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Big garden bird watch

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 21:26

Did you tick the 'other' box for the cat Daintiness...

I've taken that too far haven't I?

I'm getting stir crazy with all this rain....


Posted: 26/01/2014 at 21:21

No need for that language archie...


Overwintering lilies

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 21:19

With the mild winter KT it may even be the new shoots beginning to appear. They can be quite reddish. A pic would help identify them though if you can manage it. It won't do any harm leaving the stalks on.  If you're worried about drainage with all the heavy rain, try moving them nearer a house/shed/garage wall to keep the worst of it off, or giving them shelter from other plants if that's not possible. Getting the pots clear of the ground is good advice. All these things will help prevent saturation.  

Big garden bird watch

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 21:09

Yes nut - they had a box for ticking that said 'other' 

Which reminds me- in the section they had for visits by wildlife which were hibernating- they had hedgehogs and frogs etc- but no bats which I found really surprising. I had a little bat here regularly on  summer evenings but he didn't have a box for ticking 

ffb- at my last house we had tons of wildlife of all kinds which was wonderful, but the one I worried about, if I didn't see him, was the young robin who  had his little route to the feeders  and particular spots to sit in. 


Posted: 26/01/2014 at 19:25

Verd- we only have to look at your avatar to know that you're not bonkers - just slightly 'different'....

Big garden bird watch

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 19:18

nut - that LBB would have been the 'great crested Verdun'. Never lets anything get in the way of it's dinner....

How strange that the dunnocks don't come to the food you put out. Mine seem to lurk nearby and are at the food before I'm half way up the back steps! Maybe yours need to go to Specsavers...

Type in my last post was rather odd...

Big garden bird watch

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 19:10
Lancashire Lass wrote (see)
We are lucky 'cos our dunnocks DO come onto the bird feeder! We seem to have two that have paired up already, and a third one that is trying to get in on the act. Apparently they are the most promiscuous birds of any. The males often mate with several females and end up feeding chicks in several nests.
Naughty dunnocks...
Do you have one of the feeders with the cage round it LLass?  I've got one but it's not great - the cage needs to be bigger because the starlings and magpies can just shove their heads in and reach the food.  I've not seen dunnocks use it but I wonder if they'd go on one of those as there's a bit more 'perch' to sit on?  I'm sure they used the bird table regularly at a previous house.


Posted: 26/01/2014 at 18:33

It's ok  BL. Daughter's bolognese  with lovely papardelle is ready now and it's not put me off at all! 

When I worked with horses we used to have metal feed bins and occasionally we'd get rats in them, although over time we eradicated the problem completely. It was a bit horrifying though,, on a dark winter's morning, to open a lid and find a couple of huge rats chomping away! 


Posted: 26/01/2014 at 18:18

As opposed to 'your uncle' Nadger....


Posted: 26/01/2014 at 18:07

We found a drowned squirrel in a large pot at last house - think it was my dad's big glazed pot which doesn't have holes in the bottom. I don't know  if it was the same squirrel  that ran across the grass straight into the pond a few days earlier...not too clever - but it was very funny!  It's a bit horrible to see them dead though chick - even when they're vermin. 

Lizzie that's put me off my dinner.....

Just been checking out the first draft drawing from architect for the extension. What is it with men? Specifically asked for a window to be on  the back wall of the  bedroom with the french doors, and not at the front.  What's he done...... sigh....

Fidget- it's ok. We know you're not bonkers really 

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