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Latest posts by Joe_the_Gardener

small bird watch

Posted: 27/01/2013 at 21:00

That's not a bad list, nutty!

Tackling erosion

Posted: 27/01/2013 at 16:16

Which direction does the cliff-face face, CC?

fieldfare behaviour

Posted: 27/01/2013 at 16:11

I was watching a Mistle Thrush doing this to a flock of waxwings just after Christmas, and another one chasing away Long-tailed Tits from a hawthorn that still had some berries left. (Although of course the L-t Ts wouldn't have been interested in the berries!)

small bird watch

Posted: 25/01/2013 at 13:21

F.T., Waxwings have certainly been seen in Cornwall this winter. They are never seen as frequently as further north.

Harrogate, the British Trust for Ornithology do much more accurate surveys of bird numbers and trends; visit their website to get a flavour of it. But enjoy the Garden Birdwatch and don't worry too much about the science!


srong stone cleanrer

Posted: 24/01/2013 at 20:03

I like to see a happy gnome

Talkback: Orange ladybirds

Posted: 23/01/2013 at 10:16

I wrote my post without reading Kate's bloggy thingy, so no wonder it seemed a bit misdirected. Sorry folks - technology confuses me!

Talkback: Orange ladybirds

Posted: 20/01/2013 at 20:48


Could be.................the Orange Ladybird, Halyzia 16-guttata, which is fairly widely distributed in the south of Britain. It breeds on Sycamore, Dogwood and a range of other deciduous trees and, interestingly in view of your sighting, hibernates in, among other things, the foliage of Scots Pine.

The colouring and markings of some of the ladybirds is quite variable among individuals of the same species and according to age; some that are supposed to have spots don't, and the pattern variations can be confusing. The Orange Ladybird has white spots and apparently is generally less prone to colour variants than most, but I'm not any sort of an expert to be able to say whether a ladybird was actually a 'wrong-coloured' 10-spot, rather than an orange. It could be this summer's special subject!


small bird watch

Posted: 20/01/2013 at 17:23

They're pretty much the same size as Magpies, but without the long tail. I've just been watching three of them feeding on the little crab apples on next door's tree - like a Japanese painting.

Pleached hedge

Posted: 20/01/2013 at 16:44

Rick, how long is your hedge?

small bird watch

Posted: 20/01/2013 at 16:42

Sounds like you might have seen a Jay, hollie hock. Have a look on the RSPB's website - not quite as you describe, but not many other options.

Cowslip, don't worry about the bird count; the methodology adopted by the scientists at the RSPB allows for all sorts of variables, and they only draw conclusions that are appropriate to the data they collect.

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