Seen in our garden today: Troglodytes troglodytes

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  1. Stuart Wright

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    Me and Vicki enjoyed watching a Troglodytes troglodytes in the garden this morning.
    Before you Google it (and please don't give it away in a reply, just yet), what would you think a Troglodytes troglodytes is? Because I was quite surprised when I Googled to identify the animal and found its scientific name!
    Clue: it's not one of these
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    Would never had guessed it was what it is, so I've learned something today. Only seen one in our garden once (it thought it was hiding in a hedge about a foot from me, though plainly wasn't so they're obviously about as bright as the thing in your picture).
     
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    a millwall fan?
     
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    I knew that it is a
    bird
    but couldn't remember what
    species

    PS It's Troglodytes
     
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    Well spotted - it's a threatened species?
     
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    Well I never !
    I always called ugly women Trogladytes, like one I met when I was 17, but did she let me :censored:
     
  7. Stuart Wright

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    No, there's 8.6 million territories in the UK according to my source.
     
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    OK. I vaguely remember (or thought I did) seeing it on an endangered list somewhere.

    (It was a passing phase - bought the books, the clothes and equipment, then gave up!)
     
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    I sort of had an idea like IG but couldn't remember the type.
     
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    I knew straight away but then I photograph them when I can find one, and on my flickr I add the scientific name to the description and tags
     
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    Must have escaped from the pub known as the Bucket of Blood in the Rhondda. I'll tell someone to send the Vietgwent to capture it. I'm pretty sure that was the pole dancer. Pretty little thing.:thumbsup:
     
  12. Stuart Wright

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    Here's the fella
    1.jpg
     
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    Nice Photo.

    Good job it wasn't a Pan Troglodytes :D
     
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    Thanks. Would have been a better story :)
     
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    long name for a cute little fella
     
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    I thought it was a little French man that lived in a cave and was popular amongst other little French men that also lived in caves... I got it mixed up with a Troglodyte's troglodyte. :(
     
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    Wren?
     
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    Yep. Curious scientific name.
     
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    Not seen one since that first sighting, probably more than a year ago.

    Do get lots of sparrows, starlings, blackbirds, collared doves and some quite amusing wood pigeons, but that's it, despite having various food out year-round in different locations.

    Very rarely we'll see a blue tit or a robin. Even more rarely (twice in the garden in two years) there's a goldfinch. While we're on the subject, then, anyone got any tips on how to attract more of these less-common garden visitors?
     
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    They need cover such as hedges and trees I got at least 15 goldfinch in the garden this year and regularly have blue tits nesting. The weeping willow seems to attract the right insects for them. The Birch would attract the mayfly which would then attract the swifts and bats.
    What I am saying is sometimes it starts with the plants flowers and greenery.
     
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    PS there are several pairs of wren on my short walk to school at the moment. Again good hedges and tree cover. As for the robins they are usually the noisy ones and several pairs in the garden and walk to school too.
     
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    Pigeons and Seagulls.....
     
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    I think it was the utter improbability of its name that made me remember it - just couldn't associate it with caves somehow.

    I've only ever seen one in our garden, on the back lawn, a few years ago. It was so tiny that it had to hop up and down to be able to see where it was going, even though the grass was quite short!
     
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    Hand on heart, I did know this and was able to retrieve it from, what my wife calls, my mine of useless facts.

    I don't think they are useless by the way.

    The name makes sense when you know more about it. Troglodyte means caveman so does seem odd at first, but more accurately it means cave-dweller. The wren commonly gets into small nooks and crevices in search of food so is often seen entering and leaving a 'cave'.

    Cheers,

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    When we moved we only ever saw the sparrows and pigeons, so something's changed. Next door's garden is nice with plenty of cover but ours was a bit of a state from the word go.

    We've sorted that, to an extent, and have leylandii at the back which the birds congregate (and nest) in. The interesting thing was that as soon as we'd cleared all the garden mess and dealt with a load of mint and other unwanted plants, we started getting bats visiting, which is nice. And the last two nights we've had a male stag beetle flying, which is always an impressive sight.
     
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    They love Nyjer seed (or whatever the politically correct way of spelling it is these days). You need a specific feeder for it, preferably with a tray underneath to collect the husks.
     
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    Tried on numerous occasions with different types of special feeder. No sign of anything. And I read they don't like them once they've dried out, either. So if that's right, there's not much of a window to attract them in.

    Perhaps I'll try again, given I saw a juveline one the other day on the peanut feeder. Only one, and only once, but it's a start.
     

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