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messageED Nature Watch
Posted by Peckhamgatecrasher 24 March, 2009 11:03

Thought it might be interesting to share observations as Spring gets underway.

I go to Peckham Rye most days and in the last week have seen nature at its worst and sweetest:

a) Witnessed the gang rape of a duck by 8 drakes. Really horrid - they hemmed her in and took turns.

b) This morning watched a male pigeon patiently collect twigs one by one and take them to his missus building a nest in the corner of the pagoda.

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Posted by PeckhamRose 24 March, 2009 11:14

As Spring gets underway my eyes itch, my lungs tighten, I sneeze.
But
in the mornings specially when it is sunny and bright, the view across London and across the park from my flat fills me with delight and indeed the birds around my birdfeeder even seem happier.
And it's great biking weather!
Now to get some antihistamines and stock up on inhalers!

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Posted by SteveT 24 March, 2009 13:04

A pair of great tits have moved into one of the bird boxes, they look so smart in their plumage looks like they wear little suits.

I have to keep an eye out for moggies they, 3 or 4 of them, tend to come around and see if there is a free meal anywhere.

The buds on the hawthorn are ready to burst on the scene, all fat and bloated. There's a pair of blackbirds that have

colonised the garden as I put out the odd pear for them to peck at, but they have never nested here, due I suspect to the

amount of feline activity.

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dickensman

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Posted by Clinker 24 March, 2009 13:22

I saw a lovely pair of tits this morning...

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Posted by Moos 24 March, 2009 13:45

The trees have started to get that magical shimmer as the leaf-buds thicken and swell, but haven't quite burst. A few have already broken into leaf and are clad in that wonderful fresh green that epitomises spring. Happy, happy season.

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Posted by Ted Max 24 March, 2009 13:53

Indeed Moos, as I remarked only this morning, upon being bidden a good morning on the top deck of the 185:

This spring as it comes bursts up in bonfires green,
Wild puffing of emerald trees, and flame-filled bushes,
Thorn-blossom lifting in wreaths of smoke between
Where the wood fumes up and the watery, flickering rushes.

I am amazed at this spring, this conflagration
Of green fires lit on the soil of the earth, this blaze
Of growing, and sparks that puff in wild gyration,
Faces of people streaming across my gaze.

And I, what fountain of fire am I among
This leaping combustion of spring? My spirit is tossed
About like a shadow buffeted in the throng
Of flames, a shadow thatís gone astray, and is lost.


Also, I seen a blackbird with a worm in its mouth.

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Posted by ratty 24 March, 2009 14:01

A fox sh1t on my patio this morning!

But on a lighter note, I saw a Green Woodpecker in my mums garden 4 weeks ago. It was rather beautiful!

My mum lives in Pompey though!

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Posted by Applespider 24 March, 2009 14:20

I have blue tits (fnar fnar) living in the space behind my boiler. They've moved in for a few weeks each year for the past 5 years since I replaced my boiler and left the space.

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Posted by louisiana 24 March, 2009 14:30

My local jay as been here all winter, often perching briefly in the upper branches of the robinia in the back garden. It never hangs around for long though, and I've yet to see a mate.

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Posted by SaveShambo 24 March, 2009 14:47

talking of nature bursting forth, can you get into dulwich park early morning for a pre-work walk, or do you have to wait for the gates to open?

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Posted by TheePope 24 March, 2009 15:49

SaveShambo Wrote:
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> talking of nature bursting forth, can you get into
> dulwich park early morning for a pre-work walk, or
> do you have to wait for the gates to open?


I envy you your Jay! Only seen one Jay in the garden here. But have sat here today and enjoyed watching robins, blackbirds, blue tits and sparrows (a rare sight sparrows). Less pleased to see the big fat ring necked pigeon currently in the garden but at least it hoovers up all the remaining bits of bird seed.

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Posted by francine 24 March, 2009 16:30

I live in Forest Hill, have done for five years..and my favourite bird is back!! a blackbird i call Jess...she sings so sweetly from her/my favourite tree..which by the way is on a main road!!
Hey spring is here !!!!

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Posted by louisiana 24 March, 2009 16:39

Oh, the fat pigeons. I wonder whether the pigeons and squirrels (and magpies) kind of dominate the terrain and discourage the others.

A starling has now arrived and perched at the very top of the robinia, looking a little wobbly as the tiny branches sway. (My office is about a third of the way up from the base of the tree, so a good view of the middle and upper section.)

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Posted by Michael Palaeologus 24 March, 2009 16:45

The Green Parakeets have started squawking even louder around Goose Green, Peckham Rye and Dulwich Woods. Antipodean sap is rising it would seem.

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Posted by TheePope 24 March, 2009 17:12

The squirrels are a pain but they don't seem to bother the birds that much. The most aggressive littel fella is the robin which chases off any other robins on his patch!

