Comments for http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html en-gb 30 Fri 28 Aug 2015 14:46:18 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html Patricia Jones http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=99#comment377 Have found a caterpillar in the house.Is this unusual for this time of year. Fri 06 Nov 2009 21:52:58 GMT+1 007Garden http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=99#comment376 Hello, I we have a question, In our garden we have 8 -10 squirrels. We have had these for over 3 years. We were wondering why sometimes when the mum comes down she will get in our christmas tree tub and slide /swim in the mud/earth constantly popping her head up covered in dirt then shaking it off and doing it all again. She sometimes does this for 20 minutes. why? Fri 06 Nov 2009 21:07:07 GMT+1 Linda Banting http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=99#comment375 HiThank you, I am really enjoying this series. Can you tell me what camera I should be looking for to start wildlife filming with? Also, where can I get one? The ones I have found on the internet seem very expensive. Is there anywhere you can get them second hand? By the way, what a great Friday night (6th Nov) - Autumnwatch, followed by Robbie Williams on BBC One....... Say no more........ Fri 06 Nov 2009 12:52:46 GMT+1 Susan http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=98#comment374 I just wanted to say "Thank You" for explaining why and how geese etc travel in a "V" shape, for years I have watched these birds flying over, but only after your show the other week actually understood what was actually happening. We are at Reighton near Filey, on the Yorkshire coast and saw a huge flock of geese come in from the sea on Wednesday and today 15 swans flew over in the "V" formation. Amazing. Do you think they will be heading for Hornsea Mere, or will they be continuing further south? We enjoy the show so much, keep up the good work. Fri 06 Nov 2009 11:45:29 GMT+1 Camilla Armstrong http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=98#comment373 http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p266/xx_milly_moo_xx/Butterfly00000.jpghttp://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p266/xx_milly_moo_xx/Butterfly00001.jpgHi I love the showm, please could you tell me whats going on? This butterfly has been in my house outside my bedroom door for over a month now, is it hibernating? And do butterflies usually hibernate in houses? Sorry the pictures are poor quality. Camilla Armstrong age 18 in North Yorkshire x Thu 05 Nov 2009 23:01:25 GMT+1 hentlandhall http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=98#comment372 A question for Chris or Simon. I have been hearing the call of house martins today and over the past few days and have been surprised to still see some birds flying South overhead in Herefordshire. They all fly with a similar 'marathon' style - three or four flaps of wing and then a pause and then another few flaps and so on. Is this the way that they migrate and cope with such a long journey? I have never seen them around so late before. Are they from a late brood perhaps somewhere far North like Shetland? Are there any records of the latest date house martins have been seen in the UK? Thanks! Thu 05 Nov 2009 21:04:09 GMT+1 dean sparkes http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=98#comment371 i went to my sisters for a few days, when i came back i saw 3 butterflies in my stairway, theirs 2 now, 1 flew out the window last week. i've also got about 50 ladybirds, and something wrapped in silk (mybe) on my bathroom wall! pls tell me what i can do! you are wellcome to come and visit my inset "zoo", just email or phone me. [Personal details removed by Moderator] thanks. dean in andover Thu 05 Nov 2009 18:39:55 GMT+1 dean sparkes http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=97#comment370 i went to my sisters for a few days, when i came back i saw 3 butterflies in my stairway, theirs 2 now, 1 flew out the window last week. i've also got about 50 ladybirds, and something wrapped in silk (mybe) on my bathroom wall! pls tell me what i can do! you are wellcome to come and visit my inset "zoo", just email or phone me. [Personal details removed by Moderator] Thu 05 Nov 2009 18:37:02 GMT+1 steve francis http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=97#comment369 hi, this is a general question for the team, we were wondering, when are you going to do the feature (that you mentioned on about the second show) on how to easily identify birds of prey, as we