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Bird and wildlife watching

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AnninGlos Report 20 May 2018 16:07

Been there. done that recently Jane only our daughter is 56 and it will be her third wedding so no long white dress for her.But she has a very nice outfit which only she and I have seen so far. Silky pleated skirt and matching top from jaques Verre.


Jane Report 20 May 2018 14:29

There is always 'one' Vera LOL Fancy there being so many Frogs in your'POND'
Did you scoop them up by hand? I have never held a frog. Not sure I would be too keen to be honest.This one certainly gave you the run around :-D
I havent seen a frog for ages now. A few years ago I would find one right by the back door!. They have a lake next door. I say a Lake .It is big enough to have a little row boat,so I think the frog must have come from there.

The birds are so busy making nests in the garden.Especially the Wood Pigeons . It must be exhausting . A few twigs at a time. Some so big too.

Glorious day again here today. How nice was it yesterday for the Royal Wedding. Just the perfect day and a perfect wedding . I thoroughly enjoyed it all on TV.
My Daughter is coming home later today and we are Wedding dress shopping tomorrow. :-D Wedding in December :-D I never thought it would happen LOL She is 35 ! Its all very exciting :-D


AnninGlos Report 19 May 2018 21:43

Vera, I now have a picture in my head of you running round chasing a uncooperative frog who didn’t want to leave home. I hope they all settled back in ok.


SuffolkVera Report 19 May 2018 20:34

I hope the cygnets hatch and survive OK. At least the fence will give them a bit of protection.

OH is away for a couple of days so I've been trying to do a few jobs I don't seem to find time for when he is around. This morning I decided to give the pond a clean; (I always feel silly calling a glorified bowl a "pond"). We had no frogspawn this year and I've seen no sign of life in the pond so I thought it would be a good time to clean it up a bit.

How wrong can you be? As soon as I started scooping mucky water out I had frogs leaping everywhere. Eventually I moved 7 fully grown frogs from this tiny bowl and deposited them in a damp, shady spot out of the sun. I cleared all the water out but I had trouble with one creature that was clearly the Frog Town village idiot. Every time I turned away he leapt back in and sat at the bottom of the now dry bowl just looking at me.

I don't know how there was room for 7 frogs in there as in this bowl there is a brick under the water as a ledge for a couple of small plants in pots, a grass and a marsh marigold, and there is also a chunk of rock that is there so that anything that lands in the water has some way of climbing out again.

Still, I am really pleased the frogs are there :-D.


AnninGlos Report 18 May 2018 22:07

I hope the final three survive Gwyn and the fence protects them.
Jane daft things birds, no road sense.


Jane Report 18 May 2018 20:24

Hopefully the fence that has been put up will now protect the nest and the 3 surviving eggs will hatch safely :-) Lets hope there will be 3 little Sygnets soon :-D

There are lots of kamikaze birds along the road .They must be making nests in the hedgerows . But they suddenly fly so low just in front of the car .I just have to grit my teeth and hope I havent hit one :-(. All safe so far :-D

Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 18 May 2018 15:21

I walked past the nesting swans earlier today.
They are right next to a footpath, but someone has given them the protection of a light wood fence, so dogs etc. don't disturb them. The pair don't seem to mind people standing quietly nearby and we were lucky to see the sitting bird get up to have a little shuffle and tweak of the nest. Sadly this showed that they have just 3 eggs now. We can but wait and see whether or not these hatch. The swans seem to have built up the nest, so that it stands well clear of the water now . Indeed they were still collecting and adding to it today.


Jane Report 12 May 2018 19:23

I have never seen a Merln Vera .That was lucky you got to see one :-D
We always had trouble with Wifi and phones in Dorset . Just not signal . Suffolk has been the worst place for non existant phone signal .You really would think by now everywhere would be ok to be able to use a mobile phone . Monkey World sounds amazing . I have seen the programme a few times. I am not surprised you spent 6 hours there !!!. :-D :-D


AnninGlos Report 11 May 2018 18:08

Lol Vera I am sure that pleased him. Isn’t it always a culture shock to suddenly find yourself with slow WiFi? We had the same problem in Saundersfoot. Shame there is nowhere to eat in walking distance but it sounds as though you have had a good time. Safe journey tomorrow. :-)


SuffolkVera Report 11 May 2018 17:44

I did a long post yesterday only to have the internet cut out before I could press send. WiFi is very slow and intermittent here.

Ann we are in the middle of nowhere 3 or 4 miles from Corfe Castle. The biggest problem is not having a pub or restaurant within walking distance so we have to take the car in the evening and OH has to stick with one small beer. Sadly we have to go home tomorrow.

We haven’t seen the merlin again but there are plenty of other birds around. Lots of sparrows, chaffinches and blackbirds and we have had some yellowhammers fly in front of the car, but I haven’t seen any starlings.

