Garden Wildlife Page 8

  • elstoof 19 Mar 2021 16:52:51 27,886 posts
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    One or two cats come round fairly often. Cat shit is easier to deal with than fox shit, fyi
  • Trowel 19 Mar 2021 17:44:35 24,498 posts
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    We have regular foxes down our allotment and the shit is horrific - like a bloody jellyfish.
  • Lukus 19 Mar 2021 18:06:13 24,609 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    That's awesome.
  • Dougs 19 Mar 2021 18:20:24 100,298 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    One or two cats come round fairly often. Cat shit is easier to deal with than fox shit, fyi
    My mum's dog loves rolling around in fox shit. It stinks (unsurprisingly) and he needs a shower after, fucking thing. Always know when he's found a patch when out with him as he goes missing
  • elstoof 19 Mar 2021 18:50:10 27,886 posts
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    My old dog did too. Must be a hunting instinct, cover yourself in your enemyís scent
  • Rogueywon 31 Mar 2021 11:45:26 12,272 posts
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    The local peregrine falcons are back - just seen one of them circling. They showed up around this time last year and stuck around for a couple of months. Pretty cool seeing them around and the local pigeon population's already looking a bit less smug.
  • simpleexplodingmaybe 31 Mar 2021 11:48:55 19,786 posts
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    My neighbour keeps putting out seed for the birds in our back lane and its nearly all gone into a fat rat who waits by the allotment gate for him to put it down and leave.

    Its a right little roundy at the moment although it canít see it being long before one of the cats who hunt on the allotments finds it
  • askew 31 Mar 2021 11:55:08 24,027 posts
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    simpleexplodingmaybe wrote:
    Its a right little roundy at the moment although it canít see it being long before one of the cats who hunt on the allotments finds it
    👀
  • Dirt3 31 Mar 2021 12:43:40 1,740 posts
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    Thought the remaining goldfish was dead today, then realised it is just lurking at the base of the pond. It's a lazy sob - needs to swim about a bit more and get some goldfish action.

    Three lots of frogspawn. One lot got laid on a shelf and dried out. I didn't want to touch it, but next time I see that happen I will move it.

    Should be enough tadpoles from the other 2.
  • mrpon 31 Mar 2021 12:45:44 37,320 posts
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    Lob a piranha in, that'll keep it on it's err....fins.
  • Dirt3 31 Mar 2021 12:54:38 1,740 posts
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    I think the problem is there is too much weed in there, but I don't want to touch it until the spawn have hatched.

    Once you remove the weed the fish gets its act together and swims around a lot more.
  • jimnastics 31 Mar 2021 13:02:45 1,884 posts
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    Found this motherfucker in one of my solitary bee boxes today, female false widow spider. Just opened the box to clean it out and get it ready for bees, scared the living shit out of me.

    Spoilered for arachnophobes:







    On a brighter note, all my solitary bee boxes are ready for the awesome red mason and leaf-cutter bees to do their magnificent thing.

    Edited by jimnastics at 13:03:24 31-03-2021
  • Alastair 31 Mar 2021 13:03:36 24,819 posts
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    Pond fish will remain sluggish until the water temp gets above about 10C.. So that might be why you haven't seen it.
    That's also the water temp that one starts feeding them, because at lower temps there's a risk of the food not digesting properly. I think.
  • Dirt3 31 Mar 2021 13:23:17 1,740 posts
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    Alastair wrote:
    Pond fish will remain sluggish until the water temp gets above about 10C.. So that might be why you haven't seen it.
    That's also the water temp that one starts feeding them, because at lower temps there's a risk of the food not digesting properly. I think.
    I will get a thermometer to check.

    Since the other one died I think it's been swinging the lead as it no longer has to compete for food.

    I want a performance pet. I'm quite happy to do whatever it takes to help it achieve that, but it needs to realise it has responsibilities too.
  • Alastair 31 Mar 2021 13:34:13 24,819 posts
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    With pond fish it's possible to think you've lost them all. Then one day you realise there are loads of them still mooching about at the bottom.

    Edited by Alastair at 14:01:20 31-03-2021
  • Dirt3 31 Mar 2021 13:39:25 1,740 posts
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    Alastair wrote:
    With pond fish it's possible to think you've them all. Then one day you realise there are loads of them still mooching about at the bottom.
    I only have one. And it is bright orange. So although it can hide if it skulks on the bottom, most of the time it is pretty visible.

    It normally takes me a minute to spot it, but this AM I couldn't find it for the first time in ages.
  • RichDC 31 Mar 2021 13:42:38 9,171 posts
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    @jimnastics I take it that the beebox is now on fire?
  • Alastair 31 Mar 2021 14:00:40 24,819 posts
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    Even this short discussion is reminding me that I want a pond.
    A new house is vaguely on the cards. Hopefully I will have space to dig a pond..
  • Immaterial 6 Apr 2021 12:30:49 2,621 posts
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    @jimnastics Either you were voluntarily much closer to a false black widow than I ever wanted to be, or you have an excellent zoom function. Yes I know they're not lethal, but they're the only UK spider that gives me the shudders.
  • smoothpete 6 Apr 2021 14:24:48 37,723 posts
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    We had a false widow living in the skylight in the kitchen. Beautiful creature. I used to throw flies at its web and watch it capture them. Scary shit if you're a fly I'd imagine.
  • StixxUK 6 Apr 2021 14:29:23 8,744 posts
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    Ah man, there were false widows everywhere on my front door for a while (before I replaced the ancient wooden door with a new composite one). One literally lived inside the doorbell.

    Yes we are the Addams Family.
  • Rogueywon 6 Apr 2021 15:13:21 12,272 posts
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    These falcons are messy eaters, aren't they? I don't particularly mind - they're managing the shit out of the pigeon population - but some table manners wouldn't hurt.
  • Technoishmatt 6 Apr 2021 15:20:01 5,349 posts
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    Franklin cats shitting in the sandbox.
  • smoothpete 17 Apr 2021 07:24:28 37,723 posts
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    Someone in the area has lost a big fuck off parrot, specifically a macaw, and that itís been spotted near my house. I am on HIGH ALERT.
  • Rogueywon 17 Apr 2021 07:58:36 12,272 posts
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    @smoothpete Please tell me that means a big parrot that's been taught to say "fuck off". Those are great.
  • challenge_hanukkah 17 Apr 2021 08:03:59 14,318 posts
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    We have plenty of slugs.
  • smoothpete 17 Apr 2021 08:19:39 37,723 posts
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    Sadly not, fuck off meaning big. I donít know why fuck off massive means extremely massive but it does.

    Here he is on the wanted poster, in front of a photo of himself. Very meta.

    https://ibb.co/8nkF2WT
  • Dougs 17 Apr 2021 08:24:21 100,298 posts
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    I think it's because you see something larger than you expect, and the reaction is "fuuuuck offf". That's my reasoning anyway.
  • smoothpete 17 Apr 2021 08:27:34 37,723 posts
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    Thatís probably correct Dougs. Someone in my team got a large pay rise years ago and thatís the first thing they said to me when I told them
  • Rogueywon 17 Apr 2021 08:30:31 12,272 posts
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    @smoothpete Ah well, if you find it, be sure to teach it to say "fuck off".
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