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Birds in the garden - Page 55 - Carers UK Forum

Birds in the garden

Socialise and chat about other areas of your life
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Guilty as accused Greta :blush:

But in my life wildlife is wildlife so perhaps I could be excused ? :lol: :lol:
(I have real difficulty making the birds in my garden sit still long enough to have their photos taken :shock: )
Well, I will look out the better fox and squirrel photos if I can find them.
Is this an open part of the forum so that its originator (or one of its originators apparently) could see it? I hope thread drift is OK... ;) But a hot-air balloon?
Greta wrote:Well, I will look out the better fox and squirrel photos if I can find them.
Is this an open part of the forum so that its originator (or one of its originators apparently) could see it? I hope thread drift is OK... ;) But a hot-air balloon?
Yes, General Chit-Chat is an open part of the forum, so is visible to casual browsers of the forum. I see no problem with 'deviation' in this particular topic but if you want to start another Wild Life only topic that would be fine too :)
Just teasing. But although I have some good old photos, I can't find them easily at the moment as I need to spend many hours with Lightroom.
People don't always like to see this kind of picture.

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Here's a squirrel from this weekend:

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Those are wonderful - in the true meaning of the word - photos. Any more of them?

The one with the vixen and her cubs feeding reminded me of a very special memory I have of my mum. So special I'd forgotten all about it :pinch:
But that photo of yours bought it all flooding back. For that I thank you.

I now wish to reciprocate with a photo of me being photo bombed by a mallard duck. This not only brings this thread back inline (an obsession of mine, albeit of a different kind) as you were right: hot air balloons are hardly birds (but they do make you feel like them. By that I mean balloons make you feel like birds, not that birds make you feel like balloons... I'm confusing myself now!)

I was concentrating like mad on the mallard in the background, when this show-off appeared out of nowhere. I don't like birds when they get too close; it made me fall over backwards. But I inadvertently got this shot off anyway.
Looking at it now, I think that duck was giving me a come hither look. Well, it looks that way to me, anyway. Being fancied by a mallard duck is my idea of Room 101.
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It's very nice, looks as if it wants to be the star.

I am digressing even more now: this is a picture of a toad which I found swimming around the downstairs loo today. Fortunately when I first glimpsed it I saw its legs so I knew it was a frog or toad and not something worse. It disappeared when I wanted to photograph it. On the internet I found it's quite common. I suspect it got in after a storm somehow, but perhaps the cat brought it in. Anyway, I put my hand in a plastic bag but it disappeared, so I flushed the loo and that drove it to the surface. I got it in the plastic bag and took it down to the pond. It was quite a big one.

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You are braver than me!!! DD1 would have been hysterical. She has a fear of frogs and toads :-o
Pet, I was really relieved when I first glimpsed it and saw its feet. Otherwise what could have been moving in the water? A snake? A rat? A science fiction bio-energised turd? But someone on the internet (I'm apparently not the first to see this) recommended the inside-out plastic bag trick, similar to picking up after a dog. It was only by flushing that I could drive it to the surface.
More than you wanted to know!
You saved a frog… brilliant.

I must remember that plastic bag/flush toilet technique if ever I find one in my bog. It’s got to be better than buckets.

I remember having a lecture from some scientist about how our area was one of the few that had natterjack toads in the swamp area and we must preserve them.

I rather took this to heart. So I organised me and my bros, and the three kids next door, plus the snotty kid next door (his mum had banned him from mixing with us as we were ‘slum children from Liverpool’, still joined us anyway) to collect the frogs in buckets.

Our hearts were in the right place, but I suspect we did the wrong thing.

This frog thing would happen every spring; they were everywhere. As the oldest of us had paper rounds to do I organised us to be on the ready at 5am.

We snuck out of our houses with buckets, grab the frogs/toads and plonk them in it. We’d then run down to the shore where the swamp was and tip our buckets of frogs/toads back into the swamp.

Somehow, looking back on it, I don’t think that’s what the scientist meant.

I still don’t know what a natterjack toad actually is.

I suspect we dumped an awful lot of traumatised frogs – not toads – were they didn’t want to be.

So much for my conservation skills! But we did save a few frogs from being squished by cars… I think!
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