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Posted by Nigello May 16, 09:38AM

Iíve had them pop by for a day or so then never return. I donít have a niger feeder so if I got one perhaps theyíd come back. If not, do other birds eat from this special feeder?

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Posted by Sue May 16, 10:53AM

Nigello Wrote:
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> Iíve had them pop by for a day or so then never
> return. I donít have a niger feeder so if I got
> one perhaps theyíd come back. If not, do other
> birds eat from this special feeder?


I've seen a sparrow on mine, but I don't think their beaks can fit through the narrow slots which stop the niger seed falling out everywhere.

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Posted by cookie May 19, 06:29PM

A Jay swooped down to use our birdbath just 3 metres from where we were sitting.

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Posted by alice May 19, 09:28PM

Crossing that little bridge in Peckham rye park I spotted a very big greyish fish maybe 60 -70cm long. Any ideas?

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Posted by Nigello May 21, 02:44PM

Small red damselflies, sometimes mating, in my front garden.

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Posted by Sue May 21, 04:55PM

Sue Wrote:
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> I have loads of little tadpoles! So happy!
>
> Thanks for the spawn, Lynne! smiling smiley



My taddies should be getting their back legs now, shouldn't they?

No sign yet .......

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Posted by Zig-Zag May 21, 04:55PM

Not very special, but I seem to have attracted every starling in London bringing their very noisy big babies...over 30 of them. They have found the mealworms and are going crazy with excitement, and using the makeshift water-baths with relish. I'm waiting for further complaints from my neighbours, and spending a fortune on giant sacks of mealworms!

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Posted by Sue May 21, 04:58PM

Zig-Zag Wrote:
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> Not very special, but I seem to have attracted
> every starling in London bringing their very noisy
> big babies...over 30 of them. They have found the
> mealworms and are going crazy with excitement, and
> using the makeshift water-baths with relish. I'm
> waiting for further complaints from my neighbours,
> and spending a fortune on giant sacks of
> mealworms!


Crikey!

I haven't seen a starling in my garden since one was carried off by a bird of prey some years back sad smiley

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Posted by Nigello May 21, 08:47PM

Never a starling in almost twenty years. Itís odd how in such a relatively small area there are discrepancies over visiting wildlife, especially birds which are very mobile. Never seen an owl or raptor or bst, either. (Iím near to Goodrich School and a minute or so from Dawsonís Hill.)

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Posted by Sue May 21, 10:11PM

Nigello Wrote:
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> Never a starling in almost twenty years. Itís odd
> how in such a relatively small area there are
> discrepancies over visiting wildlife, especially
> birds which are very mobile. Never seen an owl or
> raptor or bst, either. (Iím near to Goodrich
> School and a minute or so from Dawsonís Hill.)


Those bsts are quite rare big grin

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Posted by Zig-Zag May 21, 10:38PM

I'm in West Dulwich but have loads of feeders with variety of different foods, but dried mealworms or suet balls or pellets, seem the favourites with starlings...but especially mealworms. They don't seem interested in the nuts or seeds. Seemingly delicious enough to squabble over then despite sharing the garden with 4 cats!

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Posted by louisemurray May 22, 08:39AM

THerer were bats flying over my garden earlier in the week.

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Posted by pearl1 May 22, 10:41AM

Nigello Wrote:
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> Never a starling in almost twenty years. Itís odd
> how in such a relatively small area there are
> discrepancies over visiting wildlife, especially
> birds which are very mobile. Never seen an owl or
> raptor or bst, either. (Iím near to Goodrich
> School and a minute or so from Dawsonís Hill.)

True. I see pied wagtails regularly in Deptford - never seen one around here despite all the greenery.

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Posted by sjsl May 22, 10:51AM

I saw a bat this week too! And I've see more starlings lately. At this time of year birds feeding young need the protein of insects etc rather than nuts and seeds.

We need to protect and encourage insect life to encourage and sustain more birds Ė so don't keep your garden too tidy, plant indigenous plants, and build a bee hotel (or b&B) by drilling holes in a piece of wood.

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Posted by Nigello May 22, 03:25PM

Louisemurray - whereabouts were the bats?

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Posted by heartblock May 24, 09:56AM

Such a shame that all the wild flowers and grasses growing down East Dulwich Grove were cut down this week. Full of bees now just dry short grass. On a happier note lots of swifts early this morning.

