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Sun 25-Aug-13
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The baby house martins that have been in residence in the apex of our porch have chosen today to fly!

There are three of them flying around, making a lot of twittering sounds, and flying briefly back to their nest. I'm told that they may spend some nights back in the nest, and fly in and out until the time for them to depart has arrived.

It is lovely to see them swooping around and obviously enjoying themselves.

 Are we having fun yet? I am!

Sun 25-Aug-13
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It is amazing, Martin, to witness these events - just seeing the new swallows here is such a treat.

Yesterday, the baby bluetits, still learning to figure out what life's about - one of them kept hovering around our kitchen window, probably he could see his reflection, not sure. Then he would find that the window shutters were very convenient to rest for a moment. I think there were about 6 of them flying in and out of the lilac bushes outside the kitchen window.

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Wed 28-Aug-13
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When I was out weeding around our new apple tree, I came across a large green caterpillar, which I guessed would be a hawkmouth- when I looked it up, it was a Poplar Hawk moth caterpillar. The moth is very drab brown, but has very interesting shaped wings. I placed it on a flower in the garden and within minutes it had disappeared (it was found hanging underneath a leaf.) Obviously did not want to become a bird dinner!

 Are we having fun yet? I am!

Thu 29-Aug-13
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wave Saw in the paper about a continental invasion ,  they  arrived here yesterday ,  quantities of clouded yellow butterflies .

Seed catalogues are responsible for more unfulfilled fantasies than the web and playboy combined . (after Michael Perry)

Thu 29-Aug-13
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wave  What do their caterpillars eat?

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Thu 29-Aug-13
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They feed on willows, aspen, sallow and poplars.

I'll try that again!

Thu 29-Aug-13
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Ratty's back .... looks a very healthy ratty, too.  thumbs_down

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Thu 29-Aug-13
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I expect he thinks you look good too...

I'll try that again!

Thu 29-Aug-13
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We've had some holes appearing overnight in our back lawn......we suspected we knew what the culprit was and this morning were proved right - when husband arrived home from work about 01.30 this morning, he saw a badger scooting into next door's garden.  (It's lucky it's alive, as a much-debated cull of them has begun in West Somerset).

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Thu 29-Aug-13
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Oh no, it will wreck your garden if you aren't careful! 

I'll try that again!

Thu 29-Aug-13
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I know TA, we had badgers (plural) in our last garden, we actually saw them in the late evening a few times.  They made a huge mess of the lawn, digging loads of holes in two areas.  We're reluctant to do anything about them, though.....I'm hoping we and they can live amicably without too much fuss.

learning to love veg…..except celery :-O

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Fingers crossed for that!

I'll try that again!

Thu 29-Aug-13
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Sooliz said:

when husband arrived home from work about 01.30 this morning, he saw a badger scooting into next door's garden. 

Oh Sue if you have badgers you have them forever, we have had our garden and fences wrecked for the past 12 yrs by them, I have given up trying to have a decent lawn, but have saved the fences by not fixing the hole so they just go through that. They seem to travel down ancient badger paths which are passed by generation, several times we have seen a dead badger on the road, but there is always another one a few days later in the garden. You can't do anything about them, when we enquired we were told they were a protected species and if you had them you were stuck with them.

Never give up Tomorrow is another day.

Fri 30-Aug-13
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I know Eileen......as I said, we don't really want to do anything about them, they're such beautiful creatures, even if they do dig up the lawn!  If these ones here have the same habits as the ones we had in our last garden, they don't do it all year round, thankfully.  Of course, all the farmers hereabouts hate them.

learning to love veg…..except celery :-O

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ours seem to dig all year round, but I think they are most active spring and autumn

Never give up Tomorrow is another day.

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