Wildlife Appreciation Thread.

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Re: Wildlife Appreciation Thread.

Postby urbanite » Sat Jun 28, 2014 9:16 am

Dear friends,

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David Cameron and his cabinet are meeting to decide whether to give Syngenta an exemption on Tuesday. So we need to make a huge fuss right now - David Cameron needs to know how unpopular it would be to put one company's profits above the health of our bees and our ecosystem.

Can you sign the petition too? Click here to add your name:

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Re: Wildlife Appreciation Thread.

Postby roadtrip » Thu Sep 04, 2014 5:13 pm

Don't have pics, sorry. We have a park 3 blocks from the house. This year coyotes have come down from the foothills and prowl the streets at night, sleeping in the brush lining the creek bed in the park by day. When I have to get up in the wee hours to let the dog out I sometimes hear them howl. They will jump the fences to carry off small pets and the odd strawberry or tomato from the garden.
One night I heard an elk bugle too. Sent shivers up my spine!
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Re: Wildlife Appreciation Thread.

Postby roadtrip » Fri Oct 10, 2014 2:47 pm

We have two huge screech owls sleeping in the neighbor's willow tree during the day. My neighbor invited me and the grandkids over to see the female perched up there the other day. She eyed the youngest the whole time. She must be about 3 to 3 1/2 ft tall! The male is said to be even bigger!
We just got a new puppy, a sheltie we named Ciara. We make sure to keep a close eye on her when in the back yard.
I will try to get pictures, these are the biggest owls I've ever seen.
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Re: Wildlife Appreciation Thread.

Postby Sheltie » Fri Oct 10, 2014 5:21 pm

roadtrip wrote:We just got a new puppy, a sheltie we named Ciara.

Ooooh... and a photo of your puppy please :D :D
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Re: Wildlife Appreciation Thread.

Postby Crunchie » Sat Oct 11, 2014 5:17 am

Funny you mention owls, I've been woken up a few nights last week by an owl outside my window though I'm not 100% sure what species it is. I suspect it's a tawny owl as it's definitely not a barn owl and the other species we have in the UK are a bit rarer I think.

When I woke up I originally thought that one of my parakeets was having nightmares.
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Re: Wildlife Appreciation Thread.

Postby roadtrip » Sat Oct 11, 2014 4:13 pm

I was outside (with the puppy) at 2:30 AM and heard the owls calling to each other. With a full moon and autumn in the air, it was eerie.
It occurred to me that I should do some research, I just took the neighbor's word that it was a screech owl. I now believe what I saw was a Great Horned Owl. The hooting and screeches match what I've been hearing. The female is the larger also. I definitely saw horns on the one in the tree.
Tree trimmers came yesterday, and cut some of the branches in the neighbor's willow, so I'm sure the owls are not happy.

Sheltie, the only pics I have right now were taken on my phone which is older and not good resolution. I'll have my granddaughter take some, she is coming tomarrow. Then I'll just have to figure out how to upload them again.
Her full name is Dillys Ciara- beloved little dark one.
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Re: Wildlife Appreciation Thread.

Postby roadtrip » Mon Nov 03, 2014 7:14 pm

Haven't seen the owls lately. Ciara is sleeping all night now so I'm not out in the wee hours anymore either, so haven't heard them hooting to verify if they are still around.
I watched a show about coywolves recently, a naturally occurring hybrid showing up on the east coast that originated in Canada. I wonder if we will be seeing them here?
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Re: Wildlife Appreciation Thread.

Postby Crunchie » Sat Jun 20, 2015 6:53 pm

Found this rather plump lady in my garage.

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We've been walking our dogs along the canal recently and there's loads of tadpoles this year. Most I've seen in years.
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Re: Wildlife Appreciation Thread.

Postby Sheltie » Wed Jun 24, 2015 7:52 pm

Oh go on...kiss it Crunchie....please! I want to know if it turns into a handsome prince :lol: :lol:
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Re: Wildlife Appreciation Thread.

Postby Crunchie » Wed Jun 24, 2015 8:27 pm

I've tried that trick with my pet toads when I've been drunk I'm ashamed to say.

Didn't work. :(
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Re: Wildlife Appreciation Thread.

Postby Crunchie » Sun Jul 05, 2015 1:15 pm

Here's some common lizards for you all, I'd never seen one until today when we saw three at a nature reserve. :lol: They were quite sweet-looking and I think the larger one is a female while the slim one is a male.

