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dpack



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 19 2:10 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

the birds are avoiding the wind at the mo but while it has been chilly i have added a pair of blackbirds to the domestic fowl.

they saw the buffet that dik gets and decided i must be ok, from keep a distance/fly away/beady eye they went to a couple of feet and eating

i think they have a juvenile one with them, if not they have a juvenile one that follows em about
the local avians did have some late clutches last year.

there are at least 3 sparrows.
the fat woodies have a slimmer "back door man" on the case and a jackdaw that likes to push mr fat woodie's face into lunch

thinking of jackdaws they seem to have increased from a few to quite a few

saw a pair of bluetits, the wren has mostly been snoozing but pops round to check for invertebrates when it warms up a bit.

pies, we have a few but they prefer kebabs on the main road

dik has reduced his personal space to inches if a cashew is involved or the first worm after the thaw is waved.

dpack



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 19 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

bunny update , i just saw a big lean one and two youngish juveniles.

even if they do seem much reduced in numbers there are still bunnies in da hood.

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 19 10:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

this afternoon a perigrine did a death vortex to a blackbird above and into the garden over the alley

three times round each tighter and lower than the last and a squeak on the lawn.

awesome

if a bit upsetting as the blackbird might have been one i know well.

i have not seen or heard dik for a few days but he might be busy looking for lurve as it is getting warmer.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 19 7:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Have never actually seen a peregrine strike, but I know they hit the prey at some speed. We tend to get the ones that it knocks out of the sky and can't retrieve in our garden. Luckily mainly pigeons, and there are too many of them.

dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 19 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

i have seen a few, something that did surprise me was the cornish pair i watched for a few weeks raising a nestling were catching voles if no avian was convenient

a lowish hover and scan then a near vertical drop to grab one, first time i saw it i thought it was a different species but watching at the nest site they were fetching voles and mice as well as birds.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 19 7:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Expect like most raptors, they will go for anything if it means food, particularly if they are raising young.

dpack



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 19 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

that go for anything issue, yesterday afternoon i was between shed and wall in the yard. something came down from above and behind so fast i did not "see " it , the noise was ace.

it might have been an aborted an attack on my hair or it might have just been passing by.

having shared that , bird news, old dik is now new dik.
same tree, different bird in shape and more importantly has no idea when i offered up a very nice worm

mr and jnr blackbird have seperated and both are singing of their need for lurve so i guess it was mrs b that copped it over the dale.

full on spring stuff in bird town.

the sammisons rummage a bit now and again but might still be eating the winter feast stores
the overdue compost rummage might be a bit of a surprise for them but it is a small price for food and shelter and no puss cats

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 19 7:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

My 'down the garden' robin came and visited me yesterday while I was doing some digging. Came within a couple of feet of me, so rather nice. Looked at me quite fearlessly, so think it has decided I am useful and no threat.

The lane up to the woods has celandines in flower, but none in the woods yet. Found a couple of odd primrose flowers and some barren strawberry flowers in a warm corner.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 19 7:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Heard woodpecker and tawny owl in the woods yesterday.

gregotyn



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 19 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We are only sporting snowdrops up to now, I have seen nothing else yet. It seemed as though it was still autumn about 3 weeks ago as there were leaves blowing all over the road and gathering in 3 foot high piles which we have to drive over/through. It seemed quite strange at this time of the year, they have disappeared now!

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 19 7:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I think the leaves are because it has been quite dry. We still have quite a lot in odd places in the wood, but things are starting to come up now; seen a few more primroses and some barren strawberry in the wood. May be doing a flora survey today, so will see what is rousing, although think it will be mainly leaves, not flowers.

Heard what we think was a marsh tit in the woods on Thursday, but couldn't make out what it was as against the sky and it flew off before I could get near enough for an ID.

dpack



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 19 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

there are a selection of mini snails in the yard, dog wee is a brutal sample method but it is quite educational as to what random victims show up in the biodiversity record.
on a happier note mini snails are doing well in the bramble bed and assorted tubs n crevices.

i should learn more about mini snails but so far with a little help some have names.
since i introduced the anti slug nematodes and developed a hedge base soil the mini snails have thrived.

a lot of spp for such a small space, 12' by 2 ' 5 spp so far

most with names so far seem to be riverside / flood plain spp which is to be expected, there are quite a few i still need to id

in the immediate area there are rather a lot of varieties of snails, many of which i have not seen elsewhere.
some of the winkle sized stripey jobbers that live on snail wall are either very variable or there are a lot of spp/sub spp.

the geology and architecture are snail friendly and we have had a lot of trade over a couple of millennia.

dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 19 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

the sammison sagas continue with some happy news of several new members of the family.

fousands of em.
not quite, maybe half a dozen it is hard to tell until you get to know them by name but they do scuttle about like fousands.

they seem to be darkish like mrs sammison and just as plump

chompy is somewhat taken aback by more than one at a time

bird town is a bit quiet most of the time with the odd "coach party " of visitors and a few of the regulars

there was a conclave of crow parliaments a week or so ago and since then the 120 or so local ones are still having a party .

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 19 7:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Our rooks have been silent since the peregrine took over their pylon tower, but we have some pigeons, and a robin. Sadly the front door robin seems to have gone, and the new owner of the territory isn't so keen on coming to be fed.

In the woods we have heard blackbirds, and possibly a marsh tit. Great and bluetits around in both garden and woods, and long tailed tits visit us in the woods fairly frequently. I think they may nest there. Tawny owls are in evidence in the afternoons too, and have seen several deer over the last few days.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 19 7:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Think we heard a turtle dove and a black cap in the woods yesterday. The odd bluebell coming up in bud, but not too many yet, so hope they will hold off until at least early April.

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