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derbyshiredowser



Joined: 11 Feb 2007
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Location: derbyshire
PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 18 1:31 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Just walking round one of the local lakes with the dog and I looked up and saw the heron, just as it passed over us it let out a massive stream of Sh*t which landed 10 feet in front of us. Following the old traditional saying " may the bluebird of happiness fly over you " are we in for a lucky streak ?

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 18 7:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Could be the luck was that it missed you. Son managed to get some sort of picture of the raptor that has been having pigeons in the wood. He thought it might be a goshawk, but looks more like a sparrowhawk he says. I know they will take down a pigeon because I once saw one on a local road. It was giving all the car drivers the evil eye as it was determined to eat the pigeon in the middle if a moderately busy local road.

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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Location: yes
PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 18 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

at a guess a heron bombing might need more than a quick shake

news from birdtown , york includes
dik is very fond of woodlice and millipedes, worms have a maximum acceptable size. he is getting closer and will feed a couple of feet away from me .
there is a little owl about so the suspected visitation of beaki has been regraded as probable contact.
the perigrines are still hunting with this years chick and are quite an impressive team when after pigeons.
the assorted corvids are more interested in free food than in summer.
although reduced in numbers there seem to be more sparrows than this time last year so we are doing something right .
overall a damp mild winter, early spring, dry summer seems to have been ok for the garden,park and urban fringe birds.
a descendant of fat walter is on the shed roof at the mo . nice to know the family trait is still with us. there is a rather round blackbird as well but im not certain it has here as territory.
at the mo there is a 2 woodie vs jackdaw vs woodie mexican standoff over some damp pastry scraps. it just got violent. the daw decided to leave em to it , then the hound decided to "calm" the naughty customers

shroom species are very different this year, the summer drought seem a likely cause

it is a bit early to tell with mini beasts but frequencies seem different this year, see drought .

thinking of the dry summer it did favour some garden skp's over others with the drought resistant ones doing well

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 18 8:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We did very well with magpie inkcaps this year, but not a lot of other fungi around in the woods. Like you, put it down to the dry weather.

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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Location: yes
PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 18 6:02 pm    Post subject: green parakeets, in york , in winter. Reply with quote    

green parakeets in york, they seemed quite at home up their tree scaring a magpie with their rather robust attitude.

how this will work out for established species is an unknown but settled in winter indicates they have extended the residency area to include here.

gz



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
Posts: 6412
Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 18 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I suppose that the question is what species are they competing with for food and what predators eat them , apart from the climate change effects.

Jam Lady



Joined: 28 Dec 2006
Posts: 1987
Location: New Jersey, USA
PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 18 12:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

dpack, are the green parakeets in york the same as the monk parakeets in NYC? http://brooklynparrots.com/the-wild-brooklyn-parrot-faq/

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 18 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

There are parakeets in Kent too. They seem to be staying there there though, as I haven't heard of any moving west.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 18 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

When I was working down the garden the other day, the robin, I think the one I have known since before it had a red breast, came and had a chat. It was sitting among the blackberry stems I was cutting and twittering gently to me. I have had a robin do this before, so assume it was talking to me. I left it a newly dug raised bed, some newly turned compost and a bit of ground I took the leaves off, so with any luck I have done my duty by it.

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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Location: yes
PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 18 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Jam Lady wrote:
dpack, are the green parakeets in york the same as the monk parakeets in NYC? http://brooklynparrots.com/the-wild-brooklyn-parrot-faq/


they did look very similar, i need to use bins or a decent camera lens to check details as they seem to prefer being at tree top level.
the pale beak is the same, size, general colour scheme and shape are rather like that sort.

they did have pale beaks which eliminates a few spp.

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 19 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

at a more domestic level of avians dik is training me well, woodlice are very popular and i am becoming something of a wormmellier although i still pick the occasional unacceptable one.
size and species matters but for some reason unknown to me so far about 1 in 20 mid sized common earth worms gets a taste test and a lot of spitting/beak wiping as a rejection. i will observe and try to learn.

there are some tiny whiteish insects in the hedge planter soil which get hoovered up in a rather amusing dance, millipedes seem popular, bird seed and steak n kidney pie are popular.
grannie used homemade shortbread to tame her's but never shared the recipe so i will stick to bushtucker n pies

he came within a few inches of my serving hand this aft which bodes well for me training him to hand feed and perch on me

the last one that would perch for calling was a chaffinch ( cheepy cheap does not count as she thought i was her ugly mother ) and young sparrows just land without being invited

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 19 7:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Sounds good Dpack. I had a robin visit me in the log store yesterday. It didn't stay long, but at least long enough to say hello and didn't fly away at once when it saw me. The wood robins can get quite tame as well as the garden ones, particularly if we are disturbing the leaves on the ground to uncover food for them. One built a nest where we were working one year, and mother robin watched our goings on with great interest while incubating the eggs. Gave her something to look at during what must have been a pretty boring time.

gregotyn



Joined: 24 Jun 2010
Posts: 1774
Location: Llanfyllin area
PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 19 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I get a robin in the warehouse I work in in the morning. I am not able to get near enough to say he is a close friend, but he takes the crumbs I put out for him. I guess if I was there every day-I'm assuming they don't do calendars-he may be a bit more adventurous towards me, but if he keeps coming, I will give progress reports.

dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 19 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    


snacks are a good basis for birds to tame humans, we get snacks you think you are clever. love dik

my chum likes woodlice and is getting quite tame, love dpack

it works for both of us

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 19 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    


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