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Offline sujay Reading The Glass Guardian by Linda Gillard
19 Mar 2012, 09:28 AM | Post: #81

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I will never forget a couple of years ago, seeing something dropping past the window and landing splat on the floor. When we went out to see what it was, there was a frog sat on the floor. A bird had obviously caught it and was flying away with it in its beak when the frog got free and dropped to the ground. My other half picked it up in a box and took it back to the common where there is a big pond to live another day. Smile
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This post was last modified: 19 Mar 2012 01:48 PM by Karen Wojcik Berner.
Poor frog! How wonderful for him to be rescued!

I saw my first rabbit in the garden yesterday. We are having an unusually warm week here in Chicagoland with temperatures hovering around 80 F, which is unheard of for this time of year, so all of the woodland creatures are out and about.

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24 Mar 2012, 08:53 PM | Post: #83

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There has been a lonely frog in my garden for the past month. He's obviously a bit love-lorn and has been calling for his (non-existant) ladylove all day.
On the other hand I saw a huge toad in the pond, and she had been busy. Necklaces of toadspawn decorating the pond weed. Hopefully the toadpoles will hatch and survive the fish!
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06 Apr 2012, 04:43 PM | Post: #84

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The pair of Collared Doves that I hand feed in my garden have a youngster out of the nest! It spent quite a bit of time around the garden today but I was a little concerned as with a lot of birds around I get a lot of Sparrowhawk activity in the garden. Well, just a little earlier I could see something brown fluttering about through the frosted glass of my back door and when I slowly opened the door I could see the female Sparrowhawk plucking the feathers from 'a' Collared Dove that was struggling madly with it! Omg The hawk saw me (well, I was no more than two feet from it!!) and she flew off, the dove then took off and bumped into the door, then went zooming off out of sight, leaving quite a lot of breast feathers behind. I didn't get more than a confused view so don't know if it was the youngster or the adult female I'd seen in the garden just a little earlier, or the male I hand-feed... or one of the many other doves in the neighbourhood. I had a good look around and couldn't see it or any other birds about. Hopefully the bird wasn't too injured to recover but shock may take it as it would have been a pretty traumatic experience. Feel really torn about it, sorry for both the Dove and the hawk as I really like the doves as I've really got to know the tame pair well but the hawk needs to feed too and may well be raising a brood as well.

One thing about living where I do, you do get to see a lot of Sparrowhawk attacks! I regularly see the Sparrowhawks flying overhead, scouting out the land for possibilities and being harassed by the local crows and have had VERY close encounters with the sparrowhawks on a number of occasions. Chris Packham would love it here.

Probably not the same female but this is the female I certainly used to see a lot of a couple of years back, here perching on my roof:

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07 Apr 2012, 10:17 PM | Post: #85

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The frogs are getting quieter here as the weather cools. The hawk is still busy around the pond, though, so there's something to catch.

A few minutes ago we were strolling in the garden, and a flock of eight or so native pigeons flew over. They're beautiful birds, much larger than the common-or-park pigeons, and are somewhat endangered, so it's lovely to see that our local population is growing.
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There's a new 3 part programme on C4 on Monday that looks very interesting. http://foxes.channel4.com/
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Young hedgehogs need fattening up for winter now, so put some water and seeds out for them, they'll reward you with a calling card.  
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Thanks for that joo, I will have a look at it.

On a different note, I am sat at the computer and looked out of the window just now only to see a heron stood on our neighbours roof looking round for something to eat! By the time I managed to get hold of my camera he had gone, but came back a few minutes later and jumped down onto a hedge and then into a garden for something he had seen. They gardens are very small and this one is surrounded by a six foot fence so not sure how he is going to get out again.
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We've got baby House Sparrows! Clapping hands

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Have been watching the parents feeding them over the weekend and again while I was sitting out earlier. Lovely sight!

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Awwwwwwwwww, gorgeous Big Grin
Young hedgehogs need fattening up for winter now, so put some water and seeds out for them, they'll reward you with a calling card.  
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Cute.

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