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What sort of wildlife visits your garden?

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Another most enjoyable occurrence last night. During an advert break at 9.40 in the appalling 'I'm a Celebrity' programme, I'd made a cup of tea and got a mince pie. The outside security light came on, so I partially wound up the blind over the French Windows and there was a beautiful adult fox chomping on a few cat biscuits that the neighbours moggies had left. The fox stared at me, finished the snack and wandered off. I then put some dog biscuits out in the hope that it would return. 

Then a couple of hours later, at 11.40, I'd just logged off from browsing NS, and the light came on again. I jumped out of bed, pulled aside the curtain and unbelievably, there were not one, but two large badgers in the garden. One was eating the dog biscuits, and the other was at the base of the tree where the squirrels peanut box is situated, and clearing up the scraps the squirrels had dropped. 

They finished their supper, and scrambled up the garden and off into the night. 

It was wonderful to watch this happening barely a mile from the city centre, and I must visit Wilko's for more goodies for them.

Now I appreciate that some members detest foxes, as they have suffered heartbreaking carnage to lambs and poultry previously, as I have with losing ducks and hens in the past, but in my garden in the depths of Basford, it's a sight to behold.

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I wonder if Reynard was looking at you and thinking "Ey up. There's FLY eating a mince pie! These humans don't half scoff some rubbish!"

 

 

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Maybe he was Jill, but he won't get any of those I can tell you ! 

He's a choosy beggar, as the other week, I'd put out some dog biscuits, and as I was washing the dinner plates, I'd scraped off madams leftovers of mashed potatoes and curly kale, and plopped it on top of the biscuits. I didn't notice the light come on over night, but the following morning, I noticed that the biscuits with the potato and kale on we're still there, although surrounding ones had vanished. I removed the remnants and put out the biscuits along with fresh ones the following night, and they all were consumed .

Obviousley he was unimpressed with my cooking !

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Just been pottering in the garden, and filling the bird feeders,p in between the showers, and I noticed that a couple of magpies have been up in one of my small trees, breaking off small twigs with their beaks. Why go to all this effort, when there's stacks of small twigs strewn over the garden ? Any ideas folks ? Interesting to watch though. Trouble is, I'm glued to the kitchen window with cups of tea and fig biscuits !

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Deer.  Rabbits,  Red Cardinal birds, a very rare Bluejay. Humming birds.  The occasional snake, mostly none poisonous but there are some around. :ohmy:

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No idea if this is even remotely close but maybe the twigs from the trees are more pilable than the dried twigs on the floor?

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Turning into Johnny Morris here.

Two fantail doves.

A pheasant wafts thru' daily.

Two moor hens.

The heron.

The 14 sparrows.

And the bully robin.

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When I was young Yes I was once my uncle Ernie used to tell me that Fairy’s always lived at bottom of your garden I’m still looking. If any members sees these fairy’s please let me know. 

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Ponds make a huge contribution to the range of wildlife that turns up in the garden. Still a lot of frogs mating this morning. The spawn is being piled up into wobbly mounds. There are Great crested newts but only see them occasionally when clearing excessive weed growths. Giant water beetles and lesser water beetles are seen regularly and in Summer we get two types of Dragonfly. The herons will be down when feeding their young. Only seen hedgehogs twice in the last year. They used to live here until the dog drove them off. We get a wide variety of birds, being close to fields and a hillside. The birds are all playing territorial and mating games at the moment. Amusing to watch :biggrin:

In France it is a very wild garden. Deer, wild boar, pine martens, fox, adders and salamanders and a wide variety of birds - even a parrot feeding on the Monkey puzzle tree last week!...must have been an escapee? 

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22 minutes ago, mary1947 said:

If any members sees these fairy’s please let me know. 

 Here you are Mary. They come to visit me every day. You have to creep up very quietly, if they spot you....they disappear into the undergrowth.:)

 

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We have one at the bottom of our garden. It's called 'Nuff'....................  Yup it's fairynuff   ;)

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Sounds like he's made his (GN)ome down there Brew

 

Rog

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Wild Boar, Ibex, Tortoise, Snakes, a lot of birds, Swallows arrive in March, Grasshoppers or Locust not sure which.

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Lots of lizards, a few snakes (don't know what type but I'm told they're not venomous), various rodents (the dogs tend to keep those in check), an occasional wild pig (dogs deal with them as well). Very few birds around - perhaps because the locals tend to shoot them. Lots of insects, particularly fireflies, bees (loads and loads because of the lavender fields near here), wasps, moths, butterflies, crickets and (most unwelcome) hornets. I was stung on the hand by a hornet once. I ended up in the emergency department - it was intensely painful - my hand swelled up to about twice the normal size and was like that for several weeks.

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