. Anyway a woodpigeon kept joining in, all 3 of them screeching and crashing through the trees like nobody's business.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on August 13, 2019, 01:30:19 AM
I woke up the other day and it sounded like the Amazon rainforest. I'm starting to think the birds know something we don't. Something is coming...
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 13, 2019, 07:33:00 AM
Quote from: bgmnts on August 13, 2019, 01:30:19 AM
I woke up the other day and it sounded like the Amazon rainforest. I'm starting to think the birds know something we don't. Something is coming...

For as little as 30 pounds a week you too can join me on Spaceship Saint Blodwyn as we leave this dying earth to start a new colony on Venus (note, all men except me will be dropped off on Mars beforehand)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on August 13, 2019, 03:51:01 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on August 13, 2019, 07:33:00 AM
For as little as 30 pounds a week you too can join me on Spaceship Saint Blodwyn as we leave this dying earth to start a new colony on Venus (note, all men except me will be dropped off on Mars beforehand)

This is basically that bit in Brass Eye where a child is left on that spaceship with a paedo.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Ferris on September 02, 2019, 06:40:30 PM
Fucking huge cicada flew into the window. Bit of internet sleuthing reckons it's one of these.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog-day_cicada

Greeny black on top, completely silver underneath. Never heard of them before but it's massive.

Edit: here it is

(https://imgur.com/DA95cN2.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on September 02, 2019, 06:53:27 PM
Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on September 02, 2019, 06:40:30 PM
Fucking huge cicada flew into the window. Bit of internet sleuthing reckons it's one of these.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog-day_cicada

Greeny black on top, completely silver underneath. Never heard of them before but it's massive.

Edit: here it is

(https://imgur.com/DA95cN2.jpg)

Miss them. Get wandering in the late evening long grass and you'll soon make friends
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on September 02, 2019, 10:47:58 PM
Walking to work last Wednesday, a whole shitload of European Bee Eaters flew right over my head, doing their weird call (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6QfXjnrClc) and looking about as beautiful as it gets.  I don't have a camera but I'm making you look at this photo because they really are bloody gorgeous.

(http://www.oiseaux-birds.com/coraciiformes/meropides/guepier-europe/guepier-europe-op4.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Dex Sawash on September 02, 2019, 11:16:18 PM
Quote from: Buelligan on September 02, 2019, 10:47:58 PM

(http://www.oiseaux-birds.com/coraciiformes/meropides/guepier-europe/guepier-europe-op4.jpg)

"Two Bee Eaters are chatting..."
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: chveik on September 02, 2019, 11:17:45 PM
saw a fox the other day

and a buzzard too

alright cheers
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Jittlebags on September 03, 2019, 12:40:29 AM
Greater spotted woodpecker yesterday. Forest in the Dyfi Valley.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Brian Freeze on September 03, 2019, 03:50:46 AM
Had an encounter with a honey bee last week, it was on a wall in the garden looking extremely worn out so I gave it a bit of the old sugary water and to say it was buzzing afterwards was an understatement. It was fascinating watching it slurp its way back to health

It cowered though when i moved the spoon nearby to pour out its bevvie, really rocked back on its legs and shrank back with its antennae back against its thorax. I found that quite moving and made me feel even more empathy with it than before.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on September 03, 2019, 03:05:01 PM
Quote from: Dex Sawash on September 02, 2019, 11:16:18 PM
"Two Bee Eaters are chatting..."

Fuck 'em.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Claude the Racecar Driving Rockstar Super Sleuth on September 03, 2019, 03:27:09 PM
I was taking the dog for a walk the other day and a big buzzard took flight from a tree about fifteen feet in front of me. I returned the next day with my camera and Megalens and waited over an hour for another sighting, with no luck. There were plenty of crows and pigeons about, but it's not quite the same.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: sick as a pike on September 03, 2019, 03:34:29 PM
It's buzzards all the way here in Kent. Wheeling above the house, screeching. I think they have them delivered in ice cream vans, roughly shoved out onto the verges. *

* I do not think this.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Brian Freeze on September 07, 2019, 06:37:59 PM
Lots and lots of shield bugs around today.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: DoesNotFollow on September 07, 2019, 10:14:35 PM
A lovely, if slightly tattered, Old Lady moth that came in through the window tonight.

(https://i.imgur.com/tja08ee.jpg)

now if only i could get a lovely young lady to fly into my room of an evening am i right lads?? haha nice one cheers
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on September 08, 2019, 01:27:24 PM
How the seasons change so fast...already spider time. European Garden spider enjoying the last rays of summer.

(https://i.ibb.co/9hV3vrY/IMG-5963.jpg) (https://ibb.co/C6MstH0)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on September 08, 2019, 03:26:35 PM
Was down in the Roman forum earlier last week, and there are flocks of parrots hanging about the ruins, chattering to each other, flying about.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on September 08, 2019, 04:39:00 PM
Walking to work for the lunch thing was an emotional roller coaster.  I do not exaggerate. 

First the depths - look away now if you don't want to know the depths - tiny dead sparrowhawk, lying in a nest of grass.  Was reminded of Rimbaud's Le dormeur du val, shed a tear over his tiny corpse.  Light as leaves and empty. 

But then on and there stood a hoopoe, burrowing about for ants or something, so late in the year but nevertheless, here.  Up into the air, black and white and pink and full of life. 

I thought about what it is that animates us and tried to reach my own.

Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on September 08, 2019, 05:02:56 PM
Finally, hoopoe! Merci

Next whooperwill
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Gurke and Hare on September 08, 2019, 06:31:50 PM
I picked up the keys for my new flat yesterday (moving in tomorrow) and about 10 long-tailed tits flew into one of the trees in the garden while I was there.

(https://i.imgur.com/4lBffF4.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on September 08, 2019, 09:36:27 PM
I bloody love long tailed tits.  They make the second best nests.  Wrens in No.1 spot on nests*, of course.

*UK only.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Gurke and Hare on September 08, 2019, 10:32:00 PM
Of course, they're all long tailed tits when I've finished with them.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Brian Freeze on September 09, 2019, 09:17:51 AM
We had a long tailed tit fly into a window, it didnt survive, but we got to see up close how beautiful they are. Absolutely gorgeous little thing.

We watched a wildlife programme that featured someone who watched and monitored them in his local woods and he called them flying teaspoons and the name has stuck with us too.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: phes on September 09, 2019, 09:56:41 AM
Do love a good flying teaspoon. Often quite easy to recognise in crowded trees as they seem to hop up and down through the tree branch to branch in a more vertical direction than similarly sized birds. When I see a little group of them there's often other small birds in that group, most commonly a treecreeper and a goldcrest. I think they occupy different niches and hang out in gangs for safety
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on September 09, 2019, 10:25:45 AM
I love a lovely tree creeper and goldcrests, well, I was going to tip the fedora at them and their nests upthread but thought it possibly too recherché.  I had a window-death experience with one of them once, beautiful, beautiful, tiny perfect, beauty and their eggs, only a hummingbird, wren or perhaps a kingfisher could compare.  Though a robin's egg's a lovely lovely thing when all's told.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: jobotic on September 09, 2019, 10:28:30 AM
I remember standing under a low tree at Minsmere that was absolutely full of long-tailed tits, just flying around chatting above my head. Was wonderful.


Talking of dead birds, found a dead coot the other day. They're very beautiful close up.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on September 09, 2019, 10:36:56 AM
I forgot to mention, the night before last, fine and warm with a good moon, I went out to feed the dogs at work and heard a noise in the fig trees, like a small branch cracking.  Turned to look and saw, hanging by its front arms/legs, something furry, quite plump and about the size of a cat or monkey.  Just swinging there.  It had pale stomach fur and a markedly darker back.  The head and hind/tail were obscured by leaves but the shoulders, arms and mid-torso was plain as day or moonlight and close.  It was definitely not a cat.  If they lived here, I would've guessed it was an opossum, monkey or perhaps a very giant rat.  Anyway, it was climbing for figs and I will watch and wait for facial recognition but am intrigued.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on September 09, 2019, 11:07:12 AM
Could it have been a genet? Spotty rather than dark back though.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_genet (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_genet)

QuoteIt has a varied diet comprising small mammals, lizards, birds, bird eggs, amphibians, centipedes, millipedes, scorpions, insects and fruit, including figs and olives.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on September 09, 2019, 11:10:32 AM
I'd absolutely love it to have been a genet but, if I'm honest and I try to be, although my view was full-frontal and so I might've missed them, there were no spots visible.  I think there would've been some indication of spots.  But it's a bloody nice thought.

Have to say though, you've got me thinking now.  I am going to look into this.  I would love to see a genet eating figs or just being there.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on September 09, 2019, 11:13:35 AM
In that case haven't a scooby, soz. New species?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on September 09, 2019, 11:23:46 AM
On my own account, while I was in N Scotland a couple of weeks back we went to see the bottlenose dolphins at Chanonry Point in the Moray Firth, it's basically a thin peninsula that funnels the fish together when the tide rises so if you go there an hour or so after low tide in spring or summer you are pretty odds on to see a whole bunch of the buggers cavorting mere metres from the beach. Pretty bloody bonkers. Such good cetacean bothering has inevitably attracted the masses so it's proper heaving, gives it quite a vibe though as everyone stands there scanning the waves waiting for the first sight of an oncoming finned hump or spout. Recommend.

https://www.moraydolphins.co.uk/chanonry-point.html
(https://www.moraydolphins.co.uk/chanonry-point.html)
Also found a few Devonian lobe-finned and armoured fish fossils on a trip to Achanarras quarry, also great. Don't know if animals that died 385 million years ago count though.

https://www.nature.scot/fossil-fish-caithness-385-million-year-old-story-achanarras-quarry (https://www.nature.scot/fossil-fish-caithness-385-million-year-old-story-achanarras-quarry)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on September 09, 2019, 11:28:50 AM
I'm very jealous.  Lovely dolphins and of course, I love a lovely fossil.  Got any pics (of either)?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on September 09, 2019, 11:38:54 AM
No pics of the dolphins. Thought I'd leave that to the pros! Will try and get some pics together of of my massive rock-hard Coccosteus and Dipterus.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: stunted on September 09, 2019, 12:40:19 PM
Is this a coypu then? Is it possible to tell from such a bad photo? Looks like a beaver but it didn't have that beaver tail. I don't rememebr it having orange teeth but it could have done. Don't think it was big enough to be a capybara. I think it was tame or semi-tame because it would wrestle with your hand and try to nibble your fingers like a dog would or maybe it just had rabies.


(https://i.ibb.co/F3MQcYf/20161121-164120.jpg)

Edit: actually just having just googled "Are there coypus in the caribbean" I think it's a hutia. Enjoy the hutia.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Ferris on September 09, 2019, 09:11:54 PM
A family of raccoons. Never get them round my way, but visiting friends a bit further out, and their bins were going mental when we got back from the pub. After a while, a little head with furry ears popped out of the bin. Then another. Turns out there were 4 of them in there looking for food.

We had friends from the UK with us and they were delighted to see them (as were we!), so we sat on the porch, ate pizza and drank our beers in the dark for 10 minutes while watching the little fuckers going about their business.

Was really nice actually.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on September 09, 2019, 10:13:59 PM
Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on September 09, 2019, 09:11:54 PM
A family of raccoons. Never get them round my way, but visiting friends a bit further out, and their bins were going mental when we got back from the pub. After a while, a little head with furry ears popped out of the bin. Then another. Turns out there were 4 of them in there looking for food.

We had friends from the UK with us and they were delighted to see them (as were we!), so we sat on the porch, ate pizza and drank our beers in the dark for 10 minutes while watching the little fuckers going about their business.

Was really nice actually.

Bastard
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Ferris on September 09, 2019, 10:27:08 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on September 09, 2019, 10:13:59 PM
Bastard

I briefly thought of how much you'd have enjoyed it as they were frolicking around, if that counts for anything.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on September 09, 2019, 11:25:15 PM
Do feral and stray cats count? I spent about an hour today at the Torre Argentina in Rome playing with the strays who live in the ruins/at the kitty sanctuary there.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: gib on September 09, 2019, 11:42:16 PM
They're semi wild so it's half a point for each one.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Ferris on September 10, 2019, 12:42:07 AM
Quote from: Attila on September 09, 2019, 11:25:15 PM
Do feral and stray cats count? I spent about an hour today at the Torre Argentina in Rome playing with the strays who live in the ruins/at the kitty sanctuary there.

Every bit of this sounds amazing
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on September 10, 2019, 07:12:08 AM
Quote from: gib on September 09, 2019, 11:42:16 PM
They're semi wild so it's half a point for each one.

Cool! I'm going down to visit the Baths of Caracalla site today, and plan to walk back and pop in to see the kitties again if I've got time later on this afternoon. (The cats have free run of a sanctuary there, and there is a special room for the really fragile, old, and infirm cats where you can go in and sit and play with them (which usually means them toddling over and flumping themselves down on your lap for scritches).

Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Bazooka on September 10, 2019, 08:52:51 AM
I saw a beetle in the urinal at work, it was too far gone by the time I got to it.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on September 10, 2019, 10:50:50 AM
Ringo, at his age.

On the wild cats in old places thing, la Cité de Carcarcassonne (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cit%C3%A9_de_Carcassonne) is chock-full of ancient drains and runnels through the massive stonwork.  Prime real estate for cats, I've often watched them, in their old secure kingdom going about their private business and wondered what the slender corridors and galleries, accessible only to them, are like.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: hamfist on September 10, 2019, 11:40:30 AM
Spotted this cheeky beast on the garden fence at the weekend...
(https://i.imgur.com/GsGz79K.jpg)

...then later in the day, noticed this bat chilling out in some rafters (sorry poor quality image - I digital-zoomed in rather than reach up - didn't want to disturb it) :
(https://i.imgur.com/3MPYQHM.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Norton Canes on September 10, 2019, 11:45:14 AM
Jumped over a fence last week and almost stood on a hedgehog (no photos available)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Ferris on September 10, 2019, 12:26:00 PM
Quote from: Buelligan on September 10, 2019, 10:50:50 AM
Ringo, at his age.

On the wild cats in old places thing, la Cité de Carcarcassonne (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cit%C3%A9_de_Carcassonne) is chock-full of ancient drains and runnels through the massive stonwork.  Prime real estate for cats, I've often watched them, in their old secure kingdom going about their private business and wondered what the slender corridors and galleries, accessible only to them, are like.

Mrs Ferris was followed about by 2 or 3 for an entire day in Carcassonne and not a single one was interested in me at all.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on September 10, 2019, 12:40:11 PM
Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on September 10, 2019, 12:26:00 PM
Mrs Ferris was followed about by 2 or 3 for an entire day in Carcassonne and not a single one was interested in me at all.

Was this when she was pregnant. I've heard that certain animals will become protective of pregnant humans.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Ferris on September 10, 2019, 04:27:39 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on September 10, 2019, 12:40:11 PM
Was this when she was pregnant. I've heard that certain animals will become protective of pregnant humans.

About a year prior. And she is quite allergic to cats, but I love them (and any small fluffy animal). Alas that they do not love me.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on September 10, 2019, 04:49:55 PM
Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on September 10, 2019, 04:27:39 PM
About a year prior. And she is quite allergic to cats, but I love them (and any small fluffy animal). Alas that they do not love me.

If little Ferris starts to mewl, I'd get a DNA test done on the sly.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on September 12, 2019, 06:48:14 AM
Quote from: Buelligan on September 10, 2019, 10:50:50 AM
Ringo, at his age.

On the wild cats in old places thing, la Cité de Carcarcassonne (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cit%C3%A9_de_Carcassonne) is chock-full of ancient drains and runnels through the massive stonwork.  Prime real estate for cats, I've often watched them, in their old secure kingdom going about their private business and wondered what the slender corridors and galleries, accessible only to them, are like.

la Cité de Carcarcassonne is now on my travel-plans list.

I spent a long day at Ostia Antica yesterday, and in addition to more cats lounging about the ruins (including one that met me in the carpark and helpfully showed me the ticket office in exchange for skritches), the place is crawling with brilliantly coloured, tiny lizards (and snakes -- appropriately a long, green snake startled me in one of the Mithridaic temples), and a fat bumbling hedgehog. I was surprised to see Mr Hog, but he was happily perched on a staircase to nowhere, chowing down on kibble in a silver bowl left for the cats.

Some really beautiful cats out there, as well -- curled up on the remains of one pediment was a very soft, long haired black cat shot through all over with russett highlights. It didn't uncurl from its very comfy bagel position except to expose its tummy for rubs and to purr like a mad bastard. It was no fool, sunning itself next to one of the only working drinking fountains in the estate.

Another super fat black & white boy was flopped on a very expensive, marble-topped table in the giftshop (one of these occassion-type table things, only with a mosaic top meant to look like a chessboard. The guy in the shop was cross that I was trying to get a good photo of the cat, because he didn't want people to photograph the merchandise.)

Black and russett moggie

(http://i.imgur.com/ghTSBcll.jpg) (https://imgur.com/ghTSBcl)

Tiny lion in the middle of a temple

(http://i.imgur.com/axvyY1pl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/axvyY1p)

Fat boy on a faux draughts board

(http://i.imgur.com/VBskpxkl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/VBskpxk)

Antica Hedge pig

(http://i.imgur.com/GwDvoHPl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/GwDvoHP)

This is the fellow who greeted me at the gate
(http://i.imgur.com/NOxtto0l.jpg) (https://imgur.com/NOxtto0)

Bonus cat (Anka) from the Sanctuary at the Torre Argentina; I spent an hour or so playing with her and her pals in the nursery at the sanctuary

(http://i.imgur.com/Zwg8JIfl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/Zwg8JIf)

Frangolina, the cat at the British School at Rome where I'm currently in residence -- no one knows how old she is, but someone showed me a kitten photo of her...taken sometime in either 1998 or 1999.

(http://i.imgur.com/E2chiOol.jpg) (https://imgur.com/E2chiOo)

Ancient Giotto, from my playdate at the sanctuary
(http://i.imgur.com/zl1GPEul.jpg) (https://imgur.com/zl1GPEu)

Some of the other sanctuary cats
(http://i.imgur.com/o8AgdK4l.jpg) (https://imgur.com/o8AgdK4)

(http://i.imgur.com/a12XwSCl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/a12XwSC)

(http://i.imgur.com/P2HrDIGl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/P2HrDIG)

Cats on the walls at Torre Argentina (this is right above the entrance to the sanctuary)
(http://i.imgur.com/sVYwIeol.jpg) (https://imgur.com/sVYwIeo)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twit 2 on September 12, 2019, 06:52:30 AM
Cats ain't wildlife.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on September 12, 2019, 07:24:35 AM
The cats... the cats on the walls!!!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on September 12, 2019, 09:21:27 AM
Quote from: Twit 2 on September 12, 2019, 06:52:30 AM
Cats ain't wildlife.

Feral cats is 1/2 wildlife, it says so above.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on September 12, 2019, 09:46:20 AM
Ahhh fantastic pictures, thanks Attila.  The gate welcomer looks very like my lovely old Fats and Giotto is my Eddie (both gone to the Happy Hunting Grounds now).  I currently feed a ton (about 15) feral cats, I love them so dearly, I wish I had a camera so's you could see their beauty, but they are so beautiful.

If you do venture to La Cité, consider going out of season.  Like Rome, it can get appallingly busy but it's tiny (comparatively) so has less ability to soak up the crowds.  It's lovely there when it's snowing, really lovely (but I wouldn't recommend that for a first trip probably), May is wonderful in the Languedoc generally.

Oh, and in other news, worked out what that mystery creature I saw in the fig tree probably was -  a Stone or Beech Marten (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beech_marten), of course.  I saw a dead one beside the road near there a few years ago, so I know they're in the area.  Nice.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on September 12, 2019, 10:03:33 AM
Quote from: Buelligan on September 12, 2019, 09:46:20 AM
Ahhh fantastic pictures, thanks Attila.  The gate welcomer looks very like my lovely old Fats and Giotto is my Eddie (both gone to the Happy Hunting Grounds now).  I currently feed a ton (about 15) feral cats, I love them so dearly, I wish I had a camera so's you could see their beauty, but they are so beautiful.

If you do venture to La Cité, consider going out of season.  Like Rome, it can get appallingly busy but it's tiny (comparatively) so has less ability to soak up the crowds.  It's lovely there when it's snowing, really lovely (but I wouldn't recommend that for a first trip probably), May is wonderful in the Languedoc generally.

Oh, and in other news, worked out what that mystery creature I saw in the fig tree probably was -  a Stone or Beech Marten (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beech_marten), of course.  I saw a dead one beside the road near there a few years ago, so I know they're in the area.  Nice.

Probably a good a place as any to mention that Pancreas reckons you are infected with toxoplasmosis.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on September 12, 2019, 10:07:15 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on September 12, 2019, 10:03:33 AM
Probably a good a place as any to mention that Pancreas reckons you are infected with toxoplasmosis.

That's probably a given, having lived with cats since before I was born -- added bonus on the disease front is that one of the lil fuckers out at Ostia scratched the hell out of me. Either I'm going to lose my left arm to septicaemia, or i'm going to develop some sort of super power.

Quote from: Buelligan on September 12, 2019, 09:46:20 AM
Ahhh fantastic pictures, thanks Attila.  The gate welcomer looks very like my lovely old Fats and Giotto is my Eddie (both gone to the Happy Hunting Grounds now).  I currently feed a ton (about 15) feral cats, I love them so dearly, I wish I had a camera so's you could see their beauty, but they are so beautiful.

If you do venture to La Cité, consider going out of season.  Like Rome, it can get appallingly busy but it's tiny (comparatively) so has less ability to soak up the crowds.  It's lovely there when it's snowing, really lovely (but I wouldn't recommend that for a first trip probably), May is wonderful in the Languedoc generally.

Oh, and in other news, worked out what that mystery creature I saw in the fig tree probably was -  a Stone or Beech Marten (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beech_marten), of course.  I saw a dead one beside the road near there a few years ago, so I know they're in the area.  Nice.

Cheers for this, B, and I'm glad you like the photos! I've got lots more, but probably better to post them in the cats thread once I'm back home.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on September 12, 2019, 10:15:00 PM
I'll look forward to it!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on September 13, 2019, 06:20:16 AM
Quote from: Buelligan on September 12, 2019, 10:15:00 PM
I'll look forward to it!

:D will do -- I've got more wild/feral/shelter kitty pictures from Rome as well as paintings someone did to decorate the Torre Argentina shelter. You can look at the cats that are up for long-distance adoption here

http://www.romancats.com/torreargentina/en/distantadoption.php

(PS -- will look into the Roman shoe thing; I know about the more recent practice of hiding shoes, but off the top of my own head I don't know too much about its connections with Roman burials. There is a funerary inscription in the Capitoline museum with footprints engraved in it but I'd need to go back to sift through my photos to see what the accompanying text says.

Not in Rome anymore -- headed to Paris now for my birthday weekend. Dunno if I'll see any live cats, but I always keep a lookout for M Chat graffiti.)

Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on September 13, 2019, 09:40:03 AM
Thanks about the shoes, I don't know if they are connected, I just think they might be and thought you might know something about it.  I won't look at the adoption pics, I do not dare, I have friends in Rome and know I can get there quite quickly but also know I have enough (never enough) needy felines in my life.  Heheh.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on September 13, 2019, 03:49:57 PM
Oh! It's long-distance adoption -- no worries there :) It's like sponsoring a cat rather than going and picking one out (something I can't do, either -- every time we've gone to merge with a new kitty friend, I've had to ask someone else to do the selecting. Otherwise I'm in floods over all of the ones I have to leave behind, with both cats and dogs).

Sadly, no, off top of my head I don't have any intel on Roman-shoe-grave connections, apologies.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on September 13, 2019, 09:59:10 PM
Quote from: Buelligan on September 09, 2019, 11:28:50 AM
I'm very jealous.  Lovely dolphins and of course, I love a lovely fossil.  Got any pics (of either)?

Whilst we are pushing the definition of wildlife pics to the absolute limit (385 million year old dead wildlife) I glued a Dipterus lungfish I excavated at Achanarass back together (I had to split some very fragile mudstone to get it):

(https://i.imgur.com/aHvjk4kl.jpg)

The head (to the left) is still obscured by some matrix and the tip of the head and tail are missing, but it's beautifully preserved, you see can all of the rays on the fins in great detail and everything.

Would have looked something like this before being flattened under hundreds of metres of rock:

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8b/Dipterus_NT.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Dex Sawash on September 21, 2019, 05:00:12 PM
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Hawk, I reckon
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on September 21, 2019, 05:07:47 PM
(https://i.postimg.cc/8PqZp3JZ/DB38023-E-3528-47-ED-A18-C-EAC863-B482-F7.jpg)

Saw this on my patio earlier. Not sure what it is but it was about the size of a Jack Russell terrier if that helps anyone identify it.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Dex Sawash on September 21, 2019, 05:10:28 PM
Probably a juvenile corgi
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Dex Sawash on September 21, 2019, 07:21:29 PM
Falconer friend says that's a Red Shouldered Hawk with unusually light colored head.^^

Edit- no, maybe a Cooper's Hawk
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on September 22, 2019, 12:47:02 AM
Green heron and ibis(?)

(https://i.ibb.co/dt2cFdM/06-B208-C6-A863-4093-9-B42-97-A773-AEABCB.jpg) (https://ibb.co/Nrj358C)
(https://i.ibb.co/SsvDRVG/8-D3-D718-D-F2-AF-4-D6-F-B779-F16-AEBD793-AF.jpg) (https://ibb.co/C10phVD)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Claude the Racecar Driving Rockstar Super Sleuth on September 23, 2019, 05:56:48 PM
I had a few wildlife sightings while kayaking on the river the other day.

First was a huge looking bird of prey hovering fairly close by. I'm a crap judge of distance and whatnot, but it looked like its wingspan was about four feet.

Later on, some sort of snake swam past my boat. I assume it was a grass snake, as I've seen them about before, but I had no idea they could swim - not least because of being cold blooded. It wasn't a particularly warm day, much less in the water, but that little snek pelted from one bank to the other like nobody's business.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on September 24, 2019, 09:52:05 AM
Where are you? Could have been a marsh harrier maybe? Size and behaviour seems about right (and as the name suggests they frequent aquatic habitats).
Grass snakes are water-loving animals, very much semi-aquatic (as you might expect from an amphibian eating specialist). Though I think pretty much all snakes are good swimmers if they need to be. Cold-blood shouldn't be an issue - fish are cold-blooded after all!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Ray Travez on September 30, 2019, 01:02:47 AM
Been meaning to post this for a while. There's a rookery up the road, and they're often having to see off a predatory buzzard, divebombing it in flight

(https://i.imgur.com/OQwgxhB.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on September 30, 2019, 01:21:46 AM
"Stay on target"
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: NJ Uncut on September 30, 2019, 07:03:58 AM
Last week at Big Oil I was mournfully striding out of the site as the work day ended.

Saw this little white.. Can't be. Aww! Here kitty kitty!

Bang, fuckin scarpers. Asked about and the oil site has feral cats. Loads of em. But there's fields nearby n all that, maybe they love oil too?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on September 30, 2019, 12:32:58 PM
Can we have a blanket ban on future mentions of cats in this thread? Sorry NJ, nothing against you.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Dex Sawash on September 30, 2019, 09:54:02 PM
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Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Brian Freeze on October 27, 2019, 06:40:27 AM
We had a close encounter with a heron a couple of weeks ago. Just a common or garden grey one but we were pootling through the clough, not being particularly quiet or anything and spotted one about fifteen feet away trying to be inconspicuous while doing a spot of fishing. It didnt seem overly bothered by our gawping.

We had a great spotted woodpecker on a birdfeeder this week. Fat balls. Not seen one before in our garden.

Then a lovely grey wagtail yesterday on the muck heap at the allotment.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: phes on January 09, 2020, 01:09:38 PM
Finally managed to start attracting birds to my windowsill. Not sure if it took them a couple of months to find the food, or whether they're just not arsed mate cigs until the depths of winter. They hear the sash open in the morning now and are there within 30 seconds of it closing, having our breakfast together

(https://www.hostpic.org/images/2001091810130103_tn.jpg) (https://www.hostpic.org/view.php?filename=2001091810130103.jpg)

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Friend goes ringing and sends pics. Look how beautiful a brambling is up close

(https://www.hostpic.org/images/2001091833080118_tn.jpg) (https://www.hostpic.org/view.php?filename=2001091833080118.jpg)

And, answers on a postcard...

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Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Neville Chamberlain on January 09, 2020, 01:13:21 PM
Nice tits etc etc
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Neville Chamberlain on January 09, 2020, 01:14:18 PM
Quote from: phes on January 09, 2020, 01:09:38 PM
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What in Christ's knackers has happened to your back garden?!?!? Fucking state of it!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: phes on January 09, 2020, 01:20:58 PM
Bit of a sad story really. Until recently the entire area, about the last 10ft of that drive had been an overgrown thicket that had climbed up in a blanket to meet the trees, covering the width of the yard. A jungle that must have been decades of growth and incredible roosting, nesting and feeding ground for the birds, mammals and critters. Then the landlord decided to rip it all up, just because. Took two guys 3 days with a jcb and power tools and now he has an additional several feet of drive. 
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Neville Chamberlain on January 09, 2020, 01:26:31 PM
Quote from: phes on January 09, 2020, 01:20:58 PM
Bit of a sad story really. Until recently the entire area, about the last 10ft of that drive had been an overgrown thicket that had climbed up in a blanket to meet the trees, covering the width of the yard. A jungle that must have been decades of growth and incredible roosting, nesting and feeding ground for the birds, mammals and critters. Then the landlord decided to rip it all up, just because. Took two guys 3 days with a jcb and power tools and now he has an additional several feet of drive.

That's a ruddy scandal! All too common behaviour, though :-(
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Spoon of Ploff on January 09, 2020, 01:32:01 PM
Lovely pics phes. Glad to see this thread revived.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: phes on January 09, 2020, 01:34:58 PM
Quote from: Neville Chamberlain on January 09, 2020, 01:26:31 PM
That's a ruddy scandal! All too common behaviour, though :-(

Really was. Was devastated when I came home to see it happening. This was it about halfway through the work

edit: for size adjustment

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Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: sick as a pike on January 09, 2020, 01:37:22 PM
Quote from: phes on January 09, 2020, 01:20:58 PMroosting, nesting and feeding ground for the birds, mammals and critters. 
Still, your bottom sash frame/sill looks like it would offer ample accommodation for termites, bats, rats and quite possibly, hens.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: king_tubby on January 09, 2020, 01:53:50 PM
I saw an urban fox this morning on a quiet side street, stood there in the middle of the road bold as brass until I biked within a couple of metres of it. Big bushy tail and that. Foxy.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Neville Chamberlain on January 09, 2020, 02:09:00 PM
Quote from: phes on January 09, 2020, 01:34:58 PM
Really was. Was devastated when I came home to see it happening. This was it about halfway through the work

edit: for size adjustment

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I agree things needed trimming back a bit, but that could have been made into a really nice green space. I think your landlord's a twat - and you can tell him that Neville Chamberlain off the internet says so!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: jobotic on January 09, 2020, 02:22:56 PM
Who is that last one then phes?

Dirty female blackcap?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: gib on January 09, 2020, 03:16:38 PM
Quote from: jobotic on January 09, 2020, 02:22:56 PM
Who is that last one then phes?

Dirty female blackcap?

It looks halfway between that and a wren.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on January 09, 2020, 03:46:09 PM
clearly a bird, fools
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: phes on January 09, 2020, 04:30:22 PM
Quote from: jobotic on January 09, 2020, 02:22:56 PM
Who is that last one then phes?

Dirty female blackcap?

Correct! A fat, pre-migration, female blackcap!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: phes on January 09, 2020, 04:44:20 PM
(https://www.hostpic.org/images/2001092213040126.png) (https://www.hostpic.org/view.php?filename=2001092213040126.png)

Play it cool, Trig. Play it cool
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: jobotic on January 09, 2020, 05:01:16 PM
Quote from: phes on January 09, 2020, 04:30:22 PM
Correct! A fat, pre-migration, female blackcap!

Fucking get in! Gills!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Gurke and Hare on January 09, 2020, 07:11:45 PM
Since I moved to southeast London I've been exploring the Ravensbourne and its tributaries. There are kingfishers! I've seen them in two places - on the Ravensbourne in Bromley, and the Pool River in Lower Sydenham - there I saw one dive, catch a fish and swim low over the river back to its nest, it was lovely.

(https://i.imgur.com/snaGe2U.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on January 09, 2020, 08:38:37 PM
Quote from: phes on January 09, 2020, 04:30:22 PM
Correct! A fat, pre-migration, female blackcap!

I was guessing a brown headed nuthatch (which would be amazing if you're UK-based).

(https://a4.pbase.com/o6/52/363052/1/132039482.bPEerRWO.BrownheadedNuthatch21.8.jpg)

I have little to report except, rather sadly, a dead pine marten (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_pine_marten) on the bridge on my way to work.  Very beautiful but sadly, dead as a mouse.

(https://alchetron.com/cdn/european-pine-marten-54be68fb-3ef6-478f-9f58-bd559f98404-resize-750.jpg)
In happier times
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: sick as a pike on January 09, 2020, 08:47:44 PM
I've had buzzards (the same buzzard?) exploding (not actually exploding) out of a tree as I drive down the lane for the last few days now. Findings: they are big, impressive. (enough brackets now.)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on January 09, 2020, 09:28:31 PM
Quote from: Buelligan on January 09, 2020, 08:38:37 PM
I was guessing a brown headed nuthatch (which would be amazing if you're UK-based).

(https://a4.pbase.com/o6/52/363052/1/132039482.bPEerRWO.BrownheadedNuthatch21.8.jpg)

I have little to report except, rather sadly, a dead pine marten (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_pine_marten) on the bridge on my way to work.  Very beautiful but sadly, dead as a mouse.

(https://alchetron.com/cdn/european-pine-marten-54be68fb-3ef6-478f-9f58-bd559f98404-resize-750.jpg)
In happier times

Got too close to the truth, had to be snuffed out
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: jobotic on January 09, 2020, 09:35:29 PM
I've only seen a regular Nuthatch a couple of times. Lovely.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on January 09, 2020, 09:36:38 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on January 09, 2020, 09:28:31 PM
Got too close to the truth, had to be snuffed out

Snuffled.  Sniffling now.  Hope the little stiff didn't suffer, suffice it to say.  (Nuff said. Sad.).
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: phes on January 09, 2020, 11:02:10 PM
Quote from: Buelligan on January 09, 2020, 08:38:37 PM
I was guessing a brown headed nuthatch (which would be amazing if you're UK-based).

(https://a4.pbase.com/o6/52/363052/1/132039482.bPEerRWO.BrownheadedNuthatch21.8.jpg)


Consider my mind blown!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: gib on January 09, 2020, 11:36:56 PM
for same page comparison
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Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Ferris on January 10, 2020, 02:35:07 AM
A few golden eagles out the window, they come down the don valley (not that one), then use the concrete jungle of downtown Toronto to generate lift via thermals.

Going round and round in circles outside my window. Very odd. Seen them as far east as church street which is definitely not their intended habitat.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Brian Freeze on January 10, 2020, 04:26:56 AM
Quote from: jobotic on January 09, 2020, 09:35:29 PM
I've only seen a regular Nuthatch a couple of times. Lovely.

While not as erotic as golden eagles, nuthatches are one of my favourite birds that visit our feeders. They look so beautiful and yet absolutely dynamic and purposeful with their poise and pose.

This might/will sound daft but they've always made me think of those Italian wooden speedboats that are extremely sleek and fast in appearance. The brown headed version might be like that but more so.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on January 10, 2020, 08:21:59 AM
Quote from: jobotic on January 09, 2020, 09:35:29 PM
I've only seen a regular Nuthatch a couple of times. Lovely.

Hand fed them in Cootes Paradise when I was over in Canada.

(https://i.ibb.co/c8v7GBF/image0.png) (https://ibb.co/KsG3MPq)
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Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on January 10, 2020, 09:21:37 AM
Naked bird-feeding, you are a one Blods!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on January 10, 2020, 09:23:54 AM
Quote from: Buelligan on January 10, 2020, 09:21:37 AM
Naked bird-feeding, you are a one Blods!

A fine 'pecker

(https://i.ibb.co/09VL3ys/View-album-Videos.jpg) (https://ibb.co/R64KWTj)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on January 10, 2020, 09:27:14 AM
I thought that blackcap looked a lot like a wrong-coloured nuthatch too. The way it is huddling its neck in really gives it that shape. (and amazing that the yank one looks almost identical) Did guess the right answer though so happy nature chops still there.

Got a great-spotted woodpecker coming into the garden every few minutes to hack up the bark of a dead ash which is nice. Love those guys.

Off to North Norfolk Coast at half term so hoping to pack in some serious nature then.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on January 10, 2020, 09:42:10 AM
Yes, lovely pecker you have there Blods.

On the nuthatch thing (yes, I am calling it that now), I'd say that I'm feeling that it is a brown headed nuthatch. 

Consider, if there was a baby elephant in the room and someone invited you to admire their new prize sow (on that basis that all elephants live in Africa -they don't, I know), would you mention the elephant in the room or not?  And we have had some bizarrely high winds lately, it's not impossible.  It would explain why it looks so buggered as well.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: purlieu on January 20, 2020, 08:18:05 PM
Spring is on its way. Out this afternoon with the dog, plenty of birdsong. Song thrushes are back on it again after a couple of months of silence. My second favourite bird song after its cousin the blackbird. Been pretty drained for the last week so it's the first time I've been able to get out to the fields n that in that time and it was hugely refreshing. Fox seen dashing into the undergrowth and a few mistle thrushes - first time in a while, sadly, for a bird that used to be numerous in the area - added to a lovely walk.

Once I get back to full strength I'll be on my two hour walks again and able to get up to the farmland by the next village along, on which my dad and I have counted huge flocks of endangered farmland birds this year. 50+ yellowhammers, meadow pipits and reed buntings, and incredibly, 100+ skylarks. Visiting winter thrushes - redwings and fieldfares - in combined flocks of over 600. With the more common finches, tits and corvids thrown in there are always over a thousand birds flying around the area. Plovers low on the ground this winter, but we're used to flocks of 2000+ golden plover and lapwing, and the lapwings breed in the area every summer. Grey partridge are still around, as well as hares, and we had a short eared owl before Christmas. Depressingly it's been sold to DBS to become a railfreight depot, and despite a lot of setbacks due to countless issues, it'll almost certainly get through. Which is tragic given that there's more wildlife on this area than any nature reserve I've been to in a long time (including the one right nextdoor, which is almost devoid of life other than the most common woodland birds).
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on January 20, 2020, 08:52:46 PM
Better get an adult to retrieve your kite from that electricity pylon, mind
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Shit Good Nose on January 21, 2020, 10:21:14 AM
Helped little Nose hand feed peanuts (proper wild animal safe ones) to a squirrel in a local park on Sunday.  Brazen little fella.  Obviously knew some hard winter weather was coming as he was burying most of it.

Also noticed that the bird feeders in the back garden have gone down a lot quicker than usual.  Getting a lot more smaller birds on those of late (tits, wagtails, robins, blackbirds and finches of some description), whereas it always used to be predominantly wood pigeons and doves (oddly doves seem to have completely disappeared within the last few years.  We used to get loads of them).
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on January 21, 2020, 11:35:51 AM
Last night about 1am, I heard a sharp, high pitched squeak outside, near the flat, every 5 seconds or so.

I decided to follow it and it moved to this tree about five minutes away. I heard it directly above me, clear as day. I shone a light up in the tree and it just stopped. About 15 seconds later, the same squeak happened about 200 yards behind me, I neither saw nor heard a rustling of branches or leaves or the flapping of wings. It just seemed to instantly move trees.

Magic bird?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Shit Good Nose on January 21, 2020, 11:43:54 AM
Quote from: bgmnts on January 21, 2020, 11:35:51 AM
Last night about 1am, I heard a sharp, high pitched squeak outside, near the flat, every 5 seconds or so.

I decided to follow it and it moved to this tree about five minutes away. I heard it directly above me, clear as day. I shone a light up in the tree and it just stopped. About 15 seconds later, the same squeak happened about 200 yards behind me, I neither saw nor heard a rustling of branches or leaves or the flapping of wings. It just seemed to instantly move trees.

Magic bird?

Most likely that thing with red eyes in The Amityville Horror.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on January 21, 2020, 12:39:29 PM
Quote from: bgmnts on January 21, 2020, 11:35:51 AM
Last night about 1am, I heard a sharp, high pitched squeak outside, near the flat, every 5 seconds or so.

I decided to follow it and it moved to this tree about five minutes away. I heard it directly above me, clear as day. I shone a light up in the tree and it just stopped. About 15 seconds later, the same squeak happened about 200 yards behind me, I neither saw nor heard a rustling of branches or leaves or the flapping of wings. It just seemed to instantly move trees.

Magic bird?

Two birds, one absolute stone
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on January 21, 2020, 12:40:13 PM
No it was definitely one bird.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Dex Sawash on January 21, 2020, 01:11:43 PM
About 30 buzzards around a roadkill deer yesterday, an orgy of gluttony. Didn't take a picture because the deer was in a state. If they're back today, I'll get a snap and just link to it.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on January 21, 2020, 01:13:51 PM
Quote from: Dex Sawash on January 21, 2020, 01:11:43 PM
About 30 buzzards around a roadkill deer yesterday, an orgy of gluttony. Didn't take a picture because the deer was in a state. If they're back today, I'll get a snap and just link to it.

Did you comfort the deer at least?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: sick as a pike on January 21, 2020, 04:19:18 PM
All this wildlife talk reminded me to refill the bird feeders, which are now being mobbed by blue tits and great tits.
It seems to me that birds would need fewer calories if they didn't keep neurotically flying about all the time.

In fact, Simon/Michael/Russell/Jonathan/Graham [please select appropriate TV chat show host for your era], the behaviour of the birds very much puts me in mind of an anecdote about a rather fruity British actor I know, who was on a yachting holiday with friends of mine, in Greece. They'd set anchor in the middle of this beautiful lake the night before and played cards and got drunk.  Now, in the morning, the monks in the monastery on the lake's shore started their rituals- tolling a grand bell and chanting, the sounds drifting magically across the lake- peace, serenity, one-ness.  Except the actor came thumping up the stairs from below decks, desperately hungover and screamed at the monks in his best RADA-trained manner "In the name of sanity, will you STOP FUCKING ABOUT" then disappeared below decks again.
And now I think that about the birds- stop fucking about!

[audience laughs politely, host surreptitiously checks watch.]
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: DoesNotFollow on January 22, 2020, 06:41:45 PM
This is a common lizard found while out on the heath, on a warm day back in October I believe.
I'm not licensed to handle reptiles and I wouldn't encourage anyone to go putting their grubby mits on wild animals. However, when it's basking on someone's jacket nearby you kind of need to relocate it. It needed a good nudge to leave the warmth of my hand as well after I scooped it up.

(https://i.imgur.com/JuWxXf9.jpg)

On a completely different note, here's a spider consumed by what I think is Torrubiella pulvinata fungus, that I found in the shed recently. According to some accounts the spider is still alive when the fungus starts growing.

(https://i.imgur.com/3xY3f7c.jpg)



Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Pink Gregory on January 22, 2020, 06:59:54 PM
Saw a Jay the other morning.  That was nice I suppose.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on January 22, 2020, 09:47:06 PM
Quote from: Pink Gregory on January 22, 2020, 06:59:54 PM
Saw a Jay the other morning.  That was nice I suppose.

I think that was nice. I love seeing the odd jay going from tree to tree.

Loads of goldfinch and siskin in the garden at the moment.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on January 22, 2020, 10:16:32 PM
Quote from: paruses on January 22, 2020, 09:47:06 PM

Loads of  siskin in the garden at the moment.

That's what Fred West told police too
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Brian Freeze on January 22, 2020, 10:17:35 PM
Quote from: purlieu on January 20, 2020, 08:18:05 PM
Spring is on its way. Out this afternoon with the dog, plenty of birdsong. Song thrushes are back on it again after a couple of months of silence. My second favourite bird song after its cousin the blackbird. Been pretty drained for the last week so it's the first time I've been able to get out to the fields n that in that time and it was hugely refreshing. Fox seen dashing into the undergrowth and a few mistle thrushes - first time in a while, sadly, for a bird that used to be numerous in the area - added to a lovely walk.

Once I get back to full strength I'll be on my two hour walks again and able to get up to the farmland by the next village along, on which my dad and I have counted huge flocks of endangered farmland birds this year. 50+ yellowhammers, meadow pipits and reed buntings, and incredibly, 100+ skylarks. Visiting winter thrushes - redwings and fieldfares - in combined flocks of over 600. With the more common finches, tits and corvids thrown in there are always over a thousand birds flying around the area. Plovers low on the ground this winter, but we're used to flocks of 2000+ golden plover and lapwing, and the lapwings breed in the area every summer. Grey partridge are still around, as well as hares, and we had a short eared owl before Christmas. Depressingly it's been sold to DBS to become a railfreight depot, and despite a lot of setbacks due to countless issues, it'll almost certainly get through. Which is tragic given that there's more wildlife on this area than any nature reserve I've been to in a long time (including the one right nextdoor, which is almost devoid of life other than the most common woodland birds).

Sounds marvellous that does. What's the technique for counting/estimating large numbers of flighty things that dont stay still? Quite curious about that. Cheers.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on January 22, 2020, 10:18:40 PM
Quote from: Brian Freeze on January 22, 2020, 10:17:35 PM
Sounds marvellous that does. What's the technique for counting/estimating large numbers of flighty things that dont stay still? Quite curious about that. Cheers.

Count how many bullets are left in the chamber.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: purlieu on January 23, 2020, 10:27:41 AM
Quote from: Brian Freeze on January 22, 2020, 10:17:35 PM
Sounds marvellous that does. What's the technique for counting/estimating large numbers of flighty things that dont stay still? Quite curious about that. Cheers.
If the flock is moving gradually in one direction - eg out of a hedge as you walk along, disturbing a handful of birds at a time - then you can just count as you go along and add them up. A larger flock is generally an estimate based on what's seen through binoculars, if they're on the ground, or what you can see in flight if they all go up together (generally done by looking at ten birds and then using that as a visual guide to count in tens). It's always best to err on the side of caution and under-estimate, but as long as the birds you're counting aren't constantly going back and forth over your field of vision then it's not too difficult to get an idea of how many you've seen so far. If they are going back and forth then it's generally best to count as many separate ones as you can be certain of and say 'at least that many'.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: sick as a pike on January 23, 2020, 02:48:14 PM
Bullfinches are tidily turned out fellows. I've just been watching a male in the garden looking like he'd dressed up to go to the National Finch Awards. I like Bullfinches.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on January 23, 2020, 04:06:09 PM
Quote from: sick as a pike on January 23, 2020, 02:48:14 PM
Bullfinches are tidily turned out fellows. I've just been watching a male in the garden looking like he'd dressed up to go to the National Finch Awards. I like Bullfinches.

Yes and they almost always have  a couple of lady Bullfinch hotties in tow. Probably because of how they dress.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on January 26, 2020, 08:36:40 AM
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/uk-wales-51109146

I love that Wales is the land of spiders and slugs! What a feather in our cap.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: gib on January 26, 2020, 10:28:46 AM
Friday i saw a small white egret, yesterday i saw a dozen blackbirds in a group and also a black, white and red woodpecker.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on March 08, 2020, 01:24:53 PM
The birds are starting to come back so decided to be a div and make a bargain bucket bird feeder using some toilet roll tubes and a lace.

Smeared them in peanut butter and rolled it in pumpkin and hemp seeds.

Hope they try it.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Ferris on March 08, 2020, 02:10:13 PM
There's a large hawk/bird thing that has nested in a pylon near me. See it most mornings putting the wind up the local pigeons.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Poirots BigGarlickyCorpse on March 08, 2020, 03:19:50 PM
Seen a good few buzzards out the country here. Majestic birbs
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: DoesNotFollow on March 08, 2020, 03:45:24 PM
Couple of buzzards about over the house, crows are kicking up a fuss.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on March 08, 2020, 03:51:20 PM
None of the birds are interested.

