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what you find when out walking

Posted: 08/01/2013 at 14:48

About a year or so ago I was walking my 2 dogs in the woods (Blackstank Woods) opposite Ben Rinnes in Banffshire


Came round the bend, and saw a dead deers head in the pathway (well I guess it would be dead I hear you cry)


Didn't phase me, but I thought it quite gross that the poacher / hunter had obviously just taken the carcass minus the head.  Strangely enough also, was that my 2 dogs just walked straight past it

Greedy starlings

Posted: 19/12/2012 at 08:48

Hi all

Yes the starlings will scoff the suet cakes as well, but I also get these for a quid at the pound shop.  Don't know if any of you have 'Home Bargains' near you (unless it's a scottish thing), but I got 3 fat cakes there last night for £1.79, well, actually I got 4 packs, as I tend to stock buy stuff  the pound shop also sells packs of suet pellets (as does home bargains), which are much much cheaper than other retail outlets.  Good luck to all finding the cheaper suppliers, as I agree bird food is so expensive, but it's one of the few hobbies I have, and wouldn't stop feeding the birdies for anything, especially when I watch the woodpeckers and robins, listen to the goldfinches squabbling over niger seed, and have the pleasure of long tail tits passing through on their travels

Greedy starlings

Posted: 18/12/2012 at 15:35

Hi Lavender Lady


Where do you get your mealworms ?  I assume you mean dried ones.  I get mine from the pound shop, you get 100g for a quid - total bargain.  Do you have a pound shop near you ?  A lot of the mealworms I put out get savaged by the starlings too, sometimes I crush them up, the mealworms, not the starlings, so hopefully the smaller birds would get a bit more of a look in, instead of the starlings with their long pointy beaks, as I figure they'd have more trouble picking up all the crumbly bits.

Just an idea.  Good luck !

Starlings not migrating

Posted: 10/12/2012 at 11:27

ha ha ha ha ha haaaaaaaaaaa

maybe Lunarz can see if hers will have a scottish twang to their accent next, then we'll know that it's the same flock going up and down the country - seeing which of us will give in first

Starlings not migrating

Posted: 10/12/2012 at 11:20

that did cross my mind as it happens !


wouldn't put it past her, seeing as the numbers encountered were remarkably similar  tee hee !

Starlings not migrating

Posted: 10/12/2012 at 11:12

ha ha ha ha ha Dovefromabove, that made me larf !


wouldn't mind but when I went in the garden first thing in the morning, there was 1 !!!!


they are such good look-outs

Starlings not migrating

Posted: 10/12/2012 at 10:48

Oh No !!!!


I used to have around 23 starlings, and on Saturday I counted 67 !!!!!!!!!!!!! aaarrrgh !

Starlings not migrating

Posted: 06/12/2012 at 13:13

Hi Lunarz


Oh I do sympathise with you, I live in NE Scotland (Moray) and have had starlings throughout this year.  I too thought they migrated and was wondering the same, when are they going to beggar off, but to no avail thus far.  They too savage all the food I put out for the little birds, but I do find that they totally ignore seed and peanuts.  I too put out suet pellets and dried mealworms and it's these latter 2 that get savaged - oh and the fat balls.  Just this last week I've had a family of long tail tits in the garden which are a delight to see, but distressing for me also as they head for the fat balls, so I have to watch for the starlings so the poor little LTT's get a look in.  I also put out a fat cake in a cage, and every so often the whole thing 'just disappears'.  I too like you enjoy encouraging the wildlife into the garden, and love the array of birds I get, I know we must feed and support all kinds of birds, but do feel the same sometimes re:  the starlings.  Though luckily I don't get 60 odd, the most I've counted is about 23, all lining up on the electricity line over the garden.  Luckily I live in the countryside, so don't get quite so bombarded with the plop, though the dome feeders on the feeding station is smothered some days.

We can just cross our fingers and hope they do move south a little, as my jet propelling the window open and swearing through the gap on a regular basis must be quite comical to anyone that could hear me

Bush/Tree Identification

Posted: 29/10/2012 at 08:37

Hi kernowgirl2

Mine drops all its leaves in the winter, so I always fret that it'll not go through the freezing Scottish winters, snow, frost, but it has always bounced back.  I just tidy up the dead looking bits in the spring and away it goes again - leaves, bunches of those lovely flowers and finally the big fat berries

Blueberry bushes

Posted: 26/10/2012 at 11:17

Darn it

I've just planted out my blueberry bushes, I have 3 different types.  The one I've had in a pot for a few years - I've just thrown away the label as it's perished with time, but it has gone through NE Scotland winters no probs (I could root around in the bottom of my wheelie bin for the label, but that just wouldn't be very pleasant).  Just wish I could remember the name  I've recently taken up the GW Mag offer and got the Patriot variety, so hope that does well outside too.  I've submerged all 3 in plastic tubs in the ground, filled with Ericaceous soil

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