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Re: Visitors

Posted: 6 Sep 2019, 4:54pm
by mercalia
seems like Natural England in their war on birds also supplied licences to kill moorhens

http://jasonendfield.weebly.com/home/na ... their-eggs

Re: Visitors

Posted: 7 Sep 2019, 9:00pm
by 100%JR
mercalia wrote:seems like Natural England in their war on birds also supplied licences to kill moorhens

http://jasonendfield.weebly.com/home/na ... their-eggs

Seems to be a justifiable reason to me?

Re: Visitors

Posted: 19 Sep 2019, 12:59pm
by mercalia
nice youtube video of squirrels


Re: Visitors

Posted: 19 Sep 2019, 1:24pm
by Oldjohnw
IMG_20190910_082129_011.jpg

Near Ullswater a couple of weeks ago.

Re: Visitors

Posted: 20 Sep 2019, 9:50pm
by 100%JR
mercalia wrote:nice youtube video of squirrels


Fluffy tailed Rats.

Re: Visitors

Posted: 30 Sep 2019, 10:02pm
by mercalia

Re: Visitors

Posted: 30 Sep 2019, 10:57pm
by 661-Pete
On the topic of unexpected wildlife encounters.

I nearly ran over a hedgehog a few nights ago. I was going along a residential street, slightly downhill in damp conditions, and fairly fast - and this hedgehog, quite a big one, was crossing the road, full-tilt, on a direct collision course for my front wheel. I had virtually no time to avoid it, I did my best, in the end I must have struck it with a pedal. I felt the jolt. By the time I was able to stop the creature had disappeared. I hope it wasn't badly hurt. I suppose they can live with a few broken spines. At least it didn't suffer the fate of so many hedgehogs on our roads - not yet!

One thinks of a hedgehog as a slow-moving, shambling creature, easy to catch: but this is not true. At times they can put on a good turn of speed...

Re: Visitors

Posted: 30 Sep 2019, 11:00pm
by kwackers

Re: Visitors

Posted: 30 Sep 2019, 11:07pm
by Tangled Metal
I had a similar close encounter with a duck and 8 chicks. Flat terrain but I had a bulk carrier truck 50cm behind me and making me cycle faster and faster to survive at the time anyway the duck doubled back into the bank but the chicks went between my wheels and into the bank safely. I meanwhile had to keep going another 100m before I could pull into a bus lay by and brake suddenly to catch my breath. Never did see the number plate or any way to identify the truck to complain.

I was however amazed to find that those chicks were part way to a cat's 9 lives. Not one died under my wheels or the trucks.

Re: Visitors

Posted: 30 Sep 2019, 11:25pm
by Tangled Metal
Other observations of animal encounters...
Rabbits squish under car tyres very easily due to soft body/ bones. Rats however are solid and feel like sleeping policemen.

I've been told you don't want to hit badgers, they're very solid and their skull doesn't really crush but get sent down the road leaving the squished body. It's also the case that after hitting a badger in the country you might not have actually killed it. The farmer who dug it up or poisoned it did that the chances are.

Deer can jump over a car bonnet but if they don't make it expect to get a replacement bumper and probably need your front end fixing too. There's a very good reason the red reflectives on posts direct headlights into woods they're a cheap deer scare.

Red squirrels are on steroids, at least in Cumbria they do. I don't know how close to them you've got but I once got half a metre from one and they've got muscles on muscles considering their diminutive size. Complete with little veins popping out. I know it was on steroids because the way it was angrily chatting away at us it could only be roid rage!

Mink are a beautiful creature and really a fierce hunter but they're not native to Britain. Do not release them from fur farms. They kill so much wildlife and not in a balanced way. Thanks to libbers doing that Garstang decades ago we've got mink around Lancaster area. Not good.

Stoats and weasels are a local species to Britain. They are also great hunters but sustainably. I've seen one hunt a shrew by scent. Heard the end of the shrew, very quick.

These ramblings are from a nature lover. I've seen some amazing examples of nature and natural behaviours, but I'm not romantic about it. Live then die is nature! Some I'm quite happy to help dispatch. Our dog took out a rabbit a year old then a few weeks later a rat. I knew there was a good reason for having her.

Re: Visitors

Posted: 1 Oct 2019, 5:40am
by Oldjohnw
Grey squirrels are lovely little things: they just shouldn't be here.

I understand that eighteen Pine Marten are being reintroduced to the Forest of Dean.

Re: Visitors

Posted: 1 Oct 2019, 8:28am
by Tangled Metal
Funny thing I learnt about grey squirrels was from a guy online from either side of the Canadian US border. Apparently he didn't know about uk grey squirrel problem. Where he's from the big issue is the grey's being out competed by foreign reds. The reds were bigger and better able to compete for resources so there was a legal take all you can, all year round for reds.

Obviously not our red squirrel species but it did confuse him awhile.

Re: Visitors

Posted: 1 Oct 2019, 9:22am
by NATURAL ANKLING
Hi,
Just recently had a few more bats fly into me in the dark, it always seems to be the same place, they must be leaving the roost somewhere there.(On the bike)
Not seen many deer lately.
Two young badgers the other night, unfortunately they tend to turn around when you're following them, one went forward and one went back , I was just getting ready to stop and lean against the post when they disappeared into the bush.
I have one hedgehog at the moment he has favoured my new boxes, Has stayed through the daytime several days this week.
Robins are around in the garden Waiting for food then getting chased off by blackbirds.
The blue tits are back but only occasional ones.

Re: Visitors

Posted: 1 Oct 2019, 9:25am
by Oldjohnw
I started feeding last week. A couple of blue tits and a single goldfinch. The robin has never been away.

Re: Visitors

Posted: 1 Oct 2019, 9:27am
by Cyril Haearn
Tangled Metal wrote:Funny thing I learnt about grey squirrels was from a guy online from either side of the Canadian US border. Apparently he didn't know about uk grey squirrel problem. Where he's from the big issue is the grey's being out competed by foreign reds. The reds were bigger and better able to compete for resources so there was a legal take all you can, all year round for reds.

Obviously not our red squirrel species but it did confuse him awhile.

A very familiar phenomenon, alien species driving out indigenous ones, - 1, happened to flightless birds in NZ etc etc