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Hello Owls and Larks.

Do hope you all had a wonderful weekend.

I thought I read somewhere that we are heading into another heatwave soon, perhaps like the one we had in June?

Hollyhocks that I planted from seed last winter have grown very big but unfortunately don't think they will flower this year.

Off to down pilows soon, if you can't sleep and there are others on line then have a natter here.

Night Night, & Sweet Dreams
Camillax

Posted at 7th Aug 2017 - 01:44AM   Posted by Camilla   I Can't Sleep Chat Post Comments: 8

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Posted by: Camilla on 7th Aug 2017 at 01:46AM

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Camilla's Avatar Lots to catch up on the site but for now I am ready for land of nod. Nighty night dear owls and larks.

Sweetest of Dreams.

Have a good day everyone .Very Happy

xx

Posted by: Camilla on 7th Aug 2017 at 01:52AM

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Fennie's Avatar Morning Camilla, morning everyone. Very sad sight outside this morning. Lots of grey feathers on the ground, the little bird table overturned and the garden empty of wildlife, the food uneaten.

The feathers seem to be wood pigeon - yet there was no body and no sign of what might have attacked it. A cat, a hawk? But there are often feral cats about and something has spooked the birds: not a sign of the sparrows. Some jackdaws made as to land but took off again. A magpie descended - never seen a magpie in the garden this year - momentarily then saw the feathers and left without saying good bye. What hawk, if it was a hawk. would attack a great heavy pudding of a wood pigeon. Could it have lifted such a bird over the high hedge? We don't have eagles here. But as I say I found no body and the upsetting of the bird table may have frightened off the attacker.

The only good news is that yesterday there was a hedgehog snuffling around, inspecting the premises prior no doubt to moving in. A young animal I would guess, maybe half grown.
Strange times.Very HappyVery Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 7th Aug 2017 at 08:32AM

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Withy Brook's Avatar Sounds like a four legged animal to me, Fennie, but odd that the birds are still keeping away.
Lucky you to have just a hedgehog. We haven't seen one here this weekend. Several died last year. You know they travel a long way each night to feed, so you will be lucky if it settles with you

Posted by: Withy Brook on 7th Aug 2017 at 09:43AM

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Camilla's Avatar Morning Fennie, Withy and everyone,

As Withy says I think it might be a four legged animal perhaps a Fox have you heard of any Foxes in the vicinity? Could be a Hawk but thought they only go for the smaller bird, Wood Pigeons are pretty hefty birds as you say.

Now on to my two baby collared doves as I mentioned yesterday I managed to save one of them from the jaws of Patch and with my marigolds on I lifted it carefully to inspect and luckily it took flight. The other sibling is the weaker one always wanting to stay nearer the nest. Came down this morning to take a look and it was sitting on the garden fence cleaning its feathers. Looking rather vulnerable Patch wanted to get at the fledgling but I have had to keep in with the garden door closed just in case.... What a worry !

Very muggy day here but no sun and hardly a breath of wind.

Lucky you having Miss Hedge in your garden Fennie have not seen one for ages which I have to say I am glad really even though I love them, Patch would kill it in an instance killing machine that he is! I believe they like dog food the hedgehogs.

Posted by: Camilla on 7th Aug 2017 at 11:09AM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar Peregrines take quite big waders, I don't think a wood pigeon would be too big for it. Just as likely to be a cat though. Our just keep getting smacked by passing cars when the launch tthemselves infront of one from our tree. Confused

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 7th Aug 2017 at 09:02PM

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Fennie's Avatar There are buzzards here of course (question: what do buzzards do when it's raining and they can't soar? Do they just sit in a tree and talk about air currents and the time they were attacked by a raven and side-slipped within an inch of the cliff top?) and the other day I saw quite a big hawk though what it was I do not know. My pigeons are puffy and fat and can only take off and land with an enormous clatter of wings - not the most aerial of birds. I can sympathise with the ones that gave up flying to become dodos. Very HappyVery Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 8th Aug 2017 at 09:20AM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar I love the idea of a Dodo just being a fat lazy pigeon... perhaps Darwin was wrong after all and it's not the survival of the fittest but the remodelling of the can't be bothered. Laughing

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 8th Aug 2017 at 09:24AM

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