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07-05-2020, 21:57   #256
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It's a pity they aren't more common around the country. I don't think a day has gone by here since the 2nd week of April that I haven't heard at least one. But it's real cuckoo territory here with overgrown hedges and barren land and bits & pieces that are just left go to whins and bush. Actually seen a cuckoo flying over today, quite rare for me to actually see them.
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08-05-2020, 16:39   #257
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Happy to have heard it quite a few times over the last two to three weeks. Having the house near trees can be a pain in the winter having to constantly clean gutters. But it's great to hear all the birds this time of year.
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08-05-2020, 19:18   #258
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I'm delighted seeing a good number of hares around here. I saw three different sets (of 2) this morning when going to the shop. One on our own land, another in a field belong to our neighbour and the last set about a mile away in a field.
Thankfully they haven't been affected by RHD, unfortunately the rabbit population is still very low around us and seems to be struggling to recover.
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08-05-2020, 20:23   #259
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i think ive heard one every day this past month.
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Heard a cuckoo around here today, delighted to hear it. The kids were out with me was great for them to hear it as well.
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19-05-2020, 21:21   #261
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Not a great pic, but spotted this lizard over the weekend
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Heard a cuckoo around here today, delighted to hear it. The kids were out with me was great for them to hear it as well.
Heard one recently near me. Loads of swallows around the sheds.
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19-05-2020, 22:07   #263
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Not a great pic, but spotted this lizard over the weekend
Good find - for all my wanderings over the years I've never seen one!!
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19-05-2020, 22:11   #264
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That's the third I've seen, all on our ground
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19-05-2020, 22:11   #265
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Heard the cuckoo today. a few years since Iv'e heard him.
Go mberimid beo ag an am seo aris.
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during the drought 2018 a pond on the farm dried out so I cleaned out the silt which had built up over many years. I now have water hens, ducks frogs with a good depth of water. On another part of the farm I have a good spring feeding into a stream that could be made into another pond but with the Greens looking like going into Gov and Eamonn ryan saying things like farmers should be encouraged to plant 1 Ha of trees, is it likely some form of glas will be available
in the near future for such works? going to do it anyway but will it be carrot or stick approach ??
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Really loving this thread, thanks to all for the contributions.
Read it all today.
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Not a farmer, but living in a house with a couple of fields that used to be farmed (sheep and cattle). We are pretty much rewilding them now. Hare and pheasant are commonplace. The odd fox, and a stoat a couple of weeks ago. Frogs, lizards (or maybe newt). Lots of bird life. The starlings in the attic have finally fledged so I’ll block the gap in the eaves. Many crows, pigeons, tits, robins, wrens. Nest in postbox at the moment. 2 cuckoos. Buzzards too, and possibly a peregrine falcon. Few mice as well!

Saw a crow trap in local farmer’s field the other day( since moved). What’s the story with them?

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during the drought 2018 a pond on the farm dried out so I cleaned out the silt which had built up over many years. I now have water hens, ducks frogs with a good depth of water. On another part of the farm I have a good spring feeding into a stream that could be made into another pond but with the Greens looking like going into Gov and Eamonn ryan saying things like farmers should be encouraged to plant 1 Ha of trees, is it likely some form of glas will be available
in the near future for such works? going to do it anyway but will it be carrot or stick approach ??
Would like to do the same here, I have two, Area's of, biodiversity enhancement, that were left unplanted in the forestry, one is approximately half an acre, very wet, with small stream beside it, would be perfect for a pond.
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Would love some sort of pond in my place but the neighbours below me might object.
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