Bit gutted.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Noonling on March 08, 2020, 03:56:53 PM
Probably because your hurts would clash with theirs.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Brian Freeze on March 08, 2020, 05:29:06 PM
Fuckloads of starlings last night, was away from home and they were incredible to see swarming down to roost.
We just get half a dozen hooligans at a time that bother our fat balls, this lot were in the many multiples of thousands.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Brian Freeze on March 17, 2020, 09:17:36 AM
Lovely birds = a welcome distraction.

I didnt see any gold finches in our garden at all last year or the year before so was chuffed to spot a couple last friday on the seed heads of something I keep forgetting the name of but will remember to not chop down in a hurry next year.

This morning there were a male and female bullfinch on the sunflower hearts, she stopped longer than him. Immediately followed by a song thrush mooching about under the feeders. All rare in our garden.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: gib on March 17, 2020, 09:56:25 AM
Yesterday a blue tit spent all day obsessively attacking the kitchen window. Apparently they think the reflection is a rival.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on March 17, 2020, 02:38:39 PM
Quote from: Brian Freeze on March 17, 2020, 09:17:36 AM
Lovely birds = a welcome distraction.

I didnt see any gold finches in our garden at all last year or the year before so was chuffed to spot a couple last friday on the seed heads of something I keep forgetting the name of but will remember to not chop down in a hurry next year.

This morning there were a male and female bullfinch on the sunflower hearts, she stopped longer than him. Immediately followed by a song thrush mooching about under the feeders. All rare in our garden.

Yes - the return of life to the garden is def a welcome distraction right now. Would love to have bullfinches in the garden - I'm not sure if I've ever seen one! We do seem to play host to a good flock of goldfinches though. Lovely little fellas that they are.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: king_tubby on March 17, 2020, 02:44:28 PM
I have just seen a red kite hovering over a building opposite my house - not seen them come this far in to Leeds before.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on March 17, 2020, 04:20:38 PM
Nice!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: sick as a pike on March 17, 2020, 04:41:17 PM
Quote from: gib on March 17, 2020, 09:56:25 AM
Yesterday a blue tit spent all day obsessively attacking the kitchen window. Apparently they think the reflection is a rival.
All afternoon I've had a male pheasant noisily attacking the glass bifold doors.  I don't know if, as above, he thinks his reflection is a rival, or he's the pheasant from last year who we fed, and is wanting more of the same. Either way, he's an idiot.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: gib on March 17, 2020, 07:12:26 PM
Daft fucker was back again today, i wonder if your pheasant will also be as persistent.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twit 2 on March 17, 2020, 07:24:59 PM
Saw a sperm whale in a bush.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on March 17, 2020, 07:53:30 PM
Quote from: sick as a pike on March 17, 2020, 04:41:17 PM
  All afternoon I've had a male pheasant noisily attacking the glass bifold doors.  I don't know if, as above, he thinks his reflection is a rival, or he's the pheasant from last year who we fed, and is wanting more of the same. Either way, he's an idiot.

That female wild turkey did that to my glass doors in canada. Was their at dawn tapping away until i went and fed her. She'd been the year before just after the snow melt
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Brian Freeze on March 18, 2020, 09:37:34 AM
And just now a bloody green finch, only the second one ive seen on our feeders. Where have these buggers been hiding?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: gib on March 18, 2020, 09:41:23 AM
Anyone else got a sparrow revival where they live?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on March 18, 2020, 09:48:15 AM
Quote from: Brian Freeze on March 18, 2020, 09:37:34 AM
And just now a bloody green finch, only the second one ive seen on our feeders. Where have these buggers been hiding?

Haven't seen a greenfinch for years either. Apparently they got hammered by disease (edit: also hitting chaffinches which I also remember seeing a lot more of as a kid) and are finally starting to come back. At least small birds are quite good at recovering their populations when they get the chance.

Quote from: gib on March 18, 2020, 09:41:23 AM
Anyone else got a sparrow revival where they live?

Yes! Got a small resident flock that flits around my garden and those of the neighbours. Really charming little bunch.

Just had a jay perching on the fence a couple of metres from the kitchen window, rare to get a great close-up view like that. Such beautiful birds.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on March 18, 2020, 10:06:19 AM
Hedgerows packed with field or bank voles. Never seen them before, but plague proportions now
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Cerys on March 18, 2020, 11:08:43 AM
There has been an increase in vultures circling over Tesco, for reasons unknown.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Spoon of Ploff on March 18, 2020, 12:03:36 PM
Britain's smallest bird: the goldcrest.  Never seen one before this winter. Plus a Sparrow Hawk (I think) doing pilates.

(https://i.imgur.com/EdASWdm.jpg)

Sorry about the naff quality.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on March 18, 2020, 12:20:08 PM
Always thought the Wren was the smallest - is that QI buzzer ignorance?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Gurke and Hare on March 18, 2020, 12:23:25 PM
I used to see a few greenfinches on my feeder in my old flat. I loved the way they don't do the usual dart in-grab food-dart out thing, they're happy to sit there eating for a while so you can watch them.

Saw a load of goldfinches in a park at the weekend. Off out for a lunchtime work-from-home walk to the park in a couple of minutes, see what's there. There are a surprising number of kingfishers on the Ravensbourne river system, so maybe I'll see one of those on the Quaggy.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on March 18, 2020, 02:10:18 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on March 18, 2020, 12:20:08 PM
Always thought the Wren was the smallest - is that QI buzzer ignorance?

Yes, it's exactly that.  I found a dead goldcrest once, I wanted to keep it, it was so incredibly perfect and minuscule.  Sadly they're not awfully durable, alive or dead.  Utterly beautiful though.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twonty Gostelow on March 18, 2020, 02:48:27 PM
Goldcrests are hard to spot and even harder to photograph once you've found one because they flit around almost incessantly. Complete cutie-patooties, I agree. The similar firecrest is smaller than a wren too, I think.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on March 18, 2020, 03:02:49 PM
Spotted a goldcrest really close to the house for the first time last week or so too, skittering about in the rosemary a mere metre or so from the window. Lovely little fellas. Maybe the birds are sensing their coming chance to reclaim the globe for Dinosauria.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on March 18, 2020, 03:10:16 PM
Quote from: ZoyzaSorris on March 18, 2020, 03:02:49 PM
Spotted a goldcrest really close to the house for the first time last week or so too, skittering about in the rosemary a mere metre or so from the window. Lovely little fellas. Maybe the birds are sensing their coming chance to reclaim the globe for Dinosauria.


You can sense the animals know something. The swelling coo of the wood pigeon more vibrant, the skylarks more excitable, those plague of voles... our number is surely up
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Pink Gregory on March 18, 2020, 03:37:19 PM
Turns out one or more Jays live around my new workplace, which is a peach.

Also discovered that they make a noise like the worst possible magpie having an emotionally draining argument.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on March 18, 2020, 04:12:39 PM
Quote from: Pink Gregory on March 18, 2020, 03:37:19 PM
...my new workplace, which is a peach.

(https://i.postimg.cc/MKMvXWkC/D4-C47-FB5-681-D-46-CE-89-C0-448-FC47-A14-E4.jpg)

I can understand how that would attract wildlife.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on March 18, 2020, 04:55:30 PM
Quote from: Pink Gregory on March 18, 2020, 03:37:19 PM
Turns out one or more Jays live around my new workplace, which is a peach.

Also discovered that they make a noise like the worst possible magpie having an emotionally draining argument.

If you want to pleasure a jay, offer it your porridge pot.  They cannot get enough of the stuff.  My brother has a family of jays - probably multi-generational - that he's been spoiling in this way for years.  One of his greatest pleasures is to watch the mother jay introduce the young ones to porridge.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on March 18, 2020, 05:47:00 PM
Quote from: Buelligan on March 18, 2020, 04:55:30 PM
If you want to pleasure a jay, offer it your porridge pot.  They cannot get enough of the stuff.  My brother has a family of jays - probably multi-generational - that he's been spoiling in this way for years.  One of his greatest pleasures is to watch the mother jay introduce the young ones to porridge.

Thats perked me up. Cooked or uncooked?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on March 18, 2020, 06:33:25 PM
Cooked.  He makes the porridge, they watch him through the window, he puts the pot on the table outside, then goes in and sits in the window, eating his porridge and watching them.  He lives in an amazing octagonal shed in a wood up a wild Irish mountain.

Glad you're perked up old pig.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on March 18, 2020, 06:36:58 PM
Quote from: Buelligan on March 18, 2020, 06:33:25 PM
Cooked.  He makes the porridge, they watch him through the window, he puts the pot on the table outside, then goes in and sits in the window, eating his porridge and watching them.  He lives in an amazing octagonal shed in a wood up a wild Irish mountain.

Glad you're perked up old pig.

If we make it through, i'll be joining those jays
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on March 18, 2020, 06:40:29 PM
Not those particular jays I'm thinking, my brother likes other human company about as much as I do.  We will make it through though, I have no doubt of that.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on March 18, 2020, 06:42:06 PM
I respect your brother and know of his needs. Like a greedy jay i got ahead of myself in a whimsical notion of tranquility and oats
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on March 18, 2020, 06:43:33 PM
Heheh.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Gurke and Hare on March 18, 2020, 07:01:57 PM
Only got one glimpse of a kingfisher as it sped away low over the water, but saw plenty of other wildlife.

(https://i.imgur.com/TtWHQV8.jpg)     (https://i.imgur.com/5legdFr.jpg)


(https://i.imgur.com/CNsZJw6.jpg)     (https://i.imgur.com/AbSd920.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on March 18, 2020, 07:13:27 PM
Nice pics, what do you use?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Spoon of Ploff on March 18, 2020, 07:20:53 PM
lovely pic s there
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on March 18, 2020, 07:32:43 PM
Yes, they're absolutely beautiful.  Thanks for sharing them.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on March 18, 2020, 07:46:59 PM
Fat, round birds are my favourite.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on March 18, 2020, 07:47:22 PM
Not five minutes ago the security light was activated and there was a lovely big badger, beautifully illuminated in the middle of our lawn. I tried to get a pic but our dog was going yampy, throwing himself against the patio door and Brock pissed off sharpish.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on March 18, 2020, 08:00:19 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on March 18, 2020, 03:10:16 PM

You can sense the animals know something. The swelling coo of the wood pigeon more vibrant, the skylarks more excitable, those plague of voles... our number is surely up

It's a lovely thought!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on March 18, 2020, 10:12:26 PM
Quote from: bgmnts on March 18, 2020, 07:46:59 PM
Fat, round birds are my favourite.

Just your usual prey round the Cwmbran nightclubs Foz?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on March 18, 2020, 10:16:39 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on March 18, 2020, 10:12:26 PM
Just your usual prey round the Cwmbran nightclubs Foz?

Loads of nightclubs around here. Its like the Amsterdam of south wales.

Dunno if i'd refer to a fat chick as a 'bird' though. Bit misogynist.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Gurke and Hare on March 18, 2020, 10:29:13 PM
Quote from: ZoyzaSorris on March 18, 2020, 07:13:27 PM
Nice pics, what do you use?

A Nikon P900 - thanks!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Tony Tony Tony on March 18, 2020, 10:50:44 PM
I live near Whipsnade Zoo and regularly drive by the enclosures when taking the missus out for a meal at our chosen hostelry. There are Wallabies which have escaped, and bred, we spot them on a regular basis.

I am eagerly awaiting a Gorilla or two to escape and wander around our local Asda shoplifting bananas.             
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: DoesNotFollow on March 19, 2020, 09:29:40 AM
Starling and goldfinch in the garden this morning. Lovely jubbly.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: king_tubby on March 19, 2020, 09:44:06 AM
Two Canada geese having a honk off, an adolescent swan, a moorhen and a heron were the wildlife of note on my walk in along the canal.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on March 19, 2020, 11:02:22 AM
Quote from: Gurke and Hare on March 18, 2020, 10:29:13 PM
A Nikon P900 - thanks!

Ah, interesting, looks like it gets really decent telephoto results in a pretty compact package (obviously you have the skills too!) If I ever have any money ever again I might get myself one, would love to get back into a bit of nature photography. Can it do macro stuff too?

Think I just saw a chiffchaff in the garden, didn't get the binoculars to it quick enough for a definite ID. More and more are wintering in UK these days apparently so could be.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twonty Gostelow on March 19, 2020, 11:18:27 AM
Quote from: ZoyzaSorris on March 19, 2020, 11:02:22 AM
Think I just saw a chiffchaff in the garden, didn't get the binoculars to it quick enough for a definite ID. More and more are wintering in UK these days apparently so could be.

I haven't heard one yet but someone I know has. It's always March when I hear the first one so yours may be a recent arrival.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Pink Gregory on March 20, 2020, 08:02:00 AM
Quote from: Buelligan on March 18, 2020, 04:55:30 PM
If you want to pleasure a jay, offer it your porridge pot.  They cannot get enough of the stuff.  My brother has a family of jays - probably multi-generational - that he's been spoiling in this way for years.  One of his greatest pleasures is to watch the mother jay introduce the young ones to porridge.

I am going to do this, that is a promise.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on March 20, 2020, 09:23:54 AM
That makes me very happy Pink Gregory.  I think it will do the same for you and the jays.  A virtuous circle of porridge.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Brian Freeze on March 20, 2020, 09:37:58 AM
I did the porridge thing yesterday. We havent got any visible Jays but I thought why the hell not try it.

Put it out at 9 am, watched for half an hour. No action. Went to bed till five. It was untouched. Came home this morning and a magpie had a nibble at 8 am. Most of it still left. I didnt think I was that bad a cook. Or do they prefer it made with milk?

Greenfinches really do hang around for ages dont they? Theyve been around for the last three mornings now and so have the bullfinches. At one point this morning there was a nuthatch, greenfnch amd bullfinch at the feeders. Looked properly exotic.

Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Brian Freeze on March 20, 2020, 09:43:09 AM
If folks are after something to listen to while cooped up, or just listen to in general they might like The Critter Shed podcast.
An Irish herpetologist and animal loving friend talk about all sorts of bugs, creepy crawlies and other animals with lots of native wildlife too. The enthusiasm is extremely strong but not too overpowering .

This week I learned its illegal to cut hedges in Ireland after the 1st March. Love that idea.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on March 20, 2020, 11:53:44 AM
Quote from: Brian Freeze on March 20, 2020, 09:37:58 AM
I did the porridge thing yesterday. We havent got any visible Jays but I thought why the hell not try it.

Put it out at 9 am, watched for half an hour. No action. Went to bed till five. It was untouched. Came home this morning and a magpie had a nibble at 8 am. Most of it still left. I didnt think I was that bad a cook. Or do they prefer it made with milk?

This made me laugh, I think it probably would take them a bit of time to get used to the idea that the porridge was safe food for them, if they were there at all.  You have to keep doing it so's they understand they have it there at a certain time.  Brother makes his porridge half and half with water and almond milk I think but it's the oats really.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on March 20, 2020, 12:46:26 PM
I dont know what it is about birds where I can just watch them sit there and enjoy it.

Only magpies and pigeons round my way though, maybe a seagull, blackbird or a finch if i'm lucky.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on March 20, 2020, 01:54:01 PM
They're all lovely but magpies are especially wonderful.  They are clever and beautiful, I've always secretly hankered after a magpie friend.  I met one in Monmouth once.  It just hopped along with me chattering away and giving me an amused wink now and then.  I love them.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Clatty McCutcheon on March 21, 2020, 12:53:53 AM
Not very exotic, but managed to quickly snap this fox today before it disappeared into the woods.  I'm so used to seeing them in a night-time urban context that it was almost a surprise to see it out on pasture land on a bright spring day.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/0s3tQ0cf4Pmv4Wpei1SRz2L_pnxiPizJH2Fxx55lRjFc0Q8p34H3Wad_sevzLn3YrB6XEMTyaIQitvqNbs69ZetwNEHbQejZpGcXp7q4sqyaADf8OBvKtZ01w8M2pBKqWZdeiQBB9Q=w768-h432)

Saw a dunlin - already with the rust-coloured plumage on its back for the breeding season - gliding over some moorland the other day too. Very nice looking bird (phwoar!)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on March 21, 2020, 08:45:03 AM
Walk of shame?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: king_tubby on March 24, 2020, 12:10:08 PM
A goldfinch was perched on the telephone wire outside my window earlier.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on March 24, 2020, 01:31:07 PM
Saw a buzzard this morning, languidly circling high in a clear blue sky, king of his domain. Until he was suddenly dive bombed by a twattish seagull, who then repeatedly swerved into him, screeching continuously until he fucked off out of it.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on March 24, 2020, 02:04:32 PM
Quote from: Voltan (Man of Steel) on March 24, 2020, 01:31:07 PM
Saw a buzzard this morning, languidly circling high in a clear blue sky, king of his domain. Until he was suddenly dive bombed by a twattish seagull, who then repeatedly swerved into him, screeching continuously until he fucked off out of it.

So I thought I saw a honey buzzard on my first venture outdoors since isolation (actually it was during isolation)... perhaps people can help. Certainly larger than the falcons...broad wings but grey underwing and I think brownish at tips or at top. We used to see buzzards in the 80s and this is the biggest bird I've see up here since then. Having come back from Canada I immediately think "Eagle", but searching online the only bird other than eagle or maybe goshawk (too small?) that fit the description was the honey buzzard (but that was too whitish).
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on March 24, 2020, 03:00:25 PM
(https://i.postimg.cc/DwjDxP0x/CBE0-EBBC-541-D-404-D-9-DA1-407-AE11-E025-E.jpg)

Anything like this? I see these around my way fairly frequently and although I'm not a birdwatcher myself a twitcher mate told me they're buzzards (he didn't mention the honey part).

Edit. Ignore me - I've just checked and honey buzzards are different to 'normal' ones and far less common.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on March 24, 2020, 03:21:15 PM
Probably a buzzard, the wings did seem flat at the tips and the undercarriage more uniform, but no bird in the UK looks like what my memory tells me
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Ferris on March 24, 2020, 03:24:23 PM
What is the bird in the UK with the sharp V tail? Are they kites? I saw shitloads when I was in the UK and thought they were really nice but no idea what they were
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on March 24, 2020, 03:29:34 PM
Yes, red kites. Beautiful birds - I'm looking forward to them making their way to my neck of the woods.

(https://i.postimg.cc/3Nm32bZ4/CDCDAABC-8754-4-A4-C-ACB1-342-B25-B02474.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on March 24, 2020, 03:50:12 PM
Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on March 24, 2020, 03:24:23 PM
What is the bird in the UK with the sharp V tail? Are they kites? I saw shitloads when I was in the UK and thought they were really nice but no idea what they were

Red kites are/were pretty common, flying over the University quite often on their journey to the countryside.

This was not a red kite - no fingers, no v tail.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Ferris on March 24, 2020, 04:11:13 PM
Quote from: Voltan (Man of Steel) on March 24, 2020, 03:29:34 PM
Yes, red kites. Beautiful birds - I'm looking forward to them making their way to my neck of the woods.

(https://i.postimg.cc/3Nm32bZ4/CDCDAABC-8754-4-A4-C-ACB1-342-B25-B02474.jpg)

That's the ones! Aren't they nice?

Sorry to divert the thread
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on March 24, 2020, 04:22:45 PM
They're pretty spectacular and since their reintroduction they've made a remarkable comeback from near extinction in Britain. I've seen loads on my visits to relatives in Oxfordshire and they're similarly widespread in Wales (and Shropshire I think) but they've yet to make inroads into the West Midlands. (But why would they)?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: king_tubby on March 24, 2020, 06:31:41 PM
I mentioned this the other day, but it's increasingly common to see them coming further and further in to Leeds. A breeding colony was established at Harewood House and they've done really well.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Dex Sawash on March 24, 2020, 06:49:00 PM
Quote from: Voltan (Man of Steel) on March 24, 2020, 03:29:34 PM
Yes, red kites. Beautiful birds - I'm looking forward to them making their way to my neck of the woods.

(https://i.postimg.cc/3Nm32bZ4/CDCDAABC-8754-4-A4-C-ACB1-342-B25-B02474.jpg)

That's a pretty nice fucking bird right there
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Gurke and Hare on March 24, 2020, 07:05:47 PM
Lots of songbirds round here in the parks, far more than you can see. Lots of blackbirds mimicking car noises tonight.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on March 24, 2020, 07:59:56 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on March 24, 2020, 02:04:32 PM
So I thought I saw a honey buzzard on my first venture outdoors since isolation (actually it was during isolation)... perhaps people can help. Certainly larger than the falcons...broad wings but grey underwing and I think brownish at tips or at top. We used to see buzzards in the 80s and this is the biggest bird I've see up here since then. Having come back from Canada I immediately think "Eagle", but searching online the only bird other than eagle or maybe goshawk (too small?) that fit the description was the honey buzzard (but that was too whitish).

Honey buzzards are migratory and turn up in UK from May apparently so unlikely unfortunately! I saw them as a kid in France but don't think I've seen one in the UK.

Me and the boy have been venturing out for socially distanced cycling from time to time over last week involving crossing two little wooden bridges over the river and have got into a nice routine of each time spotting a pair of mandarin ducks pootling about by one of them and a little egret fishing by the other one, such exquisite things all. No egret today though :(



Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Ferris on March 24, 2020, 08:13:34 PM
Je ne egret rien
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on March 24, 2020, 09:08:40 PM
I know it'll be a regular occurrence soon enough but I was still delighted to see the first bumblebee of the year buzzing around in the sunshine earlier today.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on March 24, 2020, 09:21:22 PM
Yes, the first spring insects starting to appear in the garden blithely unaware of the nonsense going on in the big flapping human world is always a real malaise-lifting sign but right now triply so.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twonty Gostelow on March 24, 2020, 10:28:53 PM
Quote from: Voltan (Man of Steel) on March 24, 2020, 03:29:34 PM
Yes, red kites. Beautiful birds - I'm looking forward to them making their way to my neck of the woods.

(https://i.postimg.cc/3Nm32bZ4/CDCDAABC-8754-4-A4-C-ACB1-342-B25-B02474.jpg)

They make an amazing whistling noise when they're overhead, a lot different from the harsher sound a buzzard makes.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on March 24, 2020, 10:42:07 PM
Quote from: Voltan (Man of Steel) on March 24, 2020, 09:08:40 PM
I know it'll be a regular occurrence soon enough but I was still delighted to see the first bumblebee of the year buzzing around in the sunshine earlier today.

This was yesterday. Sleepy. Today I looked on the same flower and it came for me, all aggressive

(https://i.ibb.co/mBdFWJP/DF5-ABA08-7761-45-E2-A808-115-B2-D6-A3-B04.jpg) (https://ibb.co/9vB35nd)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twonty Gostelow on March 24, 2020, 10:43:01 PM
Quote from: ZoyzaSorris on March 19, 2020, 11:02:22 AM
Think I just saw a chiffchaff in the garden, didn't get the binoculars to it quick enough for a definite ID. More and more are wintering in UK these days apparently so could be.

Heard the first one yesterday.
Here's one in full song I managed to get close to a couple of years ago.
It's a video still so not great quality.

(https://i.imgur.com/IrXGfVi.png)

And again grainy video stills of a goldcrest that wouldn't keep still. This was during The Beast from the East in March 2018, but the sun was out and it seemed to be finding tiny insects in the tree.

(https://i.imgur.com/THNTzI6.png)

(https://i.imgur.com/thNnMha.png)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on March 24, 2020, 11:23:39 PM
Lovely stuff, well keen on a bit of warbler action
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on March 24, 2020, 11:24:20 PM
Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on March 24, 2020, 08:13:34 PM
Je ne egret rien
+1 by the way
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Ferris on March 25, 2020, 12:56:19 AM
Golden eagles back outside my window! They come down the valley (more, now there's less traffic?) and hover about putting the wind up the local seagulls/pigeons.

Honestly, not as nice to look at as the red kites previously mentioned.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Gurke and Hare on March 26, 2020, 06:55:29 PM
I went to post a letter late last night, and saw a fox on the way back from the post box.

Just seen a couple of long-tailed tits on the tree in the garden.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on March 26, 2020, 07:10:12 PM
Quote from: Gurke and Hare on March 26, 2020, 06:55:29 PM
I went to post a letter late last night, and saw a fox on the way back from the post box.

Just seen a couple of long-tailed tits on the tree in the garden.

Not a nice thing to say about the foxes
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Brian Freeze on March 27, 2020, 03:11:00 AM
Saw our first ladybird yesterday. Dont know which twat told the kids they were ladybugs though.

We saw quite a few solitary ground dwelling bees enjoying the sunshine on sunday, they were so solitary that they had all made their entrance/exit holes about two inches apart. In the middle of the path. Luckily its a very rarely used path.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Camp Tramp on March 27, 2020, 09:51:41 AM
Not so much what I have seen, but what I have heard.

I live in Brighton and normally all I can hear is traffic and the cries of Seagulls. The seagulls are still present but I'm hearing many different bird calls as well, which is quite frankly, lovely. I don't normally hear them.

Maybe our self-isolation is giving nature a helping hand?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Glebe on March 27, 2020, 09:55:07 AM
Saw two foxes up the road the other week.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on March 27, 2020, 10:05:12 AM
saw a great crested grebe on my daily cycle ride which was nice.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on March 27, 2020, 12:49:17 PM
The fucking ducks are back in the afon. Yes!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on March 27, 2020, 04:32:04 PM
Just back from taking the dog for a walk and, like yesterday, saw five or six buzzards (or the same two or three following me) in the twenty minutes I was out. This is an urban environment and I'm worried they're becoming a plague. I might phone the council when things are back to normal and get pest control out.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Brian Freeze on March 27, 2020, 04:53:52 PM
Bloody mouse in the garden! Love it. What a cheeky chap. Good job the cat is a feckless doughnut.

Had some bird song/call related interactions this week. First was a couple of Canada geese flying over work at about 4am heading east to west, possibly looking for a nest site? The thing was that they were very very noisy. No idea if they were bickering or indulging in mid flight sexy chat but they were extremly communicative for that time of day and much noisier than I thought a pair of them would be.

The second was thinking the bird singing up the poplar tree was maybe a goldfinch and going on youtube to look up their song. I found lots of clips ranging from a couple of minutes to upto 12 hours of goldfinch song. It puzzled me for a bit but I worked out that the longer videos were for those absolute helmets who keep caged birds to train them to sing. What a pack of bastards.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Ferris on March 27, 2020, 05:29:49 PM
Quote from: Voltan (Man of Steel) on March 27, 2020, 04:32:04 PM
Just back from taking the dog for a walk and, like yesterday, saw five or six buzzards (or the same two or three following me) in the twenty minutes I was out.

Those were vultures mate, they know something you don't.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Gurke and Hare on March 27, 2020, 06:04:39 PM
Saw a blue tit from my bedroom window flying into a crack in the wall with a beakful of nesting material, so I'll look out for babies emerging in some unspecified period of time.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on March 27, 2020, 06:18:12 PM
Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on March 27, 2020, 05:29:49 PM
Those were vultures mate, they know something you don't.

Hmm, you might be right. I do give off a very strong odour of carrion.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on March 27, 2020, 06:22:26 PM
Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on March 27, 2020, 05:29:49 PM
Those were vultures mate, they know something you don't.

You're a cheeky sod

QuoteIt should not be confused with the Turkey vulture, which is sometimes called a buzzard in American English.

and a...

Twit too
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twonty Gostelow on March 27, 2020, 06:22:40 PM
Quote from: Gurke and Hare on March 27, 2020, 06:04:39 PM
Saw a blue tit from my bedroom window flying into a crack in the wall with a beakful of nesting material, so I'll look out for babies emerging in some unspecified period of time.

Nice.
Anyone getting their barnet cut at home these days should put the cuttings outside if they can rather than bin them. Birds will pick it up for nest material. (I've done this for the last two Springs and watched it happen.)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on March 27, 2020, 06:27:02 PM
I found a birds nest on the ground in the countryside a few days ago - probably blown by wind. I put it back in a tree and the next day it was gone
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on March 27, 2020, 06:28:27 PM
Quote from: Twonty Gostelow on March 27, 2020, 06:22:40 PM
Nice.
Anyone getting their barnet cut at home these days should put the cuttings outside if they can rather than bin them. Birds will pick it up for nest material. (I've done this for the last two Springs and watched it happen.)

wrong forum, friend
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: gib on March 27, 2020, 07:32:34 PM
Quote from: Brian Freeze on March 27, 2020, 03:11:00 AM
Saw our first ladybird yesterday. Dont know which twat told the kids they were ladybugs though.

not invented by the americans btw
QuoteIn Britain, usually ladybird or lady-bird (1670s), supposedly through aversion to the word bug due to overtones of sodomy, however this [ladybug] seems to be the older form of the word.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: gib on March 27, 2020, 07:34:16 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on March 27, 2020, 06:27:02 PM
I found a birds nest on the ground in the countryside a few days ago - probably blown by wind. I put it back in a tree and the next day it was gone

bloody chinese
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Dineen on March 28, 2020, 08:25:09 PM
Saw a stoat for the first time ever out walking last Sunday, also yellowhammers, blackcap, chiff-chaffs, & a great view of a bullfinch.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on March 28, 2020, 08:26:38 PM
Had a bit of ramble earlier and blow me did I not see a human walking about. I think it was a female from its brightly coloured plumage, but I couldn't get close enough to be sure as it ran away when I came towards it.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on March 28, 2020, 09:00:24 PM
Might go for a wander down the afon tomorrow and if I see anything other than a depressed looking duck I'll be fucking amazed.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: phes on March 29, 2020, 08:29:40 AM
Saw a buzzard circling A&E at Worcestershire Royal
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twit 2 on March 29, 2020, 10:40:59 AM
It was Jeremy Hunt in his rakshasa form, ravening for fresh souls.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on March 29, 2020, 10:47:48 AM
Yesterday I saw a series of animals in the Yorkshire Dales. It would be tedious to list them all, but suffice to say there were 148 sheep, two newborn lambs, a kestrel, some red kites, a mole corpse, several dark horses wearing coats (horse equivalent of footballer wearing gloves, we don't like to see it) zero cows at all, a barking dog defending its shithole derelict farm territory, and yes that was all.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twit 2 on March 29, 2020, 10:56:59 AM
Sound shit mate.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on March 29, 2020, 11:05:55 AM
Quote from: Shoulders?-Stomach! on March 29, 2020, 10:47:48 AM
Yesterday I saw a series of animals in the Yorkshire Dales. It would be tedious to list them all, but suffice to say there were 148 sheep, two newborn lambs, a kestrel, some red kites, a mole corpse, several dark horses wearing coats (horse equivalent of footballer wearing gloves, we don't like to see it) zero cows at all, a barking dog defending its shithole derelict farm territory, and yes that was all.

We'll give you the benefit of the doubt as a new poster but just so you know we have a zero tolerance policy on any mention whatsoever of domesticated animals here. A couple of posters are already having a good long hard look at themselves after getting their final warning for posting pictures of cats.

Just about pulled it back from the brink with the mole corpse.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Brian Freeze on March 29, 2020, 11:21:02 AM
You've all seen this right?

(https://i.imgur.com/tMlrAfe.jpg)

I look forward to checking your answers later.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on March 29, 2020, 01:11:58 PM
No,  but I'm saying

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1 robin 2 blue tit 3 great tit 4 goldfinch 6 house sparrow 8 blackbird 9 carrion crow 10 collared dove 11 wood pigeon 13 green woodpecker 14 great spotted woodpecker
[close]

Will have a think about the others!

Edit: could 7 be
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dunnock
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?
Edit: could 15 be
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starling
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Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on March 29, 2020, 01:13:43 PM
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5. Bullfinch
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Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on March 29, 2020, 01:15:35 PM
9. Darth Vader bird.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Dex Sawash on March 29, 2020, 01:40:27 PM
Prince Philip's ribbons for toilet-related campaigns
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on March 29, 2020, 02:56:52 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on March 29, 2020, 01:13:43 PM
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5. Bullfinch
[close]

Good call I reckon
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: gib on March 29, 2020, 04:55:00 PM
Quote from: Brian Freeze on March 29, 2020, 11:21:02 AM
You've all seen this right?

(https://i.imgur.com/tMlrAfe.jpg)

I look forward to checking your answers later.

14. greater spotted woodpecker
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: gib on March 29, 2020, 05:02:18 PM
13. green woodpecker?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twonty Gostelow on March 29, 2020, 05:22:38 PM
Quote from: ZoyzaSorris on March 29, 2020, 01:11:58 PM
Edit: could 7 be
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dunnock
[close]

7 is a
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jay, I think.
[close]
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Gurke and Hare on March 29, 2020, 07:05:36 PM
16
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long-tailed tit
[close]
?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on March 29, 2020, 07:24:26 PM
Quote from: Gurke and Hare on March 29, 2020, 07:05:36 PM
16
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long-tailed tit
[close]
?

That was the only thing I could think of that remotely matched it but I'd have thought it should have some black on it no?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on March 29, 2020, 07:27:25 PM
Quote from: Twonty Gostelow on March 29, 2020, 05:22:38 PM
7 is a
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jay, I think.
[close]

I did wonder about
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jays
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but thought the bluish colour should be further down unless I'm reading this whole concept wrong. The black and white don't really match
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dunnock
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though, so...
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on March 29, 2020, 07:32:37 PM
Oh oh oh could 12 be
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nuthatch
[close]
?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on March 29, 2020, 07:39:37 PM
14. Russia vs. Estonia, WC QFs 2025
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: gib on March 29, 2020, 11:10:08 PM
This is getting confusing.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: gib on March 29, 2020, 11:12:22 PM
is 8
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male blackbird
[close]
and 15
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starling
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Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: gib on March 29, 2020, 11:13:09 PM
scrollsaver
(https://i.imgur.com/tMlrAfe.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: NattyDread 2 on March 30, 2020, 12:39:20 AM
Quote from: ZoyzaSorris on March 29, 2020, 11:05:55 AM
we have a zero tolerance policy on any mention whatsoever of domesticated animals here.

Ah, balls. Was just about to post a pic of a highland coo that decided to sit and look all majestic at our bay while I went out for my swim yesterday. Not quite domesticated, but not exactly wild.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: sick as a pike on March 30, 2020, 07:42:11 AM
I cannot bear these so-called 'birds' - big cloth ha'porths, forever revving up their wings and holocaust denying.  ....(Oh, is that birds?)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on March 30, 2020, 08:48:44 AM
Is 15. a
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mallard (male, obvs)
[close]
?  So -

Mind you, 7. could be a
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Merlin
[close]
.  That'd be nice.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: gib on March 30, 2020, 09:53:28 AM
Garden birds though.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on March 30, 2020, 09:58:44 AM
I've had
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barn owls
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and
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in the garden. 
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as well.  Thought about
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thrushes
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too but, IMO, the colour ratios are out.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on March 30, 2020, 10:04:54 AM
Quote from: Buelligan on March 30, 2020, 09:58:44 AM
I've had
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barn owls
[close]
and
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kestrels
[close]
in the garden. 
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Mallards
[close]
as well.  Thought about
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thrushes
[close]
too but, IMO, the colour ratios are out.

One just for you

(https://i.ibb.co/ZcZmSFZ/Picture-1.png) (https://imgbb.com/)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on March 30, 2020, 10:30:37 AM
Aw, my favourite, you shouldn't have!  Not here yet anyway.

I think you need some white in there, if we're being pedantic and, let's face it, when aren't we?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on March 30, 2020, 07:29:19 PM
It was in the shade.

Heard a familiar and enchanting sound the last few days, but could not remember which bird it was. Used the bird call app - CURLEW!! Haven't seen one for years and mostly near the coast rather than here.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on March 30, 2020, 07:32:44 PM
I love a good curlew.  We get a lot of woodcock here, slightly similar but not as good in some ways.  Beak-wise.  Lovely eyes though.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on March 30, 2020, 07:37:02 PM
Quote from: Buelligan on March 30, 2020, 07:32:44 PM
I love a good curlew.  We get a lot of woodcock here, slightly similar but not as good in some ways.  Beak-wise.  Lovely eyes though.

a nervy beast - after being hounded intolerably by the great white apes for generations
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on March 30, 2020, 07:46:12 PM
I know, poor little darlings.  Their time will come.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on March 30, 2020, 07:48:24 PM
The two ducks are here to stay for a while I think. Its a shame the river they inhabit is a disgusting shit tip but they're still alive so probably finding some safety and nourishment.

Caught the male just stood on the bank, staring into space. I knew how he was feeling.

Female arrived about 20 minutes later and they just waddled around and swam together for a bit.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on March 30, 2020, 08:15:37 PM
Foz, earlier


(https://d3d00swyhr67nd.cloudfront.net/w944h944/collection/GMII/WIG/GMII_WIG_B59-001.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on March 30, 2020, 08:23:53 PM
Why do I look like Boris Karloff's Frankenstein's monster?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Poirots BigGarlickyCorpse on March 30, 2020, 08:28:20 PM
Spotted ein wren in the back yard this evening.

Saw ein robin friend out and about on Sunday.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on March 30, 2020, 08:30:27 PM
Quote from: bgmnts on March 30, 2020, 08:23:53 PM
Why do I look like Boris Karloff's Frankenstein's monster?

That's not you. You're the insignificant dot staring into the polluted trickle in the background.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on March 30, 2020, 08:31:08 PM
Oh right cheers!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Prison Biscuits on March 30, 2020, 08:50:01 PM
Quote from: gib on March 29, 2020, 11:13:09 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/tMlrAfe.jpg)

1. death robot with moustache
2. laughing postman cunt
3. bolshevik
4. had my teeth done, bottom ones still look like shit
5. dinosaur wearing shades
6. carpet sample
7. alec guiness
8. ninja
9. night time
10. bobba fett
11. gran
12. cookie monster has shit himself
13. green yakult
14. zebra crossing with fatality
15. ninja that doesnt give a fuck
16. liquorice allsort
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: sick as a pike on March 30, 2020, 08:54:17 PM
Surely these cunts are not birds, but resistors?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: gib on March 30, 2020, 09:19:38 PM
Quote from: Buelligan on March 30, 2020, 09:58:44 AM
I've had
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barn owls
[close]
and
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kestrels
[close]
in the garden. 
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Mallards
[close]
as well.  Thought about
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thrushes
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too but, IMO, the colour ratios are out.

I'm sure every species of bird in the land, from egret to eagle, has made an appearance in someone's garden at some point. But seeing as the compiler gave the quiz the title 'Garden Birds' and not just 'Birds', is it not reasonable to assume that the subcategory they chose is meaningful in some way?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on March 30, 2020, 09:52:45 PM
Nope.

Garden Birds of England perhaps you giant raaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaacist?


Like your resistor thought Pikey.  And the thing with Bobba Fett.  All grist to the gizzard.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: gib on March 30, 2020, 10:12:36 PM
Quote from: Buelligan on March 30, 2020, 09:52:45 PM
Nope.

Garden Birds of England perhaps you giant raaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaacist?


Like your resistor thought Pikey.  And the thing with Bobba Fett.  All grist to the gizzard.

FINE

8.
Spoiler alert
Toucan
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Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on March 30, 2020, 10:16:52 PM
Now you're just being silly.  Their beaks are very colourful.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on March 30, 2020, 10:33:56 PM
I had a toucan and hornbill sit on my arms in Singapore. Top tip, dont present your fingers to a toucan as they'll bite them off
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on March 30, 2020, 10:37:12 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on March 30, 2020, 10:33:56 PM
I had a toucan and hornbill sit on my arms in Singapore. Top tip, dont present your fingers to a toucan as they'll bite them off

BlodwynPig now down to dark wanking with stubbies.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on March 30, 2020, 11:41:53 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on March 30, 2020, 10:33:56 PM
I had a toucan and hornbill sit on my arms in Singapore. Top tip, dont present your fingers to a toucan as they'll bite them off

Obviously not a toucan or a hornbill, they don't have teeth.   Probably a small dog or child.  Perverse.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Brian Freeze on April 01, 2020, 08:40:03 AM
I saw a couple of oystercatchers while on my way home this morning, not sure Id eat a Rochdale oyster myself but each to their own eh?

The garden mouse has been named Gary.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 01, 2020, 10:42:29 AM
Quote from: Buelligan on March 30, 2020, 11:41:53 PM
Obviously not a toucan or a hornbill, they don't have teeth.   Probably a small dog or child.  Perverse.

razorbeaks
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twit 2 on April 01, 2020, 12:28:51 PM
For the first time, saw a fox scampering along a field in the sunset on one of my river walks.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on April 01, 2020, 04:57:50 PM
Had two jays cavorting in the pond together for ages yesterday like it was a hot tub, was yearning for a decent camera! (Bet you would you dirty old bollock etc)

Today: mistle thrush in the garden, couple of grey wagtails in the river. Nice.

Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on April 01, 2020, 06:14:42 PM
A male duck has turned up on the other side of the river behind the allotments.

The male and female duck looked on, cautiously.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 01, 2020, 06:36:05 PM
Fox prints next to some wood pigeon feathers at the edge of a farmer's field

Abandoned tramp camp in the copse nearby
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on April 02, 2020, 02:18:22 PM
Nothing beyond a few ducks but went for a walk in the woods and found a large patch of wild garlic! Was quite exciting.

(https://i.ibb.co/1Lg0HSq/20200402-132539.jpg) (https://ibb.co/px71Cmz)

Bagging that up tomorrow or day after.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on April 02, 2020, 05:10:39 PM
Chaffinch x 2 and heron today
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on April 02, 2020, 05:16:55 PM
Red kite swooping around our gaff last few nights. That's wildlife I think, unless somehow it has fallen under the domestic grovelfancy of some mordant chip ingester.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 02, 2020, 08:16:43 PM
Quote from: bgmnts on April 02, 2020, 02:18:22 PM
Nothing beyond a few ducks but went for a walk in the woods and found a large patch of wild garlic! Was quite exciting.

(https://i.ibb.co/1Lg0HSq/20200402-132539.jpg) (https://ibb.co/px71Cmz)

Bagging that up tomorrow or day after.

Fantastic Foz, might pay you a visit when this all blows over - not as bleak as I suspected.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on April 02, 2020, 08:22:27 PM
£10 per 50g.

Post covid prices sorry.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 02, 2020, 09:02:34 PM
Good to see you've found work

1/2 a gram please
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 03, 2020, 06:27:36 PM
Cousin in Newburn (a few miles up the Tyne from Newcastle) sent me this that he claims is from his kitchen window

(https://i.ibb.co/qYv6vJH/image0.png) (https://ibb.co/B29k9nh)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Cerys on April 04, 2020, 02:50:01 AM
Quote from: bgmnts on April 02, 2020, 02:18:22 PM
Nothing beyond a few ducks but went for a walk in the woods and found a large patch of wild garlic! Was quite exciting.

(https://i.ibb.co/1Lg0HSq/20200402-132539.jpg) (https://ibb.co/px71Cmz)

Bagging that up tomorrow or day after.

Are you near Manorbier, by any chance?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on April 04, 2020, 02:52:26 AM
Quote from: Cerys on April 04, 2020, 02:50:01 AM
Are you near Manorbier, by any chance?

About 100 miles east.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Cerys on April 04, 2020, 03:01:39 AM
Damn.  I failed my 'identify random patch of woodland' roll.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: gib on April 04, 2020, 03:42:35 PM
Quote from: Brian Freeze on March 29, 2020, 11:21:02 AM
You've all seen this right?

(https://i.imgur.com/tMlrAfe.jpg)

I look forward to checking your answers later.

What were the official answers?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: His Name Is Death on April 04, 2020, 07:09:20 PM
Yesterday, I saw a bat in the garden for the first time. It was having the fucking time of its life.

Besides that, the birdsong is still loud and insistent, even in my area of London. They must think we're dying or on holiday.

No wonder they're all so happy.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Brian Freeze on April 04, 2020, 08:19:31 PM
Quote from: gib on April 04, 2020, 03:42:35 PM
What were the official answers?

Excellent question, I will try and find out.

Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Spoon of Ploff on April 05, 2020, 01:34:17 PM
Listening to skylarks on my walk this morning.. Also a few peacock butterflies out and about on the blossom. Great Tits getting reckless chasing after each other. Feel lucky to have access to a bit of nature.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: NattyDread 2 on April 05, 2020, 04:23:16 PM
Spotted a golden eagle from quite a distance the other day. Yesterday I had a tromp up the hill behind our house and found a baby lamb's leg. I wondered why the crofter over the road was moving all the newborns and now it makes sense, they're getting snaffled up.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Elderly Sumo Prophecy on April 05, 2020, 04:35:37 PM
A Kestrel came into the back garden, launched itself into a hedge to try and get something, and I think it did it's talon in, because it stood there on one leg for about half an hour afterwards before it flew off.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Spoon of Ploff on April 06, 2020, 03:09:41 PM
Speaking of Kestrels...

(https://i.imgur.com/hf0DyGf.jpg)

I saw three of the blighters today, flying around and getting into barnies with each other and the local crows/magpies (the inset image took place during a brief truce).
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Gurke and Hare on April 07, 2020, 07:44:08 PM
Working from home's excellent.

(https://i.imgur.com/2GGdmlX.jpg)

SQUAWK!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on April 07, 2020, 07:47:20 PM
Why is that bird shouting at a tree?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Ferris on April 07, 2020, 10:52:11 PM
Quote from: bgmnts on April 07, 2020, 07:47:20 PM
Why is that bird shouting at a tree?

OI TREE ARE YOU LOOKING AT MY BIRD
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 08, 2020, 10:19:17 AM
Wonderful

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Lss7-USP1k (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Lss7-USP1k)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: MiddleRabbit on April 08, 2020, 12:40:39 PM
I've been taking my daily walk at about 11pm to avoid the crowd.  Lots of foxes around and about.  The other night, one was attempting to get me to chase it by taunting me, keeping a few yards ahead and prancing around on the grass verges.  Unfortunately, I'd gone out without a red jacket and twenty or thirty dickheads on horseback and fifty or so hounds.  With regret, Reynard had the last laugh.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Unnecessary on April 08, 2020, 12:42:56 PM
An egg just rolled down the street.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on April 08, 2020, 01:56:03 PM
Actually need some advice here, are these sloeberries or laurel berries?

(https://i.ibb.co/KzVX5zW/20200407-155444.jpg) (https://ibb.co/3YS7TYc)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on April 08, 2020, 02:01:52 PM
That's ivy. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedera_helix
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 08, 2020, 02:09:57 PM
I just asked the same question yesterday
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Elderly Sumo Prophecy on April 08, 2020, 02:19:25 PM
Quote from: Unnecessary on April 08, 2020, 12:42:56 PM
An egg just rolled down the street.

Ferlilised or non-fertilised?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on April 08, 2020, 03:07:51 PM
Cheers much.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 08, 2020, 03:09:49 PM
Quote from: Buelligan on April 08, 2020, 02:01:52 PM
That's ivy. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedera_helix

small white egg on ground, smooth and matte, about the size of half a thumb. What bird?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: gib on April 08, 2020, 03:26:40 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on April 08, 2020, 03:09:49 PM
small white egg on ground, smooth and matte, about the size of half a thumb. What bird?

pure white or some speckling?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 08, 2020, 03:28:24 PM
pure white
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on April 08, 2020, 03:32:18 PM
How big?  Do you have ostriches in the area, if so, be gang warily.  They can be irritable.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 08, 2020, 03:42:52 PM
Quote from: Buelligan on April 08, 2020, 03:32:18 PM
How big?  Do you have ostriches in the area, if so, be gang warily.  They can be irritable.

as I said, half a thumb. I can get a picture if you like, I've put it next to the rhubarb for the slugs to have a chew on
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on April 08, 2020, 03:52:48 PM
Oh, half a thumb's quite large.  If it was my thumb, I'd say it's likely a pigeon.  But there are other less common birds that could be the culprit if I'm being honest. 

