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  1. gaarddog Sep 27, 2021

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    A hen harrier. 192A4141.jpg
     
  2. gaarddog Sep 27, 2021

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    A couple of old kestrel pics. CU4F0684.jpg CU4F7534.jpg
     
  3. Archer Omega Qualified Watchmaker Sep 28, 2021

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    So, this past weekend was partly spent doing some yard work, and that included picking up these...

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    These are mostly husks from hickory nuts that come from a shag bark hickory tree that is right outside one wall of my shop. Every late summer and fall. I hear a pretty constant banging on the roof from the squirrels knocking these down onto the roof.

    Here what they look like:

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    Full one in the husk on the left, and the nut in the hard shell on the right. They can be eaten, but we don't. The squirrels and chipmunks love them though. We raked up a 5 gallon bucket full of the debris, and there's more to come.
     
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  4. Omegafanman Oct 4, 2021

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    Good you pick them up based on this guys car... If cars ran on hickory nuts maybe Squirrels could fill are cars up in the UK...
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  5. Omegafanman Oct 4, 2021

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    We had our Sunday consitutional via a Fenland Drain.... Nice bit of Sunshine but then it all got a but Jurassic by UK standards... so I headed home before a T-rex showed up. I am not that good at recognising plant life / Fungi... but I am pleased it looks like we will have a bumper Pancake harvest for the winter :0)
     
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  6. ERH Oct 6, 2021

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    In Tanzania this bird is referred to as a cuckoo bird
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  7. gaarddog Oct 9, 2021

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    A red kite from today. 192A2013 copy.jpg
     
  8. Dan S Oct 9, 2021

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  9. MRC Oct 9, 2021

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    Lovely!

    Only seen once every few years where I live, but when I go somewhere on a Motorway (Autoroute, Autobahn, Freeway) they are fairly common, looking for the road-kill from the cars & trucks. Must be rather smart not to get killed themselves ;)
     
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  10. MRC Oct 9, 2021

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  11. gaarddog Oct 9, 2021

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    Thanks.

    they are not uncommon here, i have some times seen them catching mice and such when the farmers are harvestin.
     
  12. MRC Oct 9, 2021

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    They are pretty versatile.

    Short-eared Owl season coming up here, some years we get 20 over-wintering, some years 2 depending on the abundance of the mouse & vole population. Don't think they go for tractor-kill.... But for someone without the many Euro-1000s lenses they let humans get within 10-15 meters when they are perched on posts and regard 2 meter vertical clearance enough when flying. Shame they come out close to sunset when there isn't enough light for lenses I can afford.
     
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  13. gaarddog Oct 9, 2021

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    Some years ago i was at a place (an abandoned airfield) where there were 3 or 4 short eared owls flying around catching mice, somehow they could find them under the snow. This was in the daytime.
     
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  14. Alpha Kilt Owner, Beagle Parent, Omega Collector Oct 10, 2021

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    Our trusting resident Robin :)

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    We have had this plant in our garden for many years, so long that to be honest we have forgotten what it is ::facepalm2::
    Possibly a Yucca Adam's Needle ?
    First time it has ever produced a flower or whatever it may be.

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  15. STANDY schizophrenic pizza orderer and watch collector Oct 10, 2021

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    Couple of big locals
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    Just another day in my neck of the woods
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    A daily couple of visitors
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    Christmas Island red crabs
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  16. MRC Oct 10, 2021

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    This afternoon's walk ...

    Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) female
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    Small White (Pieris rapae)
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    Both are pretty common.
     
  17. Omegafanman Oct 10, 2021

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    I thought it was getting late for Dragonflies (UK) but it looks like some push on into December from the interweb
     
  18. Omegafanman Oct 11, 2021

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    I dug back a few years today ... I took these in Goa. Comparing with your pictures I see I am suffering skills, camera and lens gaps... but still nice memories. I do better when they are on the ground :0)
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  19. Omegafanman Oct 12, 2021

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    Some more old photos from the UK and Goa.... I do a bit better when the birds have landed ... which defeats the object a bit :0)
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  20. Alpha Kilt Owner, Beagle Parent, Omega Collector Oct 12, 2021

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    A few images taken and posted a year ago after a visit to an Owl Sanctuary, t.b.h. I couldn't believe a year had passed ::facepalm2::

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