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adroit

Member since Aug 2010 • Last active Apr 2021

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    You don’t have to do anything. (Except leave them in peace) and be warned that adult tawny owls are ferocious defenders if their nests!
    You might like to contact Herts bird group. https://www.hnhs.org/herts-bird-club/man­agement-committee
    Their ringer Jenny Sherwen might be interested / brave enough to ring them!

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    This is my neighbourhood just west of Reading. I’ve swum in most of the lakes and some bits of the river system but there’s still lots of exploring to be had. The closest to where I live (eastern end) is a 40 minute walk from home. My favourite lake is home to one the largest freshwater fish in the uk which adds a bit of spice to swims there.
    It’s about 90 acres of water in several bays with islands and the banks are all woodland so it feels really secluded.
    There also the bit of excitement in ignoring all the no swimming notices. I have no idea how anyone could ever deal with it!

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    If you can hear baby owls now they are more likely to be tawny owls. They nest earlier than barn owls and around now the young often sit outside the nest calling. Have a check of the sounds. The juvenile tawny owl call is more owl like than the weird hissing of the young barn owls.

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    In my experience they’ll use a box throughout the year. Once the young fledge they may well still roost there or use other boxes nearby. I think it depends on the availability of shelter. Assume it’s their home from now on!

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    A owl!
    A barn owl no less.
    Excellent work.
    Now of course you can’t touch the owl box you made. You need to find a licensed person to check the nest and perhaps ring the young if you think they breed there.

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    Hedgehogs declined due to the application of insecticides in vast quantities. The remaining starving population is vulnerable to predation by badgers who are similarly finding food hard to find at certain times of the year for the same reason.
    Providing lots of insect rich habitat will help but it’s probably a losing battle.
    Hares of course need a very different environment. Are there any nearby?

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    Are you tempting Russian hackers to take down LFGSS?

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    My open air lido opened Monday. I’ve managed to get three bookings in a row, and done 1300, 1500 and 1700 metres on consecutive evenings. I can really feel it today, even though the pace was best described as steady. Bloody marvellous to be back in though.

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    There’s a lot of goldcrests about at the moment as they migrate north. They sing quietly but at such a high frequency they’re not very obvious. Once you get to recognise the song you see loads, and they have little fear of humans. Stand still and they may come quite close. I had one perch fleetingly on my hat a few years ago, I would never have noticed but my friend saw it.
    They like to hang around in conifers. Leylandii hedges in suburban gardens are very popular.

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