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Bumblefoot on Chaffinch

Posted: Yesterday at 09:53

Thanks for both of the above.  I'll check out your link Liz88

What month is best for *BUD GRAFTING*

Posted: 25/11/2015 at 17:13

For 2 "pip" grown apples, I'm wondering why your husband wants to graft one to another ?  Is it just an experiment ? 

Bumblefoot on Chaffinch

Posted: 25/11/2015 at 16:41

I've just looked at the link Dove gave above and confess to being a bit puzzled.

I first learned of the existence of Bumblefoot with regard to Chaffinches some 35 years ago.  The person who told me about it was a veterinary technician with the ZSL and a very enthusiastic and knowledgeable "bird" person to boot.  I took it for granted he knew what he was talking about.

The RSPB link only mentions Bumblefoot in relation to larger birds ( Crows, Raptors etc ) and then, as Dove says, mentions another viral infection for chaffinches causing tumours on the feet. 

Can't get close enough to the bird in question to see properly but too close when I do see it to use my binocs.  The whole foot seems affected from toes to hock and I just assumed I was looking at an instance of Bumblefoot.

Anyway, thanks all for your responses.  I might ask around my neighbours and see if they have noticed anything.



Bumblefoot on Chaffinch

Posted: 24/11/2015 at 16:28

It is indeed.  I definitely never saw any last year.  I am hoping it's a one off but logic tells me that is unlikely

Overwintering Red Banana

Posted: 24/11/2015 at 16:23

Providing you can keep it frost free........well fleeced and insulated at the roots, I can't really see any advantage in cutting it down.....either leaves or stem.

In this climate it will become dormant........if the foliage and crown is dry, there shouldn't be any chance of it rotting back.

Once the temperatures rise (Spring/early summer ), it should be thinking about pushing up new growth.  That would be the time to cut back any tatty/dead foliage.

Musa basjoo is one of the hardiest for our climate but there are so many new varieties now it possible to check back with your supplier for more detailed info/advice ?

Bumblefoot on Chaffinch

Posted: 24/11/2015 at 16:06

I noticed a few days ago that one of our resident chaffinches is suffering from Bumblefoot ( can't remember the proper term ).

This is the first instance I have come across in this garden (been here 4 years ).  Seen it before but many years ago.

Wondering if anyone else has noticed "their" birds being afflicted recently?


Over wintering a Water Lily

Posted: 23/11/2015 at 18:01

If you are only overwintering, it doesn't really matter if you don't use the pond water....rain water will do.  Not a big issue either way

saffron crocus failing?

Posted: 23/11/2015 at 17:55

Nutcutlet...........your mention of Gold Street rang a bell.  My OH's business used to be based on that street.........sad to say the gold never really rubbed off on us

We lived at Catmere End......just outside Saffron Walden.  Small world

Missed the bulb boat?

Posted: 23/11/2015 at 17:27

Naughty step it is then Fairy..........I'll use the one in the garage freezing my bum off

Missed the bulb boat?

Posted: 23/11/2015 at 17:18

I agree with FG re the daffs............I've spent Christmas day planting them before now and they always did well I allowed to mention the C word this early ?

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