Visitors to the garden

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  1. bbrown

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    Very cool!!! ;D
     
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    The infamous Fred the duck... ::) ::)
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    Sadly she (yes, HER name was Fred), she went missing in October :'(
     
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    I love all of these , the exotic birds are so beautiful x Here is Millie in our garden yesterday with our visitor ;)

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    Great photo!!! ;D
     
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    Oh come on you guys, not fair. I mean parrots at the bird feeder? Badgers and toads and geckos?? And what exactly is a muntjac? I've never heard of it....love the vids though!

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    Closest thing I get is the crows pooping on my bench from the telephone pole! :eek:
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    Exactly. Sigh., ::)
     
  6. Oberon

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    One of the resident possums in our laundry (outdoor stand-alone construction) popped its face out this morning.

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    How cool. It's occurred to me, I never known what a possum is nor even seen a picture of one. How big is it?

    EDIT - I just googled possum and none of the images look nice and friendly like yours - they look quite scary!
     
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    I love that you have possum beds in your laundry.... :)
     
  9. Oberon

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    Haha, this possum is used to people but I wouldn't attempt to touch it :) They are about the size of a cat. That one is a Brushtail Possum. They're marsupials, like all native Australian mammals (ie they give birth to tiny, barely developed young and keep them in a pouch and feed them milk till they're big enough). We have three living in our laundry.

    In America they have a thing called an Opossum, which they call a Possum, but it is not related to Australian possums (apart from also being a marsupial). Maybe that's what came up on your search? They are scarier looking.

    We have a species of Owl here called the Powerful Owl. They've evolved to catch and eat these Brushtail possums. They're big enough to grab a possum and fly off with it. So, a pretty big Owl!
     
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    [quote author=Oberon link=topic=7362.msg161781#msg161781 date=1431074134]
    We have a species of Owl here called the Powerful Owl. They've evolved to catch and eat these Brushtail possums. They're big enough to grab a possum and fly off with it. So, a pretty big Owl!
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    Yikes! That's my next nestbox sorted though...!
     
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    We get dormice in Europe, which is suppose is the closest equivalent to a possum. They are much smaller, though!

    My visitors to the garden are thousands and thousands of tadpoles!! Hopefully many of them will turn into frogs.
     
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    Dormice are rodents though, so no relation to Opossums or Possums. Equivalent in ecological niche perhaps?
     
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    To add... There are many species of Possum, and the smallest are smaller than mice - only as long as your little finger (not counting the tail) :)
     
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    How sweet x :D
     
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    Well....Simba scared a cat out from under the deck a few nights ago but as it was dark and said cat was moving rather fast no photo op presented itself. ;D

    I'm still relying on the rest of you to show us your interesting garden guests.... :)
     
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    This morning we had two King Parrots visit to eat our pomegranates. The mostly red one is the male and the mostly green one (on the right) is the female.

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    It's another world! :)

    I get excited if I see the local woodpecker lol
     
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    Some of regular feathered visitors. We're hoping that the girls, who have been absent for much of the last few weeks will soon be bringing their offspring to visit.

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    and these two always raise a smile as they scamper across the lawn or walk across the patio

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    What are those short fat ones that kind of look like massive quail?

    I'd love to see a woodpecker, Jac! :)

    Saw a robin once in Devon and that was exciting. Except I thought it was more orange then red breasted.
     
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    A rook with a youngster
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