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Re: Wildlife Appreciation Thread.

Postby DaveyTee » Tue Jul 28, 2015 10:16 am

Like the lizards, Crunchie! I've never seen any up here, with the only comparable creatures being some newts in our pond.

I'm not sure that I'm appreciating wikldlife too much at the moment. I like feeding our garden birds but a colony of pheasants now appear to have taken over and, being little more than brightly coloured hens, they do quite a good job of scratching up our lawn, leaving it in an even worse state than the moles managed last winter. And now we've got a family of sparrowhawks living nearby and they too see our garden as a feeding ground. One recently grabbed a blackbird (which put up quite a good albeit hopeless fight) and the large colony of sparrows that live in the hedge hardly dare come out - I've just seen one of the sparrowhawks follow one into the hedge and then fly off with it. The sparrowhawks are beautiful birds though - I just wish they were able to deal with the pheasants!

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Re: Wildlife Appreciation Thread.

Postby Crunchie » Tue Jul 28, 2015 11:01 am

We seem to have a lot of varied wildlife on the go at the moment, my dog rushed into the hedge at the back of our garden the other night and I was dismayed when she came back out carrying a hedgehog and promptly threw it to the ground in disgust before I could stop her. I put the mutts back inside the house and watched as hedgie uncurled and scuttled away seemingly none the worse for wear. We seem to have a hell of a lot of toads in our garden this year as well.

My parents have sparrows nesting in their roof but they've been attracting attention from magpies that got all of the first two clutches. The parent birds have just managed to get a third clutch fledged without the magpies getting them.

My partner and me went on a boat trip from Gairloch at the very end of June and we seen next to naff-all. The most interesting animal we seen was some puffins and the rest was all very common bird species so was a bit put out by that especially as it was £160 for the pair of us. Spent ten minutes at Channonary point afterwards and seen more in that time than we did on the boat.
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Re: Wildlife Appreciation Thread.

Postby DaveyTee » Tue Jul 28, 2015 8:10 pm

I've only ever once seen a hedgehog in our garden and that was an ill one that we took off down the road to the SSPCA. I don't know what happened to it though I think they passed it on to one of these specialist hedgehog organisations. As for magpies, I've never seen one in Angus although i have seen them in Fife. If you like puffins, try a trip out to the Farne islands where you literally have to be careful not to trip over them but make sure it's during the breeding season (May - July) as at other times they all stay out to sea. Lots and lots of guillemots as well.

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Re: Wildlife Appreciation Thread.

Postby Crunchie » Wed Aug 19, 2015 7:20 am

Didn't get too many photos this yearvbut we did see this tiny little calf that was still wrinkly.

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Saw the ospreys at Dunkheld as well but they were miles away.
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Re: Wildlife Appreciation Thread.

Postby Crunchie » Thu Feb 18, 2016 8:42 pm

We've moved to a house from our old flat and now I have a garden I can see from my lounge window. These guys are new as far as I'm aware though the little beggers have been eating the buds off of my trees. Also spotted a wee flock of long tailed tits passing through the back garden the other day so will need to get some feeders installed there too.

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Re: Wildlife Appreciation Thread.

Postby DaveyTee » Fri Feb 19, 2016 9:48 am

I've just been watching Mr Sparrowhawk sitting on top of the hedge that divides our house from next door. I don't think he got anything, but he certainly has a detrimental, albeit only temporary, effect on the number of small birds that normally take advantage of the food that I put out, and I have seen him (or possibly his larger mate) take a blackbird from the garden, though not without a fight. Another effect of his presence is to leave the food free for larger birds and at one point this morning I counted five pheasants, three jackdaws, a rook, two wood pigeons and a collared dove all happily hoovering up the food I'd put down, while blackbirds hopped around on the fringes. I actually rather like the crow family and have derived a lot of pleasure watching the rook in particular devise new and increasingly ingenious ways of getting to the food in the hanging bird feeders. A few days ago he managed to haul the fatball feeder up and off its branch and, when it fell to the ground, he seized and flew away with an entire fatball. I'm also fond of the family of greater spotted woodpeckers who are regular visitors to the peanuts and fatballs - was very sad last year when one of their young crashed into our greenhouse and broke its neck. All greenhouse windows are now smeared with some white opaque stuff to prevent that happening again.

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