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July Wildlife Top Trumps Drag Your Wellies from the Swamp

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I declare one common newt. Who's going to bring out the basking sharks?

violetwellies Mon 09-Jul-12 22:13:30

* fox (insert your own rude word) has had another three hens. Do suggests I leave them shut in for a few days. sad

violetwellies Mon 09-Jul-12 22:14:54

Dp, auto correct almost as swear inducing as fox

chixinthestix Tue 10-Jul-12 23:37:41

Sorry to hear about your poor hens Violet. I think once the foxes have been successful they'll keep coming back for another try so your DP is probably right.

I wonder where the swarm went Grimma? We saw one in a hedge on holiday last year and it stayed there the whole week.

NaturalNatures Wed 11-Jul-12 01:11:31

Golden Eagles grin 2 of them, out on a hike, walking down the road after taking photos of a white foxglove when this bloody great bird burst out of the hedge and flew onto a telegraph pole with another. They'd been eating rabbit. Absolutely huge birds but magnificently beautiful had eaten a pregnant bunny though

iseenodust Wed 11-Jul-12 12:56:45

Golden eagles - awesome ! Only seen one once - on Mull.

BadgersRetreat Thu 12-Jul-12 23:06:40

We saw two wolves by the side of the road a couple of weeks ago. They were really big! Not seen them in the wild before.

Disclaimer - I live in Canada so we have some pretty interesting wildlife

chixinthestix Fri 13-Jul-12 13:18:23

Eagles, wolves !! The July thread is suddenly starting to take off! What amazing things to see.

GrimmaTheNome Fri 13-Jul-12 16:45:20

Chix - yeah, but if those magnificent beasts present themselves, there's not much skill in spotting them - I still think your collection of insects is the best yet! grin

BadgersRetreat Fri 13-Jul-12 18:04:52

Haha yeah that's very true!

violetwellies Fri 13-Jul-12 21:24:42

Exceedingly envious of the golden eagle, not so sure I want to spot wolves, enough problems with old Reynard.

NaturalNatures Sat 14-Jul-12 19:27:43

blush hang on, sorry, there's rl debate over wether they were eagles/buzzards/owls pub debate sorry, insects and wolves are amazing though.

ExitPursuedByABear Sat 14-Jul-12 23:08:26

Very excited - saw a hedgehog in my Dad's garden this evening - but how sad is it that I am excited about seeing a hedgehog. Used to be commonplace - you don't even see the fecker squashed on the road anymore sad

violetwellies Sun 15-Jul-12 09:16:50

My esteemed dp days They are eaten by badgers, along with ground nesting birds. We have no hedgehogs, no gardens within half a mile (so no slug pellets)

violetwellies Sun 15-Jul-12 09:17:17


MooncupGoddess Sun 15-Jul-12 12:33:50

I just saw a spider entrap a large bumblebee in my conservatory, just a few feet away. It was a swift and terrifyingly efficient procedure, although the spider now looks slightly intimidated by the enormous lunch it has in store.

ExitPursuedByABear Sun 15-Jul-12 13:21:08

I have read about the threat to hedgehogs from badgers, but we have no badgers that I know of.

chixinthestix Sun 15-Jul-12 22:22:56

I didn't realise that, we have loads of badgers and no hedgehogs at all, perhaps that's no coincidence.

Saw the most beautiful little lizard in my garden today. I have a v nice potting bench with a shelf above it with small potted plants on it. As I stood potting up a container on the bench the lizard appeared from between the flower pots on the shelf and sat basking about 18 inches in front of my nose. It stayed for about 10 minutes, while I quietly carried on with what I was doing.

GrimmaTheNome Mon 16-Jul-12 11:26:01

I've seen quite a lot of squashed hedgehogs round here recently - I was wondering if there was some season when they're more likely to be on the roads, either searching for a mate or youngsters dispersing. ( I've only once seen one in our garden, but that could be because when the last dachshund was a pup DH blocked up all low-level holes to prevent escape).

Don't think its a badgery area.

ExitPursuedByABear Mon 16-Jul-12 12:22:45

Lizards! Basking!

That all smacks of sunshine and warm stones.

chixinthestix Mon 16-Jul-12 22:38:29

It was sunny here on Sunday! Ok well, mostly cloudy but a bit sunny and not wet . Back to normal this morning. Splish splosh.

Selks Mon 16-Jul-12 22:59:55

Saw a six spot burnet moth on the window at work, 'twas very pretty. Said I, to colleagues " oh look a six spot burnet moth!". I got a row of faces looking like hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm
at me...... sigh

GrimmaTheNome Tue 17-Jul-12 07:53:39

Selks - ah, we appreciate it though.

Yesterday we saw....compound eyes and antennae.

DH went aloft to deal with - as he thought - another invasion of mice. But finding a heap of little poops in one place (right under the apex of the roof) rather than scattered around, at my suggestion he brought them down to examine under the microscope. Definitely the output of insectivores so it looks like the soffit bats are coming a bit further in.

GrimmaTheNome Thu 19-Jul-12 14:22:15

Yesterday, a lot of shelducks and shelducklings. Also oystercatchers, redshanks, cormorants, swans - the usual estuary gang.

chixinthestix Fri 20-Jul-12 23:04:00

I love shelducks and the haunting sound that waders always seem to make. Been a bit short of decent bird spots here lately.

Sounds like your bats are making themselves at home Grimma. Still they are probably the least obnoxious mammal to have living in your house!

Saw another fab dragonfly today - a male broad bodied chaser, bright blue and v big. It sat nicely on a twig while I took a photo before zooming off. Then took DCs pond dipping in the nearby pond and found several huge dinosaour like dragonfly nymphs and a tiny newt. Fantastic watching the dragonflies ruthlessly hunting and eating the midge larvae in the bucket. Nature in the raw. Had to quickly rescue the newt and pop it back in the pond.

GrimmaTheNome Mon 23-Jul-12 13:15:37

Dragonfly nymphs are amazing - the top predator of the pond I guess. We first found one when dipping in an Exmoor stream, it was on a totally different scale to everything else we'd found, a water dragon indeed!

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