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Wildlife highlight of the day

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  1. unhurt
    Member

    @I_were_raymears_about_those_squirrels, I have never knowingly eaten mouse.

    Not worth skinning I suppose? You'd have to cook them like furry whitebait or something.

    (Hmm I bet dodgy Roman butchers substituted mouse for edible dormouse every chance they got.)

    Posted 1 year ago #
  2. gembo
    Member

    Yer actual edible dormouse looks like a squirrel and about that size.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  3. unhurt
    Member

    In that case, maybe a Kingsknowe Rat correlate?

    Posted 1 year ago #
  4. gembo
    Member

    Lot of Chinese merino is rat fur according to rumours started by Icebreaker. (Official Gembo Rumour). Icebreaker stuff good, also made in China

    Posted 1 year ago #
  5. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    The best fedoras are made with squirrel fur felt. 'Squirrel fur felt fedora if you please.' said no one drunk, ever.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  6. unhurt
    Member

    So you could have had a sideline in hattery during your squirrel skinning seasons? (And not just fedoras - though would a fez still be a fez if it was made from squirrel fur felt?)

    Posted 1 year ago #
  7. Rosie
    Member

    I'd recommend possum fur garments made in New Zealand. Wonderful gloves and jerseys. Possums are an introduced species which have killed off the native birds and forests so you can wear them righteously.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  8. gembo
    Member

    @IWRATS

    Wear The Fox Fur Hat?

    Posted 1 year ago #
  9. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    would a fez still be a fez if it was made from squirrel fur felt?

    I dunno what mine's made of. Tunisian artisanal manufacture, no EU care label, ken?

    Posted 1 year ago #
  10. chdot
    Admin

    Watching a bird, a bit far aware.

    Think too small to be a buzzard and too big to be a kestrel.

    Didn’t think it was a sparrowhawk, but searched online and found this pic -

    http://www.rspb.org.uk/community/cfs-file.ashx/__key/communityserver-discussions-components-files/902/5228.sprrwhwk3742.jpg

    Certainly looked gingerish underneath when it swooped.

    The highlight wasn’t ‘nice bird of prey’, but the way it managed to keep miraculously still, without any apparent drift or wing movement.

    I thought it must be a drone at first!

    Posted 1 year ago #
  11. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    Hen harrier? They disperse to the coast in winter. Bit like a diurnal owl/hawk hybrid.

    Sparrowhawks are fidgety shy rockets.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  12. chdot
    Admin

    “Hen harrier?”

    Mmm, think I’d have noticed the owlness.

    http://www.rspb.org.uk/community/cfs-file.ashx/__key/communityserver-blogs-components-weblogfiles/00-00-24-83-37/henha.jpg

    “Sparrowhawks are fidgety shy rockets”

    Not my first thought either, but definitely gingerish underneath.

    I’ll have my camera if it comes back.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  13. unhurt
    Member

    Lunchtime today: Stockbridge heron gulping down Kingsknowe a big rat. Arrived during the meal so not sure if scavenged or caught. Not in shot: three crows showing great interest in proceedings.

    https://youtu.be/fm0K5zNvfDQ

    Posted 1 year ago #
  14. unhurt
    Member

    I dunno what mine's made of. Tunisian artisanal manufacture, no EU care label, ken?

    Does it have a tassel?

    Posted 1 year ago #
  15. jules878
    Member

    Badger snuffling around near zig zags on Roseburn Path at 11ish last night.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  16. unhurt
    Member

    A cute adolescent rat in the garden (currently an astroturfed desert, but I have plans) of the new flat. Bold wee investigator! I'm afraid she might be part of a colony living under the decking though...

    Update: she came back with two friends (siblings?). All very fuzzy and fun to watch but clearly part of a larger rat gang. I might have to move the decking destruction party I was planning forward a bit. Has anyone got a crowbar?

    Posted 1 year ago #
  17. Iain McR
    Member

    Fantastic Mr Fox on the Innocent 2230 this evening. A fine looking fellow / fellowess

    Posted 1 year ago #
  18. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    Has anyone got a crowbar?

    Micrometer, torque wrench and crowbar all available. Air rifle?

    Posted 1 year ago #
  19. unhurt
    Member

    Ta - I may actually take you up on one or some (though it turns out the brother - @Sheeptoucher - secretly owns a torque wrench).

    Air rifle?

    ...I'd probably just fire warning shots over their furry wee heads. Though I can see possibilities: e.g recipe reference in para four, "millers in onion sauce".

    Posted 1 year ago #
  20. Iain McR
    Member

    I have an old flute somewhere in my parents loft, I can dig it out if you want to try and charm them out ?

    thinking about it now, did the Pied Piper use a flute or would that make him the Pied Fluter ? must have been a pipe.

    Still, might work.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  21. kaputnik
    Moderator

    Tuesday evening just after sundown, I almost collided with a very large bat flying low over the path below the Holiday Inn at Craigleith, followed shortly thereafter by a fox on the embankment at Drylaw

    Posted 1 year ago #
  22. unhurt
    Member

    @Iain McR I could probably drive them away as handily with a recorder...

    Yesterday, two little grebes on Inverleith Pond. Plus some of the late brood of moorhens I was worried about have made it to plump semi-adulthood and I feel a bit more hopeful for their chances.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  23. gembo
    Member

    @unhurt, thanks for moorhen update, still confident one will become King.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  24. unhurt
    Member

    Little grebes are still on Inverleith Pond. Watched them diving in the wet near-dark; one caught a tiny silver fish.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  25. unhurt
    Member

    Q: are trees wildlife for the purposes of this thread? Or only if they're wild trees? Or at least feral? (Though "wild plants" is a really weird concept when you start trying to define it...)

    Posted 1 year ago #
  26. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    A: Of course.

    When I was growing up I thought it was normal for the soundtrack at dinner to be a discussion about what constitutes 'native' woodland. I do love a sessile oak.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  27. Iain McR
    Member

    @ Unhurt - yes defo.

    Does this count. Not really wild, more guerilla:

    I have surreptitiously planted peppers in several of the plant pots in my office – they give out little matchbook things with the seeds in Wahaca. The ones nearest my desk are doing well – I live in constant fear someone thinks they’re weeds and offs them.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  28. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    I have surreptitiously planted peppers

    Guatemalan Insanity Peppers I hope? I got madame a few of these for her birthday. happy days.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  29. unhurt
    Member

    @Iwrats ooh, and pollen cores? I like a nice Holocene palaeoclimate.

    @Iain McR stealth in-office container agriculture. Genius.

    Tree highlight: several gorgeous dawn redwoods (or almost as sexily, Metasequoia glyptostroboides) trunks glowing in the half-dark, wholly-drenched and almost deserted Botanics just before closing time.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  30. unhurt
    Member

    I like those anti-greyness grenades. Do they come in different varieties?

    Posted 1 year ago #

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