Nature thread

edited December 1969 in GENERAL CHAT
Don't think we have one here yet.

Much as I welcome having starlings regularly visiting my garden this winter (haven't seen them here in winter for years) they're ruined my plan to put out fat balls. They destroy them in minutes. One has developed a technique of wrapping around it and stabbing at it.
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  • Don't think we have one here yet.

    Much as I welcome having starlings regularly visiting my garden this winter (haven't seen them here in winter for years) they're ruined my plan to put out fat balls. They destroy them in minutes. One has developed a technique of wrapping around it and stabbing at it.

    Can you string them up at all?
  • The starlings or the fat balls?

    I tried a long string as I though it would swing about too much for the starlings, that's when one learned to cling on.

    I'm not sure if it's connected, but I haven't had gulls visiting when I put out stuff like bread for a while.
  • The starlings or the fat balls?

    I tried a long string as I though it would swing about too much for the starlings, that's when one learned to cling on.

    I'm not sure if it's connected, but I haven't had gulls visiting when I put out stuff like bread for a while.

    Preferably the starlings! Try strong cotton.
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  • Unbelievably, my council has recommended that part of the nature reserve near me (part SSSI) be converted to a travellers site.

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    They've got to attract wild life somehow? also they may want to improve the crime statistics?
  • Unbelievably, my council has recommended that part of the nature reserve near me (part SSSI) be converted to a travellers site.

    Basildon has a few to export I believe.
  • Unbelievably, my council has recommended that part of the nature reserve near me (part SSSI) be converted to a travellers site.

    Basildon has a few to export I believe.

    Leave some of my customers alone! <!-- s:D -->:D<!-- s:D -->
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    I just heard a report on the radio expressing fears for the travellers' safety in Northfield!
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    Are they not for sale on Amazon yet?
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    Are they not for sale on Amazon yet?


    Of course they are!!

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    Live webcam here.
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  • No, I don't watch any of those whatever...watch programmes a) since they got rid of Bill Oddie and b) they became very samey every year - seen one batch of fledgings or fighting stags, seen 'em all <!-- s:) -->:)<!-- s:) -->

    I miss Kate Humble too
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  • A few days ago, waiting for the postman to come & empty the postbox down the road, to hand over some items too big to fit in (no, I don't make a habit of doing that, I know it is cheeky) , a barn owl flew past, not much higher than head height and about 20' away from me! I saw it land in a ditch, then it flew back past me again, beautiful sight with the snow around as well.

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