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dpack



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 27, 19 3:17 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

back to wildlife i saw another pic a nik wasp today, not a queen, a retired one looking for sugar in vain.

tis chilly and late in the season so i found it a bit odd

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 19 7:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You might find it useful to read up on the private lives of sparrows. I have been doing that with dormice, and apart from some apparently contradictory statements, it seems the objective is to pass the genes on, so siblings and cousins may help each other with sparrows.

The odd wasp is still around. They will probably continue until all the fruit and other sugars are gone.

dpack



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 19 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

the ideal thing would be to find a AI photo id thing that can deal with something as complex as sparrow markings but ....

the mk1 eyeball is pretty good at photo recon so i will give that a go for a start

i am getting to know the camera a bit better and the birds know me well enough to pretty much ignore me even up close

buzzy



Joined: 04 Jan 2011
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Location: In a small wood on the edge of the Huntingdonshire Wolds
PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 19 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I believe that several wildlife researchers use pattern recognition software to identify individuals (whale tails and seal heads come to mind). I think some programmes compensate for angular distortion. I don't know, however, if such software is commercially available.

Henry

dpack



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 19 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

it is cold, wet and november.

the foraging worker wasp i just saw looked a bit lost and hungry and very unseasonal

the tree leaves are starting to turn but autumn seems a long and late process this year

at the mo there are over 20 sparrows and one fat woodie gleaning the bits they drop from the feeder

no resident sammisons although i have seen the occasional scout.

we still have local rats, not resident here but at some risk of the free meals with my "typical serving suggestion" ie on the treadle of a fenn number 4.
hruuumph

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 19 7:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Rats are a nuisance, but they often seem to move on after a while. We had some in our yard in the wood for a while. I am afraid we had to resort to poison in the end, but were very careful with placement to affect as little as possible. I think they got the message they weren't welcome after a while.

The weather has been so bad lately that I haven't been out and about in the woods much, but expect the mixed flocks of tits and other small birds to be around soon. Far too many wood pigeons; when I walked across the far end of the woods last week I kept putting lots of them to flight.

dpack



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 19 5:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

a local wren popped by earlier, i recon they are around all year but they are easier to spot when the foliage is a bit thinner.

sparrows eating well

Slim



Joined: 05 Mar 2006
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Location: New England (In the US of A)
PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 19 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I saw some deer sneaking away, far enough that I just barely caught sight of them, as I went out to hunt my back woods this morning. Pretty exciting for me as I don't often see them (well, not while hunting) and this was my first day out for that purpose on my own land.

I'll be happy enough if that mental capture is the only trophy of the season, but I'd prefer to also stock my freezer!

Ty Gwyn



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 19 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

What game do you normally hunt in your area Slim?

Slim



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 19 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Personally, just deer and wild mushrooms

Other folks hunt moose, bear, ducks, geese, etc, etc, etc.... It's a long list for real hunters.

I've never taken a deer (yet) but would like to, we're all fans of venison in this house.

Ty Gwyn



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 19 1:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I didn't realise Moose were in New England,and the Black Bear I presume,

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 19 7:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I often see young wrens in the late spring/early summer as mum is calling them away from paths in the woods. They nest round the house too, so frequently hear them, but see them less often.

I saw 3 deer in the woods this week; we have quite a lot, but I think there is some culling done in the neighbourhood. Getting a licence for a suitable gun for deer shooting is not easy in the UK, so we have never bothered doing more than culling squirrels in the garden with an air rifle.

Slim



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 19 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Ty Gwyn wrote:
I didn't realise Moose were in New England,and the Black Bear I presume,


Yes, moose population is here, and their silhouette is on lots of tourist souvenirs, but there are some concerns that climate change is allowing damaging populations of winter ticks to build up and lessen their numbers. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/10/181017080814.htm

Yep, only black bear here, no brown bear - so walking in the woods is pretty safe, though there are very rare mountain lion sightings.
Maybe ten years back a 19 year old woman was killed by coyotes just over the border in Canada - also incredibly rare (the death, not coyotes generally - they're all over the place). The coyotes here have a strong proportion of their genetic makeup from wolf interbreeding, so they look like small wolves, not like the "mangy big fox" look of the western coyotes.

dpack



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 19 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

a small aside but roadkill alg is quite tasty, iirc moose are very similar critters.
in Sweden some folk shoot em but most just run em down in a volvo and sling em in the boot. the beasts have little road sense

moose, deer, coyote, wolf and bear are fun markers for a pretty good ecosystem

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 19 7:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I am glad to say that our markers for a good eco-system in the UK are a little less wild. I know that man has rid us of most of the big ones, but the little ones still give good indicators here and are a bit less dangerous, apart from the ticks.

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