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Tue 9-Jul-13
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brambleberry
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Saw a young rabbit in my back yard early this morning. I had seen an adult bunny a few days ago so think there may be a nest of them somewhere near. The blackbirds have already got the first of my raspberries but I will beat them to it in the next few days. I do love some fresh picked berries on my breakfast cereal!

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Tue 9-Jul-13
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For ages we've been giving the swans, ducks, moorhens etc some bread, frisbee'd out to the river so the bread gets a soaking. Today, alas no spare bread, so OH threw some special seed for birds on dry ground, and the swans came up on the bank and just looked at him.  roll_eyes

It was as if they were saying "Okay, where's the bread?" laugh

Chris, we're eating our cooked rhubarb on the breakfast cereal atm, and the raspberries are going with the Greek yogurt .... aah the taste of summer!  ok

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Wed 10-Jul-13
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If you go to Slimbridge bird reserve and feed the birds with the "authorised" corn that they sell, you get the same reaction. Produce a loaf of bread and you are surrounded by birds.

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Wed 10-Jul-13
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Martin, they know what they like!  smile

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   Stepped into the back yard at dusk yesterday and came face to face with a raccoon, stealing my raspberries right off the bushes! I don't know who was more surprised as he didn't immediately take off, but he finally climbed the fence and disappeared next door. I know there are raccoons about (one got into my attic around two years ago and caused quite extensive and expensive damage) but don't usually see any sign of them, other than their footprints, as they are nocturnal. But the lure of the berries must have been too tempting for him to wait until dark. He wasn't very big, about the size of a large cat, (some of them are quite humungous, all the good living in the city) so I think he was probably a youngster.

 

   A few nights ago there was a great crash from my backyard but no sign of any activity or damage. However, come morning, I found the bowl of my bird bath in pieces on the ground. Now I pretty much know who was the culprit!

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we have foxes here in Reigate, I saw one lady open her window last night and throw food to them which I don't think is a good idea. In Somerset we have badgers I don't see them just the holes in the garden and fences the next morning

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Tue 23-Jul-13
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Called round to son's house at lunchtime, and very strangely, there are loads of red kites circling in the area - and I thought they were solitary birds. Apparently not! laugh

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Wed 24-Jul-13
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Heck, no!  We go to a place in Oxfordshire where we have counted over a hundred of them in the air at one time.  That is a truly magnificent sight.  They are encouraged by butcher's leftovers, thankfully.

I'll try that again!

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Today I was working in someones garden when they put out a load of meat for the red kites,  within about 20 minutes there were 8 or 10 of them seemingly taking it in turns to dive and swoop about 10 yards away from me. There seems something slightly wrong about feeding them as they are wild creatures but the show they put on was something else, grabbing the meat whilst going at full speed.  A family of magpies were hovering about wanting it aswell but as soon as they got to close the kites drove them off.

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As I pulled up to park my car this evening, a great spotted woodpecker flew along beside the car and landed on a tree just outside my house, it clung there for a few minutes looking for insects, when none were found it flew off again.

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wave Don't those moments just make you feel so good?  smile

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brambleberry said:

   Stepped into the back yard at dusk yesterday and came face to face with a raccoon, stealing my raspberries right off the bushes! I don't know who was more surprised as he didn't immediately take off, but he finally climbed the fence and disappeared next door. I know there are raccoons about (one got into my attic around two years ago and caused quite extensive and expensive damage) but don't usually see any sign of them, other than their footprints, as they are nocturnal. But the lure of the berries must have been too tempting for him to wait until dark. He wasn't very big, about the size of a large cat, (some of them are quite humungous, all the good living in the city) so I think he was probably a youngster.

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   A few nights ago there was a great crash from my backyard but no sign of any activity or damage. However, come morning, I found the bowl of my bird bath in pieces on the ground. Now I pretty much know who was the culprit! Here's what they look like

 

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The most exotic creature I have seen in my garden is a pheasant!

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Last night, OH found a large hedgehog very close to the house, and when he pointed out where it was, I realised that the little water bowl had dried up through the day, so I went out to the tap and poured more water into the bowl, and the hedgehog didn't move.

I think he had gone into scared, freeze mode!

Quite surprised to find a hedgehog in the garden, as it has been SO hot here, and everywhere is so dry, that I didn't expect to see one.

A bonus! 

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We often shop in Thetford, one of three places we go to for our weekly shopping, the other two being Bury St Edmunds and Ely all roughly the same distance from us. I wrote about one trip to Thetford a while ago about seeing a pair of otters in the river just by the bus, coach and car park. Each time we go we look for the otters, but until today we drew a blank. Just as we arrived we did our customary look, and noticed a trail of bubbles progressing down the river and as we watched, up popped an otter with some food in its paws which it eat and the popped back under, surfacing briefly a bit further down stream and then disappearing. They are totally unconcerned about people- it is a well known place for feeding the ducks and geese also, so I guess there will always be good intentioned people there watching.

It was a nice start to the shopping day.

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