are by no means boffins on birds and assume also that " it must be a buzzard". brilliant show, learnt loooaaaads from it!!.Cheers steve 'n bevnr chepstow. Thu 05 Nov 2009 11:52:45 GMT+1 newtlover http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=97#comment368 I often find newts from our pond on the patio at night and wondered if there is any likelihood of a passing hedgehog eating one ? Wed 04 Nov 2009 21:14:26 GMT+1 KATHRYNJT http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=97#comment367 What is the best tree for me to plant in my garden, I can not plant a rainforest but am I better off planting a fast growing tree like a pine, or a slow growing tree like an oak? Or is it the size of the leaves that make the difference? Wed 04 Nov 2009 18:47:49 GMT+1 moogiesmum http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=96#comment366 I was at Ingleton Waterfalls in North Yorkshire the other day and saw in the sky a large crow attacking a buzzard type bird of prey. The buzzard wasn't retaliating there were no other birds about why didn't the buzzard try and attack the crow? Why was the crow attacking it? Wed 04 Nov 2009 10:03:15 GMT+1 Simon Firth http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=96#comment365 HI, THIS IS A QUESTION FOR CHRIS AND SIMON. I've been watching magpies on a large patch of public lawn very near to my house and what their doing is strategically storing food within it. They seem to be observing objects in their surroundings and using them as markers to precisely indicate where they've hidden the food for later retrieval. They tuck the food into the grass and actually press a leaf down on top of it and then check its position and fly off. On occasion I've seen them return, and what they do is carefully follow the path they've previously mapped out in their head to locate the food. What clever birds they are! MY QUESTION IS: 'are there any other species of bird that do this, in this way, or is it just unique to the mischievous magpies???Simon FirthLancashire.PS. I was smitten when I saw Arnold the starling, I'll never think of starlings in the same way again. Could the film he's star-ling in be 'The Hobbit'? I guess so. Wed 04 Nov 2009 06:28:08 GMT+1 Jeff http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=96#comment364 Why is it that there seem to be such an emphasis on surveys? We seem to know where exactly it goes, how far it travels & the exact route it takes etc. I understand that to protect endangered species a certain amount of survey needs to be done, but it appears that if it can be caught and some kind of transmittor attached to it we do. So many small birds, animals etc are trapped/caught manhandled then released. All of this must be terrifying to them even though handling times are kept to a minimum. Lets enjoy nature, the films photos etc are stunning.I am lucky enough to live in Purback Dorset and I still get excited and amazed by the things I see, even driving to work but don't you think the less we get involved with the more common species the better? After all it NATURAL history! Tue 03 Nov 2009 23:28:16 GMT+1 janmontague http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=96#comment363 Inspired by Autumnwatch, I took my 3 boys aged 10, 8 and 6 for a walk on the Ashridge Estate in Herts on 31st October. In glorious weather we saw scores of deer - fallow and muntjac - and the boys were spellbound. We watched a stag 50m away rub his antlers against a tree, then, from a standing start, leap right over a barbed wire fence - magical! An incredibly atmospheric place to spend Halloween, as dusk fell...What was the funny bouncing motion that some of the younger deer were doing? All four feet were leaving the ground at once, as if they were on springs. Tue 03 Nov 2009 23:08:50 GMT+1 suzy http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=95#comment362 Whats happened to all the birds near Glasgow (where I live)? My two feeders have been out for a month now and are still full. Whats going on?! Tue 03 Nov 2009 22:45:22 GMT+1 Les Bunyan http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=95#comment361 I took a photo of a male Sparrowhawk on sunday in our back garden but all my bird books show Sparrowhawks having yellow eyes whereas my photo clearly shows red eyes any body explain photo can be supplied Tue 03 Nov 2009 19:30:58 GMT+1 dean_area51 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=95#comment360 I have a question.Why, when I watched the moon rising tonight did it appear large as it sat on the horizon and then suddenly appeared smaller as it rose? Tue 