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Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 19 6:01 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

That sounds hot. Problem going to other people's houses. I find places like gym's and some other public places far too hot.

We have a lot of bird song around at the moment, but not too good at identifying it. We sometimes hear green woodpeckers, and often the greater spotted drumming.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 19 7:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Was using the toilet at the yard yesterday when I noticed the last year's leveret we had seen around grazing on grass outside. It was still there when I went to get husband and son and in the end we all watched it from outside. It seemed completely unafraid of us if we moved slowly and talked in low voices, and only shot off once, and then only a few yards. Lovely to get so close to a hare, perhaps 15 feet. It knew we were there as it looked at us a couple of times. The adult is around somewhere, but is a little lest trusting.

dpack



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 19 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

perhaps i am starting to understand the local woodies, maybe not .

there is walter 2 sticks who has ankles, there is fats ankles who has fluffy gaiters almost to his feet and there is a lady who hangs about with them at times but mostly tries to incubate the sensor on top of a led street lamp in the alley.

the chaps bicker and even do macho slap now and again ( ahhh ) but they all seem fairly happy

i think i might have big gay pigeons, iirc penguins have been observed to have similar social arrangements

it will be interesting to see if their lady friend ends up hatching a chick with two dads, biological dads or not .

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Wed May 01, 19 6:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Rather static wildlife, but went to look at the early purple orchids that were coming out in the coup we cut last year. Thought we had about half a dozen, but found loads. There was the group growing all together with about 6 stems, the huge great purple leaves one, then 4 by the log pile plus 3 or 4 over towards a pit. Didn't go any further as we were carrying some morris sticks we had just cut, but good display.

Someone has also put up some dormouse survey boxes in the uncut coppice. Need to find out who so we can find out where they have been put and how long they will be there as we need to cut some of that next winter possibly.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 19 6:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Took a couple of friends for a walk in the woods yesterday afternoon. The bluebells are going over, but the early purple orchids are putting on a good display. We also saw a tree creeper, and a roe deer, and several squirrels, so quite a good walk for them. The new green leaves were beautiful too.

dpack



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PostPosted: Sun May 05, 19 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

bird watch ( i need something jolly )

gable end soffit/fasia/roof corner

jackdaw.

most of today it has kept popping back and digging about in crevices, trying to stand on steep slates , trying to get under the eaves and either eating insects or having a laugh by dismantling bits and dropping them or something


as far as i have seen it has not gained anything by it's efforts but it has been very determined to do whatever it was doing.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Mon May 06, 19 6:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

They seem keen on chimneys, so I would be careful if you have one Dpack.

Saw the bluetit going in and out of the front forks for the tractor again today, as well as the leveret from last year. Beech leaves were really lovely in the sunshine, so just sat and listened to the light wind in the trees for a bit.

That was after I had sorted out pretty well the last of last years birch for besom making.

dpack



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PostPosted: Tue May 07, 19 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

the sammison saga develops.

yesterday two largish males did mobile, very mobile , combat for about an hour while 2 girls ate seeds and a third smaller one grabbed seeds when not chased away .
tonight a sammison ran into my foot and bounced off while changing location rapidly.

an extended family spat over territory, mates and food seems most likely of the poss reasons for Colosseum levels of violence in mouse town

an ecclesiastical schism regarding the cargo cult would be fun but seems less plausible

time to disrupt them by recovering the vintage guinea pig compost for the tomatoes

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Wed May 08, 19 6:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Sounds as if there could be too many sammisons for the territory now perhaps? I spent a little while watching bluetits yesterday afternoon. Not quite sure what was happening, as a couple were still popping into the nest hole, but a couple of times the pair of them came together outside and one fed the other. Think they were both adults, so perhaps renewing their pair bond?

dpack



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PostPosted: Wed May 08, 19 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

the schism might have gained a few % as last night only half the food was taken and there is a heap over the rest that if scaled up to human sice would have several telegraph poles and a 1/2 ton boulder among the lorry load of fly tipping

or it could mean there are less mice.

dpack



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PostPosted: Wed May 08, 19 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

if it was covering a food supply they wasted the effort as fat ankles the woodie had as rummage and scoffed the lot.

perhaps they will move and cache what they cannot eat today.

rainy here so plenty of invertebrate activity among the damper slithery and scuttley members although very little flying stuff

all the birds look damp and are sticking to the easy food rather than foraging for snacks in wet bushes.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Thu May 09, 19 7:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Even with the ready food supply, it sounds as if some may have gone off to look for pastures new.

A wren has taken up residence under the wheel arch of the charcoal kiln. It seems to be feeding young, so must have been in residence for a few weeks. During that time we have been having a firing a week, so presumably it doesn't mind the noise of the loading. That area doesn't get hot, so it is perfectly safe as far as that is concerned. Of course it had to use the wheel arch on the side the thermocouples are mounted, so a certain amount of scolding when it saw us there, but hasn't abandoned the nest. Bluetits still seem to be in the tractor front forks.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sat May 11, 19 7:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It seems another wren has taken up residence in the front forks of the tractor; in the other tube to the blue tit.

dpack



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PostPosted: Sat May 11, 19 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

how long before you can use your kit again?

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sun May 12, 19 5:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We don't use the front forks. They came with the tractor, but make it too long to use in the woods. I think we might try to sell them soon, as I can't see us ever using them, but obviously not until the end of the nesting season. The kiln will probably be fired about once or twice a week, but won't be going anywhere until the wren had finished with the wheel arch.

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