I once found a robin's egg, very beautiful.  I made it a little bag from a piece of one of my mother's stockings and wore it like a pendant for weeks hoping to hatch it.  Had to give up in the end but gave it a decent burial.  Heartbreaking.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 08, 2020, 04:14:07 PM
Quote from: Buelligan on April 08, 2020, 03:52:48 PM
Oh, half a thumb's quite large.  If it was my thumb, I'd say it's likely a pigeon.  But there are other less common birds that could be the culprit if I'm being honest. 

I once found a robin's egg, very beautiful.  I made it a little bag from a piece of one of my mother's stockings and wore it like a pendant for weeks hoping to hatch it.  Had to give up in the end but gave it a decent burial.  Heartbreaking.

You are right, Collared Dove...we have a couple of nesting pairs around the garden, loyal beasts
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: the midnight watch baboon on April 08, 2020, 04:15:47 PM
Sorry to break the egg chat...

Last year in Colorado. Last stop before Rocky Mountains NP. Where Stephen King stayed en route to his stay at the Stanley Hotel I believe. We went from stretching legs to spotting this lovely moose having a bit of a lay down in a lake, probably thinking about whether Dr. Sleep will fare well on its release- both commercially AND critically?!!!?

(https://i.postimg.cc/BXzHh3p0/20190703-144333.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/BXzHh3p0)

(https://i.postimg.cc/RWnfyYpn/20190703-144407.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/RWnfyYpn)

(https://i.postimg.cc/p5XzSX32/20190703-144416.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/p5XzSX32)

(https://i.postimg.cc/K4JnMBg4/20190703-144414.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/K4JnMBg4)

(https://i.postimg.cc/BXb2cbxp/20190703-144423.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/BXb2cbxp)

It charged us soon after I'd stopped taking the last pic, and we got told off for standing our ground rather than legging it. Luckily it decided to peg it into the woods rather than mow down a coupla gawping Brits.

"Y'all need to run when you see a big, darned moose charging at y'all," said the moose.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 08, 2020, 04:17:45 PM
lovely - reminds me of the one I saw in Utah with its calf (the Swiss guy with me saying "it's only a cow" - he didn't mean the female moose cow either)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: the midnight watch baboon on April 08, 2020, 04:21:37 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on April 08, 2020, 04:17:45 PM
lovely - reminds me of the one I saw in Utah with its calf (the Swiss guy with me saying "it's only a cow" - he didn't mean the female moose cow either)

Cool :) we also saw deer, marmots, a golden eagle, bighorn sheep on this holiday. The usual chipmunks. No bears or mountain lions this time :(
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on April 08, 2020, 05:49:17 PM
"It's only a cow" as if cow's are shit.

Fucking cunt.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on April 08, 2020, 07:06:03 PM
(https://i.ibb.co/9pkKXry/20200408-190311.jpg) (https://ibb.co/nwNd2LQ)

The local squirrel, he seems to have free reign of these flats and the trees around it. Fat cunt has probably gone through an entire loaf of bread, slice by slice. He was struggling to haul it up the tree but he managed it.

Now he's just sat there, eating away.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 08, 2020, 07:16:13 PM
Cwmbran is really a box of delights...

1st that drunk-drug driving woman and now this!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on April 08, 2020, 08:26:14 PM
Don't insult the squirrels.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Brian Freeze on April 09, 2020, 02:01:34 AM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on April 08, 2020, 03:09:49 PM
small white egg on ground, smooth and matte, about the size of half a thumb. What bird?

I know you've got your answer but I can thoroughly recommend getting a copy of The Observer book of birds eggs. A lovely little book with hand painted examples to scale of the eggs of British birds.

There's plenty on that Ebay from the sixties for around a fiver and if you are lucky it may have once belonged to a genuine real life nest robber.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Brian Freeze on April 09, 2020, 02:02:35 AM
Quiz answers coming later. Please dont shoot the messenger.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Cerys on April 09, 2020, 04:32:32 AM
I should have encountered many spiders in the kitchen today.  I encountered no spiders.  At all.  Not even one.

What gives?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 09, 2020, 07:34:50 AM
Quote from: Cerys on April 09, 2020, 04:32:32 AM
I should have encountered many spiders in the kitchen today.  I encountered no spiders.  At all.  Not even one.

What gives?

Check your reflection
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 09, 2020, 07:35:29 AM
Quote from: Brian Freeze on April 09, 2020, 02:01:34 AM
I know you've got your answer but I can thoroughly recommend getting a copy of The Observer book of birds eggs. A lovely little book with hand painted examples to scale of the eggs of British birds.

There's plenty on that Ebay from the sixties for around a fiver and if you are lucky it may have once belonged to a genuine real life nest robber.

I have that somewhere in the loft, but not perused since the 80s
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on April 09, 2020, 08:04:26 AM
Quote from: gib on March 29, 2020, 11:13:09 PM
scrollsaver
(https://i.imgur.com/tMlrAfe.jpg)

Spoiler alert

1. Robin
2. Blue Tit
3. Great Tit (F) Siskin Great Tit (F)
4. Goldfinch
5. Bulllfinch (M)
6. House Sparrow
7. Chaffinch (M)
8. Blackbod (M)
9. Blackbod Carrion Crow
10. Collared Dove
11. Wood Pigeon
12. Nuthatch
13. Green Woodpecker
14. Greater / Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
15. Starling
16. Long tailed tit
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Catching up with the wildlife thread. Nice quiz.

Stuck on 8, 12, 15, and 16.

[Edit - updated quickly with little confidence to hand over to the pub table next to me for marking]
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on April 09, 2020, 09:40:24 AM
Anyone have feeders up in their garden? If so what's your birdy demographic at the moment? It's all housesparrows and blackbirds on / unde r mine at the moment with the odd crow and collard dove coming down. Not seen a chaffinch or siskin for a few weeks. I'm assuming it's down to breeding season - the house sparrows have a little commune going under the eaves so can flit back and forth but the others will be nesting a way away.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 09, 2020, 09:45:03 AM
They are still shunning the deluxe bird house I built, despite dropping appearing inside the seeds are not eaten. Collared doves, blackbirds are the most frequent and a Dunnock, the variety seemed to be about 1 or 2 months ago. Out in the fields there are a lot more.

Is this just a buzzard?

(https://i.ibb.co/K292mXD/image0.png) (https://ibb.co/tqbq34z)
(https://i.ibb.co/BCPtRGS/image1.png) (https://ibb.co/0GXc3Kd)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: gib on April 09, 2020, 09:47:11 AM
Quote from: Brian Freeze on April 09, 2020, 02:02:35 AM
Quiz answers coming later. Please dont shoot the messenger.

Cheers
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on April 09, 2020, 09:53:58 AM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on April 09, 2020, 09:45:03 AM
They are still shunning the deluxe bird house I built, despite dropping appearing inside the seeds are not eaten. Collared doves, blackbirds are the most frequent and a Dunnock, the variety seemed to be about 1 or 2 months ago. Out in the fields there are a lot more.

Yes -  there's variety out and about it's the garden that's dropped off.

I've noticed that the more deluxe / effort you put into helping the fuckers the less appreciative they are too.

Checked some nest boxes up in the woods the other week and they had 0% takeup (I don't count the mouse nest I found in one of them). They're old boxes though put up by the farmer on some grant years ago.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on April 09, 2020, 10:00:42 AM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on April 09, 2020, 09:45:03 AM

Is this just a buzzard?



Think so - adult. The tail looks too stubby to be a honey buzzard and it's quite dark. Caveat - I am pretty shit on raptors though.

Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Cerys on April 09, 2020, 10:37:52 AM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on April 09, 2020, 07:34:50 AM
Check your reflection

Still no spiders.  Sulking now.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 09, 2020, 10:47:19 AM
Quote from: paruses on April 09, 2020, 10:00:42 AM
Think so - adult. The tail looks too stubby to be a honey buzzard and it's quite dark. Caveat - I am pretty shit on raptors though.

Thanks, still great to see, although I think it scared off Stumpy, my new rabbit friend that I have spotted a couple of days in a row amongst the pheasants.

White tailed eagles spotted in Yorkshire, apparently - from a brood released on the Isle of Wight.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Gurke and Hare on April 09, 2020, 11:45:57 AM
It's not my garden, it's the basement flat's garden, but they put feeders out and they're currently attracting blue tits, great tits and sparrows mostly. Also see parakeets, wood pigeons, robin, blackbirds and occasional long-tailed tits. Plus I think the picture I posted the other day is a nightingale. Here's a blue tit peeping out of the nest it's building in the wall.

(https://i.imgur.com/aBuFfML.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twit 2 on April 09, 2020, 11:52:06 AM
Saw a rough-legged buzzard really close, just over the tree line, then 4 common ones fucking around in the sky.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Cerys on April 09, 2020, 12:03:16 PM
Quote from: Gurke and Hare on April 09, 2020, 11:45:57 AM
I think the picture I posted the other day is a nightingale.

This one?

(https://i.imgur.com/2GGdmlX.jpg)

Not sure.  The beak looks wrong and the tail's too short.  Looks more like a warbler of some kind - maybe willow.

Edit because 'tail' does not begin with an 'r'.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on April 09, 2020, 12:22:20 PM
It's a wren. The branches it's next to are small!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Cerys on April 09, 2020, 12:30:14 PM
I'm most dreadfully embarrassed.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 09, 2020, 12:51:08 PM
The little dove egg had its top removed last night and I looked inside to see mostly yolk and what looked like black eyes and a red string. Maybe I could have saved it, but instead I had a tiny breakfast
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Clatty McCutcheon on April 09, 2020, 01:32:53 PM
Caught these two at it in the woods.  That's how I get my kicks these days - amphibian voyeurism.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/sJDowAruHwu2UyM6-GOB57RZChplOEMQXaNzQD8NiA0pqOW2Fd2eKcmisgGPtCYC1ZTpNrEQarALi8nF8DKNOZV8XxJ4lPq5RP2EEyZHqtDggqBvUkWpDw4qnMa5kCatECp_dZSihQ=w400)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on April 09, 2020, 07:03:11 PM
Is this what Frogging is? I thought it had something to do with cars.

Caught chunk squirrel with an entire apple in his mouth. Just having a good stare at him, eating some lumpy lumpy lovely lumpy bread.


Dog dirt.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Brian Freeze on April 09, 2020, 10:18:49 PM
Quote from: Brian Freeze on March 29, 2020, 11:21:02 AM

(https://i.imgur.com/tMlrAfe.jpg)


Ok, these are the answers exactly as provided to me.

1. Robin
2. Blue tit.
3. Great tit.
4. Gold tit.
5. Bullfinch
6. Sparrow.
7. Chaffinch
8. Blackbird.
9. Crow.
10. Collared dove
11. Wood pigeon.
12. Nuthutch.
13. Parakeet.
14. Great spotted woodpecker.
15. Starling.
16. Barn Owl.

Top prize to Prison biscuits, commiserations to everyone else.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on April 09, 2020, 10:26:34 PM
In true pub quiz style I'd be up arguing with the quiz master a out a couple of those and also saying there's no such thing as a gold tit. But that's part of the joy of these things.

Top quiz. Thanks Freeze.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 09, 2020, 10:31:36 PM
Nuthutch?

Starlinsky and Nuthutch?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Brian Freeze on April 09, 2020, 10:41:18 PM
Exactly.

Between getting the answers and typing them out I was pleased to see Gurke and Hare saying they see parakeets or that would have been another bone of contention.

Just remembered- the last egg we identified with the Osbourne book was a collared dove. Get in that loft.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Annie Labuntur on April 09, 2020, 10:54:08 PM
Quote from: Brian Freeze on April 09, 2020, 10:18:49 PM
Ok, these are the answers exactly as provided to me.

16. Barn Owl.

I'm sure we're all sick and tired of those bastards walking around our back gardens like they own the place.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Annie Labuntur on April 09, 2020, 10:55:51 PM
Quote from: paruses on April 09, 2020, 10:26:34 PM
In true pub quiz style I'd be up arguing with the quiz master a out a couple of those and also saying there's no such thing as a gold tit.

(https://i.imgur.com/9986sbh.jpg)

"Tap tap tap on the bloody window pane..."
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on April 09, 2020, 11:15:11 PM
A motherfucking barn owl? I'm not having that. Not sure parakeet should have been on there either. London only aren't they?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on April 10, 2020, 03:35:38 AM
There's a population around Sandwell Valley RSPB nr. Birmingham. I must have seen them 7 or 8 years ago so imagine they are well established now. Noisy fuckers and l doubt they do the native species any favours. Wonder if anyone has a study on their effect.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Ferris on April 10, 2020, 03:38:42 AM
I had no idea parakeets were wild in Britain until I went to a game at Craven Cottage and the surrounding area was full of them.

Prior to that, (to me) it'd be like claiming there are herds of penguins roaming the streets of Leeds, or banging on about Hull's flamingo infestation. It still feels a bit like that tbh.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on April 10, 2020, 04:07:03 AM
They're feral populations from escapees and intentional (i.e. irresponsible) releases of captive birds. I thought they were from the 30s but turns out they have been reported right back into the early 19th century.

I have a feeling that mandarin ducks were a deliberate introduction from the good old Victorians and Peter Scott of wildfowl trust fame helped save the population - then went on to say it was one of his biggest regrets.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 10, 2020, 07:12:05 AM
Quote from: ZoyzaSorris on April 09, 2020, 11:15:11 PM
A motherfucking barn owl? I'm not having that. Not sure parakeet should have been on there either. London only aren't they?

I saw one in Fenham, Newcastle a few years ago
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on April 10, 2020, 09:37:15 AM
Quote from: ZoyzaSorris on April 09, 2020, 11:15:11 PM
A motherfucking barn owl? I'm not having that. Not sure parakeet should have been on there either. London only aren't they?

I had regular and copious barn owls when I lived in North Norfolk (in the garden).  As for the parakeets, a winter walk through a Surrey village, I turned to see flocks of the fuckers swarming over someone's bird table.  Another time, same village, they were all in the church yard. 

I came here really to complain about the gold tits.  Ridiculous.

We have a flamingo infestation here btw.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on April 10, 2020, 03:37:04 PM
Well, I just went out on the mountain, right up the top, picking the last wild aspargus for my omelette de pâques.  It was incredible.  Sun and a strong breeze off the sea, oceans of flowering thyme moving with bees.  It fills my heart.  Spotted my first hoopoe of the year and also my first swallowtail.  Such beauty and a nice supper to look forward to.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 10, 2020, 04:20:31 PM
So the box on the wall has 3 eggs in it but no adult bird - does this mean it is abandoned? The gardener* was faffing about getting rid of large plants near that a few days ago and now is threatening weed killer to which I responded apoplectically.

Tame Robin in the topped up pond having a bath. Lovely.

*my mum
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on April 10, 2020, 04:45:18 PM
Are the eggs warm? If so adult might be foraging otherwise it's a bust.

Stopped by a lake today and watched male and female goosander, couple of great crested grebes having a right laugh in the weeds, few mallards. Yesterday there were wigeon but they seem to have moved on.

Enjoyed the sun and the quiet. Glorious.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 10, 2020, 07:18:40 PM
five roe deer, three female pheasants and a fox den neath a gnarly old tree
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on April 10, 2020, 07:29:39 PM
I'm quite happy we have the parakeets and mandarin ducks around here to be honest. Had a few brimstones knocking about last couple of days which is nice.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on April 10, 2020, 08:45:53 PM
Ah yes - seen lots of peacocks (not birds but did see one bird peacock as it happens). Saw brimstone few weeks ago. Not seen any since.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on April 10, 2020, 09:17:24 PM
Do like a good peacock (not the bird) (and also the bird)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Poirots BigGarlickyCorpse on April 11, 2020, 12:38:54 PM
There is definitely a bird of some kind nesting (or trying to) in my chimney. Heard a weird noise and found some nest debris (twigs, dry grass etc.) in the grate. I never light the fire, so they can stay.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 11, 2020, 12:49:26 PM
Quote from: paruses on April 10, 2020, 04:45:18 PM
Are the eggs warm? If so adult might be foraging otherwise it's a bust.

Stopped by a lake today and watched male and female goosander, couple of great crested grebes having a right laugh in the weeds, few mallards. Yesterday there were wigeon but they seem to have moved on.

Enjoyed the sun and the quiet. Glorious.

it just flew out this morning, so all well and good
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 11, 2020, 12:49:56 PM
Quote from: Poirots BigGarlickyCorpse on April 11, 2020, 12:38:54 PM
There is definitely a bird of some kind nesting (or trying to) in my chimney. Heard a weird noise and found some nest debris (twigs, dry grass etc.) in the grate. I never light the fire, so they can stay.

A virus plagued Father Christmas struggling for oxygen, crying for your help
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Annie Labuntur on April 11, 2020, 01:27:33 PM
I'm seeing a few solitary queen wasps this week since the weather turned hot, presumably looking for good nest sites - unless it's the same one and she's already building one under my nose. Neighbours down the road had a massive nest in their attic last year that they didn't discover until the autumn.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on April 11, 2020, 04:18:21 PM
Just having my lunch al fresco dans le jardin and that and had a buzzard circling overhead being mobbed by black headed gulls, quite a spectacle. Seen three raptor species from my urban London garden now, sparrowhawk, peregrine and buzzard, not bad...
Also can add orange tip, speckled wood and holly blue to the annual garden butterfly tally. Do love me an orange tip (not the jaundiced glans) (also the jaundiced glans)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 11, 2020, 04:40:27 PM
Another probable buzzard and bloody big grey heron that was a nice surprise - went down a different path (the 'dog walkers' path, that I avoid because of the mess, but if you walk a few 100 metres you get past all that and head into heath and fenland and there lies an abundance of wildlife - sadly its also a military range so barbed wire around it)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Cerys on April 11, 2020, 11:30:40 PM
Quote from: Annie Labuntur on April 11, 2020, 01:27:33 PM
she's already building one under my nose.

Most hipsterish 'tache ever.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Annie Labuntur on April 12, 2020, 02:02:54 AM
Just had a flashback to the bullies at yeshiva calling me 'jasper schnoz', thanks.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Cerys on April 12, 2020, 02:08:19 PM
We aim to please.
Title: A host of golden... things
Post by: Buelligan on April 12, 2020, 03:30:08 PM
Went up the mountain again.  Alerted by its feeble girly cries, was watching a golden eagle soaring and gliding in the clouds when my nose was hit by the scent of hawthorn blossoms.  That smell, so like the smell of meadowsweet, makes me think of Blodeuwedd (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blodeuwedd) and the tragedy of women, every, every, time.  And to smell it in the presence of an eagle, well, I had to find it.  Followed the magical aroma to the source and discovered herds of golden scarabs grazing on the pollen.  Hanging amongst the drifting dying white.  Beautiful, man.
Title: Re: A host of golden... things
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 12, 2020, 04:41:48 PM
Quote from: Buelligan on April 12, 2020, 03:30:08 PM
Went up the mountain again.  Alerted by its feeble girly cries, was watching a golden eagle soaring and gliding in the clouds when my nose was hit by the scent of hawthorn blossoms.  That smell, so like the smell of meadowsweet, makes me think of Blodeuwedd (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blodeuwedd) and the tragedy of women, every, every, time.  And to smell it in the presence of an eagle, well, I had to find it.  Followed the magical aroma to the source and discovered herds of golden scarabs grazing on the pollen.  Hanging amongst the drifting dying white.  Beautiful, man.

I'm glad I come to mind when you experience such beauty
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on April 12, 2020, 06:24:40 PM
Went down the river today and coming back everything is just ugly by comparison.

Roads are ugly, cars are ugly, industry is ugly, pavements are ugly, buildings are ugly.

I hate it all.

I want to be a river person.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 12, 2020, 08:20:42 PM
Quote from: bgmnts on April 12, 2020, 06:24:40 PM
Went down the river today and coming back everything is just ugly by comparison.

Roads are ugly, cars are ugly, industry is ugly, pavements are ugly, buildings are ugly.

I hate it all.

I want to be a river person.

'Midst the wild garlic, he found peace
In his bathtub, all was grease
Title: Offa's Dyke
Post by: Buelligan on April 12, 2020, 08:29:20 PM
He could be a sort of literary cross, Offelia, drifting listlessly, pale and flower-mounded, melded with Melville's giant cockney-welsh, white bull sperm whale, Mooby Dyke.  I think it works.

We're going to need a bigger river, obvs.
Title: Re: A host of golden... things
Post by: Elderly Sumo Prophecy on April 12, 2020, 09:49:50 PM
Quote from: Buelligan on April 12, 2020, 03:30:08 PM
Went up the mountain again.  Alerted by its feeble girly cries, was watching a golden eagle soaring and gliding in the clouds when my nose was hit by the scent of hawthorn blossoms.  That smell, so like the smell of meadowsweet, makes me think of Blodeuwedd (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blodeuwedd) and the tragedy of women, every, every, time.  And to smell it in the presence of an eagle, well, I had to find it.  Followed the magical aroma to the source and discovered herds of golden scarabs grazing on the pollen.  Hanging amongst the drifting dying white.  Beautiful, man.

What's it like living in Narnia?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on April 12, 2020, 11:17:25 PM
Bit harsh calling me a cockney whale.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: king_tubby on April 13, 2020, 10:23:34 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on April 12, 2020, 08:20:42 PM
'Midst the wild garlic, he found peace
In his bathtub, all was grease

We had a nice walk today, the woods were carpeted with wild garlic, stank like anything. Next time I'll pick some.

We were looking for geese, as there's a lot of honking coming from the canal now, but sadly didn't see any.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on April 13, 2020, 10:28:20 PM
Saw male and female nuthatch larking about on a tree trunk then had a walk out onto the salt marshes. The gorse smelt warmly of honey and it was lovely to see so many skylarks and meadow pipits.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Clatty McCutcheon on April 13, 2020, 10:58:52 PM
I can never tell the difference between a skylark and a meadow pipit.  I mean, I can see from pictures in books that they're different but when you see actually them darting about I'm never quite sure.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on April 14, 2020, 11:24:18 AM
Quote from: king_tubby on April 13, 2020, 10:23:34 PM
We had a nice walk today, the woods were carpeted with wild garlic, stank like anything. Next time I'll pick some.

Try not to pick the bulbs!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: gib on April 14, 2020, 01:44:10 PM
Anyone spotted any mushrooms yet? I got into them a bit last autumn and according to the bloke on youtube the first one to look out for is the St George's mushroom. https://www.naturespot.org.uk/species/st-georges-mushroom
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on April 14, 2020, 01:51:13 PM
Quote from: Clatty McCutcheon on April 13, 2020, 10:58:52 PM
I can never tell the difference between a skylark and a meadow pipit.  I mean, I can see from pictures in books that they're different but when you see actually them darting about I'm never quite sure.

If they're darting about they are most likely meadow pipits. Skylarks are quite sticky things by comparison but then you have to have something to compare. For guaranteed skylark satisfaction look for them up in the air where they appear to hover like mini kestrels.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: sick as a pike on April 14, 2020, 02:00:03 PM
Basic question: often roadside hoverers here in Kent, occasionally 'stooping': kestrels?
I can do buzzards- they are often wheeling above my house "pew"ing and are big bastards.  But kestrels/hawks/hobbys/kites?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: jobotic on April 14, 2020, 02:03:42 PM
If they're hovering they are kestrels aren't they? Or hummingbirds. Kentish ones.


My friends in Nottingham have a goldcrest who sits on the front door handle every day. They sent a lovely video. I'm very jealous.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on April 14, 2020, 02:17:17 PM
Regarding bird identification, I was in no way amused to discover that "jizz" is a term used by birdwatchers to describe the general impression of a bird's physical characteristics.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on April 14, 2020, 02:47:36 PM
Quote from: gib on April 14, 2020, 01:44:10 PM
Anyone spotted any mushrooms yet? I got into them a bit last autumn and according to the bloke on youtube the first one to look out for is the St George's mushroom. https://www.naturespot.org.uk/species/st-georges-mushroom

I think I spotted something fungus looking coming out of a dead tree the other day but didn't really investigate. If I'm around that way again I may have a look.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 14, 2020, 02:53:59 PM
Quote from: bgmnts on April 14, 2020, 02:47:36 PM
I think I spotted something fungus looking coming out of a dead tree the other day but didn't really investigate. If I'm around that way again I may have a look.

Had something more pressing to do?

Fucking amateur, Foz, amateur.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on April 14, 2020, 03:41:26 PM
Quote from: gib on April 14, 2020, 01:44:10 PM
Anyone spotted any mushrooms yet? I got into them a bit last autumn and according to the bloke on youtube the first one to look out for is the St George's mushroom. https://www.naturespot.org.uk/species/st-georges-mushroom

I'm sure you know to be exceedingly careful with identification.  I always think it looks a bit like a death cap (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amanita_phalloides#Similarity_to_edible_species) or a destroying angel (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amanita_verna).  Both do exactly what they say on the tin.  So take extra, extra, care.

Just went up the mountain again, saw a pair of hoopoes together, pair of partridges, heard my first cuckoo and found a huge swathe of starry white flowering thalictrum tuberosum.  So incredibly beautiful, all growing around the dolmen that looks over the valley and towards the rising sun and the the sea.  Filled my heart.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Ferris on April 14, 2020, 03:51:19 PM
Quote from: Voltan (Man of Steel) on April 14, 2020, 02:17:17 PM
Regarding bird identification, I was in no way amused to discover that "jizz" is a term used by birdwatchers to describe the general impression of a bird's physical characteristics.

Of course they're all etc etc etc
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 14, 2020, 04:02:47 PM
Quote from: Buelligan on April 14, 2020, 03:41:26 PM
I'm sure you know to be exceedingly careful with identification.  I always think it looks a bit like a death cap (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amanita_phalloides#Similarity_to_edible_species) or a destroying angel (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amanita_verna).  Both do exactly what they say on the tin.  So take extra, extra, care.

Just went up the mountain again, saw a pair of hoopoes together, pair of partridges, heard my first cuckoo and found a huge swathe of starry white flowering thalictrum tuberosum.  So incredibly beautiful, all growing around the dolmen that looks over the valley and towards the rising sun and the the sea.  Filled my heart.

No PM!?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on April 14, 2020, 04:09:27 PM
Why?  I told you of hoopoes a couple of fucking days ago and you said nowt.  And yet now, you cry out like a wounded hog.  Typical.

Anyway, continuing on the theme of fungi, I thought I'd mention that I came across a specimen of Aseroe rubra (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aseroe_rubra), commonly known as the anemone stinkhorn and normally found in the antipodes.  It's thought they got to Europe in sheep's fleeces but I think the devil sent them to us.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on April 14, 2020, 04:14:15 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on April 14, 2020, 02:53:59 PM
Had something more pressing to do?

Your mum.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 14, 2020, 04:17:55 PM
Quote from: Buelligan on April 14, 2020, 04:09:27 PM
Why?  I told you of hoopoes a couple of fucking days ago and you said nowt.  And yet now, you cry out like a wounded hog.  Typical.


must have missed that - was that in my dedicated Hoopoes thread? If not, *SHRUGGGGGS*
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 14, 2020, 04:18:46 PM
Quote from: bgmnts on April 14, 2020, 04:14:15 PM
Your mum.

she has just seen this from her wheelchair and said "I bet he's a right goer"
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on April 14, 2020, 04:19:54 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on April 14, 2020, 04:17:55 PM
must have missed that - was that in my dedicated Hoopoes thread? If not, *SHRUGGGGGS*

You should've been there though Blods, saw everything.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 14, 2020, 04:27:22 PM
Quote from: Buelligan on April 14, 2020, 04:19:54 PM
You should've been there though Blods, saw everything.

Without the camera, the evidence must remain...CIRCUMSPECT
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Poirots BigGarlickyCorpse on April 14, 2020, 06:38:59 PM
Saw either chaffinches or house sparrows in the garden earlier.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: gib on April 14, 2020, 06:47:21 PM
Quote from: Buelligan on April 14, 2020, 03:41:26 PM
I'm sure you know to be exceedingly careful with identification.  I always think it looks a bit like a death cap (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amanita_phalloides#Similarity_to_edible_species) or a destroying angel (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amanita_verna).  Both do exactly what they say on the tin.  So take extra, extra, care.

Last year i was just taking my time and learning to ID them for the fun of it. The only ones i was confident enough to eat were fairy ring mushrooms, which were plentiful in the autumn and have a sweet nutty taste, great in an omelette https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsf9eN5O7Io

Tell a lie, i also tried various Agaricus that passed a basic edibility test and they didn't kill me.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Clatty McCutcheon on April 14, 2020, 07:51:59 PM
Quote from: paruses on April 14, 2020, 01:51:13 PM
If they're darting about they are most likely meadow pipits. Skylarks are quite sticky things by comparison but then you have to have something to compare. For guaranteed skylark satisfaction look for them up in the air where they appear to hover like mini kestrels.

I tried to take a photo of one of the suspected skylarks/pipits a while back for ID purposes and only ended up with the rather poor silhouette-like image below.  It did hover for a while IIRC though, so possibly a skylark?

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/i6s1MpEr75q5BEOV6zmhqdQwMs2WZ5sYuosGWlMib2LdPkvjayyeXsJLDbbV-hpBvcKJA_t5E1bNUCScpUkoa_QcymNX4M6iRD1Ez5kiz45PxHFSZ03TnlfpEr1xxi8RckEt8I2K2A=w400)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Poirots BigGarlickyCorpse on April 14, 2020, 08:23:17 PM
FAT BIRB
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Bazooka on April 14, 2020, 08:47:45 PM
Say your prayers now, you only see shit like that during the end of times.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 18, 2020, 04:31:04 PM
Quote from: paruses on April 10, 2020, 04:45:18 PM
Are the eggs warm? If so adult might be foraging otherwise it's a bust.


The bird returned to the box that evening and I saw it a few times thereafter (maybe a robin, but bigger, too fast). Anyway, I checked a few days ago and there were 4 eggs, seemingly two very dark blue and two white. However, today they were all gone and I hadn't seen the adult for days - saw a different small bird looking inside yesterday. We don't have squirrels and the box entrance is too small for large birds, no sign of eggs on ground, so no idea what has happened. Hopefully not my fault.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: king_tubby on April 18, 2020, 06:42:02 PM
During our official exercise walk along side one of the goits adjacent to the river Aire, when we got to the weir viewing point, upriver a deer crossed from the left bank, whilst another ran along the shore.

You don't expect this 25m from one of the main roads in to Leeds.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on April 18, 2020, 07:00:24 PM
Lots of ducklings in the neighborhood at the mo, mad cute
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: sirhenry on April 18, 2020, 07:05:45 PM
Quote from: king_tubby on April 18, 2020, 06:42:02 PM
During our official exercise walk along side one of the goits adjacent to the river Aire, when we got to the weir viewing point, upriver a deer crossed from the left bank, whilst another ran along the shore.

You don't expect this 25m from one of the main roads in to Leeds.
I've seen them in Kirkstall Valley and Meanwood Valley before now. According to one of the folk who work at the Urban Farm they get a small group of deer coming across from Kirkstall over the Ridge every spring. I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't been asking about the deer/sheep footprints on the Ridge. I'd never heard of urban deer before.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: king_tubby on April 18, 2020, 07:07:27 PM
Quote from: sirhenry on April 18, 2020, 07:05:45 PM
I've seen them in Kirkstall Valley and Meanwood Valley before now. According to one of the folk who work at the Urban Farm they get a small group of deer coming across from Kirkstall over the Ridge every spring. I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't been asking about the deer/sheep footprints on the Ridge. I'd never heard of urban deer before.

Ah, this was on the goitside walk in between Kirkstall Road and the river/nature reserve. I've seen them in Hawksworth Wood too. That's amazing that they go over the Ridge to Meanwood.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 18, 2020, 09:53:14 PM
Quote from: king_tubby on April 18, 2020, 07:07:27 PM
Ah, this was on the goitside walk in between Kirkstall Road and the river/nature reserve. I've seen them in Hawksworth Wood too. That's amazing that they go over the Ridge to Meanwood.

Ive seen them as close as Hobbiton
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: king_tubby on April 18, 2020, 09:57:12 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on April 18, 2020, 09:53:14 PM
Ive seen them as close as Hobbiton

I will throw you in to the crack of Mount Doom, BombadilPig.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Gurke and Hare on April 18, 2020, 10:05:36 PM
Lovely song thrush in Lewisham Park today.

(https://i.imgur.com/SsX2lbA.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on April 18, 2020, 10:26:51 PM
I believe that may be a mistle thrush but lovely either way.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: gib on April 19, 2020, 12:05:54 AM
Quote from: ZoyzaSorris on April 18, 2020, 10:26:51 PM
I believe that may be a mistle thrush but lovely either way.

I think you're right https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VEDsg0V1_M
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: rack and peanut on April 19, 2020, 09:33:08 AM
Pigeons, magpies, crows and even pheasants about on my commute. I used to see all of them anyway but lately they've been getting bolder, strutting and pecking along the road taking advantage of the lack of traffic. I've noticed less roadkill about too.

Pheasants are the bumbling toffs of the bird world aren't they? Doddering about uselessly in their gaudy waistcoats and tails.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 19, 2020, 09:43:05 AM
So, confirmed that the 4 eggs have gone - can anyone suggest what may have happened? No squirrels here. Would a crow or larger bird be able to take 4 eggs from a small box leaving not trace? Very sad - the blanket of nest lining is still warm and soft.

However, the birds seem brave these days. A blackbird landed on the fence next to me and we just stared at each other, then a small finch ambled up to me and took a drink of water without a care in the world.

Big waters - the lake near me is closed to the public, but I reckon if I go tomorrow at 5am I can climb over the locked gate and get to see some great wildlife.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Cerys on April 19, 2020, 11:12:34 AM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on April 19, 2020, 09:43:05 AM
So, confirmed that the 4 eggs have gone - can anyone suggest what may have happened? No squirrels here. Would a crow or larger bird be able to take 4 eggs from a small box leaving not trace? Very sad - the blanket of nest lining is still warm and soft.

Maybe some human cunt nabbed off with them.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 19, 2020, 11:13:53 AM
Quote from: Cerys on April 19, 2020, 11:12:34 AM
Maybe some human cunt nabbed off with them.

No humans here, just birds and hogs
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Cerys on April 19, 2020, 11:14:57 AM
In which case it was clearly a ghost.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on April 19, 2020, 11:37:31 AM
Saw a raven knocking about with some seagulls in the car park of morrisons the other day, which I was quite excited by.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on April 19, 2020, 01:57:22 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on April 19, 2020, 09:43:05 AM
So, confirmed that the 4 eggs have gone - can anyone suggest what may have happened? No squirrels here. Would a crow or larger bird be able to take 4 eggs from a small box leaving not trace? Very sad - the blanket of nest lining is still warm and soft.

However, the birds seem brave these days. A blackbird landed on the fence next to me and we just stared at each other, then a small finch ambled up to me and took a drink of water without a care in the world.

Big waters - the lake near me is closed to the public, but I reckon if I go tomorrow at 5am I can climb over the locked gate and get to see some great wildlife.

How high is the box, where is it, how big is the hole, how did you view the eggs? 

Being strictly strict, I'm not sure one should disturb boxes when they're being used.  I understand that saying this may bruise your dear conscience somewhat but, for the future and all, I feel obliged.   Hope you comprendé.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Dex Sawash on April 19, 2020, 02:07:55 PM

Snake,.raccoon or possibly a lemur has eaten your eggs
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on April 19, 2020, 02:15:50 PM
Yes, or a rat or a mustelid of some sort.  Quite intrigued by the different coloured eggs too.  The obvious conclusion is that some were cuckoo eggs (but that depends on accessing the box).  All very interesting.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on April 19, 2020, 02:21:37 PM
Found some more wild garlic in the woods nearer my house - more flowers than leaves sadly - and also saw some nice Spanish bluebells.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/apr/17/falconers-to-be-allowed-to-take-wild-peregrine-chicks-from-nests

Just another bit of grim news though. Put a dampener on my day.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on April 19, 2020, 02:32:50 PM
Why to people need to own something that's free?  Stuff like that makes me glad I avoid humans.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Cerys on April 19, 2020, 02:33:57 PM
Quote from: bgmnts on April 19, 2020, 02:21:37 PM
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/apr/17/falconers-to-be-allowed-to-take-wild-peregrine-chicks-from-nests

Just another bit of grim news though. Put a dampener on my day.

What the actual motherfucking fuck?

Quote from: Buelligan on April 19, 2020, 02:15:50 PM
Yes, or a rat or a mustelid of some sort.  Quite intrigued by the different coloured eggs too.  The obvious conclusion is that some were cuckoo eggs (but that depends on accessing the box).  All very interesting.

Cuckoo eggs tend to be larger, don't they?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on April 19, 2020, 02:44:01 PM
Interesting you say that.  And there is truth in it.  Nevertheless, there is also some evidence that birds discriminate against eggs that appear larger than their own.  Here is some mighty interesting shit. (https://academic.oup.com/beheco/article/15/2/210/223325)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: popcorn on April 19, 2020, 02:49:07 PM
My mum wants to get some sort of motion-activated camera for the garden to watch badgers and foxes. Does anyone have any suggestions for that sort of thing? It will need to be waterproof obviously, and take videos (not just photos), and have night vision. Probably doesn't need anything a lot more complex than that.

I'm finding a surprising lack of "THE BEST CAMERAS FOR WILDLIFE WATCHING" articles of the kind you get for most bits of tech, or at least not ones I'm finding very comprehensive or clear.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 19, 2020, 02:53:17 PM
Quote from: Buelligan on April 19, 2020, 01:57:22 PM
How high is the box, where is it, how big is the hole, how did you view the eggs? 

Being strictly strict, I'm not sure one should disturb boxes when they're being used.  I understand that saying this may bruise your dear conscience somewhat but, for the future and all, I feel obliged.   Hope you comprendé.

No, I didn't disturb the box. I noticed the eggs after cleaning away some dead foliage and then saw the mother for a few days. The box is at head height. OK, I did go and have a couple more peeks when the mother was out.

Anyway, it was a magpie. I just saw it sitting in the tree nearby and its the first time I've seen a magpie in the garden.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on April 19, 2020, 02:57:43 PM
Do you mean a magpie took the eggs?  They love eggs and baby birds but they usually make a terrible mess, throwing bits of nest and whatnot all over the place.  Your robbery sounds far more delicate and sneaky.  Not wishing to dwell, but even small acts of tidying up are probably best avoided.  Peeking is right out.  And how did you peek?  Is the lid hinged/removable?

Quote from: popcorn on April 19, 2020, 02:49:07 PM
My mum wants to get some sort of motion-activated camera for the garden to watch badgers and foxes. Does anyone have any suggestions for that sort of thing? It will need to be waterproof obviously, and take videos (not just photos), and have night vision. Probably doesn't need anything a lot more complex than that.

I'm finding a surprising lack of "THE BEST CAMERAS FOR WILDLIFE WATCHING" articles of the kind you get for most bits of tech, or at least not ones I'm finding very comprehensive or clear.

I seem to remember Attila's partner, Grass Mud Horse, set up cameras or a camera in their garden and is a technical sort of fellow, maybe one of them could advise you?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 19, 2020, 03:03:59 PM
Quote from: Buelligan on April 19, 2020, 02:57:43 PM
Do you mean a magpie took the eggs?  They love eggs and baby birds but they usually make a terrible mess, throwing bits of nest and whatnot all over the place.  Your robbery sounds far more delicate and sneaky.  Not wishing to dwell, but even small acts of tidying up are probably best avoided.  Peeking is right out.  And how did you peek?  Is the lid hinged/removable?


Well, it was my mum who did the tidying up - didn't want to blame her, but as soon as I saw there was a nest I had to hold down my anger. Of course, I was wrong to take peeks - essentially standing quite close to the nest and when the light was right you could see the eggs. I saw 2 white, but later they had moved to reveal 2 white and 2 dark blue/black, quite high up in the nest.

I was wrong. I admit that this could have been my fault.

I can take pic if you want, but its an old box, not hinged. 3/4 thumb height, hand and a half width. No feathers, eggs shells or other signs of a struggle around. I have now put my hand in and there are no remnants of anything inside either, just soft soft nest and sadness and recriminations.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on April 19, 2020, 03:11:36 PM
It's all very tragic.  And odd.  But unless you have trumpian hands, I think we have our explanation.  The entrance hole must be enormous.  Large enough to allow the ingress of magpies, stoats, rats, together or separately.  No good at all.  In fact, the occupant(s) almost certainly has a good claim against the manufacturer. 

How big does the hole need to be? (https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/advice/how-you-can-help-birds/nestboxes/nestboxes-for-small-birds/making-and-placing-a-bird-box/), the RSPB speaks out.

This is something lovely to look at https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2019/03/identify-eggshells/
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 19, 2020, 03:18:18 PM
Yup. Some butterflies today have cheered me up. Peacock and orange-tip.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on April 19, 2020, 03:20:23 PM
One of my favourite things to look at in the universe is the colour on the underside of an orange tip's wings.  Bloody nice, that.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Dex Sawash on April 19, 2020, 05:48:40 PM
Quote from: popcorn on April 19, 2020, 02:49:07 PM
My mum wants to get some sort of motion-activated camera for the garden to watch badgers and foxes. Does anyone have any suggestions for that sort of thing? It will need to be waterproof obviously, and take videos (not just photos), and have night vision. Probably doesn't need anything a lot more complex than that.

I'm finding a surprising lack of "THE BEST CAMERAS FOR WILDLIFE WATCHING" articles of the kind you get for most bits of tech, or at least not ones I'm finding very comprehensive or clear.

The deer and boar killers call them a "game camera" or "trail camera" in America and high resolution ones are pretty cheap.
I use the battery from those in my scooters and there's tons of them in sporting goods stores.

I see Amazon has them in UK
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Gurke and Hare on April 21, 2020, 06:13:34 PM
The blue tit that's nesting in a hole in a wall just outside my window poked his head out and puffed himself up before flying off.

(https://i.imgur.com/ebgjDzF.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on April 21, 2020, 06:16:37 PM
What a lovely woolen bear of a beauty.  Thank you for bringing it to my attention.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Dex Sawash on April 21, 2020, 06:41:19 PM
Quote from: Gurke and Hare on April 21, 2020, 06:13:34 PM
The blue tit that's nesting in a hole in a wall just outside my window poked his head out and puffed himself up before flying off.

(https://i.imgur.com/ebgjDzF.jpg)

Seen that in wimblewrong already
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on April 22, 2020, 12:58:55 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on April 19, 2020, 03:03:59 PM
Well, it was my mum who did the tidying up - didn't want to blame her, but as soon as I saw there was a nest I had to hold down my anger. Of course, I was wrong to take peeks - essentially standing quite close to the nest and when the light was right you could see the eggs. I saw 2 white, but later they had moved to reveal 2 white and 2 dark blue/black, quite high up in the nest.

I was wrong. I admit that this could have been my fault.


Don't beat yourself up too much. It's OK to look at nests - you just don't have to spend too much time there and don't leave a trail as predators will follow that or observe you. NOTE: I am not advocating we all storm up and stick our big meaty hands into nest cups and make coo-ing sounds - there is a best practice (link below). Exposing the nest was an accident - and it does sound like it was a polecat or weasel or similar that's popped in and made off with them.  I have checked hundreds of nest boxes over the years and there's always ones where there are eggs on one visit and then they're just gone on the next one.

This link might be useful for anyone wanting to report a nest or get involved: https://www.bto.org/our-science/projects/nrs

I would also recommend going on the day courses that the BTO run few times a year - obvs this year is fucked but the August one might just be on. Maybe. (it won't be on).

Intrigued about the eggs though. The dark blue is a bit of a mystery. Meadow pipits  are darker / greyish but in a nest box would be weird. House sparrows are a spotted brown-white through brown spotted white-blue and vary even within the same clutch but aren't really dark.

You could always repair the box - put a blank over the big hole with a 25/28/32 mm hole drilled in and clean it out in autumn.

[Edit - wrote Dunnock originally for the splotched eggs by mistakes - they have lovely blue eggs but bright and uniform]

Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Cerys on April 22, 2020, 01:26:05 PM
^This.  It's an exaggeration that if the adult bird sees you near the nest it will abandon it.  As long as you're not there long enough to block the bird from getting back to its offspring for a dangerous amount of time, it won't give up on them.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on April 22, 2020, 01:35:11 PM
Quote from: Clatty McCutcheon on April 14, 2020, 07:51:59 PM
I tried to take a photo of one of the suspected skylarks/pipits a while back for ID purposes and only ended up with the rather poor silhouette-like image below.  It did hover for a while IIRC though, so possibly a skylark?

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/i6s1MpEr75q5BEOV6zmhqdQwMs2WZ5sYuosGWlMib2LdPkvjayyeXsJLDbbV-hpBvcKJA_t5E1bNUCScpUkoa_QcymNX4M6iRD1Ez5kiz45PxHFSZ03TnlfpEr1xxi8RckEt8I2K2A=w400)

That definitely looks like one of those surveillance things from The Colony. But a skylark will noticeably hover then appear to sort of fall in stages back to the ground. I love watching them.

Seen loads of butterflies over the last few days on my adventurous rambles - orange tip, brimstone, speckled wood, peacock. Possibly a holly blue but am not confident about that at all and might be in the wrong area.

Bird-wise highlights have been a pied flycatcher hanging around a possible nesting site and sat and watched a couple of robins doing similar. Lots of blackcaps singing/calling and seen a few males. Similarly chiffchaff and willow warbler spotted round and about.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 22, 2020, 02:07:53 PM
Quote from: Cerys on April 22, 2020, 01:26:05 PM
^This.  It's an exaggeration that if the adult bird sees you near the nest it will abandon it.  As long as you're not there long enough to block the bird from getting back to its offspring for a dangerous amount of time, it won't give up on them.

No, I was there seconds. And the adult returned. Awful if an evil predator cottoned on though.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on April 22, 2020, 03:06:18 PM
I don't think you should feel guilty pig, apart from anything else, it won't change a goddamn thing (and you can never know definitively if the thing was down to you anyway). 

But I would reiterate to all people - do you need to look in that nest?  It doesn't matter how careful you're being or how many seconds you're limiting your visit to, if you're doing it, it's worse than if you're not doing it.

If there's a good reason for doing it, other than want to, then you need to weigh up the risk.  But want to is definitely not a good reason.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on April 22, 2020, 03:09:58 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on April 22, 2020, 02:07:53 PM
No, I was there seconds. And the adult returned. Awful if an evil predator cottoned on though.

Did you think you were being followed at any point? Have you noticed anything unusual in the last few weeks e.g. phone calls to the house with hang-ups?

Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on April 22, 2020, 03:11:46 PM
Made me laugh.  I like the idea of piggers being trailed and watched by a hate-filled and secretive weasel.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on April 22, 2020, 03:38:05 PM
Don't know how you can come back from this pig.

There were three dead birds on the walk to town, one run over and two dead on the path and i'm unsure why. Affected my mood big time.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on April 22, 2020, 05:02:05 PM
Quote from: bgmnts on April 22, 2020, 03:38:05 PM
Don't know how you can come back from this pig.

There were three dead birds on the walk to town, one run over and two dead on the path and i'm unsure why. Affected my mood big time.

Here's something to cheer you right up then. (https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-52384853)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on April 22, 2020, 07:02:53 PM
Thanks for that - I had an unsolicited card come up on my phone a week ago which was a round-up of bird-life in north wales. Was sure cranes were mentioned but I now can't find the story. A purple heron was also mentioned.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 22, 2020, 07:28:30 PM
Quote from: Buelligan on April 22, 2020, 03:06:18 PM
I don't think you should feel guilty pig, apart from anything else, it won't change a goddamn thing (and you can never know definitively if the thing was down to you anyway). 

But I would reiterate to all people - do you need to look in that nest?  It doesn't matter how careful you're being or how many seconds you're limiting your visit to, if you're doing it, it's worse than if you're not doing it.

If there's a good reason for doing it, other than want to, then you need to weigh up the risk.  But want to is definitely not a good reason.

