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Offline sujay Reading The Glass Guardian by Linda Gillard
18 Jan 2012, 01:53 PM | Post: #41

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We have plenty of foxes, and the occasional badger, but very rarely see hedgehogs recently. Sad I will still join in though if I manage to spot any. Smile
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18 Jan 2012, 11:25 PM | Post: #42

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They even want mention of squished ones
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19 Jan 2012, 12:56 PM | Post: #43

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That's interesting - we had a hedgehog under an old chest of drawers at the end of the garden for a little while but I don't know if he's still there. Will try and remember to look out for him soon - spring probably comes later here than further south in the UK but we've had a very mild winter so far.
There are foxes around where we live - our house backs on to an old railway yard which has never (yet) been built on and I think they live there. But the most trouble we have is with magpies in one of our trees. They make a terrible noise, attack other birds and they used to follow one of our cats around squawking at him until he got really cross and killed one, and now they leave him alone at least.
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19 Jan 2012, 01:18 PM | Post: #44

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We have loads of magpies that drive me insane with their squawking, but I sat and watched a peregrine falcon chasing them the other day. He missed on that occasion but it was fantastic watching him chase them.
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We saw a large, healthy-looking hedgehog wandering through our little olive grove yesterday, and I at once thought of this thread. Smile

We've a small flax (NZ native, not the linen flax) in view of the lounge/dining area. It's in flower at the moment, and a lovely tui (native bird) pays frequent visits the sip the nectar. The top of its head is coloured bright orange from the pollen.
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This post was last modified: 24 Jan 2012 08:56 PM by Fozzybear.
Am very interested in local wildlife and do a lot of wildlife watching on a stretch of river near my home so this is right up my alley... in my garden hedgehogs are fairly regular night-time visitors in the summer and I have made sure there are holes in the fencing and places for them to hide away and material to burrow into, plus we get the occasional visit from the local foxes. Have also had some wood mice living in a burrow under a tree stump, including one very tame mouse that would let me get within inches of it and once took some proffered food from my fingers, and shrews around (usually just find their corpses though unfortunately). There's a resident flock of House Sparrows as well as Dunnocks, Robins, Blackbirds, Collared Doves, Starlings, Woodpigeons, Blue Tits and Great Tits. There are Sparrowhawks that regularly hunt here, black-headed gulls that are usually found flying around the houses and in the summer we have quite a lot of Swifts hunting overhead in the evenings. Occasionally we are visited by Greenfinches, Goldfinches, Chaffinches, Wrens, Magpies, Jackdaws, Carrion Crows and Song Thrushes, plus on one occasion some Redwings that feasted on the berries on my ivy. Also have heard Cuckoos from my house and sometimes see flocks of birds flying over the house going to and from the reservoir a few miles south of here: Cormorants, Little Egrets, Grey Herons and various gulls for the most part.

Interesting insect-wise have found Hummingbird Hawk-moths, Ruby-tailed Wasps, devil's coach-horses, lesser stag beetles, harvestmen, Woodlouse spiders, false widow spiders, common blue damselflies, holly blue butterflies, speckled bush crickets, centipedes, carder bees, hairy-footed flower bees and bee flies.

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24 Jan 2012, 09:26 PM | Post: #47

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That sounds like a wonderful garden you have.

Don't forget it's the Big Birdwatch Weekend coming up.
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24 Jan 2012, 09:28 PM | Post: #48

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Woodlouse spiders are scary !! met my first one last year.
Apart from a big rat, there hasn't been much mammal activity through my garden. A wren has become a regular visitor recently though Smile

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24 Jan 2012, 09:44 PM | Post: #49

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Thanks Joo. Missed the birdwatch last year so must do it this time! Cool photo of the woodlouse spider, I've got a pic of one in my garden but it was hiding in a snail shell so not very clear! Got a good pic of the Devil's Coach-horse after I rescued it from the bird water dish though (they can be very vicious so I used a stick to get it out... I'm not stupid! Wink):

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and this was my tame wood mouse by its burrow:

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Wow, the first one is a scary hollywood monster movie insect and that mousey is just delicious.
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