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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #120 on: November 29, 2008, 07:58:30 pm »
Snapped these in Gobions this afternoon, anyone know what tree they are from?

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #121 on: November 29, 2008, 09:18:04 pm »
Look like Alder cones to me. When they dry out a bit more they look like honey dippers.

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #122 on: November 29, 2008, 09:47:51 pm »
Hi Alfred, I think you are right, just searched for the term Alder cones and came up with this image.
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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #123 on: November 29, 2008, 10:24:43 pm »
Yes, definitely alder cones. A good source of food for birds, especially the Siskins which we hope will visit us later in the winter.
 

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #124 on: February 07, 2009, 11:29:20 am »
A green woodpecker was in our garden this morning. It was a long way away, so I used maximum zoom and then spent ages trying to lighten and sharpen the image. In the end the image turned out like a watercolour, but still nice to see. It seems to be digging in the lawn where the tree roots are.





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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #125 on: April 23, 2009, 01:06:38 pm »
I spotted either a grass snake or a slow worm in Gobions today. It was too fast for me to be sure which it was, though!

I assume it was a grass snake, as it was basking next to the path around the canal, and quickly "slid" off towards the water as it heard me.
 

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #126 on: June 01, 2009, 09:34:29 am »
Apologies in advance to any arachnophobics, but this chap just strolled into my study. It measured about 3cm and has now been released into the garden and scuttled under a bush.



Beautiful, isn't it, although it seems to be missing a front leg.

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #127 on: June 06, 2009, 06:40:45 pm »
Hi Dave,
The Green Woodpecker is probably digging for ants - its favoured food.
 

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #128 on: June 10, 2009, 02:13:53 pm »
We had the Green Woodpecker in our garden last night .. he seems to be eyeing up our apple trees.. BB Ave.
 

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #129 on: October 01, 2009, 11:58:34 am »
I saw what looked just like a kingfisher across the lake at Gobions yesterday at around 5pm-ish. Sadly, I hadn't got binoculars. However, it was a small, bright blue bird in the bushes right above the water. I couldn't think of anything else it might be. 

Do you get kingfishers round here, as I've never seen one?
 

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #130 on: October 01, 2009, 01:02:57 pm »
Hello Susan - yes you do. I used to fish the lake in the early 70's and there were always lots of kingfishers there.
At that time the island was joined to the land. In 1976, when the lake dried up, machines started digging the lake out as it was very shallow and full of silt. They made it in to an island. Only one half of the lake was dug out properly as the rains came and filled it back up before they could finish.
 

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #131 on: October 01, 2009, 04:00:07 pm »
I remember walking across the lake with my young daughters in 1976.  We were amazed by what looked like lots of oyster and mussel shells on the dried-up bed.
 

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #132 on: October 02, 2009, 03:14:21 am »
That's right chicken legs. The lake was literally packed with big, plump freshwater mussels. I'd say they were probably placed there for food when Gobions House was around. I do remember one of the angling clubs, perhaps Barnet, always claimed there were no pike. When the lake dried up, there they were! All the fish were saved except for the pike.
 

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #133 on: October 09, 2009, 11:00:58 am »
Thanks, Stevea, that's really interesting.

Saw the kingfisher again last weekend - I must just have been unobservant all these years!
 

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #134 on: April 04, 2010, 07:08:03 pm »
Saw a large bird of prey hovering over the Woodman, Wild Hill this lunchtime. We saw another earlier as we crossed the path from Brookmans Park to Grubbs Lane, but not sure if it was the same one. I think it was a red kite.
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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #135 on: April 04, 2010, 11:27:30 pm »
It's certainly a Red Kite. The forked tail is characteristic. There were also a couple over Hatfield Park this morning.
 

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #136 on: April 05, 2010, 07:05:28 am »
Thanks Nobby. Not wanting to side-track this thread, but it's amazing how detailed digital pictures are when taken with a cheap 75 camera. This is the original from which the pic (above) was cropped. The bird is the spec at the in the middle at the bottom of the image.
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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #137 on: April 05, 2010, 11:04:20 am »
I also saw one over North Mymms Park on Saturday - the first one I have seen in this area. There are loads a bit further west from here in Buckinghamshire, I think they were reintroduced into Wales quite a few years ago
and are obviously spreading eastwards finally now reaching here. Brilliant.
 