Again, I only looked in as there are 3 nest boxes around the property and they haven't been used for years as far as I can tell. So it was a surprise to see eggs. Nothing more.

Saw the roe deer today in the lovely dusk.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 22, 2020, 07:29:39 PM
Quote from: bgmnts on April 22, 2020, 03:38:05 PM
Don't know how you can come back from this pig.


It's been devastating to be honest.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 22, 2020, 07:31:24 PM
Quote from: Buelligan on April 22, 2020, 05:02:05 PM
Here's something to cheer you right up then. (https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-52384853)

Not sure, but perhaps the grey heron I saw was a crane? It was massive whatever it was. My wife refuses to go down there again as its a very narrow path and the occasional walker cannot get 2 metres separation, but I might try a 5am wander if the sun is bright enough.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on April 22, 2020, 07:48:00 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on April 22, 2020, 07:28:30 PM
Again, I only looked in as there are 3 nest boxes around the property and they haven't been used for years as far as I can tell. So it was a surprise to see eggs. Nothing more.

Saw the roe deer today in the lovely dusk.

Yes, yes, I appreciate your innocence in all of this.  My chiding was general, a general glare and point around the entire room, not aimed at you dear pig.  I hope you are infested with cranes.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Jittlebags on April 22, 2020, 10:23:31 PM
Went walking down the river lunchtime with a flower book, and managed to identify germander speedwell, slender speedwell, dog violet, ribwort plantain, cow parsely, ivy leaved toadflax and cuckoo flower. Doing a hedgerow run tomorrow.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on April 23, 2020, 07:27:24 AM
(https://i.postimg.cc/rs9snSWy/5346-A2-CE-76-A0-48-C4-BC18-28544-C7-E26-EB.jpg)

"Hullo clouds, hullo sky."
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on April 23, 2020, 08:31:14 AM
I love a bit of ivy-leaved toadflax, Cymbalaria muralis, always found it quite magical.  Did you know it's not a British native flower, imported from southern Europe.  Such a lovely little thing.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twit 2 on April 23, 2020, 08:38:50 AM
Was in the woods yesterday and heard a very loud and insistent bird call close by, which sounded like a bird of prey. So I used the RSPB website to listen to birdcalls until one matched and it turns out it was a goshawk, which is cool. Hearing, not spotting, but still counts I reckon.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: hamfist on April 23, 2020, 08:47:54 AM
I went for a run last week, down to the local woods - as I was getting close to the entrance to the woods (there's a forestry commission car park there), a lovely deer ran across the road about 20m in front of me. I had no means of taking a photo of the delightful bastard, but it didn't half make me happy.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on April 23, 2020, 08:53:40 AM
Quote from: Twit 2 on April 23, 2020, 08:38:50 AM
Was in the woods yesterday and heard a very loud and insistent bird call close by, which sounded like a bird of prey. So I used the RSPB website to listen to birdcalls until one matched and it turns out it was a goshawk, which is cool. Hearing, not spotting, but still counts I reckon.

Absolutely counts, a lovely goshawk.  I heard a very weird-sounding night bird for the first time when I moved here.  It sounded very like a rain bird from Africa.  I went on some specialist bird and bird sound forum I found, described the noise and some amazing bloke sent me back a recording of the noise I'd heard with a full biog of my bird.  Turned out it was a Eurasian scops owl (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCHj24ZIdGo).
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 23, 2020, 09:21:49 AM
Ah, the Scops Owl, another, like the Hoopoe, to haunt my dreams whilst camping in Midi-Pyrenees.
Title: The sky bruised
Post by: Buelligan on April 23, 2020, 09:37:32 AM
Where were you forced to camp pig?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 23, 2020, 11:28:10 AM
Near Quillan/Lavelanet (or is that Haute Pyrenees?) and Axat
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on April 23, 2020, 12:00:25 PM
I think they're a bit haute, not hugely distant from where I now type but too many English there for my liver, some nice hippies though.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: holyzombiejesus on April 23, 2020, 12:32:21 PM
Found these on my walk yesterday.

(https://scontent.flhr4-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/s960x960/95108460_10157125623865267_6230203680390381568_o.jpg?_nc_cat=107&_nc_sid=8024bb&_nc_oc=AQncAvsw_fatyWcWKhc9-M2z4AmsVAOKIjDOtjIjbGQpjLiuZDK8rR5JHRlzgy06X5xh8R2Qgf__mGpNLXlgcfjw&_nc_ht=scontent.flhr4-1.fna&_nc_tp=7&oh=e5c2471e9e2128530160df8061788f0a&oe=5EC7ECFE) (https://scontent.flhr4-2.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/s960x960/94031173_10157125623605267_2414171872649281536_o.jpg?_nc_cat=109&_nc_sid=8024bb&_nc_oc=AQlcTpNyc6UmTHSnmJmHU1V0LAutKjMKCXsWADj2kG4-CYiBe06MYVQPVPONMtV325pwSRqKKPSOM4kAGGyOHzId&_nc_ht=scontent.flhr4-2.fna&_nc_tp=7&oh=5d7888a7ab1cc551cedf4c7b688ccce4&oe=5EC8B740)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on April 23, 2020, 01:01:19 PM
Alas, poor deer.  The top of that leg looks suspiciously cut, rather than disjointed, did you look, could you see?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: holyzombiejesus on April 23, 2020, 01:14:43 PM
Quote from: Buelligan on April 23, 2020, 01:01:19 PM
Alas, poor deer.  The top of that leg looks suspiciously cut, rather than disjointed, did you look, could you see?

I thought the same. It was quite near a relatively busy lane near a pub, so I wondered if the deer had been butchered and the leg left behind. Presume the skull and ribcage is from a different deer.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on April 23, 2020, 01:19:46 PM
It could be the same, could be road kill, dragged off by a fox or badger maybe.  I would've thought poachers would keep the leg and the ribs.  Very odd and sad.  I like deer.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 23, 2020, 01:27:32 PM
Quote from: Buelligan on April 23, 2020, 12:00:25 PM
I think they're a bit haute, not hugely distant from where I now type but too many English there for my liver, some nice hippies though.

Not where I went

I give you Les Mounaques de Campan
(https://i.ytimg.com/vi/Bd5l4qBiDCE/hqdefault.jpg)

I told this story before, I'm not sure it was Campan, but that is the only village that has these "dolls" in the streets and there is a big river (which we used to kayaked down to the village). Anyway, up the mountain from there was a very strange house that a kind soul may refer to as a "Hippy" house. It said "restaurant" outside and was painted in fabulous colours. I went in to ask about food but no-one responded to my calls. A big black dog came angrily at me and I retreated outside and we left. Turning around to take one last look at the place I saw a pale figure watching us from an upstairs window

When I got back to the UK I looked it up and it seemed to be a genuine restaurant, but the people who lived there were sort of a commune/cult and were associated with a man who committed a murder some decades / centuries(?) before. I cannot locate this house on google maps or remember its name.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 23, 2020, 01:33:17 PM
Quote from: Buelligan on April 23, 2020, 01:19:46 PM
It could be the same, could be road kill, dragged off by a fox or badger maybe.  I would've thought poachers would keep the leg and the ribs.  Very odd and sad.  I like deer.

Awful photo (snapped from a video I took), but here is a living one

(https://i.ibb.co/s26Fq4P/IMG-6890.jpg) (https://ibb.co/rmcZHht)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on April 23, 2020, 01:38:11 PM
Is that a deer's dismembered leg and tail dancing in a springtime meadow?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on April 23, 2020, 02:35:53 PM
Heard first cuckoo whilst on walk this morning.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on April 23, 2020, 03:01:28 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on April 23, 2020, 01:33:17 PM
Awful photo (snapped from a video I took), but here is a living one

(https://i.ibb.co/s26Fq4P/IMG-6890.jpg) (https://ibb.co/rmcZHht)

Squatch?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Brian Freeze on April 23, 2020, 03:14:27 PM
Washing up this morning watching the bird feeders and a big bloody rat legged it into the scene, shinned up the pole climbed inside the squirrel proof feeder amd started guzzling away.
I was able to open the door and hobble round without it scarpering and picked up a bamboo cane. I got within three feet of it and poked the cheeky soundrel. It might have been a cartoon rat after all judging by the response. Not seen or done that before.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Brian Freeze on April 23, 2020, 05:35:23 PM
Apparently the rat came back this afternoon and got chased off by a Robin.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Spoon of Ploff on April 24, 2020, 02:40:09 PM
The kestrel is back.. and this time she brought dinner:

(https://i.imgur.com/OtAR49r.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Ferris on April 24, 2020, 02:54:09 PM
Quote from: Spoon of Ploff on April 24, 2020, 02:40:09 PM
The kestrel is back.. and this time she brought dinner:

(https://i.imgur.com/OtAR49r.jpg)

Amazing photo
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 24, 2020, 03:01:29 PM
Legend Ratty gets his comeuppance.

"Nice and steady Dormous Daz, I'll be down in a doddle...owww watch me fucking neck buzzard cunt... ugh!"
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on April 24, 2020, 03:07:57 PM
Always makes me sad when a rodent becomes bird/snake/cat food.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twit 2 on April 24, 2020, 03:14:15 PM
Quote from: Spoon of Ploff on April 24, 2020, 02:40:09 PM
The kestrel is back.. and this time she brought dinner:

(https://i.imgur.com/OtAR49r.jpg)

Which one is the kestrel?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on April 24, 2020, 03:40:51 PM
That's a wonderful photo.  Not sure that's dinner though, might be the kids' tea.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Gurke and Hare on April 24, 2020, 04:50:39 PM
I saw a squirrel with an egg today. I assume it had nicked it from the chicken run I can see (and hear) in one of the gardens in the row of gardens that backs onto the gardens of the block I live in - there are gaps in the wire and I've seen squirrels go in there before. Sadly, it dropped the egg off the fence it was sitting on before I got my camera sorted.

I saw a squrrel chasing a magpie away later - don't know if it was the same squirrel. They all look a bit sameish.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on April 24, 2020, 05:15:51 PM
Quote from: Gurke and Hare on April 24, 2020, 04:50:39 PM
I saw a squrrel chasing a magpie away later - don't know if it was the same squirrel. They all look a bit sameish.

The local squirrel managed to haul three sclices of bread up the 6 foot wall surrounding the back of the flats and left them near the tree for safekeeping, only for a thieving bastard magpie to nab one while he was gone.

Haven't seen him for a while actually, hope he's alright.

Anyway yeah I sense a war brewing between squirrels and magpies.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Spoon of Ploff on April 24, 2020, 05:40:55 PM
Quote from: bgmnts on April 24, 2020, 03:07:57 PM
Always makes me sad when a rodent becomes bird/snake/cat food.

Just pretend the kestrel is giving the mouse a lift home.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Cerys on April 24, 2020, 05:48:23 PM
Quote from: Buelligan on April 24, 2020, 03:40:51 PM
That's a wonderful photo.  Not sure that's dinner though, might be the kids' tea.

A bit too early - although it might be for a sitting female.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on April 24, 2020, 06:00:12 PM
Quote from: Spoon of Ploff on April 24, 2020, 02:40:09 PM
The kestrel is back.. and this time she brought dinner:

(https://i.imgur.com/OtAR49r.jpg)


He has brought dinner you sexist.

That's a brilliant photo - were you set up for it or was it by chance?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Spoon of Ploff on April 24, 2020, 06:10:25 PM
Quote from: paruses on April 24, 2020, 06:00:12 PM
He has brought dinner you sexist.

That's a brilliant photo - were you set up for it or was it by chance?

Happy accident. It landed in the tree as I was taking a rest in its shade.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on April 24, 2020, 06:38:00 PM
The elderflowers are starting to blossom so thought about making some homemade cordial but the BBC Good Food recipe calls for 2.5kgs of sugar! Fookin ell!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 24, 2020, 10:10:39 PM
Quote from: bgmnts on April 24, 2020, 06:38:00 PM
The elderflowers are starting to blossom so thought about making some homemade cordial but the BBC Good Food recipe calls for 2.5kgs of sugar! Fookin ell!

You can use wild garlic instead
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on April 24, 2020, 10:24:51 PM
I will admit now I don't get the wild garlic thing sorry. :(


Well, maybe wild garlic cordial could be a goer.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Brian Freeze on April 24, 2020, 11:18:37 PM
Your elderflower blossom is much earlier than ours. Still got some in the freezer from last year that we were supposed to be making champagne with. I think that only needs two jars of honey and two lemons.

Saw some brand new ducklets on Thursday night and Friday morning. They looked to be enjoying themselves.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Brian Freeze on April 24, 2020, 11:21:02 PM
The kestrel photo is a belter, thankyou.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 25, 2020, 01:32:25 PM
(https://i.ibb.co/Wxf1d5K/B0-F927-DD-550-C-42-BC-91-ED-5-A3-CA19-E98-A4.jpg) (https://ibb.co/NVKzkCY)

A sad week ends with some solace
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on April 25, 2020, 02:34:10 PM
Swifts (or house martins, too high to tell,) arrived - I noticed them anyway - here last eve.  Pretty fucking solacy IMO.  Summer, she is stepping soft across the hills with her scent of life and warm earth.  Long may she reign!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twit 2 on April 25, 2020, 03:07:04 PM
(https://i.postimg.cc/4yrsRHYX/0-DD6-F218-C653-4-F55-B4-A5-4009-AEFC07-B4.jpg)

Distances (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippe_Jaccottet)

Swifts turn in the heights of the air;
higher still turn the invisible stars.
When day withdraws to the ends of the earth
their fires shine on a dark expanse of sand.

We live in a world of motion and distance.
The heart flies from tree to bird,
from bird to distant star,
from star to love; and love grows
in the quiet house, turning and working,
servant of thought, a lamp held in one hand.

Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on April 25, 2020, 03:14:26 PM
How apt and how beautiful, like a martinet returning to its native clay.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twit 2 on April 25, 2020, 03:34:32 PM
Yeah 'tis cracking; was the poetry reading at my wedding (Cley Windmill, north Norfolk, surrounded by actual swifts on the marsh).
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on April 25, 2020, 04:05:30 PM
They're just birds, like.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on April 25, 2020, 04:55:36 PM
Quote from: Twit 2 on April 25, 2020, 03:34:32 PM
Yeah 'tis cracking; was the poetry reading at my wedding (Cley Windmill, north Norfolk, surrounded by actual swifts on the marsh).

I love Cley.  Winter walks by the sea, like a strange kind of heaven.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: holyzombiejesus on April 25, 2020, 09:05:36 PM
One of the local herons ate a duckling the other day.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 25, 2020, 09:38:40 PM
Badger fur?

(https://i.ibb.co/wh2hyjg/FF414-E07-14-CF-4530-BA9-D-44522-F8-CFC27.jpg) (https://ibb.co/d4H4BxM)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on April 25, 2020, 09:40:37 PM
You killed a badger now? Birds aren't enough?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 25, 2020, 09:42:58 PM
Discovered a hidden pond today, quite a lonely peaceful place. The grey heron was there but flew off. A couple of fine swans and a single canada goose. It was quite unnerving, like i shouldnt be there

(https://i.ibb.co/RPsSGnG/4-CA30-EDC-88-CB-4-AD5-8999-42-C04-BD2-FA4-E.jpg) (https://ibb.co/L6cPDwD)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Bennett Brauer on April 26, 2020, 12:12:04 AM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on April 25, 2020, 09:38:40 PM
Badger fur?

(https://i.ibb.co/wh2hyjg/FF414-E07-14-CF-4530-BA9-D-44522-F8-CFC27.jpg) (https://ibb.co/d4H4BxM)

Do you live near Dickie Davies?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Cerys on April 26, 2020, 03:20:43 AM
Quote from: holyzombiejesus on April 25, 2020, 09:05:36 PM
One of the local herons ate a duckling the other day.

Yeah, they do that.  No-one's got round to telling them that ducklings are cute.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on April 26, 2020, 03:21:40 AM
There was a bird today chirping like a cricket for a good solid 5 minutes.

It's all going mental at the moment, bird wise. Covid is ace.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on April 26, 2020, 08:24:33 AM
Could be a grasshopper warbler - they are called that for a good reason. Depends what sort of habitat you were in. Could also just be something like a starling taking the piss.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on April 26, 2020, 08:47:52 AM
Or it could be nestlings.  I have redstarts nesting in the barn, the little ones make that rasping frenetic sound whenever their parents approach with food.  (Heheh, I have never climbed a ladder to peer into the crevice in the stones where that dear nest successfully lies undisturbed).
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 26, 2020, 09:57:11 AM
Need fur ident, please
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on April 26, 2020, 10:09:08 AM
I don't think it's badger fur.  Obviously, hard to tell definitively from one photo but, IMO, it looks far too soft and silky.  They mention the roughness of a badger's arse for good reason, I believe.  Certainly, all the badger-touching I have done has led me to the conclusion that they're rather coarse and bristly.  Hate to say it, but have you considered a dear fluffy little kitty might be the reluctant donor?  Or could it possibly be from a poor baldening rabbit, near the scut?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 26, 2020, 10:12:15 AM
Quote from: Buelligan on April 26, 2020, 10:09:08 AM
I don't think it's badger fur.  Obviously, hard to tell definitively from one photo but, IMO, it looks far too soft and silky.  They mention the roughness of a badger's arse for good reason, I believe.  Certainly, all the badger-touching I have done has led me to the conclusion that they're rather coarse and bristly.  Hate to say it, but have you considered a dear fluffy little kitty might be the reluctant donor?  Or could it possibly be from a poor baldening rabbit, near the scut?

crikey, no cats here, could be rabbit, it's also a deer path to the fields.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on April 26, 2020, 10:15:41 AM
Deer, like badgers, are pretty rough.  Fur like an ageing Jack Russell or something like that.  Not fluff-balls at all.  I suppose it all boils down to exactly how silky this furry boll was.

And you say, no cats, I believe you.  But I add, when I've been walking here, miles from anywhere at all, on more than one occasion, I've seen spoor that could only be from a cat.  Cats are surprisingly adaptable.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 26, 2020, 10:20:13 AM
Firstly the fur wasn't cotton fluffy, it was quite coarse but not spiky. There was a spine with blood on it too. I've not seen a cat with this fur.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on April 26, 2020, 10:23:30 AM
I'm going to guess rabbit or rabbit relative, depending on length of spine.  Poor rabbit.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 26, 2020, 10:27:19 AM
Quote from: Buelligan on April 26, 2020, 10:23:30 AM
I'm going to guess rabbit or rabbit relative, depending on length of spine.  Poor rabbit.

no no no, not vertebrae, spine on the fur, little spine, spindle. The rabbits are well, saw two sunbathing, stretched out in the horse field.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on April 26, 2020, 11:20:44 AM
When you say spine on the fur(?), do you mean guard hairs?  Spindle?  What?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 26, 2020, 11:54:45 AM
Rigid spiky thing to which fur is attached. Thin line of skin and blood also
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on April 26, 2020, 12:22:09 PM
Like a thorn or something - something not part of the poor fur-bearer but something that probably spiked, scratched or otherwise injured the fluffy one?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: AliasTheCat on April 26, 2020, 12:28:15 PM
Saw a terrapin basking at the side of one of the ponds in Clissold park on my weekly walk yesterday. They may be an unwanted invasive species, but it was still a bit of a treat to see one.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 26, 2020, 12:31:38 PM
Quote from: Buelligan on April 26, 2020, 12:22:09 PM
Like a thorn or something - something not part of the poor fur-bearer but something that probably spiked, scratched or otherwise injured the fluffy one?

I'll get a better pic today
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on April 26, 2020, 12:36:49 PM
Thanks Blods, otherwise, it will play on my mind dreadfully.

Photograph that terrapin if you can Alias, it would be interesting to see.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: AliasTheCat on April 26, 2020, 05:35:51 PM
Not the best photo I'm afraid but here it is.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EWixiRyWoAAQpcg?format=jpg&name=large)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on April 26, 2020, 05:38:01 PM
Found another elderflower tree on governmenment sanctioned walk today. According to my readings, they are a month early so that surprised me, as someone else here said.

Not 100% ready yet so will wait another few weeks before trying to make a cordial with them.

Also YES turtle!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on April 26, 2020, 06:22:15 PM
That's a big turtle or a miniature blackberry.  I dread to imagine the size of its balls.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Dex Sawash on April 26, 2020, 07:16:00 PM

Went for a drive today and saw a crow eating a roadkill possum and a buzzard eating the arsehole out of a roadkill deer. No pics, driving.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Brian Freeze on April 26, 2020, 11:29:16 PM
Saw the underside of an orange tip yesterday, it was well worth looking out for. One visits our purple perennial wallflower occasionally and looks stunning while it does so.

Talking of badgers, I think there's some setts nearby and I fancied trying to see if they were actively used by trying to entice them out at dusk using unsalted peanuts. The kids have been shelling them in readiness. We won't attempt this until life gets back to normal/ish or if its a bad idea. Any experts on here able to advise?

A blackbird had a full on wash in the pond yesterday. Id seen water drops on the steps before but seeing who'd done them and how vigorous their routine was a real treat. After that a dunnock had a quick dip. Much tidier. This pond has been a brilliant idea and is less than a year dug. We didnt get frogs this year but have seen signs of some little diving beetle type critters recently.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on April 26, 2020, 11:33:31 PM
Quote from: Brian Freeze on April 26, 2020, 11:29:16 PM
Saw the underside of an orange tip yesterday

I'm surprised the sex health clinics are still open.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 27, 2020, 08:46:50 AM
Quote from: Brian Freeze on April 26, 2020, 11:29:16 PM
Saw the underside of an orange tip yesterday, it was well worth looking out for. One visits our purple perennial wallflower occasionally and looks stunning while it does so.

Talking of badgers, I think there's some setts nearby and I fancied trying to see if they were actively used by trying to entice them out at dusk using unsalted peanuts. The kids have been shelling them in readiness. We won't attempt this until life gets back to normal/ish or if its a bad idea. Any experts on here able to advise?

A blackbird had a full on wash in the pond yesterday. Id seen water drops on the steps before but seeing who'd done them and how vigorous their routine was a real treat. After that a dunnock had a quick dip. Much tidier. This pond has been a brilliant idea and is less than a year dug. We didnt get frogs this year but have seen signs of some little diving beetle type critters recently.

Blackbirds are bold as brass. I cleaned out the pond yesterday and they came to pick at the insects (presumably) in the mulch and aquatic vegetation, not half a meter away and weren't skittish. A dunnock too was pretty unfazed by my presence.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Poirots BigGarlickyCorpse on April 27, 2020, 01:13:09 PM
Saw a broken blue bird's egg on the path on the way back from the shops. Internet says it might be a blackbird. Poor little fella was almost ready to be born too.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on April 27, 2020, 01:14:59 PM
This is the kind of terrible fucked-up shit those lovely magpies get up to.  But they are lovely, it's the price of lovely nature.  Accidentally killed four ants yesterday, so I can't talk.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on April 28, 2020, 03:02:24 PM
A night and morning of rain has made all the dandelions disappear, which is quite intriguing.

Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Cerys on April 28, 2020, 10:25:13 PM
Yeah, they close up in wet weather.  When the sun comes out again so will they.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on April 29, 2020, 03:49:39 AM
Really? Most of them just seemed to whither into the white puffballs.

Hopefully the rain leaves for a day so I can investigate. 
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on April 29, 2020, 06:04:07 PM
Plants in the garden seem to have doubled in size over night with the rain!
Seem to have a song thrush taken up residency in the garden which is nice.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Bennett Brauer on April 30, 2020, 01:02:06 AM
Quote from: bgmnts on April 29, 2020, 03:49:39 AM
Really? Most of them just seemed to whither into the white puffballs.

Hopefully the rain leaves for a day so I can investigate.

I hope you wee your pants.  https://www.lexico.com/definition/pissabed
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Gurke and Hare on May 01, 2020, 11:19:42 AM
I've just seen some of this dunnock courtship (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjEt-Z_NMMw) going on in the garden. Annoyingly, my camera battery was flat, but still a cool thing to see.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on May 01, 2020, 12:25:18 PM
Quote from: Bennett Brauer on April 30, 2020, 01:02:06 AM
I hope you wee your pants.  https://www.lexico.com/definition/pissabed

I haven't consumed any of the honey yet. Shall let you know if I piss meself.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Poirots BigGarlickyCorpse on May 02, 2020, 12:06:14 AM
Spotted a goldfinch and a girl blackbird having a hop and a peck for food out on the footpath this afternoon.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Brian Freeze on May 02, 2020, 06:14:03 PM
Quote from: Gurke and Hare on May 01, 2020, 11:19:42 AM
I've just seen some of this dunnock courtship (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjEt-Z_NMMw) going on in the garden. Annoyingly, my camera battery was flat, but still a cool thing to see.

Not somewhere I'd want to get pecked but will look out for that as we have nests in hedges nearby.

We had pigeon romance in a holly tree recently, one would fly in and make all the sexy cooing noises and attract a handsome suitor who'd come and trample all over the tree trying to find her. Not elegant at all.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on May 04, 2020, 11:44:48 AM
Need help identifying a bird call.

It's very unusual and I've heard it 3 days in a row in a particular spot by the roadside, yesterday it seemed to follow me.

Firstly, it doesn't sound like a bird. It has the sound of a slide whistle, something with a plunger. More deep and sonorous than a standard high pitched and rapid whistle of any bird I know. It has the air of goading, taunting or 1970s scarfolk menace. I've looked online to no avail. If one would imagine the creature it would come from, perhaps a clanger or those puppets from Sesame Street with the trumpet mouths.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Cerys on May 04, 2020, 12:55:07 PM
That'll be the glorious fluting of the soprano otter.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on May 04, 2020, 01:04:12 PM
Mungo?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Cerys on May 04, 2020, 01:40:31 PM
Unlikely.  Mungo is a tenor.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Ferris on May 04, 2020, 03:01:23 PM
The golden eagles are back. Fucking huge things, like microlights whizzing overhead. I counted 4, so I think the previous 2 must have had chicks and/or made some new friends.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on May 04, 2020, 05:19:52 PM
So there are shitload of elderflower trees seemingly in full bloom now. When are they at their peak for picking?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on May 04, 2020, 05:24:33 PM
When they're in full bloom, I'd say.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Dex Sawash on May 04, 2020, 05:26:45 PM
Dead baby bunny on patio yesterday, wife called me this morning there's another today.
Went home at lunch to bury it and this one isn't dead, it had just wandered closed-eyed out of it's little grotto beneath the clematis. Arranged some boards to keep it from going the wrong direction and maybe this one will survive.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Poirots BigGarlickyCorpse on May 04, 2020, 05:41:07 PM
Saw a thrush while out walking earlier.

Lots of fat crows around. They're nearly tame.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on May 04, 2020, 06:05:22 PM
Quote from: Buelligan on May 04, 2020, 05:24:33 PM
When they're in full bloom, I'd say.

Any idea on my strange slide whistle bird?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on May 04, 2020, 06:09:15 PM
A greenfinch has an alarm call that is sliding but it's not really low pitched. They would be in hedgerows though.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on May 04, 2020, 06:11:43 PM
Just checked a video - its like the coo bit of the cuckoo crossed with a....wait for it... Hoopoe
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on May 04, 2020, 06:12:57 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on May 04, 2020, 06:05:22 PM
Any idea on my strange slide whistle bird?

No.  Not really.  There are, I'm sure you know, birds like starlings and blackbirds that mimic sounds and incorporate them into their songs (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KifpQe02HEE).  My great uncle used to whistle constantly whilst he gardened.  He gardened all the time.  I remember my mother telling me, after he'd died, that a bird was whistling his song in the garden. 
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on May 04, 2020, 06:22:04 PM
I was just about to post Starling as that was a distant memory - related to Mynah. Wonder which Scfi show it had been watching?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Cerys on May 04, 2020, 06:32:11 PM
It isn't a curlew with no staying power, is it?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on May 04, 2020, 06:44:09 PM
Quote from: Cerys on May 04, 2020, 06:32:11 PM
It isn't a curlew with no staying power, is it?

No, there are curlews about half a mile away though, lovely birds
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on May 04, 2020, 07:16:40 PM
Quote from: Buelligan on May 04, 2020, 05:24:33 PM
When they're in full bloom, I'd say.

Well I don't 100% know. I know nothing about flora or fauna, there's just a lot of them.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on May 04, 2020, 07:30:57 PM
Well, stare at their umbels ffs.  You'll see hundreds and hundreds of minuscule yellowy-whitey-cream five-petaled flowers.  If they're all, or mostly, open and the few ones that aren't are like tiny balls of the same colour, if the scent is fresh, not pissy and it's early in the morning, pick away.  If the ones not open are like tiny green balls, because they're becoming berries, and those that are are freckled beige like pancakes, if they smell of wee, you're too late old son.  Too late!

Oh, but always ask permission first.  The elder is a witch-tree, often inhabited by a witch.  If you steal from her, she will revenge herself.  So ask her politely before you pick.  You should never cut one down if you know what's good for you.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Cerys on May 04, 2020, 08:52:25 PM
I dread to think what the elder tree I used to ride like a rocking horse thought of me.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on May 04, 2020, 09:04:21 PM
Heh.  I expect she liked you very much Cerys.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on May 04, 2020, 10:43:30 PM
I had to google umbel but okay they dont smell of wee right now so i'll go for it.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: jobotic on May 04, 2020, 11:43:16 PM
Sparrows in the garden! May not sound exciting to you but they have been in neighbours' bushes for years but never come in our garden. I love them.

Goldfinches endlessly chattering too. Wood pigeons in the background. Best thing is the kids are interested.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on May 05, 2020, 09:57:53 AM
Quote from: jobotic on May 04, 2020, 11:43:16 PM
Sparrows in the garden! May not sound exciting to you but they have been in neighbours' bushes for years but never come in our garden. I love them.

Goldfinches endlessly chattering too. Wood pigeons in the background. Best thing is the kids are interested.

"Daddy, what are they!?"

"Lunch"
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Bazooka on May 05, 2020, 10:25:16 AM
Every night, I walk the same route and go over a small bridge over a brook, there is often a Heron standing in the same spot, it's dark but I can see it's sexy avian super model figure, and it's reptilian eye looking into my mind, I feel we understand each other.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on May 05, 2020, 12:18:10 PM
Quote from: jobotic on May 04, 2020, 11:43:16 PM
Sparrows in the garden! May not sound exciting to you but they have been in neighbours' bushes for years but never come in our garden. I love them.

Goldfinches endlessly chattering too. Wood pigeons in the background. Best thing is the kids are interested.

Normally a lot of sparrows in the garden for me but they've gone into hyperdrive over the last couple months. Lots of goldfinch appeared the last few days too.

Had a walk out on the salt marshes the other day and couldn't believe how many wheatear there are knocking around. Lovely to see. Heard a garden warbler the other day too.

Also saw a duck.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Dex Sawash on May 05, 2020, 12:32:08 PM
Last evening big rabbit was on was on patio for hours and pretty cigs about baby but both are gone now.
Maybe a fox came and sorted it all out.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on May 06, 2020, 01:50:26 PM
I hear swifts for the first time this year.
Title: In Paradisum
Post by: Buelligan on May 06, 2020, 02:10:46 PM
Just went up the mountain.   Dear god, if any of you lot ever make your way to here, do it in early May.  Just everywhere verdant green, so pure it almost hurts and poking through it, all the pearl black trees burned last year.  Everywhere, everywhere, singing pink pyramidal orchids, gladiolus byzantinus, tongue orchids, bee orchids, mounds of purest sky blue flax flowers and sisyrinchium montana, lime green euphorbias, flights of vibrant orange Dark Green Fritillaries, bird song, bee hum, sun and cool breeze.  It was perfect.  I am not even lying.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Brian Freeze on May 06, 2020, 05:22:31 PM
That sounds ok I suppose if you like that sort of thing. Wish I was there actually.

Seeing as you've mentioned Euphorbia Buelligan and we don't have a plant thread on here - do you know much about it as a useful wildlife plant? We had one self seed or re-animate from somewhere and its growing in the wrong place for us. I'd like to move it if there's any value in keeping it.

Ive waited a couple of years for it to flower and admire its tenacity.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on May 06, 2020, 05:34:37 PM
Quote from: Brian Freeze on May 06, 2020, 05:22:31 PM
That sounds ok I suppose if you like that sort of thing. Wish I was there actually.

Seeing as you've mentioned Euphorbia Buelligan and we don't have a plant thread on here - do you know much about it as a useful wildlife plant? We had one self seed or re-animate from somewhere and its growing in the wrong place for us. I'd like to move it if there's any value in keeping it.

Ive waited a couple of years for it to flower and admire its tenacity.

I love them, I think they're hugely underrated and very beautiful.  Do you know which it is?  Many of them, I think all of them, have really quite long flowering periods which means they're great for attracting insects (the kind of insects you like about the place) and they often put up with neglect and sites that aren't good for many other plants, so produce insect food in places where other plants might not thrive.  Bear in mind though, I'm sure you know, euphorbias all, AFAIK, have that milky white sap that is almost always an irritant/toxic.  It's not mega-dangerous, like monkshood or something, nevertheless, if you damage it and get the sap on your skin it can burn and cause rashes.  Obviously, it's even worse in your eyes.  So just treat it with respect and wear gloves if you're cutting it.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on May 07, 2020, 02:09:51 PM
They were too far away for me to identify all the participants, but I've just seen a buzzard being harassed by a smaller bird that repeatedly flew straight at it before veering away at the last second. I turned away briefly and when I looked back the smaller bird had been joined by a mate, who joined in the attack. It was only a couple of weeks ago that I saw a buzzard being chased off by a seagull so I don't know what they do to inspire such animosity in other birdies. Or perhaps the buzzards round here are big, easily bullied jessies.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on May 07, 2020, 02:17:35 PM
They will be protecting nests/young as the buzzards will be off with them otherwise. Crows get mobbed too for the same reason.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on May 07, 2020, 02:30:50 PM
Sat and watched a sparrow feeding a baby sparrow earlier this morning. Heartwarming.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on May 07, 2020, 02:35:39 PM
Quote from: paruses on May 07, 2020, 02:17:35 PM
They will be protecting nests/young as the buzzards will be off with them otherwise. Crows get mobbed too for the same reason.

Ah, thanks. Makes sense. Will all birds do that, regardless of size? These birds looked to be about blackbird size so considerably smaller than the buzzard.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on May 07, 2020, 03:01:17 PM
Yes - they don't really give a shit about size. I've seen meadow pipits - which are much smaller than blackbirds - have a go at buzzards and red kites. I suppose they don't need to Steven Segal the intruder they just need to hound it out of the area and it's in the buzzard's interest to cut and run rather than get injured even slightly.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on May 07, 2020, 03:09:53 PM
Thanks again for the info. The smaller birds were pretty relentless and although the buzzard didn't appear to be in any great hurry to leave, he eventually did just that.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Huxleys Babkins on May 07, 2020, 03:28:41 PM
We've got foxes in our back garden. A mother and four cubs. It looks like they've been living under some old roof panels that are propped up against the garage which were left by the previous owners. It was quite the novelty to start with, seeing them occasionally popping out for a run about, but they're out all the time now, learning to hunt, playing and that. The garage absolutely stinks now too.

They've been mostly eating birds, but there's the occasional rat or vole. Sadly, we saw them tossing a little fox pelt about yesterday which suggests there may have been a fifth cub that didn't make it. We've been putting a bowl of water out for them each day, although I was quick to stop my other half from feeding them; they are wild animals, they need to learn to hunt for themselves or else we'll never be rid.

The plan is to let them carry on for the next couple of months or so until they are old enough to fend for themselves and they naturally move away. We'll dismantle and bin their "den" so none of them try a repeat next spring. It's been fun having them, but we really do need our garden back.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on May 07, 2020, 04:36:01 PM
Quote from: Huxleys Babkins on May 07, 2020, 03:28:41 PM
[...]Sadly, we saw them tossing a little fox pelt about yesterday which suggests there may have been a fifth cub that didn't make it. [...]

I always find that sort of thing very sad even though it's inevitable. Have found a couple of blue tit pulli in the garden over the last few weeks intact and it always makes me pause (before I throw them under a bush to keep the circle of life going). I've ringed a lot of barn owl pulli over the years and hate finding the cannibalised remains of the littlest one (even though that's their strategy and why the species still survives).

I do realise I am mixing mammals and birds here btw. - it's just a general observation on death.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Flatulent Fox on May 08, 2020, 01:43:43 AM
I might have seen a Sea Eagle over the hills of Inverary a couple of weeks ago.
                                                                                                                            T'was a big asre flying varmit swooping about the hills as opposed to gliding about the place.
Can't verify as I tried to get a pic whist fumbling in my pockets for my phone,and I have to admit,I found a werthers original first and it took precidence.

Chris Peckham would have done the same.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Ferris on May 08, 2020, 01:49:20 AM
Fucking massive eagle did a swoop at us, then whizzed off about 10 feet from the window. Cunts massive. Will get the baseball bat out and try to defend the clan if it comes to it, but looks like it'd have me away in its talons easy.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on May 08, 2020, 09:39:20 AM
Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on May 08, 2020, 01:49:20 AM
Fucking massive eagle did a swoop at us, then whizzed off about 10 feet from the window. Cunts massive. Will get the baseball bat out and try to defend the clan if it comes to it, but looks like it'd have me away in its talons easy.

They are flying downtown?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Gurke and Hare on May 08, 2020, 11:49:13 AM
I saw a bird of prey circling over inner London yesterday - to the north east of my Lewisham flat, possibly over Blackheath. I got my binoculars and had a close up look, but it was just a silhouette against the sky really so I had no chance of identifying it.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on May 08, 2020, 11:50:51 AM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on May 08, 2020, 09:39:20 AM
They are flying downtown?

Driving all the old men crazy.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Dex Sawash on May 08, 2020, 12:58:38 PM
Quote from: Gurke and Hare on May 08, 2020, 11:49:13 AM
I saw a bird of prey circling over inner London yesterday - to the north east of my Lewisham flat, possibly over Blackheath. I got my binoculars and had a close up look, but it was just a silhouette against the sky really so I had no chance of identifying it.

Cloaking device
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on May 08, 2020, 01:39:55 PM
I live down the road from Lewisham centre and have had buzzards and peregrines overhead so could have been one of them!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Spoon of Ploff on May 08, 2020, 02:27:26 PM
A Red Kite launched itself out of a tree as I was walking passed t'other day. Damn those things are big. It circled around for a bit doing its call, which I'd not heard before. Here's a nice vid by way of an example: 

https://youtu.be/S49kLYP1iL8 (https://youtu.be/S49kLYP1iL8)

Thanks everyone for keeping this thread up to date. Real joy it is.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Brian Freeze on May 08, 2020, 11:25:40 PM
Thanks for the plant help Buelligan, we shall move it and take a photo.

We had a crow on the bird table this morning - bloody hell they are a decent size close up. I was convinced it was a teenage raven. They really arent jackdaws with their feathers dyed.

4 swifts or swallows went overhead at dusk, too high for a numpty to tell the difference. The kids were pretty doubtful when I told them where they'd set off from.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: king_tubby on May 09, 2020, 09:59:55 PM
A kingfisher yesterday, by the river (obviously). An iridescent flash of blue darting from bank to bank. We also saw tiny fish (minnows? sticklebacks?) leaping from the water at midges.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: gib on May 09, 2020, 10:25:51 PM
Quote from: king_tubby on May 09, 2020, 09:59:55 PM
A kingfisher yesterday, by the river (obviously). An iridescent flash of blue darting from bank to bank. We also saw tiny fish (minnows? sticklebacks?) leaping from the water at midges.

How tiny? I've never seen either of those leap.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: gib on May 09, 2020, 10:27:00 PM
Threw some bread in the river today and saw quite a few chub taking it from the surface. Also a pair of jays having a barney with a pair of magpies.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on May 10, 2020, 08:51:16 PM
Quote from: Brian Freeze on May 08, 2020, 11:25:40 PM

We had a crow on the bird table this morning

We had a pair of jays on the human table yesterday! we had a bbq and I left all the bits out on the garden table whilst I emptied the dishwasher and pottered for a hot minute in the kitchen. Popped back out to see two lovely bloody ruddy jays standing there amongst the glasses and crockery and cutlery and leftovers, one literally about to snaffle up a vegetarian sausage I had earmarked for me-self. Would have made a brilliant photo. Felt a bit sorry to disturb them but I really did want that sausage. They seemed a lot more willing to stand their ground than their usual skittish selves, only flew off when I came within 5m or so. They can definitely tell we are on the way out.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on May 10, 2020, 10:24:49 PM
Saw a lovely brown headed duck floating down river and a lovely green headed duck paddling up river today. Green head was trying bloody hard to be fair and I found myself cheering him on. I hope they meet!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on May 10, 2020, 10:35:16 PM
Female and male mallards.

I ate mallard recently. An odd taste
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on May 10, 2020, 10:40:07 PM
Well that's nice.

I caught the one in flight and it was really cool to see. Just mesmerised by it.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: king_tubby on May 10, 2020, 10:49:47 PM
They look nice, but they're actual rapists and necrophiles.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mallard#Breeding
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Cerys on May 10, 2020, 11:36:28 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on May 10, 2020, 10:35:16 PM
Female and male mallards.

I ate mallard recently. An odd taste

You're supposed to cook them, you know.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: idunnosomename on May 10, 2020, 11:40:01 PM
i saw a blackbird squashed on the road the other day. poor lil fucka
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on May 11, 2020, 08:11:47 AM
marsh fritillary spoffing out egg mass on to devil's bit scabious

(https://i.imgur.com/0nCMsbel.jpg)

(This is a really naughty picture for this thread because I reared the marsh fritillaries in captivity to try and breed them...shhhhhhh. let them go once I'd got the goods though)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on May 11, 2020, 08:53:37 AM
Quote from: king_tubby on May 10, 2020, 10:49:47 PM
They look nice, but they're actual rapists and necrophiles.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mallard#Breeding

I once stopped a potentially serious sexual assault by Edgbaston reservoir between 3 male and 1 female mallard. They flew out onto the road and one male was assaulting the female while the other looked on so I stopped the car and stepped in. To any one arriving seconds later I looked like a madman flailing at 4 ducks but I am glad I did my anthropomorphic bit.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: sick as a pike on May 11, 2020, 09:09:45 AM
Yes I've got a pond outside the kitchen window by which a pair of mallards spend early spring contentedly sitting. Then inevitably a few weeks later there's a massive quacky kerfuffle as five or so other males turn up with the apparent agenda "let's drown her then fuck her!"  I also run out to try to break it up, but they are extraordinarily determined.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Huxleys Babkins on May 11, 2020, 09:20:05 AM
Fox update!

Came home from the big shop on Saturday night to find the mother fox standing in the middle of the road just across from our drive. She ran out of the way across the road, but as I turned in, the cubs were all running out, panicked that their mum had run away.

I took avoiding action and now have a big scrape up the corner of the car where I hit the gate post. Luckily, no foxes were injured.

So, the car is now a casualty of these fox bastards, but the good news is that they are venturing out beyond the garden, so hopefully it won't be too long until they fuck right off and find their own homes.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on May 11, 2020, 10:58:44 AM
Interesting fox-tale, I hope very much to hear the happy ending.

To continue, briefly, with the mallards, I'm not a racist but here, our mallards pair up and potter about nicely, nesting in their usual spots.  There's a tiny rocky little island in the river for one pair and a bit of a cavelet, under an overhang, on a deep pool for the others.  They are perfectly heterosexual in their ways and keep to themselves.  Your filthy British mallards disgust me.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on May 15, 2020, 02:29:53 PM
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/may/15/rspb-flooded-with-reports-of-birds-of-prey-being-killed

Another lovely story which makes me happy to be a member of the human race.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on May 15, 2020, 04:44:59 PM
Wouldn't it be terrible if those responsible were to be abducted in the dead of night, pegged out naked on an exposed mountain top until nature took its course, culminating in a karmic Tibetan "sky burial"?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on May 15, 2020, 05:43:10 PM
Quote from: bgmnts on May 15, 2020, 02:29:53 PM
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/may/15/rspb-flooded-with-reports-of-birds-of-prey-being-killed

Another lovely story which makes me happy to be a member of the human race.

Wouldn't really surprise me if this isn't an increase in incidents just an increase in the number of people available to report incidents.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on May 15, 2020, 06:07:38 PM
ABSOLUTE CUNT FUCKERS

I've seen more raptors in the last 2 weeks than I've seen in a lifetime in the UK...
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Dex Sawash on May 15, 2020, 09:34:27 PM


(https://i.postimg.cc/6QxDYtD2/20200514-180625.jpg)


adolescent bunny in yard
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Cerys on May 15, 2020, 09:37:32 PM
Nah, that's a pinecone, mate.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Brian Freeze on May 16, 2020, 11:21:27 PM
I can see 4 pine cones. What do I win?

We seem to have a pair of pond skaters taken up residence. Big news.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Brian Freeze on May 16, 2020, 11:22:08 PM
Also - shit yard mate. No concrete.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twit 2 on May 16, 2020, 11:25:51 PM
Found this heartwarming:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/may/16/dara-mcanulty-nature-writing-diary-of-a-young-naturalist

Good luck, mate.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Poirots BigGarlickyCorpse on May 17, 2020, 12:09:56 AM
Walked through a cloud of huge black flies that appeared to have some sort of long stinger dangling out of them. Google tells me they're St. Mark's flies and the "long stinger" is actually their back legs hanging down. They're quite harmless and will all be dead soon after a massive fuckfest to make more St. Mark's flies.

Buzzed the back lawn two evenings ago and immediately a robin came to peck through the newly mown grass. I've spotted a thrush and a pair (male and female) of blackbirds.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Gurke and Hare on May 17, 2020, 02:37:44 PM
There was a jay in the garden yesterday, hooray! But it was probably hunting for nestlings, the bastard.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: king_tubby on May 17, 2020, 05:11:47 PM
Yesterday: two normal herons, an egret, grey lag and Canada geese, a solitary swan, mallards with their ducklings and a shit ton of gulls.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: spaghetamine on May 17, 2020, 06:33:14 PM
Been seeing foxes and bats pretty much every evening which is always nice, love me some shifty night creatures I do
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twit 2 on May 17, 2020, 06:39:08 PM
QuoteI have abandoned the dream kitchens for a low fire
and a prescriptive literature of the spirit;
a storm snores on the desolate sea.
The nearest shop is four miles away –
when I walk there through the shambles
of the morning for tea and firelighters
the mountain paces me in a snow-lit silence.
My days are spent in conversation
with deer and blackbirds;
at night fox and badger gather at my door.
I have stood for hours
watching a salmon doze in the tea-gold dark,
for months listening to the sob story
of a stone in the road, the best,
most monotonous sob story I have ever heard.

I am an expert on frost crystals
and the silence of crickets, a confidant
of the stinking shore, the stars in the mud –
there is an immanence in these things
which drives me, despite my scepticism,
almost to the point of speech,
like the sunlight cleaving the lake mist at morning
or when tepid water
runs cold at last from the tap.

I have been working for years
on a four-line poem
about the life of a leaf;
I think it might come out right this winter.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: sick as a pike on May 17, 2020, 07:03:55 PM
Quote from: Twit 2 on May 17, 2020, 06:39:08 PM

Wow.  I was going to guess Seamus Heaney, but I see it's not.  Bloody Hell, though.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twit 2 on May 17, 2020, 07:34:32 PM
Weirdly, of those three chums, Mahon is the least known to the general public. Longley somewhere in the middle and Heaney eclipsing. They're all amazing in their own way, but I like Mahon best. I remember being utterly blown away when I first read his complete poems. He's an absolute master, the poet's poet. Heaney and Longley were/are the first to say they're not worthy:

QuoteIn September 1963 Derek Mahon, Seamus Heaney and Michael Longley visited the County Down grave of the great Northern Irish poet Louis MacNeice, who had died a short time before. Longley, writing recently in the introduction to a selection of MacNeice's poems, recalled that as they "dawdled between the graves" all three then-unpublished poets were silently "contemplating an elegy". When they next met, Mahon read them "In Carrowdore Churchyard": "Your ashes will not stir, even on this high ground / However the wind tugs, the headstones shake". Seamus Heaney started to read his poem but "then crumpled it up". Longley says he decided not even to attempt the task. "Mahon had produced the definitive elegy."

