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Re: nature notes II
« Reply #25 on: February 16, 2013, 01:57:25 PM »
Out on the bike trails the other day I saw several Ravens. Don't usually see many of them in the city. Waiting for the Ospreys to return to the bottom of my hill this spring. I've noticed the ducks etc. flying north over the past couple of weeks.
The Bow River never totally froze over this winter. Odd, we haven't had an early spring, like this appears to be, since I can remember.

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« Reply #26 on: February 16, 2013, 04:35:00 PM »
Nice to see ravens and ospreys, powwow.  I saw a smew and a bittern this week, in the middle of London, sort of.

Yes, crocuses, snowdrops and daffs in some London gardens now.   And loads of catkins. 
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Re: nature notes II
« Reply #27 on: February 19, 2013, 03:03:43 PM »
From my bedroom window I have just been watching a magpie and a rabbit dancing around each other in the wildlife reserve behind our back fence, WOW! :)

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Re: nature notes II
« Reply #28 on: February 19, 2013, 08:29:18 PM »
Floo, was it a tango, and who won?

The birds here are already starting to gather nesting material.  Spring flowers have their leaves through but only the gorgeous snowdrops and primulas/primroses are in flower.
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Re: nature notes II
« Reply #29 on: February 25, 2013, 08:07:09 PM »
Anyone who would like a lift during this current spell of dismal weather  might like to look at these captivating mammal photos. :)

http://www.birdguides.com/webzine/article.asp?a=3655
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Re: nature notes II
« Reply #30 on: February 27, 2013, 11:29:58 AM »
Anybody in Norfolk at the moment, who likes birds, head to the Anmer/Bircham area, where a white-tailed eagle (sea eagle) has been delighting people with frequent flights, or sometimes it just sits in a field.  Damn and blast, I am stuck in London  at the moment.

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« Reply #31 on: February 27, 2013, 11:32:35 AM »
Floo, was it a tango, and who won?

The birds here are already starting to gather nesting material.  Spring flowers have their leaves through but only the gorgeous snowdrops and primulas/primroses are in flower.

Still only snowdrops out here, it has obviously been a cold one for this part of East Anglia.

Lots of wood pigeons treating the garden like a knocking shop though.  >:(

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« Reply #32 on: February 27, 2013, 11:33:20 AM »
Anybody in Norfolk at the moment, who likes birds, head to the Anmer/Bircham area, where a white-tailed eagle (sea eagle) has been delighting people with frequent flights, or sometimes it just sits in a field.  Damn and blast, I am stuck in London  at the moment.

http://tinyurl.com/ckmy9gb

Ooh, how exciting, is it likely to stick around do you think?

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« Reply #33 on: February 27, 2013, 11:35:23 AM »
Yes, it could stay for a while, as they often do.  There was one last year I think.  Of course, it's a question of luck if you see it, but there may be a bunch of birders hanging around, who will give info, esp at week-end.

Other news in Norfolk, there have been a couple of hen harriers at Roydon Common recently, and the golden pheasant showing well at Wolferton triangle.

Also a few red kites being seen.

http://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/RealData/gallery.asp?SpeciesID=2430&L1=0&L2=1&L3=2&L4=282

Also, might as well add others, a dipper has been nr Thetford recently, and otters are being seen at Strumpshaw Fen, easy to photo apparently. 
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Re: nature notes II
« Reply #34 on: March 10, 2013, 06:08:03 PM »
A few wheatears and sand martins have arrived, but they're mostly on the Scillies and in these foreign southern places like Devon and Cornwall, no doubt waiting for a change in weather from these bitter cold north easterlies, when they can fly north and enjoy a right royal Yorkshire welcome.  :D
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Re: nature notes II
« Reply #35 on: March 10, 2013, 11:32:04 PM »
I see the blackthorn is coming into flower now, and looking very nice in some hedges next to the cherry blossom, a kind of white and pink froth against the black boughs.  But yeah, freezing!
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Re: nature notes II
« Reply #36 on: April 23, 2013, 02:36:59 PM »
I came across this sad story about your Pontfadog Oak yesterday.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/britains-ancient-pontfadog-oak-felled-by-windstorm/article11447385/

Ospreys haven't started building their nest down my hill along the river yet.
http://www.enmax.com/Energy/Res/Greenmax/Osprey+Camera/OspreyLiveCamera.htm

Pictures of the osprey nest from a few years ago
http://www.hancockwildlife.org/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=175415&page=47

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Re: nature notes II
« Reply #37 on: May 02, 2013, 05:48:22 PM »
I see the blackthorn is coming into flower now, and looking very nice in some hedges next to the cherry blossom, a kind of white and pink froth against the black boughs.  But yeah, freezing!

This is interesting, here in middle England, it has taken until the beginning of this week for the cherry blossom to appear.

Another glorious day and the leaves on the trees have only started to appear this week too, and the later 'leafers' eg. ash, oak and poplar, are still bare.