03 Nov 2009 18:49:10 GMT+1 roo123 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=94#comment359 On the new A38 Dobwalls bipass in Corwall a special bridge has been constructed across it costing £150000 to allow bats to crawl across. Can you say why bats would want to crawl so far when they could fly across the road? Tue 03 Nov 2009 14:57:54 GMT+1 Deborah Rands http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=94#comment358 Hi team.I have a question about Herons. In a field next to the Goe Adams food factory just outside Spalding in Lincolnshire can often be seen, sitting along the edge next to a very small dyke, as many as 10 Herons. Can you tell me why so many gather there. Its not as if they are near a large lake full of food, just a small empty dyke. It would be interesting to know what keeps them there. Tue 03 Nov 2009 09:11:17 GMT+1 Aves http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=94#comment357 Hi team - Can you tell me why owls don't hunt sleeping small birds at night? Or do they? And can they really turn their heads right round? Tue 03 Nov 2009 08:44:54 GMT+1 PAUL Reading http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=94#comment356 Hi Team !Great show as ever !Here in Reading, Berkshire we have a pair of Coots with two recently hatched chicks !We also have a pair of Black Swans that have sucessfully reared a four cignets this year which are full grown. The mother is on her nest again(and has been for at least 3 weeks)! Surely this is not normal is it ?Best regardsPaul.P.S. I have some photos but I'm not sure how to attach them here. Mon 02 Nov 2009 22:42:28 GMT+1 andy64 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=93#comment355 Last week, I climbed to Alcock Tarn near Grasmere. My three daughters were surprised to see hundreds of tiny fish swimming around and then the eldest daughter cried out LOBSTER! On closer inspection, it turned out to be a large crayfish. This did get us all wondering, how do creatures like this come to be living in a tarn 300m above sea level. Any suggestions please? Mon 02 Nov 2009 20:55:24 GMT+1 debra hodkin http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=93#comment354 i would like to find out that if we are walking in a forest or park and come across some deer antlers are we allowed to pick these up and take them home, thats if we are lucky enough to find any... Mon 02 Nov 2009 20:12:08 GMT+1 Tim Ellis http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=93#comment353 The woods where we walk our dogs are usually strewn with acorns at this time of year. This year, however, we havn't seen any. There are non on the trees or on the ground, no shells or anything. Do you have any idea why this should be?Tim EllisP.S. Let's see more of Martin's Triumph. Mon 02 Nov 2009 17:53:19 GMT+1 gardencat http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=93#comment352 I want to encourage people not to tidy up the garden too much before spring. We have ladybirds hibernating in the seedheads of phlomis plants (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44269278@N04/4068877864/in/pool-bbcautumnwatch). I also found 2 hibernating queen wasps in the folds of the garden umbrella and a further 2 in the folds of some tarpaulin in the shed. Mon 02 Nov 2009 16:43:15 GMT+1 bingobongerton http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=92#comment351 We were at WWT Slimbridge yesterday (01/11/2009), we couldn't believe it when we saw 6 Mallard ducklings paddling around. As if that wasn't odd enough, given the time of year, despite the presence of a very attentive female Mallard, the ducklings were also being protected by, and seemed to be following, a bar-headed goose! who was being very defensive indeed, more so than the female Mallard! Is it likely that this goose had lost her babies earlier in the year and had decided to adopt the ducklings, and also what are the chances of their survival at this time of year, will it help that they are being bought up on a reserve?Also, at home in Nottingham, we are still hearing the sharp two-toned sound that a Great Tit makes, usually during springtime, we have never noticed this before, and can only put it down to the mild weather, is this a confused bird, or is it normal for them to make that sound in autumn?Thankyou Mon 02 Nov 2009 14:57:49 GMT+1 Barry http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=92#comment350 I live in North Cambridgeshire and occassionally see buzzards - last Friday on my drive to work I passed a recently sown field that had 5 buzzards standing in it, spread over an area