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Posted by BrandNewGuy 31 May, 2018 09:41

Possibly a stag beetle. They do fly, but very badly.

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Posted by MarkT 31 May, 2018 10:06

Wot about this?
[www.buglife.org.uk]

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Posted by Sue 31 May, 2018 10:06

Stag beetle?

Ooops sorry hadn't seen other posts.



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Posted by Robert Poste's Child 31 May, 2018 12:18

There are definitely stag beetles about at dusk, I saw one a few days ago in Burbage Rd which has a hotspot. There have been a lot of small flying insects in the air with all the wet weather so perhaps they're after those.

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Posted by MarkT 31 May, 2018 12:36

I should have mentioned my link above was about the Cockchafer bug. Quite dramatic in flight.
MarkT

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Posted by civilservant 31 May, 2018 12:50

Sue Wrote:
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> Take them to a wood or something far, far from your house big grin


some have indeed been deported far far away - if you've noticed happy thrushes in Dulwich Woods, that's probably why!

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Posted by Lynne 31 May, 2018 13:08

It looked like a minature drone. Quite odd.Thanks for the suggestions.

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Posted by cornelia 03 June, 2018 21:58

Much excitement - found a large iridescent green rose chafer beetle near Denmark Hill station.

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Posted by tiddles 03 June, 2018 22:20

That sounds like a stag beetle

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Posted by Asset 05 June, 2018 12:49

Yep, prob a stag beetle as others have said - I've got them flying around at dusk, since Friday.
They only last a few weeks, are rare (apart from south east), harmless and a fabulous sight. I had a friend over on Friday who lives in north London and he said he'd never seen one before.

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Posted by cornelia 05 June, 2018 13:02

Attaching picture... Definitely a rose chafer. Very beautiful metallic sheen, the photo doesn't do it justice!

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Posted by Sue 05 June, 2018 14:50

I think two separate sightings have got confused in the thread!

Some people are talking about a stag beetle sighting, others about a rose chafer.

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Posted by cornelia 05 June, 2018 15:40

Actually, reading again, just me talking about a rose chafer on my own :-(

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Posted by Sue 05 June, 2018 16:10

smiling smiley

The confusion has arisen because some people have answered a post without quoting the original, and another unrelated post has got in between.

Easily done smiling smiley



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Posted by jimmah 05 June, 2018 19:18

I liked your Chafer bug Cornelia, they are great when the sun catches them.

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Posted by Robert Poste's Child 07 June, 2018 15:51

Something is making holes in my garden and I can't work out what it is. The holes are about 2-3 inches across, maybe 5-6 inches deep, with veritcal sides and no earth displaced as far as I can see.

Is it foxes digging for worms? Or is one of my neighbours practising with a pogo stick?

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Posted by Sue 07 June, 2018 18:31

Squirrels?

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Posted by precious star 08 June, 2018 18:13

Squirrels...or rats !

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Posted by alice 08 June, 2018 19:04

Cockroach or stag nettle. Was it muggy.

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Posted by flocker spotter 11 June, 2018 09:54

vixen with 2 cubs
stag beetles
toads, newts & a slow worm
bats- this is a new one for me, but they were out at the weekend nr goose green - you have to look for them

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Posted by heartblock 12 June, 2018 07:12

Iím pretty certain I saw a pair of blackcaps in the garden yesterday. There was definitely some crazy birdsong. Has anyone else seen blackcaps in ED? It was a pale grey with a black head, the other I couldnít see clearly and had a sort of uppy-downy song. They were in a tree flitting around and then both flew off. If not blackcaps any suggestions.

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Posted by Comeback Book Group 12 June, 2018 08:55

Yep. Often seen blackcaps in my back garden. Dunstans Road towards Dawson's Heights.

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Posted by BrandNewGuy 12 June, 2018 09:45

And there are blackcaps breeding on Green Dale fields behind Sainsburys, as well as fellow warbler the chiffchaff.

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Posted by heartblock 12 June, 2018 11:02

Yea...thatís great. How lovely, I will keep an eye out for them again. Thank you both.

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Posted by Paulo 17 June, 2018 13:39

Blimey, a juvenile sparrowhawk just swooped down onto our garden fence and took out one of the local gang of noisy sparrows - they've gone very quiet just now.....

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Posted by Sue 18 June, 2018 13:27

Paulo Wrote:
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> Blimey, a juvenile sparrowhawk just swooped down
> onto our garden fence and took out one of the
> local gang of noisy sparrows - they've gone very
> quiet just now.....


This may well explain why a few days ago my garden was full of extremely agitated sparrows flying round and round.

I did think it was rather strange.

I saw a bird of prey recently on the allotments next to Camber Tennis Club on the South Circular - maybe the same one?

I used to get loads of starlings in my garden, and some years back a raptor took one of them off. I've never seen a starling in my garden since sad smiley

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Posted by Dyson Dave 21 June, 2018 09:58

Does anyone else thinks there's a lot tmore squirrels about this year?

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Posted by Sue 21 June, 2018 10:43

No.

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Posted by BrandNewGuy 21 June, 2018 11:00

Sue Wrote:
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> I used to get loads of starlings in my garden, and
> some years back a raptor took one of them off.
> I've never seen a starling in my garden since sad smiley

It's more likely that this is a reflection of the steep decrease in starling numbers in the southeast over the last twenty years or so. The cause isn't clear.

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Posted by Sue 21 June, 2018 11:40

Maybe, but this happened immediately.

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