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2006/jul/22/featuresreviews.guardianreview11
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: popcorn on May 20, 2020, 12:22:56 PM
Set up a DIY camera with a Raspberry Pi kit. First night's results:

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EYdCt_VX0AAG0Fc?format=jpg&name=large)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EYdCuAKWsAAQyW_?format=jpg&name=large)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EYdCtorWoAACq3X?format=jpg&name=medium)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Dex Sawash on May 20, 2020, 12:25:32 PM
Have got chipmunks around back but the cagey bastards refuse to be photographed. They are fucking cunts to Donald too so fuck em.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on May 21, 2020, 10:31:41 AM
Went out in to the garden this morning to find a right kerfuffle going on, all manner of birds going nuts down from the big sycamore tree at the bottom into the grass in next doors garden. Peered over the fence to see a jay with a blue tit dangling limply from its mouth, getting major bombardments from a cloud of mixed pissed-off avians, great tits, blue tits, song thrushes. Then it flew up with its prize back into the tree and proceeded to pluck the shit out of the little hapless bugger holding it against the branch with its talons looking for all the world like a proper well-hard raptor. Presume it was a fledgling to let itself go out like a sucker like that. Quite a nice spectacular bit of nature drama to have with your coffee. Quite interesting how all the different species got together to cause a fuss. I guess it's an 'if you tolerate this then your fledgling will be next' kind of deal.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on May 21, 2020, 10:44:06 AM
I've never seen a UK Jay - so many reports in this thread (are you UK based Zozya?)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on May 21, 2020, 12:21:11 PM
Yeah sadly, London. We seem to have a resident pair in the vicinity so I do see them a lot. Especially recently. They are normally very flighty and elusive and it is easy to overlook them but I swear that since the lockdown they seem to be completely changed, bold as brass, more like crows or magpies.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Pink Gregory on May 21, 2020, 03:40:36 PM
Saw a crow having a go at a heron over a graveyard the other day.

Balls of the man, I swear.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on May 21, 2020, 03:52:11 PM
Another majestic buzzard fucked off by a screeching gull yesterday. I love watching buzzards lazily circling, climbing in the thermals and wish these gulls would just piss off. I mean, they're SEA gulls for fuck's sake! What are they doing in Wolverhampton anyway?*


*(Yes, I know. What is anybody?)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Gurke and Hare on May 23, 2020, 11:58:46 AM
Important garden squirrel update.

(https://i.imgur.com/LOo7JMN.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/o6wAj5h.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on May 23, 2020, 12:04:58 PM
bread can't be good for them?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Dex Sawash on May 23, 2020, 12:10:42 PM
think he's humping it, not eating
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on May 23, 2020, 12:10:57 PM
Quote from: Twit 2 on May 17, 2020, 06:39:08 PM


This is unquestionably beautiful.  It's about my brother, I'm sure of it.  Thank you.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Spoon of Ploff on May 23, 2020, 12:38:12 PM
"the red kites are back Ted"

(https://i.imgur.com/ryqVv5p.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: jobotic on May 23, 2020, 12:43:38 PM
Went for a ride along the Medway with my son the other day. Was so nice I ran back there the next evening. Whitethroat in the bushes, reed warblers in the reeds - one of which was right fucking going for it with his loud electronics song - and a cuckoo cuckooing nearby. And not another soul.

Between Borstal and Wouldham is where I wanna be!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Cerys on May 23, 2020, 02:37:54 PM
Quote from: Gurke and Hare on May 23, 2020, 11:58:46 AM
Important garden squirrel update.

(https://i.imgur.com/LOo7JMN.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/o6wAj5h.jpg)

SQUIGGLE!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on May 23, 2020, 03:11:53 PM
Quote from: Cerys on May 23, 2020, 02:37:54 PM
SQUIGGLE!

! He insists on Mr. Squiggle when in the company of strangers, please.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: sick as a pike on May 23, 2020, 04:08:31 PM
Quote from: via Twit 2, previous pageI have abandoned the dream kitchens for a low fire
and a prescriptive literature of the spirit... etc
(Derek Mahon)
In the wake of grief, this has done for me. 
For reasons of stupendous vanity but also comfort, here's me rendering it less poetic today.

https://vocaroo.com/35KWfkuuFMB
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Head Gardener on May 23, 2020, 05:26:01 PM
(https://cdn1.img.sputniknews.com/img/107940/02/1079400263_0:1:1325:717_1000x0_80_0_1_cb5931bd82cd749439929861ec67c9d1.jpg.webp)

sorry to report that Hitler's alligator (https://www.berliner-zeitung.de/mensch-metropole/hitlers-alligator-84-jaehrig-in-moskau-gestorben-li.84244) is dead, but hey 84 c'mon!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on May 24, 2020, 08:24:41 AM
Quote from: sick as a pike on May 23, 2020, 04:08:31 PM
(Derek Mahon)
In the wake of grief, this has done for me. 
For reasons of stupendous vanity but also comfort, here's me rendering it less poetic today.

https://vocaroo.com/35KWfkuuFMB (https://vocaroo.com/35KWfkuuFMB)

Daring stuff pikey, daring stuff.  Thank you for sharing it with us, we few, we sappy few, we band of solitary volish nature peepers.  Ta old bat.  Thanks for that.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Cerys on May 25, 2020, 01:12:34 AM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on May 23, 2020, 03:11:53 PM
! He insists on Mr. Squiggle when in the company of strangers, please.

MR. SQUIGGLE!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Birdie on May 25, 2020, 06:46:29 AM
Why is it the Brits introduced crap mammals  like rats and possums to NZ but didn't bring the awesome ones like squirrels and foxes? Sure, they'd devastate the native flora and fauna but they'd do it with maximum cuteness.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on May 25, 2020, 10:57:50 AM
Wobbled out into the garden this morning with my tea and sat listening to the Swifts screeching overhead. For a constant screeching sound it was supremely relaxing.

Eta - this link may be of interest to any fellow swift fans: https://markavery.info/2020/05/14/rspb-press-release-swifts/
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on May 25, 2020, 11:10:11 AM
Quote from: Birdie on May 25, 2020, 06:46:29 AM
Why is it the Brits introduced crap mammals  like rats and possums

What!?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on May 25, 2020, 11:16:42 AM
Quote from: paruses on May 25, 2020, 10:57:50 AM
Wobbled out into the garden this morning with my tea and sat listening to the Swifts screeching overhead. For a constant screeching sound it was supremely relaxing.

You're so right.  I forgot to say, yesterday, went out, looked up and saw huge ponderous iridescent bubbles, a child had made them, floating up and across the dark pure blue, being hunted by screeching swifts.  Was incredibly beautiful.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on May 25, 2020, 11:36:34 AM
Thanks for the edit link, paruses, it even has a video on how to make your own swift box.  I live in a place where they return to nest every year and any fool can tell that their numbers (and those of the swallows, even more) have declined enormously.  Not convinced it's all down to loss of nest sites.  Where I am the nests remain year after year and you can see there are now some that are no longer being used, right next to used ones.  My feeling is that pollution and agriculture are destroying their food sources.  Again, from personal experience, the number of insects here has diminished noticeably. 

I'm going to make myself at least one box, I'll try to do a fair few and put them up anyway.  I sometimes wonder if our geckos (Hemidactylus turcicus (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mediterranean_house_gecko)) might be raiding nests.  I see them occasionally at night, really big specimens, sidling up the walls towards the nests.

Also saw this https://www.swift-conservation.org/swift_bricks.htm for anyone thinking about making something more substantial.  What a great idea.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Gurke and Hare on May 25, 2020, 02:29:21 PM
Quote from: bgmnts on May 25, 2020, 11:10:11 AM
What!?

I guess it was the Brits that bought possums across from Australia?

Am I imagining this, or does New Zealand have no native mammals?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on May 25, 2020, 02:33:37 PM
It certainly has lovely seal types.  I think they count.  Can't type for shit though.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: gib on May 25, 2020, 02:56:19 PM
and bats
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Gurke and Hare on May 25, 2020, 03:31:10 PM
Possibly no land mammals? Not sure if that covers bats or not.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on May 25, 2020, 03:34:21 PM
Quote from: Gurke and Hare on May 25, 2020, 02:29:21 PM
I guess it was the Brits that bought possums across from Australia?

Am I imagining this, or does New Zealand have no native mammals?

I was objecting to rats and possums being crap mammals.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on May 25, 2020, 03:59:33 PM
Quote from: Gurke and Hare on May 25, 2020, 03:31:10 PM
Possibly no land mammals? Not sure if that covers bats or not.

Bats aren't sea creatures.  I stand by that.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Dex Sawash on May 25, 2020, 08:58:24 PM
Quote from: Gurke and Hare on May 25, 2020, 03:31:10 PM
Possibly no land mammals? Not sure if that covers bats or not.

Certainly a birdie
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on May 25, 2020, 09:43:47 PM
A female mallard flew a foot above my head earlier and I watched it as it flew past me. When I turned back around, I caught the end of another female mallard spraying out an enormous puddle of faeces on thr pavement.

Beautiful, in its own way.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Cerys on May 26, 2020, 02:29:42 AM
Quote from: Buelligan on May 25, 2020, 11:16:42 AM
You're so right.  I forgot to say, yesterday, went out, looked up and saw huge ponderous iridescent bubbles, a child had made them, floating up and across the dark pure blue, being hunted by screeching swifts.  Was incredibly beautiful.

That sounds so lovely.  Jealous now.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Birdie on May 26, 2020, 08:12:32 PM
Quote from: Dex Sawash on May 25, 2020, 08:58:24 PM
Certainly a birdie

An old bat indeed;(

But yes, all we had were bats and seals (dolphins and whales don't count as far as I'm concerned). Not as cuddly as a squirrel.  Thanks for the hedgehog though, I'd forgotten about them.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: phosphoresce on May 27, 2020, 01:29:01 AM
I've been having fun with the BirdNET bird song identifier app. You take a recording, it does a little analysis of the sound pattern, then throws up a likely match. It creates a library of your sound files too, with their respective matches. It's been largely song thrushes, chiffchaffs, robins and goldfinches in my local park so far. It's like a wholesome, uncool Pokemon GO.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on May 27, 2020, 08:56:49 AM
I've been using BirdNET too and have found it really useful but I'm not too sure about the "wild guess" function. I was surprised to discover that the unseen bird squawking in my small garden in suburban Wolverhampton this morning was possibly a common pheasant.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on May 27, 2020, 09:03:01 AM
Also been using that app. Its fantastic. The only wild guess so far that was the same as me guessing a football question in a pub quiz has been shelduck, whilst in a wood. The others have been pretty much plausible.

Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on May 27, 2020, 09:15:54 AM
Quote from: Voltan (Man of Steel) on May 27, 2020, 08:56:49 AM
I've been using BirdNET too and have found it really useful but I'm not too sure about the "wild guess" function. I was surprised to discover that the unseen bird squawking in my small garden in suburban Wolverhampton this morning was possibly a common pheasant.

A pheasant is one of the most distinctive.  Pah-hah-hah-hah-boomp!  They scream.  Unmistakable.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on May 27, 2020, 09:26:35 AM
Yes, it didn't sound much like a pheasant. A few seconds earlier the app tentatively identified the same bird as a starling. I think somehow it knows I'm an ignoramus and is taking the piss.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on May 27, 2020, 09:29:27 AM
Quote from: Voltan (Man of Steel) on May 27, 2020, 09:26:35 AM
Yes, it didn't sound much like a pheasant. A few seconds earlier the app tentatively identified the same bird as a starling. I think somehow it knows I'm an ignoramus and is taking the piss.

as was noted earlier in the thread by Buellers, Starlings are multi-lingual
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: the midnight watch baboon on May 27, 2020, 09:36:30 AM
(https://i.postimg.cc/JzMzgsx6/cyg.jpg)

Not very good with lighting but here's some swans and their little brood of cutesy cygnets inspecting their upper vertebrae, near Cambridge at the weekend.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Thomas on May 29, 2020, 06:41:50 PM
There's a nest of blue tits across from our house. Very high up in an old wall. A pair (I presume the same) nested there last year. It's nice to watch them come and go, and to hear the unseen chicks cheeping whenever they return.

Howwwwever, I was upset this morning to spot one of the local cats with a blue tit in its mouth. We have a cat, too, but he's not allowed outside on account of a blood poorliness. The culprit is a lovely cat, but it's such a shame.

I went out and found the surviving parent in the branches above, staring the cat down and chirping its urgent warning call. Once I cleared the cat off, the bird turned its chirps on me. Poor desperate thing. I contacted our local wildlife volunteer lads to ask their opinion on the nest's chance of survival with just one parent. There could be seven or eight chicks, perhaps only days from fledling. A sad shame if they all come to nothing.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on May 29, 2020, 06:48:56 PM
Quote from: the midnight watch baboon on May 27, 2020, 09:36:30 AM
(https://i.postimg.cc/JzMzgsx6/cyg.jpg)

Not very good with lighting but here's some swans and their little brood of cutesy cygnets inspecting their upper vertebrae, near Cambridge at the weekend.

There is a pair on a hidden lake near me (on Lord Ridley's land) but no cygnets. The weird man said they might be a young pair new to the lake. I did see what looked like a nesting site with loads of feathers and assumed a fox had been and decimated it. They are on the other side now on a partial island that looks a bit like your picture without the grass behind. I would have thought they would pick less exposed places to nest, like the island in the middle of the lake. (its a small lake, smaller now with all this good weather).
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Poirots BigGarlickyCorpse on May 29, 2020, 10:46:26 PM
Saw four bunny rabbits all together in a nearby housing estate earlier this week. Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail and Peter.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: holyzombiejesus on May 29, 2020, 11:57:57 PM
Unseen so far but hear a cuckoo outside at about 8pm each night. Seems to come from near my neighbour's patio doors. Chirrups away a few times then goes silent for about an hour. Feel so privileged to hear it.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on May 30, 2020, 01:59:40 AM
Yeah will say the dynamic birdsong being chirped, squawked and warbled into the air is breathtaking at the moment.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: phosphoresce on May 30, 2020, 11:22:28 PM
More lovely European Goldfinches in the garden today, singing away. Here's a (surprisingly lyrical!) description from Wikipedia:

QuoteThe song is a pleasant silvery twittering. The call is a melodic tickeLIT, and the song is a pleasant tinkling medley of trills and twitters, but always including the tri-syllabic call phrase or a teLLIT-teLLIT-teLLIT.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Cold Meat Platter on May 30, 2020, 11:43:27 PM
Saw a big bee and a small bee.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Cerys on May 31, 2020, 04:33:16 AM
Are you sure the small bee wasn't just further away?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on May 31, 2020, 09:33:01 AM
Ringed plover and heron at Big Waters
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on May 31, 2020, 11:11:30 AM
We've hit the jackpot with spikey fruit -- we had some suspicion that we might have a hedgehog or two finally coming back to the party palace*, but we needed to fix the wildlife camera. Got it fixed, trained it on the garden, and got the usual 12,000 photos of two of the neighbours' cats visiting and doing their rounds, a lot of pigeons, and finally, Thursday night, a hedgehog bimbling around in the lilies.

Set the camera up last night to train it specifically on the party palace, and got dozens of snaps of the fat little fruit, nosing around, chowing down on kitten food, lounging by the pool/water dish.

I'll pull some of the photos off the camera a bit later today; they're all in nightvision mode, so everyone's eyes look like laser beams.



*We had regular visitors for a while last year, then a bastard badger showed up. We set humane traps, and a hedgehog spent the night in one by mistake. Mr Attila put him in the hedgehog house we've got at the end of the garden with some water and kibble, and he seemed to be all right -- but then the next morning the entire section of tiles near the party palace was wall-to-wall spikes and blood, with a lot of badger-shaped footprints. Nothing after that for the rest of the summer -- so we're quite happy this fat little dude has shown up.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Cerys on May 31, 2020, 11:35:26 AM
Maybe the poor hedgehog was the badger's last meal.  Happened in Brock the Badger, from what I remember.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: gib on June 02, 2020, 12:46:22 PM
(https://i.postimg.cc/FKm3hswR/IMG-20200602-123409.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/Sxcc0zT3/IMG-20200602-123620.jpg)

Some kind of damsel flies. Been red ones for weeks now the green ones have showed up. Don't know the proper names, paging Flouncer.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Flouncer on June 02, 2020, 01:02:37 PM
Ah great! There are two species of red damselfly, the large and the small - I think that's a male large red (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) because it has black legs. The other one is a female banded demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens), I reckon. Lovely stuff gib. :-)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: gib on June 02, 2020, 01:16:36 PM
much obliged!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Ferris on June 02, 2020, 01:30:08 PM
A couple of turtles in the park not observing social distancing and putting the wind up the local ducks

(https://i.imgur.com/hvxSkSZ.jpg)

There's a whole family of them apparently...
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on June 02, 2020, 09:17:23 PM
Happy to report that the Hedgehog Party Palace is in full swing. Over the past two days, we've caught on camera a mating pair of hedgehogs (not in the sexy time act, although we did get snaps of one of them taking an enormous shit), a black cat I've never seen before, a squirrel, a few birds (robin, crow, little brown bird), and last night a big ol' fox.

Diversity reigns at the Party Palace.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on June 02, 2020, 09:19:04 PM
Hedgehog scat porn mmm
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Jittlebags on June 02, 2020, 10:02:05 PM
Trialling some new footpaths within 5 miles of home, and saw something brown in some scrub. Turned out to be a fox. We had a good mutual stare for about 5 minutes. Rubbish phone photo, but here he/she is:

(https://i.ibb.co/7NNXMMv/fox.png)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Huxleys Babkins on June 02, 2020, 10:48:35 PM
Foxes!

Or, more specifically, a lack of foxes. We haven't seen nor heard them at all since last Thursday. We're presuming they've moved on, which is what we wanted, but also a bit sad because we'd become so used to having them about. It was like having four free puppies and a dog that you didn't have to bother looking after.

We're not going to dismantle or fill in the den just yet in case they come back (apparently foxes can have multiple dens so there's a chance they're hiding out somewhere and may return), but we've been going through "their" stuff. It seems the mother has been stealing random odd shoes from peoples' gardens for them to play with, including a very nice, brand new Adidas from a pair that goes for about 90 quid. Whoopsie. We also found a child's teddy bear with most of it's neck ripped open which they probably used to play hunt with. "They forgot their bear!" I exclaimed and choked up a little bit. I knew this day would come, but I thought we'd get another month out of them.

Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on June 02, 2020, 11:28:20 PM
I had tears at the teddy part
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twonty Gostelow on June 04, 2020, 01:43:45 AM
As of last month, a new live webcam on Skomer Island showing the puffin colony, currently at their most active. Infrared cam during darkness too.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xe1f5OMrvMY

I've been there once in the summer and they're just magical to watch, walking around tamely right in front of you.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on June 04, 2020, 11:45:51 AM
The damselflies have started appearing at the pond, making the beast with two backs and laying eggs on the pond plants...

Got both red and blue at the mo which is nice, don't know if they have recently emerged from my pond or are visitors from elsewhere.

I think they are likely the only two resident odonata as its a very small pond but last year had stopovers from demoiselle damselfly, common hawker, common darter and broad-bellied chaser. Love these guys. 
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on June 04, 2020, 12:39:30 PM
Had a walk up to a lake in the hills the other day and there were loads of the little blue and red damselflies. Also several common hawkers I think but not sure - took a photo and will try to identify later or just post it for Flouncer when I have given up.

Can hear loads of blackcaps and garden warblers at moment and saw first sedge warbler of the year the other day. Lots of wheatear knocking about too on the salt marshes. Also seen quite a few male pied flycatchers which is lovely.

Have seen a lot more greater spotted woodpeckers than usual as well. Thoroughly enjoying LOCKDOWN to be honest.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twonty Gostelow on June 04, 2020, 01:20:12 PM
Feeding time for juvenile tits (wildlife sub-forum name?) and sparrows on the back lawn an hour ago.
A couple of video stills:
(https://i.imgur.com/U4Swcxm.png)

(https://i.imgur.com/R42cXPK.png)

Photos - all shot through the window, so not crystal clear.
(https://i.imgur.com/VcVecNf.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/drog0LH.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/pdYQGvx.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/YLPDW9N.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twonty Gostelow on June 04, 2020, 01:34:26 PM
Another one of adult and youngster. Always notice at this time of year (with robins as well) just how utterly shagged out the adults look.

(https://i.imgur.com/tYSQtkF.jpg)

Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on June 04, 2020, 01:43:15 PM
Lovely pictures. The adults do look so knackered and scruffy but they'll have that lovely post-breeding moult soon and be all shiny and new.

I love how yellow the blue tits are when they are juvs.

Saw a juvenile robin on my walk today  - all speckled and green but still robin shaped. So weird.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Gurke and Hare on June 04, 2020, 02:59:22 PM
Young robins are great. Apart from anything else, I love how grumpy they look.

(https://i.imgur.com/ARyGYGz.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on June 04, 2020, 04:16:36 PM
Yes - I love their grumpiness too. I forgot to add that + how great I think they are and not just weird looking. Always find it so strange that they turn into what the adult looks like. Can't think of another common british bird that does that (there's probably loads).
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Ferris on June 04, 2020, 04:17:25 PM
[tag]are you looking at my bird[/tag]
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Spoon of Ploff on June 04, 2020, 04:24:00 PM
lovely baby birdie shots folks.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Pdine on June 04, 2020, 04:33:54 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/IIv0YvP.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/d2d30d7.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/6bqI7Tf.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twonty Gostelow on June 04, 2020, 04:35:02 PM
Quote from: Gurke and Hare on June 04, 2020, 02:59:22 PM
Young robins are great. Apart from anything else, I love how grumpy they look.

(https://i.imgur.com/ARyGYGz.jpg)

Yes! The grumpy painted clown mouth. This is the young sparrow from the previous pics:

(https://i.imgur.com/WjNkOfY.jpg)

A goldfinch parent and nipper turned up later. "One day you'll have a bright red bonce like mine. It was all fields here when I was young."

(https://i.imgur.com/KwKkvjU.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twonty Gostelow on June 04, 2020, 04:35:48 PM
^^ Ace kite pic, Pdine.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on June 04, 2020, 07:20:57 PM
Don't ask me how I know, but that bird's a knob
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Head Gardener on June 04, 2020, 09:08:35 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/j0ZU0Kd.jpg)

topical
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on June 05, 2020, 09:29:36 PM
Saw a group of rabbits, nine I think, by the hedge (complete with warren entrances) behind some allotments next to a football field.  Hope they dont get ferreted or shot by cunts.

The buck was chasing another one,  possibly a doe or a younger male, quite vigorously.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twit 2 on June 05, 2020, 10:14:34 PM
GIVE A FUCK ABOUT DEER MATE
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on June 06, 2020, 07:58:44 PM
Saw a river rat today! Its made a home right by a carpark on the riverbank.

It scurried off as I tried to take a picture the bugger. They all do; birds, squirrels, rats.

Even the animals don't like me.

I am a nature voyeur though it seems, I can't get enough of it. I get so excited now seeing a new bird I havent seen before, even birds I have seen before. I thought an appreciation for birds was an age related thing but evidently not.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Spoon of Ploff on June 07, 2020, 10:40:58 AM
Saw and heard a pair of Stonechats on m'walk this morning. Never even knew they were a thing. Was only able to get an identification by the sound they make... which is like hitting to small stones together. Hence the name: Stonechat.

Here's a pic (not mine, sadly).

(https://www.birdspot.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/stonechat-2.jpg)

Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Ferris on June 07, 2020, 12:38:17 PM
This sounds sarcastic, but I am really enjoying all the nice animal photos on here. Nice.

Saw a couple of Kentucky warblers in the park - sounds banal (and probably is) but they were so yellow. Never seen one before, looked like it had been dipped in hi vis paint.

(https://external-content.duckduckgo.com/iu/?u=https%3A%2F%2Ftse1.mm.bing.net%2Fth%3Fid%3DOIP.fFBouPImK-aAbXKQzm7zpwHaFY%26pid%3DApi&f=1)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twonty Gostelow on June 07, 2020, 03:37:27 PM
Quote from: Spoon of Ploff on June 07, 2020, 10:40:58 AM
Saw and heard a pair of Stonechats on m'walk this morning. Never even knew they were a thing. Was only able to get an identification by the sound they make... which is like hitting to small stones together. Hence the name: Stonechat.

Here's a pic (not mine, sadly).

(https://www.birdspot.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/stonechat-2.jpg)

I was lucky to get a few photos of a stonechat over sand dunes on the Welsh coast. They don't usually hang around if they know they're being watched. This was April 2018 and I haven't seen one since.

(https://i.imgur.com/80RrxHK.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/GQDeHOp.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on June 07, 2020, 03:41:48 PM
Is there a collective name for these small fat birds? They are my favourite kinds of birds.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Ferris on June 07, 2020, 03:44:38 PM
Quote from: bgmnts on June 07, 2020, 03:41:48 PM
Is there a collective name for these small fat birds?

[insert horrible bernard manning joke here]

I think they're called hedgerow birds or something? Might have made that up though.

Out of interest - you people with your nice photos, are you using DSLRs or nice cameras to take them? Phone cameras are absolute shit for anything more than 10ft away
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twonty Gostelow on June 07, 2020, 04:16:41 PM
Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on June 07, 2020, 03:44:38 PM
I think they're called hedgerow birds or something? Might have made that up though.

I call them fluffernutters.

QuoteOut of interest - you people with your nice photos, are you using DSLRs or nice cameras to take them? Phone cameras are absolute shit for anything more than 10ft away

Mine's a Sony Cybershot DSC-HX90V, about 4 years old. I know next to nothing about photography, but it's got a 30x zoom and records decent video footage. Easy to carry, fits into trouser pockets even. I don't use a tripod.
It doesn't do slow motion video though, which I'd probably want if I bought again.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on June 07, 2020, 06:14:58 PM
Quote from: Twonty Gostelow on June 07, 2020, 03:37:27 PM
I was lucky to get a few photos of a stonechat over sand dunes on the Welsh coast. They don't usually hang around if they know they're being watched. This was April 2018 and I haven't seen one since.

They are still around rest assured. Have seen several pairs this year and am on the coast - mid-Wales.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on June 07, 2020, 06:18:56 PM
Quote from: bgmnts on June 07, 2020, 03:41:48 PM
Is there a collective name for these small fat birds? They are my favourite kinds of birds.

How do you mean? Birds like stonechat and blue tits are passerines - perching birds. Sorry for the boring answer. Fluffernutters is better.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Ferris on June 07, 2020, 08:11:07 PM
Quote from: Twonty Gostelow on June 07, 2020, 04:16:41 PM
I call them fluffernutters.

Mine's a Sony Cybershot DSC-HX90V, about 4 years old. I know next to nothing about photography, but it's got a 30x zoom and records decent video footage. Easy to carry, fits into trouser pockets even. I don't use a tripod.
It doesn't do slow motion video though, which I'd probably want if I bought again.

Good to know, thanks.

The in-laws got us a nice camera for Christmas right before my son was born (with the implicit "take a shitload of pictures and send them to us") but I've never used it because the phone camera is so good and handy. I always have it on me more or less, I rarely think to take a camera out (in fact I never do).

You'd have to go out with the explicit aim of taking photos and I'm not conditioned to do that. Must start, really.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on June 07, 2020, 08:12:25 PM
Quote from: paruses on June 07, 2020, 06:18:56 PM
How do you mean? Birds like stonechat and blue tits are passerines - perching birds. Sorry for the boring answer. Fluffernutters is better.

Fluffernutters it is.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Brian Freeze on June 07, 2020, 11:00:49 PM
Had a quality wren fly by and perch jauntily for three moments this afternoon. Possibly my favourite bird.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on June 10, 2020, 10:02:10 PM
Saw a huge bird perched on a fallen branch in the afon! It was black with greyish or browniah tint and with a huge, greyish beak. It was bigger than a mallard.

I think maybe it was a cormorant? It was spectacular, whatever it was.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Cerys on June 11, 2020, 04:38:53 AM
Quote from: paruses on June 07, 2020, 06:14:58 PM
They are still around rest assured. Have seen several pairs this year and am on the coast - mid-Wales.

Aberystwyth?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Brian Freeze on June 11, 2020, 10:24:14 AM
Attila - I'm sure you've been asked this before but please could you recommend a wildlife camera? There's a lot of choice! Towards the economy end of the market is our price range.
We've been putting out unsalted nuts near a couple of badger setts and the kids are too small to stay up till dusk at this time of year.

We've got lots of bugs in the pond now, the water has gone crystal clear in the last couple of days and we can see loads of larvae, water fleas, a couple of flavours of diving beetle and have almost forty baby pond skaters bezzing about. The mother has hung around but dad effed off a long time ago.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on June 11, 2020, 10:25:01 AM
I will echo the request for a cheap camera for taking snappy snaps of wildlife.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on June 11, 2020, 10:51:25 AM
Quote from: Brian Freeze on June 11, 2020, 10:24:14 AM
Attila - I'm sure you've been asked this before but please could you recommend a wildlife camera? There's a lot of choice! Towards the economy end of the market is our price range.
We've been putting out unsalted nuts near a couple of badger setts and the kids are too small to stay up till dusk at this time of year.

We've got lots of bugs in the pond now, the water has gone crystal clear in the last couple of days and we can see loads of larvae, water fleas, a couple of flavours of diving beetle and have almost forty baby pond skaters bezzing about. The mother has hung around but dad effed off a long time ago.

Lidl were selling one the other day - I know it varies from store to store - couldn't vouch for the quality but was about £70 and looked like a claymore mine. Also that sort of thing come with a no-quibble guarantee for 3 years (which they honour based on my experience with a faulty impact driver - just keep the receipt).
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on June 11, 2020, 10:53:50 AM
Quote from: Cerys on June 11, 2020, 04:38:53 AM
Aberystwyth?

Bit further up - Tywyn, Fairbourne, and Dolgellau.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on June 11, 2020, 11:19:44 AM
Mr Attila bought ours as a way to track our big goon of a cat when he escaped (after only one week, but we got him back again thanks to Mr Gus the neighbour's cat).

It's an Apeman, and if you look them up on Amazon, they come in a load of price ranges and features. Ours has night-vision, which is really what we've been using it for -- we've collected dozens of hedgehog photos as the little guys and gals come to visit the party palace all night (plus assorted bords, foxes, and a number of visiting neighbours' cats).

It's a nice little camera, holds an sd card -- it stopped taking photos for a while, but Mr Attila records it's because the card filled up -- it's pretty sensitive to movement, so you can end up with loads of photos of insects flying by or when the grass sways in the wind. It's great when it comes to adjusting to the ambivent light; some of the early morning sunshine-lit photos have been gorgeous.

I need to post some of them here -- bear in mind they're not properly framed like some of the beautiful wildlife photos posted in this thread, but it's still really neat to catch the party palace visitors just messing about. One of the more recent nice ones is a magpie caught in the act of taking off -- just a blur of black and white, but you get a full sense of the energy exploding from its body as it takes off.

It's really fun to view through the photos every morning to see who'se stopped by. Plus we've got lots of goofy hedgehog faces now, as they've been caught in mid-drink, or scratching themselves.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: popcorn on June 11, 2020, 12:34:19 PM
Can anyone identify the nature of this mysterious hole that has appeared in my garden? Is this a badger hangout?

(https://i.imgur.com/oi4v6td.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on June 11, 2020, 01:11:28 PM
Quote from: bgmnts on June 10, 2020, 10:02:10 PM
Saw a huge bird perched on a fallen branch in the afon! It was black with greyish or browniah tint and with a huge, greyish beak. It was bigger than a mallard.

I think maybe it was a cormorant? It was spectacular, whatever it was.

Yeah cormorants are surprisingly big when you get a proper look at them out of the water. Proper prehistoric beasts.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Cerys on June 12, 2020, 04:55:59 AM
Quote from: popcorn on June 11, 2020, 12:34:19 PM
Can anyone identify the nature of this mysterious hole that has appeared in my garden? Is this a badger hangout?

(https://i.imgur.com/oi4v6td.jpg)

Badgers have a habit of digging out a lot of soil when making a sett.  The lack of external soil here suggests that the hole wasn't so much caused by a badger as it was the result of subsidence or a very large earthworm.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twit 2 on June 12, 2020, 06:55:48 AM
Quote from: popcorn on June 11, 2020, 12:34:19 PM
Can anyone identify the nature of this mysterious hole that has appeared in my garden? Is this a badger hangout?

(https://i.imgur.com/oi4v6td.jpg)

Stanley Yelnats did it.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Brian Freeze on June 12, 2020, 08:13:40 AM
Thankyou Paruses and Attila, will look into those options.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Spoon of Ploff on June 14, 2020, 01:31:31 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/JQFEVzO.jpg)

There were two of three o these woodpecker types flying from tree to tree yesterday. Maybe they'd lost some cider?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Spoon of Ploff on June 14, 2020, 07:08:20 PM
Quote from: Spoon of Ploff on June 07, 2020, 10:40:58 AM
Saw and heard a pair of Stonechats ...

Got this badly wrong... It was a fledgling Blackcap, not a stonechat... Here's another crap picture I took.

(https://i.imgur.com/ZGNX98m.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on June 14, 2020, 08:14:28 PM
Fucksake Ploff, rookie mistake*.

Saw a seagull fly away with a dead mouse in its beak and then 20 minutes later I saw a crushed mallard on the road.

The difference in feelings towards these two sights was startling and palpable.



*just joking, they're all Fluffernutters to me.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on June 14, 2020, 08:35:02 PM
Not a crap photo at all.

Read this morning in The County Times that a nightingale had been heard for the first in 40 years in Montgomeryshire. Looking on the Montgomeryshire Bird Recorder list it looks like it was in Machynlleth beginning of June.

[Edit to remove geographic ignorance]
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: holyzombiejesus on June 14, 2020, 09:12:38 PM
Anyone able to identify a bird song just from a crap description? Heard one the other day that I couldn't recall hearing before. It was just two notes, repeated, AB AB AB. Sounded squeeky.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on June 14, 2020, 09:15:12 PM
Quote from: holyzombiejesus on June 14, 2020, 09:12:38 PM
It was just two notes, repeated, AB AB AB. Sounded squeeky.

Did a neighbour have an Oasis album on?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on June 14, 2020, 09:24:42 PM
A great tit maybe. Supposedly sounds like the word "teacher".

Also fits in with the Oasis possibility.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: holyzombiejesus on June 14, 2020, 10:44:38 PM
Quote from: paruses on June 14, 2020, 09:24:42 PM
A great tit maybe. Supposedly sounds like the word "teacher".

That's the one! Cheers.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on June 14, 2020, 10:49:09 PM
Quote from: bgmnts on June 07, 2020, 03:41:48 PM
Is there a collective name for these small fat birds? They are my favourite kinds of birds.

Borbs
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on June 16, 2020, 11:28:20 AM
Just catching up with this thread today, some fantastic photographs.  Such a huge pleasure, thank you everyone who's posted, you've made me start wishing for a camera and filled my eyes and head with beauty. 

Wanted to report a newborn deer sighting.  Walking to work Friday, very early, stopped for a little sip of water under some green oaks near the river and heard that explosive swishing noise you hear when a biggish animal leaps to its feet in undergrowth.  Right on the other side of the tree (I was downwind).  Ignored it for a moment because I assumed it was a sanglier, I often see them round there, it's by the little river.  Then heard a plaintive repetitive squeaking cry, thought it was a bird's alarm call for a mo, but then thought, no.  Poked my head round the tree and there was a new newborn deer calf.  I left immediately, slowly and as quietly as I could manage but it was so heartmeltingly vulnerable.  So beautiful.  Would do again, if I could be sure not to disturb.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Clatty McCutcheon on June 16, 2020, 07:37:36 PM
Yeah, some excellent bird and insect photos recently. 

Not a great quality shot, I'm afraid, but I managed to quickly snap this cuckoo[nb]I think. possibly a juvenile one?[/nb] the other day.  Usually you hear them more than see them, but this one was happy to sit out in the open long enough for me to scramble for my small digital with zoom lens.

I briefly thought that it might have been a juvenile sparrowhawk or merlin (the small falcon, not the wizard), but alas not.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/rVR5M4jPcAMDg-U4vyJqTAt7C1ZETKzYBFt7exqItmHbNZfVg9acERnqMFXCA89ZFdWoHAsQ2hh29Bt86jlOipuNV2ge-ecPqef82SogGSSB6xXlM87aDImBAcUcdS5RO2HXVq8o2g=w2400)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on June 17, 2020, 09:33:51 AM
Don't think that's a cuckoo mate? head and body look wrong shape to me -
(https://static.nationalgeographic.co.uk/files/styles/image_3200/public/Screen%20Shot%202019-05-21%20at%2009.57.16.png?w=1600&h=900)
(https://www.rspb.org.uk/globalassets/images/birds-and-wildlife/bird-species-illustrations/cuckoo_grey_female_1200x675.jpg?preset=largelandscape_mobile)
(https://www.rspb.org.uk/globalassets/images/birds-and-wildlife/bird-species-illustrations/cuckoo_juvenile_1200x675.jpg?preset=largelandscape_mobile)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on June 17, 2020, 10:23:13 AM
Non-binary pigeon
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on June 17, 2020, 12:36:53 PM
It didn't look particularly cukooish to me either.  My immediate assumption when I saw it was a young game bird, pheasant or something. 

But it's sitting on a post, not a very pheasanty thing to do. 

(http://www.eimagesite.net/Ephotos/4878.jpg?prid=4878;size=0;c=1;frame=juvenile%20Pheasant;viewer=imagen;mbr=en)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on June 17, 2020, 12:40:50 PM
My bird ID app says its a lesser spotted eagle.

:)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on June 17, 2020, 12:45:28 PM
I think I can successfully identify that app as  crap.  :)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on June 17, 2020, 12:53:45 PM
Quote from: Buelligan on June 17, 2020, 12:45:28 PM
I think I can successfully identify that app as  crap.  :)

they all are pretty rubbish - identifying my footsteps as Herring Gull, my cough as Carrion Crow and silence as Blackbird...rubbish. It got greenfinch and goldfinch correct.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on June 17, 2020, 01:24:56 PM
Ah, it's probably brilliant then.  Saw a couple of enormous cicadas just hanging about on my way home today.  Normally they're quite shy.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Clatty McCutcheon on June 17, 2020, 01:47:03 PM
I've been reliably informed that my 'cuckoo' is, in fact, a mistle thrush, as photographed much more skilfully by Gurke & Hare earlier in the thread.

(https://i.imgur.com/SsX2lbA.jpg)

Back to bird ID remedial class for me - I was lured by some cuckoos calling nearby to think the thrush was one of their own.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on June 17, 2020, 01:49:06 PM
Heh.  I was just ruminating on a thrush.  Size is a problem too.  Father Dougal's Quandry.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Clatty McCutcheon on June 17, 2020, 02:18:46 PM
Yeah, it was bigger than I would have thought, but it seems mistle thrushes are bigger than song thrushes.

The only other offering I have to make amends for my shite ID skills is this brown hare that I snapped a couple of weeks ago (if anyone says it's a rabbit, I'm going to cry).  My 'slightly out of focus images of drably-coloured wildlife' calendar for 2021 is slowly coming together.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/EEkc2WETFxysm7hjF2KObA68GR25IbXpFK0zUeixo-VAxsgA4idmLw1vrzcpCvTft5KjjbNs-lHXJrWggWQGQ774Bh9KIViflITICn2CqzbabroSSWAE06mgIM2O0F8wyP2CHQtydQ=w2400)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Elderly Sumo Prophecy on June 17, 2020, 02:24:21 PM
There is a big bastard heron that lurks near our pond in our back garden, and it keeps eating our goldfish. If I ever catch it in the act I will throw a rock at it.
Title: Clatty's hare
Post by: Buelligan on June 17, 2020, 03:51:16 PM
Quote from: Clatty McCutcheon on June 17, 2020, 02:18:46 PM
Yeah, it was bigger than I would have thought, but it seems mistle thrushes are bigger than song thrushes.

The only other offering I have to make amends for my shite ID skills is this brown hare that I snapped a couple of weeks ago (if anyone says it's a rabbit, I'm going to cry).  My 'slightly out of focus images of drably-coloured wildlife' calendar for 2021 is slowly coming together.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/EEkc2WETFxysm7hjF2KObA68GR25IbXpFK0zUeixo-VAxsgA4idmLw1vrzcpCvTft5KjjbNs-lHXJrWggWQGQ774Bh9KIViflITICn2CqzbabroSSWAE06mgIM2O0F8wyP2CHQtydQ=w2400)

Not bald.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: DoesNotFollow on June 17, 2020, 05:56:27 PM
Male stag beetle spotted while working in the garden today:

(https://i.imgur.com/aE3zpHe.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/QdouTC5.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Elderly Sumo Prophecy on June 17, 2020, 06:11:37 PM
^ Fuck me! Are you in Britain? (the 50p would suggest so). Never seen one of those bastards.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: jobotic on June 17, 2020, 06:15:19 PM
Me and my dad got chased by a load of them in France once. Saw one on the pavement in Bournemouth once and crossed the road, when I turned around to look it flew up in some bloke's face and made him shriek.

Think they're quite aggressive when they're horny.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Elderly Sumo Prophecy on June 17, 2020, 06:21:15 PM
Where's its brain? It just seems to have pincers where its head should be. Also, a red right hand.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on June 17, 2020, 07:00:04 PM
Quote from: jobotic on June 17, 2020, 06:15:19 PM
Me and my dad got chased by a load of them in France once. Saw one on the pavement in Bournemouth once and crossed the road, when I turned around to look it flew up in some bloke's face and made him shriek.

Think they're quite aggressive when they're horny.

Hehe, you mad?  They're dozy as arse.  Never seen one in the UK but they're regular as clockwork here, we also get capricornes (which, in larval form I believe, are supposed to eat your entire wood out of any house you have) but I've only seen them widdling about under the fig trees.  They make an actual noise, not sure if it's their clanking armour or some sort of chat.

(https://www.insectes-net.fr/cerdo/images/cerd13gf.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Brian Freeze on June 18, 2020, 12:40:04 AM
Extremely cool beetles. Dont the stag larvae take years and years and years to pupate before going on the rampage?

Top tip for insect photos though - use a 20p piece, it'll make the beetle look even bigger.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Brian Freeze on June 18, 2020, 12:43:06 AM
Based on Attilas advice and not being able to find a Lidl one we got a small Apeman wildlife camera.

Really impressed with it from the first nights use. Three cats and a squirrels tail were spotted. Thanks again. Have played with some of the settings and stuck it back in the same place.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: DoesNotFollow on June 18, 2020, 12:36:27 PM
Same stag beetle turned up in the garden again shortly before rain and thunder (they like to come out in humid weather and are historically associated with thunder and Thor in myth). Pretty docile and quite clumsy thing really. Have logged it on PTES.org's Great Stag Hunt page.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: sick as a pike on June 18, 2020, 01:13:23 PM
I've seen them in the UK, when I lived in Malcolm Road, Wimbledon.  They don't swarm as far as I'm aware, but I'm sure there was more than one, flying at me, relentless (then whizzing past, heedlessly, as I shrieked and flapped.)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on June 18, 2020, 03:33:52 PM
Are you certain it wasn't a Cockchafer (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cockchafer)?  I've seen a fair few men scream and run about when encountering one.  Stags and Cockchafers are easily mistaken when in motion.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on June 18, 2020, 06:01:43 PM
Quote from: Buelligan on June 18, 2020, 03:33:52 PM
Are you certain it wasn't a Cockchafer (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cockchafer)?  I've seen a fair few men scream and run about when encountering one.  Stags and Cockchafers are easily mistaken when in motion.

scared me as a child, at least the pictures in the books

apparently the Germans and French used to eat Cockchafer soup
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on June 18, 2020, 06:27:35 PM
I always thought they were magical, delightful, creatures.  I would never eat them, even if the soup was excellent, which I somehow doubt.

Great to see the other names[nb]Other names include bracken clock, bummler, chovy, cob-worm, dorrs, dumbledarey, humbuz, June bug, kittywitch, billy witch, may-bittle, midsummer dor, mitchamador, oak-wib, rookworm, snartlegog, spang beetle, tom beedel and chwilen y bwm[/nb] btw.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: holyzombiejesus on June 18, 2020, 07:45:52 PM
Got another badly described bird call I'd like to identify, as there are loads of them going off outside. It sounds quite artificial, almost electronic. A single rising note, maybe with a tiny dip near the start. Might look a bit like a Nike swoosh (the sound not the bird), repeated ad infinitum.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on June 18, 2020, 10:33:49 PM
Not a chaffinch doing its rain call is it? Or is it a slower note?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Clatty McCutcheon on June 18, 2020, 11:07:39 PM
Could it be a lapwing? Some of their calls sound almost 'electronic' to me.

https://www.british-birdsongs.uk/northern-lapwing/?type817
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: jobotic on June 18, 2020, 11:17:09 PM
Lapwings make wonderful sounds.

Starlings do too - could it be them? Often when you hear something weird it is.

Ran by the river again tonight. No cuckoo but watched and listened to two reed warblers having a sing off. Another electronica artsist.



It could well have been cockchafers that time in France - didn't really see them very well. Was definitely a stag beetle on the pavement though. Perhaps it was just trying to get past the bloke.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: holyzombiejesus on June 18, 2020, 11:51:41 PM
Quote from: paruses on June 18, 2020, 10:33:49 PM
Not a chaffinch doing its rain call is it? Or is it a slower note?

If you slowed the rain call down so it was twice as long, it'd be more like that.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Cerys on June 19, 2020, 09:35:05 AM
Curlew?

I've been seeing so many woodlice.  We don't have a garden, but I have a load of plant-filled tubs and whenever I move them there's a wealth of the gorgeous little buggers.  Oodles of centipedes, spiders, shield bugs and black ants out there, too.  Lovely stuff.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: DoesNotFollow on June 19, 2020, 09:51:19 AM
Some photos from the past couple months of lockdown.

Stonechat:
(https://i.imgur.com/VsgOGDy.jpg)

Wall lizard:
(https://i.imgur.com/XEQZpog.jpg)

Downy Emerald dragonfly:
(https://i.imgur.com/h42lLdL.jpg)

Small Copper butterfly:
(https://i.imgur.com/jhkvNlS.jpg)

Canada geese and goslings:
(https://i.imgur.com/p3KTGOw.jpg)

Mallard and ducklings:
(https://i.imgur.com/FbuoIiT.jpg)

Blue-tailed damselfly:
(https://i.imgur.com/pCyoglG.jpg)




Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on June 19, 2020, 10:07:04 AM
Quote from: Cerys on June 19, 2020, 09:35:05 AM
Curlew?

I've been seeing so many woodlice.  We don't have a garden, but I have a load of plant-filled tubs and whenever I move them there's a wealth of the gorgeous little buggers.  Oodles of centipedes, spiders, shield bugs and black ants out there, too.  Lovely stuff.

Also many woodlice. A disproportionate number. I was going to ask on here if anyone else had noted the same. I have been helping the plumber do some work on the house (mainly standing around like a small child watching his dad) and he is obsessed with saving them from being crushed or drowned so I have been mainly Harriet-Tubmanning them to safety the last few days.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on June 19, 2020, 10:10:01 AM
Quote from: DoesNotFollow on June 19, 2020, 09:51:19 AM
Some photos from the past couple months of lockdown.