of about half an acre. They didn't seem to be doing anything & there didn't appear to be any food source (carrion etc) around - what were they doing? Mon 02 Nov 2009 13:24:02 GMT+1 KATHRYNJT http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=92#comment349 I didn't see small birds like the: Swallows and the Tits, Well maybe One or Two but that was it, Why wasnt there any small birds? Mon 02 Nov 2009 11:55:56 GMT+1 KATHRYNJT http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=92#comment348 On a trip to Summer Leys Nature Reserve, Northampton, I saw dozens of dragonflies and it was the 28th October, whats going on, isnt it to cold for a dragonfly to be out in October? Will we be seeing butterflies next? Mon 02 Nov 2009 11:29:58 GMT+1 Emma Darbyshire http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=91#comment347 anyone know what this weird looking insect is that I found in my window?http://www.flickr.com/photos/44322672@N08/4067486797/in/pool-bbcautumnwatch Mon 02 Nov 2009 10:49:44 GMT+1 Elisabeth Longley http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=91#comment346 On cleaning out our nestboxes recently, we found in one of them 3 dead nearly-ready-to-fledge great tits. We have sometimes previously found a single dead bird but never 3. Could something have raided the nest? If so, what? Living in the north of Scotland we have a abundance of red squirrels and the occasional pine marten. Any ideas? Mon 02 Nov 2009 10:22:33 GMT+1 Julie Curl http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=91#comment345 It's very frustrating not having internet near the TV, I can't take part in these quizzes!! Can you imaging the frustration I have, as a bone specialist, not being able to answer these live?!!The larger tooth was an elephant/mammoth - ancestor to the the Indian Elephant and they have similar teeth and quite different from African Elephants.The long staight tooth (a lower front incisor) and the humerus are from Hippo, once very common in this country.The mandible is a prehistoric bear.Also, just to spark something else off on the reintroductions, I personally would welcome seeing the hippos back in the UK, perhaps not the elephant as they would wander too far. All for the Lynx (one common in the uk until probably the Roman period, possibly a bit later) coming back, these shy cats would help control the numbers of deer and rabbits. Mon 02 Nov 2009 09:54:00 GMT+1 Natalie Threadingham http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=91#comment344 http://www.flickr.com/photos/44205874@N03/4065044862/http://www.flickr.com/photos/44205874@N03/4064295019/Think I have finally done it now! Sun 01 Nov 2009 17:35:38 GMT+1 Natalie Threadingham http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=90#comment343 And here is the kestrel that wandered in this morning - http://www.flickr.com/photos/44205874@N03/4065044862/Hoping I have done this link right.And here is the kestrel just after he walked in - http://www.flickr.com/photos/44205874@N03/4064295019/ Sun 01 Nov 2009 17:29:35 GMT+1 Natalie Threadingham http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=90#comment342 We live in Dalton in Furness in a terraced house with a backyard and although we are surrounded by fields we don't see much variation on birdlife in our yard apart from starlings and jackdaws. So, imagine our surprise when our son came up to us in bed this morning (1st November) to tell us that there was a big fat starling sitting on the back step. So downstairs I went, looked out of the back window (past our cat Mac sitting on the ledge) and took a sleepy eyed glance at the fat starling only to be confronted with a very very wet juvenile kestrel. So, panicking about the cat, who was taking no notice of the kestrel, I opened the kitchen window to get the cat in and isolate him from the kitchen. Then Jim, my husband was summoned to check on the kestrel. Jim opened the back door and bold as brass the kestrel just hopped over the step and into the warmth of the kitchen! We didn't want to handle him but were unsure as to whether he was injured so we called the World Owl Trust at Muncaster and we spoke to David there who suggested we get him into a box and bring him to Muncaster where he could be dried out and checked over by a vet. By this time the kestrel was still sat with Jim falling asleep in front of the cupboard. We think the torrential wind and rain overnight had just overwhelmed him and he just wanted to get warm and dry. We got him into the cat carrier (only thing we could find) and drove him through rain and flooded roads up to