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gz



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
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Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 19 11:28 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Lucky you...we haven't seen or heard any woodpeckers this year apart from one green woodpecker by Newport (south Wales) velodrome in September.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 19 6:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Rather nice. I sometimes wonder if the birds read the information about what they are supposed to eat, as we sometimes get robins eating peanuts and things.

derbyshiredowser



Joined: 11 Feb 2007
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Location: derbyshire
PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 19 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The main park in Derby is Darley park within walking distance of the town centre and frequented by many dog walkers. The park runs parallel to the river Derwent and is used with a series of non obtrusive banks as a flood plain part of Derbys flood defenses. When the big flood hit last week the entire lower part of the park was flooded and has taken over a week for most of the water to go. Yesterday we were surprised to find quite a large amount of fish on the grass between 1 inch and 3 inches long scattered over quite a large area. The regular visitors to the park include herons cormorants and kingfishers so it left us wondering why the fish were still there and not eaten as they cant have been dead for more than a day?

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 19 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

they usually have a few live fish a day, a trawler load dead in a field will be either too much or too dead for them to make much of an impact on.

i would have thought corvids and gulls would be more likely to hoover up stranded whitebait than those who hunt swimming ones
there might be too many fish+worm, beetles etc on the surface of the ground for them to eat.

a rapid flood and drain on the ings often leaves a layer of small and drowned or stranded things which the gulls and crows eat over a couple of days
sometimes we do have a couple of hundred crows and up to 1500 gulls feasting
a couple of acres of gull flock bobbing about on flood water is not unusual, the crows seem to keep to the shallows and paddle or squelch around the water margins

derbyshiredowser



Joined: 11 Feb 2007
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 19 5:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Yes good point I hadn't thought of the corvids and gulls , they probably have had a good feed as the corvids are fed on a daily basis by one of the dog walkers in another section of the park.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 19 7:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It never ceases to amaze me what birds people do feed. I can see small songbirds in the garden, but gulls and corvids, which are more than capable of finding food at all times of year! Round here they tend to follow the ploughs, as there is always something being turned up for them.

Worst we had was some ducks gaily paddling on a flooded area of the field we had a show in.

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 19 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

dik has claimed and retained his patch, which includes me

the sammison clan are still here, a medium size one was pleased for a small heap of bird mix there are others pottering about

flora report, the bramble still has leaves, the nettle in the wall top has leaves and flowers, both are quite late this year
many trees are late doing leaf fall.
a fairly "normal" but long growing season, local type stuff did ok, very good berry season for hawthorn and holly, average year for top fruit, grassland a bit under average.

mini beast report, lots and many sorts, i do not know enough to be more specific.

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 19 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Glad your robin and woodmice are now in residence again.

The leaves have been quite late falling here this year, and the colours have been glorious, but most down now. Most of our brambles keep their leaves all year. The berries have been pretty good, and seems a good mast year for beech too.

gz



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
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Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 19 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Is this a swarm starting?


gz



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Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 19 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Apparently happy bees..the hives had attention an hour or so ago

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 29, 19 7:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

As you say, not a swarm as it is the wrong time of year. Any that went out now would die pretty quickly. Why was someone looking at bees at this time of year? The usual work now is just to check the mouse guards are on, and perhaps lift the hive to see if there are enough stores.

gz



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
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Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Fri Nov 29, 19 7:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It's Spring here we are in NZ, so bees are all good

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 19 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Sorry, I forgot you are in upside down land. You must be about the equivalent of May, so rather late for a good swarm, but quite possible to get a smaller one called a caste. Depending on the climate, they might make a go of it too. Here we regard it as a bit late, and if it makes a colony it would need feeding for the winter and might not make it.

gz



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
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Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 19 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Here it is officially the first day of Summer... although we have been having hot summer weather already...
Opawa Farmers market today in Christchurch, hopefully, where most of the stalls are selling organic produce, including the coffee cart.
We travel to Blenheim tomorrow so will take a food gift.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 01, 19 7:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Have a good time. We are hoping to go to a Christmas market and Farmers Market today, so see what we find.

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