In reply to Dave - CH:
Dave - CH said:Agreed Mike. We don't have greys here, but there's a lot to admire, even in animals that one, perhaps, finds intrusive. Having watched Magpies raiding nests for youngsters, I---personally---still feel a lot of tenderness toward them when they're in trouble, and I've got them between my own two hands. Anyway.... enough for this evening from me. Snow's coming down, on squirrels and all an sundry. Time for dinner. All the best - Dave
The greys wouldn't have been a problem if they hadn't been introduced here, so it isn't there fault, but mankind to blame.
As for the magpies, that's the reality of nature, sad yes, but that's what it is.
Natures way of keeping tidy.
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In reply to tony:
Tony T said:Cracking shots of a magical little creature Mike, we had a wonderful encounter with one on the Scilly Isles last year.
I couldn't remember if the Scilly Isles had reds or not. We've only been there on day trips from Penzance when the helicopters used to fly out, landing on St Mary's and then a trip boat to Tresco or Bryher.
A lovely set of islands, where did you stay?
Lot to learn
Tony T said:Mike, we stayed on St Marys but used the ferries to travel out to the islands and saw the reds on Tresco in the botanic gardens.
Of all the islands, Tresco is probably my favourite, and the Tresco Abbey Gardens, they're absolutely fabulous.
On St Mary's, there's some fascinating shops if you come away from the main part of town. One such shop was called 'Man o War', which had some fabulous artefacts recovered from ship wrecks, and many had some [tongue-in-cheek] fabulous prices!
I'd love to go back one day, and especially as the helicopter flights from Penzance are set to resume next year.
In reply to Nigel O:
Nigel O said:It's always great to see Reds. As far as I am aware their main English homes are the Isle of Wight and they still haven't yet been pushed out of Cumbria which is protected by the mountains and moors. Keswick and Borrowdale used to be their main stronghold and I guess it still is. As you say, there may be some in Northumbria, too. The National Trust also maintains a small pocket centred in Formby but they are occasionally seen further out towards Southport. Sadly, I heard that there was an outbreak of pox again there early this year and many died.
I feel you're right regarding those places mentioned, along with the Scilly Isles.
In reply to gaynorsl:
gaynorsl said:Lovely pics Mike, Plas Newydd is one of the good places to see the red squirrels. I also caught sight of one when out walking the other day, it was in a field and about 20 yards out from the hedge foraging. It turned and ran back in to shelter after about five mins, and a buzzard flew very low from another hedge. Evidently it had been hoping for a meal.
Thank you Gaynor.
Yes, Plas Newydd is a good place to see the reds, though I'm sure there are other places on the island.
Now I wonder who was hoping for the meal, the buzzard, the red squirrel, or both, but not quite each other! ;)
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