The fields are sooo dry, poor farmers. There are water-spraying machines of all kinds everywhere. In some places, where I was walking today, the ground is so parched it is cracked. And it's been like this for a while now.

Please, some rain, preferably at night! Thank you.

The magnolias are now in full bloom - wonderful sight ....... quite late, as well.
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Re: nature notes II
« Reply #38 on: May 02, 2013, 06:21:25 PM »
A gorgeous day in south Bucks too, I just fall back in love with nature like a teenager on days like today. Even the simplest flowers like daisies or cherry blossom have charm and wonderful symmetry.  Dandelions are out in vast numbers by the roadsides of the Chilterns. Takes me back to my misspent youth when I'd spend entire spring days collecting dandelion heads to make dandelion wine, ready for the autumn.

Has anybody here made anything with dandelions ?

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« Reply #39 on: May 02, 2013, 10:29:21 PM »
I was drinking in the wild flowers today, Torrers, and I know just what you mean by symmetry - one never tires of the magnificence of their design.

No, can't say I've ever made anything from dandelions, except chains, but I loved Dandelion and Burdock as a child. Gosh, haven't tasted that in years ..... wonder if it's still around.
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Re: nature notes II
« Reply #40 on: May 02, 2013, 10:34:37 PM »
We regularly buy dandelion and burdock, but pick dandelions to make a chain?   :o :o  If you pick a dandelion you will wet the bed.
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Re: nature notes II
« Reply #41 on: May 02, 2013, 10:38:15 PM »
We have a quince bush (tree?) in our garden and it is covered in gorgeous dark pink blossom - more than I have seen in the previous 4 years here - I'm hoping this means we'll get a bumper crop - as it was pitiful last year.
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Re: nature notes II
« Reply #42 on: May 02, 2013, 10:41:15 PM »
Ah, I guess if you're not looking for it you don't notice it.

It's many years since I made a dandelion chain Ket ..... and I've never heard of such a curse, ha ha ...
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Re: nature notes II
« Reply #43 on: May 02, 2013, 10:42:34 PM »
Our quince is looking spectacular this year too.  Our's is bright orange.  The spring flowers have also been exceptionally beautiful, so this late season must have suited them.
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Re: nature notes II
« Reply #44 on: May 03, 2013, 09:11:58 AM »
I see the blackthorn is coming into flower now, and looking very nice in some hedges next to the cherry blossom, a kind of white and pink froth against the black boughs.  But yeah, freezing!

This is interesting, here in middle England, it has taken until the beginning of this week for the cherry blossom to appear.

Another glorious day and the leaves on the trees have only started to appear this week too, and the later 'leafers' eg. ash, oak and poplar, are still bare.

The fields are sooo dry, poor farmers. There are water-spraying machines of all kinds everywhere. In some places, where I was walking today, the ground is so parched it is cracked. And it's been like this for a while now.

Please, some rain, preferably at night! Thank you.

The magnolias are now in full bloom - wonderful sight ....... quite late, as well.

Yes, we seem to have gone from monsoon weather to ultra-dry.  Several of my yuccas have died, their stems had rotted, because of all the rain I guess.  But now everywhere is looking parched again. 

Still, some glorious weather.  We are predicting a fine May and June, and then heavy rain in July and August, just in time for the holidays. 

Magnolias were wonderful this year - there are about 10 of them in my street in London, both the normal kind, and the star. 

Another plant I am raving about is the pieris japonica, one of my neighbours has one, and it has white flowers with red early leaves, and together they are stunning.  Must buy one.  Warning: poisonous.

Botanical note: this plant has pseudo-leaflets; not a lot of people know that.

Just realized, they are part of the heath family, therefore don't like lime.  My part of Norfolk is fairly alkaline, so would have to grow in tubs, etc.
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Re: nature notes II
« Reply #45 on: May 03, 2013, 02:31:57 PM »
Yes, my daughter has lost a yucca too. I was over there the other day helping her to dig it up .... very tough job!

Some good news though elsewhere, for the humble honeybee, now the EU have banned neonicotinoid pesticides. Unfortunately, only for 2 years at the moment, but it's something.

I came across this:

"If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth man would have no more than four years to live" ~ Einstein
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« Reply #46 on: May 03, 2013, 02:50:53 PM »
Yes, good for the bees.  But arable farming is very chemicalized - on fine days like today, you will see the farmers out with their sprayers.  Insects and birds - bye bye.
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« Reply #47 on: May 03, 2013, 03:00:16 PM »
It's a difficult solution .... organic farming is great in theory but not so easy to apply en masse.

Back to grow you're own - it's just finding the time for many working folk.
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Re: nature notes II
« Reply #48 on: May 03, 2013, 03:04:59 PM »
Well, we are living through a mass extinction of insects, animals and birds.  I suppose this is the price we are paying for affluence and progress.  Hmm.
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« Reply #49 on: May 03, 2013, 03:20:23 PM »
Absolutely, and probably from interfering with nature in the first place.

Anyways, I'm off out now to interfere with nature meself, got some grass to cut!

Don't mind mowing the lawn. :)
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