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May Top Trumps....wildlife geeks step this way and get your spots in here!

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ArielThePiraticalMermaid Tue 01-May-12 09:37:30

I'll start - I'm hoping that someone will do better than an infernal wood pigeon and obnoxious noisy herring gull. Before the morning is up, hopefully.

And remember, cast ne'er a clout til May be out.

GrimmaTheNome Tue 01-May-12 09:54:32

I don't think I'm going outside today so all I've got is blackbirds and woodpigeons scoffing the suet block I lobbed onto the garden table.

ArielThePiraticalMermaid Tue 01-May-12 09:55:51

It's bright sunshine here! And the wind has dropped - glory be.

ExitPursuedByABear Tue 01-May-12 10:03:04

Signing in - although nothing to report - yet.

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Tue 01-May-12 10:04:10

Still wearing my clout! I get seen in in September, and she'd it like a carapace in June! It's pissing down in Framlingham. Absolutely no wildlife here whatsoever!

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Tue 01-May-12 10:06:19

Scrap that, I can hear a wood pigeon! confused

ArielThePiraticalMermaid Tue 01-May-12 10:06:58

Saggy, your second sentence is mystifying me.

Isn't a carapace a sea turtle's shell? confused

Northey Tue 01-May-12 10:16:13

<boggles at saggy>

Cowslips everywhere today, practically out of nowhere, glimmering softly on banks and verges.

Lots of flooded fields too.

ExitPursuedByABear Tue 01-May-12 10:49:15

Oh yes - I saw loads of cowslips yesterday but alway forget to mention flowers (as I usually can't identify them). They did seem to appear from nowhere.

Must walk down to the local pond at lunchtime to see if there is any frogspawn.

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Tue 01-May-12 11:12:53

Yes. <<wanders if I'm having a humour malfunction>>
I get sewn into my thermals in May, and keep them on until June. Hence shedding them like a shell! maybe I should have said exoskeleton
Can we go back to seeing squirrells on boats please? confused

GrimmaTheNome Tue 01-May-12 12:06:46

Just for you here or here ... seems like its quite commonplace grin

ArielThePiraticalMermaid Tue 01-May-12 12:13:09


iseenodust Tue 01-May-12 12:20:07

After yesterday's glorious sunshine the rain is back. Six goslings on the raod and one parent being extremely protective.

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Tue 01-May-12 12:32:53

grin @ Grimma! It's been tipping it down here today, I've just bought a hot chocolate and halved my takings!!

Northey Tue 01-May-12 13:09:20

Darling adventurous goslings!

GentleOtter Tue 01-May-12 13:13:12

Red kite, an owl, two red squirrels and a woodpecker but not all on the same day. That would be overload. and a rat at the bird feeder

GrimmaTheNome Tue 01-May-12 13:19:09

Hello Otter (I so so much want to see a real live wild otter...)

Lovely stuff but if not all in the same day then can't qualify for May TT grin. Not that we mind a bit of retrospection, but points only for fauna and flora actually spotted this month.

Northey Tue 01-May-12 13:26:24

Yes, and some people can be quite firm on the rules. Though who could possibly be cross with an otter?

EllieMcBellie Tue 01-May-12 14:40:19

Hi everyone

I've just seen a Great Spotted Woodpecker in my garden grin

YouBrokeMySmoulder Tue 01-May-12 14:43:19

ooh Ellie we have a ground woodpecker that comes to ours almost everyday - it is a very skittish thing but a lovely green colour.

GrimmaTheNome Tue 01-May-12 16:16:35

A ground woodpecker? Where do you live, YBMS? I googled 'ground woodpecker' and it came up with a Southern African bird, but that one is reddish not greenish.

AIBUqatada Tue 01-May-12 16:23:14

I'd LOVE to see an otter in the wild. Apparently there are some on our local river.

Once when I was swimming in a stream on Dartmoor a mammally thing flitted past me in the water, which could have been an otter. But I think it much more likely that it was a mink. I only had the tiniest glimpse.

That is a non-May2012 spot, sorry. ALL of the wildlife here has disappeared in protest at the lousy weather. I haven't had the smallest spot for days.

ArielThePiraticalMermaid Tue 01-May-12 16:54:06

This is my only best otter anecdote - I used to live by the Torridge in a house share with some friends. One evening one of my mates and I were sharing some beers by the weir, chatting and generally loving life, and one popped up in the river about ten metres away and stood on its hind legs looking around for about 20 seconds. We didn't move a muscle. It could have been Tarka himself.

<wipes eyes with nostalgia>

UnChartered Tue 01-May-12 16:56:53

i saw some 'Lady's Smock' on the edge of the woods today - the google-machine says 'late spring/early summer flowering', perhaps the flower knows something we don't?

GentleOtter Tue 01-May-12 20:33:12

<hangs head with shame for sneaking in April Top trumps> grin

Ok, today we saw two red deer, a swallow and five fat ducks pecking at a tired cyclist's shoelaces.

I miss the otter who lived with us for almost a year and then went back to the wild. We can hear the otters calling to each other on still nights, they work the tiny stream about 50 feet from the house. I hope our girl is one of them.

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