I saw a thing in the garden (2 Viewers)

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This robin was feeding her chicks last week
Greedy, noisy, insatiably hungry little things, bursting with all that life in the world

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They're living on the barbers out back

I drenched a portion of the yard where I was working to bring up some worms and got company from this guy

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Then this morning two of the chicks were in the grass, learning to fly; like they couldn't get too high, but they were figuring it out.
Lovely stuff.
 

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latest arrival. i call him hank, but my wife did a lottery for friend's kids and friends of hers to name him, and somehow came up with mark hedges figgis, so his name is hank.
he only has three legs, cos someone hit him with a strimmer or lawnmower, and i think he's still a little spaced out from the painkillers after the op.

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this little bastard. he went missing a week ago, and for love nor money, we could not find him. tore the garden asunder. little prick had decided our hospitality clearly wasn't good enough and had climbed six foot up through the ivy over the garden wall and had fallen in next door. we've renamed him paul newman. he only has three legs, so fair fucks to the little guy.
 

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In my new house there's a symphony of different bird song when we open the doors in the morning, it's fucking glorious.
I live out in the sticks and it's a constant presence but funnily enough during lockdown when there wasn't even the ambient noise of cars a few hundred yards away it really sprang to life for me. Heard a cuckoo for the first time ever around here, that was exciting.
 

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I don't know if this happens at different times in different places, but all the bugs were out today. It's the most amount of insects I've seen in years.

I saw a flying ant land, and it's wings just fell off. It scurried away. I saw a grasshopper not two feet from me. Little lad looked at me for ages and then bounced. I remember always hearing them growing up, they were like the foley of crickets and toads in old American movies, but I don't remember ever actually seeing one.
 

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All those things that were flying around the last few days, I now realise are bats. I thought they were swallows or starlings or something else. But they weren't just flying around the back of the house, which is gardenial(?), they were flitting around the front of the gaff, which is one of the busiest roads in London.

There's 15 or so bats. They're giving it all they got, but I do assume such a small group is doomed. Any bat-helping tips most welcome.
 

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i wouldn't say they're doomed based on there being 15 of them?
we see them occasionally in our garden, never more than one or two at a time.
 

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Based on any relevant nature documentary I've seen, they usually hang out in the thousands, if not tens of thousands? Edumacate me.


Edit: They hang out in hundreds, but eat tens of thousands of flying things, which of course, they're are much less of nowadays.
 
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