Wildlife Corner

User avatar
PanBiker
Site Administrator
Site Administrator
Posts: 12198
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 13:07
Location: Barnoldswick - In the West Riding of Yorkshire, always was, always will be.

Re: Wildlife Corner

Post by PanBiker »

Stanley wrote: 25 Mar 2021, 06:00 The UK government announces that it is going to put in place an enquiry to look at the use of lead ammunition for sport shooting and expects an answer in 2 years.
This is classic kicking the can down the road. The facts are known already, lead is a poison, that's why it was taken out of fuel and new water pipes. Bird shot is a very efficient way of seeding poison into the environment, end of story.
Like you say, kicking the can. Split lead shot used to be the norm for anglers since Isaac Newton's time I reckon. It must be 30 years since it was banned and replaced by an inert lead substitute for all anglers. To all intents and purposes it does the same job and comes in the same size/weight combinations as its lead predecessor. In fact apart from it being a little harder in consistency and slightly lighter in colour you cant tell the difference. Why can they just do the same for game ammunition?
Ian
User avatar
Stanley
Global Moderator
Global Moderator
Posts: 66206
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 12:01
Location: Barnoldswick. Nearer to Heaven than Gloria.

Re: Wildlife Corner

Post by Stanley »

Quite Ian...... :good:
Stanley Challenger Graham
Stanley's View
scg1936 at talktalk.net

"Beware of certitude" (Jimmy Reid)
The floggings will continue until morale improves!
User avatar
Gloria
Senior Member
Posts: 2552
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 12:14
Location: Nearer the sea than Barllick

Re: Wildlife Corner

Post by Gloria »

Swallows arrived today in the lovely warm sunshine, April 7th last year and that was a week earlier than the year before. And on it goes, earlier and earlier, wonder when they will decide to stay over winter? Lovely sight.
Gloria
Now an Honorary Chief Engineer who'd be dangerous with a brain!!!
http://www.briercliffesociety.co.uk
http://www.lfhhs.org.uk
User avatar
Stanley
Global Moderator
Global Moderator
Posts: 66206
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 12:01
Location: Barnoldswick. Nearer to Heaven than Gloria.

Re: Wildlife Corner

Post by Stanley »

Lovely News Gloria, quite cheered me up!
Stanley Challenger Graham
Stanley's View
scg1936 at talktalk.net

"Beware of certitude" (Jimmy Reid)
The floggings will continue until morale improves!
User avatar
Gloria
Senior Member
Posts: 2552
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 12:14
Location: Nearer the sea than Barllick

Re: Wildlife Corner

Post by Gloria »

Got the odd butterfly fluttering about.
Gloria
Now an Honorary Chief Engineer who'd be dangerous with a brain!!!
http://www.briercliffesociety.co.uk
http://www.lfhhs.org.uk
User avatar
Stanley
Global Moderator
Global Moderator
Posts: 66206
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 12:01
Location: Barnoldswick. Nearer to Heaven than Gloria.

Re: Wildlife Corner

Post by Stanley »

I had a bee in the back yard, does that count?
Stanley Challenger Graham
Stanley's View
scg1936 at talktalk.net

"Beware of certitude" (Jimmy Reid)
The floggings will continue until morale improves!
User avatar
Gloria
Senior Member
Posts: 2552
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 12:14
Location: Nearer the sea than Barllick

Re: Wildlife Corner

Post by Gloria »

Everything counts Stanley.
Gloria
Now an Honorary Chief Engineer who'd be dangerous with a brain!!!
http://www.briercliffesociety.co.uk
http://www.lfhhs.org.uk
User avatar
Stanley
Global Moderator
Global Moderator
Posts: 66206
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 12:01
Location: Barnoldswick. Nearer to Heaven than Gloria.

Re: Wildlife Corner

Post by Stanley »

I heard Ravens referred to as 'The biggest perching bird in the UK'. Never thought of them like that before. Evidently they are thriving and extending their range.
Stanley Challenger Graham
Stanley's View
scg1936 at talktalk.net

"Beware of certitude" (Jimmy Reid)
The floggings will continue until morale improves!
User avatar
Gloria
Senior Member
Posts: 2552
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 12:14
Location: Nearer the sea than Barllick

Re: Wildlife Corner

Post by Gloria »

We have got otters in the river Lostock which runs about half a mile from us, how cool is that?
Gloria
Now an Honorary Chief Engineer who'd be dangerous with a brain!!!
http://www.briercliffesociety.co.uk
http://www.lfhhs.org.uk
User avatar
Cathy
Senior Member
Posts: 3730
Joined: 24 Jan 2012, 02:24

Re: Wildlife Corner

Post by Cathy »

Very cool Gloria, lucky you 😊
I know I'm in my own little world, but it's OK... they know me here. :)
User avatar
Stanley
Global Moderator
Global Moderator
Posts: 66206
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 12:01
Location: Barnoldswick. Nearer to Heaven than Gloria.

