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dpack



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 20 10:05 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

they will be in there for the new growth at floor level once spring springs.

i have an ace bambi jerky recipe

dpack



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 20 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

wildlife and hunting can overlap if needs must but it can be impolite to mention that in the wrong place

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 20 7:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Sad about the squirrels Gz. Hope they manage to re-introduce reds once it has passed. I hear woodpeckers quite frequently, but can't usually tell where they are coming from exactly.

Slim, wildlife very rarely does come at the right time. Son thinks it does it on purpose and would thumb its nose at us if it had thumbs.

We have just had a report of a fallow deer near us, so have to keep an eye out for them, as the last thing we want is a herd of them as they are so destructive. So far they have mainly kept to the eastern side of our main road, with only the odd one spotted our side.

buzzy



Joined: 04 Jan 2011
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Location: In a small wood on the edge of the Huntingdonshire Wolds
PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 20 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Mistress Rose wrote:
Sad about the squirrels Gz. Hope they manage to re-introduce reds once it has passed. I hear woodpeckers quite frequently, but can't usually tell where they are coming from exactly.

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Reminds me of our walk on Monday. Group of us standing in a sparse clump of trees saying "It's behind us" "No, it's over to the left" "I thought it was on the right" etc etc. Turned out it was almost directly above us (which is what I thought, he says smugly!).

But are you sure your ears are working properly? Jaki and I used to have arguments about the direction of sounds, and she had hearing loss in one ear (not of all frequencies}. I have some hearing loss particularly of high frequencies.

Henry

buzzy



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 20 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Above post was referring to a drumming woodpecker!

Henry

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 20 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I assumed it was. They can be quite hard to locate, particularly as they will insist on hiding the other side of the tree that you are on, so you can hear but not see them.

gz



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Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 20 9:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It took two of us happening to be five metres apart to locate them!..then they flew across then down the garden from tree to tree

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 20 8:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

They do that too. Wildlife seems to delight in being difficult for humans. I suppose it gives them some quiet amusement.

buzzy



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 20 10:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Mistress Rose wrote:
They do that too. Wildlife seems to delight in being difficult for humans. I suppose it gives them some quiet amusement.


Not so quiet, necessarily, if the manic laughter from the Green Woodpecker is anything to go by

Henry

gz



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 20 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The Yaffle!! Haven't seen or heard any round here for a while

dpack



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 20 12:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

we had ten years with ,say,10 folk who noticed wildlife things most of the time in 30 + acres of wooded quarries and slopes.
as far as i know the many woodpeckers were seen no more than a handful of times although we sometimes knew where they were to the tree.

i must have lived in those woods for about 3 years in total and never saw one, in 60 years i have seen three but have often heard them near or far.

the thing with woodland is you can see the trees but only some bits of some of them from wherever you are and anything in a tree can be very close but out of sight from almost everywhere:lol:

i dont think they really try to hide from people, they make a proper racket on tree trunks and the ones i have seen were not bothered by me gawping at them, i recon tis mostly the dark side of the moon effect in 3D

another thing is that sometimes when they are hammering they are doing home improvements and/or checking the larder inside a hollow bit of trunk or branch which makes them rather difficult to see or even locate.

noise in woodland bounces around as there are few direct lines which makes location by hearing tricky, if you add contours, rocks, soft bits etc it makes it even harder.

to find a critter by sound needs a decent understanding of the soundscape of that environment

we even knew where some of them lived and still hardly ever saw one

Slim



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 20 2:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Bit different than a pileated woodpecker then? These guys like to find loud surfaces to bang on when it's time to get territorial/find a mate....

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 20 8:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We hear yaffles and greater spotted woodpeckers and also lesser spotted woodpeckers have been seen in a garden just down the track to the woods, so although we have only seen them once or twice on the track, we almost certainly have them too.

The greater spotted woodpeckers have two sounds; the drumming when they are staking out territory, and a fairly random and quieter tapping when they are hunting for food. Not sure which is used when dealing with nest holes, but we have a number of trees with soft parts in them, and there are excavated holes in some of them that must be woodpecker holes for nests. Later they are taken over by all sorts of things; hornets, bees, and I would think almost certainly bats.

Slim, our woodpeckers, certainly round here anyway, are quite content with drumming on trees. Yours may either have harder heads or better cushions between beak and head.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 20 8:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We were out in the coppice area again yesterday afternoon for a bit. It was really warm, and found quite a lot of violets coming into flower. As well as that there were a number of peacock butterflies, so think they may have all just emerged. There was also one comma butterfly, and saw two brimstones at a distance. Rather lovely yesterday in the sun, even if it made plodding up and down hill hard work.

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 20 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

bird town is a rather nice thing to have at the mo

mr brack has now got his full adult suit and orange beak, i will look back and see how long it took from romper suit to well dressed gentleman.

the boys from late clutches of sparrows are just getting their work gear on and have been drying hay, collecting twigs and fibres etc for a selfbuild housing estate.
i think some already have set up home and started a family.

the two woodies, see suspected moider by raptor, are getting fat and seem oblivious to owt but food

i think i saw one of the pippestrelles last night but it was a maybe fleeting view and it was quite dark.

big bumble arrived yesterday and is back looking for a nest site.

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