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Nature. Flora and fauna / Re: Owls
« Last post by Brush Strokes on May 17, 2018, 06:05:41 PM »
I love predictive text, Iíve never seen an owl compost itself😂😂

 ;D Ha ha  :D    I even checked it in the review before composting, I mean posting .
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Nature. Flora and fauna / Re: Owls
« Last post by levissima on May 17, 2018, 03:21:43 PM »
I love predictive text, Iíve never seen an owl compost itself😂😂
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Nature. Flora and fauna / Re: Owls
« Last post by Brush Strokes on May 17, 2018, 02:38:17 PM »
I believe I'm right in saying the Barn Owl is also known as the Screech Owl. The Barn Owl is certainly a thing of beauty.

We have a lot of Little Owls around the house. A couple of years back one flew into our glass balcony door. It was a little stunned, but after 5 or so minutes composted itself and flew off. I did take a couple of photos, which I'll try and find and post.
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Nature. Flora and fauna / Owls
« Last post by levissima on May 17, 2018, 11:59:14 AM »
At my old house I was used to hearing the calls of Scops owls at night but at ny new place the nights are filled with other noises, thereís a tawny owl, a nitinggale and Iíve finally found out whatís been making  quite a different racket, itís a  barn owl! Iíve often seen barn owls both here and in Uk but I donít think Iíve ever heard one before. Very un owl like noise!
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Nature. Flora and fauna / Re: Fireflies spotted...
« Last post by Clive Oldfield on May 14, 2018, 08:31:14 PM »
Ah, thank you for mentioning nightingales. I have been wondering for a while now what I was listening to at night, and now I know!
We are incredibly lucky in that we have lots and lots of fireflies around now, they are beautiful  :)
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Nature. Flora and fauna / Re: Fireflies spotted...
« Last post by GeordieBorn on May 14, 2018, 05:34:00 PM »
Still not the numbers we have seen other years, but we have had a few dozen per night for a while now..
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Nature. Flora and fauna / Re: Brown hairy caterpillar
« Last post by GeordieBorn on May 14, 2018, 05:31:33 PM »
I would like a cuckoo please :) Mind you I have only seen one or two 'woolly bear' caterpillar in recent days. I too had never seen a cuckoo or heard many living so far north in the UK, but we did see one here last year doing exactly the same i.e. sitting in an olive tree and flying down to the ground pick something up and eat it in the tree.
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Nature. Flora and fauna / Re: Fireflies spotted...
« Last post by Brush Strokes on May 14, 2018, 04:06:34 PM »
Went outside late last night on the firefly hunt, but still nothing  :(

However I did spot a family of 4 hedgehogs including two very young ones.  :)
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Nature. Flora and fauna / Re: Brown hairy caterpillar
« Last post by Brush Strokes on May 14, 2018, 04:04:13 PM »
Cuckoos eat these things by the hundred; I think they're the only bird that can tolerate them. We had a cuckoo in the back garden last year... I was lying in the bath watching it drop dow from a tree, fly back up with one, spot another, drop down again. I had a nice 15 minutes watching it.

As far as I'm aware, it was the first cuckoo I'd ever seen (as opposed to just hearing them) & when I first saw it I thought it was a Sparrow-hawk but quickly corrected my own mistake.  ;D

Come to think of it, I don't think I've ever seen a cuckoo. Maybe I should bath more??  :)
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Nature. Flora and fauna / Re: Brown hairy caterpillar
« Last post by Rustychain on May 13, 2018, 11:20:27 AM »
Cuckoos eat these things by the hundred; I think they're the only bird that can tolerate them. We had a cuckoo in the back garden last year... I was lying in the bath watching it drop dow from a tree, fly back up with one, spot another, drop down again. I had a nice 15 minutes watching it.

As far as I'm aware, it was the first cuckoo I'd ever seen (as opposed to just hearing them) & when I first saw it I thought it was a Sparrow-hawk but quickly corrected my own mistake.  ;D
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