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Re: Wildlife Corner

Posted: 17 Oct 2020, 09:52
by Cathy
I’ve been watching some great ‘very short video’s’ of birds and other native animals feeding, playing, splashing and fighting, in the garden of Dave Arnold - Wildlife Photographer.
Love the Kookaburras.
Lots of excellent photos too.
Have a look 👀. 😊
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Re: Wildlife Corner

Posted: 18 Oct 2020, 03:18
by Stanley
Good pics Cathy.

Re: Wildlife Corner

Posted: 23 Oct 2020, 10:31
by PanBiker
End of an era. The Jackdaws that have been residing in the terracotta pots on Ash Grove are being denied access to their nest. There is a bloke on the roof fitting cowls to all three pots. I haven't seen anyone clearing out the flues though, there will be quite a lot of stuff in there as they have been in residence for the last three or four years at least. Raised a few chicks over that time as well. :sad: I will see if the pair come back when he has gone.

Later.....

The Jackdaw pair did return, I saw them this afternoon inspecting their former nesting spot now barred to access. They then searched each of the other stacks on Ash Grove looking for somewhere to start again I assume.

Re: Wildlife Corner

Posted: 24 Oct 2020, 03:05
by Stanley
Ian. You've reminded me of my flue many years ago. I decided to light an open fire in the front room and smoked the house out, the flue was completely blocked. I got my young mate Philip to come and give me a hand and it took us three hours, me on the roof with the rods breaking through and then sweeping from the top and Philip filling three back bin bags below. You wouldn't believe how much nest there was!
I mentioned it to Harold Duxbury and he told me that every heating season they got a call to Gill Church which I think was running on an old coke boiler in those days. The Jackdaws built in the flue every summer and due to the design of the flue it couldn't be guarded.
I like Jackdaws, such intelligent birds, but they can be a bloody nuisance!
By the way, I noted this year that the jackdaws that nest in the ventilation duct on the gable of the Pigeon Club have perfected the art of opening the aluminium louvres to get in and out. :biggrin2:

Re: Wildlife Corner

Posted: 27 Nov 2020, 06:40
by Cathy
My daughter saved lots of ducks while on a walk very early this morning . The ducks had no idea the 🦊 was eyeing them from the bushes.
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Re: Wildlife Corner

Posted: 27 Nov 2020, 07:40
by Stanley
That was lucky for the ducks but bad news for Reynard!

Re: Wildlife Corner

Posted: 27 Nov 2020, 09:24
by PanBiker
Upsetting the balance of nature there Cathy. I like ducks but I also like foxes and they all have to survive.

Re: Wildlife Corner

Posted: 28 Nov 2020, 03:23
by Stanley
Nice to see nature saving them though. The intervention was natural. Can't see how it upset the balance because it was not intentional.

Re: Wildlife Corner

Posted: 28 Nov 2020, 09:31
by PanBiker
Stanley wrote: 28 Nov 2020, 03:23 Can't see how it upset the balance because it was not intentional.
Cathy wrote: 27 Nov 2020, 06:40 My daughter saved lots of ducks while on a walk very early this morning
Reynard would have had a chance for his breakfast if not for the biped. :extrawink:

Re: Wildlife Corner

Posted: 28 Nov 2020, 10:19
by Tizer
Here's a threat to British wildlife. I hope they don't kill off our rare, native, freshwater pearl mussels which were sought by the Romans two millennia ago...
`Invasive quagga mussel found at Rutland Water and River Trent' LINK

Here's an article about our pearl mussels: Guardian

Re: Wildlife Corner

Posted: 29 Nov 2020, 03:03
by Stanley
Signal Crayfish and Ruddy Ducks as well? What was it that used to destroy the dykes by tunnelling into them? There's always a threat, could it be evolution?