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Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 20 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Like bumble bees. I understand that aerodynamically they shouldn't be able to fly, but nobody told them that.

Have heard of a number of elephant hawk moth caterpillars around this year. Must be a good year for them.

dpack



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 20 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

report from bird town

the sparrow i just met was blatantly a male child of justin, it had a single white eye spot

that has implications, different in a clutch is fairly easy, generation to generation needs refinement of the criteria

dpack



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 20 6:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

ehm pillars vary from bright green to olive buff in colour

on rose bay willow herb they are usually green, on other things they can be more drab

not sure if that is darwin or diet

back to bird town i recon i need a set of secondary characteristics to allow for the child of markings in a rapid/AI identification of an individual.

maybe tis back to the feet thing for that, their feet do seem to be specific to the individual both in nature and wear n tear.

dpack



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 20 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

justin has had words with dik, bramble to neighbour's tree, he was quite bold on top but quite a few were lurking to back him up if it got messy
dik decided discretion was etc

the sparrows appear to have taken the treasury, dik will not lose much as he has not worked out how to perch and peck so he is reliant on sparrow spillage and will have to wait til they have finished dining anyway

dik the dishpig seems a little wrong as a wildlife name

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 20 7:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

If Dik is the robin, ours worked out how to grab onto a nut feeder and peck after a fairly short time. He will work it out soon.

dpack



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 20 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

pasty gull delux

well a sausage but

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 20 6:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

There used to be a theory in Portsmouth that if you threw a sandwich in the air it would never land, because even if there was a sky perfectly clear of gulls, one would always catch the sandwich before it landed. I would believe anything of gulls.

dpack



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 20 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

i will never believe they may be edible, again

a gift from a seal, who i gifted fish to, so it seemed polite to have a go

thinking of which, seals are charming and clever, it might have known what they taste like and been having a laugh and buying free fish

sea lions are fun as well, i was a bit cautious of owt with lion in the name but after we had got to know each other for a few weeks we were both happy playing in the surf and riptide
bob was far better than me at it

Shane



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 20 9:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Agree with you on seals. When I was in the North Sea, we used to get a seal that would lie on his back under one of our platforms and amuse himself by putting a fish on his belly and then swatting any gulls that were tempted by it. I used to go down to the cellar deck and watch - he knew full well I was there, and I believe he rather enjoyed the audience

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 20 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    



sense of humour does seem strong in seals

i have had dogs with a sense of humour, similar in many ways but seals might be a bit less "edgy"

gz



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 20 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

There is one in Stornoway harbour, Sammy (what else?!) escorts people when they go out in a dinghy to their boat mooring!
It is an odd feeling to have a seal swimming around the dinghy looking at you..but then we look at them 🙂

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 20 7:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

We were on the southern side of the Isle of Wight once and saw what at first we thought was a dog in the water, but it was a seal watching people walking along the path. Seemed to be enjoying the people watching, so yes, I think they do like watching us.

gz



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 20 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

We have wildlife on the Cavolo Nero
Not only small and large Cabbage White butterfly caterpillars but Cabbage Moth as well

dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 20 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Mistress Rose wrote:
We were on the southern side of the Isle of Wight once and saw what at first we thought was a dog in the water, but it was a seal watching people walking along the path. Seemed to be enjoying the people watching, so yes, I think they do like watching us.


the first one i got to know followed me halfway round an island, me on the shoreline ,it about 20 m offshore.
it seemed fascinated at seeing such an unusual creature as me

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 19, 20 6:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Gz, not the sort of wildlife you want unfortunately. I seem to have kept my cabbages fairly well intact this year by removing the eggs every few days, but the slugs and snails have made periodic attacks. The dry weather has helped the plants to grow through it, so luckily I now have cabbage, curly kale and the purple sprouters coming on nicely. The slugs nearly did for the beans too, but I have been picking a few French beans lately; about 2-3 months late.

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