Stonechat:
(https://i.imgur.com/VsgOGDy.jpg)

Wall lizard:
(https://i.imgur.com/XEQZpog.jpg)

Downy Emerald dragonfly:
(https://i.imgur.com/h42lLdL.jpg)

Small Copper butterfly:
(https://i.imgur.com/jhkvNlS.jpg)

Canada geese and goslings:
(https://i.imgur.com/p3KTGOw.jpg)

Mallard and ducklings:
(https://i.imgur.com/FbuoIiT.jpg)

Blue-tailed damselfly:
(https://i.imgur.com/pCyoglG.jpg)

Lovely stuff. Where do you live that has wall lizards you lucky bugger?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on June 19, 2020, 10:35:00 AM
Quote from: paruses on June 19, 2020, 10:07:04 AM
Also many woodlice. A disproportionate number. I was going to ask on here if anyone else had noted the same. I have been helping the plumber do some work on the house (mainly standing around like a small child watching his dad) and he is obsessed with saving them from being crushed or drowned so I have been mainly Harriet-Tubmanning them to safety the last few days.

loads of woodlice here and an American cockroach, which was a sight for sore eyes

Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on June 19, 2020, 10:39:22 AM
Goldfinch on the feeder (I knowww, I knowww).

Very much enjoying this thread at the moment.

Anyone recommend a good damsel-/dragonfly Id app? Loads around the lake I walk up to but my id skills are mainly red one, blue one, brown one.

Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Cerys on June 19, 2020, 10:48:56 AM
Quote from: paruses on June 19, 2020, 10:07:04 AM
Also many woodlice. A disproportionate number. I was going to ask on here if anyone else had noted the same. I have been helping the plumber do some work on the house (mainly standing around like a small child watching his dad) and he is obsessed with saving them from being crushed or drowned so I have been mainly Harriet-Tubmanning them to safety the last few days.

You're in Mid Wales too, aren't you? 
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on June 19, 2020, 10:58:52 AM
Yes - was why I was excited when I saw your post!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Cerys on June 19, 2020, 11:04:57 AM
Maybe this is the Promised Land of woodlice - where are you?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: DoesNotFollow on June 19, 2020, 11:20:41 AM
Quote from: ZoyzaSorris on June 19, 2020, 10:10:01 AM
Lovely stuff. Where do you live that has wall lizards you lucky bugger?

Bournemouth area. The wall lizards are an introduction from mainland Europe but have also seen a number of native reptiles on the local heaths over the lockdown period, along with other stuff - been making good use of my ID books (sorry for the massive list I don't know another way to post it without taking up half the page):

Blackcaps (juvenile)
Blackbirds
Black Headed Gulls
Blue Mint Beetle
Blue-Tailed Damselfly
Brimstone Butterfly
Buzzards
Canada Geese (and goslings)
Chiffchaff (voice)
Cockchafer Beetles
Coal Tits
Coots
Cormorants
Crows
Cuckoo (voice)
Damselfly
Dartford Warblers
Downy Emerald Dragonfly
Emperor Dragonfly
Garden Warbler
Goats
Goldfinch
Great Crested Grebe
Greater-Spotted Woodpecker
Greenfinches
Green Woodpecker
Grey Heron
Gulls (of various types)
Holly Blue Butterfly
House Sparrows
Jackdaws
Jays
Kestrel
Little Egret
Large Copper Butterfly (?)
Large White Butterfly
Magpies
Mallards
Moorhens
Newts
Nuthatch
Peacock Butterfly
Pied Wagtail
Pigeons
Orange Tip Butterfly
Red Admiral Butterfly
Reed Warbler
Robins (and juveniles)

Not wildlife per se but also identified a number of wildflowers locally, this is not a complete list:

Birds-Foot Trefoil
Borage
Bugle
Common Dog-Violet
Common Vetch
Dove's-foot Crane's Bill
Evergreen Bugloss
Groundsel
Herb Robert
Ivy-Leaved Toadflax
Lesser Celandine 'Pilewort'
Lousewort
Milkwort
Pineapple Weed
Red Campion
Red Clover
Red Dead Nettle
Ribwort
Selfheal
Shepherd's Purse
Sweet Cicely
Wavy Bitter-Cress
Wild Radish
Yellow Iris
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on June 19, 2020, 11:50:28 AM
For those interested in British flora, can I recommend The Concise British Flora in Colour by W Keble Martin?  Had it by me since childhood and it's served me well.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: holyzombiejesus on June 19, 2020, 12:33:34 PM
Quote from: Cerys on June 19, 2020, 09:35:05 AM
Curlew?


Wow, yes it might well have been! It's going again now, I'll try and record it.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on June 19, 2020, 12:33:51 PM
Quote from: Cerys on June 19, 2020, 11:04:57 AM
Maybe this is the Promised Land of woodlice - where are you?

Could well be. I have enjoyed saving their lives over the last week. Am up in Dolgellau.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Cerys on June 19, 2020, 01:00:53 PM
Ooh, nice - I taught up there for a while in 1995.  The daily bus journey from Aber was beautiful.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on June 19, 2020, 01:01:34 PM
Quote from: holyzombiejesus on June 19, 2020, 12:33:34 PM
Wow, yes it might well have been! It's going again now, I'll try and record it.

Deffo a curlew. We had some of those in the early stages of lockdown. I discovered the plunge whistle bird was a lapwing, which are not common here. I've never seen one before in the North East.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on June 19, 2020, 09:13:34 PM
what the hell?

(https://i.ibb.co/kJLM0yC/IMG-7098.jpg) (https://ibb.co/BGhwjPM)
(https://i.ibb.co/NCsTH5f/IMG-7097.jpg) (https://ibb.co/C8zPTg4)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on June 19, 2020, 09:18:17 PM
Partner reckons that's a slug there mate. Careful.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on June 19, 2020, 09:18:57 PM
Quote from: Shoulders?-Stomach! on June 19, 2020, 09:18:17 PM
Partner reckons that's a slug there mate. Careful.

yes, its obviously a slug, but such an acrobat - and so coy. Nice abs too.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on June 19, 2020, 11:29:50 PM
you should see a slug fucking - tonight
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: gib on June 19, 2020, 11:38:45 PM
hadn't heard of wall lizards before but they look absolutely amazing https://www.froglife.org/info-advice/amphibians-and-reptiles/wall-lizard/
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twit 2 on June 20, 2020, 12:24:30 AM
Now that boating is no longer ver-boatin', I am out again once a week or so and seeing kingfishers every time. Big fat bastard kingfishers, relatively speaking. You know they're massive when you can properly see them and track them along the bank, instead of them being a blue blur. Love kingfishers. Best bird? Probably.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on June 20, 2020, 12:30:21 AM
I have an image of a fenland waterway glowing in dusken flames. Flames kindled by a malattended tealight.

In the ricocheted half-light of an ill-celebrated solstice, a kingfisher's cornea bounces an ember or two back at a feckless camerapeasant, wammed up on box cider.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twonty Gostelow on June 20, 2020, 02:10:54 AM
Talking of kingfishers and curlews, I was filming a kingfisher on the River Teifi when a curlew walked past it. Each unfazed by the other.
Two video stills and a photo, not great but I was a fair distance away and the light was fading:
(https://i.imgur.com/sF7h42G.png) (https://i.imgur.com/Bi9EwLO.png)

(https://i.imgur.com/AOt7qUw.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Mr Eggs on June 20, 2020, 02:33:28 AM
That is amazing.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on June 20, 2020, 02:38:51 AM
That kingfisher beak could peck the fuck out of you right? Peck your eyes out.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on June 20, 2020, 05:37:26 AM
Not really the focus or point of the halcyon bird though mate. 

Superb pics Twont, thank you, joy in the morning.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on June 20, 2020, 07:23:13 AM
Quote from: Cerys on June 19, 2020, 01:00:53 PM
Ooh, nice - I taught up there for a while in 1995.  The daily bus journey from Aber was beautiful.
Does that come up through Corris or along the coast? I have to go to Corris quite often and never tire of the stretch past Cross Foxes. I like how different it is on the out and in journey.

Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on June 20, 2020, 07:26:54 AM
Came across a sadly deceased white ermine moth the other day. If I can work out how to post pictures from a phone I will. Hadn't seen one before.

May resurrect my moth box even though I never had much success with it in the past (living in a well-lit urban environment at the time)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on June 20, 2020, 08:18:22 AM
Quote from: Brian Freeze on June 18, 2020, 12:43:06 AM
Based on Attilas advice and not being able to find a Lidl one we got a small Apeman wildlife camera.

Really impressed with it from the first nights use. Three cats and a squirrels tail were spotted. Thanks again. Have played with some of the settings and stuck it back in the same place.

Ah, brilliant -- it's been a good camera for us. The hedgehog party palace is doing booming business every night, loads of photos of the little spikey fruits. We've also got a young fox that comes by most nights (and, annoyingly, a new neighbourhood cat that comes round and eats quite a lot of the hedgehog kibble.)

We've got a live-feed camera that we haven't used in a while, but considering the traffic over the past couple of weeks, Mr Attila is planning to wire it back up.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on June 20, 2020, 09:05:14 AM
Quote from: bgmnts on June 20, 2020, 02:38:51 AM
That kingfisher beak could peck the fuck out of you right? Peck your eyes out.

That's a curlew, friend.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on June 20, 2020, 09:44:27 AM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on June 20, 2020, 09:05:14 AM
That's a curlew, friend.

I'm referring to the shorter beak. Longbeak looks unwieldy as a weapon.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Cerys on June 20, 2020, 12:25:30 PM
Quote from: paruses on June 20, 2020, 07:23:13 AM
Does that come up through Corris or along the coast? I have to go to Corris quite often and never tire of the stretch past Cross Foxes. I like how different it is on the out and in journey.

Corris.  Made the early start worth every yawn.  One year it was snowing like mad on the journey home, so the bus had to stop there and a few of us would have had to walk to Mach if it weren't for a lovely person and their car.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: phes on June 21, 2020, 09:33:22 AM
Quote from: holyzombiejesus on June 18, 2020, 11:51:41 PM
If you slowed the rain call down so it was twice as long, it'd be more like that.

Is it a clean sounding call like a peep or whistle or a vibrating rasping sound?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on June 21, 2020, 03:40:17 PM
A large rat has just skipped across our lawn and disappeared under the shed. That explains why our dog Ben has been so fascinated by that corner of the garden lately. No time to take pics, sorry.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on June 21, 2020, 07:01:15 PM
At least three different hedgehogs in the party palace last night, including one with a really long nose.

Mr Attila and I were faffing about in the garden this afternoon and heard something rummaging in the flowers/roses along the fence, and it was a rare daytime sighting. Little dude just bumbling along, then disappeared in the hole we've got between our garden and the neighbours (we think they're living back in brambles in the corner of her garden).

We've got a cctv type mini camera that for a while we had aimed at the hole in the fence, but haven't set it up yet this year. The little guys come by so regularly that we might set it up again.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on June 22, 2020, 12:30:14 AM
Catching a little glimpse of a new creature is literally the best part of my day now.

No social or professional life to get in the way of the sheer appreciation of nature in its purest diversity* and splendour.



*well, mallards, crows and rabbits.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on June 22, 2020, 08:09:10 AM
Heron doing some evening sploshing.

Mother Duck with it's children

And oddly, 3 young shire horses that had broken out of a field and reached the south side of the canal towpath. They were having fun, munching on sweet, sweet adventure but had that unmistakable look of 3 gangly kids knowing they were up to no good.

Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on June 22, 2020, 08:29:23 AM
I've been awakened to the biodiversity of my garden recently by that fella who was doing the hoverfly species recording, been doing likewise and finding it very meditative. Also astounded at the range of solitary bees and wasps (the verbwhores of the Hymenoptera world) out there doing their thing. And a bit obsessed / unnerved by the sheer range and quantity of brood parasites / parasitoid wasps amongst their number, it's amazing anything survives out there. Interesting stuff.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on June 22, 2020, 10:10:47 AM
Quote from: bgmnts on June 22, 2020, 12:30:14 AM
Catching a little glimpse of a new creature is literally the best part of my day now.

No social or professional life to get in the way of the sheer appreciation of nature in its purest diversity* and splendour.



*well, mallards, crows and rabbits.

Key to any successful life.  Nirvana soon[nb]or not, it doesn't matter.[/nb]!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: jobotic on June 22, 2020, 10:17:29 AM
Walk with the kids in a country park yesterday. Daughter found a worm on a leaf and gently put it by a bush. Juvenile robin popped out and grabbed it. She was a bit upset until she started enjoying the robin hopping about near us, apparently not bothered.

Wish I was better at birdsong though. Blackbirds and chaffinches no bother, but something was really going for it in the woods and I couldn't see it so don't know who it was.

Tufted ducks on the lake - get in!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: phes on June 22, 2020, 10:24:54 AM
Robins are often very bold around humans, aren't they.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: jobotic on June 22, 2020, 10:39:44 AM
yeah they are, but not seen such a young one so close before. Had no red feathers but speckled ones, which a quick internet search tells me means it's less than three months old.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: phes on June 22, 2020, 10:49:53 AM
Yes, coincidentally a friend mailed me this from a ringing session last week with a 'guess this bird...'

(https://www.hostpic.org/images/2006221518090099.png)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: jobotic on June 22, 2020, 11:06:18 AM
Lovely!

When we sat down to eat some snacks there were loads of these around. Peacock caterpillars. They live on nettles so I don't know why they were all out in the open. Perhaps they're getting ready to pupate. Hopefully on next visit there'll be a lot of peacock butterflies fluttering about. (I don't know how long it takes).

(https://i.pinimg.com/originals/1e/9d/d7/1e9dd7f88dc51dacedcdf92a456424c0.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on June 22, 2020, 06:27:02 PM
Quote from: phes on June 22, 2020, 10:24:54 AM
Robins are often very bold around humans, aren't they.

Fucking provocative
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: phes on June 22, 2020, 07:36:51 PM
I used to walk through a park where the robins would hang around in gangs of 3 or 4. They'd just stand there on the bricked edge of flower beds in a row, staring at you as you walked past. Fucking Manchester.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Blue Jam on June 23, 2020, 12:02:20 AM
Went for a walk around a few lochs and saw lots of cute ickle babies. D'awwwww:

(https://i.ibb.co/5sGjGnf/20200622-171949.jpg)

(https://i.ibb.co/ZYzmSMD/20200622-175456.jpg)

(https://i.ibb.co/NjPC71t/20200622-175024.jpg)

Used the digital zoom on my phone's camera and kept my distance. Swans are hardnuts and there was also an untitled goose I really didn't want to piss off.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Spoon of Ploff on June 23, 2020, 04:28:41 PM
Think this is a young Long Tailed Tit. There was a family of them moving back and forth through the canopy. Same spot as I've seen wrens, gold crests, and stonechats black caps. It's like a Wetherspoons for birdies.

(https://i.imgur.com/BhTLOWD.jpg)
I will destroy you human
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on June 23, 2020, 04:33:55 PM
And those are some of my most favourite, right from my first bird-knowledge.  It's the nests, you see?

Beauty picture, that.  Has the Spirit of Tit in it.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on June 24, 2020, 08:44:58 AM
Started to hear the long tailed lot in numbers now which is great.

Swifts galore in the sky first thing. About 12 whizzing round their breakfast buffet of insects. They were so high they looked like a cloud of flies that would then flip to one side and show their scythe shape. Marvellous.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on June 24, 2020, 01:06:46 PM
Apparently the fox that had been visiting the hedgehog party palace was a vixen, as two kits have shown up at various times during the night to partake & share palace facility with Spikey Fruit and another hedgehog who has a really long face like.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on June 24, 2020, 01:23:07 PM
Quote from: paruses on June 24, 2020, 08:44:58 AM
Started to hear the long tailed lot in numbers now which is great.

Swifts galore in the sky first thing. About 12 whizzing round their breakfast buffet of insects. They were so high they looked like a cloud of flies that would then flip to one side and show their scythe shape. Marvellous.

And the rush of air noise they make when they're wheeling and cutting around you.  The motorcyclists of the air, I think.  Love them.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Blue Jam on June 24, 2020, 01:40:23 PM
Cuntbeak feasting on a nice bit of roadkill pigeon out by the bins yesterday. I beat a hasty retreat when it started getting all "WHAT YOU LOOKING AT?"

(https://i.ibb.co/RSFgBhj/20200623-173834.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: NattyDread 2 on June 24, 2020, 02:05:45 PM
Saw a porpoise out on the loch at the weekend. It came really close too. Also a big fuck off Lion's Mane jellyfish, which I'm not so thrilled about as I'm in there there all the time without a wetsuit.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Head Gardener on June 24, 2020, 04:33:02 PM
(https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2020/06/23/16/29962046-0-image-a-11_1592925714683.jpg)

Loch Ness Monster (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8451857/Tourists-photo-showing-creature-rising-water-sparks-online-claims-Nessy.html) spotted (again)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on June 24, 2020, 07:36:44 PM
Saw my first dragonfly of the year today. Massive beast, maybe 8 inches? Hawker? Dunno, sun was behind it so it just looked black.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on June 24, 2020, 07:39:36 PM
For the dumb amongst our readers


(https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2020/06/23/16/29962044-8451857-image-a-16_1592927441748.jpg)

(https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2020/06/23/16/29962042-8451857-image-a-15_1592927424138.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on June 24, 2020, 08:14:46 PM
Poor crow with what looked like bumblefoot perched and limping on my balcony, on a flooded pot plant, taking sips.

After it flew off, I went out and saw my sleeping cat, a black feather by his stupid head.

I did wonder for a few seconds but nah.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on June 25, 2020, 06:21:49 AM
I love your descriptions bgmnts.  Have you ever read Cold Comfort Farm?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on June 25, 2020, 11:40:57 AM
Thank you, if my cameraphone wasn't so abysmal I could just snap it.

I have not read that no, worth a go?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on June 25, 2020, 11:46:08 AM
You definitely should read it, everyone should.  It might help to read some genuine 20s / 30s rural-gloomsters before, just dip in maybe so's you get the idea.  I love it but then, I am a bit Flora Poste.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on June 25, 2020, 11:50:56 AM
Well thanks for the suggestion, its on my wish list.

Honestly dont think I could live anywhere that doesn't have some form of rudimentary wildlife and a lot of greenery. I dont know how city folk do it.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on June 25, 2020, 11:54:35 AM
I lived in central London (right next to Tower Bridge) and worked on the 19th floor of something.  I turned that office into an orchid house and thought about jumping out of the window (but they were sealed).  Ran away and never looked back.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on June 25, 2020, 12:07:03 PM
Good on you! We've just become so disconnected from it all, it depresses me.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on June 27, 2020, 03:03:24 PM
Bumper day for butterflies yesterday: a cloud of meadow browns, some brimstone, maybe a green veined white, and was very pleased to spot a ringlet too. All in the space of one stretch of land. Blackcap and garden warblers and song thrush chattering away in the background.


Am I right that someone on here does some moth trapping?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: DoesNotFollow on June 27, 2020, 06:17:53 PM
Saw several solitary tunnelling wasps and bees on a clifftop walk yesterday, along with hundreds of holes of other individuals. Lots of beewolfs (honey bee-killing wasps) and wasps probably of the genus Cerceris, as evidenced by dead weevils outside some of the holes, along with a few yellow-legged mining bees. Fascinating to see.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twit 2 on June 27, 2020, 06:45:22 PM
Miner bees, you say? Seven of them "digging up diamonds by the score"? Sure you weren't clapped out, acid-ruined in a squat?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on June 27, 2020, 07:12:31 PM
A wizened Gordon the Gopher in a pair of Phil's old headphones

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/1a/Andrena_nida%2C_m%2C_face%2C_Montgomery_Co_2015-12-01-11.55_%2824641006220%29.jpg/2880px-Andrena_nida%2C_m%2C_face%2C_Montgomery_Co_2015-12-01-11.55_%2824641006220%29.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on June 27, 2020, 08:49:42 PM
Quote from: paruses on June 27, 2020, 03:03:24 PM
Am I right that someone on here does some moth trapping?

Damon Pasta will snare moths in his arse upon payment of a quid coin.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twit 2 on June 27, 2020, 09:07:42 PM
Quote from: Shoulders?-Stomach! on June 27, 2020, 08:49:42 PM
Damon Pasta will snare moths in his arse upon payment of a quid coin.

I did a kick-arse late night moth and bat survey in a cemetery at night. Think I mentioned it earlier in the thread.

Here:
Quote from: Twit 2 on August 12, 2019, 12:53:28 PM
Well I had great fun. We were based in Norwich's main cemetery, which is fucking enormous. Couple of moth traps going off generators. We were there till 1 am and counted 50 different species of moth. We also had a bat sonar detector and went tramping around listening to bats. Also spotted 4 hedgehogs, a fox and an enormous fallow deer. The land has never been interfered with, sprayed or excessively cut back so it's absolutely teeming with wildlife and interesting flora. In the wake of all the environmental concerns it felt great to be a part of this. The moth experts were lovely to talk to, they could identify moths and give their latin binomials like it ain't no thang. Some of the moths viewed under magnifying glass were stunning.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Brian Freeze on June 27, 2020, 11:02:40 PM
We've got around a quarter of the pond skaters we used to have. Familial cannibalism apparently.
Which is nice isnt it?

Have stuck the camera near the badger setts overnight. Hope its still there in the morning.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Brian Freeze on June 28, 2020, 08:06:53 AM
Camera didnt get nicked.
Magpies had polished off the peanuts within half an hour of us leaving them out, and then four hours after that:-

(https://i.imgur.com/nvvPRPa.jpg)

I reckon there were about eight of them, difficult to count from 3 stills and 30 seconds of video so thats best guess. Plenty of sniffing of the camera, the audio picks up the snuffling pretty well.



Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on June 28, 2020, 09:00:39 AM
Quote from: Brian Freeze on June 28, 2020, 08:06:53 AM
Camera didnt get nicked.
Magpies had polished off the peanuts within half an hour of us leaving them out, and then four hours after that:-

(https://i.imgur.com/nvvPRPa.jpg)

I reckon there were about eight of them, difficult to count from 3 stills and 30 seconds of video so thats best guess. Plenty of sniffing of the camera, the audio picks up the snuffling pretty well.

wow...will invest in one of these I think

wouldn't it be daylight at 21:30 ?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Brian Freeze on June 28, 2020, 09:45:35 AM
It was pretty dark and moody by half nine here and we picked the sett thats hidden deepest and darkest in the undergrowth so it will have switched to black and white photos and videos.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on June 28, 2020, 09:53:04 AM
Quote from: Brian Freeze on June 28, 2020, 09:45:35 AM
It was pretty dark and moody by half nine here and we picked the sett thats hidden deepest and darkest in the undergrowth so it will have switched to black and white photos and videos.

are they on your land?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Barry Admin on June 28, 2020, 10:25:47 AM
Spotted a few leeches lately.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Brian Freeze on June 28, 2020, 11:32:30 AM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on June 28, 2020, 09:53:04 AM
are they on your land?
No they are in the clough behind the graveyard. Is there something we should know?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on June 28, 2020, 03:05:27 PM
QuoteSome of the moths viewed under magnifying glass were stunning

Others, drab and worthy of sneering dismissal.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: phes on June 28, 2020, 03:08:33 PM
I was sitting on a bench in a field and walked about 10 meters away to look at a butterfly, turned round and there was a kestrel sitting on the bench. So I've been sat about 8 meters away, watching it go through its chill out routine while eyeballing me for about 20 minutes. Thank goodness I had a good pair of binoculars with me. Astonishingly beautiful bird, with its vivid grey blue neck and dusty brick back. It went through a full leg and wing stretching routine before settling down like a duck. Then it begun to rain and it took off belting across the field a meter or so parallel to ground and screeching, met by screeching from the trees across the field. Only had my phone with me sadly.

(https://www.hostpic.org/images/2006281938060098_tn.jpg) (https://www.hostpic.org/view.php?filename=2006281938060098.jpg)

(https://www.hostpic.org/images/2006281935310102_tn.jpg) (https://www.hostpic.org/view.php?filename=2006281935310102.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Spoon of Ploff on June 30, 2020, 02:29:02 PM
The Silver Washed Fritillary and White Admiral butterflies have started appearing in Bricket Wood. Place is supposed to be home to Purple Emperors as well, but over the years I've never even glimpsed one of the buggers.

(https://butterfly-conservation.org/sites/default/files/2018-06/40987169040-argynnis-paphia.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Clatty McCutcheon on June 30, 2020, 10:25:41 PM
Don't know much about moths and butterflies but that's a beaut.  Saw some cinnabar moths recently, mind you - fairly common but very striking.

Likewise, phes's kestrel - a great spot.

Quite a few buzzards were around today when I went out for a walk.  One in particular wheeled around overhead making a racket - I wondered whether there might be some chicks in a nest nearby.  Couldn't quite get a photo that did it justice, as it came pretty close and its brown feathers and white underside were quite vivid in the sunshine.  Managed to capture a couple of snaps before leaving it in peace -

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/CtXFxJw9tUh0CTNxa6s5MSP6sFy5nWrNhthiEDpp6yaTANp5NZTkAg_hw_EQuiyhS1_naFq2fxxg2A-giK722OqExD100x9bQPR2T1xM8tL5TfQSjez8PT3eafHxwu2T7X6O-YnyPA=w2400?source=screenshot.guru"><imgsrc="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/CtXFxJw9tUh0CTNxa6s5MSP6sFy5nWrNhthiEDpp6yaTANp5NZTkAg_hw_EQuiyhS1_naFq2fxxg2A-giK722OqExD100x9bQPR2T1xM8tL5TfQSjez8PT3eafHxwu2T7X6O-YnyPA=w600-h315-p-k)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/dtGTFx8UgZTrGJiRIu9-j6z6uBgUJDKh3VAg31V5m_uZ5XUn51Kk38tounB4KmvN1W171sSsP-mfG9gXNKL0pU5VPAIvmnrplYBqxMHp_ul4QJ-jJZl1wH9wqtsu6xdWULjxYWaDLQ=w2400?source=screenshot.guru"><imgsrc="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/dtGTFx8UgZTrGJiRIu9-j6z6uBgUJDKh3VAg31V5m_uZ5XUn51Kk38tounB4KmvN1W171sSsP-mfG9gXNKL0pU5VPAIvmnrplYBqxMHp_ul4QJ-jJZl1wH9wqtsu6xdWULjxYWaDLQ=w600-h315-p-k)

Spotted a chaffinch (i think) on a fence nearby -

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/HhXsqKp_PceTgK732BpmJKxSrc-FMSHnTuPzaEdpy-hdosEWilQXU6dL2zIgoKmIMA_QwYNGlDv5izK9eob4Cmfhuwa-B9J6_lE54CLvCGahkN-NiK5G_z-D6m3JYPt1ns8PmRYSEw=w2400?source=screenshot.guru"><imgsrc="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/HhXsqKp_PceTgK732BpmJKxSrc-FMSHnTuPzaEdpy-hdosEWilQXU6dL2zIgoKmIMA_QwYNGlDv5izK9eob4Cmfhuwa-B9J6_lE54CLvCGahkN-NiK5G_z-D6m3JYPt1ns8PmRYSEw=w600-h315-p-k)

Last week I managed to snap a meadow pipit on a fencepost -

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/q9loYEOYlKvd2hgB3ybuEJO2Ileb1hMlikOOrPnEPyG5f2vlvvUXadwBAxF2-0tjGD3I_3h2xGD-U6Xy3o8qPAOsYw9TwDY62DuRIhlKI2RjgyyXysg6ZnrYgmXG5pWwu1Fc3Vemiw=w2400?source=screenshot.guru"><imgsrc="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/q9loYEOYlKvd2hgB3ybuEJO2Ileb1hMlikOOrPnEPyG5f2vlvvUXadwBAxF2-0tjGD3I_3h2xGD-U6Xy3o8qPAOsYw9TwDY62DuRIhlKI2RjgyyXysg6ZnrYgmXG5pWwu1Fc3Vemiw=w600-h315-p-k)

There is a juvenile golden plover at the centre of this picture I took on nearby moorland, but it's a bit small in the photo due to distance and limited photography skills and equipment!

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/QolfTSlVP_zUFlk4A53Xg-Z4VrQdyA-GA5oEVEmb3aRsV4GPTWRzKDXLTmu26UQGXtkxuo1dRQQQTgccdznmdsBuOeN8eEAOq43n8HQwHIeki1GVQq9_tNBVSn3bFL3rEUQmioccQw=w2400?source=screenshot.guru"><imgsrc="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/QolfTSlVP_zUFlk4A53Xg-Z4VrQdyA-GA5oEVEmb3aRsV4GPTWRzKDXLTmu26UQGXtkxuo1dRQQQTgccdznmdsBuOeN8eEAOq43n8HQwHIeki1GVQq9_tNBVSn3bFL3rEUQmioccQw=w600-h315-p-k)





Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Gurke and Hare on June 30, 2020, 11:29:30 PM
Fox came to visit my garden yesterday, and stopped for just long enough to pose for a picture.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EbtpVlxXgAEwSip?format=jpg&name=4096x4096)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Cerys on July 01, 2020, 03:02:17 AM
Quote from: Clatty McCutcheon on June 30, 2020, 10:25:41 PM
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/CtXFxJw9tUh0CTNxa6s5MSP6sFy5nWrNhthiEDpp6yaTANp5NZTkAg_hw_EQuiyhS1_naFq2fxxg2A-giK722OqExD100x9bQPR2T1xM8tL5TfQSjez8PT3eafHxwu2T7X6O-YnyPA=w2400?source=screenshot.guru"><imgsrc="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/CtXFxJw9tUh0CTNxa6s5MSP6sFy5nWrNhthiEDpp6yaTANp5NZTkAg_hw_EQuiyhS1_naFq2fxxg2A-giK722OqExD100x9bQPR2T1xM8tL5TfQSjez8PT3eafHxwu2T7X6O-YnyPA=w600-h315-p-k)

Buzzard and Frog, Private Investigators.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on July 01, 2020, 08:43:56 AM
Quote from: Gurke and Hare on June 30, 2020, 11:29:30 PM
Fox came to visit my garden yesterday, and stopped for just long enough to pose for a picture.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EbtpVlxXgAEwSip?format=jpg&name=4096x4096)

Needs a hearty meal and a bath
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on July 01, 2020, 08:45:57 AM
Very jealous of your good cameras and eyesights, beautiful stuff
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twonty Gostelow on July 01, 2020, 11:55:46 PM
I got lucky with a fox tonight #MeToo about 3 hours ago. One of at least two siblings I'd seen occasionally over the last couple of weeks turned up apparently unaware of me standing at the edge of the field. Managed to film it for over 2 minutes less than 10 yards from me. It did see me eventually but hung around a bit longer, which an older fox probably wouldn't have. I doubt I'll get this close again without hiding in a ditch.

(https://i.imgur.com/n1Iztla.png)

(https://i.imgur.com/WqlROTq.png)

(https://i.imgur.com/eNnsdep.png)

Spotted a bit of blue through the trees #MeToo a couple of days ago. I think that's all my good luck used up in one week now.

(https://i.imgur.com/nKi7HFu.png)

(https://i.imgur.com/ioXFToS.png)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on July 02, 2020, 12:00:01 AM
Pretty sure I saw a few rodents scurry past before I was within viewing range. Pretty sure they were rats, too big to be mice.

It was like a horror film.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on July 02, 2020, 06:18:51 PM
So the idyllic bliss of lockdown wildlife is over for me...yesterday the dead rabbit and today the most heart wrenching moment.

The swans I have visited since early lockdown and surprised me with 4 cygnets a couple of weeks ago despite not seeing eggs... I paid a visit today after 4 days away because "I was busy". I noticed something was off as I approached the hidden glade. One swan was lying down - normally they are alert and upright at this time. I drew near and noted only 3 cygnets and the mother looked up and hissed at me. I suspected one cygnet had perished but also noted the father was not around and my stomach clenched. Sure enough as I made my way around the small lake I saw a bulk of white near the hedgerow. The carcass of the father, wings and feet still intact, ribcage poking up through a fly infested mulch of dark brown. Christ. Signs of a struggle and the body being dragged from the lake shore.

I cried as the intact family of Canadian geese looked on, sorrowfully.

I then gazed back at the mother and surviving cygnets. She was distraught, head tucked into body and the cygnets just ambling about, seemingly unattended and forgotten.

I don't know if a fox could do this, they can kill an adult swan, but most likely the swan can escape easily. Perhaps the fox went for all four cygnets and the father fought to the death. I saw no evidence of fox fur.

The worse thought is loose dog. Cretins do walk their dogs along the farm lane nearby, and it would just take one out-of-villager yoof with a frenzied pit bull to destroy Eden.

Perhaps a bird of prey? unlikely despite the odd looking feather I noted amongst the white finery of the dead hero.

In any case, I will call DEFRA tomorrow and get them to investigate (the birds are ringed). I'll pay for DNA and if it is "dog", start a Citywide campaign to identify the owner and bring him/her to justice (10 years prison for killing Queen's Animal).

Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on July 02, 2020, 06:31:28 PM
Sorry to read about that blodwyn. Horrible discovery.

Report the ring number to the BTO. They hold that data. Did it have a davic (plastic orange/yellow. Black number letter combo) too or just the steel ring?

Will dig out the BTO link later if you don't have it.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on July 02, 2020, 06:37:16 PM
Quote from: paruses on July 02, 2020, 06:31:28 PM
Sorry to read about that blodwyn. Horrible discovery.

Report the ring number to the BTO. They hold that data. Did it have a davic (plastic orange/yellow. Black number letter combo) too or just the steel ring?

Will dig out the BTO link later if you don't have it.

OK, I didn't get the number as it would have required me to handle the carcass. I will look tomorrow. I am not sure if it was a steel ring or had colour - there are swans in the bigger lake and either this one or those had a reddish ring.

If you can provide the BTO link that would be great.

The lake is on 'private land' (Lord Ridley), so don't know if that makes a difference.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on July 02, 2020, 06:43:12 PM
If some cunt has just let their dog maul a swan, I hope that cunt gets eaten alive by ducks and their corpse gets raped.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on July 02, 2020, 07:01:44 PM
https://app.bto.org/euring/lang/pages/colourform.jsp?type=DUCKS_ETC

Should work - have to say it looks a daunting form but you just need to put the leg ring but in. If you do get the steel number the link to that is on that page too. Or email BTO: recoveries@bto.org (is on that webpage).

Unless these are owned by Lord Ridley like, say, racing pigeons then the rings will have been put on by a ringer. The rings are issued by the BTO under licence and they will tell you about the bird. Swans tend to be part of long term studies so the coordinator will be "pleased" to have the return.

Was thinking about it and the plastic ring is 3 or 5 letters and unique - long time since I have done any swans so that's the caveat. The bird should have a steel ring too which is also unique but the davics are put on as they can be read easily in the field and that should be sufficient (see caveat).

Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on July 02, 2020, 07:04:25 PM
Thanks peruses. Any idea what could have caused the death? Owl maybe or badger? I was joking the other day to a friend that I'd seen a badger near the swans and fake posted a picture of a badger from this thread.... I am suspecting this all my fault.

Heartbreaking seeing the female in mourning. I wonder if the cygnets will become neglected and if there is anything that can be done (not counselling)?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: DoesNotFollow on July 02, 2020, 07:14:58 PM
Silver-studded blues at Holt Heath today:

(https://i.imgur.com/HhdegD6.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/4By85G1.jpg)


Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Pdine on July 02, 2020, 10:49:18 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/NU6BfIA.png)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Dex Sawash on July 02, 2020, 11:40:57 PM

<ducks>
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on July 03, 2020, 07:29:25 AM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on July 02, 2020, 07:04:25 PM
Thanks peruses. Any idea what could have caused the death? Owl maybe or badger? I was joking the other day to a friend that I'd seen a badger near the swans and fake posted a picture of a badger from this thread.... I am suspecting this all my fault.

Heartbreaking seeing the female in mourning. I wonder if the cygnets will become neglected and if there is anything that can be done (not counselling)?

Dog, fox, possibly mink. Can't see it being a badger unless there was a beef already between the two of them. Would be astounded if an owl was involved.

They have this bi-parenting model so if one dies then the other will raise the chicks at the nesting stage. No reason to think the cygnets will be abandoned but the mate does go through a mourning phase. The cygnets stay around for couple of years I think before joining  a flock. The parent might move on and pair up again.

I know/knew someone who had a 30 year study and he did say that although they supposedly mate for life they aren't particularly monogamous.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on July 03, 2020, 07:57:50 AM
I am sorry to read about the swans, poor things.

We had a hedgehog massacre last summer -- walked out in the morning to retrieve the camera from the party palace, and absolute carnage. There were plenty of footprints from the culprit, whom we think was a badger. No more hedgehogs caught on camera the rest of that summer. We had caught a badger once or twice on the camera, and the prints seemed to match.

Lately though, we've had loads of photos every night of hedgehog visitors to the party palace, plus at least 3 different neighbourhood cat-regulars, and over the past two weeks, a nightly baby fox has come by (his mum was visiting for a while, looking very scrawny probably because she was nursing, and then about two weeks ago the kits started to show up). It's good to see them back; looking at the camera times, they start showing up around 10pm and hang out til sometimes after dawn.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on July 03, 2020, 08:07:55 AM
I got up early this morning and made my way in the teeming rain to the site, sadness hanging over my like a shroud. I saw the female and cygnets on the small semi-island sleeping and the Canada geese on guard right next to them with their goslings somewhere hidden.

The body of the father had gone completely. I suspect maybe someone else called it in or it was taken away by a predator? I don't have the ring number sadly. Should I still report it.

My heart swelled briefly when I spied another grey-white bundle on the other side of the island, then dipped when it looked mangled and dead. Upon closer inspection it didn't look like a swan or animal, but no idea what it is.

As I left, the mother woke, we looked at each other for a few moments and she tucked her head back into her feathers. *tears*
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on July 03, 2020, 08:19:36 AM
Very, very, sorry indeed Blods.  You know what I think about all of this.  Hopefully it will inspire great swan support works of some kind.  Hugs to you.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Dex Sawash on July 03, 2020, 10:12:13 AM
They may figure out what swan it is from ring # of the other bird?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on July 03, 2020, 07:29:09 PM
Quote from: Dex Sawash on July 03, 2020, 10:12:13 AM
They may figure out what swan it is from ring # of the other bird?

Just typed out the opposite of what I've now realised - if Dex means extropalating the number from the ring/davic on the pen then yes I suppose the person who monitors them might know which have hooked up and be "pleased" to know the likely fate of the cob.

They may already have recovered the body if it was gone without trace this morning. Very sad.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twit 2 on July 03, 2020, 09:54:25 PM
Dead grass snake on the pavement:

(https://i.postimg.cc/s2j9zjPY/B303-D4-EE-C22-F-46-D8-947-C-7-AAF1-B6-E7-FA5.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/ydWmJLbW/B30-EF72-F-514-A-49-DE-B309-FE87-E8-D81-B1-C.jpg)

It's grass snake, not concrete snake. Rookie error on the serpent's part.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on July 04, 2020, 07:43:18 AM
Walking home last night, proper big, fully tusked, boar came pouncing down off the rocks above, paused, looked at me and then skittered across the path on his ridiculous little feet, real blimming close, and lolloped, complaining bitterly, off into the herb-smelling crepuscule.  Meaty fellows these sangliers.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: phes on July 04, 2020, 07:55:52 AM
Saw a lovely orange roe deer from the train yesterday. It was a great day. I moved to a new town right before lockdown, I don't get on well with my work colleagues and don't own a car. I've been totally isolated socially and not seen a human that I know in almost four months. So the treat of seeing family, the joy of motion on an empty train and then seeing a roe deer in woodland edge ten yards from the tracks was fantastic
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Clatty McCutcheon on July 04, 2020, 01:24:37 PM
Nice one, phes. Sounds like things are on the up.

I also spotted a roe deer yesterday, glancing up briefly before tucking into some shrubbery.

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Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on July 04, 2020, 02:58:31 PM
Quote from: Buelligan on July 04, 2020, 07:43:18 AM
Walking home last night, proper big, fully tusked, boar came pouncing down off the rocks above, paused, looked at me and then skittered across the path on his ridiculous little feet, real blimming close, and lolloped, complaining bitterly, off into the herb-smelling crepuscule.  Meaty fellows these sangliers.

We are very meaty, and very hairy

Some "good news" on the swan front. I visited just now and there was nothing in the larger lake and my heart shrunk. But I visited the usually deserted smaller lake and the geese family were there and then I spotted the white of the swan family nestled in a secluded nesting spot. I had brought my binoculars today so didn't need to disturb to check that the 3 remaining cygnets were present, which they were.

Did some further detective work and followed a trail from the now disappeared father carcass up into the hawthorn hedgerows. Notice a few trails and in the gap between myself and farm field I spotted the foot...and it was the ringed foot. Just the foot and bone mind, so obviously the carcass had been dragged up by some fox or other beast and not recovered by human.

I did not take my phone so used the blood from my thorn cut arm to mark my t-shirt with the BTO number. I will enter it using the provided link above. Hopefully closure...and hopefully my human scent my discourage any more raids for a few nights at least
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on July 04, 2020, 04:36:55 PM
Heroic stuff, old pig, glad you are making the best out of an extremely distressing situation.  Hold fast, old hog, hold fast!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on July 04, 2020, 04:48:24 PM
Quote from: Buelligan on July 04, 2020, 04:36:55 PM
Heroic stuff, old pig, glad you are making the best out of an extremely distressing situation.  Hold fast, old hog, hold fast!

I can't bear to see the grief in her eyes, other than that I am strong and will continue to monitor.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on July 05, 2020, 10:31:43 AM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on July 04, 2020, 04:48:24 PM
I can't bear to see the grief in her eyes, other than that I am strong and will continue to monitor.

Excelllent detective work blodwyn. I can tell you that all returns are appreciated even if it usually means the poor bird is no longer.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on July 06, 2020, 10:21:50 AM
Rather loud thud against the French doors yesterday evening and looked out to find a juvenile song thrush looking very dazed on the step.
I popped it in a bag to give it some safe recovery time and then released it. It hopped off in the end jnto the bushes so hoping I don't find a dead juvenile song thrush later today. Seems clear though from this morning's investigations.
It was quite young and hadn't fully grown its secondary feathers (the part of the wing close to the body).
Hope this doesn't put it off flying.

Edit - is it easy to add photos off a phone on here?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: gilbertharding on July 06, 2020, 11:51:55 AM
Spotted quite a few stag beetles round here lately. They look pretty amazing flying. Like, impossible.

Loads of swifts buzzing around yesterday too.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on July 06, 2020, 12:23:13 PM
Quote from: paruses on July 06, 2020, 10:21:50 AM
Rather loud thud against the French doors yesterday evening and looked out to find a juvenile song thrush looking very dazed on the step.
I popped it in a bag to give it some safe recovery time and then released it. It hopped off in the end jnto the bushes so hoping I don't find a dead juvenile song thrush later today. Seems clear though from this morning's investigations.
It was quite young and hadn't fully grown its secondary feathers (the part of the wing close to the body).
Hope this doesn't put it off flying.

Edit - is it easy to add photos off a phone on here?

bit of a faff, but you can do it if you have slender fingers
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on July 07, 2020, 03:20:43 PM
Got a message from the BTO about the dead swan

QuoteRinging Scheme: London Ring Number: ZZ7334 Species of bird: Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
This bird was ringed by Coleman & Coleman as age nestling, sex female on 15-Jul-2009 time unknown at Whickham Hill, Tyne and Wear, UK

So an 11 year old female, which is surprising because the remaining swan has a paler beak and less pronounced black ridge above the beak...so I automatically thought it was the female. I know males can care for cygnets, but not sure in isolation?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Barry Admin on July 08, 2020, 05:59:28 PM
I was taking to my Mum there and idly watching the bastard pigeons on the roof, and saw two of them kissing?! I thought, hmm, do they kiss tho, maybe just feeding each other. Looked it up and it seems to be a combo of both btw. Kept watching and they did it a few more times, and I was kicking myself for having left my phone in the flat, it was so fucking sweet and I have never seen that before. Then they cuddled up to each other, one putting their head on the others chest, before one one manoeuvred round the back and clearly bucked the other. Then they flew off together, it was beautiful. 
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: phes on July 08, 2020, 10:06:10 PM
Pigeons are lovely. I only learned yesterday about the extinct Passenger Pigeon, that once existed in such numbers (billions) that when they came together to migrate, the dense flock would pass overhead continuously for days at a time, darkening the sky and destroying anywhere they rested with untold amounts of excrement. Hunted and evicted to extinction. A beautiful bird
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on July 08, 2020, 10:49:40 PM
That sounds horrific. All that shitting. Glad they're dead.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: phes on July 08, 2020, 11:16:11 PM
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/e7/Martha%2C_the_last_Passenger_Pigeon._Natural_History_Museum%2C_June%2C_2015._Digital_photo%2C_cropped_and_brightened.jpg/220px-Martha%2C_the_last_Passenger_Pigeon._Natural_History_Museum%2C_June%2C_2015._Digital_photo%2C_cropped_and_brightened.jpg)

Martha, the last known Passenger Pigeon. Imagine people felt a bit bad when they could put a name to the face. A different experience to tilling your field as nameless billions rain down blankets of stinging shit on your head from dawn to dusk and your wife won't let you back in the house for supper
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on July 09, 2020, 10:31:59 AM
Typically as soon as I slag off pigeons they do something I can include on here.

Some daft pigeon cunt has built a nest on a tree right next to the main road. As we are on the 2nd floor I have the unusual vantage point of seeing down into the nest where there are two quite large but still fuzzy squabs. Pretty much nailed on road casualties but breathing for now.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: gib on July 09, 2020, 03:46:16 PM
ID help please.

(https://i.postimg.cc/hGDczwkb/IMG-20200709-115009.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/2SFC5mKS/IMG-20200709-115014.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on July 09, 2020, 03:48:26 PM
A Volucella species hoverfly I reckon (V. zonaria?), good hornet mimic
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on July 09, 2020, 03:55:23 PM
I think its an insect.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on July 09, 2020, 04:21:50 PM
sorry for crap photos, but the cygnets now seem OK and loving life, father is also up and about (if it is indeed father)

(https://i.ibb.co/qFpBNVM/IMG-7175.jpg) (https://ibb.co/bRX1sDg)
(https://i.ibb.co/GCXmQNp/IMG-7168.jpg) (https://ibb.co/F89p4C3)
(https://i.ibb.co/k6jPS5D/IMG-7178.jpg) (https://ibb.co/prckLbK)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Blue Jam on July 09, 2020, 04:41:20 PM
^^^ Arsed mate, cygs. Nah, that's lovely. Got an update on my local cygnets too:

Went for another walk round the lochs today and couldn't see the swan family, just a few white feathers where they had been a few weeks back. I did wonder if a sparrowhawk had bombed in and helped itself to some tasty treats. Nope- walked a bit further and there they were on the west side of the loch:

(https://i.ibb.co/MnW5mkW/20200709-134402.jpg)

That fuzzy grey blob visible beneath the swan's undercarriage is a cygnet's heid, honest. Once again I used digital zoom and didn't get too close because as you can see that swan parent is an absolute unit and I didn't fancy getting my arm broken.

Also saw another swan parent being overprotective and embarrassing its teenaged offspring:

(https://i.ibb.co/vYxd5fG/20200709-140119.jpg)

On the subject of babies, I saw this sparkly baby peacock butterfly too. It looked like it was studded with onyxes all twinkling in the sunlight, pretty glam:

(https://i.ibb.co/Nyswhh8/20200709-142214.jpg)

I also saw a molehill being made before my eyes. I noticed the pile of fresh earth just ahead of me had some bits of earth flying out of the top and realised the mole must have been just beneath the surface. Very cool. Didn't take a photo because the mole didn't emerge.

There was a pheasant strutting about nearby, emitting its horrible mating call. If that's what gives girl pheasants the RFH they must be pretty dumb. No wonder pheasants are slow and stupid and are always getting shot and eaten. Nah, it was pretty cool, bit too far away to get a decent photo though.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: gib on July 09, 2020, 09:42:21 PM
Quote from: ZoyzaSorris on July 09, 2020, 03:48:26 PM
A Volucella species hoverfly I reckon (V. zonaria?), good hornet mimic

nice one Zoyza, cheers
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on July 10, 2020, 11:02:28 AM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on July 07, 2020, 03:20:43 PM
Got a message from the BTO about the dead swan

So an 11 year old female, which is surprising because the remaining swan has a paler beak and less pronounced black ridge above the beak...so I automatically thought it was the female. I know males can care for cygnets, but not sure in isolation?