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Posted by sjsl May 24, 01:28PM

Nigello - The bat I saw was in North Dulwich

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Posted by louisemurray May 25, 08:23AM

Nigello, my bats were by WIldlife garden centre Marsden Road

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Posted by malumbu May 25, 01:32PM

Had a bit of damage from time to time in my pond, plants at the edge can be trampled. This morning found an untidy rip to the lining, fairly large but fortunately well above the water line. And oddly a 10cm plant and basket, which were on a shelf at the edge of the pond, upside down on the lawn.

So is it (a) human intrusion. I am well down on Dominic Cummings list who is the only person I have offended, albeit very remotely, in recent days
(b) foxes - stuff on line suggests not
(c) a heron? Really?? I have frogs and newts but suspect they would only come if there were fish
(d) cats, at least three neighbourhood cats are seen around there from time to time. How would they move a pot half a metre?

Subject to views I'm going to put some spikes up. Bit extreme but fed up with this. You can get commercial products
eg [www.wish.com]

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Posted by malumbu May 25, 02:49PM

Had a bit of damage from time to time in my pond, plants at the edge can be trampled. This morning found an untidy rip to the lining, fairly large but fortunately well above the water line. And oddly a 10cm plant and basket, which were on a shelf at the edge of the pond, upside down on the lawn.

So is it (a) human intrusion. I am well down on Dominic Cummings list who is the only person I have offended, albeit very remotely, in recent days
(b) foxes - stuff on line suggests not
(c) a heron? Really?? I have frogs and newts but suspect they would only come if there were fish
(d) cats, at least three neighbourhood cats are seen around there from time to time. How would they move a pot half a metre?

Subject to views I'm going to put some spikes up. Bit extreme but fed up with this. You can get commercial products
eg [www.wish.com]

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Posted by tiddles May 25, 05:50PM

No bats or stag beetles yet....

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Posted by Lynne May 25, 06:56PM

Nothing to do with ED, so a digression, but I saw my first ever slow worm this afternoon

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Posted by LoulaRose May 25, 07:32PM

I saw a bat/bats on Overhill Road last week.
Do they only appear during the hot weather, or do I see them because Iím outside on hot nights?

We also have a starling visit us daily to feast on berries. The tree is very close to our back door, but it has become used to us watching.



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Posted by malumbu May 26, 12:12PM

Had another visit to my pond last night even though I have put spikes down which should deter large creatures walking around it. A good authority says it will be fox/es so put water out and will put disinfectant around the area as they do not like this. I worry that they find the pond liner a nice material to use for scratching.

Obviously the Googlesphere wants to put the blame onto cats and herons.

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Posted by Lynne May 26, 03:19PM

One morning last week the water level had dropped by several inches. Re-filled it and it hasn't leaked since, so I wondered if it had been foxes jumping into it to get fish or just have a splash about. In the past they have chewed through the cable that runs the pump and knocked pots over.

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Posted by kiera May 26, 04:17PM

Malumbu
It could be fox cubs - they have only recently started to appear and they are very playful. Putting down water for foxes is a good idea, but may not deter them from wanting to drink from the pond, as a pond is a more natural water source.
A garden pond is such a valuable wilife feature in a garden. Couldn't you make a place where creatures (including foxes?) can get to the water's edge to drink? Wouldn't a paving slab or plank of wood on top of the pond liner protect it from damage while enabling wildlife to get to the water's edge to have a drink, So much more wildlife friendly than spikes - and as for disinfectant - I hope you will not use disinfectant! The ingredients that make disinfectants effective in destroying bacteria and viruses make them toxic for animals - and for pondlife, which is especially sensitive to disinfectants.

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Posted by malumbu May 27, 12:45PM

Spikes removed, disinfectant on poles ie not on the ground and away from pond. Water left out, can put this in a more natural way as suggested. Yes it probably was playful cubs. If the pond is damaged then that is the end for the aquatic wildlife. So frogs, newts and other pond life come first!

Funnily enough the only harm from the spikes was to me! Karma.

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Posted by Sue May 27, 08:11PM

malumbu Wrote:
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> Funnily enough the only harm from the spikes was
> to me! Karma.


Oh dear, hope you weren't too badly harmed, malumbu?

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Posted by Lynne May 28, 08:42AM

Got stung by a bumble bee yesterday when I accidently disturbed a nest. I didn't know they could sting. Didn't leave a barb in the skin.

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Posted by Penguin68 May 28, 10:29AM

Stingless bees are all tropical and subtropical. There are none in the UK. All UK bees can sting.

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