PF Spring watch 2017

Discussion in 'Wildlife Chat' started by rottiepointerhouse, Mar 20, 2017.


  1. Lurch-er

    Lurch-er PetForums Member

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    We got a pair of oystercatchers on the res on the farm looking like they're gonna settle down and nest again this year also there's a few couple of mallard definitely nesting
     
  2. kimthecat

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    We saw two buzzards not far from Slough last week , we're used to Red Kites along the M40 but were surprised to see the buzzards . An amazing sight .
     
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  3. Lurch-er

    Lurch-er PetForums Member

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    It's the opposite way round here we've got buzzards and hardly ever see red kites
     
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  4. rona

    rona Missing my boy

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    Saw a single House Martin yesterday
     
  5. Matrod

    Matrod Slave to a pair of OAP's

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    Found a queen wasp in my porch today, she was very groggy & slow so I'm wondering if she's just come out of hibernation, I thought they were all out now though. I caught her & put her outside, she stood there for ages so I fed her some sugar water & within 10 minutes she was off :) I think they're such stunning creatures.

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  6. Lurcherlad

    Lurcherlad PetForums VIP

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    Driving along a lane through a wooded area, spotted a Buzzard that flew across the road and onto a branch. Majestic! :)
     
  7. rona

    rona Missing my boy

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    Heard a Cuckoo today :)

    It's one day too early ;)
     
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  8. rottiepointerhouse

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    Saw our first Swallows on Dartmoor today :) Now we need to find a Cuckoo.
     
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  9. Siskin

    Siskin Home redistribution system

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    Heard a willow warbler for the first time and spotted a pair of Egyptian Geese in a field, don't see those every day
     
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  10. Matrod

    Matrod Slave to a pair of OAP's

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    The mason bees started emerging today, it was fascinating watching them come out, especially how quickly they chomp through the pulp.
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  11. sarybeagle

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    Found a bee on my wing mirror, it was v slow moving and fell off my hand without flying. So i mixed up water and sugar. S/he lapped it up and began crawling all over my hands. As it was gone 7pm and V chilly i popped it on the bug hut. It shot in a hole and stayed there. Hope it's ok?
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    Today we saw in 20ft of woodland clearing : brimstone x 1, orange tip x 2, red admiral x 2, speckled wood x3, large white x 1, peacock possibly. Just a patch of sunshine and butterflies everywhere and fighting and tumbling in mid air. I caught some shots. PhotoGrid_1492902638318.png
     
  12. wind1

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    Had a lovely walk in a Bluebell wood this morning.
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    The sun went in on the way back. Still pretty though.
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    I also saw some butterflies, I'm not sure what they are. Orange Tips?

    I'm guessing these were mating?
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    I've got loads of little LBJs fledging at the moment. Been amazing to watch.
     
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  14. Siskin

    Siskin Home redistribution system

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    Yes they are orange tips. The femals is white with some greenish patches under the wing
     
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    Went for a stroll in the local blue bell woods. Only 2 minutes from home and an old riding hack I used to do each weekend.
    The weather was perfect. Dappled sunlight, no breeze. Real heart warming stuff.
     
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  16. rottiepointerhouse

    rottiepointerhouse PetForums VIP

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    Beautiful photos @sarybeagle

    Finally heard our first cuckoo tonight despite the foul weather. Same place as last year but about 10 days later.
     
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  17. rottiepointerhouse

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    Heard our first nightjar last night but didn't see it.
     
  18. Jonescat

    Jonescat Don't do nothing. Do something.

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    Never seen or heard one but hoping to one day :)
     
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  19. rottiepointerhouse

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    We are very lucky as there seem to be quite a few in the area we walk although you have to be out late enough to see/hear them. This guy who takes fantastic photos walks quite often where we do and just look at what he saw this weekend - a red footed falcon :eek: - Morden Bog is one of our regular spots, we were there over the weekend and my OH did see a bird he didn't recognise but no idea if it was this one

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  20. Jonescat

    Jonescat Don't do nothing. Do something.

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    Not seen one of those in the wild either but I did know there was one in Somerset not long ago. We had a Hoopoe in Gloucestershire a couple of weeks ago - that was very exotic and lovely. Rubbish pics though as it was miles away.

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