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Re: Spring Watch

Postby Caz » Thu May 30, 2013 9:12 am

I wondered if another had perished as I went for a walk down there at the weekend and only saw five.
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Re: Spring Watch

Postby mikkimack » Sat Jun 15, 2013 6:55 am

we have ducks landing on the roof opposite our home....they are probably quackers :)
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Re: Spring Watch

Postby Caz » Sat Jun 15, 2013 9:02 am

The local ducks are crazy at this time of year when they're breeding and anyone with a pond is a likely target. We haven't had any in our pond yet but my sis and two of my brothers have played host to a pair of mallards over the past couple of years. They've never actually nested in their gardens but they generally stick around for a couple of weeks and then disappear again. :D
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Re: Spring Watch

Postby tightwadswife » Sat Jun 15, 2013 11:27 am

My son works at Edwinstowe House where they have a fish pond surrounded on all four sides by buildings. Ducks find it a safe place to breed but need to get to the river once the ducklings reach a certain size. His duties have included steering mum and babes through corridors to the outer door and escourting them safely through the car park to the brook.
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Re: Spring Watch

Postby Cheshire Cat » Sun Jun 16, 2013 9:43 pm

A friend of mine has had Mallards on his garden pond the last two years. They have raised 21 ducklings but killed all his Koy Carp by deoxygenating the water, destroyed the banks of the pond and his lawn had craters in it where they had been burrowing.

Eventually they got to more or less adult size at which point Mum flew off. A couple of weeks later the ducklings taught themselves to fly too.

This year he is pricking the eggs.
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Re: Spring Watch

Postby Wizard » Mon Jun 17, 2013 10:00 am

Cheshire Cat wrote:This year he is pricking the eggs.


I thought pricking eggs was only allowed in certain circumstances!!
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Re: Spring Watch

Postby whitevanman » Tue Jun 18, 2013 9:54 pm

Taken from the RSPB website

The principal legislation dealing with the control of birds is the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. Generally, it is illegal to capture, injure or destroy any wild bird or interfere with its nest or eggs. The penalties for disregarding the law can be severe.
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Re: Spring Watch

Postby tightwadswife » Tue Jun 25, 2013 7:48 pm

Has anyone else had late arriving house martins this year?
I'd given up on mine, but they finally turned up at the end of last week.
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Re: Spring Watch

Postby Caz » Mon Mar 17, 2014 9:00 pm

My frogs spawned today. That's earlier than last year but about on a par with previous years.
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Re: Spring Watch

Postby Caz » Wed Mar 25, 2015 3:53 pm

It's that time of year again. The frogs are gathering and croaking in my pond but as yet they haven't spawned.
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Re: Spring Watch

Postby Caz » Thu Mar 26, 2015 7:41 pm

My frogs spawned overnight and when I got home from work this evening there was even more. The frogs are still bubbling and babbling so I think there will be further spawning. :D
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Re: Spring Watch

Postby Caz » Sun Mar 12, 2017 9:45 am

Frogs have spawned overnight. Just one small clump for now but the croaking and babbling continues, so I'm expecting more over the next couple of days.
Looking back over the past three or four years they are a few days earlier, although they did spawn early in 2012.
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