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Wildlife in Garden (or thereabouts)

Postby Gerry Bullock » Fri Sep 05, 2014 4:26 pm

A couple of weeks back after not having any swallows all summer a group of 6 appeared and were immediately joined by several Blue Tits on the telephone line outside our bungalow. Swallows gone next day, most likely already en route to Africa.
I've seen swallows regularly use the cable when gathering for their migration.
In the 30+ years I've lived here I've never seen a Blue Tit on the cable.

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Two Swallows & three Blue Tits, there were upto 5 Blue Tits before I grabbed the camera.

A couple of night ago I took this photo of neighbour's garden, there were in total 12 badgers but light wasn't good enough to get a photo.

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This morning the result of what I believe to be a lone Badger visit last night. First time since we've lived here that such damage has been caused.

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Dragonflies are regular visitors at this time of year.

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At lunchtime today this colourful guy made an appearance.

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Postby Willow Creek Traction » Fri Sep 05, 2014 4:40 pm

Dragonflies are awesome.
What would the badgers have been digging for? I don't know much about their ways.
Nice pics.
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Postby Gerry Bullock » Fri Sep 05, 2014 5:21 pm

Willow Creek Traction wrote:Dragonflies are awesome.
What would the badgers have been digging for? I don't know much about their ways.
Nice pics.


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Postby chris stockdale » Fri Sep 05, 2014 5:55 pm

In our garden badgers go for the grubs of chafer beetles. The beetles are very pretty with bright green wing cases but the b...... Grubs scoff the roots of the grass, killing it unless you get your lawn treated. :evil:

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Postby Brack » Fri Sep 05, 2014 6:19 pm

An old forestry commission man once told me the way to wash your frying pan when camping out was to put it outside, away from your tent (at least 15ft, mainly so they don't try to come in) overnight. The Badgers will like it clean, removing the grease and pretty much any burnt on bits (according to his words) so all it needs in the morning is a rinse in the stream and it'll be good for breakfast.

I haven't tried it though.

Do you leave dirty pans out in your garden?

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Postby Steve Holland » Fri Sep 05, 2014 9:50 pm

My wife went wild at the wildlife in the garden when she saw these guys eating the geraniums.

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They are vapourer moth caterpillars, and there are warnings on the web about not handling them as the spines can irritate your skin. They have gone away to turn in to moths now and you will be pleased to know that the geraniums seem to have made a full recovery. I guess these caterpillars were the inspiration for punk rockers hair styles!
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Postby Larry » Sat Sep 06, 2014 4:46 am

I heard Sophie, our cat, yowling at something on the back deck

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