Glad the BTO got back so soon. That was ringed by Bert Coleman's group. Very nice (and also cantankerous) man who had a really long running swan study amongst other things. He died in January (was 84). Glad the cygnets are ok.

Am enjoying the insect pics. Can anyone recommend a good hover fly id book?

Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on July 10, 2020, 11:04:33 AM
Quote from: paruses on July 10, 2020, 11:02:28 AM
Glad the BTO got back so soon. That was ringed by Bert Coleman's group. Very nice (and also cantankerous) man who had a really long running swan study amongst other things. He died in January (was 84). Glad the cygnets are ok.

Am enjoying the insect pics. Can anyone recommend a good hover fly id book?

nice bit of info.

Can you confirm if a female swan can have a darker orange beak than the male and a more pronounced black bit above it? Still confused, because the swan that is still alive looks smaller with a paler beak and I always assumed that was the pen.

edit: just checked, that knob at the base swells during breeding and then subsides...so perhaps the knob has subsided in the male.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on July 10, 2020, 11:14:56 AM
Quote from: paruses on July 10, 2020, 11:02:28 AM
Glad the BTO got back so soon. That was ringed by Bert Coleman's group. Very nice (and also cantankerous) man who had a really long running swan study amongst other things. He died in January (was 84). Glad the cygnets are ok.

Am enjoying the insect pics. Can anyone recommend a good hover fly id book?

Britain's Hoverflies by Morris & Ball is what I've got and basically the main one for field ID I reckon.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twonty Gostelow on July 10, 2020, 01:35:31 PM
Got video of a very wet young woodpecker on the peanuts. In the second videoshot you can see its long tongue darting out. Difficult to see that in real time.

(https://i.imgur.com/3Mojfus.png)

(https://i.imgur.com/DANoVUL.png)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Brian Freeze on July 11, 2020, 04:37:38 AM
Fantastic woodpecker action, lovely stuff.

Just seen one of our local bats doing its thing, flying round and feeding and all that, never seen it at this time before.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: DoesNotFollow on July 11, 2020, 12:44:32 PM
Beautiful Demoiselle damselfly

(https://i.imgur.com/ZwIWkN5.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: QDRPHNC on July 11, 2020, 02:44:01 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/6LsPqjK.jpg)

Found this raccoon sleeping in my driveway this morning. Hope it's ok. It's unusual, but not unheard of, to catch them asleep on a pavement or something. Doesn't seem to be in distress, anyway.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Blue Jam on July 11, 2020, 07:13:20 PM
TRASH PANDA!

Got a better photo of the cygs today:

(https://i.ibb.co/LPbCT6t/20200711-164109.jpg)

Random human for scale. Again I didn't get close but they had a bit of a crowd round them feeding them bread and they seemed pretty docile- the cygs were even letting people pet them and the parents didn't seem arsed. They've gone all docile on Hovis.

At the other loch someone was feeding the smaller but much more aggressive swans and a couple of them were hissing at each other and biting each other's necks in the scrabble for stale bread.

Saw two red kites as well which was pretty cool especially as their numbers have been declining.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Blue Jam on July 11, 2020, 07:23:35 PM
PSA: Do not feed swans white bread. Or beefburgers. They like peas:

https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/opinion/arthurs-seat-park-rangers-advice-feeding-swans-may-surprise-you-hayley-matthews-1381650
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on July 11, 2020, 07:23:56 PM
Good to see Boris social distancing for once
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on July 11, 2020, 07:25:35 PM
Quote from: Blue Jam on July 11, 2020, 07:23:35 PM
PSA: Do not feed swans white bread. Or beefburgers. They like peas:

https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/opinion/arthurs-seat-park-rangers-advice-feeding-swans-may-surprise-you-hayley-matthews-1381650

I thought it was common knowledge.

The water bird I've been seeing with four chicks the last few days (only 2 today it seems) is a Little Grebe - thanks to the first human I've seen in the area for 2 months.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Blue Jam on July 11, 2020, 07:29:48 PM
I knew bread was a no-no, didnae know about peas though. Might bring a bag of frozen peas they can set their Birds' Eyes on next time.

Pah, these are Scottish swans, they'd rather have a Glasgow salad I'm sure.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on July 12, 2020, 02:41:56 PM
Dull as fuck but watching a good old pigeon fly back and forth between trees, ripping off twigs from one and delivering them to one of the branches of the other. Of course the branch is shrouded in leaves so I cant quite see the female pigeon but I see something there moving.

Would love to see a baby pigeon.

Edit - ha! The nutter forgot his three branch system and entered a different part of the tree and panicked, flying around in an arc until I found a different, closer position. Mental head.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Blue Jam on July 12, 2020, 02:44:33 PM
Baby pigeons are ugly bastards.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on July 13, 2020, 08:25:31 AM
Saw a glow worm last night.  Just glowing yellow-green there in the hot dark oleanders, cicadas endless song and the sad waning moon washing down on all us sinners.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Blue Jam on July 13, 2020, 12:43:54 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on July 07, 2020, 03:20:43 PM
Got a message from the BTO about the dead swan

The dead swans lay in the stagnant pool.
They lay. They rotted. They turned
Around occasionally.
Bits of flesh dropped off them from
Time to time.
And sank into the pool's mire.
They also smelt a great deal.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: dissolute ocelot on July 13, 2020, 01:41:48 PM
Saw a grey squirrel try and fail to climb a 30 foot sandstone cliff at the weekend. It got about 20 foot up with a little help from nearby trees, then fell with a colossal thud into somebody's private yard full of rusty tools and boat parts, so I couldn't see where it ended up. I'd like to think that squirrels can land as nimbly as cats, but this one seemed to land as nimbly (and loudly) as the scrap metal it's probably now attached to.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twit 2 on July 14, 2020, 12:59:28 AM
Quote from: Buelligan on July 13, 2020, 08:25:31 AM
Saw a glow worm last night.  Just glowing yellow-green there in the hot dark oleanders, cicadas endless song and the sad waning moon washing down on all us sinners.

Was one of my glow-in-the-dark nipple tassels, sorry.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Spoon of Ploff on July 14, 2020, 04:00:32 PM
Went for a walk in the Berrygrove woods on Sunday morning. Came across a Roe deer, who scarpered before I could get m'phone out. I wandered about for a bit hoping I'd come across it again, but instead spotted a fox walking toward me. You can witness its double take when it finally saw me here: https://youtu.be/_1FOI3AVgYg (https://youtu.be/_1FOI3AVgYg).

It was a good day for butterflies as well... gangs of Peacocks on the Buddleias, and five or six Red Admirals setting up shop on a damaged oak tree, they seemed to be dining out on the sap that was leaking in one or two places ... if that's a thing they do, I dunno.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on July 14, 2020, 06:16:25 PM
The swan mystery takes a twist

Today I returned after 1 day off and noticed a new pile of feathers. in fact, it was deja vu to two weeks ago...like I had gone back in time. Except instead of a carcass there was a bone and an intact wing. This is odd. I initially thought the predator had brought back the wing and bones and was eating out in the open. But would the wing be still intact after 2 weeks? What about the feathers scattered around the place? The old carcass had disappeared and I only found the foot in the hedgerow, assuming the rest had been dragged off into a den somewhere.

The other swan is still alive and I'm more convinced its a female.

So, could this be an intruder female who killed the first mother and scared the father off? The father returned and was subsequently killed?

Odd.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on July 14, 2020, 06:45:37 PM
Sounds like a job for Columbo!

Wood pigeons opposite my balcony continued the nest building today, its good watching. They abandon it in the evening and go to another tree to sleep I suppose.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on July 14, 2020, 08:56:45 PM
Quote from: bgmnts on July 14, 2020, 06:45:37 PM
Sounds like a job for Columbo!

Wood pigeons opposite my balcony continued the nest building today, its good watching. They abandon it in the evening and go to another tree to sleep I suppose.

I've called John (Nettles)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on July 14, 2020, 09:25:05 PM
Get in.

Has anyone done one of these:

https://www.wildfooduk.com/foraging-trips/

Sounds like a nerdy as fuck but interesting day out.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: king_tubby on July 15, 2020, 08:45:48 AM
I've done a morning with a local version of that. My take was just because you can eat weeds and trees you've foraged, doesn't mean you should.

I expect a mushroom one on the autumn would be good though.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on July 15, 2020, 10:36:25 AM
Be careful on the mushroom one, friend of a friend went on one and had to have a liver transplant.  Not really worth it.

I also took some smallish children mushroom hunting.  Found some nice edibles.  Cooked them together but one child didn't fancy so she had a plain omelette.  That night, she had the most terrible stomach pain and I was glad as fuck she'd had no 'shrooms.  Bit like your thoughts on the eating weeds and trees, I think.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: gib on July 15, 2020, 10:49:05 AM
saw a bunch of ragworts yesterday all covered in cinnabar caterpillars
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on July 15, 2020, 10:50:16 AM
Quote from: Buelligan on July 15, 2020, 10:36:25 AM
Be careful on the mushroom one, friend of a friend went on one and had to have a liver transplant.  Not really worth it.

I also took some smallish children mushroom hunting.  Found some nice edibles.  Cooked them together but one child didn't fancy so she had a plain omelette.  That night, she had the most terrible stomach pain and I was glad as fuck she'd had no 'shrooms.  Bit like your thoughts on the eating weeds and trees, I think.

Yes quite. I love the idea of a mushroom course but am so wary. Even specialists get caught out - I remember reading about one who made an error and ended up liquified internally. I have  Eastern European friends who have grown up gathering them (now well into their 50s)  and they leave anything they have the slightest doubt about (or whatever is several degrees below "slightest").

Loads of magic mushrooms where I live but don't quite have the confidence to have them as another revenue stream.

I did a foraging course several years ago with a bit of an oddball down in Dorset or Devon or somewhere. Was enjoyable but I haven't put much into practice. Alexanders are very nice though. But even with plants I am surprised how deadly stuff looks much like edible stuff - Lords and Ladies vs wild garlic for example.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on July 15, 2020, 11:15:33 AM
On plants I'm sound as a pound, I've spent my whole life reading and thinking about them, reached a small understanding.  The other day, I was walking on the mountain when I came across some rather lovely tall leguminous vetch-like lads, beautiful composite pale mauve pea flower tassels, one sniff and I knew.  Purest licorice, Glycyrrhiza glabra (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liquorice).  These are the joys.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on July 15, 2020, 11:31:55 AM
Quote from: king_tubby on July 15, 2020, 08:45:48 AM
I've done a morning with a local version of that. My take was just because you can eat weeds and trees you've foraged, doesn't mean you should.

I expect a mushroom one on the autumn would be good though.

Always interesting though, but yes, there's a reason we have bred plants to within an inch of their lives to be more appealing to eat. Don't know if it has been a good thing for our health for everything to be sweeter, less fibrous, bloated sacs of things compared with their wild forebears but there's no going back now without the loss of 99.9% of the population, it would take a lot of bulrush rhizomes to feed the UK.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: gib on July 17, 2020, 12:58:08 PM
Quote from: gib on July 15, 2020, 10:49:05 AM
saw a bunch of ragworts yesterday all covered in cinnabar caterpillars

went back the next day to get you lot a photo

(https://i.postimg.cc/fyYqp0d6/IMG-20200715-184155.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: gib on July 17, 2020, 01:04:17 PM
and saw one of these ichneumons trying to fill them with wasp eggs

this one isn't my photo but is exactly what i saw

(https://i.postimg.cc/k5kkHCZR/DSCN4045-Ichneumon-Wasp-pointing-ovipositor-at-Cinnabar-larva.jpg)

Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on July 17, 2020, 01:45:50 PM
Biters and stingers were out in full force yesterday. Big welt in my lower leg and it was numb until about 4am this morning.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Spoon of Ploff on July 17, 2020, 01:50:53 PM
Quote from: gib on July 17, 2020, 12:58:08 PM
went back the next day to get you lot a photo

(https://i.postimg.cc/fyYqp0d6/IMG-20200715-184155.jpg)

Thanks! There's a lot of these in the fields near me. I'll keep an eye out for those wasp muthas.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on July 17, 2020, 03:08:08 PM
We have identified three different fox kits that visit the hedgehog party palace of a night anymore -- a scruffy big boy, a medium sized girl, and a girl about the size of a housecat. Still youths, as they have the big white pompom on their tails.

Loads of juvenile hedgehogs bopping around all night, as well.

There are so many in and out all night it's really surprising we don't hear them clattering around the crockery or the kits barking.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Brian Freeze on July 17, 2020, 08:18:33 PM
Flying ant day here today. Loads of birds getting well fed, spiders too.

Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: tao of wub on July 18, 2020, 12:08:35 PM
I have been going into some nearby woods everyday since lockdown and have managed to see some good wildlife.  Always loads of deer, muntjac, butterflies and on a couple of occasions badgers.  Butterlies love weeds and wildflowers.

During the hot weather it was amazing and there was hardly any noise pollution from planes and road traffic.  I like to pretend I am visiting an alien planet, before I get brought back down literally to Earth.

(https://i.postimg.cc/L82FXNDs/Badger-face.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/fTq6vDj6/Thistle-peacock.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/G3K0HkB3/Orange-bee.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on July 18, 2020, 06:44:34 PM
Back to the big lake (big waters) after a few weeks away and the place is a travesty. All the swans now gone and the water stinks. I saw a group of kids drinking Budweiser on the small pier (which is off limits now due to it collapsing) and as I passed them heard two loud splashes. Turned around to see Budweiser bottles floating in the lake. I had a massive go at them..I'm fed up of this shit. An older guy on a bike passed by and he stopped to listen to my rant. The kids were arguing about their freedoms to do what the fuck they liked and I tried to appeal to their common sense "destroying your environment". In the end I left with them swearing at me but not before I saw the older guy say something to them and them all laughing. If I had a cheese wire that fucker wouldn't have legs now - the youths doing stupid things is nothing new, but this fucker...boiled my blood.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twit 2 on July 18, 2020, 11:10:39 PM
Right that's it, this ain't a wildlife thread any more, that's FINITO. We're gonna get that old cunt scumbag and those two scrots. You mention cheese wire like it's a joke HAHA, but I've got the cheese-wire, I've got it all. You and me we're doing this Falling Down style—they were the final straw and I've got the bloke on the bike's LinkedIn. We'll go round there: me, you and the cheese-wire, coupla three building buckets, have his by-Christ ankles off! Cauterise with an out-of-order hand dryer ripped from a Hexham bog. Bury him the bottom of a lake like Grendel's mother, the bitch.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on July 18, 2020, 11:12:01 PM
God imagine being that older gent. Grim.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twonty Gostelow on July 19, 2020, 01:28:16 PM
Quote from: tao of wub on July 18, 2020, 12:08:35 PM
(https://i.postimg.cc/L82FXNDs/Badger-face.jpg)
How far away were you? It doesn't look like there's a lot of zoom.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on July 19, 2020, 01:35:30 PM
Quote from: Twit 2 on July 18, 2020, 11:10:39 PM
Right that's it, this ain't a wildlife thread any more, that's FINITO. We're gonna get that old cunt scumbag and those two scrots. You mention cheese wire like it's a joke HAHA, but I've got the cheese-wire, I've got it all. You and me we're doing this Falling Down style—they were the final straw and I've got the bloke on the bike's LinkedIn. We'll go round there: me, you and the cheese-wire, coupla three building buckets, have his by-Christ ankles off! Cauterise with an out-of-order hand dryer ripped from a Hexham bog. Bury him the bottom of a lake like Grendel's mother, the bitch.

First time in my life someone has sided with me. Thank you. I'm off out now to with a machete to give them a fright.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Blue Jam on July 19, 2020, 02:19:45 PM
Shame the swans weren't around to BREAK THEIR ARMS.

I'll send in those big hardcase Embra swan parents. And a few bastard hard Embra cuntbeaks. You wouldn't mess with them, they'd throw those Budweiser bottles right back at you.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Blue Jam on July 19, 2020, 02:27:46 PM
Juvenile cuntbeak being a lazy fucker:

(https://i.ibb.co/jrCtGy5/20200719-133434.jpg)

Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Blue Jam on July 19, 2020, 02:39:34 PM
Quote from: Brian Freeze on July 17, 2020, 08:18:33 PM
Flying ant day here today. Loads of birds getting well fed

Any of them drunk?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-23374943
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on July 19, 2020, 05:00:31 PM
Quote from: Blue Jam on July 19, 2020, 02:19:45 PM
Shame the swans weren't around to BREAK THEIR ARMS.

I'll send in those big hardcase Embra swan parents. And a few bastard hard Embra cuntbeaks. You wouldn't mess with them, they'd throw those Budweiser bottles right back at you.

ha...disowned by my sister and family now when I got pissed at her defending their right to enjoy a summer's day.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on July 19, 2020, 06:54:03 PM
You were deffo in the right and also braver than me what with them all having knives these days and being cheeky fuckers.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on July 19, 2020, 07:13:05 PM
Quote from: paruses on July 19, 2020, 06:54:03 PM
You were deffo in the right and also braver than me what with them all having knives these days and being cheeky fuckers.

thank you... the ice cold clasp of outsidersism is kept at bay for another day.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on July 19, 2020, 07:15:39 PM
Yeah fair play on you, it takes guts. I'd love to make all these littering cunts choke on their own fucking foul refuse.

Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Dex Sawash on July 19, 2020, 08:08:59 PM
https://youtu.be/JiOXLk9Xj1E
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on July 19, 2020, 09:28:07 PM
Quote from: bgmnts on July 19, 2020, 07:15:39 PM
Yeah fair play on you, it takes guts. I'd love to make all these littering cunts choke on their own fucking foul refuse.

when I can travel, I'm coming down to Cwmbran with some pasta and beer to cook you a wild garlic dinner.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on July 19, 2020, 09:29:18 PM
Quote from: Dex Sawash on July 19, 2020, 08:08:59 PM
https://youtu.be/JiOXLk9Xj1E

The insouciance is what gets you.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on July 19, 2020, 09:43:47 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on July 19, 2020, 09:28:07 PM
when I can travel, I'm coming down to Cwmbran with some pasta and beer to cook you a wild garlic dinner and happy slapping litterers.

Yes!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Dex Sawash on July 21, 2020, 09:44:55 PM

Bug that landed on my neighbo(u)r

(https://i.postimg.cc/c45wJ06s/cab-bug.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on July 22, 2020, 08:38:07 PM
(https://i.ibb.co/YQx5hkq/20200722-202308.jpg)

Can someone identify this plant? It's a shrub flower and the inside of the petals is an orange colour. The aroma is very pleasant!

Unsure if its Lavender or Buddleja.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: king_tubby on July 22, 2020, 09:00:14 PM
Looks like lavender.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on July 22, 2020, 09:07:08 PM
Quote from: bgmnts on July 22, 2020, 08:38:07 PM
(https://i.ibb.co/YQx5hkq/20200722-202308.jpg)

Can someone identify this plant? It's a shrub flower and the inside of the petals is an orange colour. The aroma is very pleasant!

Unsure if its Lavender or Buddleja.

Lavender coloured buddleja assuming that the scale isn't well out of wack and that's a macro photo.

Buddleja coloured buddleja I suppose.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on July 22, 2020, 09:09:25 PM
Saw loads of cinnebar caterpillars on plants earlier.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Smeraldina Rima on July 22, 2020, 09:31:10 PM
You can click on the different types of Buddleja - in colour and height groups - at the Longstock Buddleja Collection website.

It also has incomplete rankings from the members of the Wessex British Clematis Society Group of the most scented Buddleja from a visit in 2017. So if you can identify the colour match you could see if it is one of the most strongly scented.

https://www.buddlejacollection.com/collections/buddleja-davidii/
https://www.buddlejacollection.com/colours-heights/
https://www.buddlejacollection.com/cultivation/Scent/
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on July 22, 2020, 09:38:25 PM
Quote from: Dex Sawash on July 21, 2020, 09:44:55 PM
Bug that landed on my neighbo(u)r

(https://i.postimg.cc/c45wJ06s/cab-bug.jpg)

Looks like an elephant hawk moth caterpillar so presumably some red neck American cousin of that species :)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twonty Gostelow on July 22, 2020, 09:57:26 PM
The buddleja we planted in the back garden a few years ago is currently smelling lovely, especially in the early evening and just after nightfall. Popular with bees and butterflies in the day and moths in the evening. I'm looking out for hummingbird hawk moths on it right now.
Managed to photograph one last August, but they don't hang around long.

(https://i.imgur.com/l6t4STP.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/x75kfgH.png)

(https://i.imgur.com/LWmfcpU.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on July 22, 2020, 10:14:57 PM
Always forget we have hummingbird hawk moths in the UK. They just seem too exotic.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Cerys on July 23, 2020, 02:47:20 AM
I've got a buddleia flowering in a large tub outside, and if I don't get hummingbird hawk moths on it I'm going to be very disappointed.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on July 23, 2020, 09:19:22 AM
Quote from: Cerys on July 23, 2020, 02:47:20 AM
I've got a buddleia flowering in a large tub outside, and if I don't get hummingbird hawk moths on it I'm going to be very disappointed.

some bad news

(https://i.ibb.co/72wL747/Screenshot-2020-07-23-at-09-16-11.png) (https://ibb.co/m6LgQ8Q)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Cerys on July 23, 2020, 09:32:40 AM
The first time I saw one was in Aber, so nyer.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on July 23, 2020, 10:03:29 AM
Quote from: Cerys on July 23, 2020, 09:32:40 AM
The first time I saw one was in Aber, so nyer.

the last of the mothicans
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twit 2 on July 23, 2020, 08:52:16 PM
This looks good:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/jul/22/owls-of-the-eastern-ice-by-jonathan-c-slaght-review-an-extraordinary-quest

Saw two different kingfishers dive in from a branch and catch fish about 10 feet away from me, recently. One was such a strange colouration: it was undoubtedly a kingfisher but it was a very dark purple, almost black. Is there such a thing a melanistic ones?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on July 23, 2020, 08:55:40 PM
well there is the Pied Kingfisher, but that doesn't reside in the UK

(https://cdn.download.ams.birds.cornell.edu/api/v1/asset/133932751/1800)

or perhaps the Giant

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/13/Giant_kingfisher_%28Megaceryle_maxima%29_male.jpg)

the Sacred

(https://www.oiseaux.net/photos/paul.van.giersbergen/images/id/martin-chasseur.sacre.pava.1p.jpg)

or even the majestic Halycon

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b4/Halcyon_smyrnensis_-_Singapore_Botanic_Gardens.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twit 2 on July 23, 2020, 08:56:44 PM
Forgot google exists:

QuoteRSPB (https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/birdwatching/how-to-identify-birds/abnormal-colouration-of-birds/)

Iridescence blues and greens are not pigments, but are see as light reflects on the complex structure of the feather. These are structural colours. The final colour is often a combination of an underlying pigment and the structural colour. For example, many green parrots have yellow pigmentation interacting with a blue structural colour. The true colour of many iridescent feather is black or brown, so if a bird like a kingfisher is seen in very low light, it appears dark in colour.

It was the evening, so yeah, case closed.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on July 23, 2020, 09:04:10 PM
Just imagine you saw a Giant Kingfisher, you could dine out on that for years.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Smeraldina Rima on July 23, 2020, 09:18:11 PM
Enjoyed watching a seagull fly around and round above the cut the other night. Moorhens have nice colours, like a lego bird.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: NattyDread 2 on July 24, 2020, 05:10:51 PM
Had to share the loch with some of these big mad psychedelic bastards this morning.

(https://i.imgur.com/01BGUPb.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twonty Gostelow on July 24, 2020, 06:18:21 PM
The kookaburra is a kingfisher. That was an Obvious Thing IOJR a couple of years ago.

Quote from: Twit 2 on July 23, 2020, 08:52:16 PM
Saw two different kingfishers dive in from a branch and catch fish about 10 feet away from me, recently.

Must be a good time for them with plenty of food around. I and a load of other people alerted by photos on Instagram watched as many as six of them last week on the River Teifi. These two photos were taken around the same time, two different pairs on opposite sides of the water.

(https://i.imgur.com/0Sk56F0.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/34zWQwT.jpg)

They don't start to get territorial and chase others away until September.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on July 24, 2020, 07:14:23 PM
I have to say you are very lucky Twonty.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twonty Gostelow on July 24, 2020, 07:26:27 PM
I'm definitely going through a jammy phase for kingfishers. Never saw one on any river walks in almost 20 years previously.

Otters continue to elude me.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on July 24, 2020, 09:33:53 PM
I have come to the conclusion that otters don't actually exist.

Watched the parental pigeons have a shift change to sit on the nest in the tree opposite. The one clocked off and fucked off to hedge somewhere and the other jumped down onto it and settled in for a good few hours. It was staring at me for a good twenty minutes as well.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: AliasTheCat on July 25, 2020, 07:34:05 AM
Quote from: bgmnts on July 24, 2020, 09:33:53 PM
I have come to the conclusion that otters don't actually exist.

I'm convinced that I saw an otter on the river Exe once when I went to visit my parents but no one believed me at the time. It was not a fucking dog mum, do you think I don't know what a dog looks like?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on July 25, 2020, 10:33:39 AM
Me and my sister once saw a bear emerge from a woodland in Devon during a night drive with my parents.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Spoon of Ploff on July 25, 2020, 03:59:24 PM
This f**king thing:

(https://i.imgur.com/jIPiame.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Blue Jam on July 26, 2020, 12:42:13 AM
Today I learned: moths' eyes glow:

(https://i.ibb.co/SnpnqZ0/20200726-003427.jpg)

(https://i.ibb.co/gWMTJqC/20200726-003457.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on July 26, 2020, 10:26:20 AM
your photos? that's cool
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on July 26, 2020, 12:04:04 PM
Friend got bitten by this Fake Widow in Durham

(https://i.ibb.co/jLSJWhx/Screenshot-2020-07-26-at-11-57-58.jpg) (https://ibb.co/LC3NJSq)

She stupidly killed it afterwards.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on July 26, 2020, 05:33:56 PM
How stupidly?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on July 26, 2020, 06:06:44 PM
Quote from: Shoulders?-Stomach! on July 26, 2020, 05:33:56 PM
How stupidly?

it one of God's own creations. Or are you all for extraordinary rendition and state sanctioned murder now ;) *

Saw a Sedge Warbler just now. Didn't kill it **

* in case of confusion, this smiley is meant in good humour **

** I am poking fun at myself ***

*** this is not sarcastic either
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on July 26, 2020, 06:26:33 PM
Anyone who needlessly kills an animal I hope get's pointlessly killed.

Anyway, this pigeon is still in the nest, sitting there, even the heavy wind isn't budging it. They know how to build a nest, fair play to them. If I tried to build a nest in a tree I reckon a slight breeze would collapse it in seconds.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on July 26, 2020, 06:56:19 PM
Quote from: bgmnts on July 26, 2020, 06:26:33 PM
Anyone who needlessly kills an animal I hope get's pointlessly killed.

Anyway, this pigeon is still in the nest, sitting there, even the heavy wind isn't budging it. They know how to build a nest, fair play to them. If I tried to build a nest in a tree I reckon a slight breeze would collapse it in seconds.

are you sure it's not a collared dove?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on July 26, 2020, 07:06:07 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on July 26, 2020, 06:56:19 PM
are you sure it's not a collared dove?

Not at all, could well be. I just see wood pigeons around here all the time. I can't quite see it now but I think it's pure grey with a little white ring around its neck, a yellow beak and dark around it's eyes I think. I can't see the colour of the head though, it's subsumed by green leaves.

Update: shift change! Yeah its a light grey all over with white around the front and side of its neck, tapering at the back, something you'd pay around £12 quid for at the barbers. The tip of its tail feathers look like they've been dipped in tar, jet black.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on July 26, 2020, 07:35:07 PM
Quote from: Spoon of Ploff on July 25, 2020, 03:59:24 PM
This f**king thing:

(https://i.imgur.com/jIPiame.jpg)

It's a bloody great lovely ichneumon wasp, going about its innocent parasitoid business of body-snatchin'

Possibly an Ichneumon xanthorius in which case its a male, which means it doesn't do much other than peacefully eat pollen and possibly fertilize a female who does all the horrifying yet fascinating Xenomorph type stuff.

Edit: actually I'm leaning towards Callajoppa sp, poss cirrogaster , up there with the UKs largest Ichneumons, parasitoids of hawk moths.

https://www.naturespot.org.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/british-ichneumonid-wasps-id-guide.pdf (https://www.naturespot.org.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/british-ichneumonid-wasps-id-guide.pdf)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on July 26, 2020, 08:12:11 PM
Quote from: bgmnts on July 26, 2020, 07:06:07 PM
Not at all, could well be. I just see wood pigeons around here all the time. I can't quite see it now but I think it's pure grey with a little white ring around its neck, a yellow beak and dark around it's eyes I think. I can't see the colour of the head though, it's subsumed by green leaves.

Update: shift change! Yeah its a light grey all over with white around the front and side of its neck, tapering at the back, something you'd pay around £12 quid for at the barbers. The tip of its tail feathers look like they've been dipped in tar, jet black.

wood pigeon then. The inverted collared dove.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Beagle 2 on July 27, 2020, 12:33:00 AM
Impossible to not sound like a middle aged middle class wank by posting this but fuck it.

This is the first year we've had a garden of our own and, with the lockdown and all, it's really been amazing to observe all the drama that plays out there. The best bit has been having a couple of blackbirds nesting - they've raised three sets of fledglings and we've seen the whole process, from seeing them nest building to ferrying food back and forth and hearing the little excited chirps, to the parents coaching them out of the nest and teaching them to fly around the garden. We feel part of the team at this stage, recognising the danger call and having a super soaker ready to blast the cats that are constantly trying to eat the younguns. It was properly devastating finding one of them dead on the step with its guts hanging out and the dad by its side distraught, bastard mog. Felt like we had failed. Still, we're pretty sure all the others survived, which is apparently very good going. They seem to regard us as friends now, if we're out in the garden they'll just hop around us. It looks stressful as fuck being a blackbird and I now regard them as a great bunch of birds.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twonty Gostelow on July 27, 2020, 01:15:08 AM
Nice one, Beagly. I search the plants and bushes two or three times a day for cats hiding and ready to pounce, but unfortunately some young birds aren't quick enough to get away.
Generally speaking, cat owners around here don't give a shit and won't fit their cats with bell collars, for what that's worth.

Here's a blackbird feeding her baby, apparently bigger than her, in our garden 3 days ago.
(https://i.imgur.com/JGTa6sR.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on July 27, 2020, 09:05:55 AM
Yes, the blackbirds have been great. Once dismissed as just another boring British bird, when you get to "know" them, you really see their character and they SEE you too. Lovely.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Blue Jam on July 31, 2020, 12:40:42 PM
I swear Edinburgh has had three Flying Ant Days this year. That's not allowed, is it? Who can I complain to?

Today looks the biggie though, loads of the bastards all over the shop. Perhaps the first two were just rehearsals.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: phes on July 31, 2020, 01:19:21 PM
Love blackbirds, maybe even my favourite of the garden birds. Always entertained by their funny combination of hopping and running. Right little scamps. They drive fastidious garden groomers nuts in spring and summer littering lawns and patio edges with the detritus from gathering nest building material. Seeing the occasional dead blackbird is always heartbreaking because you know there's probably another hopping about nearby at a loss. I saw a leucistic blackbird a few weeks ago but haven't seen it in the same spot since

Absolute bloody racket outside the window in my old place though. 8pm on the dot they'd start up up and screech like fuck for an hour
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Spoon of Ploff on July 31, 2020, 04:26:49 PM
Given their diminutive size Jenny Wrens are surprisingly loud and gobby birds:

(https://i.imgur.com/O9GtAwM.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Clatty McCutcheon on August 01, 2020, 12:08:13 AM
Haven't been able to get out as much as I'd like lately, but I did at least spot another roe deer in the woods.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/Pn1ei838lFFfy0rSxZnDfLRtASaQVtBL8TqOl5pGWbDwInDyKn6MXGxzrm1uffkY12i7BHQOv9Bq5tezb_6vgpy34aohpI9QiefjeltTBp6mwpa_UMKY3_ie93iiL-7rdl01BocY5A=w2400?source=screenshot.guru"><imgsrc="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/Pn1ei838lFFfy0rSxZnDfLRtASaQVtBL8TqOl5pGWbDwInDyKn6MXGxzrm1uffkY12i7BHQOv9Bq5tezb_6vgpy34aohpI9QiefjeltTBp6mwpa_UMKY3_ie93iiL-7rdl01BocY5A=w600-h315-p-k)

Also, a juvenile wheatear perched on a rock (fun fact: wheatear is a bowdlerised version of the bird's original name 'whitearse')

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/e8UG6y08z9hRvYRFxQdfE0S_naoP0s4IwTB0gmv9yppGmweFuUxqOTKwqlBvkhTbPSEyTclRJO7AygbEORRetNvjEOxareUGGFVZ-B2BMQ2bBLIlwUN-gfmcRqQmxmu8i7plaTTtEQ=w2400?source=screenshot.guru"><imgsrc="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/e8UG6y08z9hRvYRFxQdfE0S_naoP0s4IwTB0gmv9yppGmweFuUxqOTKwqlBvkhTbPSEyTclRJO7AygbEORRetNvjEOxareUGGFVZ-B2BMQ2bBLIlwUN-gfmcRqQmxmu8i7plaTTtEQ=w600-h315-p-k)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ollyboro on August 01, 2020, 12:19:17 AM
Sat in the dark, listening to Metallica, round our mam's house, and a wee frog turned up and sat with us for a bit. Appeared from nowhere; fucked off when it suited him (I assume)....kooool Kermit kunt
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: phes on August 01, 2020, 05:47:45 AM
Quote from: Spoon of Ploff on July 31, 2020, 04:26:49 PM
Given their diminutive size Jenny Wrens are surprisingly loud and gobby birds:

(https://i.imgur.com/O9GtAwM.jpg)

I held a wren a couple of weeks back after a friend wanted to drop by and catch up with some bird ringing friends of hers. Even knowing how much these birds weigh, it was a shock how little there is to them. You know those little oval plum tomatoes supermarkets sell in punnets, well imagine a plucked chicken the size of one of those. If you gently blow back the feathers to reveal the chest, that's what they look like. Nothing to them. The Wren's syrinx, found just superior to the bifurcation of its trachea is capable of using almost all the air it breathes to produce sound and its resonant cavity is very powerful, allowing it to produce such an unusually loud song for a feathered plum tomato.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Spoon of Ploff on August 01, 2020, 09:03:49 AM
Feathered plum tomato is a lovely expression.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 01, 2020, 09:11:35 AM
Excellent info, thanks Phes. Sadly death is all about in my wildlife wanders. The squished sparrowhawk, now a squashed hedgehog (still not seen a living hedgehog in all my years). I did manage to use the powerful binoculars to get a good view of a buzzard riding the updrafts, wonderful.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on August 01, 2020, 03:53:23 PM
Loving these pictures, I am quite envious of you all.

Percy and Patricia are still on their nest, taking turns dutifully. I'm rather excited to see what happens. I would love to see pigeon chicks being fed, and they surely will be hatching soon.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Blue Jam on August 01, 2020, 04:40:40 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on July 26, 2020, 10:26:20 AM
your photos? that's cool

Yes, and cheers.

And yes, I know I need to clean the windows.

Found a big moth lounging on the sofa this morning. Fair play to the lazy fucker.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Spoon of Ploff on August 02, 2020, 11:42:45 AM
(https://i.imgur.com/ncqW6oj.jpg)

So I knew about Brimstone Butterflies, but here is a Brimstone moth.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Pdine on August 04, 2020, 07:06:08 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/Y7eJGug.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: kalowski on August 04, 2020, 10:06:43 PM
Currently taking a short break in the Peaks. Seen a few buzzards, kestrels, a dipper and a lovely pair of grey wagtails.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on August 04, 2020, 10:07:37 PM
Love me a dipper.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: kalowski on August 04, 2020, 10:08:23 PM
My kids were happy playing in the stream so I could sit and watch it for ages.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: phes on August 04, 2020, 10:21:26 PM
Quote from: kalowski on August 04, 2020, 10:06:43 PM
Currently taking a short break in the Peaks. Seen a few buzzards, kestrels, a dipper and a lovely pair of grey wagtails.

Where abouts?

I was in New Mills on Saturday and saw my first Dipper of the year just after the confluence of the rivers Goyt and Sett. No Grey Wagtails, which was unusual. They usually dance acrobatically up and down that little stretch. The local heron was on the weir looking like a right old bruiser and gulping down some prey
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: kalowski on August 04, 2020, 10:26:05 PM
Just by the Manifold River. We were in Ilam yesterday where we saw most of them, although the buzzards have been flying over here daily.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on August 04, 2020, 11:48:09 PM
Quote from: phes on August 04, 2020, 10:21:26 PM
Where abouts?

I was in New Mills on Saturday and saw my first Dipper of the year just after the confluence of the rivers Goyt and Sett. No Grey Wagtails, which was unusual. They usually dance acrobatically up and down that little stretch. The local heron was on the weir looking like a right old bruiser and gulping down some prey

No dipper sitings yet for me. Might have to go out and just sit by the river and wait until it happens. Conversely - loads of grey wagtails knocking about this year.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on August 05, 2020, 08:23:36 AM
This is the fella that crashed into the doors recently. (can't remember how to do images so this might have  a few edits - have uploaded to imgbb)


(https://i.ibb.co/f8KNKqt/2020-07-05-19-26-24.jpg) (https://ibb.co/q04g479)

(https://i.ibb.co/12g7JR7/2020-07-05-19-26-07.jpg) (https://ibb.co/DKJzgwz)

(https://i.ibb.co/GVR8HDY/2020-07-05-19-25-45.jpg) (https://ibb.co/LC1cNyj)

(https://i.ibb.co/2FyBNkF/2020-07-05-19-28-12.jpg) (https://ibb.co/x2DQH72)


[Edit - ah, getting there. Now how do I make it not massive? size=something something?]
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 05, 2020, 09:40:59 AM
[img* width=400][/img*]

remove *

use height instead of width for these
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on August 05, 2020, 10:02:54 AM
^ Excellent. Thanks.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on August 05, 2020, 10:34:06 AM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on August 01, 2020, 09:11:35 AM
Excellent info, thanks Phes. Sadly death is all about in my wildlife wanders. The squished sparrowhawk, now a squashed hedgehog (still not seen a living hedgehog in all my years). I did manage to use the powerful binoculars to get a good view of a buzzard riding the updrafts, wonderful.

Also seeing a lot of death at the moment (it's all relative  I suppose). Jub blackbird, quite a few badger roadkill. Squirrels ditto obvs. More upsettingly have found 2 dead moles on one of my usual walks through a particular field. And they are unbearably cute.

Upside - lots of little families of birds knocking around so life goes on.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 05, 2020, 11:29:52 AM
Inspired by Attila and others I've bought a night vision camera thingy. Didn't come with batteries or SD card so will have to risk covid to go and get them. I'm very stupid. Always saving money and never investing in things that could bring me enjoyment, like a decent camera and pair of binoculars before moving to Canada. Well now I have. Probably won't see anything. I'm going to a field about a mile away where there is a suspected fox hole and I'm going to position it overnight outside there. Don't think it'll be nicked as its remote and the camera is camouflaged.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 06, 2020, 07:18:52 PM
Bumper crop of Peacock butterflies today

(https://i.ibb.co/vqKc89J/IMG-7328.jpg) (https://ibb.co/DWS1nd7)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on August 06, 2020, 08:50:00 PM
Two days ago there was a dead rabbit in the hedge next to a busy t junction about half a mile from where a rabbit warren lives. Or at least did, it seems the football training has started up again on that field where they are/were.

Unsure if they're linked but if some poor rabbit had to die so some cunts can play footie...
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 06, 2020, 09:11:30 PM
Quote from: bgmnts on August 06, 2020, 08:50:00 PM
Two days ago there was a dead rabbit in the hedge next to a busy t junction about half a mile from where a rabbit warren lives. Or at least did, it seems the football training has started up again on that field where they are/were.

Unsure if they're linked but if some poor rabbit had to die so some cunts can play footie...

An eye for an eye. Get on it.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Blue Jam on August 08, 2020, 03:43:14 AM
MOFF:

(https://i.ibb.co/XWdPw3J/20200808-033622.jpg) (https://ibb.co/8mRwhd8)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 08, 2020, 08:10:20 AM
Question for Attila.

I set up the night camera last night - quite lackadaisically, just propped against a pole with hedgehog food in front, in the morning I was delighted to see the food gone and videos on the camera. Of course, I had propped the camera at a slight angle so only got to see the hump of the hog and not the face, but the sounds were pretty impressive in the night, like being in a Louisiana swamp (maybe the heat had brought out crickets, quite eerie with some background infrasound).

Anyway, at one point a few hours later the video turned on but there was nothing on screen, but I could here a chattering/grunting - is this the hedgehog? do you hear the same sounds. I had left the hedgehog food tub outside as it stinks and is full of dried grubs (lid was on). In the morning there were stones scattered around and at one point there was a video of a shadow passing the camera and then a clunk on what sounded like the plastic tub. Greedy hogs!

I will try and get a better angle tonight and put at higher resolution. A lot of glare and the humidity started to spoil the image around 4am.

Tips welcome from all you night camera enthusiasts. I will also see if I can get fox/badger images from the fields. There is a slight unease that there will be a monstrous zombie face on one of these at some point.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on August 08, 2020, 09:47:31 AM
Good deed for the day was rescuing this chap from a watery death in a bucket of rain water. That's no way to go, is it?

I think it is a common sexton beetle. Prettier than the pic makes it look.

It dried off, preened, and then flew off. If my id is correct then assume it smelt a delicious corpse within a mile to breakfast on.

(https://i.ibb.co/7pB773m/IMG-20200808-090939.jpg) (https://ibb.co/LgB44T7)

(https://i.ibb.co/1QXjG5z/IMG-20200808-090755.jpg) (https://ibb.co/54jwhyK)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: kalowski on August 08, 2020, 10:57:12 AM
I love that God spent so much time creating hundreds of thousands of wacky insects.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on August 08, 2020, 11:52:00 AM
Quote from: kalowski on August 08, 2020, 10:57:12 AM
I love that God spent so much time creating hundreds of thousands of wacky insects.

Yes. Would love that as a job.

Adjacent to that an ecologist friend of mine once said because everything fits together so well that if there were ever absolute proof that God exists, he wouldn't be that surprised.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: phes on August 08, 2020, 01:46:03 PM
Odd thing for an ecologist to entertain the teleological argument

There are thought to be in the order of a trillion microbes which must have been a fucking shock if God went into it thinking it would be all Vampire Squid and Leopards

Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 08, 2020, 01:57:12 PM
Quote from: phes on August 08, 2020, 01:46:03 PM
Odd thing for an ecologist to entertain the teleological argument

There are thought to be in the order of a trillion microbes which must have been a fucking shock if God went into it thinking it would be all Vampire Squid and Leopards

I think the actual number is closer 1^21 or 1^23, more than stars in the galaxy anyway, or are you talking about species?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on August 08, 2020, 02:12:46 PM
We (not a royal we, me & Mr Attila, I mean) just set the camera up to photo, not video. We did the video once, and ended up with lots of 10 sec videos from movement near the camera setting it off, but not enough action to see foxes, hedgepigs, etc in action. You may find you get a lot more results going with just photos.

Depending on your camera, you should have a test mode that lets you see what the camera sees before you turn it on -- I didn't realise this til Mr Attila pointed it out to me, and as you'd expect, it makes a big difference! I keep the camera up on a tripod with the field of vivew looking down on the hedgehog party palace, water bowls, and now the fox bowl (the foxes were eating the kitten food I had for the hedgehogs, so now I fix them their own bowl of puppy chow).

Hedgehogs will grunt and chuff, especially when they're in the mood for love. They also knock a lot of stuff over. I heard one banging around behind the bins last night where Mr Attila keeps several million plastic flower pots, and I could track his progress under them as they fell over like a series of dominoes.

What brings the hedgehogs around, especially now that it's so hot: keep fresh water out. The HH like their kibble, but they're into the water bowl all night -- sometimes literally.

Lately we've been getting a bona fide array at the party palace -- three hedgehogs at once in the food bowl. It's at least three fox kits that come by, a big boy and his two smaller sisters. There's a magpie that visits the kibble bowl at almost exactly the same hour window every morning, between 6 and 630, to nibble on what's left in the bowls.

These uploaded weird, but here are some recent shots -- these are out of around 3,000 photos we've taken since the start of July, so you will get a lot of nothing, but then neat things appear.

Various shots of hedgehog cavorting, Mr Gus coming over to visit (there are several neighbourhood cats who come to visit; I have a sequence on the SD card of a hedgehog sniffing one's tail, and said cat is NOT happy about this). Foxy foxes.

(http://i.imgur.com/3VSieITl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/3VSieIT)


(http://i.imgur.com/I2n3wkKl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/I2n3wkK)

(http://i.imgur.com/rFDRpNnl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/rFDRpNn)

(http://i.imgur.com/NfGkJ7tl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/NfGkJ7t)

(http://i.imgur.com/UsCRMFll.jpg) (https://imgur.com/UsCRMFl)

(http://i.imgur.com/OUj91iTl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/OUj91iT)

(http://i.imgur.com/2ZbkAzYl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/2ZbkAzY)

(http://i.imgur.com/YUAmGpal.jpg) (https://imgur.com/YUAmGpa)

(http://i.imgur.com/dyKeZncl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/dyKeZnc)

(http://i.imgur.com/RRxfdy5l.jpg) (https://imgur.com/RRxfdy5)

(http://i.imgur.com/H7BhYPPl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/H7BhYPP)

(http://i.imgur.com/uVZA22ul.jpg) (https://imgur.com/uVZA22u)

(http://i.imgur.com/VHl0vGDl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/VHl0vGD)



Quote from: BlodwynPig on August 08, 2020, 08:10:20 AM
Question for Attila.

I set up the night camera last night - quite lackadaisically, just propped against a pole with hedgehog food in front, in the morning I was delighted to see the food gone and videos on the camera. Of course, I had propped the camera at a slight angle so only got to see the hump of the hog and not the face, but the sounds were pretty impressive in the night, like being in a Louisiana swamp (maybe the heat had brought out crickets, quite eerie with some background infrasound).

Anyway, at one point a few hours later the video turned on but there was nothing on screen, but I could here a chattering/grunting - is this the hedgehog? do you hear the same sounds. I had left the hedgehog food tub outside as it stinks and is full of dried grubs (lid was on). In the morning there were stones scattered around and at one point there was a video of a shadow passing the camera and then a clunk on what sounded like the plastic tub. Greedy hogs!

I will try and get a better angle tonight and put at higher resolution. A lot of glare and the humidity started to spoil the image around 4am.

Tips welcome from all you night camera enthusiasts. I will also see if I can get fox/badger images from the fields. There is a slight unease that there will be a monstrous zombie face on one of these at some point.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: notjosh on August 08, 2020, 03:11:40 PM
Love those pictures Attila.

Strolling through the Forest of Dean last week I stumbled across a large black stag. Didn't even know that was a thing, but here it is:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1MISc9OJCSaVcWyHbfL6wGR4SFLOC7tMi/view?usp=sharing

Might look like a silhouette, but had a good look through the binocs afterwards and it was properly black.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on August 08, 2020, 03:15:42 PM
Great pictures!

The tail on the fox is not as fluffy as I'd expect.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 08, 2020, 03:18:39 PM
Thanks Attila. I had it on mixed photos and video, to be honest the photo was basically just stills of the first frame of the video - or equivalent, so I may just stick with video as what I got was lots of hog action, just at the wrong angle. I did think about a water bowl for tonight as the heat was intense last night even up in Newcastle.

