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Spoon of Ploff


paruses

Lamb shank that hasn't gone off?


Brian Freeze

Quote from: Spoon of Ploff on November 07, 2021, 03:59:39 PM
anyone want to guess what this is?



Fruit based mould? Pear?

Had some very similar looking growth on the inside of one of our carved pumpkins at the weekend.

Spoon of Ploff

Quote from: Brian Freeze on November 09, 2021, 12:47:11 AM
Fruit based mould? Pear?

Had some very similar looking growth on the inside of one of our carved pumpkins at the weekend.

spot on sir!

Buelligan

Was very sorry to find a dead slow worm on the mountain yesterday.  This time of year, all the little reptiles lie on the edge of tracks and roads, anywhere where there is warmth still trapped so's they can move about and hunt.  Of course, this is the kiss of death if a car comes along.  Anyway, this poor wee soul, about 20cm long, was only slightly punctured, so I got a very good look at him and was amazed to find two absolutely genuine vestigial front legs.  Having done a bit of reading, it seems some do have them, a thing I did not know.


Like this only on the front

Endicott

These two seem to be everywhere.




paruses

Just looking down into the garden and seeing a charm of 11 goldfinch hanging out. Good to see them back.


I'm jealous. In July, when I first put up a new feeder filled with nijer seeds, it didn't take long for the local goldfinch community to move in. Then they disappeared just as quickly after a few weeks and haven't been back since. If yours have returned perhaps there's hope that my crew will reappear too.

paruses

May well do. They seem very fickle. I did think of you when I saw them as I remembered your post. They behave the same in my garden too - either all in or all out

Having a fair few chaffinch too at the moment.

Really should keep some notes on this and see if there's a pattern - might as well suck all the fun out of it!

Spoon of Ploff

The Masonic Charitable Foundation have poisoned and ploughed the fields where I get most of my nature fix, and took most of the pictures I've posted in this thread. Place has been grassland/meadow since way before I got here (1997). It remains to be seen how this will effect the insect, mammal and bird life, but given the quantity and variety of flowering plants they've royally fucked I doubt it will be for the better.

Bit gutted to be honest.

Just been out into the garden to replenish the bird feeder and noticed a small, smooth, black stone half buried in the lawn. Looking around I found at least a dozen more, all similar in size and shape, and obviously taken from around the base of our water feature.

It's obviously squirrels as I've seen them burying stuff lately and assumed it was nuts as I know they cache food for the winter. I don't know if burying things that resemble food is common behaviour (there are references to it online) or if the squirrels round our way are just a bit thick.

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Spoon of Ploff



lovely robin making friends on this morning's walk.

I know it's not wildlife but can we put this under "nature" so I've got an excuse to post this pic I took when loosing the dog (wildlife) out for a piss at 6.30 this morning?


holyzombiejesus

I spoke to the man who lives 8 doors up from us (but has a fenced off bowling green from when his house was a pub) and he told me that there's a huge badger sett a literal albeit hefty stones throw from my house. He said at the moment they're out on the green at about 6pm and after a while the foxes come out too. I haven't seen a single living fox since we moved here 7 years ago whereas when I lived in Whalley Range they were a nightly sight. He told me that because he gets up really early to walk his vegetarian dog (!) he sees allsorts, including a hare running down the middle of our road recently. I'm really jealous of him being able to just look out of his window and see the badgers though. I'm only about 30m away from his house but have never seen a thing. He says that badgers are the only animals that can eat hedgehogs which might explain why we've never seen one even though we live in quite open territory for them. If I take this sicky from work that I keep talking about, I'm definitely going to try and go exploring in the early hours.

paruses

Apart from cars they are the main natural predator of hedgehogs.

Funny how stuff can be hyper-localised. The equivalent of maybe 12 doors down from me has yellowhammer dripping from his trees at certain times of the year and I've never seen one in the garden or neighbouring gardens/trees.

Poobum

Quote from: Voltan (Man of Steel) on November 20, 2021, 02:45:08 PMI don't know if burying things that resemble food is common behaviour (there are references to it online) or if the squirrels round our way are just a bit thick.

If they're being watched they'll do fake caching, can't be advertising where their primest nuts are.

Quote from: Poobum on November 26, 2021, 09:38:03 AMIf they're being watched they'll do fake caching, can't be advertising where their primest nuts are.
So it's actually the squirrels who think I'm a bit thick. (They're not wrong, mind).

paruses

Lots of finches still knocking about the garden but was very ease to see the collared doves are back.

BlodwynPig

Sad news, dead wood pigeon on the lawn this morning after the heavy storm last night. Was surprised how light it was, it felt like a plastic replica. It's death pose was very peaceful though. No signs of injury.

Quote from: paruses on Yesterday at 12:54:27 PMLots of finches still knocking about the garden but was very ease to see the collared doves are back.

Still haven't seen one in our garden for months :(