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Bird and wildlife watching

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AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 22 Oct 2013 09:21

I did notice on a thread on gen chat that Chris in Wessex had a lot of ladybirds some time last week. It is quite mild for the time of year so maybe that is why they are venturing out. :-)

Diamonds-R-A-Girls-Best-Friend

Diamonds-R-A-Girls-Best-Friend Report 22 Oct 2013 22:47

I have noticed ladybirds hibernating in the crevices of the double glazed window frames ............................... conkers don't deter them :-D

Lesley x

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 23 Oct 2013 08:47

We still haven't regained our birds after the visitation of the sparrow hawk, just a few collard doves and great/blue tits around.

Diamonds-R-A-Girls-Best-Friend

Diamonds-R-A-Girls-Best-Friend Report 23 Oct 2013 20:40

Did anyone hear about the false widow spider on this evenings news?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-24623652

Lesley x

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 23 Oct 2013 21:46

:-D the school my children attended when we lived in Lydney, I worked there for 3 years as a lunch time supervisor 73 to 76 and was secretary of the PTA all that time too, although it was called Whitecross School then. Didn't see any wildlife when I was there except teenage boys :-D

Jane

Jane Report 26 Oct 2013 19:26

Lesley,I have seen quite a few Ladybirds in the last week or 2.Mainly on the windows.
The Tits,Robins,Finches are still eating the Fat Sticks like crazy,and the Green Woodpecker is a frequent visitor at the moment.

I never did get any conkers :-| and there are some humungous spiders hiding around my house.My Sister came to visit on Tuesday and she used the downstairs loo.I heard a big shriek and she came haring out saying there was the biggest black spider in there.I think her screams must have frightened it off as it had vanished by the time my OH went in to deal with it.................It must still be in there somewhere :-S

kandj

kandj Report 27 Oct 2013 20:12

Jane, what a shame that you have missed out on the conkers this year.
My neighbour tells me that she keeps spiders away by using cotton wool soaked in peppermint oil dotted on the windowsills...... perhaps it could work for you and save your sister from being frightened on her next visit.

Jane

Jane Report 28 Oct 2013 18:28

Now I love the smell of peppermint .I might give that a go :-D.I found one very shrivelled up conker today left over from last winter.It was hardly recognisable as a Conker lol .
It was so funny seeing my Sister running out of the loo pulling her trousers up and screeching .

I just realised today I have gone through a 500g bag of berry flavoured fat sticks in the last 3 days!!!!.This is just in a window feeder .I just can't believe how fast it goes.The birds just pick one bit up at a time and fly off.I think i will have to start buying in bulk !!

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 28 Oct 2013 20:40

Still not got many birds. This happened the last time a sparrow hawk landed in the garden a couple of years ago.

Jane

Jane Report 28 Oct 2013 21:05

Ann ,they have probably gone next door :-D.I'm sure they will be back soon.I had the same here a few years ago when Murder was committed in the middle of our lawn :-(
I won't go into details but it wasn't a pleasant sight ,and then have to dispose of the 'body' :-| :-| (it was a Wood Pidgeon)It took a little while for all the little birds to feel safe again.

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 28 Oct 2013 21:45

Strangely it doesn't seem to have affected the collard doves or the wood pigeon or even the great and blue tits but haven't seen a sparrow since and we had loads.

Diamonds-R-A-Girls-Best-Friend

Diamonds-R-A-Girls-Best-Friend Report 30 Oct 2013 00:16

We and some of our resident birds suffered in yesterdays storm, we had birds nests strewn across the lawn and the fir tree that a pheasant roosts in came down on our garage, the pheasant was ok though I saw him sitting on the wall late yesterday morning after the storm:-D

How strange Ann that some birds have returned to your garden but not the sparrows:-S

kandj I like the idea of using peppermint oil to repel spiders, it could also double up as a room freshener:-)

Sadly this coming weekend is our turn for game shooting:-( I hope the covey grey leg partridge take cover.

Lesley x

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 30 Oct 2013 09:02

Lesley, so sorry that you suffered storm damage and also that the birds did too. We were very lucky there. Did the tree do much damage to the garage?

Strangely enough yesterday afternoon 2 sparrows visited the feeders so maybe they are venturing back. Hope so anyway. :-)

Jane

Jane Report 30 Oct 2013 18:41

Funny you should be mentioning Sparrows.I have seen more here in the last couple of days since I don't know when.
Oh Lesley it sounds like you suffered badly with that storm .Where are you in the country ?I hate the shooting season.We often see a Land Rover or some Four Wheeled vehicle with a roofed trailer dropping off men with guns just down the road,who then go marching off over the fields with their dogs :-S :-S.
I don't like it :-| :-|

Diamonds-R-A-Girls-Best-Friend

Diamonds-R-A-Girls-Best-Friend Report 30 Oct 2013 21:17

Our garage doesn't appear to badly damaged just a few ridge tiles and slates broken from were the tree hit first.

Strange how we keep hearing sparrows are on the decline yet we all seem to have plenty visit our gardens.

Jane I'm in Essex on the outskirts of Colchester, I too hate shooting season unfortunately my MOG (miserable old g-t) and our youngest daughter love it.
:-| :-| :-|

Lesley x

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 31 Oct 2013 21:11

That is good Lesley, about the garage. Better check it for leaks.

kandj

kandj Report 1 Nov 2013 15:48

Heavy rain, almost non stop here in Yorkshire for the past two days and the birds are few in number.

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 1 Nov 2013 16:03

Just very cold and damp here and also not many birds. I suppose they all huddle under cover to conserve energy and come out when the weather brightens.

Jane

Jane Report 1 Nov 2013 21:00

I'm seeing lots of Magpies again .Just in the last week.
They are often in the road pecking at road kill :-S

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 1 Nov 2013 21:06

Yes we have a lot too.