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What on earth is doing this?

Posted: 21/10/2015 at 21:06

That sounds intriguing! But do they tend to be "nice" presents, or are they the kinds of presents that cats sometimes bring back? I have an elderly aunt who feeds magpies with sausages. They stand on her feet while she feeds them. Could they be doing 'Artful Dodger' jobs for her around the neighbourhood in secret...?

What on earth is doing this?

Posted: 13/10/2015 at 01:26

Death Metal music cleared the garden of birds completely, probably not the best solution for wildlife in general, so Fairygirl, maybe limit it to something without so much growling and manic drums! But wow! The birds certainly know a Viking raid when they hear one coming!

Jo47, I couldn't do anything to frighten rooks like yours, they sound like they should be there and have been there for ever.


What on earth is doing this?

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 01:53

Thank you for all those suggestions LesleyT, I will get the water pistol (Super Soaker) ready, if I need it after I've played Amon Amath out of the window at them Fun Fun Fun

What on earth is doing this?

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 14:52

Ah, the rooks! Those are the things doing it then, we do, definitely get rooks visiting - very rarely pidgeons. We have magpies, so they may have a beak in it too. Thanks for that.

Anyone know what they are being attracted by? Is it particular plants or something else that feeds on the plants that they are after? I know that both are omnivores.

What on earth is doing this?

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 17:07

No Squirrels or jays near as far as I know, the trees that are close to the garden are unfortunately conifers (though I would love to re-plant with oaks or chestnuts).

Perhaps they are not burying, but digging something up? Slugs? Leather-jackets? Oh wow that would be a fantastic creature, worth every plant re-potted!

What on earth is doing this?

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 01:59

A sinister something has (following up on my recent sheep raid) been whisking my  Lupin and Hellebore yearlings out of their pots and flinging them around, all over my yard. It definitely isn't the sheep, since the gate is now shut, and I have even looked up the trees to see if there are any hiding somewhere.

The pots are recycled yoghurt pots (the larger ones) so it must be something quite unnervingly big to have shaken the roots and the soil out. It hasn't been windy, so that doesn't explain it, and the dog wasn't left out that night. None of the plants have had damage to their foliage, but some have had their roots sort of dug at and spread out. Has anyone else ever seen this sort of thing happen, or better still, know who or what the culprit might be?

Indelable marker pens for real?

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 01:40

Thanks Poly-anthus and Busy-lizzie, I'm looking into the laundry marker options.

The straws could be good too. I used to use lots of colour coding for organising myself at college, so something like that would fit my way of working well.

Indelable marker pens for real?

Posted: 30/09/2015 at 17:09

I've ordered two pencils through the link recommended by pansy above. One black one green (to try out if the colours are hardier than the black). I think the only way to be sure is to try them. I'll get some pens too. I will do some rubbing lightly with salt, for coastal conditions, and leaving in the sun and the freezer with a few samples to start off. I'm thinking some secondary labelling system might help, but I'm still puzzling over a system, but I'll let everyone know what I find out.

Blood moon....

Posted: 30/09/2015 at 01:40

Well done Bob, you have cheered me up again with your public spirited photography. Maybe I will let another eclipse happen soon after all...

Blood moon....

Posted: 28/09/2015 at 22:13

yes, I noticed Venus Jo, I wasn't sure what it was it was so bright, then I remembered the term 'morning star' and it was obvious. I wondered for a moment if it was some space tourists here for the eclipse, then I remembered that they are more interested in watching our traffic jams going in and out of cities, in their big black triangles.

Oh, and just to add a confirmation that mud moons are bad luck - someone left the gate to the field open after the event this morning, half a dozen rams got in and dessimated my 2 wisteria and my liriodendron. I am not surprised that there won't be another, similar, event like it until 2033. I might just about have got another liriodendron seedling to flowering size by then. Also, strangely, I had a dreadful argument with my husband... probably the moon, and the photograph of it through his camera FROM INSIDE THE FIELD!!

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