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #138 on: April 06, 2010, 07:06:07 pm »
The local red kites mostly come from the population that was introduced on Paul Getty's estate in the Chilterns in the late 80s / early 90s.
There's always an upsurge in sightings in Spring, as young males go prospecting for future breeding territories.
A birder in Redbourn reported last week that he had three in his garden coming down to take the fatty scraps he puts out for the crows. I'm still waiting though.
 

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #139 on: April 07, 2010, 02:59:21 pm »
If you go down in the woods.
The anemones are out in Gobions. It is one of the most spectacular sites in Spring, apart from the bluebells.
To see them, go down Oak Tree path, the one at the end of the lake. Turn right at the bottom. There are quite a few there, but for this view walk about 80m and they will be on your left.
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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #140 on: April 09, 2010, 08:00:14 am »
Hi GWTSEC,

How long will the anemones be in bloom and worth seeing before they fade?  Will they still be worth a visit this coming weekend?

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #141 on: April 10, 2010, 07:52:34 am »
Hi David,
the anemones will be there for a couple of week yet. If we are really lucky there will be some alongside the early bluebells.
No sign of them yet, but fingers crossed for the two bluebell walks, Thursday 29th April and Thursday 6th May, meet at Moffatts car park at 2.00 p.m.
The walk is approximately 3 miles, everyone welcome.
Enjoy this wonderful weather. The anemones only open when the sun is shining.
 

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #142 on: April 10, 2010, 08:28:57 am »
Hi GWTSEC,

I have added those two dates to the calendar. If you have an event you want people to know about you can always use the 'link to calendar' button, which is at the foot of your post and looks like this.



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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #143 on: April 30, 2010, 08:28:32 am »
A large group enjoyed the Bluebell walk in Gobions yesterday, in spite of the fact that they were not fully out.
The gardening group from U3A was very welcome.
 The coming week end should see a few more bluebells out . Next week and next week-end should see them in their prime.
For those of you who are not sure of where the best views are, there will be a guided walk next Thursday, meet Moffatts Car Park at 2.00 p.m. Wear sensible shoes. The walk is approximately 3 miles.
If you want to go independently, from Moffatts car park walk to the far end of the Lake and enter Gobions Wood via Oak Tree Path. Turn left at the bottom. Turn right at the next junction and you will get a nice view of The Folly Arch.
Walk towards the Folly Arch over the little bridge. The Bluebell wood is on your left. Please keep to the footpaths and enjoy.
 

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #144 on: June 10, 2010, 07:32:53 pm »
We planted an acorn at the bottom of our garden when we moved here 15 years ago and now it's a 10 foot high oak tree. Tonight a Great Spotted Woodpecker landed on it. Nice the way a simple thing like planting an acorn in 1995 can result in a stopping off point for a Woodpecker. Feels good.

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #145 on: June 12, 2010, 08:52:28 pm »
Following on from the red kite discussion earlier, I saw one flying low over Welham Green Station yesterday.
 

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #146 on: June 13, 2010, 07:19:24 pm »
we saw 2 buzzards circling over mimms drive...great stuff..
 

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #147 on: June 14, 2010, 07:22:37 am »
I see the Red Kite nearly every day in Welham Green. It seems to be resident. We've had buzzards since I moved here seven years ago but this is the first year I've regularly seen Red Kites.
 

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #148 on: June 27, 2010, 12:03:28 pm »
Just been for a walk in The Great Wood, Northaw and saw a green moth. Not sure what it is, but it was beautiful.  Sorry about the poor quality picture. I have found others like it on the web.

http://www.alaska.net/~mhallam/photos2.htm

Someone else posted that it might be an Emerald Geometer

http://www.elharo.com/blog/nature/bugs/2009/04/06/moth-monday-emerald-geometer/

http://www.fotopedia.com/en/Geometer_moth

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #149 on: June 28, 2010, 12:57:21 pm »
The RSBP is appealing for local sightings of swifts to be reported to them, see:

http://www.rspb.org.uk/thingstodo/surveys/swifts/index.asp
 

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