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messageRe: ED Nature Watch
Posted by nxjen 28 March, 2019 11:39

Spotted a clutch of 7 newly hatched coot chicks on the lake at Peckham Rye Park this morning

messageRe: ED Nature Watch
Posted by Sue 28 March, 2019 15:33

Yay!

ETA: Not local, but we saw ten Egyptian goslings at Hampton Court at the weekend.

Very fluffy and very spotty!



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messageRe: ED Nature Watch
Posted by Nigello 02 April, 2019 18:41

The pond at Goodrich School (outside the separate three-storey house on the school site, Dunstans Road) has been drained. I hope it gets refilled and restocked with plants because it's helpful for local biodiversity. Does anyone know whether it's likely to happen?

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Posted by louisemurray 06 April, 2019 09:08

I've had a bad year for toadspawn after a spectacular year in 2018. Overall less spawn laid, and many of the eggs turned white and dead before hatching. Not many tadpoles this year.
ANyone else had a similar experience?
I'm in Marsden road.

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Posted by tarafitness 08 April, 2019 20:59

Yay to the baby coots in Peckham Rye Park's pond, being marvellously well looked after by their parents.
Boo to all the people deliberately ignoring the 'please don't feed me bread' signs sad smiley

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messageRe: ED Nature Watch
Posted by Sue 09 April, 2019 14:04

tarafitness Wrote:

> Boo to all the people deliberately ignoring the
> 'please don't feed me bread' signs sad smiley


Whilst that annoys me greatly as well, to be fair, maybe they are not "deliberately ignoring" the signs?

Maybe they just haven't seen or read them?

messageRe: ED Nature Watch
Posted by staplemeg 11 April, 2019 18:42

Seven fluffy Egyptian goslings in Dulwich Park this evening!

https://i.imgur.com/qa9aRrf.jpg?1



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messageRe: ED Nature Watch
Posted by tarafitness 11 April, 2019 19:15

Sue Wrote:
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> tarafitness Wrote:
>
> > Boo to all the people deliberately ignoring the
> > 'please don't feed me bread' signs sad smiley
>
>
> Whilst that annoys me greatly as well, to be fair,
> maybe they are not "deliberately ignoring" the
> signs?
>
> Maybe they just haven't seen or read them?

They were stood right next to the signs :D

messageRe: ED Nature Watch
Posted by Sue 12 April, 2019 22:27

tarafitness Wrote:
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> Sue Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > tarafitness Wrote:
> >
> > > Boo to all the people deliberately ignoring
> the
> > > 'please don't feed me bread' signs sad smiley
> >
> >
> > Whilst that annoys me greatly as well, to be
> fair,
> > maybe they are not "deliberately ignoring" the
> > signs?
> >
> > Maybe they just haven't seen or read them?
>
> They were stood right next to the signs :D


I passed by there yesterday and only saw one sign?

I think if I had seen anybody feeding ducks bread next to it I might have had a polite word with them smiling smiley

messageRe: ED Nature Watch
Posted by Sue 12 April, 2019 22:28

nxjen Wrote:
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> Spotted a clutch of 7 newly hatched coot chicks on
> the lake at Peckham Rye Park this morning


If it's the same coot family, I could only see two with their parents yesterday sad smiley

Hope the heron hasn't had the rest (haven't seen any herons lately).

messageRe: ED Nature Watch
Posted by nxjen 13 April, 2019 06:06

Very sad to learn that. Nature can be a real b*stard sometimes.

messageRe: ED Nature Watch
Posted by Sue 13 April, 2019 06:25

nxjen Wrote:
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> Very sad to learn that. Nature can be a real
> b*stard sometimes.


On the other hand, nature seems to arrange things so that enough are born that some will hopefully be left.

If all the tadpoles which hatched became mature frogs, we would be knee deep in frogs!

messageRe: ED Nature Watch
Posted by staplemeg 13 April, 2019 15:33

Saw five of the coot chicks with their parents yesterday evening! smiling smiley

messageRe: ED Nature Watch
Posted by diable rouge 13 April, 2019 16:33

Sue Wrote:
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> Hope the heron hasn't had the rest (haven't seen
> any herons lately).

Haven't seen the swan either recently...

messageRe: ED Nature Watch
Posted by Peckhamgatecrasher 14 April, 2019 09:17

According to "Country Life" article*, coots aren't all fluffy and sweet:

"... where duck nest proliferate ... will take eggs opportunistically ... and will drown duckling by towing them down by the legs."

"Where food is plentiful, the chicks are fed for up to two months and may stay on parental territory for 14 weeks. However, in leaner locations, they are discouraged after the first few days and only the strongest and most persistent two or three per brood survive."


* "As bald as a coot", Country Life 13.02.19

messageRe: ED Nature Watch
Posted by Sue 14 April, 2019 10:07

sad smiley

messageRe: ED Nature Watch
Posted by tarafitness 15 April, 2019 00:15

Sue Wrote:
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> I passed by there yesterday and only saw one
> sign?