Yesterday we went to Monkey World. You may have seen their television programmes. They rescue damaged and abused primates from labs, the pet trade etc and they are a main centre in the European Breeding programme for endangered apes and monkeys. OH adopted an orangutan called Amy about a year ago and is going to continue his adoption. We were able to see Amy and take a couple of photos. We expected to stay a couple of hours and stayed nearly 6 hours. A very enjoyable and instructive day.

I’ve been able to assure OH that his adopted “daughter” is just like him :-D


AnninGlos Report 11 May 2018 10:32

Lol Gwyn I always have a apicture in my head of the starlings flying off to notify all their friends where to have a good feed. But, yes, they are probably feeding. we don't have so many this year sounds as if they are all at yours!!

Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 11 May 2018 09:33

That sounds great. I've never seen one.
It's always so interesting when you catch sight of something unusual. I remember the excitement a few years ago, when an osprey visited a nearby town. It was around for days giving photographers and general public a rare chance to see such a bird in the south east corner of the country.

In the garden, there is a feeding frenzy going on. I put out water and another large suet / mealworm block late yesterday evening and it's half gone already. About a dozen starlings were jostling for a place at the block earlier, then each flew off returning after a quick trip away, presumably to feed young nearby.


AnninGlos Report 10 May 2018 12:42

that was lucky Vera, what a pity you didn't have your camera in your hand. Maybe you will see him again. Where in dorset are you? We love Dorset and have been every year for about 6 years but so far have no plans for this year. Daughter's wedding is taking an extra week of travel for us. Have a lovely time.


SuffolkVera Report 9 May 2018 18:20

We’re in Dorset at the moment and have just seen what I think was a Merlin. Looked out of our bedroom window and sitting on the fence below with its back to us was a small bird of prey. By the time OH got his camera it had flown away but I was able to see the colours clearly.

It was definitely not a kestrel so I wondered about a merlin, googled and am sure I was right. I don’t think I have ever seen one before.


AnninGlos Report 7 May 2018 16:59

It is fine here Kandj, birds and gardens go together. it is just good to hear from you and to know that you are tackling the nettles etc. Listening to the birds in the evening, especially the blackbird who seems to sing forever is wonderfully soothing and I hope it is helping you a little. It is 35 degrees in our garden according to the garden thermomemeter, it is sheltered so no doubt a bit higher than outside it. We were down Gloucester docks today and spent a lovely 15 minutes sitting by the water, Until a young family arived and proceeded to feed the seagulls. No wonder we can't get rid of them. Anyway we moved off. Do keep in touch we all think of you all the time.

Jane at least they were allive when you got them there. Being given them was probably something with your other half knowing things medical!!! :-) :-)


kandj Report 7 May 2018 14:43

Not read back but wanted to say "HELLO" to you all. I'm still finding life difficult to say the least but I'm trying to keep busy and still wading through red tape and challenges

This heatwave is too much for me (not grumbling) it is a tonic after a long cold Winter.
Early morning and later when the sun isn't so fierce is fine for me. I sit outside and listen to the birds sing which is beautiful to hear. All busy nest building/interesting.

I am back to digging out the nettles and brambles down at the bottom of the garden which have been neglected and so I am getting stings and scratches right now!
Sorry, perhaps this should be added to the garden thread but I hope it's ok here?


Jane Report 5 May 2018 13:02

Its always so sad when you hear of this happening. I hope the 4 remaining will hatch.

Some years ago now my friend brought me 3, just days old Moorhens that had been washed out of their nest. I have no idea why she thought I knew what to do LOL . But after looking up and trying to contact RSPB etc, I was told to try scambled egg but watery and try and get some down with the aid of a dropper. I had a dropper but had no luck with feeding the poor little things. Eventually I got hold of a bird rescue tel number and the lady said if I could get the birds to her she had an incubator . So off I went with the fragile little things in a box and I drove as fast as I dared to Northampton about 16 miles away where we met in a carpark and I handed them over with graet relief. They were still alive :-D. I never did find out if they survived or not. But I never want to have to do that again !! I was a wreck ! :-S

Bats were out here last night .I sat out while they flew overhead.It was lovely :-D


AnninGlos Report 5 May 2018 12:15

Oh that is sad Gwyn, hope the four left still hatch but what a shame about the lost two. Keep us updated.

Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 5 May 2018 10:14

A pair of swans annually nest near here. Many local people look forward to them building and apparently they had 6 eggs this year, which Mum was sitting on.

Last Monday we had such torrential rain and wild conditions for much of the whole day, so much that the water level rose and swamped the nest, which meant the eggs were loose. Local people managed to catch some of the reeds and stop 2 more eggs being lost, but there are only 4 left now.
I do hope they manage to rear all of them.


SuffolkVera Report 4 May 2018 21:20

Don't worry Jane, I'm hanging on to my sparrows as they are about all I get :-D