Your day's wildlife

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Flick of the Elbow, 17 Feb 2015.

  1. Heltor Chasca

    Heltor Chasca Out-Riding the Black Dog

    You got it in one. The RSPB vertical one has had the most success of the ones I put up. (Local wildlife charity) You can use the diagonal one if you can’t attach it to the trunk and only a diagonal bough is available. Leave it empty as the owls will choose their own bedding. Shelter from the wet, prevailing wind. When young owls are ready to leave their nest will inevitably fall to the ground. No problem. They can climb all the way back up a tree with their Velcro claws and beak. Maybe not into the box, but out of harm’s way into a roost. They exercise, practice and in a day or so will manage flight. Their biggest killer is other tawnies.

    Talking of ladders: I was up a ladder, screwing a box to a big oak tree and was surrounded by nosey, young steers. My colleague ran off leaving the cattle, 6 metres below me to nudge and shoulder the ladder I was perched on :eek:

    (Did you know that the famous wildlife photographer, Eric Hosking, lost an eye as a result of an encounter with a tawny?)
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  2. Paulus

    Paulus Started young, and still going.

    Very common across Australia.
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  3. Poacher

    Poacher Gravitationally challenged member

    Kept his sense of humour with his book title "An eye for a bird".
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  4. Dave 123

    Dave 123 Guru

    Cycling to work along the Coton cycle path this morning, out of the fog in front of me roll two tumble bushes.... turns out they had legs and black and white striped faces.
    One turned off, this one ran along for a few hundred yards

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  5. albal

    albal Veteran

    Potter around our beautiful harbour and park today: chiffchaff Redshank black tailed godwit wigeon curlew Brent Geese black Swan cormerant goldeneye gc grebe bh gull gbb gull long tailed tit oystercatcher.

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  6. Dave 123

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  7. Dave 123

    Dave 123 Guru

    And this determined soul this afternoon

  8. Reiver

    Reiver Ribbit, Ribbit.

    First frog activity of the year in the garden pond, 14 Feb (3 days earlier than last year.

    And today, first skylark singing in the dunes on our beach walk.
  9. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

    I heard these and couldn't resist going in to the farm yard to see my first lambs of the year .

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  10. Dave 123

    Dave 123 Guru

    The Peregrines are back at the central Cambridge nest site on the Pitt Building. Lots of food passes and plenty of noise when the two of them are there

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  11. gbb

    gbb Legendary Member

    An urban fox skulked out of the roadside, saw our car coming and disappeared back whence it came....with one rear leg obviously injured, it wouldn't put its weight on it (in the 5 seconds I saw it )

    Later in the day....several red kite, one right over our urban estate. You're as likely to see one round here as almost anything else.
  12. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    My first butterfly of the year, I think
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  13. Reiver

    Reiver Ribbit, Ribbit.

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    rich p ridiculous old lush

  15. philk56

    philk56 Veteran

    WAy down under
    A solitary Waxwing in Wheathampstead yesterday

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