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Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 18 6:03 am    Post subject: Wildlife  Reply with quote    

We have a bluetit nesting in the unused front forks of the tractor, a wren nesting in part of the timber frame for the firewood processor, another one nesting in the top of the wood store and a bumble bees nest in another part of the timber frame. Not sure about the wrens, but judging by the was the adult bluetits are going backwards and forwards, they have young in the nest. Not sure how they are going to get out as they are a long way down a diagonal tube, but the parents seem to manage it at high speed.

gz



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
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Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 18 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

A bit different to our starlings under next door's roof tiles and jackdaws in next door the other way's roof (he mended the eaves' ends, but felt roof tiles and wood are no match for a strong determined beak )

Plenty of gulls around too, but I'm not sure where they'd be nesting. They have plenty of arguments with the Jacks and crows.

The blackbirds in next door's laurel bush seem to be keeping their heads down for much of the time (probably due to their avian neighbours), but its good to see them and a few sparrows on the lawn. I hear them at dawn ( 4.30 am ) but I'm not inclined to take a look at that time!

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 18 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

harvest mice in the compost/wood store
lots of avian restaurant customers (see below )
lots of invertebrates

buzzy



Joined: 04 Jan 2011
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Location: In a small wood on the edge of the Huntingdonshire Wolds
PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 18 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Waiting for new issue Great Tits, Blue Tits and Great Spotted Woodpeckers to arrive at the feeders. Can't be long, I think.

Judging by the sounds from the sky, new issue Buzzards are about.

We've had baby Rooks for some time - I think they must be independent now as the number of "Feed Me" cries has drastically reduced.

There was a baby Rabbit at the end of the drive a few days ago - I think it had probably been hit a glancing blow by a car, it was just on the edge of the road.

Henry

gz



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
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Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 18 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

wondering where our newly arrived swallows had gone...found that the people next door but one had knocked off the nests
At least some have decamped to neighbour over the road's garage...

buzzy



Joined: 04 Jan 2011
Posts: 3388
Location: In a small wood on the edge of the Huntingdonshire Wolds
PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 18 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

As if on cue, baby Great Tits sitting in the hedge waiting for food from mum and dad who are dashing madly backwards and forwards with beaks full of peanuts.

Henry

dpack



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 18 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

last evening one of the sammy mouse family discovered the delight of coconut yogurt ( from a remnants of a hoverfly rescue:roll: ) from the pot a couple of feet from me.

a bit jumpy at first but it soon realised i was a good cat repellent .

the sparrows trust me with their children ( as do several other species )

a big garden is nice but in a very small yard it is easy to get to know the wildlife chums with birds and mice is good, the first deal with most vermin ( and the worm surplus ) and the latter are charming ( and a canary in the mine if we develop another rat issue )

iirc somebody said to discover a new species study a square yard of your garden, well so far i have found some fairly rare snails and learnt quite a lot of names for assorted invertebrates but nowt with no id as yet

buzzy



Joined: 04 Jan 2011
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Location: In a small wood on the edge of the Huntingdonshire Wolds
PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 18 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Young Tawny Owl calling for food, last night and the night before. (In the trees in the garden)

Henry

buzzy



Joined: 04 Jan 2011
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Location: In a small wood on the edge of the Huntingdonshire Wolds
PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 18 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Some of the baby Great Tits are feeding themselves, but others are still being fed by adults - probably more than one brood.


Baby Great Spotted Woodpeckers feeding themselves.


Still waiting for baby Blue Tits to appear.


Henry

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 18 6:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

One of the baby blue tits was near the top of the tube on Thursday and hogging all the food. Hopefully the others did get a look in. Think they will soon be out. I like seeing the baby wrens in the wood; mother is in the undergrowth calling youngsters to her as I walk along a path, and they are quite unconcerned and don't see me as a threat at all.

I expect the robin in the garden to produce some young at some point as he has been hopping round getting insects virtually from under my feet. Think it may be the young one from last year that I saw growing a red breast.

buzzy



Joined: 04 Jan 2011
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Location: In a small wood on the edge of the Huntingdonshire Wolds
PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 18 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Baby Blue Tits arrived at the feeders yesterday.

Baby Great Tits and baby Great Spotted Woodpecker still visiting regularly.

Henry

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 18 7:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Sounds good Henry.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 18 6:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Went to our usual place looking for bee orchids. Lots of pyramid, and found rock rose and milkwort, but no bee orchids. Anyone know if they are late this year, or is it a bad year for them?

buzzy



Joined: 04 Jan 2011
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Location: In a small wood on the edge of the Huntingdonshire Wolds
PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 18 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Baby Tawny Owl calling at dusk last night, and still calling this morning. Maybe its parents have said "Get your own food!"

Henry

PS I'll ask around about the Bee Orchids

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 18 6:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks Henry.

It must be about the time of year when young birds have to find their own food, so you could be right.

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