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Wildlife Appreciation Thread.

Postby Lothlorien » Thu Sep 06, 2007 7:42 pm

We have just been to one of our local pubs. It is a family pub with a large playground for the kids and tables on the grass outside. Most people (in fact everyone) sits in the pub or in the playground at the tables. But at the side of the playground is a flood bank for the river Idle and beyond that a cow field, a river and lots of woodland. So while everyone else is sat watching the kids play we take our fold up chairs and sit on top of the flood bank gazing with binoculars over the fields.
Well tonight just sat there for an hour and a half we saw...

1 Fox,
1 Buzzard,
8 Little Egrets,
30+ Redshank,
1 Green Woodpecker,
1 Kestrel,
5 Herons,
1 Cormorant,
A flock of Canada Geese,
2 Frogs,
1 Dragonfly,
And about 20 Rabbits.

The people down below were oblivious to all this wildlife around them.

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Postby anniebach » Thu Sep 06, 2007 8:27 pm

Nice one Loth :)
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Postby moira » Thu Sep 06, 2007 9:29 pm

Friends I made in Malaysia- mind you they weren't as friendly as I would have liked.

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Postby elaine » Thu Sep 06, 2007 10:06 pm

Excuse my ignorance..... but what is an Egret please??

When we climbed the hills behind Glenfinnan Viaduct we saw loads of Dragon Flies, haven't seen them in years, and usualy traveling north on the M80 near the Crowwood roundabout there are a couple of Buzzards, and in the Lenzie Moss area there are loads of wild geese in the fields.... :)

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Postby puffin » Fri Sep 07, 2007 12:00 am

elaine wrote:Excuse my ignorance..... but what is an Egret please??


A type of Heron - in this case the Little Egret which 20 or so years ago was a rare annual visitor to Britain in small numbers but has now increased, has become a British breeding bird and is spreading steadily northwards, including into Scotland, although you'd still be more likey to encounter them in England. They are delicate-looking little birds with pure white plumage and yellow feet, like they're wearing yellow galoshes!

See here for more facts and a pic.: http://blx1.bto.org/birdfacts/results/bob1190.htm
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Postby elaine » Fri Sep 07, 2007 11:22 am

Thanks Puffin.... not seen any of those..... :( Maybe one day i will..... :)

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Postby stevie_celt » Fri Sep 07, 2007 2:11 pm

Back in 1986 I saw a Little Egret at Breydon Water in Norfolk.Birders turned up in big numbers to see it. Now Little Egrets are everywhere. I've even seen one flying over Birmingham city centre.
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Postby Celtman » Thu Sep 13, 2007 8:36 am

When is the best time to put fat balls out for the birds
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Postby skyeman121 » Thu Sep 13, 2007 8:54 am

I usually put fat balls up around Octoberish before the onset of winter. I dont think there's any hard or fast rule though. The bird table gets replenished as and when along with a saucer of water :) Slainte
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Postby CURIOSITY » Thu Sep 13, 2007 10:30 am

Can anyone tell me why there are fewer oystercatchers around this year? I hardly saw any in Scotland. I did see a curlew having a bath along with a load of seagulls. Commmunal bathing :shock:
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Postby pamela55 » Thu Sep 13, 2007 12:58 pm

I saw an Egret last Sunday at the county dump.

I put the fat balls out, when the hummingbirds are no longer here. Usually October 1st. The hummingbirds show up in May and leave in September, and my feeder is right next to the deck. They are always taking shortcuts right over our heads under the canopy.

We live not too far from the Patuxent Wildlife Center, so when I drive cross the Anacostia River sometimes (it's an aviary flight path), I can see Great Blue Herons and loads of Egrets. There are also loads of deer. I saw two fawns feeding next the the road last week, and I worried for their safety.

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Re: Wildlife Appreciation Thread.

Postby Lothlorien » Thu Sep 13, 2007 4:28 pm

Duplicated Post. Please delete this one and see below.
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Re: Wildlife Appreciation Thread.

Postby Lothlorien » Thu Sep 13, 2007 4:29 pm

CURIOSITY wrote:Can anyone tell me why there are fewer oystercatchers around this year? I hardly saw any in Scotland. I did see a curlew having a bath along with a load of seagulls. Commmunal bathing :shock:


I was in the Borders on the east coast in August. The place was full of oystercatchers. Lots of curlews too.
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Postby CURIOSITY » Thu Sep 13, 2007 4:33 pm

I was in the Western Isles. I saw curlews and geese but there was not the usual numbers of oystercatchers.
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Postby Lothlorien » Thu Sep 13, 2007 5:14 pm

I took this picture of 3 oystercatchers while on holiday. :)

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Re: Wildlife Appreciation Thread.

Postby Crunchie » Fri Sep 14, 2007 10:00 am

We've seen a few oyster catchers this year. we have a pair that nest on the garage roof next to us but they never seem to have much luck rearing chicks (they tend to fall off the roof). This year they managed to rear one to fledgling stage though me and my dad were out in our housecoats one night trying to chase the chick away from the main road. We failed miserably and it wandered onto the road right in front of a car with an animal lover behind the wheel so thankfully it escaped. It eventually made its way across the road and got up onto the rooftops there. All three flew back to the garage roof a week or so later.

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Re: Wildlife Appreciation Thread.

Postby Lothlorien » Fri Sep 14, 2007 4:52 pm

Swift Chick Update.

I wrote to the editor of Bird magazine (a quarterly magazine sent to RSPB members) and told him the story of the swift chicks. I also sent him some photo's from day 1 to the day they flew. Here is his reply.


Dear Mr and Mrs Mannifield

Thank you for your e-mail and for the remarkable pictures. I have passed this on to the wildlife enquiries section, too, as they deal with questions about how to hand rear chicks etc (although we are not a 'bird hospital' we do get a lot of queries).

I have not heard of a successful attempt to rear such young swifts and would have said the chances of doing so were virtually nil: it is amazing that you did it! Well done.

I might not, however, use this in the magazine because it raises a number of questions (not least the legality of disturbing the nest in the first place) which might make that awkward - and we do not really want to represent ourselves as experts on such matters when we really aren't. It isn't the RSPB's role and we constantly have to explain this to people, so having such a letter in BIRDS might risk a bit of confusion. But please don't think I am belittling your achievement in any way: I think swifts need all the help they can get and this sucess story is a really heartening and remarkable one - brilliant.

Best wishes

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Postby pamela55 » Fri Sep 14, 2007 5:45 pm

Very nice Loth. Remarkable what you did.

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Postby Howard the Viking » Fri Sep 14, 2007 9:53 pm

A letter to be proud of!!!!!!
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