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sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 20 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

dpack wrote:
a slate on two bricks covered with earth, leave a hole as a doorway, that will make a fine hall for that young un.

best slug catchers work at night, and many need a nice place to snooze through winter

ponds should always have a ladder


DPack, I finally got around to building the frog hotel.



dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 20 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

a couple of buckets of earth to keep it frost free and a perfect hall will be ready for winter

sgt.colon



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 20 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Thanks DPack, I'll get some thrown on this weekend.

dpack



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 20 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

i have not checked the snaps yet, they were through a window but i got a full dining table series of grin in the yard.

it was not tweed on the table, by the fluff one of the young ones


back soon

dpack



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 20 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    



it has only had basic tweaks and is in the first few of about 250 snaps

as i adjusted settings there might be better ones

the ones of the pigeon watching from the shed roof when it could have slunk away quietly are rather odd.
brave, curious or dim?

i did not have time to swap to the 400mm lens but for web or print the image is big enough to work with

dpack



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 20 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

ps that is, probably, toad hall, frogs i am not so sure as to their choice of winter crevices

they are much flatter and often find impossible cavities

toads like a nice hall with enough, i was going to type head room , bum room and soft earth to adjust the door to suit the weather

dpack



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 20 11:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

having had a first look at the snaps of that it seems i have the full dining experience between sitting down and leaving the restaurant.

the quality would be better if there had been no window glass but the series is rather nice

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 20 7:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Sad it got one of your smaller birds, but amazing you got the pictures. Looking at that I am wondering whether the bird I saw daring the cars over a kill it was eating in the middle of the road was a peregrine. I know we have them round here as I saw one over the garden a few years ago, and it chased the rooks of the pylon tower just down the road.

Pigeons round here tend to fly low when the peregrine is about, so the one on the shed roof probably felt safe as they tend to come down from a height on their prey and need room to level out before hitting the ground.

Found a few interesting fungi around the yard yesterday. Magpie fungus in the wood itself round some brash, some amethyst deceiver and I think two types of puffballs; probably common and spiny. There was also another that I haven't identified, but we get quite a lot of. The autumn leaves are rather pretty as they come down, and we are at the golden/yellow/ green stage with the beeches at the moment, which I think is always the most beautiful.

sgt.colon



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 20 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Nice shot DPack. Is it one of the little birds that you know?

I'm happy with toads or frogs as long as they eat the slugs.

Talking of fungi, I can't remember if I've shared this photo before. I took it down the lane that leads to the allotments.



dpack



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 20 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

nice stump clump

having cleared the table it seems that grin ate everything except feathers and beak

dinner was one of this year's crop of sparrows, a female, hard to tell which family as the feather patterns are rather disrupted
i will see what has been caught on camera re id*

tweed is fine, the rest of them are perhaps a little more cautious and observant than yesterday, but they are still feeding and flocking about

the pigeons are acting like nothing happened even though one of them watched

*thinking of id, i might need to refine my eye marking plan with other characteristics cos several of justin's boy children have the same single
white mark at least to unaided eyeball

sgt.colon



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 20 9:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Thanks.

I think pigeons are just a little dim, well they seem that way to me.

dpack



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 20 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

i could not possibly comment

buzzy



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 20 1:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I think quite a few people feed kites. An ex-colleague has them coming to his bird table, and there is a farm just off the A1 near Peterborough where a larger feeding programme occurs.

And they do quite well on road kill!

Henry

dpack



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 20 11:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

i can do quite well on roadkill

oi kite, get orf my carrion

in medieval york (the viking to plantagenet years) they were foremost among street sweepers

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 20 8:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

When we were out and about the other day we saw two. The buzzards in the woods do a pretty good job of clearing up, to say nothing of badgers and foxes. Son once filched a daft pheasant that had broken its neck flying into a gate from under the eye of a buzzard that was thinking about it for dinner, but it made us a good one.

We seem to have a lot more buzzards that we did, so think raptors in general are increasing.

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