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Thread: Today's Wildlife Encounter

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    More rabbits than I recollect being out late in the middle of the morning. Mostly quite young. Thankfully didn't have the dog with me...

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    One of the cats brought a live mole into the house yesterday evening. Dropped it on the living room floor and then didn't really know what to do with it. I took it back outside to let it continue digging holes in the lawn.

    Slightly more interesting were all the cinnabar moth caterpillars (and a single moth) on the ragwort at the bottom of Near Black Clough (Bleaklow). And a single ripe Cloudberry at the top of the clough - according to plantlife.org.uk the fruit rarely forms in the UK due to a prevalence of male plants. Shame!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeoffB View Post
    One of the cats brought a live mole into the house yesterday evening. Dropped it on the living room floor and then didn't really know what to do with it. I took it back outside to let it continue digging holes in the lawn.

    Slightly more interesting were all the cinnabar moth caterpillars (and a single moth) on the ragwort at the bottom of Near Black Clough (Bleaklow). And a single ripe Cloudberry at the top of the clough - according to plantlife.org.uk the fruit rarely forms in the UK due to a prevalence of male plants. Shame!
    Nice. Was it tasty?
    No longer "resting"

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    Quote Originally Posted by noel View Post
    Nice. Was it tasty?
    The Cloudberry? Yes, very! Not sure about the mole...

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    Whilst running the Dalesway race at the weekend we saw 2 hedgehogs and a stoat illuminated by our headtorches on the bit heading south from Buckden. Loads of owls and bats as well. Helped pass the time.

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    Several years ago on The Fellsman while following the walls up Buckden Pike in the wind and rain, I saw two small birds roosting in the bog grass close to the ground, sheltered from the wind. Their little eyes glinted in my torchlight. They didn't move even though I was almost on top of them and communicating (shouting in the melee) with my teammates. I actually felt guilty for disturbing them so rudely.

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    Had a Sparrowhawk do a lap round the back garden, fly off, then dive-bomb and take a sparrow off with it.

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    Grey seals at Flodaigh, Benbecula on our walk. Then 2 separate barn? owls spotted on the drive back to the campsite.

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    This was a couple of weeks ago but it was so funny I thought i would share:

    Running along the track I spotted a squirrel in the field over the wall, what it was doing there i have no idea they usually stick to the woods; it started running away from me, but in the same direction that I was running, no less than 5 times it ran then slowed down to look back to see if I was still there, which of course I was.

    Each time it did this the look on it's little furry face was increasingly funny... it was like a cross between the scene from Highlander on the beach where he is 'feeling the heartbeat of the stag' and a Benny Hill chase scene!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeteS View Post
    Grey seals at Flodaigh, Benbecula on our walk. Then 2 separate barn? owls spotted on the drive back to the campsite.
    Could have been short eared owls. Quite common thereabouts.

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