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messageRe: ED Nature Watch
Posted by first mate February 18, 06:41PM

Indeed, as in Chaucer's The Parliament of Fowls!

Sue Wrote:
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> Asset Wrote:
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> Plot big grin

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Posted by AylwardS February 18, 07:24PM

If you pass by and have not been to Greendale Fields recently have a look. The Counci have put in paths and benches but there are still wilder areas for birds and wildlife. I’ve walked through to Sainsbury’s a few times and heard a woodpecker (greater S potted I think though I’ve not seen it yet) and heard a greenfinch. Hoping the whitethrots will be back soon

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Posted by first mate February 19, 01:11PM

A beautiful Jay has been visiting my garden. I understand they are not good news for fledglings but gorgeous plumage.

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Posted by malumbu February 20, 12:35PM

They are collared doves

Ring isn't that clear.

Nigello Wrote:
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> I have seen pigeion-like birds, perching about 50'
> up in the plane trees on Goose Green. They are
> leaner than pigeons and I can't see whether they
> have a ring around the neck, which would make them
> a collared dove. They fly at height to the church
> steeple sometimes. What could they be? (Not
> parakeets)

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Posted by stacker285 February 20, 09:39PM

Pheasant spotted on goose green today!

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Posted by Sue February 20, 10:29PM

stacker285 Wrote:
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> Pheasant spotted on goose green today!

It's not April 1 yet smiling smiley

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Posted by nxjen February 21, 05:15AM

Sue Wrote:
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> > Pheasant spotted on goose green today!
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> It's not April 1 yet smiling smiley

They’ve been seen before in the area [www.eastdulwichforum.co.uk]

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Posted by BrandNewGuy February 21, 09:47AM

Yes, there's a cock pheasant who's taken up residence in Dog Kennel Hill Wood behind Sainsburys.

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Posted by Sue February 21, 11:23AM

Blimey!

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Posted by Peckhamgatecrasher February 21, 01:09PM

*countdown to August 12th commences*

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Posted by Sue February 21, 02:26PM

big grin

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Posted by Penguin68 February 21, 02:36PM

countdown to August 12th commences

That's grouse - Pheasant season is 1st October to 1st February. Where this one is, and being now at least a season old, he's actually pretty safe.

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Posted by julie157 February 21, 02:37PM

Peckhamgatecrasher Wrote:
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> *countdown to August 12th commences*
Spotted him marching down Chadwick Grove yesterday.He flew over the wall into Thomas Carleton Centre.I fear his fate if he wandered past one of the butchers shops in Choumert Road.......

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Posted by Nigello February 25, 09:53PM

Honey bees and bumble (or similar) bees plus a single small tortoiseshell butterfly in Dulwich library gardens on the apple and cherry blossoms

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Posted by Asset February 28, 08:45AM

I had a blackcap in my garden yesterday. I've never seen one before. Apparently they are usually summer visitors.

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Posted by MarkT February 28, 10:05AM

frogs have arrived in my butler sink mini pond.

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Posted by Sue February 28, 10:37AM

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> frogs have arrived in my butler sink mini pond.


Hooray!

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Posted by malumbu February 28, 10:49AM

Saw blackcaps on berries in December, they occasionally overwinter here. Two goldfinches today - maybe not rare but excites me!

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Posted by Nigello February 28, 01:12PM

The collared dove isn't that, but a mistle thrush (or maybe a song thrush).

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Posted by BrandNewGuy February 28, 02:21PM

There are quite a few mistle thrushes in the area – particularly Peckham Rye, Alleyns' and JAGS' playing fields, and Green Dale. And lots of song thrushes everywhere – they seem to have risen in numbers around here at the expense of blackbirds.

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Posted by Nigello February 28, 09:07PM

I think it is a mistle but cannot be sure because it was about 40' up and I only had an RSPB guide to look at later.

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Posted by coalakid March 03, 07:55PM

Bee question - we've been noticing what I assume are bees appear every so often on the same spot holding on to the fabric blind of a window in our living room . It is always there nowhere else. One insect every couple couple of weeks.
To my layman eye some I would think are bees (like the latest arrival discovered this evening, which I snapped a photo of) others look like a bee but are almost completely black.

We very rarely open that particular window - could they be hibernating somewhere indoors?

In case they are bees I try to offer a drop of sugar water and let them out in the morning, but am now just curious where they are coming from...

Any insights from bee experts appreciated!

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Posted by MarkT March 10, 02:55PM

frogspawn in my garden sink today,
MarkT

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Posted by TheArtfulDogger March 10, 04:23PM

Colakid, it could be a mason bee , they hatch from a cocoon around the beginning of April and with the warm February we had some could be hatching early, normally very unlikely to sting and they lay their young in cracks or holes in walls, wood or similar

Look them up and see if they are similar to the ones you saw

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Posted by Penguin68 March 21, 11:50AM

The cherry blossom across ED at the moment is amazing - Whately St is transformed - and it's the best season for Magnolia I can remember - I suspect all down to that wonderful hot spell we had in February. Worth going out to catch it - the cherry blossom will be gone in a week. We could be in Japan (as I was this time last year). Friern and Upland good too, as are sections of Underhill.

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Posted by alice March 24, 01:10PM

Why has my frog spawn disappeared?
Will it come back?

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Posted by MarkT March 24, 04:35PM

Alice,
do you have a pond pump? The spawn may have drifted. Frogs tend to spawn in the shallows, I guess there is most algae for food for the hatchlings close to the surface, but if the spawn has drifted into deeper water it would sink. If so can you move it into shallow water, perhaps anchored around some marginal plants?

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Posted by Sue March 24, 09:13PM

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> Why has my frog spawn disappeared?
> Will it come back?


Hopefully it will, but cats eat it sad smiley

Mine has disappeared in the past and never come back sad smiley

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Posted by east-of-the-Rye March 24, 09:25PM

I had two lots of frogs spawn in my little pond quite early - maybe 2 weeks ago. One lot seemed not to have been fertilized properly, I couldn't see any tiny black dots in it and it has now disappeared. In the other lot, the dots have become lines and I hope will soon start wriggling.

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Posted by alice March 25, 06:26PM

Thanks all - could be cats. But if anyone’s got any spare spawn I’d love it.

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