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Re: Wildlife Corner

Post by PanBiker » 08 Jul 2019, 20:05

Ideally, all gardens should have gaps or suitably sized holes in the bottom of fencing at each side of the garden perimeter to allow free passage of hedgehogs. This would aid them in not having to use the road in many instances.
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Re: Wildlife Corner

Post by Stanley » 09 Jul 2019, 02:00

The other thing to remember about hedgehogs before you get up close and personal.... The little buggers are usually stiff with fleas!
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Re: Wildlife Corner

Post by PanBiker » 09 Jul 2019, 09:33

If you give them free passage you would not need to rescue them. Just let them get on with their hoovering job in the garden complete with fleas. :biggrin2:
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Re: Wildlife Corner

Post by Stanley » 12 Jul 2019, 03:56

Two Red Mite on the workshop window cill enjoying the sun yesterday. Good job I have no hens!
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Re: Wildlife Corner

Post by Wendyf » 12 Jul 2019, 06:11

Those might be red spider mites which are plant feeders but they are tiny. Red mites, which trouble the hens, are grey until they have filled up on blood!

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Re: Wildlife Corner

Post by Stanley » 12 Jul 2019, 06:25

You could be right Wendy. They were bright red and reminded me of my experiences with Red Mite in hen huts years ago but as there are no hens anywhere near that I know of I bow to your assessment!
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Re: Wildlife Corner

Post by PanBiker » 12 Jul 2019, 09:26

Sally was in the front garden the other week and noticed a small cluster ball on the corner of one of the mesh covers I made for our raised beds. She poked it gently and it exploded into literally hundreds of spiderlings. They all fanned out in unison like flower opening in fast motion. They remained static for a couple of minutes and then all simultaneously gathered back into the ball, amazing to see.
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Re: Wildlife Corner

Post by Stanley » 13 Jul 2019, 03:20

Sounds fascinating. Never knowingly seen one.
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Re: Wildlife Corner

Post by StoneRoad » 13 Jul 2019, 21:06

Talking of young things - getting to see a few young birds now.

Some of them being shown the feeders we keep topped up all year, others far more independent ...

let me see. what's been about today.

Young male blackbird, still in his brown coat.
young greater spotted woodpecker.
various tits and chaffinches, which come and go so fast that a few have been recorded as lbj (little brown jobs)

Oh, and an adult male pheasant with several of his harem came around late afternoon. not sure how many ladies, for big birds they can move !
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Re: Wildlife Corner

Post by Stanley » 14 Jul 2019, 02:13

The birds are having a good summer, all this quiet mild weather and plenty of grub.
Noticed there have been a lot of wild cherries this time, even more food!
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Re: Wildlife Corner

Post by chinatyke » 14 Jul 2019, 07:07

We have a bird's nest in one of our large shrubs on our roof terrace. Happy to see at least 4 chicks hatched. I haven't identified the bird yet, it may be a yellow eared honey sucker but it will probably be something common like a sparrow! As Stanley said, it's lovely to see the birds doing well.

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Re: Wildlife Corner

Post by Stanley » 15 Jul 2019, 02:55

Or an LBJ......
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Re: Wildlife Corner

Post by Whyperion » 17 Jul 2019, 17:22

I have now moved, so the next door lot keep a bit of an eye out for hedgehogs- as I said though the gardens are bounded on all 4 sides by roads where even though the houses are all semi-detached the road drivers dont exactly drive slowly so getting off into the woods or farm is tricky- 80 metres beyond those is the M65!

I also found that large slugs were partial to cat food too, interesting as I thought in the main they would prefer vegitation but maybe as the garden plants tend to be Japanese maybe the slugs dont like the taste of them (why dont slugs eat Knotweed?), could also be that some cat food has, peas, beans or carrots added too it - I didn't think cats could digest usefully such material?

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Re: Wildlife Corner

Post by StoneRoad » 17 Jul 2019, 18:39

Very pleased to confirm the sighting of a greenfinch today on the feeders.

This is the first I've seen for certain for several years, the population crashed because of a fatal infection (bacterial, I think) usually spread in areas of high numbers, for example around bird feeders.
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