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Re: Georgie's Wildlife Blog: Peregrine Falcons!

Postby georgiebray » Sun Dec 11, 2016 10:38 pm

After David Attenborough's most recent Planet Earth episode on cities, it gives me great pleasure to introduce a record breaker living in our small corner of the globe in Nottingham, with some fantastic video clips and photos courtesy of NTU
https://georgieswildblog.wordpress.com/ ... ottingham/
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Re: Georgie's Wildlife Blog

Postby georgiebray » Mon Dec 19, 2016 11:16 pm

Bird Personality of the Year awards 2016, what an exciting and prestigious awards ceremony... awarded after close inspection of each nominee from my patch.
An entertaining and light-hearted read, based on my experience ringing the birds, plus some external research as well.
https://georgieswildblog.wordpress.com/ ... year-2016/
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Re: Georgie's Wildlife Blog

Postby georgiebray » Mon Jan 02, 2017 7:11 pm

New Year - New Resolutions! A few goals I have set out to help achieve my aims in helping conservation and improving my contributions to the communication of conservation science. It would be great to hear as well any of your resolutions you have set out to nurture your wildlife and indeed your wild life!
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Picture above: my jack Russell, Molly, a little unimpressed with my owl box given to me by my parents for Christmas.
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Re: Georgie's Wildlife Blog

Postby georgiebray » Tue Jan 03, 2017 7:02 pm

Over the past few weeks, I have captured hours of footage. Unfortunately, of which mostly consisted of branches, twigs, and dead foliage. I am sure you will understand how ecstatic I was, therefore, to find that last night all the local wildlife had come to visit the badger set! I managed to find badgers, which you would expect, but also Mice, Muntjac, a Rat, and even a very vigorous Rabbit!

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Re: Georgie's Wildlife Blog

Postby georgiebray » Fri Jan 06, 2017 11:25 am

the week we went to Welney!
I was very lucky to have the opportunity to visit Welney Wetland reserve in Cambridgeshire this week. I was ecstatic to see my first Berwick's swan, Whooper swans, and Reed bunting! All beautiful birds, and managed to catch some good shots of them too.
https://georgieswildblog.wordpress.com/ ... to-welney/
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Re: Georgie's Wildlife Blog

Postby georgiebray » Sun Jan 08, 2017 9:40 pm

So, a little caught up in the excitement of the New Year, and in hope of keeping to my first New Year's resolution, here is a short blog post on my bird sightings so far in 2017, accompanied by photos where the birds have hung around for long enough!

https://georgieswildblog.wordpress.com/ ... sightings/
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Re: Georgie's Wildlife Blog

Postby MickHall » Tue Jan 10, 2017 3:39 pm

I have lived in the Wollaton Park Estate 64 years and have enjoyed seeing the wildlife and birdlife hereabouts that is quite prolific for an urban area. Of course due to being near the Park itself
it must have been beneficial and perhaps more prolific for wildlife than a normal urban situation.

This year, 2017 is the first January for years that I have heard a dog fox calling for a vixen during the night. Foxes were very prolific indeed and have always been heard and seen all over the estate
but they seemed to have disappeared some years ago completely but are certainly back as of now.

I saw a photo a few years ago of a dead fox that was pitifully covered with scabies. That poor animal must have suffered immensely before it eventually died and it would have no doubt been kinder to have cured it chemically with sheep dip or if that was not possible it would have been better shot
to stop that obvious suffering. Perhaps that disease was the very fact that all the local foxes of
which they were numerous transmitted scabies to each other and all of them died. That is a dreadful way to go for all of them.

I didn't actually see that calling fox but it will be interesting to see what condition it's in.
For a great many years badgers took over from foxes and it was noted that a family of foxes that were in residence for years in the next garden to ours was outed by badgers that have lived there since......... In fact it might not be well documented but one night many years ago blood curdling sounds with screams carried on for an hour or so & then stopped and peace resumed.
The next morning I could see a very big dog fox dead and stretched out close to the badger's set
& obviously too close for the badgers to let that fox live.

I would be very interested if any local people have heard any foxes as I have ?
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Re: Georgie's Wildlife Blog

Postby georgiebray » Fri Jan 13, 2017 7:24 pm

My first video shots of the Buzzards on my patch to accompany the latest Wild Blog.
Have a look to hear about my fantastic day with these birds, as well as catching a glimpse at a very funny encounter between a Carrion crow and a Magpie!
https://georgieswildblog.wordpress.com/ ... -buzzards/
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Re: The Wild Blog

Postby georgiebray » Sat Jan 14, 2017 11:43 pm

I didn't think that yesterday's daytime rabbit carcass footage could be topped after the buzzard family footage, but I was so mistaken.
Not only was a vast array of wildlife caught sniffing around the evening's feast, but a very unsuspecting set of individuals came to visit as well. (as a hint, I certainly would have laughed until this morning if someone had told me that a deer would happily eat a rabbit....)

I hope you enjoy my camera trap footage and blog, thank you!
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Re: Georgie's Wildlife Blog

Postby georgiebray » Sun Jan 15, 2017 12:07 am

MickHall wrote:I would be very interested if any local people have heard any foxes as I have ?


Hello Mick!

So great to hear from a Nottingham-based enthusiast. I am coming back up to Nottingham after my Christmas holidays in Essex tomorrow, but I have to say I have never heard or seen a fox around there during term time.
As the park is shut off at dusk I guess they would skulk around when people are no longer allowed there, and I live a 10 minute cycle from there so haven't heard them calling either.

Having said that, I do see a fox about regularly near mine, at the church in Lenton. I am sorry to hear about that poor fox that did eventually die in Wollaton, but I think as with many cities in recent years, the foxes seem to do quite well in the city. I also used to see one quite a bit in the early hours when I lived nearer the university in Beeston, so there are definitely foxes about nearby!
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