Muncaster where David checked him over, gave him a clean bill of health, and put him in the cage ready to be checked by the vet in the morning. What was odd about all of this, apart from a kestrel strolling into the kitchen, was the fact that our cat Mac would not go anywhere near him which was why I had to get him in through the kitchen window. Part of me would like to think that Mac showed him our house and said "come home with me my mum and dad will look after you". Our experience this morning really brightened our day as we love birds of prey and to have helped this one felt good. Sun 01 Nov 2009 17:14:38 GMT+1 hazydaisygirl http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=90#comment341 Hi All,We found this imprint on our bedroom window (http://www.flickr.com/photos/hazy-daisy/4064661702/). The imprint is so clear (down to its individual wing feathers) that it must have hit the window very hard. We were expecting to see the bird lying dead on the ground, but there was no sign of it or any feathers. The closer we looked at the image, the more we thought it looked like an owl. What do the team think, and is it possible to tell what sub-species it is? Sun 01 Nov 2009 15:59:14 GMT+1 valkyrie1008 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=89#comment340 I am wondering if anyone of you very clever presents can explain to me why a crow/rook that appeared in my garden on Halloween started making an unusual call. It wasn't a lough rough call it usually makes but sounded quite sad and lonely. I have submitted a video of it making the strange call to your site. I hope it gets posted up and then you can litsen to it for yourself as it really was most peculiar. I would love to know what it means by that strange call or if it's just a bit confused. Sun 01 Nov 2009 15:50:29 GMT+1 gordon1955 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=89#comment339 Sun 01 Nov 2009 15:40:16 GMT+1 auntpennyforthem http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=89#comment338 How far will a wood mouse travel to find its way home? When they come into our house, we catch them and let them out nearby. But, maybe the same one keeps coming back? Sun 01 Nov 2009 12:14:26 GMT+1 falconsmark http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=89#comment337 Hi All,would love to know how do you get to be in the crowd during unsprung ???I promise not to eat your chocolate (I'll even bring my own to share) Sun 01 Nov 2009 11:33:17 GMT+1 John Rostron http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=88#comment336 Re the three bones.On Autumnwatch Unsprung, we did not really get a good look at the bones. From the brief glance that we did get, I was able to identify the cave bear and the hippo incisor tooth. I could not really see the other hippo bone (not that it would have helped much). The other tooth was clearly an mammoth or elephant, however we only saw the side view. To tell which one we would have needed to see the crown view. A mammoth has a pattern of parallel ridges, fossil elephants would have had extra twiddles on these ridges.By the time we watch Autumnwatch, we would have shut down our computer, so this page would have been no use. Even so, I find that the elephant tooth was not pictured. I have to confess that, though now retired, I spent my working life as a lecturer in Animal Biology, with a lab full of bones!John Sun 01 Nov 2009 08:46:58 GMT+1 AmazingAmy http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=88#comment335 I live in the New Forest and spend lots of time walking my dogs in the forest and just being outside in my garden. However throughout the whole of the summer I never saw one single ladybird, but last friday (the 23rd october 09) I saw 5 or 6 in the same day. Is this usual or not??Amy W Sat 31 Oct 2009 23:04:29 GMT+1 Faye http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=88#comment334 I'm glad you are coming to the lake district as I live there it is extremely beautiful we have a tawny owl and a barn owl ,never seen the tawny but we've heard it to-whit-to-wooooooooooooooooooooo Sat 31 Oct 2009 20:15:10 GMT+1 Faye http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=88#comment333 To Autumnwatch teamIn spring we put up a bird table and we've had lots of birds coming. But for lots of months we have had none I cleaned the table and got some more new feed they have been coming ever since we have also see our first ever chaffinch.1 Why did the birds go?2 Why have we suddenly got birds we have never got beforeps my daughter wanted this posted Sat 31 Oct 2009 20:10:58 GMT+1 handypunky