Wildlife & Gardens

Discussion in 'Taylor's Tittle-Tattle - General Banter' started by Sting, May 7, 2019.

  1. Smudger

    Smudger Messi's Mad Coach Staff Member


    A rather small but precious aquatic habitat near Welwyn. Like many small raptors the Kestrel has suffered a breeding decline in Hertfordshire as suitable habitat in terms of nest sites and that of it's prey has declined or fragmented. Beautiful little falcons.
     
  2. wfcmoog

    wfcmoog Tinpot

    I know what it sounds like when they cry
     
    The undeniable truth and Sting like this.
  3. Sting

    Sting Squad Player

    Love Kestrels.
    Just watched a Sparrowhawk dive into our hedge to take a sparrow - they usually swoop past but this one actually followed the sparrow into it
     
  4. CleyHorn

    CleyHorn Reservist

    Tame or homing pigeons or feral pigeons/doves are all one and the same thing. They are all derived from the wild Rock Dove which is now confined to the remotest bits of our western seaboard.

    Many feral birds still look very much like wild Rock Doves with a generally grey plumage with a couple of black wing-bars and a white rump. Others come in a liquorice allsorts variety of colours. Including pure white. But if you saw seven+ pure white birds together then they will undoubtedly have been bred with that specific purpose in mind. Whiteness. Maybe for other traits too. The commonest variety of pure white domestic pigeon/dove is the Fantail Pigeon. Again, there may be others. Not my field. Think a pure bred dog v mongrels here.

    These birds would only be of interest to an ornithologist in the context of breeding experiments. They were, most certainly, not wild birds.

    I trust we can now communicate civilly on this thread at least.
     
  5. Took some nice photos of one just sitting on our lawn this morning. Assumed it was a juvenile waiting for a parent to bring it food. Then realised it was actually standing on something it had killed and was eating......and that the grass was clearly in need of a cut !.
     
  6. CleyHorn

    CleyHorn Reservist

    A rather small but precious aquatic habitat near Welwyn.

    An excellent site. Do you go there? If not, you can get the key to the gate from the lady in the house next door. Particularly good for Green Sandpipers.​
     
  7. Sting

    Sting Squad Player

    It's hard to have a bust up on this part of the forum :)
     
  8. Just don't mention "foxes" (the mammals rather than the ex prem champs).
     
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  9. hornmeister

    hornmeister Administrator Staff Member

    No it isn't:mad:


    :D
     
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  10. Sting

    Sting Squad Player

    You looking for a fight m8 ?
     
  11. CleyHorn

    CleyHorn Reservist

    I'll 'ave some of it and all!
     
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2019
  12. hornmeister

    hornmeister Administrator Staff Member

    No this is arguments. You need 12 A next door.



     
  13. All time classic sketch. is that a pic of you in the top left corner on the link ?
     
  14. Sting

    Sting Squad Player

    You in my gang?

    We can be the Pecky Blinders
     
  15. CleyHorn

    CleyHorn Reservist

    Reckon it is. Outed himself. We've clocked his dish now. Let's 'ave 'im. Sat'day.
     
  16. Picky Blenders ?
    Perky Benders ?
     
  17. Sting

    Sting Squad Player

    QUOTE="CleyHorn, post: 2776421, member: 9374"]Well the 'own goal' has, surprisingly, gone under-reported. Anyway, one 'own goal' doesn't make a summer.[/QUOTE]
    The swallows round here are beginning to gather
     
  18. hornmeister

    hornmeister Administrator Staff Member

    That is one Andy Quick the chap who's youtube channel I pinched the link from.

    I am not, nor never have been Andy quick and until posting that link never heard of the geezer.
     
  19. OK. Case dismissed !
     
  20. CleyHorn

    CleyHorn Reservist

    It's that time of year ...
     
  21. Warrington Hornet

    Warrington Hornet Reservist

    Was down in Watford last week visiting family and friends and stayed at my parents house.

    Right opposite their house in Hillrise Avenue there were about 15 to 20 (a pandemonium, I believe) green and yellow parakeets nesting in the trees.

    Not something I expected to see !
     
  22. hornmeister

    hornmeister Administrator Staff Member

    Becoming a pest issue. I remember seeing my first Richmond way about 20 years ago and their population is steadily growing and spreading north. Fairly usual occurrence in Meister Manor. Noisier than Pigeons but less messy and disease ridden so on balance I'll allow it.
     
  23. The issue is whether they will out-compete endemic species like taking over woodpecker holes etc.
     
  24. Aberdeen

    Aberdeen Academy Graduate

    Can anyone tell me how to paste a photo I have taken here? "Image" is asking for a URL whatever that is. Is that the route or do I need to use the "insert" - if so - how?
     
  25. hornmeister

    hornmeister Administrator Staff Member

    If it's on your PC not on the www then best to use the file attach option.

    Click on the more options button bottom right under the text box where you enter your thread post.

    Then use the upload a file option.
     
  26. Aberdeen

    Aberdeen Academy Graduate

    Excellent - thanks don't know why I did not think of looking there !!
     
  27. Aberdeen

    Aberdeen Academy Graduate

    OK - who can identify this weed growing in my garden?

    AbGard1.jpg
     
  28. Aberdeen

    Aberdeen Academy Graduate

    My wife thought it might be an exploding cucumber - yes there really is such a thing- but I have my own idea on what it is.
     
  29. Aberdeen

    Aberdeen Academy Graduate

    Where is Cley when you need him?
    p.s. - if I am right some of our US contributors may have a clue - especially if they are from West Virginia.
     
  30. hornmeister

    hornmeister Administrator Staff Member

    Download an app called plantsnap and take a picture in that. It should identify it for you.
     
  31. wfcmoog

    wfcmoog Tinpot

    I downloaded this and it's telling me "there are bears and twinx in your town who want no strings fun tonight."

    Nothing to do with flora!
     
  32. hornmeister

    hornmeister Administrator Staff Member

    Not a fan of Twinx. Prefer a Drifter or Time Out myself.
     
  33. CleyHorn

    CleyHorn Reservist

    Can't help on this one I'm afraid. But I do feel some sort of 'magnum opus' on Parakeets coming on.
     
  34. wfcmoog

    wfcmoog Tinpot

    I've dived into a few bushes in my time (rights reserved, Godfather).,
     
  35. CleyHorn

    CleyHorn Reservist

    What's happened to GF?
     

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