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    Lockdown and wildlife

    Its been far more pleasant of late to open the back door & just get birdsong rather than road noise.

    Had a sparrowhawk in the front garden 2 days ago (no more than 10 ft away) devouring a dove that it had caught & killed (vicious beak those things have)

    Wanted a photo but was inside at the time & knew that if I went out it would fly off. Have leaded light windows at the front so needed to try & open the furthest window & put the camera on close up. Didn't work as it clearly has eyesight like, well a hawk I suppose.

    Flew off taking it's prey with it.

    The natural world is taking over again!
    This year we will mainly be conquering Europe

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    I've been putting mealworms out for the Robins. Every morning I see 3 waiting for me. Had to change the position of the dish because of Magpies, so now balance it in the crook of two branches of a tree. They come right up close to me now and are used to seeing me. Tomorrow I start holding the dish in my hand

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    Quote Originally Posted by PPB View Post
    I've been putting mealworms out for the Robins. Every morning I see 3 waiting for me. Had to change the position of the dish because of Magpies, so now balance it in the crook of two branches of a tree. They come right up close to me now and are used to seeing me. Tomorrow I start holding the dish in my hand
    Stand still long enough & they will come down and feed - need to be absolutely certain that you are no threat.
    This year we will mainly be conquering Europe

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    Luckily, living in the wilds I have lots of wildlife to enjoy

    Pair of woodpeckers
    Ring necked doves
    Great blue and coal tits
    Pheasants!
    A back yard stoat!
    Red kite
    Sparrowhawk, the bastard
    Buzzards
    And in the opposite field the rarer honey buzzard
    Barn owls at night leave pellets in the back garden

    Wrens, pigeons, sparrows, starlings its a regular morning cacophony
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    Quote Originally Posted by Parkins left foot View Post
    Its been far more pleasant of late to open the back door & just get birdsong rather than road noise.

    Had a sparrowhawk in the front garden 2 days ago (no more than 10 ft away) devouring a dove that it had caught & killed (vicious beak those things have)

    Wanted a photo but was inside at the time & knew that if I went out it would fly off. Have leaded light windows at the front so needed to try & open the furthest window & put the camera on close up. Didn't work as it clearly has eyesight like, well a hawk I suppose.

    Flew off taking it's prey with it.

    The natural world is taking over again!
    Same happened here except I did manage to get a photo. I've been keeping my binoculars and camera on my desk while working from home, so that helped.

    IMG_0663as3.jpg

    Latest activity is that a pair of woodpigeons have chosen our back fence as the ideal venue for a quick (and it is quick) shag.

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    Pair of bats in the garages over the back. They get really close to us standing outside. First time I've seen them fly properly, amazing speed and agility. Too bloody hard to photograph or video.

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    I love sitting outside in our garden in the twilight, watching the Bats fly
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doctor Doog View Post
    Same happened here except I did manage to get a photo. I've been keeping my binoculars and camera on my desk while working from home, so that helped.

    IMG_0663as3.jpg

    Latest activity is that a pair of woodpigeons have chosen our back fence as the ideal venue for a quick (and it is quick) shag.
    Brilliant shot - had the camera ready but needed a clear line of sight so had to open the window. First time I looked out thought that it was two pigeons having a shag so probably missed the opportunity to get the picture.
    This year we will mainly be conquering Europe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doctor Doog View Post
    Same happened here except I did manage to get a photo. I've been keeping my binoculars and camera on my desk while working from home, so that helped.

    IMG_0663as3.jpg

    Latest activity is that a pair of woodpigeons have chosen our back fence as the ideal venue for a quick (and it is quick) shag.
    Great shot DD

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    Damn right natures taking over,saw this the other night while at work
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    Quote Originally Posted by Parkins left foot View Post
    Brilliant shot - had the camera ready but needed a clear line of sight so had to open the window. First time I looked out thought that it was two pigeons having a shag so probably missed the opportunity to get the picture.
    This one stayed there for a good 10 minutes, I just had the window open far enough to poke the lens through.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keef View Post
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    Damn right natures taking over,saw this the other night while at work
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    For the past week I have spent too much time watching a family of squirrels learning how to run around tree branches in the trees at the bottom of the garden. More than once I've seen one of the babies fall out the tree. Hardy little so and so's manage to get back up there though.
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    Anyone else noticed the dawn chorus seems louder lately, little buggers woke me up this morning. Got up, sat outside with a cup of tea listening to the different songs. Quite lovely

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    Another thing I've noticed, where have all the butterflies gone in UK. Only seem to see those Cabbage White ones in my garden.

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    think it is more a case of less background noise, so you're more able to hear the dawn chorus ppb.
    also, have seen a few butterflies out over the past couple of weeks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PPB View Post
    Another thing I've noticed, where have all the butterflies gone in UK. Only seem to see those Cabbage White ones in my garden.
    Probably due to land change use damaging their natural environment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PPB View Post
    Another thing I've noticed, where have all the butterflies gone in UK. Only seem to see those Cabbage White ones in my garden.
    Plant a buddlia,butterflies love them
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keef View Post
    Plant a buddlia,butterflies love them
    Have a buddlia that I moved from the middle of the lawn to the back of the garden (was in a totally innapropriate place otherwise).

    Looked as if it might die, which was always a risk, but has recovered & now doubled in size - & yes butterflies really congregate there.
    This year we will mainly be conquering Europe

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    Still happening - opened the back door at 10 pm last night to find a hedgehog trundling up the drive & haven't seen one of those for years.

    Very bemused cat who went out to sniff it then pat it on the back with her paw before deciding that that wasn't a good idea. Sat there just watching it as it carried on up the drive.
    This year we will mainly be conquering Europe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Parkins left foot View Post
    Still happening - opened the back door at 10 pm last night to find a hedgehog trundling up the drive & haven't seen one of those for years.
    Seen quite a few recently. Unfortunately all squashed in the middle of the road.

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    All kinds of birds nicking me cherries off the tree, won't be any left at his rate. How come they don't bother with the plums, anyone know?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PPB View Post
    All kinds of birds nicking me cherries off the tree, won't be any left at his rate. How come they don't bother with the plums, anyone know?
    And I know there's nothing wrong with me plums, they taste beautiful, made jars and jars of jam with them last year.

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    My cat is slowly killing off the local wildlife. He must climb trees as sometimes he comes back with baby birds one by one. I feel bad when it's a robin he gets. But it's far worse for me when it's a bloody rat!
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    Bumping this because I've recently been walking along the river Trent next to my house down to the local park just to get some exercise. I decided to snap a few things along the way so thought I'd share.

    We have plenty of Swans and Canadian Geese around the river constantly. So much so that the council put a giant Swan garden feature in the Park.










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    How do you know the geese are from Canada?
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    The clue is in the name...


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canada_goose
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    Looks lovely wherever that is.

    I love being by water. Rivers, streams, pools. Makes me feel good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Bear View Post
    They're Canada Geese, Canadian Geese intimates that they're from Canada.
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    From the Wiki

    The Canada goose is also colloquially referred to as the "Canadian goose"

    Oh my god! Whitney's dead? How's Michael Jackson taking it?

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