http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=87#comment332 hi everyone! Looking forward to you coming to the lake district as this is our neck of the woods and there is so much to explore round here. Whilst you are here you have to visit silverdale to see the magnificent flocks of starlings before dusk. We were there today and there were thousands of them, it is a spectacular sight that is not to be missed. Sat 31 Oct 2009 20:01:38 GMT+1 evangelinecollyer http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=87#comment331 1.hippo tusk ?2.hippos leg bone?3.a bear or wild boar???4.elephant tooth?just guesses Sat 31 Oct 2009 19:36:53 GMT+1 RU12TAWNY http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=87#comment330 HI MARTINHAVE YOU HEARD THE OLD WIVES TALE ABOUT KEEPING SPIDERS OUT OF A ROOM BY PLACING A BOWL OF CONKERS IN IT. I HAVE HEARD FROM PEOPLE WHO HAVE TRIED IT THAT IT WORKS. WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IS DO YOU KNOW WHY?? Sat 31 Oct 2009 18:20:16 GMT+1 cazzie66 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=87#comment329 This post has been Removed Sat 31 Oct 2009 17:18:52 GMT+1 Mike-and-Lucy http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=86#comment328 Taking up the theme of being overly-focused on mammals & birds, it would be interesting for AW or SW to pick an ecosystem, say a wood, and spend ten minutes each week detailing the changes taking place as the season progresses. I'm sure that time-lapse tography would be used to the max but interactive shifts of the physicochem and the responses of the flora & fauna would be interesting. Bud development, mamalian movement, insects, fungi etc. The whole thing not just a part. Ten mins each week for eight weeks. A wood seems to provide the greatest opperchance for richness but on reflection an overgrown graveyard or riverside (first salmon of the season) are also possibilities. Sat 31 Oct 2009 16:48:04 GMT+1 Leiba http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=86#comment327 Do outdoor spiders hibernate? Sat 31 Oct 2009 15:48:12 GMT+1 mpbracher http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=86#comment326 in a field near crewkerne in south somerset there is a flock of about 50 buzzards. is this unusual ? Sat 31 Oct 2009 13:30:28 GMT+1 NicknJanHunt http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=85#comment325 In Response to comment No.323. At 10:14am on 31 Oct 2009 from yodaspalIt looks like and I think it may be a Sparrowhawk, great pics by the way. Sat 31 Oct 2009 12:22:27 GMT+1 alorus http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=85#comment324 Sat 31 Oct 2009 11:25:20 GMT+1 Dormouse59 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=85#comment323 QUESTION (hopefully not too late, but it might be in time for weekend firework parties)Everyone says: Check your bonfires carefully for hedgehogs before lighting them.But my question is HOW do you do this? If there's a hedgehog curled up in the centre surely you'd have to demolish the whole pile of wood before lighting it... Which isn't a very practical idea, especially for big bonfires.Do the team have any suggestions how Bonfire checking might best be carried out? Sat 31 Oct 2009 11:19:07 GMT+1 Jaynie http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=85#comment322 Friday afternoon a bird of prey took a dove in our back garden as I stood looking out of the shed window not 8ft away! It took it's time preparing it's catch before flying off with it, which gave me enough time to grab the camera for a very quick shot. I can't figure out how to post a photo on here so I've placed it on our website in the Gallery pictures, At Home folder.http://soulsnstone.webs.comPlease have a look and see if you can identify it!? The rust on white underside should help, but the lack of any black barring has us stumped.You should be able to judge the size of the bird from the dove, but the dove was definitely bigger than it's predator! Hope someone can help as this now solves a long standing mystery of dove / pigeon feathers in our garden - we thought it was a cat! Sat 31 Oct 2009 10:14:10 GMT+1 mintyjinty http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=84#comment321 Are they the bones discovered on the beach on the Jurasic Coast recently ??? Fri 30 Oct 2009 23:50:17 GMT+1 briarstonerose http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=84#comment320 Over the summer we have regularly been walking with our grand-daughter by the River Itchen in Southampton and have followed the progress of a pair of mute swans and their seven cygnets. At