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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 week ago #
  2. gembo
    Member

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

    Posted 1 week ago #
  3. unhurt
    Member

    In that case, maybe a Kingsknowe Rat correlate?

    Posted 1 week 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 week 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 week 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 week 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 week ago #
  8. gembo
    Member

    @IWRATS

    Wear The Fox Fur Hat?

    Posted 1 week 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 week 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 week 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 week 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 week 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 week 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 6 days ago #
  15. jules878
    Member

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

    Posted 5 days 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 5 days ago #
  17. Iain McR
    Member

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

    Posted 5 days ago #
  18. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    Has anyone got a crowbar?

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

    Posted 4 days 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 4 days 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 4 days 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 4 days 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 day ago #
  23. gembo
    Member

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

    Posted 1 day ago #

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