"Nature Watch (other than birds)"

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Re: "Nature Watch (other than birds)"
« Reply #570 on: February 25, 2021, 15:20 »
First clump of frog spawn in the pond and the water is heaving with frogs.  There is a lot of loud singing at night and goodness knows what come daylight  :ohmy:

As you go past to let the chickens out, the revellers all dive to the bottom  :lol:

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Re: "Nature Watch (other than birds)"
« Reply #571 on: February 25, 2021, 15:38 »
I would have to move, absolutely paranoid about them.   Have had treatment for it.   But really no.  If I did by chance ever see one in the garden, I lock my self into the house, and got OH to drive it 5 miles away to a pond we know.    :ohmy:  Mrs Bouquet
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Re: "Nature Watch (other than birds)"
« Reply #572 on: February 25, 2021, 19:15 »
Some splashing in my pond yesterday - probably not my goldfish because there's only one left.  :(

Seems like the frogs think it's spring anyway.  :)
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Re: "Nature Watch (other than birds)"
« Reply #573 on: March 02, 2021, 18:52 »
My first butterfly of the year turned up today, a small tortoiseshell. Then a second about an hour later! The earliest in the year I've seen them here by about a month.
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Re: "Nature Watch (other than birds)"
« Reply #574 on: March 31, 2021, 19:08 »
Hello just found these in the garden Cowslip primrose cross,, jezza
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We often get whitetail deer jumping the fence into the back garden, but now we seem to have a doe that has taken up residence in the back garden. She is there multiple times a day, hops the fence if she sees us.

This type of behavior often means she has a speckled fawn that she is raising somewhere in the brush in the back garden.  We have not seen the fawn yet, but this has happened many times this year with various other neighbors.

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Re: "Nature Watch (other than birds)"
« Reply #576 on: January 27, 2022, 09:05 »
A couple of whitetail deer crossing the road in our neighborhood.  Several does crossed the road ahead of these two bucks.

Why are they called whitetail? When they run, the tail is up, and the underside of the tail is all white. It's probably an adaptation so they can see others in the herd when they run through the woods.
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Re: "Nature Watch (other than birds)"
« Reply #577 on: April 06, 2022, 17:50 »
I know they're 'birds' but we treat them as pets.  Every year FIL has a mother duck nest in the raised flower  bed round the swimming pool.  This year she has a brood of eight ducklings and they learn to swim in the water that has collected on the cover over the pool.  FIL bought some chick feed yesterday for them.  Mrs. Duck has four 'admirers' hanging around trying to attract her attention.  We also have a home made ramp built so they can get out the pool.

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Re: "Nature Watch (other than birds)"
« Reply #578 on: April 28, 2022, 20:27 »
I bought 8 Impatiens plants for Mrs. Subversive today. I didn't realize that when you buy 8 you get a bonus. See photo, look close in the center.

This tree frog appears to be one of our common ones. He hopped out of the plants when Mrs. S started planting.  I got him to jump on me, then put him in this small oak tree, near the vegetable garden and bird feeder.

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Re: "Nature Watch (other than birds)"
« Reply #579 on: April 28, 2022, 23:40 »
Id like a free frog with my purchases too  :D

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Re: "Nature Watch (other than birds)"
« Reply #580 on: May 12, 2022, 23:03 »
Two very different animal-related experiences today.

Looking for my sprinkler, I turned the corner down the path between two beds and came across a medium sized rat, busily digging up the chippings to get at the goodies beneath. It was facing the other way and the sound of a nearby rotovator must've masked my approach since it was blissfully unaware of my presence until I said "Oi, what d'you think you're doing then?" at which point it did a two foot vertical standing jump followed by a Scooby Doo-style scrabble and run. Most amusing!

The second encounter was more poignant. Driving back down the narrow lane from the allotment site there was a baby rabbit "playing" in the road, rolling over and over then coming to rest and repeating the whole sequence. After applying the handbrake and watching for a while it became clear that it was more like distress than play, so I walked up to it. It made no attempt to run away, so I gently picked it up, popped it in my open bag and motored round the corner to the local vet. Myxomatotis was the (expected) diagnosis and, with my permission, it was taken away to be euthanised, bless it. It weighed next to nothing and fit comfortably in the palm of the hand...only had the briefest glimpse of life, poor thing. I was so overcome I almost reversed into another car on the way out.  :(
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Re: "Nature Watch (other than birds)"
« Reply #581 on: May 27, 2022, 19:05 »
Baby fawn in our back garden today.

I realized this little guy was near me when I was working with some bamboo, and heard some movement nearby. I looked up, he looked at me from less than 5 feet away.  He came over to me, started touching my knees with his(her?) nose. He followed me around a bit, staying quite close to me. He seemed quite healthy, but very young. Body size about the same as a small to medium cat.

The mothers often go into our back garden areas to give birth (lots of cover, low risk of predators). The mothers leave the fawns to go forage, and come back at dawn to dusk time for nursing.

Wildlife experts say don't handle them, and I didn't. Just in case, I called the veterinary teaching hospital at the University of Georgia to get the numbers of a couple of local wildlife rescuers, in case mama doesn't come back.
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Re: "Nature Watch (other than birds)"
« Reply #582 on: May 29, 2022, 00:21 »
Baby fawn update:

Mom has been coming back to take good care of it.  The fawn does not approach us anymore (so we think mama has warned it off of approaching strangers).

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Re: "Nature Watch (other than birds)"
« Reply #583 on: May 29, 2022, 09:08 »
I have been trying to get a photo.
But failed miserably so far.

Every day for about six months or so now we get a visit from a blackbird that has a white wing.
It looks like one long feather is all white.

It loves the mealworms I think on my bird table, mostly the dropped to floor ones.
But so far has been very wary of any company, so not managed to get close enough.
It even evades my back of house cctv camera, that just does not capture it well enough.
I will keep trying.

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Re: "Nature Watch (other than birds)"
« Reply #584 on: May 31, 2022, 16:00 »
I spotted this moth pretending to be a dried oak leaf today. It was on my mailbox lid minding its own business. It is supposed to be a Purple Thorn Moth and tends to be nocturnal (although this one is clearly having a day-trip and ignoring that advice).
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