Sad news again though, another cygnet dead - this time it seems to have succumbed to the heat or something other than an attack as it is floating in the lake near the island. I think it was the weakest and smallest of the remaining 3 cygnets. It was always apart from the other 2, but the father seemed to be keeping an eye out for it. Yesterday it was sitting alone, tired and it took the father to cajole it out on the lake. I then got close to the whole family and they all seemed 'together', scratching with their big feet and feeding normally. I got a great photo of the little one "winking" and raising a foot to me as I left. Sad sad sad to see him/her dead this morning, especially after the joy of hedgehogs.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: kalowski on August 08, 2020, 03:20:15 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on August 08, 2020, 01:57:12 PM
I think the actual number is closer 1^21 or 1^23, more than stars in the galaxy anyway, or are you talking about species?
1^21 = 1^23 = 1

You mean 10^21.

Yours,

A maths nerd.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 08, 2020, 03:25:35 PM
Quote from: kalowski on August 08, 2020, 03:20:15 PM
1^21 = 1^23 = 1

You mean 10^21.

Yours,

A maths nerd.

Sorry, I meant 1E21, yes...don't tell Pancreas
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on August 08, 2020, 03:28:04 PM
Sorry about that Blodwyn. Fucking shit it all is.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 08, 2020, 03:29:26 PM
Quote from: bgmnts on August 08, 2020, 03:28:04 PM
Sorry about that Blodwyn. Fucking shit it all is.

I worry about the corpse - hopefully it will be moved by a bird of prey or the geese or swans, wouldn't want to see it rotting over the next few days. The two siblings came over to check on it and it was the saddest thing. nudging the body with its beaks.

how are your pigeons doing?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on August 08, 2020, 03:34:26 PM
Still there! Mother pigeon actually charged a stranger pigeon getting too close to the nest the other day, it shat itself and flew away.

I'm unsure if they have hatched yet but I haven't witnessed any feeding, if I would even see it. I am hoping it'll be very soon though.

It's nice to have SOMETHING good happen for once.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on August 08, 2020, 06:13:35 PM
Quote from: phes on August 08, 2020, 01:46:03 PM
Odd thing for an ecologist to entertain the teleological argument

There are thought to be in the order of a trillion microbes which must have been a fucking shock if God went into it thinking it would be all Vampire Squid and Leopards

I don't know - it's easy to get sidetracked and carried away when you're into something. Maybe microbes are fun to make.

I think it was more sitting alone on a beautiful island catching storm petrels and drinking a box of wine that drove the comment than a rigorous examination of theistic arguments. Have just remembered I said I wouldn't be surprised if I ended up living in a commune at some point. I do stand by that.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on August 08, 2020, 07:02:50 PM
YES! Caught the pigeon feeding her chicks. Her beak was open whilst her neck pulsated for a bit, then dove her head into the nest, like someone on chippy alley in cardiff vomming their lungs up.

Ace!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: phes on August 08, 2020, 07:10:54 PM
Quote from: paruses on August 08, 2020, 06:13:35 PM
I don't know - it's easy to get sidetracked and carried away when you're into something. Maybe microbes are fun to make.

I think it was more sitting alone on a beautiful island catching storm petrels and drinking a box of wine that drove the comment than a rigorous examination of theistic arguments. Have just remembered I said I wouldn't be surprised if I ended up living in a commune at some point. I do stand by that.

Understandable.

I'm probably within walking distance of numerous odball Welsh eco communes and not a day goes by when I don't think about faxing my manager a half pint of piss and setting off
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on August 08, 2020, 07:13:02 PM
Do it!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 08, 2020, 07:49:32 PM
Quote from: bgmnts on August 08, 2020, 07:02:50 PM
YES! Caught the pigeon feeding her chicks. Her beak was open whilst her neck pulsated for a bit, then dove pigeon her head into the nest, like someone on chippy alley in cardiff vomming their lungs up.

Ace!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 09, 2020, 10:21:21 AM
(https://i.ibb.co/NWwXFQY/Screenshot-2020-08-09-at-10-06-19.png) (https://ibb.co/9yRJpzY)
(https://i.ibb.co/yn4NrLy/Screenshot-2020-08-09-at-10-05-30.png) (https://ibb.co/VWwLsXS)
(https://i.ibb.co/KG2wjDD/Screenshot-2020-08-09-at-10-05-51.png) (https://ibb.co/Db9pDYY)
(https://i.ibb.co/pzScQZ8/Screenshot-2020-08-09-at-10-05-02.png) (https://ibb.co/9T76h2L)

Lucky escape for the mouse
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 09, 2020, 10:26:25 AM
I've just noticed the camera automatically assigns text to the photos - "A bird standing atop a grass covered field" (picture of blackbird in the garden) for example...bizarre.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on August 09, 2020, 10:36:52 AM
Great photos of the hedgehoge / hoggo

I have seen a rabbit, sheep and cows in the Dales this morning. Prosaic, sure, but they all look pretty chilled out, which is helping my mood.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on August 09, 2020, 10:53:48 AM
Yay, more hedgehogs!

I just put new batteries in the camera yesterday, tested it out, and it's not taking any photos. :(  Shame, as all evidence this morning points to another lively night at the party palace.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 09, 2020, 11:32:04 AM
Quote from: Attila on August 09, 2020, 10:53:48 AM
Yay, more hedgehogs!

I just put new batteries in the camera yesterday, tested it out, and it's not taking any photos. :(  Shame, as all evidence this morning points to another lively night at the party palace.

How long do your batteries last?

Im going to try the camera out in the wilds tonight by the big hole at the edge of a wheat field. Best result would be fox or badger, worst would be demon or camera gone. Means rising at dawn tomorrow though to go and retrieve
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on August 09, 2020, 12:53:23 PM
We've been getting about 6 mos+ out of batteries -- I'll have to check with Mr Attila. They last a good long while.

The issue has been the camera stops taking photos long before the memory card is full -- a new memory card resolves the problem, as does downloading photos off the card & reformatting.

Of course, not keeping the hundred or so it takes every night would probably help, too, but once you start getting lazy about culling them, next thing you know you've got 2000 photos on the card.

Because the party palace is directly below the bedroom window, sometimes I just lean out and watch the hedgehogs bumbling down below for a little while before I go to bed at night. Last night had a bonus view of the gibbous moon illuminating the clouds below it, and what I think was Mars hanging in the sky next to it.

Perseids reach their height later this coming week of course the three days when we'll be having (much needed) rain and thunderstorms. Every. Goddmand. Year.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 09, 2020, 01:00:30 PM
I guess batteries will last longer with just photos, I'm down to 2 bars after 2 nights. It says remove batteries if you are not using, but then you have to reset the time each time.

I will put the camera in the field tonight and food in the garden and see if they come at the same time so I can get a real time view of them while the camera is elsewhere.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on August 09, 2020, 02:57:59 PM
I think the video setting does eat up the batteries (as well as filling up the card).

I forget if I said this earlier -- hedgehogs really really like kitten kibble (chicken flavoured - don't get fish). I've also supplimented it on occasion with bug-flavoured suet pellets, like you can get for bird feeders. You can get bespoke hedgehog chow, too, but it's expensive (Spike's is a populAar brand). Don't leave out milk for them, as it's really, realy bad for them -- lots of clean water in a shallow dish is the way to go.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on August 09, 2020, 03:29:09 PM
Just been camping in Sussex and whilst we were hanging about by a stream had a little jet-black mink zoom through our party, zipping amongst our feet. An ecological disaster of a species but very cute I have to say.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 09, 2020, 03:35:47 PM
Quote from: Attila on August 09, 2020, 02:57:59 PM
I think the video setting does eat up the batteries (as well as filling up the card).

I forget if I said this earlier -- hedgehogs really really like kitten kibble (chicken flavoured - don't get fish). I've also supplimented it on occasion with bug-flavoured suet pellets, like you can get for bird feeders. You can get bespoke hedgehog chow, too, but it's expensive (Spike's is a populAar brand). Don't leave out milk for them, as it's really, realy bad for them -- lots of clean water in a shallow dish is the way to go.

I have nature hedgehog chow, stinks to high heaven and full of fly larvae, so I've left that outside. Forgot the water last night, so will make amends tonight, although the camera will be deployed elsewhere so I won't know if it's being drunk by hedgehogs or evaporated.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on August 10, 2020, 09:49:16 AM
Yay -- reformatting got the camera working again -- these are all actually from last night, between midnight and 6am, so ignore the time and date; still have to tweak those.

A lot of hedgehog action through the night.

(http://i.imgur.com/2ns6mxol.jpg) (https://imgur.com/2ns6mxo)

A new baby fox I've not seen before (unless it's the smaller of the two girls who've been coming by. But the three main kits have stopped eating from the lower bowl, so that makes me think this is a new girl)

(http://i.imgur.com/iqhip9cl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/iqhip9c)

(http://i.imgur.com/Ub8b2cvl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/Ub8b2cv)

(http://i.imgur.com/WNzBIgnl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/WNzBIgn)

(http://i.imgur.com/tptXl7ul.jpg) (https://imgur.com/tptXl7u)

Morning magpie was back, around 5am as usual.

(http://i.imgur.com/18yBc4Rl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/18yBc4R)

(http://i.imgur.com/GDRPWBll.jpg) (https://imgur.com/GDRPWBl)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twit 2 on August 10, 2020, 09:55:12 AM
On the river yesterday saw a merlin flying overhead (no photos as he was flying quite fast) and this kingfisher attempting to catch a fish (brought the bastard boat to his branch and waited for him
him to pounce):

https://streamable.com/zs0rm0
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on August 10, 2020, 10:15:59 AM
Quote from: Twit 2 on August 10, 2020, 09:55:12 AM
On the river yesterday saw a merlin flying overhead (no photos as he was flying quite fast) and this kingfisher attempting to catch a fish (brought the bastard boat to his branch and waited for him
him to pounce):

https://streamable.com/zs0rm0

Lovely!

Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 10, 2020, 10:34:06 AM
Quote from: Attila on August 10, 2020, 10:15:59 AM
Lovely!

how do you sex fox kits?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Blue Jam on August 10, 2020, 12:38:02 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on August 10, 2020, 10:34:06 AM
how do you sex fox kits?

Very noisily, judging by what I hear every night.
BOOM BOOM!

Ahahahaha geddit that's a Basil Brush reference and Basil Brush was a fox LOL
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on August 10, 2020, 01:10:30 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on August 10, 2020, 10:34:06 AM
how do you sex fox kits?

In our case, anyway, it's from having a lot of photos of baby fox bottoms pointed at the camera as they chow down on puppy food every night. The boy's got a clear set of fuzzy foxy knackers, and the two girls are yer basic looks-like-girl-dog-bottoms from behind.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Elderly Sumo Prophecy on August 10, 2020, 03:32:32 PM
There's a bird of prey that lurks in our back garden. Not sure what kind, I've only caught a glimpse of it once. Maybe a kestrel or an osprey. Anyway, went out there and it's gone and twatted in a pigeon. All that's left is feathers, about two bones and a small bit of gore, which for some reason it decided it didn't fancy. What's the deal with birds of prey, do they just eat the entire thing there and then, or carry it off and finish it?

I was a bit upset initially. Can't be very nice to be happily going about your business, having a bit of a coo, then some big bastard decides to eat you alive. Then I realised that all wild birds tend to live short lives, with violent deaths, and thus the circle of life continues.

I presume it was the bird of prey. I'm pretty sure it wasn't me.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 10, 2020, 04:14:33 PM
Quote from: Attila on August 10, 2020, 01:10:30 PM
In our case, anyway, it's from having a lot of photos of baby fox bottoms pointed at the camera as they chow down on puppy food every night. The boy's got a clear set of fuzzy foxy knackers, and the two girls are yer basic looks-like-girl-dog-bottoms from behind.

Is bottom the American word for fanny?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: kalowski on August 10, 2020, 05:33:20 PM
Quote from: Elderly Sumo Prophecy on August 10, 2020, 03:32:32 PM
There's a bird of prey that lurks in our back garden. Not sure what kind, I've only caught a glimpse of it once. Maybe a kestrel or an osprey. Anyway, went out there and it's gone and twatted in a pigeon. All that's left is feathers, about two bones and a small bit of gore, which for some reason it decided it didn't fancy. What's the deal with birds of prey, do they just eat the entire thing there and then, or carry it off and finish it?

I was a bit upset initially. Can't be very nice to be happily going about your business, having a bit of a coo, then some big bastard decides to eat you alive. Then I realised that all wild birds tend to live short lives, with violent deaths, and thus the circle of life continues.

I presume it was the bird of prey. I'm pretty sure it wasn't me.
How big is it? Osprey are pretty big in my experience. Could it be a sparrowhawk?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on August 10, 2020, 06:22:51 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on August 10, 2020, 04:14:33 PM
Is bottom the American word for fanny?

Bottom as in what you sit on -- fortunately, when a baby fox lifts his/her tail and reveals said bottom, you can see whether there's boy parts or not :)

(I gotta admit, it used to drive me nuts when I had my sheep, and needed to query the person from whom I bought them about various health issues and maintenence. That woman would not use any proper terms for genitalia, and it was irritating listening to an otherwise well-educated person (she taught high school) referring to the pee-pee and the woo-woo when trying to determine if my wether Demon Baby had a urinary tract infection or not.)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on August 11, 2020, 09:31:09 AM
Baby coots and ducklings this morning. The ducks have been rampant this year.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twit 2 on August 11, 2020, 11:08:11 AM
I bet they have you dirty bollocks.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Elderly Sumo Prophecy on August 11, 2020, 11:48:41 AM
Quote from: kalowski on August 10, 2020, 05:33:20 PM
How big is it? Osprey are pretty big in my experience. Could it be a sparrowhawk?

Yeah, I've since been told it's probably a sparrowhawk. There's another two piles of feathers and guts there this morning, so it's dispatched an entire family now. If only I could catch it at it, I'd give it a telling off.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: phes on August 11, 2020, 01:18:29 PM
Yeah almost certainly. It's what they're built for, navigating pokey garden spaces full of obstructions. Kestrels will visit gardens but they're much less suited and so it's much less frequent.

Love Kestrels. Found out recently that average lifespan is only two years, though they can survive a great deal more.. Collisions, starvation through competition, land use change, winter etc etc. Tough old life
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on August 14, 2020, 09:36:13 AM
Apologies for my skinny legs, but at first I didn't realise there was a hedgehog wedged into the party palace when I went out to refill everyone's bowl last night.

(http://i.imgur.com/mpTrvlLl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/mpTrvlL)

It wasn't until I was actually crouched down and reaching for the bowl that I realised someone was in it.

Also, lots of fox action last night

(http://i.imgur.com/tg343MCl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/tg343MC)

Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on August 15, 2020, 10:00:26 AM
Party Palace has turned into the hedgehog hook up palace: early in a sequence of photos that captured a courting dance leading to prickly sex:

(http://i.imgur.com/vZc8adDl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/vZc8adD)

Blodwyn asked in another thread how the foxes and hedgehogs got on -- they're not bothered by each other, and we get lots of photos of them chowing down together

(http://i.imgur.com/24AnKWql.jpg) (https://imgur.com/24AnKWq)

Really busy last night -- several times we had 3+ guests

(http://i.imgur.com/uJxbK2wl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/uJxbK2w)

And as usual, morning magpie coming by to grab leftover kibble

(http://i.imgur.com/5KeBUh7l.jpg) (https://imgur.com/5KeBUh7)

(http://i.imgur.com/eLeWBsHl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/eLeWBsH)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 15, 2020, 10:48:09 AM
Great shots. Another solitary video for me - I'm wondering if there is something wrong with the settings or its just the damp weather. Will put the camera at the lake where the swans and geese are tonight. Doubt there will be mammal activity unless I provide some of my pre-cooked chicken. There are definitely trails now the grass is high enough to notice. Perhaps the deer trail in the wheat field would be a more guaranteed place.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on August 15, 2020, 04:27:58 PM
Hedgehog and fox getting on; covid has made strange bedfellows of us all.

Thought, why are crows, ravens seen as ominous and evil whereas eagles, falcons etc are seen as noble, proud and symbols of freedom, soaring majestically? Is it animal racism?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Mr Eggs on August 15, 2020, 05:06:08 PM
Quote from: bgmnts on August 15, 2020, 04:27:58 PM
Thought, why are crows, ravens seen as ominous and evil whereas eagles, falcons etc are seen as noble, proud and symbols of freedom, soaring majestically? Is it animal racism?

They eat the dead. Kinda like why nae cunt likes vultures (Though there is a Lammergeier/Bearded Vulture hanging around Derbyshire which has got the birders absolutely creaming their keks).
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 15, 2020, 06:05:34 PM
Quote from: Mr Eggs on August 15, 2020, 05:06:08 PM
They eat the dead. Kinda like why nae cunt likes vultures (Though there is a Lammergeier/Bearded Vulture hanging around Derbyshire which has got the birders absolutely creaming their keks).

wow, here is a piece about it with pics

https://www.birdguides.com/articles/rare-birds/rarity-finders-bearded-vulture-in-the-west-midlands/ (https://www.birdguides.com/articles/rare-birds/rarity-finders-bearded-vulture-in-the-west-midlands/)

Fucking look at its size compared to buzzard. If it was a buzzard I saw a few days ago, then this thing is as big as small plane.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on August 15, 2020, 06:11:55 PM
Quote from: bgmnts on August 15, 2020, 04:27:58 PM
Hedgehog and fox getting on; covid has made strange bedfellows of us all.


I need to ask Mr Attila to turn about 20 photos from last night into a gif, because the hedgehogs'  little courting dance caught on film last night is weapons-grade cute.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Gurke and Hare on August 15, 2020, 09:27:25 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/xA3GqsJ.jpg)

Black-tailed godwit at Tilbury.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Dex Sawash on August 16, 2020, 03:17:59 AM
Bunch of buzzards taking apart a roadkill deer in the ditch beside the shopping center this week. All that was left was a pile of ribs. The first time I went past, 2 birds were tug of warring with a 3 foot piece of intestine but I missed the shot.

(https://i.postimg.cc/mgjQtZCX/20200811-142430.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Dex Sawash on August 16, 2020, 03:20:45 AM
Deer around the corner on our walk

(https://i.postimg.cc/QCPH2kDd/20200813-210208.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Spoon of Ploff on August 16, 2020, 09:24:51 AM
This is a little owl. Camera doesn't have the reach to do it justice.

(https://i.imgur.com/omTgROn.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: paruses on August 16, 2020, 09:57:24 AM
Fantastic. Heard one outside the house the other night.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on August 16, 2020, 10:52:38 AM
Quote from: Dex Sawash on August 16, 2020, 03:20:45 AM
Deer around the corner on our walk

(https://i.postimg.cc/QCPH2kDd/20200813-210208.jpg)

We used to have them hanging out in our back yard at home (in Delaware) as we backed up to a wooded area. I really like seeing them now on misty mornings and in the late afternoons when I have to take the train back and forth to the university. There's usually a small group in each farmer's field or horse pasture that we go past.

Meanwhile, a few shots from last night:

Looking like a tough punk

(http://i.imgur.com/MvXt9acl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/MvXt9ac)

Loved up couple from last night still hanging out with each other (there's a third one that hangs out with them, so they are a progressive couple)

(http://i.imgur.com/YcnPnd9l.jpg) (https://imgur.com/YcnPnd9)

She's looking up probably because she can hear me -- I watched foxy here for about 5 minutes, looking down at her from the bedroom window above.

(http://i.imgur.com/Sx9nG9Kl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/Sx9nG9K)

One of many fox & hedgehog together scenes from last night.

(http://i.imgur.com/oJ0kLF8l.jpg) (https://imgur.com/oJ0kLF8)

Lovely little owl. Spoon. Sometimes I can hear them screeching and chatting with each other in the trees opposite the house.


Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on August 16, 2020, 08:07:29 PM
Just the five trolleys in the afon today.

No idea what it is about horrible polluting cunts and trolleys.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: king_tubby on August 16, 2020, 09:22:35 PM
We went for a walk on the Otley Chevin today and looking down the valley saw a male roe deer being harassed by a magpie.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 16, 2020, 09:26:58 PM
Quote from: king_tubby on August 16, 2020, 09:22:35 PM
We went for a walk on the Otley Chevin today and looking down the valley saw a male roe deer being harassed by a magpie.

in what way?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: king_tubby on August 16, 2020, 09:37:08 PM
Well, the deer was just standing there, minding its own deer business, and this magpie was hopping about, getting in the deer's grill and stuff. You know how they are.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 16, 2020, 09:54:42 PM
I'll need more
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: jobotic on August 16, 2020, 09:58:19 PM
Are swallows still about? Lots of house martin action in the Kent countryside today, perching in wires and darting about everywhere, but then I noticed some of them had long tails....
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Annie Labuntur on August 16, 2020, 10:58:23 PM
Yeah swallows still around. They leave us around the same time as house martins, usually September.

Definitely fewer this year of both of them - swifts too. It's thought a massive storm over the Aegean probably killed a lot of them on their way to Europe, but numbers have been decreasing for a while now and no one's sure why. Nice to hear about the house martins near you.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Blue Jam on August 17, 2020, 01:03:39 AM
There have been some gigantic moths around my gaff of late. How the eff do they get this big? I'm in Scotland FFS.

(https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/godzilla/images/f/f7/Godzilla.jp_-_28_-_FinalMosuImago_Mothra_2004.jpg/revision/latest/scale-to-width-down/340?cb=20190102223916)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 17, 2020, 09:32:10 AM
worth the soaking I got this morning to retrieve the camera

(https://i.ibb.co/mGqvFyb/Screenshot-2020-08-17-at-08-30-55.png) (https://ibb.co/hyWX1dL)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Spoon of Ploff on August 17, 2020, 03:32:01 PM
Saw the owls again today (there's at least two of them). They were hanging out in a tree closer to the path.

(https://i.imgur.com/LiWdGn6.jpg)

I don't think it should be staring at the sun like that.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 17, 2020, 05:40:15 PM
looks like four of those beauties to me
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 17, 2020, 06:20:04 PM
(https://i.ibb.co/jzw4n4b/IMG-7351.jpg) (https://ibb.co/hcd838L)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 18, 2020, 01:14:13 PM
I got a nice video of the hedgehog close up from behind. It did a little shake and the spikes made a sound like a rattle snake :)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on August 18, 2020, 04:12:38 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on August 18, 2020, 01:14:13 PM
I got a nice video of the hedgehog close up from behind. It did a little shake and the spikes made a sound like a rattle snake :)

Yay! Mr Attila did make a little gif of the two loved up hedgehogs, including the guy's little arse-wiggle as he danced around her. I need to get the link off him.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Spoon of Ploff on August 18, 2020, 04:30:46 PM
arse wiggling hedgehogs is precisely what this thread has been missing.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 18, 2020, 08:00:44 PM
Quote from: Spoon of Ploff on August 18, 2020, 04:30:46 PM
arse wiggling hedgehogs is precisely what this thread has been missing.

Here you go

My hedgehog's wiggle (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpogJmY1yeo)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Spoon of Ploff on August 18, 2020, 08:15:27 PM
ha! lovely stuff!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: gib on August 18, 2020, 09:33:51 PM
that really does sound like a rattlesnake, amazing
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on August 18, 2020, 10:29:57 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on August 17, 2020, 09:32:10 AM
worth the soaking I got this morning to retrieve the camera

(https://i.ibb.co/mGqvFyb/Screenshot-2020-08-17-at-08-30-55.png) (https://ibb.co/hyWX1dL)

Is this beast one you have trapped?

What is the endgame to this? Are a series of skiers arriving for dinner?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 18, 2020, 10:34:49 PM
Quote from: Shoulders?-Stomach! on August 18, 2020, 10:29:57 PM
Is this beast one you have trapped?

What is the endgame to this? Are a series of skiers arriving for dinner?

Its a pretty tight space and I'm surprised it can manage to come in and out of that. At the end of the video that shot is from, it moves right and suddenly falls away, like it was shot. I looked today and there is a drainage ditch just there, so the poor thing probably took a tumble. The camera is out there tonight so I'm hoping to see what caused the strange noises I caught last time (squirrel?). The old man I sometimes meet with the "award winning greyhounds" told me this evening that he's seen two deer smashed by Mercs/big cars driving fast along the country road near where this photo is taken. Fucking imbeciles. Bring back permanent lockdown. Also some "chavas" = chavs seen moping about with shotguns over the farmer's fields. Dead fawn was found by the man. He took the body to the farmer's door and left it with a letter (this is BIG FARMER after buying out the previous tenant, who does nothing to stop cunts with guns coming onto the private land).

Rant over.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 19, 2020, 05:52:46 PM
After having zero luck last night I left the camera out today and got this lovely video of two young deer entering their hidden paradise

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oydiM7UXh4 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oydiM7UXh4)

Also caught the tail end (literally) of a weasel or stoat going down a hole next to the camera

(https://i.ibb.co/hKPZkbQ/Screenshot-2020-08-19-at-17-22-41.png) (https://ibb.co/64312z9)

Attila: Would photos be better for capturing rapid animals, the video seems to start a bit after the animal has appeared. Are photos instantaneous? I had full battery this morning but now its dead despite only 4 or 5 videos, so I may switch to photos.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on August 20, 2020, 07:30:29 AM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on August 19, 2020, 05:52:46 PM

Attila: Would photos be better for capturing rapid animals, the video seems to start a bit after the animal has appeared. Are photos instantaneous? I had full battery this morning but now its dead despite only 4 or 5 videos, so I may switch to photos.

Neat! Weasels! We've got sweetcorn coming in the next week or two, and plan to leave out cobs for the foxes. I've been mixing grown dog kibble in with their puppy chow to start weaning into grown-up food - all the food was gone this mornig, so am hoping for some good foxy photos. No one came round during the storm the other night, so I'm guessing they were hungry (we've also been mixing in apple cores with their kibble for a treat).

Blodwyn -- it couldn't hurt to try a night or two in photo mode only. You'll get a lot more photos, plus really interesting/bonkers ones if the animal is moving fast and gets caught as a blur. I've only set mine on video once -- nearly filled up the camera, and like you, I got a lot of 10 second videos with next to no action as the fox, cat, hedgehog, etc triggered the camera, but then moved out of range. One or two out of like 30 videos had anything of interest on them. It looks as if you've got all sorts of interesting animals faffing about in your little zone, so see what you get with photos-only one night.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 20, 2020, 07:44:19 AM
Thanks Attila, I set photos only last night in the garden and around 90 shots of the lone hedgehog. Sadly the rain meant that the most interesting shots had a water droplet right over its face. It seems to be eating mainly the fly larvae and not the stinky organic crunchy stuff which the birds peck away at. That food also destroys the lawn!

Tonight I will use photo mode in the woodland and see if weasel is a regular visitor to the hole. I will take an apple as bait for the creatures.

Looking forward to seeing Fox on the Cob.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on August 20, 2020, 10:11:26 AM
For food, you might try simply kitten kibble -- chicken only, not and never seafood, it makes hedghogs ill -- the foxes will eat it only if they're really hungry. Since I started giving them their own puppy/dog chow, they prefer that.

I tend not to see much action if it's a rainy night -- it was clear last night, and foxy was around. She must have been really hungry, as she cleaned out her bowl, the scraps from the hedgehogs, and even licked up all the crappy soggy kibble off the ground. I've been saving apple cores and peelings for her, as well.

We get loads of action photos every night, but that's from a lot of experimenting from camera placement, as well as the hedgehogs and foxes learning that food bowls fill up magically every night at the party palace (I have got to the point where I recognise certain HHs by their faces, body shape, &c). We also seem to be on a major hedgehog highway. And there's the morning magpie right around 7 am every morning or so.

Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 20, 2020, 10:19:34 AM
Wild pets!

I'm backing off cat food as I don't want the local cats to get the taste for hedgehog. My hedgehog food bucket is almost empty now so I might look around for recommended hedgehog food. Mind you, the first night it scoffed the lot, so maybe its become fat and doesn't need so much.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Blue Jam on August 20, 2020, 10:52:29 AM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on August 18, 2020, 01:14:13 PM
I got a nice video of the hedgehog close up from behind. It did a little shake and the spikes made a sound like a rattle snake :)

My spikeshake brings all the boys to the yard

Lovely video Blodders!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on August 20, 2020, 01:15:42 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on August 20, 2020, 10:19:34 AM
Wild pets!

I'm backing off cat food as I don't want the local cats to get the taste for hedgehog. My hedgehog food bucket is almost empty now so I might look around for recommended hedgehog food. Mind you, the first night it scoffed the lot, so maybe its become fat and doesn't need so much.
The cats here don't bother the spikey fruit so much -- perhaps instinctively they know better. Foxes seem to get on with them,a s well.

The only carnage we had was last summer when a badger massacred one of the hedgehogs -- spikes everywhere, blood, bloody footprints...it took the body with it, the nasty little thing.

The cats who come to visit also have very little interest in the kitten kibble  (I put out only chicken-flavoured kitten food, never cat food) -- there's at least four cats who come around on patrol in our garden, but stick their noses up at it. The three here in the house currently won't eat it either.

There is dry HH food you can get -- Spike's is a good formula.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Twit 2 on August 20, 2020, 01:19:35 PM
Badgers are the only natural predator of hogs, I think. Cats are curious but they do not attack.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 20, 2020, 01:40:59 PM
Quote from: Twit 2 on August 20, 2020, 01:19:35 PM
Badgers are the only natural predator of hogs, I think. Cats are curious but they do not attack.

Replace the t with an r and you get the main threat to hedgehogs in the wild.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 20, 2020, 01:41:58 PM
Quote from: Attila on August 20, 2020, 01:15:42 PM
The cats here don't bother the spikey fruit so much -- perhaps instinctively they know better. Foxes seem to get on with them,a s well.

The only carnage we had was last summer when a badger massacred one of the hedgehogs -- spikes everywhere, blood, bloody footprints...it took the body with it, the nasty little thing.

The cats who come to visit also have very little interest in the kitten kibble  (I put out only chicken-flavoured kitten food, never cat food) -- there's at least four cats who come around on patrol in our garden, but stick their noses up at it. The three here in the house currently won't eat it either.

There is dry HH food you can get -- Spike's is a good formula.

cheers, this is what I am using - oh, didn't read that it is chicken based. Thought it was just the larvae and some suet

(https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/71tFwiuJJvL._AC_UL640_QL65_.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 20, 2020, 01:45:34 PM
damn, reviews vary, but one confirms that Hedgehog prefer just the grubs and the stain that it leaves is hard to get rid of.

Switching to spike then
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on August 20, 2020, 06:05:47 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on August 20, 2020, 01:45:34 PM
damn, reviews vary, but one confirms that Hedgehog prefer just the grubs and the stain that it leaves is hard to get rid of.

Switching to spike then

I had some posh HH food originally, different coloured pellets, and they picked out the ones they liked and left the rest behind.

They do like suet pellets -- last year I was doing a mix of chicken kitten kibble, Spikes kibble, and insect-infused suet. Just haven't got back into the habit, and they pretty much thrive on t he kitten food. I've got the foxes' dish higher up above HH level, because the puppy kibble that I was using is a fish/chicken blend, and I didn't want them into that. Fortunately, once I finish up this bag of puppy chow, the dog kibble I've got is chicken based. (I'm mixing puppy with dog so that the diet doesn't change suddenly for them).

Miss Fox ate everything last night fairly quickly, having not come around during the storm -- she came back around 7am to see if the bowls had magically filled back up, so we have some nice colour pictures of her (nice in that we can see her colours; she's a bit blurred in them). Weird to know I was faffing around in the kitchen the same time she was checking out the foodbowls this morning.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: bgmnts on August 20, 2020, 06:24:11 PM
This is my favourite thread on the forum.

Cheers people.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 20, 2020, 07:25:51 PM
Quote from: Attila on August 20, 2020, 06:05:47 PM
Weird to know I was faffing around in the kitchen the same time she was checking out the foodbowls this morning.

agreed BGMNTS, this line is a highlight.

Bit worried about this posh food after reading one review saying it gives the hogs bone disease. But also worried if I switch to Spike they'll wonder where the larvae have gone.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on August 20, 2020, 07:43:58 PM
Surprised purlieu hasn't been in here to show off the hedgehog he rescued from drowning the other day.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on August 20, 2020, 08:59:43 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on August 20, 2020, 07:25:51 PM
agreed BGMNTS, this line is a highlight.

Bit worried about this posh food after reading one review saying it gives the hogs bone disease. But also worried if I switch to Spike they'll wonder where the larvae have gone.

You could just make your own mix -- I was mixing Go-cat kitten with this for a while

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Extra-Select-Energy-Insect-Pellets/dp/B00ATO9PV2

Now it's just Go-cat kitten on its own. Which reminds me, I need to go set up the camera for the evening.

Here's little foxy from this morning (if I'd've looked out of the kitchen window, I could have seen her -- I have a lean out of the bedroom window every night before I go to bed, usually around midnight at the moment -- I watched her chow down the other night from the window, and usually I see HH bumbling around below.)

(http://i.imgur.com/uWYxAlVl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/uWYxAlV)

(http://i.imgur.com/KJQ6tR5l.jpg) (https://imgur.com/KJQ6tR5)

(http://i.imgur.com/BgP1Gwhl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/BgP1Gwh)

5am drink

(http://i.imgur.com/Xa26Fhpl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/Xa26Fhp)

She ate everything last night, her chow, the rest of the HH chow, and all the maky soggy scraps on the ground. Hungry baby, I reckon.


ETA -- just came back in from setting up the camera -- when I went out, I interrupted two of them who were knovking around in the crockery -- sorry little pigs.

Glad  people are interested! I thought all these night camera hedgehogs would be dull after a while (it's the high point of the morning when I collect the camera, as sometimes there are funny and cute photos, and some that make me go 'Ooooh!' especially the rare daylight photos). Still trying to get that gif link of Mr Attila of the hedgehogs love boogie.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Brian Freeze on August 21, 2020, 06:52:55 AM
We had quite a bit of wildlife in our week off, will try and remember it all and try and post photos too.

We had a walk to an abandoned church and on the way back up the track we had not long been down there was a vole (possibly bank vole because of tail length) on its back scrabbling around having been paralysed below the armpit. We thought it might have been dropped by a bird and done the damage on landing perhaps. Very sad. I didnt put it out of its misery which might have been wrong but whomever dropped it might have wanted a warm dinner so we righted it and left the scene. It had gone the next day.

A mile later we found a bat (possibly Pippistrell?) in the middle of a different lane. It looked possibly juvenile we thought it best to shift it to the verg and come back and check in the morning. It was still there in the morning so we stuck it in an empty cardboard box with some water and waited for the National Bat Helpline to open. Sadly the bat didnt wait that long and had to have a funeral. On getting ready for burial we saw it was quite flea or mite infested which might have been its issue.

(https://i.imgur.com/d2ZuJ8N.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Brian Freeze on August 21, 2020, 07:07:58 AM
A different day saw us near the sea and there were thick shoals of three different types of small fish at the waters edge. A green tinted one, a black hued one and a mostly silver fish.
When thunderstorms were starting up out at sea there were hundred of the silvery ones beaching themselves on the shore. Chucking them back in didnt seem to help, the kids were distraught at first, then set up a pretend restaurant.

(https://i.imgur.com/iXUi0e6.jpg)



Another day down there saw us find an armoured bullhead in the water which was an amazing looking little fish but I didnt get a good photo. Its also known as a Pogge.

We were walking in the woods to another abandoned church and thought we heard a woodpecker but saw a nuthatch darting around hammering at trees. This was a highlight as I'd only ever seen them on birdfeeders before and to see a wild one was most excellent.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Brian Freeze on August 21, 2020, 07:21:26 AM
This almost counts as a spotting but while digging up the last of our spuds at the weekend I found a hens egg buried in among them which we definitely didnt plant out. I sent a child away with a stick to find out how old it was expecting a massive rotten eggy blast but it was not rotten in the slightest. The internet reckons a fox will have done this and as our veg patch is quite messy we couldnt see signs of digging. Smart though, shame we smashed its dinner but it can have as much kale as it wants to make up for it.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Brian Freeze on August 21, 2020, 07:25:03 AM
Would love to hear about the recued hedgehog.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 21, 2020, 08:35:46 AM
Quote from: Brian Freeze on August 21, 2020, 07:07:58 AM

We were walking in the woods to another abandoned church and thought we heard a woodpecker but saw a nuthatch darting around hammering at trees. This was a highlight as I'd only ever seen them on birdfeeders before and to see a wild one was most excellent.

(https://i.ibb.co/yXYzKDg/IMG-7374.png) (https://ibb.co/nbnX4TQ)

A lot of tales of death and despair there BF, but nature finds a way.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on August 21, 2020, 12:44:38 PM
Would also like to read about the hedgehog rescue.

Greatest hits from last night:

Fox having a drink
(http://i.imgur.com/Xa26Fhpl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/Xa26Fhp)

What are you looking at?
(http://i.imgur.com/0BCqiNal.jpg) (https://imgur.com/0BCqiNa)

Fox and HH
(http://i.imgur.com/UrImeIJl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/UrImeIJ)

Barking kit
(http://i.imgur.com/9nPapVCl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/9nPapVC)

Morning magpie
(http://i.imgur.com/jWx2ZNRl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/jWx2ZNR)

There are some others in there of the fox chowing down on the apple peelings left out for her treat, but there's like 100 or so a night, and I can't find the one where she's got part of the peeling hanging off her lip like a slatterny cigarette.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 21, 2020, 01:01:59 PM
How big is your garden, it looks hemmed in there. I assume you have acres of lawns out of shot, or at least nooks and crannies for these creatures to enter.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on August 21, 2020, 01:10:12 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on August 21, 2020, 01:01:59 PM
How big is your garden, it looks hemmed in there. I assume you have acres of lawns out of shot, or at least nooks and crannies for these creatures to enter.

It's a tiny garden; you're just seeing in there a tiny corner by the back door. The camera is mounted on a tripod about 2m away from the party palace, right up against the wall of the house. There's the stone part that you can see in the photos, then you step up into the grassy part of the garden, which is hemmed in on one side by a garage and greenhouse, and the other two sides by Mr Attila's border of plants and flowers (and my triffid-like lavender which is competing with self-sown nasturtiums to take over the entire border).

It's pretty compact, and currently there are many plants and flowers in pots all right around in the corner right there.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 21, 2020, 01:21:38 PM
I'm talking about ingresses. Where do they get in and out?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on August 21, 2020, 01:27:12 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on August 21, 2020, 01:21:38 PM
I'm talking about ingresses. Where do they get in and out?

Oh! hurrr...apologies.

Behind the party palace is the fence between us and the next door neighbour -- there's a gap in the bottom that we use as the hedghog highway. She's got a bigger, more wild/neglected garden than we do. I think a lot of them live over on her side, as you can hear them rummaging around on the other side of the fence at twilight time.

Out of view of the camera and to the camera's right is the opening/gate into our garden. It's open all the time, so the HHs (and this is how the fox gets in) can leave the food station and almost immediately be on the driveway. Just opposite the house is a very small greenfield bounded by hedges leading on to a bit of wooded area (less so now after the arsewipes with the church opposite built an enourmous 'reception hall' that now blocks our previously lovely view of the main playing/green fields down the road from the house. Do'nt get me started about those dipshits).

But while it looks cosy/cramped in hedgehog corner, they in fact have a lot of open access. The fox presumably lives opposite somewhere in the fields/small wood. (There's an even larger wood maybe a 5 minute walk from the house, but it does involve crossing an at-times busy road).
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 21, 2020, 01:51:39 PM
Great. It will be fantastic the day cars end. So much 'car'nage out there now.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 21, 2020, 05:21:39 PM
Oh what a night, late December August back in 63 20

wow, its like a Wind in the Willows Reboot

(https://i.ibb.co/b2S3Q6w/IMAG0113.jpg) (https://ibb.co/8dWBNmv)
(https://i.ibb.co/1G5Gxn4/IMAG0114.jpg) (https://ibb.co/Jj4jPdS)
(https://i.ibb.co/CM4267X/IMAG0122.jpg) (https://ibb.co/KLBwDqQ)

Apple remained untouched, bah!
(https://i.ibb.co/tQnLTJJ/IMAG0126.jpg) (https://ibb.co/ydK4cQQ)

Moggy attracted to the multitude of scents no doubt
(https://i.ibb.co/RN3yYkV/IMAG0128.jpg) (https://ibb.co/qCN573P)

This is creepy, is the hog's head swivelled 180?
(https://i.ibb.co/m6rWvSq/IMAG0050.jpg) (https://ibb.co/xJKTm3j)

Location of the camera is to the right of this picture from a few days ago
(https://i.ibb.co/QDQcB5w/IMG-7359.jpg) (https://ibb.co/xFLsv4T)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on August 22, 2020, 12:06:25 AM
Oh wow -- what a great variety!

Try cutting the apple up into slices -- it might get taken or nibbled on in pieces rather than as a whole.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 22, 2020, 08:46:31 AM
Quote from: Attila on August 22, 2020, 12:06:25 AM
Oh wow -- what a great variety!

Try cutting the apple up into slices -- it might get taken or nibbled on in pieces rather than as a whole.

yes, I thought I should have done that. lazy chompers
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Blue Jam on August 22, 2020, 11:49:29 AM
Gonna go and check on the cygs today. It's been over a month so they may be all grown up now. Gonna bring some sunflower seeds, frozen peas might be a bit much, don't want to give them all the brainfreeze.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on August 22, 2020, 12:02:33 PM
Quotecygs mate
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 22, 2020, 12:07:11 PM
Quote from: Shoulders?-Stomach! on August 22, 2020, 12:02:33 PM


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Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on August 22, 2020, 01:13:03 PM
Quote from: BlodwynPig on August 22, 2020, 12:07:11 PM
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Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 22, 2020, 01:37:38 PM
Quote from: Shoulders?-Stomach! on August 22, 2020, 01:13:03 PM
Arsed

Shovel some corona pints down yer in Cambridge and we can find a happy medium of self-celebration.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Blue Jam on August 22, 2020, 04:14:52 PM
Cygs update: Yep, bunch of absolute fuckin' units:

(https://iili.io/dvs5l9.jpg)

(https://iili.io/dvs7Se.jpg)

They seemed happy and docile enough while I was feeding them sunflower seeds but I don't doubt that each one of them could break my arms if they wanted to. Awww, they grow up so fast huh?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Dex Sawash on August 22, 2020, 06:54:22 PM

Large crawfish (dead) on the sidewalk at the shopping center this morning. No grocery store or restaurant nearby.

(https://i.postimg.cc/X3RjRKwb/20200822-135050.jpg)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 23, 2020, 04:23:33 PM
Absolute amateur hour. After the success of the previous night in the woods, I set out with seeds and sliced apple, deposited them next to the three holes and put the camera facing two of the holes and grub, at the base of the tree. Last time it was around a bit just next to the third hole.

Got the camera back now - 1146 photos and videos! GET IN I thought. Imagine my dismay as the camera angle was facing 45 degree into the sky and 99% of the shots were of a tree branches blowing in a very windy evening, night and morning. I scanned through in vain, trying to find any wildlife at all, and while a number of videos have audio of snuffling and movement, there are 2 or 3 with whiskers just at the edge and the final shot is a blackbird. Pathetic. Amateur.

(I know it has a viewfinder, but if propped up at the base of a tree its hard to tell what its looking at. I now know its better that the camera is angled downwards rather than just upwards of flat, back to the old location next time - although the wet weather may not help to elicit a bumper crop). Summer's over.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on August 23, 2020, 11:03:10 PM
Had a pompilid spider wasp in the kitchen yesterday. Exciting spot. Unpleasantly hard bastards that sting a spider in various ganglions to immobilise it and then bite the unfortunate arachnids legs off before hauling it off alive but helpless to be devoured by one of its wee-uns.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on August 23, 2020, 11:09:34 PM
Ahhh. Blodwyn I feel your pain. I've done stuff like that, too, and I can tell I that I missed a good showing.

Your camera should have a test mode where you can see what the camera's view  is, and then you can turn it on properly. I had no idea mine did, and was guessing the placement.

Then there was the night when a hedgehog knocked into the tripod, and the remaining photos were all of a blank wall. There's always next time.

Turns out here that Small Fox doesn't like apples after all -- she ate all around the slices and left them in the bowl. She's been eating a lot otherwise; the mix is more and more regular 'small dog' kibble, and she's all over it.

Hedgehogs knocked over their water bowl messing about in it again last night, but there's a back up bowl for them now.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on August 23, 2020, 11:35:17 PM
Right I'm gonna buy myself one of these cameras, any recommendations?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Attila on August 24, 2020, 07:52:53 AM
This is the brand we've got

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wildlife-Infrared-Waterproof-Security-Surveillance/dp/B07GBWGSYW/ref=sr_1_32?dchild=1&keywords=apeman+camera&qid=1598251891&s=electronics&sr=1-32

Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on August 24, 2020, 08:46:05 AM
Cool thanks, may well get an order in!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 24, 2020, 08:48:22 AM
Quote from: Attila on August 23, 2020, 11:09:34 PM


Your camera should have a test mode where you can see what the camera's view  is, and then you can turn it on properly. I had no idea mine did, and was guessing the placement.



It does, but as its propped against a tree I cannot open it up to see the exact view. But I kind of know the shooting range now, so should be better.

I tried the new Spike feed yesterday thanks to your recommendation and put it in a bowl under a garden table due to rain. Seems to be a hit with the solo hedgehog, but it only ate half. I think its got fat!
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 24, 2020, 08:50:18 AM
Quote from: Attila on August 24, 2020, 07:52:53 AM
This is the brand we've got

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wildlife-Infrared-Waterproof-Security-Surveillance/dp/B07GBWGSYW/ref=sr_1_32?dchild=1&keywords=apeman+camera&qid=1598251891&s=electronics&sr=1-32

that's the one I have, although I have the 16MP version

The wi-fi one is tempting, but that obviously won't work in the countryside. A 5G version available?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 25, 2020, 04:49:39 PM
Nowt much now. Just a night of mice and insects. Although the last video still may be a grass snake.

Attila does you camera make a noise when it films, like a ticking sound on playback. Mine did until last night and there is no noise now.

(https://i.ibb.co/j49SrKh/Screenshot-2020-08-25-at-16-36-58.png) (https://ibb.co/5cXPRDT)
(https://i.ibb.co/K7jG5FG/Screenshot-2020-08-25-at-16-37-07.png) (https://ibb.co/hHRMgDM)
(https://i.ibb.co/N94tjP9/Screenshot-2020-08-25-at-16-37-21.png) (https://ibb.co/GWhn2LW)
(https://i.ibb.co/8034DfX/Screenshot-2020-08-25-at-16-24-33.png) (https://imgbb.com/)
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on August 25, 2020, 09:19:35 PM
Just reporting a disturbance half a second ago.  Was doodling around on here when my quietitude was disturbed by a soft flittering noise like something pattering about inside a jam jar. 

Went to investigate and found a small bat, with a face like a bombed teddy, panicking inside a largeish clay pot in the other room.  He seemed completely unable to comprehend it, flipped him out into the warm night air and he soared off, a tiny grey leather Spitfire with overbite and weird eyes.  It was nice.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 25, 2020, 09:46:58 PM
Lovely. Do they often come into the cave?
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on August 25, 2020, 09:50:13 PM
Pretty often, I had one circling the bed the other night.  It woke me, I watched it, then I went back to sleep.  I like them a lot.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 25, 2020, 10:21:47 PM
Quote from: Buelligan on August 25, 2020, 09:50:13 PM
Pretty often, I had one circling the bed the other night.  It woke me, I watched it, then I went back to sleep.  I like them a lot.

Although I'd love that, I'd also think I was in a hypnagogic dream from a 1980s soft-focus US horror movie.
Title: Re: Wildlife spotting
Post by: Buelligan on August 25, 2020, 10:47:51 PM