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by MrsBiscuit
Tue Aug 20, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: nature notes
Replies: 175
Views: 18404

Re: nature notes

We have been lucky with a flock of bee-eaters around here for the past 10 days. At first they were close enough to see the magnificant plumage but more recently they have taken to flying about en masse, making their distinctive calls (which is what alerts me) and then congrating on a tall, dead, tre...
by MrsBiscuit
Tue Aug 06, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Chicken Houses, Runs & Equipment
Topic: tips for hot weather?
Replies: 13
Views: 1793

Re: tips for hot weather?

Might be a good idea for light sleeper humans though, thanks Ellen!
by MrsBiscuit
Tue Aug 06, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: This is heartening
Replies: 55
Views: 4928

Re: This is heartening

And whilst the rest of Europe has record breaking temperatures and excess rain in some places, in Portugal we are experiencing the coolest summer for many many years, and rain in July and August which isn't the norm at all, in fact it hasn't rained here in either month for the past 6 years that we h...
by MrsBiscuit
Fri Aug 02, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: nature notes
Replies: 175
Views: 18404

Re: nature notes

And isn't that a shame? We all know habitat loss is a major factor in the decline of species, of all sorts. I watched a Gardner's World on wild flowers recently, saying that over 90% of meadows have disappeared in the UK. Such a shame, I used to go to the chalk downlands around Lambourn to see vast ...
by MrsBiscuit
Sat Jul 27, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: nature notes
Replies: 175
Views: 18404

Re: nature notes

They are spectacular aren't they, though I've not seen one for a few years now. Yesterday the pair of whatever raptors we have nearby were calling to each other as they wheeled about in the sky, seemingly just for the joy of it. I was doing a bit of light gardening, the sun was out but not scorchio,...
by MrsBiscuit
Wed Jul 24, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: This is heartening
Replies: 55
Views: 4928

Re: This is heartening

Rather strangely watermelons are grown about 30 miles away from here, nearer to Spain where its even hotter. They are very popular, routinely sold whole, and once we bought one which was so large it had to be transported home in the car with a seatbelt on so it didn't cause any nasty injuries should...
by MrsBiscuit
Sat Jul 06, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Croads, black and white
Replies: 4
Views: 650

Re: Croads, black and white

They do sound lovely, and commiserations on your loss of your earlier flock. How satisfying it will be, though, to watch a new batch grow up. They are beautiful birds, both colours.
by MrsBiscuit
Fri Jun 28, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: Welcome and Forum Rules
Topic: Hello I'm Shadrach.
Replies: 9
Views: 585

Re: Hello I'm Shadrach.

Hi Shadrach, welcome to the forum. I am a Brit, living in central Portugal. We have escaped the heatwave, but I know your part of Spain is suffering from the wildfires, something we also have a lot of experience of, so stay safe. I am very interested in chicken behaviour as well, because I think the...
by MrsBiscuit
Tue Jun 25, 2019 10:54 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: nature notes
Replies: 175
Views: 18404

Re: nature notes

The nightjar(s) have been churring the past few weeks, lovely sound. I didn't realise they were present on Ashdown Forest, I must tell a friend of mine who drives across it every day to work. We saw a glowworm outside this evening, but the real excitement was earlier on today. There were 2 lizards r...
by MrsBiscuit
Sat Jun 15, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: What an Honour
Replies: 9
Views: 1140

Re: What an Honour

We had a friend round to dinner the other night and he came with his 9 month old cross breed dog. He said she was a cross between the local sheep/goat guarding breed, and the same kind of animal from the next region. Frankly she looks nothing like either, and she is a blue merle, which I haven't see...

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