WHAT I SAW TODAY.....

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Re: WHAT I SAW TODAY.....

Postby Butterfly » Sun Sep 30, 2018 9:08 am

I saw a jay briefly, they don't hang around :)
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Re: WHAT I SAW TODAY.....

Postby Butterfly » Mon Oct 01, 2018 12:42 pm

Butterfly wrote:I saw 2 doves chasing a magpie. I suspect that doves have a nest in nearby tree and are chasing a magpie away from it, but its so depressing to see that, because they can chase 1 magpie off but the next thing you know there is a bunch of them attacking :weep:

I watched those 2 parents grading their nest all the time, and every time I saw a magpie close by I shooed it off, and I could tell that the little ones are doing fine without seeing them because the parents were there all the time but calm and content :)

This morning, I was getting ready for my trip and put a lot of food out for the birds to last them for few days (hopefully) but there was not a single bird around, which was really strange :unsure:
As I was getting out of the house and getting into a cab I saw a sparrow hawk attacking one baby dove from that nest, on the ground :weep:
I shooed it off, the baby was flapping its wings and run into one garden taking cover, but I think it was injured :(
I asked someone to check and help if they can as I had to go. Sooooooooo upsetting to see that beautiful little baby dove being attacked like that, and after so much fight and care from the parents to see them grow :weep:
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Re: WHAT I SAW TODAY.....

Postby Placido » Fri Oct 05, 2018 5:32 pm

For a split-second I thought it was a bird but quickly realised that it was some kind of hornet. Right above the kitchen window, very interested in the soffit. It kept coming back again and again until I was becoming quite alarmed.
Huge thing - against a grey sky so I couldn't see any colouration detail but it was almost an inch and a half long and appeared to be brown. Have checked google: might be a giant European hornet.
Hope it hasn't found a way into the loft.
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Re: WHAT I SAW TODAY.....

Postby Jacksparrow » Fri Oct 05, 2018 7:55 pm

Placido wrote:For a split-second I thought it was a bird but quickly realised that it was some kind of hornet. Right above the kitchen window, very interested in the soffit. It kept coming back again and again until I was becoming quite alarmed.
Huge thing - against a grey sky so I couldn't see any colouration detail but it was almost an inch and a half long and appeared to be brown. Have checked google: might be a giant European hornet.
Hope it hasn't found a way into the loft.

OMG :eek: Have you contacted Air Traffic Control at Birmingham Airport :)
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Re: WHAT I SAW TODAY.....

Postby Placido » Sat Oct 06, 2018 8:46 am

They immediately diverted all air traffic :nod:so all potential collisions were averted.
(The Wee Glen is right beneath the flight path which is why the caves are so cheap.)

Seriously though, I can't get that encounter out of my head - it really scared me. Have never even imagined such a thing existed. Whatever it was I fervently hope it moved on.
S'pose the heatwave could be the cause - now it's turning colder these exotic thingies don't like it.
Seems right now an invasion of homes by harlequin ladybirds is happening which The Experts link to the hot weather.
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Re: WHAT I SAW TODAY.....

Postby Willpar » Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:10 am

Had a nice little wren flitting about the hedge early this morning. First I have seen in a while, in my garden that is.
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Re: WHAT I SAW TODAY.....

Postby Placido » Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:59 am

A wren !!! :clap:. Always a privilege to see one :nod:.
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