the beginning of October we saw the group apparently chasing one of the cygnets away and since then we have seen only six cygnets. This week we saw the adults and the other cygnets brutally attacking a seventh cygnet. Is this normal behaviour? Fri 30 Oct 2009 23:19:07 GMT+1 keeleykale http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=84#comment319 Were Chris's cue cards pictures of eighties album covers? New Order and Phsychedelic Furs? My husband really pleased springwatch hit his area of expertise! Fri 30 Oct 2009 22:12:07 GMT+1 sorchacantwell http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=84#comment318 i'm sure there was a wooly mammoth molar there on the table Fri 30 Oct 2009 22:11:52 GMT+1 lyndagee http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=83#comment317 Luv the show can you please let us know how to encorage more animals into the garden for the first time in over 20 years we saw a grey squirrel in the garden although we have many magpies and encourage animals with food as do our neighbours. What is the best type of food to encourage different species without conflict. Fri 30 Oct 2009 22:07:28 GMT+1 badgerwatch1066 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=83#comment316 GOLF BALLSAt a golf course in Bexhill, the crows steal the balls while the golfers are playing! Fri 30 Oct 2009 22:06:43 GMT+1 kenny444 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=83#comment315 Pigmy hippo and mamoth Fri 30 Oct 2009 22:06:40 GMT+1 jabba69 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=83#comment314 Great footage of the horsehair worm erupting from the earwig. I found three of these on our fence, waving around like tiny cobras. I put one under a pocket microscope and you could see thousands of eggs inside it. Weird but wonderful.Brilliant show - More Bats please! Fri 30 Oct 2009 22:05:43 GMT+1 newsmiffy http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=82#comment313 we have squirrels visiting our garden. one has a white stripe the lenght of its tail and another squirrel has a white ring around its tail is there any reason for the different markings Fri 30 Oct 2009 22:04:12 GMT+1 gilligeek http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=82#comment312 Greater Spotted Woodpecker in garden yesterday in Urban South Derbyshire. Fri 30 Oct 2009 22:00:55 GMT+1 verreaux http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=82#comment311 lol ok Unicorn hornbaslisk femurDragon jaw:) Fri 30 Oct 2009 22:00:38 GMT+1 micropalaeo http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=82#comment310 elephant toothhippo jaw and shouldercanine tooth from sabre tooth tigerAll from the Pleistocene Fri 30 Oct 2009 22:00:38 GMT+1 leowolves2 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=81#comment309 woolly mammoth andrew wolverhampton Fri 30 Oct 2009 22:00:20 GMT+1 Carole http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=81#comment308 what does a redwing sound like? Fri 30 Oct 2009 22:00:15 GMT+1 captainRachelann http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=81#comment307 Is it Bill Oddie? Fri 30 Oct 2009 21:59:44 GMT+1 poco-paul http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=80#comment306 Please can you tell me where Simon got his boots?????? I love them! Fri 30 Oct 2009 21:59:41 GMT+1 ingeniousJane http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=80#comment305 Haha, nice guessing everyone! ;) Fri 30 Oct 2009 21:59:34 GMT+1 roger_greenwich http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=80#comment304 I have seen reports of foxes taking golf balls and possibly collecting them, also some birds in Australia. There are some examples on YouTube. I surrendered one to a monitor lizard in Indonesia, but I have no idea if it was collecting.Sorry if I am posting in the wrong place, I am new here Fri 30 Oct 2009 21:59:33 GMT+1 Joeseymour http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=80#comment303 I have put some pictures of a tame bullfinch that appeared on the day that England won the ashes so it has been name broady. so if you would please show them everyone at RSPB Fairburn Ings will be grateful and they think you would like to see them Fri 30 Oct 2009 21:59:32 GMT+1 elandjim http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=79#comment302 cave bear Fri 30 Oct 2009 21:59:30 GMT+1 virtualDeanbug http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=79#comment301 mammoth toothhippo toothhyena jaw aqnd humerus Fri 30 Oct 2009 21:58:53 GMT+1 ryanhughes95 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=79#comment300 