Latest posts by FloBear

Our own A to Z of our Gardening

Posted: 25/04/2013 at 10:29

Invertebrates in general - with a few dishonourable exceptions!

nesting blackbird

Posted: 25/04/2013 at 10:26

Muddy mare, have you ever seen that clip on one of David Attenborough's very old programmes where the tiny ducks leap out of a very high nest and sort of bounce when they land? Very alarming but I suppose they are so light that they don't come to any harm.

And, joy of joys, mummy blackbird is definitely sitting right down on the nest with just her eyes and beak showing

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Posted: 25/04/2013 at 10:21

Verdun, do really imagine there's any cake left? Put it near some gardeners and they turn into gannets!

Crumbs anyone?

Today I feel so happy....

Posted: 25/04/2013 at 10:18

Have just confirmed that mother blackbird is sitting again

And I have some seeds germinating  Lots to look forward to

Our own A to Z of our Gardening

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 17:15

Are we done with H?  If so, I would like to kick off I with iris. I love the early flowers of the reticulata types, the Japanese types (I think) that I have in my pond, and bearded as long as they are not too frilly. But my undoubted favourite is Iris sibirica. It's def. in my top 10 of all time

Pic. courtesy of Mr Google but I shall take some when mine flower.


nesting blackbird

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 17:00

Tina, don't say that   Not knowing about something and then taking the trouble to ask and find out is the way we all start.
My Mr B is fearless too when I'm digging and he has a mission to collect food. Luckily I'm a doggy household so cats tend to keep away - though my two young dogs had to be shut out of the garden for a day when the baby blackbirds were on the ground behind the berberis.

nesting blackbird

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 08:23

Tina, if you can find time to just sit and watch for a while (any excuse, I say!) you'll notice the birds carrying things in their beaks and heading in a certain direction or, if you're lucky, to a particular place.
Because the weather has been so awful I had hardly been outside so didn't spot the nest building activity; it was only when I kept seeing a male blackbird constantly picking up food and heading for my camellia bush that I realised there was a nest. They fledged last week and Mrs B. appears to be sitting in the nest again so there may even be a second brood on the way

new gardener

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 17:05

Ziminuk. This link is to the People's Trust for Endangered Species and talk about stag beetle distribution. There are also maps of recent distribution because the PTES have an ongoing survey where you report sightings.
I'm waiting for the larvae I accidentally uncovered last year to pupate then emerge, so I can report them. They were at least 2 ins long and very fat so I'm hoping for this year.

new gardener

Posted: 21/04/2013 at 21:19

Ziminuk, they could be chafer grubs / cockchafer larvae which are very like stag beetle larvae but don't grow so large. You might need to do an internet search to try and compare them though in photos it's very hard to tell the difference.

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