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Re: Big Merv's nature watch.

Postby bazzaj » Wed Apr 06, 2016 7:38 am

I hand reared some mammaries when I was a little boy.
Well one blue bieber to be exact as the other 7 snuffed it after the mum had abandoned the nest in our garden bird box.
I can still hear a blue mammaries call above any other bird and I have learned that it basically translated means, "hurry up and feed me before we all die you fecker."
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Re: Big Merv's nature watch.

Postby bazzaj » Wed Apr 06, 2016 7:39 am

Just read my post back.
WTF!!!
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Re: Big Merv's nature watch.

Postby BaggyTrousers » Wed Apr 06, 2016 7:46 am

bieber :lol:
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Re: Big Merv's nature watch.

Postby Setanta » Wed Apr 06, 2016 8:53 am

Very fond of the little nuthatch; lovely bird. Best sighting was of a stoat in full winter plumage, very visible as winter was late and no snow about.
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Re: Big Merv's nature watch.

Postby mikerob » Wed Apr 06, 2016 9:42 am

On the subject of bird watching, I used to see Kate Humble quite regularly when I was out shopping as she used to live in the same area of London I'm in.

She was fit, but how shall I put it... her skin has taken a bit of a battering from all of those outdoorsy programs she does...
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Re: Big Merv's nature watch.

Postby BaggyTrousers » Wed Apr 06, 2016 10:07 am

mikerob wrote:On the subject of bird watching, I used to see Kate Humble quite regularly when I was out shopping as she used to live in the same area of London I'm in.

She was fit, but how shall I put it... her skin has taken a bit of a battering from all of those outdoorsy programs she does...


I still would.
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Re: Big Merv's nature watch.

Postby mid ulster maestro » Wed Apr 06, 2016 11:11 am

Me too.
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Re: Big Merv's nature watch.

Postby big mervyn » Wed Apr 06, 2016 11:58 am

Setanta wrote: Best sighting was of a stoat in full winter plumage, very visible as winter was late and no snow about.

Weasily spotted then? :duck:
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Re: Big Merv's nature watch.

Postby Setanta » Wed Apr 06, 2016 12:16 pm

:lol: Trouble is Swiss don't recognise the difference between rabbits and hares, never mind weasels and stoats!
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Re: Big Merv's nature watch.

Postby Cap'n Grumpy » Wed Apr 06, 2016 1:22 pm

Setanta wrote::lol: Trouble is Swiss don't recognise the difference between rabbits and hares, never mind weasels and stoats!
They're stoopid then - apart from (as merv says) one being weasily spotted, the other's stoat-ally different.

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Postby solidarity » Wed Apr 06, 2016 1:45 pm

I lived in Africa for a while, where I took up bird watching. On my first trip home, I remarked to my dad that there were a lot of magpies about. He said he didn't think there were more than usual. Took me a minute, then I realised that I was just seeing things I'd never noticed before. Getting out of this wee place opens our eyes to see things that we never saw before. If I could, I'd make living overseas for a couple of years compulsory for everybody in NI!

Never thought I'd get the chance to tell that story on a rugby forum.
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Re: Big Merv's nature watch.

Postby big mervyn » Fri Jun 03, 2016 3:32 pm

A Horseshoe Whipsnake crossed my path this morning down at the beach. First time I've ever seen a live snake in Spain :thumleft:
Not dangerous to humans.

Also found €5 so a good day so far.
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Re: Big Merv's nature watch.

Postby Rooster » Fri Jun 03, 2016 5:13 pm

Saw 2 buzzards shredding a young greyback crow yesterday and 2 other greybacks attempting to attack the buzzards, nature at work, messy etc but it's how things work.
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Re: Big Merv's nature watch.

Postby Russ » Fri Jun 03, 2016 5:46 pm

big mervyn wrote:A Horseshoe Whipsnake crossed my path this morning down at the beach. First time I've ever seen a live snake in Spain :thumleft:
Not dangerous to humans.

Also found €5 so a good day so far.

Saw one outside the Olympic Stadium in Barcelona one day
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Re: Big Merv's nature watch.

Postby big mervyn » Wed Apr 05, 2017 7:59 pm

Greater Spotted Woodpecker in Morland's Meadow down at the towpath. An interesting spot - supposedly no woodpeckers in Ireland since the last ice age until about 2004/05.

About the size of a thrush and looks like this (not my photo). You'll hear him before you see him.

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