Garden Wildlife Page 3

  • Dirt3 11 May 2020 17:15:10 1,616 posts
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    My frogs have finally come out of the pond (the tadpoles are still there).

    There are two one big one, maybe about 7cm long and a smaller one, maybe 5cm. The smaller one is a bit shy and will jump back in if it hears you coming. The big one is a bit fat and just basically sits there.

    The birds can't get it because of the mesh over the pond. But because of the mesh it can't escape from the pond, it is too huge.

    Currently trying to figure out whether it is worth making a hole in the mesh over the side stony area so it can escape and find stuff to eat if it wants to.

    I have ordered some bloodflies for it on amazon. Maybe it can eat the pond snails, of which there are a lot.
  • DasBooter 13 May 2020 13:36:50 531 posts
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    We have birds nesting in the roof, just above the ceiling of our bedroom.

    You can hear one of the parents arriving back with a little flap of its wings then the fledglings start cheeping away. This happens throughout the day, all about 6 feet above my head. I think it's sparrows.

    (I'm on nights).
  • Alastair 13 May 2020 13:44:40 24,761 posts
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    DasBooter wrote:
    We have birds nesting in the roof, just above the ceiling of our bedroom.

    You can hear one of the parents arriving back with a little flap of its wings then the fledglings start cheeping away. This happens throughout the day, all about 6 feet above my head. I think it's sparrows.

    (I'm on nights).
    I had that a few years ago with starlings. It was great at first, then got reaaaally annoying as summer progressed. Sun comes up earlier and so the babies would start cheeping for food earlier.... Grr.
  • Nemesis 13 May 2020 13:54:46 20,051 posts
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    Had a grey heron chilling on the opposite roof last year. I was puzzled as to what it was and then it took off. That's some wingspan!

    Edited by Nemesis at 13:55:27 13-05-2020
  • Nemesis 13 May 2020 13:56:30 20,051 posts
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    Lots of goldfinches at the mo; couple of Doves nesting in the tree outside the window. They're building at the mo from what I can tell.
  • Dirt3 13 May 2020 14:32:00 1,616 posts
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    @mrpon

    Did you find out what was excavating your garden ?
  • Nexus_6 13 May 2020 14:56:37 6,002 posts
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    @Alastair I had a bunch of swallows or swifts a few years back. They got in the eaves through a hole that had been for an old pipe since removed. The cat was going mad when she could hear and see them through the loft hatch.
    I went up to get them out after they had been quiet for a bit - 2 of them had knocked themselves out or stunned themselves so shit-bag me got an old sheet and covered them and lifted them out and put them outside. All was good.

    Until about a year ago, I was clearing boxes of books from the move. I lifted an encyclopaedia and gave out the loudest, girliest shriek ever - there under the book was an almost-flat swift. Christ knows how it got under a heavy book.
  • Deleted user 13 May 2020 15:24:32
    Nexus_6 wrote:
    ...under the book was an almost-flat swift. Christ knows how it got under a heavy book.
    I don't think we need to stretch our imaginations too far on that one...
  • Nemesis 13 May 2020 16:32:27 20,051 posts
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    /chinny reckon
  • Nexus_6 13 May 2020 16:57:35 6,002 posts
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    You've lost me guys...
    Theories>
  • JoeBlade 13 May 2020 16:59:56 6,034 posts
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    Dirt3 wrote:
    @mrpon

    Did you find out what was excavating your garden ?
    My money is on Spacemonkey trying to sniff out buried ampersands.
  • mrpon 13 May 2020 17:09:52 37,164 posts
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    Spot the animal (my neighbours hellhole before anyone comments!)

    Enhance!
  • mrpon 13 May 2020 17:11:57 37,164 posts
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    I think that's ding ding ding for X201.
  • Dirt3 13 May 2020 18:06:54 1,616 posts
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    Cool.

    It would be great if you could mark out a square with some string and get it to dig you out a patio or something.
  • Nitrous 14 May 2020 14:55:42 2,259 posts
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    We have a Stuart according to the wife and like Stuart little his arrival has not gone down well with our cats.

    We and the cats seems to think it lives under the shed and itt probably came from the garden at the back of ours as its not maintained. I think this year was the first time they have put any effort into at all.
  • Rogueywon 22 May 2020 10:38:17 11,543 posts
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    We've had posters up around the area from the RSPB for a couple of weeks, saying we have a pair of peregrinne falcons nesting in the area. Just saw them up and about while out for my daily walk. Bloody impressive.
  • challenge_hanukkah 22 May 2020 10:40:23 14,122 posts
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    I wonder what they taste like.
  • Rogueywon 22 May 2020 10:46:20 11,543 posts
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    @challenge_hanukkah Chicken.
  • Dirt3 22 May 2020 13:43:18 1,616 posts
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    Falcon is great. I remember those from the fastest bird in the world sticker on guiness book of records.

    I have unfortunately now got a new less than wild life in my garden.

    A ginger and white cat has started taking great interest in my pond.

    Fortunately I don't think there is anyway it can get through the grid to the fish or big frogs and I have overlapped the grid so it cannot dangle a paw through, but my guess is that it will have a fine time chasing the micro frogs as and when they appear.
  • Dirt3 1 Jun 2020 09:20:56 1,616 posts
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    I counted 5 big frogs last night. It's strange because on the net it says frogs live on land, but these seem to prefer the water. They site there with their heads poking out, probably to catch flies.

    I wonder whether they are all related.
  • Lukus 1 Jun 2020 15:16:52 24,378 posts
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    So not in my garden, but I did luck out and see a badger a few weeks ago. Had my camera handy too - https://lukebennettphotos.com/blog/2020/6/1/badger-watching-in-warwickshire
  • Decks 1 Jun 2020 15:20:19 29,765 posts
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    He looks fucked. Like he was out all night drinking and he can't find his burrow.
  • Lukus 1 Jun 2020 15:21:41 24,378 posts
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    Yeah, I didn't realise their eyes were so beady. Appalling vision too apparently.
  • triarii 1 Jun 2020 15:46:57 460 posts
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    @Lukus

    Great photos!

    I'm trying to "re-wild" part of my back garden at the moment - letting the grass grow long, leaving some of the weeds, growing wildflowers but it just looks bloody awful! The robins & a blackbird seem to like it well enough though...
  • Tomo 1 Jun 2020 16:50:11 19,303 posts
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    Lukus wrote:
    So not in my garden, but I did luck out and see a badger a few weeks ago. Had my camera handy too - https://lukebennettphotos.com/blog/2020/6/1/badger-watching-in-warwickshire
    These are great!
  • Lukus 1 Jun 2020 19:29:37 24,378 posts
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    Thanks y'all.
  • fontgeeksogood 1 Jun 2020 22:56:25 12,913 posts
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    Did the badger go for your junk
  • Lukus 2 Jun 2020 00:26:00 24,378 posts
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    It's only human
  • Fake_Blood 2 Jun 2020 14:39:30 10,896 posts
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    Iíve got ants. They are pretty wild.
  • Dirt3 2 Jun 2020 15:01:16 1,616 posts
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    Where I work if you work late there used to be badgers lumbering around at 10pm.

    It's quite scary when you come out and there is this big fucking thing rooting around.

    They used to get between the cars. I am convinced they liked to chew on car tyres.

    Quite nasty to get into the small space between cars ready to get in and find a big old animal like a badger in there with you.
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