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Post by Ploshkin 10th June 2020, 7:24 pm

The last time I saw ladybirds in any numbers was about 15 years ago when we had an infestation on one of our fields. There were tens of thousands and they (or their larvae) completely wrecked the grass which had been shut out for silage.

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Post by Dandelion 15th June 2020, 10:23 pm

Ploshkin wrote:The last time I saw ladybirds in any numbers was about 15 years ago when we had an infestation on one of our fields.  There were tens of thousands and they (or their larvae) completely wrecked the grass which had been shut out for silage.
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It's not what you expect from our favourite national insect - it sounds more like locusts than ladybirds! I suppose any insect en masse is a bad thing.

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Post by Ploshkin 19th June 2020, 9:25 pm

I recall saying a while back that we had sighted 2 barn owls and were hoping for the patter of tiny claws in our shed roof. Well, from my nightly listening I know that we have had a happy event and that there are at least 2 owlets.
I'm really chuffed because last night, after quite a few attempts, I got some video clips with a camera trap. In one of them you can see that the owl has a dead mouse or rat in its beak and it flies up to where the nest is.
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Post by Ploshkin 24th June 2020, 11:29 am

I'm getting a number of video clips every night of the barn owls. They seem to be hunting very well. I can only put the camera at one end of the void so I move it to the other end every few days. Whichever end it is it catches 3 or 4 rodents being taken in to the nest. It's not always possible to see but a lot of them are short tailed voles which I know are the favoured prey of barn owls.
Video clips are too big to load so I have saved a couple of frames.
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Post by Dandelion 25th June 2020, 10:41 pm

Wow!

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Post by Ploshkin 29th June 2020, 9:57 am

I'm so thrilled.  My camera picked up the babies in the early hours - 3 of them lined up in the gap, bobbing their heads up and down then just at the very end of the clip a fourth appeared.
Unfortunately, the timer was set until 5.00am and that was the final clip.  I've extended the time for tonight.  It very much appeared that they were getting ready to fly.
The last few nights I have seen the adults taking in up to 11 voles and mice each night, mostly between midnight and 2.00am.
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Post by Dandelion 29th June 2020, 12:10 pm

That's exciting Ploshkin - hope you can see them flying

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Post by FloBear 29th June 2020, 7:40 pm

Oh wow! Your very own Barn Owl babies. I am suitably envious. These trail cameras are remarkable things, aren't they?
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Post by Dandelion 12th August 2020, 5:04 pm

We now have three ex-commmercial hens (I can't remember if I mentioned this in another thread.) That in itself is another story, but they have arrived badly pecked and a bit featherless, but also (understandably) not very happy about being handled. To get them sprayed with anti-pecking spray I have been taking them out of the nest at night while they are sleepy. And while Mr D and I were creeping around the garden at night by the light of a torch, we saw our resident hedgehog! We haven't seen it out and about - we discovered it asleep in its nest in the spring but didn't know if being disturbed had had a detrimental effect. But there it was, snuffling around by the hens' cage! We have now put out a bowl of water for it at night.

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Post by Ploshkin 12th August 2020, 6:56 pm

That's lovely Dandelion, I haven't seen a hedgehog at all this year though my neighbour has a regular visitor so it's nice to know they're around.

I've been meaning to post these for ages. My 4 barn owl babies successfully fledged and I really miss them now as I had been following their every noise and movement for 5 months. They're still around, I hear the young ones screeching in the trees and there's plenty of new poo in the shed every morning but they are no longer consistent in their behaviour and it's pot luck if I catch them on camera.

Here are 3 video clips from a couple of weeks ago.
They are 60 seconds long but the first one freezes at 30 seconds - I think the battery was low

Feeding babies
Interesting head stuff
Not quite brave enough to flfy
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Post by FloBear 12th August 2020, 9:44 pm

They're terrific bits of footage. The head-bobbing is hilarious!
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Post by freebird 1st July 2021, 12:19 pm

I've just been watching a bee on my stachys (lambs ear) plant. I wondered what on earth it was doing as the plant isn't flowering. It was on the underside of the leaf, scrabbling its front legs furiously - then I saw it was gathering the soft downy material and it flew off with a ball the size of a large pea.
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Post by FloBear 1st July 2021, 1:21 pm

How lovely, freebird. I wonder what they do with it.
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Post by Ploshkin 1st July 2021, 3:29 pm

Can't think what they would do with it. Was it a solitary bee species as opposed to a bumble or honeybee? They have very varied nesting habits.
My very welcome guests are pretty resident now. Our barn owls have reared 4 chicks again this year, 2 of which have recently fledged. I had a face to face encounter (socially distanced of course) with one the other day. It was poking its head out watching me when I was going up a ladder in the shed. They are such exquisitely beautiful creatures.
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Post by freebird 1st July 2021, 9:44 pm

I have since found out that my bee was a wool carder bee. The females gather the soft hairs of plants such as stachys to make nests.
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Post by Ploshkin 2nd July 2021, 7:14 am

Ah, I've heard of them but didn't know why they were called that. I'll have to keep an eye on my stachys now.
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