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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 2:49 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

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Translate Long Tailed Tit then


Long Tailed Tit then - shame ash for the English, but thanksh for ashking.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You should probably get that seen to.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This lot are twittering away right now.



Black capped chickadee - I guess a sort of chaffinch?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2016 1:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pile of feathers in the garden this morning. Wood pigeon by the look of it although its cooing days are over. Maybe a fox got it more likely a cat though.

Not seen the bats yet but the pond has more spawn than Eighties Liverpool in it. No sign of any Newt eggs though. I thought the pair of smoothies i saw late last year might fancy getting Jiggy but doesnt look like it yet. Maybe they are too pissed, you know how they get.

Sure i saw a female Chaffinch this morning as well. There were a pair, one flew off as soon as i spotted them but it looked like a female was lingering. A pair of great tits (leave it) are fluttering around but im sure they arent nesting anywhere near. No sign of any blue tits though which is strange as last year there were quite a few
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2016 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You ought to try putting a milk bottle out for them!!!  



But this does throw up a question that has been crossing my mind over the past few years...

If milk still came in bottles with a foil cap - and was not homogenised - would the blue tits still have the knowledge and skill to get to the cream at the top, or, given that the apparent average lifespan of the blue tit is 1.5 years, has this feature now disappeared from the population?

Just wondering.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2016 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We've had a newts v frogs war going on in our pond for years now.

Newts are winning hands (feet?) down. You'd have thought the frogs would kick shit out of them, but the newts eat the frog spawn and the frogs don't eat the newt spawn.

Survival of the fittest in action.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2016 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I still haven't got used to them calling baps batches round here.

I also bought some 'Irish Fruit Loaf' at Tesco's on Sunday. I'm not sure why.

Anyway it was just full of raisins and currants like any other fruit loaf. I'm still mystified as to what gave it 'Irishness'.


Most Midland folk call them cobs.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2016 7:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My pond is full of toad spawn. If there isn't any cold weather (ice) it should do ok. Not seen the newts this year yet.

Did see a shed load of black goldfish. I only stocked my pond with cheap orange ones so not sure what has gone on there. I know gold fish can start out black but normally go gold later on but a couple of these fish are 3-4 years old now and showing no signs of changing colour.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2016 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We or should i say the Mrs has two cats. So any bird in our garden is a dead on laying by the back door im afraid. Shame as i do like birds in the garden.
My mum and dads garden is full of them and they get all sorts flocking there to eat the many treats my dad leaves for them all. They have a white  Jackdaw that visits and a pair of ducks too with all the other common garden birds plus the odd Hedgehog.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2016 7:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We used to get a lot of hedgehogs in the garden but rarely see them now. Not sure what the reason is, but suspect that roadkill is a factor.
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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2016 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lovely bushy tailed fox poncing around the garden last night. Just looked at me with eyes that said "and who the fuck are you? before strolling off
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PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2016 5:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice goldfinch around today.

Also had a very very tame Robin coming about 3ft away whilst I was gardening unlike the one at the allotment which is very skittish.

Googled it and apparently the tame ones are true British birds whilst the skittish ones are from Scandinavia. Well bugger off back there and go and whistle to Abba that's what I say.
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PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2016 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spotted a sparrowhawk surveying the estate yesterday.  Not that uncommon hereabouts.

I probably see more red kites than sparrows.

Had a great spotted woodpecker pecking on my fatball recently.
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PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2016 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

* Checks euphemism dictionary. *
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2016 7:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

At least three entries i should think.

After a couple of months harmonious flirtation and endeavour our gold finches now seem to be squabbling like chuff. Wonder what over ?
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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2016 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cleaned the pond out this weekend. Hope the newts are grateful.
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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2016 9:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What newts do you have in your pond/garden?
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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2016 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

common newts.

A couple of times I have seen great crested - but always lurking around under logs and stuff. Rather than in the pond.
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PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2016 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

First sighting of a newt (smoothie) this week. Huzzahh
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 2:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bit of a thrill on Friday. looking out the bedroom window and a sparrowhawk wooshed across below my eye level over the front garden. I could see its eyes but in a moment it was gone. Watch out sparrows.

Nice to see the gold finches back yesterday as well. I thought they all migrated for the winter but only 80% of them apparently.


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