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Posted by pearl1 24 March, 2009 17:32

I saw a greenfinch just 3 days ago...

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Posted by Sue 24 March, 2009 19:32

ratty Wrote:
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> I saw a Green Woodpecker in
> my mums garden 4 weeks ago. It was rather
> beautiful!
>
> My mum lives in Pompey though!

xxxxxx

Nyge and I saw a Green Woodpecker in Peckham Rye park on Sunday !!!!

When I lived in Oundle, I used to get a family of Greater Spotted Woodpeckers coming to my birdfeeder (Mum, Dad and Baby) which was brilliant. Never seen one in ED however ....

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Posted by Peckhamgatecrasher 24 March, 2009 19:48

I'm jealous. I've been hearing the woodpecker for weeks but not caught a glimpse of it. Mind you, I did see a crow imitating the sound which was very funny.

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Posted by ££££ 24 March, 2009 20:02

What abour presenters?.......Snorky = Bill Oddie methinks

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Posted by Sue 24 March, 2009 20:36

Peckhamgatecrasher Wrote:
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> I'm jealous. I've been hearing the woodpecker for
> weeks but not caught a glimpse of it. Mind you, I
> did see a crow imitating the sound which was very
> funny.

xxxxxx

Didn't hear it at all, just saw it making its way quite slowly up a tree trunk smiling smiley

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Posted by Louisa 24 March, 2009 20:42

I dont know if I have bad eyesight or whether this was just a very rare experience, but at the beginning of the month I was walking around Dulwich Park and was just heading over towards the Gallery Gate entrance and I saw a red, yes red squirrel, rather small and fluffy eared running a good 3 or 4 yards in front of me heading towards a tree. I so wished I had a camera at the time but sadly did not. I am no wildlife expert but I was under the impression red squirrels were extinct in this part of the country. Anyone?

Louisa.

(edited for yards not years!)



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Posted by SimonM 24 March, 2009 20:57

Red squirrels are extinct in the UK except for a few areas the grey monster has not invaded. So your sighting is a puzzle indeed.

I think we get your jay here too from time to time. He/she or his ancestors have been making sporadic visits for at least a dozen years. We also get a robin and his missus, various kinds of tits and finches, mr and mrs blackbird, sparrows and the occasional woodpecker down from Sydenham woods presumably. The magpies and pigeons which also visit cannot get into the birdfeeders, as they are too big, but as the smaller birds are messy eaters they clean up the ground beneath. The parakeets also stop by still...

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SimonM

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Posted by Asset 24 March, 2009 21:03

I see Jays quite often over my way, spotted woodpecker too



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Posted by Ted Max 24 March, 2009 21:55

Ghost squirrel.
http://www.eastdulwichforum.co.uk/forum/file.php?5,file=3803



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Posted by Sue 24 March, 2009 22:08

Louisa Wrote:
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> I dont know if I have bad eyesight or whether this
> was just a very rare experience, but at the
> beginning of the month I was walking around
> Dulwich Park and was just heading over towards the
> Gallery Gate entrance and I saw a red, yes red
> squirrel, rather small and fluffy eared running a
> good 3 or 4 yards in front of me heading towards a
> tree. I so wished I had a camera at the time but
> sadly did not. I am no wildlife expert but I was
> under the impression red squirrels were extinct in
> this part of the country. Anyone?
>
> Louisa.
>
> (edited for yards not years!)

xxxxxx

Sometimes grey squirrels seem to get a reddish tinge.

I think red squirrels actually have quite distinct tufts on their ears, but I'm not an expert .... but would be very surprised (and delighted!) if it was a proppa red squirrel.

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Posted by red devil 24 March, 2009 22:25

I was amazed when I recently saw about 4/5 Goldcrests in the garden, they're even smaller than a Wren...

http://www.garden-birds.co.uk/birds/images/goldcrest3.jpg

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Posted by snorky 24 March, 2009 23:30

No sloworms yet, but they only seem to appear on odd occasions

A lizard showed his head last summer, but th newts should be up n running soon

toads playing piggyback a plenty though

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Posted by Moos 25 March, 2009 08:25

Louisa, if it was really small (about half the size of a grey) and had distintively tufty ears then it was a real red squirrel. What a mystery, lucky you.

I've seen them a few times in Hamburg, and embarrassed myself by getting rather excited and squealy. It's somewhat the equivalent of going to London and going Oooh ooh! A pigeon!

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Posted by Jeremy 25 March, 2009 08:30

I heard that red squirreles were starting to return in places... something to do with a disease which is deadly to the greys, but the reds are immune to.

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Posted by Asset 25 March, 2009 09:10

I've seen reds in Scotland

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