There are about 3 smiling smiley

> I think if I had seen anybody feeding ducks bread
> next to it I might have had a polite word with
> them smiling smiley

The family who were there when we arrived, cleared off as soon as we pulled out the freezer bags of duck food. The other chap was wandering around with a plastic bag full of bread, throwing it mainly to the pigeons, then lobbing some into the pond - while stood next to the sign.

You're braver than I am. I just did the passive aggressive British thing of loudly agreeing with my 5 year old when he said that people shouldn't be feeding the ducks bread.

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I think there may be 2 families of coots? I saw parents with 2, and then there's a nest full of the fluffy blighters at the end near the small playground.

messageRe: ED Nature Watch
Posted by tiddles 15 April, 2019 08:34

Oh good i was worried about those baby coots - mr heron is very clearly abour
We saw one set of parents with 5 and another set with just 1...

Just waiting for the ducklings ....

messageRe: ED Nature Watch
Posted by dougie22 20 April, 2019 17:16

tiddles Wrote:
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> Oh good i was worried about those baby coots - mr
> heron is very clearly abour
> We saw one set of parents with 5 and another set
> with just 1...
>
> Just waiting for the ducklings ....

Five fluffy yellow Canada goslings in the pond this morning.......

messageRe: ED Nature Watch
Posted by BrandNewGuy 21 April, 2019 14:56

Went on a dawn chorus walk around Green Dale fields yesterday morning and heard and/or saw 27 different bird species: robin, blackbird, wren, dunnock, house sparrow, chiffchaff, blackcap, goldfinch, greenfinch, bullfinch, blue tit, great tit, long-tailed tit, song thrush, magpie, carrion crow, jackdaw, black-headed gull, lesser black-backed gull, herring gull, cormorant, mallard, ring-necked parakeet, greater spotted woodpecker, starling, woodpigeon and goldcrest. Worth getting up before 4am smiling smiley

messageRe: ED Nature Watch
Posted by Fractoggen 22 April, 2019 08:53

it is good discussion for me!

messageRe: ED Nature Watch
Posted by jimmah 22 April, 2019 17:15

There were two healthy looking Jays in my garden this morning.

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Posted by amlh 30 April, 2019 12:48

4 goslings on my last visit and a whole new clutch of tiny coots (cootlings?).

Also - saw a turtle for the first time in the other pond near the bamboo house/wooden shelter thing. First time ever.

messageRe: ED Nature Watch
Posted by amlh 30 April, 2019 12:51

Also watched a mallard (male) attempt to drown a cootling. The coot parents were hooting in a panic as the mallard dragged the cootling underwater and kept it there. It was horrible to see. Clearly a copy/mallard war going on.

messageRe: ED Nature Watch
Posted by Sue 30 April, 2019 13:45

amlh Wrote:
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> Also - saw a turtle for the first time in the
> other pond near the bamboo house/wooden shelter
> thing. First time ever.


Unfortunately, somebody may have tired of it as a pet (possibly when it grew larger) and dumped it there sad smiley

messageRe: ED Nature Watch
Posted by sunbob 03 May, 2019 09:37

amlh Wrote:
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> Also - saw a turtle for the first time in the
> other pond near the bamboo house/wooden shelter
> thing. First time ever.

I'm sure I've seen turtles there every year for a long time. Will ask children to remind me when they get home.

messageRe: ED Nature Watch
Posted by Sue 03 May, 2019 12:31

Actually come to think of it, I have a vague memory of seeing a turtle there, out of the water.

ETA: But I don't think there is any way it (or possibly they) could have got there unless at some point somebody actually put them there. Unless they had made a bid for freedom from somebody's house or garden smiling smiley



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messageRe: ED Nature Watch
Posted by Asset 08 May, 2019 08:41

they may have originally started out as pets but I'm sure they're happier living in the wild. There are terrapins/turtles in the pond on Dulwich Common too, been there for years. Loads of turtles live in the lake in Central Park NYC

messageRe: ED Nature Watch
Posted by Sue 08 May, 2019 09:47

There are also several in the village pond at Ditchling, where I once lived. We thought there was just one, until one day we saw three at once sunbathing on a rock.

I also found one wandering down the path at the horticulture department in Stanmer Park, where I worked at the time smiling smiley I put it in one of our ponds smiling smiley

messageRe: ED Nature Watch
Posted by BrandNewGuy 08 May, 2019 13:18

Keep an eye and an ear out for the return of the swifts now's usually about the time. Here's what I've recorded as the first day they've been seen or heard in ED in previous years:
2011 May 9
2012 May 1
2013 May 17
2014 May 8
2015 May 9
2016 May 4
2017 - May 6
2018 May 7

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