Re: Wildlife Corner

Post by Stanley »

Lovely Gloria. I have only ever seen sea otters up on the West Coast , never a river otter.
Stanley Challenger Graham
Stanley's View
scg1936 at talktalk.net

"Beware of certitude" (Jimmy Reid)
The floggings will continue until morale improves!
User avatar
Gloria
Senior Member
Posts: 2552
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 12:14
Location: Nearer the sea than Barllick

Re: Wildlife Corner

Post by Gloria »

I’ve never seen an otter Stanley.
Gloria
Now an Honorary Chief Engineer who'd be dangerous with a brain!!!
http://www.briercliffesociety.co.uk
http://www.lfhhs.org.uk
User avatar
Wendyf
Global Moderator
Global Moderator
Posts: 7397
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 12:26
Location: Lower Burnt Hill, looking out over Barlick

Re: Wildlife Corner

Post by Wendyf »

I've seen sea otters around Ardnamurchan but never in a river.
User avatar
Tizer
Global Moderator
Global Moderator
Posts: 15220
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 19:46
Location: Somerset, UK

Re: Wildlife Corner

Post by Tizer »

In an isolated spot on the west coast of Shetland we stood on a pebbly beach watching a seal floating just off shore and watching us. As we stood there an otter walked past us as if we didn't exist and strolled down the beach and into the sea.
Nullius in verba: On the word of no one (Motto of the Royal Society)
User avatar
Stanley
Global Moderator
Global Moderator
Posts: 66206
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 12:01
Location: Barnoldswick. Nearer to Heaven than Gloria.

Re: Wildlife Corner

Post by Stanley »

I think that's where I saw mine Wendy but it was a long time ago.
I'd have loved to see one 'stroll past me' Peter!
Stanley Challenger Graham
Stanley's View
scg1936 at talktalk.net

"Beware of certitude" (Jimmy Reid)
The floggings will continue until morale improves!
User avatar
Cathy
Senior Member
Posts: 3730
Joined: 24 Jan 2012, 02:24

Re: Wildlife Corner

Post by Cathy »

3F2DF7E8-5062-4DA2-9619-0187DEC84A27.png

To Sth Australians this bird is known as the Shrike or Piping Shrike. It is our state bird emblem and is on our state flag.
The Piping Shrike is not a real bird, but ask most Sth Australians to name our State bird and they would answer ‘It’s a Shrike’. The bird symbol on our State Flag is a stylised image of the White-backed Magpie, so the image we know as the Piping Shrike, is an interpretation of the White-backed Magpie.
It’s actually a Butcherbird (my pic is a Pied Butcherbird), they get their name from their habit of impaling captured prey on a thorn, tree fork or crevice, which then becomes their ‘larder’.
Butcherbirds are songbirds closely related to the ‘Australian’ Magpie.
Anyway... Beautiful, very striking and pretty aren’t they, this one graced my garden today. 😊
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.
I know I'm in my own little world, but it's OK... they know me here. :)
User avatar
Stanley
Global Moderator
Global Moderator
Posts: 66206
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 12:01
Location: Barnoldswick. Nearer to Heaven than Gloria.

Re: Wildlife Corner

Post by Stanley »

Are they the ones with the lovely bubbling piping song Cathy?
Stanley Challenger Graham
Stanley's View
scg1936 at talktalk.net

"Beware of certitude" (Jimmy Reid)
The floggings will continue until morale improves!
User avatar
Cathy
Senior Member
Posts: 3730
Joined: 24 Jan 2012, 02:24

Re: Wildlife Corner

Post by Cathy »

I would say no Stanley, but then I don’t know how to describe birdsong. Best you 👀 it up on YouTube. The videos I have looked at are too long to send.
I know I'm in my own little world, but it's OK... they know me here. :)
User avatar
Stanley
Global Moderator
Global Moderator
Posts: 66206
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 12:01
Location: Barnoldswick. Nearer to Heaven than Gloria.

Re: Wildlife Corner

Post by Stanley »

:good:
Stanley Challenger Graham
Stanley's View
scg1936 at talktalk.net

"Beware of certitude" (Jimmy Reid)
The floggings will continue until morale improves!
User avatar
Whyperion
Senior Member
Posts: 2467
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 22:13
Location: Stockport, after some time in Burnley , After leaving Barnoldswick , except when I am in London

Re: Wildlife Corner

Post by Whyperion »

Wondered if it was a separate thread somewhere for bird watching.

anyway today out of mums window, three magpies , one sort of chasing one other around the tree branches and down onto the bin store rooftop, then back again - either two males (or females) squabbling over territory, or squabbling over the third, possibly female (though they all looked the same to me), a Crow comes down between the two magpies and flaps them away , then rises back up to its perch atop the chimney pots of the flats opposite.

Yesterday not dissimilar, off for a walk - to the post office - via a footpath adjacent to mums local river, two male Mallards on the edge of the footpath up a small grass embankment, fighting like ali khan etc, bills into nipping the others wing, a definate female further up under a hedge apparently disinterested. Around to the post office , in and out the co-op and back down the main high street pavement on the other side of the river, looked across the river and the ducks were still fighting - with another chap taking a video on his phone of them.

Strangely in both instances there was no significant noise being made by the birds
User avatar
PanBiker
Site Administrator
Site Administrator
Posts: 12198
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 13:07
Location: Barnoldswick - In the West Riding of Yorkshire, always was, always will be.

Re: Wildlife Corner

Post by PanBiker »

Whyperion wrote: 09 Apr 2021, 12:30 Wondered if it was a separate thread somewhere for bird watching.
We already have a separate thread for Bird Watching here:

Bird Watching Sub Forum
Ian
Post Reply

Return to “Animals and Pets”