Garden Wildlife

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  • Dirt3 30 Apr 2020 20:12:00 1,616 posts
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    Who has got the best garden wildlife ?

    I am looking for some big ticket animals here.

    I have frogs and tadpoles. And two birds nests. But non of the animals I really want.

    Something like a hedgehog or an otter.
  • fontgeeksogood 30 Apr 2020 20:26:11 12,913 posts
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    Raccoons. No, wait, they're the worst
  • neilka 30 Apr 2020 20:26:50 23,907 posts
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    I'll give you an otter for eight mid to large frogs
  • Dirt3 30 Apr 2020 20:35:10 1,616 posts
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    Is that allowed ?

    I thought you would have to kind of tempt the otter in. Probably with catfood or something.

    TBH I don't think the otter is realistic for me. The garden is only about 300 sqft, and I think the otter would need a river or the sea or something.

    The hedgehog might be possible though.
  • Your-Mother 30 Apr 2020 20:35:55 7,368 posts
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    I have eagles.
  • Dirt3 30 Apr 2020 20:42:33 1,616 posts
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    Your-Mother wrote:
    I have eagles.
    Impressive. Please state number and type.
  • Your-Mother 30 Apr 2020 20:47:40 7,368 posts
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    Bald and at least two. Also an indeterminate number of hawks. Potentially a coyote or two.
  • ZuluHero 30 Apr 2020 20:53:14 10,145 posts
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    My garden is completely plastic - like the Lorax, so don't get many animals.
  • X201 30 Apr 2020 20:55:00 21,631 posts
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    Foxes and an occasional badger.
  • Decks 30 Apr 2020 20:59:32 29,765 posts
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    My mother's cat once killed a kingfisher.
  • mothercruncher 30 Apr 2020 21:30:19 19,214 posts
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    Got a hedgehog- the night time snacking is surprisingly loud.
  • fontgeeksogood 30 Apr 2020 21:32:02 12,913 posts
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    /unzips
  • nickthegun 30 Apr 2020 21:45:52 86,367 posts
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    Last summer, we kept the Guinea Pigs out in a run and a Red Kite hovered over our garden for weeks trying to work out how to eat them.

    But other than that, fuck all because are cat is a savage little wanker.
  • fontgeeksogood 30 Apr 2020 22:08:41 12,913 posts
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    Gremmi, do you ever get murderous boxcar hobos in your garden
  • Dirt3 30 Apr 2020 22:09:09 1,616 posts
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    Decks wrote:
    My mother's cat once killed a kingfisher.
    That is a real shame. Beautiful bird. Cats will be cats I guess.
  • Dirt3 30 Apr 2020 22:11:44 1,616 posts
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    nickthegun wrote:
    Last summer, we kept the Guinea Pigs out in a run and a Red Kite hovered over our garden for weeks trying to work out how to eat them.

    But other than that, fuck all because are cat is a savage little wanker.
    Used to see these circling a lot in Oxfordshire. When I first saw them it was like - whoah what the fuck is that massive thing.

    They are big. Apparently making a big comeback in the UK.
  • nickthegun 30 Apr 2020 22:26:55 86,367 posts
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    That's where I live and there are loads of them. We take a boat down the Thames in summer every now and again and there's a family of them lives by the river. It's fucking crazy. Almost like a flock of killer pigeons.
  • Dirt3 30 Apr 2020 22:50:32 1,616 posts
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    Yeah, just checked on wiki. Adult wingspan 180cm ! They also have a forked tail which looks quite strange.
  • Dougs 30 Apr 2020 23:05:18 99,066 posts
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    Kites are pretty common here out on the Downs. Smallish garden and 2 cats means there's limited wildlife. We do get a lot of slow worms though. Had no fucking idea what they were first time.
  • StarchildHypocrethes 30 Apr 2020 23:07:55 33,761 posts
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    We currently have a flock(?) of around 10+ ducks camped out in our front garden, who have decided to expand their horizons from the lake across the road since the lockdown.

    Ducks are cool. But really fucking loud.
  • fontgeeksogood 30 Apr 2020 23:09:58 12,913 posts
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    Unlike geese, who are the wasps of the aquatic bird world
  • OnlyJoeKing 30 Apr 2020 23:12:00 1,232 posts
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    We have a mouse.

    Definitely a mouse. I think.
  • ZuluHero 30 Apr 2020 23:22:39 10,145 posts
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    Actually I did have one of those in my plastic shed.

    Made a nest in one of my daughter's Rollerblades, obliterated the lining and stuffed it with millions of little strips of a plastic bag it shreaded.

    Amazing the amount of damage a small little thing can do!

    I managed to catch it on a humane trap and a bit of Nutella, and carried it a few miles away and let it go.

    It stopped and looked at me for a moment, before it scampered off. As if to look at me and say, "Thank you", with his little mousey squeaks.
    Beautiful. Then both of those Bald Eagles from Your-mother's garden swooped in out of nowhere.
    Poor little thing didn't stand a chance...
  • fontgeeksogood 30 Apr 2020 23:28:19 12,913 posts
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    What happened to its young you orphaned
  • ZuluHero 1 May 2020 10:18:25 10,145 posts
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    The last bit might not have been true. Didn't see any signs of babies, and not had issues since releasing it, so hopefully i'm not too much of a bastard.
  • Dirt3 1 May 2020 10:23:36 1,616 posts
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    X201 wrote:
    Foxes and an occasional badger.
    Initially I thought the badger sounded cool.

    Then when you think of a giant animal rampaging through your garden digging for food, rutting, and doing whatever the hell else it does I guess it could be a bit less cool.

    Like a mole, only 50000x the size.
  • smoothpete 1 May 2020 10:29:43 37,616 posts
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    We get loads. Badgers, foxes, deer, hedgehogs, loads and loads or red kites overhead.

    here some badger stuff https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfuNpPXSlts
  • Dirt3 1 May 2020 10:45:18 1,616 posts
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    Your garden must be a melee of warring animals, with the red kites circling overhead to hoover up the mess.
  • quadfather 1 May 2020 10:47:15 38,649 posts
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    Cats, foxes, birds and at least 5 squirrels. Ever seen a pigeon and a squirrel fight? It's fucking brilliant.
  • hedben2013 1 May 2020 11:23:42 2,068 posts
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    I found a rat in my compost bin the other day.

    It wasn't in my kitchen so I knew what to do.
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