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Post by bigyetiman » Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:24 pm

Thats great news, looking forward to frog updates.
We are overrun with marsh frogs around this area, but we do have a healthy British frog population in the lake. that was one of the childhood joys watching the progress of tadpoles into froglets and being amazed at how much a tadpole could eat.
Hope your new pullets are taking notes
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Re: nature notes

Post by Marigold » Mon Mar 12, 2018 12:45 pm

Oh dear, this is worrying. https://www.theguardian.com/environment ... wild-birds
Is it better to feed the birds and risk infection, or just leave them to their own devices?
We have those screw-on plates fixed under the feeders which are good for catching waste seed and keeping the ground clean underneath, though this is largely to discourage rats. I do clear the waste from the plates fairly regularly but don't totally disinfect everything very often.
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Post by bigyetiman » Mon Mar 12, 2018 4:53 pm

Ours get cleaned once a month thoroughly. Like you ours are all hanging feeders, and mess underneath is minimal. This type of report seems to surface every so often. I would have thought it is better to feed them especially during the winter months and just observe basic hygiene.
For the Osprey fans, the 1st Osprey touched down at Rutland at 12 20ish, they are pretty sure it is Maya as bird went straight to Manton bay nest Excellent timing as it is day one of World Osprey week.
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Re: nature notes

Post by Marigold » Mon Mar 12, 2018 5:28 pm

That's great to hear. I must get out and clean my feeders.
Also good news from the ospreys. Any owl fans living in Norfolk might like to know about this too.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-43373447
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Post by bigyetiman » Mon Mar 12, 2018 5:52 pm

Went and saw it yesterday at Snettisham, went to Thornham first where it had last been seen, then sighs of relief when it was relocated. Stunning bird, and luckily it was behind a fence so no photographers could get ever closer and spook her. Only my second sighting of one on UK soil.The last being a very distant one in the port of Felixstowe. Had two Sand Martin around garden on Saturday
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Post by MrsBiscuit » Mon Mar 12, 2018 8:02 pm

Having followed the link I understand why HG wants to see one!

I am in Normandy at the moment and have seen what I presume are large egrets (certainly bigger than those I have seen before).

I also heard the bird feeding thing this morning. I do have mixed views, but where I am staying has feeders in front of the kitchen window. It attracts quite normal small birds, dunnocks, chaffinch, robins, greenfinches and more of this size/type, but it is a privilege to sit and see them about 2 foot away, behaving very normally, observing the pecking order and the way the breeds interact, without the need for binoculors and a big fuss.

We have our own giant centipede in Portugal. One night we were woken by noises in the night...in the house....in the bedroom....quite terrified....turned out to be said many legged thing caught in a plastic bag on the floor.....must get out more!
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Post by bigyetiman » Mon Mar 12, 2018 8:18 pm

If they were Grey Heron sized with orange /yellow bills they are indeed Great Egrets. Smaller ones with yellow feet and black bills are Little Egrets. Slightly smaller than Little Egrets are Cattle Egrets which also have orange/yellow bills.
I knew someone who had a giant centipede as a pet, I can imagine the noise they make, very creepy. I have dislike of Scorpions, I just don't like the look of them, I think it's the way they scuttle around and turn
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Re: nature notes

Post by Marigold » Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:02 pm

Little Egrets are becoming quite common round here, in North Hampshire. We can rely on seeing a resident pair on a water meadow next to the River Test here in Whitchurch. Beautiful birds.
I think the hedgehogs have emerged, judging by the characteristic smell coming from under the summer house, where they bred last year, which is driving the dog mad! I've started feeding them and it's disappearing every night, but of course it could be rats, that's the problem with feeding hedgehogs. Last year there was often hedgehog poo on the plate (disgusting manners but reassuring) but that hasn't happened yet this year.
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Re: nature notes

Post by Margaid » Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:19 pm

Anyone cleaning bird feeders or bird tables please make sure you wear gloves and wash your hands carefully afterwards. About 10 years ago I contracted Campylobacter - a "food poisoning" type illness. It was very uncomfortable and although I did not suffer from D & V it was quite debilitating and you have to take the correct antibiotic to get rid of it. I'm totally convinced that it was from handling the bird feeders with bare hands and I probably rubbed my nose or something absent mindedly before washing my hands. It's a virulent bacterium , it only needs a couple of cells to start it off - and you can't starve it out, the correct specific antibiotic is the only answer.
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Re: nature notes

Post by Marigold » Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:39 pm

Thanks for that, Margaid.
Makes me feel it's a really good idea to prevent chickens having any contact with wild birds.
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