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Slim



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 13, 20 11:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Ah, that does it make it more interesting. I mostly check ds from mobile phone these days, so it looked like a photo of two pigeons to me

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 20 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Afraid it wasn't that clear on my computer either, but for a quick snap it wasn't at all bad.

Sgt. Colon, not sure what that is, but some caterpillars do live over winter, usually below ground. It doesn't look the right colour for any British cutworms as they tend to be brown, white, or pale green. I just looked that up btw, so not an expert on them.

sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
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Location: Just south of north.
PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 20 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Sorry DPack I didn't notice either. I guess that's the problem when you're restricted on size.

MR, it wasn't for moving very much but then it was only about 5 degrees and it didn't have much on to keep it warm.

dpack



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 20 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

there is glass and glass, windows bad, good lenses good

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 20 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

And even window glass is quite variable. Old glass is particularly bad.

Saw a couple of roe deer yesterday. Not a lot else as it was pelting with rain, so spent quite a time in the garage tent making besom heads. It wasn't until I went down to do the log sacks in the log store which has open ends that I could see anything much.

Slim



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 20 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I had a lot of fun watching my cat attempt to stalk a flock of 15 wild turkeys in the back yard the other day. At one point they were more interested in him than he was in them and they came within 10 feet of him. I was a little worried that they'd be eating him instead of the other way around!

dpack



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 20 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    



iirc your cat is "quite robust" but dinoturkeys are rather "keen" if a decent size meal can be had

coyotes and dinosaurs must be a bit worrying for puss

Slim



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 20 2:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

One plus of the winter weather is that he's rather motivated to nap inside where it's warm for 23 hours of the day....

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 20 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I take it he returned safely then. Not having wild turkeys in the UK, the only ones I ever met were rather timid, being a pair raised 'for the pot' by a neighbour.

Had, I think, a high speed robin zooming through the log store yesterday, but otherwise a deer on its own as we were going up the track to the 'yard' was all I saw.

Jam Lady



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Location: New Jersey, USA
PostPosted: Wed Dec 23, 20 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

My Rainbow Bridge cat, Fog, was a mighty hunter. But he once over-played his hand - that should be paw - stalking two hen turkeys and their poults across the back lawn. I called him. You know how indifferent cats can be, when called. But this time he was "What? You want me? Oh darn. Yes, here I come." and turned tail, came running to me, delighted with the excuse to break off his overly ambitious stalk.

Alas, he is gone these 10 years. And we don't see many turkeys either. Think the coyotes are cleaning the nests of eggs or young poults.

Today one of the gray squirrels has learned that with a leap off the roof of the flying saucer bird feeder it can clear the squirrel baffle, swarm up the pole, and assiduously gnaw bits of peanut out of the feeder.


Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 24, 20 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Sounds as if your Fog wanted any excuse.

Squirrels are too clever for their own good. We get your grey squirrels here and they are a total nuisance; cause a lot of damage to trees and probably don't do the songbird population a lot of good either. They ousted our native red squirrel where we are about 60 years ago, but we have various schemes aimed at reducing them them dramatically including feeding them contraceptives. It would be lovely to see the reds back here.

dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 25, 20 7:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

a few mins ago i was listening to a nightingale

a bit un seasonal for an aggressive chorister but rather nice to hear

not common but not extra rare, barnsley was rife with them, york has far less, london had a few, oddly the "in the green places" i have lived did not seem to have any

perhaps there is an aspect of urban that suits them.

dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 25, 20 8:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

tweed , young tweed and the bracks are having a festival breakfast

the rest of the sparrow pack are joining in

see rat, but today they get fed, inc rat if it has to be

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 25, 20 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

There are some rural nightingales; apparently there are some a few miles from us, and someone claims to have heard them in the wood, but not too sure about that. We do have suitable habitat I think.

I heard a robin yesterday, and looking round, saw it sitting on the hedge. I spoke to it, as I do with robins, it sang again and then defecated, so I assumed conversation was over.

dpack



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 26, 20 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    



the birds are having silver service rather than buffet but the rat is a table dipper

more of rat elsewhere

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