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Is my pond leaking?

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 21:47

Ours is a small pond. We now have 5 water butts because the level drops so much in the summer. But I'm having to top up more often at the moment as it has been so windy. I just have to keep telling myself it's not leaking, it is a small pond and any loss will be more noticeable than from a large pond. Just wish it would rain every night!!!

Small Wildlife pond

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 20:50

I pulled out a bit of blanketweed and some slimey type stuff the other day. (I had noticed a backswimmer attempting front crawl as he couldn't get around on his back in the weed). I just find it so difficult to 'leave at the side of the pond' because I know that it's full of mayfly larvae, beetles of different sizes and the odd dragonfly larva. So I then have to go through it all carefully to get most of the critters out. If I didn't put my reading glasses on I wouldn't even see them. then I worry about all the eggs I'm probably destroying. It's a worry this pond business. 

Where does all my Hornwort go? Have put loads in over the last year but never seems to carry on growing.

Frogspawn 2015

Posted: 31/03/2015 at 07:19

I went to a friends yesterday in Doncaster. She was very excited to show me a lump of spawn that had been laid overnight. So far, I have only seen one frog. Jealous! 

Swifts in decline

Posted: 27/03/2015 at 21:24

Last year there was a letter from a gentleman in our local paper complaining about the council's destruction of a known swift nesting site. Apparently the council were re roofing some local estate and changing the fascia etc. and in the process disturbed/damaged the regular nesting site which had been used for years. In response a spokesman explained that someone had surveyed the site before the work was carried out and they found no evidence of any nests or birds. Probably because they carried out the survey in February!!! 

Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 11:26

First thing this morning there were plenty of blackbirds waiting for their raisins, starlings, blue and great tits, spuggies,  dunnocks, robin, stockdove and chaffinches. 

Now all is quiet. Probably due to the Sparrowhawk sitting on the fence!

Remember to wash your bird feeders

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 20:50

I find the goldfinches are very messy eaters. The blue and great tits pop on the feeders, grab a sunflower heart and fly off. The goldfinches seem to enjoy throwing a few about before they find the 'special' seed. I sprinkled a bag of compost over the seed spillage under our holders in an effort to stop the greenfinches eating off the ground. 

Rat spotted

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 21:33

A long time ago I was in the kitchen and the door that opens upwards above the cooker hood was moving slightly and I could here a bit of movement. I banged on the door and something scuttled off. When we investigated it appeared a rat had come up the wall cavity and chewed into the extractor fan pipe. Then when it arrived in the cupboard it chewed its way out of the pipe. We only kept light bulbs up there so it must have been the cooking smells that attracted him. I just thank goodness that it didn't drop out into the kitchen!

Rat spotted

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 20:59

We have them come under the fence from te overgrown land at the back of us. They are after all the bits of sunflower hearts that the birds drop. I tend to think that as long as there is food over by the fence they won't be coming over to the house. Hopefully!

We once had a tall pole for the feeders and they managed to scale that. I wondered where all the muddy streaks were coming from. 

 

Sparrowhawk

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 20:52

A keen birdwatcher I know told me that a large percentage of sparrowhawks die in their first year of starvation. They can't catch enough to eat. 

I agree Fishy. If you have a visiting Sparrowhawk it means that you have a healthy small bird population, and it's natures way. On the odd occasion you see a sickly Greenfinch,they are quickly dispatched by the sparrowhawks. I'd rather the small birds were food for them than a plaything for the local cats.

Vote for Bob

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 20:42

Done????

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Sparrowhawk

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What dragonfly larva is this?

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Fungi id please

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Swallows departing?

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What is this?

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Froglets

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Beetle ID please

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Plant ID

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