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Offline Brian Of Galloway Scotland

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« Reply #435 on: February 12, 2018, 11:38:14 PM »
Same here George  the critters know I am a soft touch too and they try and stare into the window to let me know when they are running low of food, the Pheasants are the funniest as I watch them walking up the field at the same time everyday and if there is no meal worms or peanuts they stand on the wall opposite my armchair to get my attention lol  I wish we had more Hedgehogs and rabbits here the rabbits are pretty close (just over our top fields) but we have only ever had one baby in the garden (plenty of Hares) the Hedgehogs are pretty rare here and think there's maybe one or two in the garden but hard to spot...I have a stealth camera and will set that up to see who visits in the dark. There are quite a few animals/birds that we don't get up here and some that are quite common like Magpies are very rare (nearest i have seen on was around 50 miles away).
Recently I have spotted a Murmuration of Starlings across the fields which is lovely to watch and in November last year we had a load of Herons in the lower field with approx 25+ Birds and Egrets are on the increase so it great news for wildlife and doesn't it make ya feel great on gloomy days watching them?
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ps Do you get Squirrels near you? 

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« Reply #436 on: February 13, 2018, 10:22:23 AM »
Yes there are lots of squirrels around, not my favourites at all because they snaffle all the food if they can. I've tried to protect against them with 'chicken wire'. I've had to re-think my defences though as I found a hedgehog that had got itself trapped a couple of mornings ago. Suppose it's easy to simply hang everything out of reach but I do like to cater for the ground feeders as well. I was surprised to see one out and about this early. In the past my security camera has caught foxes, badgers, squirrels, hedgehogs as well as 2 cats that regularly go out on the tiles together - I think it's a normal urban mix of fauna really. We moved into this house about 45 years ago when Chris aunt and uncle moved away. If they came back they would hardly recognise the village from the amount of buildings that have gone up since then. We had open fields on two sides originally but now it's all houses. Amazing how the wild animals adapt.
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« Reply #437 on: February 13, 2018, 03:14:24 PM »
Squirrels are very crafty critters and like a challenge to nick all the food lol. Poor Hedgehog if only they knew people were trying to look after them they could be safe and fed with no worries but nope they risk everything and play on the roads etc. Your security camera sounds a good one? the sensor on my outdoor lights only just notice me creeping around, I bought my Stealth camera off Ebay and was described as broken.....it wasn't all it needed was a memory card lol bargain at 12.00 including postage. I set it up to catch footage of deer etc so far caught badgers/foxes/Wild Boar and a local driving instructor taking a leak lol (tempted to post the footage on Youtube as he was trespassing in my woodland)
One of the things i wanted when we bought this place was no neighbours and that's what we have but some of the small villages have had quite a few new houses built, its a shame they don't make them build them like the traditional Galloway houses so they blend in but they make them look like car showrooms and spoil the villages.
You will always find animals adapt to built up areas and they probably see more foxes in the cities than we see.
I took a load of stuff to a local charity shop today and ended up buying a lovely solid tripod 8-) real bargain (Benbo super Trekker) not bad for 20?  looks like its hardly been used so i will use it for my flower macros in the garden)
Spent today filling in documents one lot was 25 pages long just for changing details on home insurance  docs. I have ordered a filling cabinet for my office to keep everything in order which should help me be more efficient 8-).
Right off for a cuppa
Cheers
Brian

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« Reply #438 on: February 13, 2018, 03:50:26 PM »
O got one of those camera traps for a trip to Kruger park -ooh i hear you say did you get leopards lions -no i got a grainy video of a porcupine and a shadow which could have been a leopard or could have been imagination -meanwhile the bushbabys i really wanted to capture were sitting in a tree behind the camera but between me and it so i couldnt get it.
Although to be fair the experience of actually seeing  them was worth a million photos.

I was laughing quietly too myself in the summer -we had a hedgehog in the work car park that was sitting in the sun (wow we had sun one day)  and not moving or curling up on being approached  -i decided it needed water, shade, and maybe a bit too eat rather than that it had been run over or anything -so put it in a cardboard box positioned on its side so it could get out if it wanted too, under a tree with a dish of water -but the only thing i had at home suitable for it to eat was the birds mealworms so nipped up and got them  -considering everyone lives in this rural area you could certainly tell from the horror a bag of dried mealworms brought too my colleagues faces  that they arent really rural people.  :rofl:Glad to say on this occasion the hedgehog had a rest and a drink, ate the lot, then trundled off on its route across a nearby field.

I think a mumuration is an amzing sight we had one a couple of years ago completely mesmerising.I couldnt believe when people started whining about the one down south somewhere the same year -the birds were too noisy and messy apparently  :evil: :evil: :evil:
 
Today i have finished working through the new software beginner guide for work and i can now draw a schematic using flow chart designer to create a timed array of different coloured LED display ligths on an arduino board - unfortunately where i shall ever use this new found skill in the real world remains a complete mystery. :rofl:
but never mind i shall now move on to finishing my course work on digital design for better user experience before going back to learning adobe after effects (which to be fair i may use in the real world at some point) have a peaceful evening everyone.  :hug:

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« Reply #439 on: February 13, 2018, 08:15:56 PM »
Wildlife certainly does lift the mood :-)
There's squirrels here, just a couple of streets away there is a little woods area which has a path alongside and often see squirrels there. Love to see them bouncing around.  I did see a greater spotted woodpecker in my garden years ago, only managed to take a rubbish distant photo though.
I remember a few years ago my garden was full with a flock of birds, they looked a bit like huge/giant robins and were all feeding on the windfall apples - at the time we managed to work out it was a type of bird who were migrating to the UK, just passing through my garden for a snack.  Cant remember what the name was now though :-(  was so lovely to see/watch xx
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« Reply #440 on: February 13, 2018, 09:09:29 PM »
Here's one of I prepared earlier Emz  :smiley:  they eat all the fat balls and peanuts and also added a picture of a garden Gem who needs diamonds when you can critters like this?
We tend to see more wildlife in winter but just after big storms we get some rarer species sheltering.

Wildlife is the best thing to light a gloomy day

Brian