1.sabre tooth tiger claw2.sabre tooth tiger femur3.sabre tooth tiger lower jawryan hughes york Fri 30 Oct 2009 21:58:50 GMT+1 danwaters2000 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=79#comment299 Giant wild orox Fri 30 Oct 2009 21:58:46 GMT+1 sunflowertracy http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=78#comment298 ithink that the first picture of bones from the giant ground sloth and that the second picture is a warthog. Fri 30 Oct 2009 21:58:45 GMT+1 keeleykale http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=78#comment297 1 sabre tooth cat tooth2red deer (really big pre-ice age one, now extinct)3 hippo Fri 30 Oct 2009 21:58:35 GMT+1 lifemhyv http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=78#comment296 Chris my wife is from america and has just watched the piece about the skunks, she says you can get the smell off anything with tomatoe juice Fri 30 Oct 2009 21:58:29 GMT+1 prettymegaleg http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=78#comment295 1. mammoth2. bison Fri 30 Oct 2009 21:58:22 GMT+1 smartmarklake http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=77#comment294 Is it the teeth of a giant marine predator Liopleurodon and bones from an Iguanodon? Fri 30 Oct 2009 21:58:15 GMT+1 newmoorcroft http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=77#comment293 With regards to the bonesthey Are:AuroxWooly Mammoth TuskHippo JawBet I'm wrong!ThanksRay Pitt Fri 30 Oct 2009 21:58:15 GMT+1 mischievousalex2009 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=77#comment292 i think one is a wholly mammoth tooth.the bottom jaw of a bear and the femur and the fossilised tusk of a hippo Fri 30 Oct 2009 21:58:11 GMT+1 dynamicTelthecelt http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=76#comment291 I guess we have a Narwhale tusk and a seal mandible and humerus?I think the molar is from an extinct herbivore...maybe hippo. Fri 30 Oct 2009 21:58:11 GMT+1 phill7wltn http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=76#comment290 mammoth toothrhino horn and thigh bonebear jawbone Fri 30 Oct 2009 21:58:10 GMT+1 DorsetEuan http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=76#comment289 I hazard a guess that they are:Hippos toothMammoth bonehyena jaw Fri 30 Oct 2009 21:58:02 GMT+1 darlingpoglepie http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=76#comment288 Bones are - Alligator, Wooolly Rhino, Bear and Mammoth's tooth Fri 30 Oct 2009 21:57:59 GMT+1 lIZPEARSON http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=75#comment287 Just for future, just in case. .....the way to get rid of the smell of a skunk spray is to wash your body (bath) in tomato juice. Regards Liz Pearson Fri 30 Oct 2009 21:57:59 GMT+1 stevieuk1111 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=75#comment286 a tricerotops buffalo crocodile / aligator Fri 30 Oct 2009 21:57:50 GMT+1 leninis1dog http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=75#comment285 bones are woolly mammoth bones Fri 30 Oct 2009 21:57:48 GMT+1 EcoHeathen http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=75#comment284 Bone quiz:MammothRhinocerousSabre-tooth Tiger Fri 30 Oct 2009 21:57:40 GMT+1 newsmiffy http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=74#comment283 the second bone picture is a lower jaw to a wild boar Fri 30 Oct 2009 21:57:32 GMT+1 mistermick http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=74#comment282 1. wooley mammouth tusk 2. wooley mammouth thigh bone ( both dredged up from the north sea 3. wild boar lower jaw Fri 30 Oct 2009 21:57:24 GMT+1 Amber-Isabel http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=74#comment281 European Mastodont (teeth and bone)Mammoth molarWild boat (as in wild pig)(jaw)I'm sorry, being Dutch I do hope boat is a correct word for the wild pig living in de woods. Fri 30 Oct 2009 21:57:21 GMT+1 Bridget http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=74#comment280 Regarding the golf balls, I have seen crows picking up and fly off with very large pebbles that form the soak away in my drive, they were as large and just as heavy as golf balls.Also when a I had a larger and more rural garden I have also seen magpies pick up large stones. Fri 30 Oct 2009 21:57:21 GMT+1 Simon Alpe http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=73#comment279 mammouth tooth wolly rhino hippo Fri 30 Oct 2009 21:57:19 GMT+1 Jackie Ley http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch/2009/10/post.html?page=73#comment278 Saber tooth tiger Woolly mammoth molar Bear lower jaw Fri 30 Oct 2009 21:57:19 GMT+1