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Discussion in 'Wildlife Chat' started by Jonescat, Feb 26, 2019.


  1. Jonescat

    Jonescat Don't do nothing. Do something.

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    Over the last two days I have seen a Brimstone butterfly, heard a Chiffchaff singing and a Siskin has turned up in my garden (very unusual here). There is a frog in the pond too, although no frogspawn as yet.

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  2. rona

    rona Still missing my boys

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    Oddly, I saw a Siskin this morning too, not common here either.

    Yesterday I went to very large open woodland, I saw 4 Brimstones, 1 Comma, 1 Red Admiral and 2 which were either Speckled Wood (I don't think so) or Small Tortoiseshell but too far away for proper look.

    Also Bumble bees and Honey bees everywhere, particularly on the pussy willow

    Spiders all over the pavements this morning
     
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    Heard, then saw the Spotted Wiodpecker drilling into the tree trunk the other morning.

    Also spotted a Nuthatch in the bushes :)

    2 Yellow Wagtails have been coming in the garden for the last month - a new addition to the species that come to the feeding stations.
     
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  4. rona

    rona Still missing my boys

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    It's the start of the spring flowers here. Saw a Dog violet yesterday and loads more today. Also today I saw several milkmaids and an almost out bluebell, then there was this weird little wide strawberry plant with about 10 open flowers .....a bit early that one :D
     
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    rona Still missing my boys

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    One of our garden hedgehogs has been out and about for the last few nights, think it is the female so keeping fingers crossed the male has done OK too.

    Edited as I've just gone through last night's footage and we have a few clips with both of them so they have both come out of hibernation.
     
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    Can we see the clips of your hedgehogs, I would love hedgehogs in the garden but we don't seem to get them. I have a wildlife camera but have never seen a hedgehog on any of the footage.
     
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    I would love to share but I can't work out how to get the video on to here. I will have another play around when I get chance and see if I can do it.
     
  9. Jonescat

    Jonescat Don't do nothing. Do something.

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    Now that really IS Spring - I wouldn't have expected one just yet - good job you were paying attention :)
     
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  10. rona

    rona Still missing my boys

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    yesterday I saw my first two Orange tip butterflies, today my first Speckled Wood, so, already seen those, Peacock, Comma, Red Admiral, Small tortoiseshell, the odd small white and of course loads of Brimstone........that's before April arrives!!
     
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    rona Still missing my boys

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    I’ve not been able to resist working in the garden (despite still having jobs to finish indoors ;)).

    Was out there for a few hours planting and tidying and there was a constant humming and buzzing of bees :)
     
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  13. rona

    rona Still missing my boys

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    Stood by some willows yesterday and it was just a constant hum :D

    Hopefully they will have a nice long season :) (Just not too hot)
     
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  14. Jonescat

    Jonescat Don't do nothing. Do something.

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    We had a willow warbler in the garden this week - never seen one here before. The creeping comfrey is out and full of bees, and there was a blue tit in the cat run today gathering up cat fur for it's nest . Drove the cats mad. Then it hailed.
     
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    We have a Chiffchaff singing away in the Oak tree. He is very noisy too.:)
     
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    Two beautiful jays have been visitng our nut feeder every morning (my Dad reckons they're getting quite scarce now).

    At the weekend I started to dig over our veg patch, ridding it of a thick layer of couch grass. Felt SO glorious to be digging in that dirt, and all the birds came to visit and find their little insects! Yay for Spring :D
     
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    Jays are so attractive :)

    I have a number of regular visitors who usually bring their babies once they’ve fledged.
     
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    Yes, and it's lovely when you find those amazing little blue feathers after they've been by!
     
  19. Jonescat

    Jonescat Don't do nothing. Do something.

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    Such a gorgeous weekend - the bees are everywhere now. I am not completely comfortable with my Bee ID skills but I think these are:
    Female Hairy footed flower bee
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    Ashy mining bee
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    Peacock butterfly

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    Speckled Wood

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    Early Purple Orchid - my first orchid this year

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    Cowslips

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    Wild arum

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