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Offline Malcolm

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Re: Fears harsh winter harmed UK wildlife
« Reply #10 on: April 12, 2010, 10:01:41 AM »
Very few wrens this year but there are at least a few. I haven't seen a single kingfisher this year when I used to see them on the river almost every day. The local river was frozen solid over most of it's length for a long time this winter. The other birds don't seem to have been too affected.
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Re: Fears harsh winter harmed UK wildlife
« Reply #11 on: April 12, 2010, 06:17:36 PM »
Not quite wildlife but my wife's collegue is married to a farmer, they have had an excellent lambing sesoan and lost fewer lambs than for years and that was with lambing taking place two weeks a go in the snow.  Seems that the lambs were fittest and healthiest born for a while :dunno

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Re: Fears harsh winter harmed UK wildlife
« Reply #12 on: April 12, 2010, 06:29:15 PM »
Whilst we had a pretty cold time of it from December 18th to March 10th, there does not seem to be much effect (other than a serious depletion of my logpile).
All of the little birds are back in their usual numbers- if anything slightly more siskins, but then again I could just be seeing more as I fed nearly 50kg of seed and nuts over the period.
Lizards and butterflies are in evidence, there is spawn in the ditches, and ten minutes ago I spotted our returning osprey.
Bullfinches and buzzards are courting, the wagtail is at its usual site under the eaves, blue tits are inspecting the nesting boxes, and the bats are out at around 7pm.
A small amount of fly life, ants are moving, bees I have seen.
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Re: Fears harsh winter harmed UK wildlife
« Reply #13 on: April 12, 2010, 06:42:30 PM »
Saw a wren and a kingfisher on the kelvin this afternoon, so there are at least one of each left.Never saw any fish though  :(

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Re: Fears harsh winter harmed UK wildlife
« Reply #14 on: April 12, 2010, 08:27:59 PM »
Saw a wren and a kingfisher on the kelvin this afternoon, so there are at least one of each left.Never saw any fish though  :(

If they breed will we get wringfishers or kens?
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Re: Fears harsh winter harmed UK wildlife
« Reply #15 on: April 12, 2010, 08:28:10 PM »
Saw a few of these rising today:



Looks like bloated stockie.

On buzzers were they?   :lol:
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