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Wood munching beastie has left a clue this morning!

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What do you think of this? Hope you’ve all had your breakfast!

…about 6cm long by 1.5cm across.

There is another smaller deposit about a metre away…

These two deposits were found under the bird feeding station. No bad smell….didn’t put my nose too close!

Also, I have been thinking, the worst and oldest of the damage was done where there used to be a compost bin. Now, Hedgies are famous for making their homes in compost. There was no hedgie when I moved the bin and planted the conifer, but it could be living in amongst the logs. There are lots of spaces it could crawl into. Could this be Hedgie poo?

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Looking on google, this looks more like Fox poo again.

3 May, 2014

 

have done a bit of research and it seems that Foxes do indeed eat wood lice. Though they mainly eat mice....so I won't need to get a cat will I? Good news all around....except for the wooden logs of course! Hopefully as the weather warms up, there will be more mice for Foxy to eat and it won't need to get at the wood lice. The wood lice will eventually destroy the logs anyway, so it was never going to be a permanent border edging. hey ho!

3 May, 2014

 

looks a bit like fox poo, but the poo around us is black from the foxes and the ground where it has wee'd up is smelly, but that might just be dog foxes. not sure will show Paul when he has a minute later on. :O) ps I have been naughty and spent this weeks and next weeks pension on a camera, without telling Paul until I had ordered it. lol. He was quite pleased and interested, lol just shows you doesn't it!! if it is a toy they would like they are happy for us to spend spend spend. lol. he would not have approved if it had been a greenhouse though. lol. but that is the next project lol :O)

3 May, 2014

 

Hmm....maybe need to start a secret greenhouse fund!

3 May, 2014

 

The white on the poo shows it is getting plenty of calcium from bones apparently.

3 May, 2014

 

Its a musky smell here where he's been, it depends whst he eats, plum stones in evidence in the autumn!
I once found a pile of sicked up worms eugh......then there was the buried lambs head :0 (

3 May, 2014

 

Gross! That's nature eh? Perhaps it was the Godfather Fox!

3 May, 2014

 

Hedgie poo is smaller and black!

3 May, 2014

 

Sat down to read this with a bowl of trifle in my hand (obviously not for breakfast) thanks for the warning in the first sentence, I didn't scroll down! I did come back later to read though :)

3 May, 2014

 

Paul says not sure, not convinced it is fox poo but definitely not deer and not hedgehog, he said what about pine martin, but do not think it would have been as large as that. He is stumped. lol. Will send the camera up if you would like to have a try, after me of course. lol.

3 May, 2014

 

lol! Oh! You mean you bought a wildlife camera!! I thought you meant a snap snap camera! lol! sorry! If you google Fox Poo, you will see that there are a few that look just like this....the tail at the end is a give-away apparently...it telly of fur in the stool. I've done my research! lol!

3 May, 2014

 

Oh ok, Paul says that it must be a fox then. :O) Yes I meant a wildlife camera, I don't need a new camera to take photos with, I haven't learned properly how to use my digital kodak yet. lol and Paul says he still learning how to use his Brownie Box Camera and he thinks there still is a film inside it too. :O) lol and it is still in its original case. lol. What is he like. :O)Think I might just put it on e.bay for a laugh. :O)

3 May, 2014

 

eh up Scottish TRIFLE - its only bank holiday weekend. I could just eat a bowl of trifle. lol and looking at fox poo would never put me off my food anyhow. lol. I loves me grub. lol Hope you enjoyed your trifle. :O)

3 May, 2014

 

I know, when I read about that bowl of trifle I suddenly became really hungry....and I've just had a curry! lol! I did wonder about the camera...thought you'd just decided it was the cameras fault that your pics are always blurred! lol!....sorry, only being a brat!

3 May, 2014

 

Hi Karen, looks like bird poo to me, wood pigeon or duck, from what I've seen of fox poo here, its dark, if it stinks like nothing you've smelt before, its fox :-) If it was fox poo, pretty sure Molly would have rolled in it, lol.

3 May, 2014

 

naughty girl, blurred I just do not know what you mean, think it is the Pimms that you have drunk which makes them look that way. :O)

3 May, 2014

 

Dawnsaunt now why did I not think of that, yep it is a dogs favourite thing to do that. Sarahs dog rolls in it ever time he finds some. He hates being bathed too and he has been in the bath this month and had to be hosed down again today after rolling in some on his walk. lol.

3 May, 2014

 

True, I have had a Pimms! Dawn, it could be a bird poo...that did occur to me. We sometimes have Swans, Geese and Herons overhead as we live near fish farm. But when I googled there are several pics of fox poo that look just like this. The white denotes a lot of calcium in the poo from eating a lot of bones. However, you might be right, as it didn't stink. I removed it before the dogs could get to it! Also, it was slightly greenish in colour, which could be bird eating grass. However, I have seen a lot of Goose Poo in my time and this didn't have any sign at all of grass in it, which Goose Poo definitely does. It's a good point though...Mum, tell Paul it could be a bird poo and see what he thinks....

3 May, 2014

 

Lol Olive, I know, and boy does it take some washing off, if Karen took a sniff of the deposit, I'm sure she would know for sure if it was fox. As Molly is white, I'm surprised she isnt forever rubbing in s..t, lol, like white horses, they try to disguise their colour and smell.

3 May, 2014

 

I didn't sniff it ladies...I don't like smelly things. But I couldn't smell it from a distance. However, when I picked it up and bagged it, it was just like a dog poo....it stayed solid...which makes me think not a bird poo, which is usually very liquid. Also, I can't think really a bird would be big enough to do a poo the size of a JRT poo.

3 May, 2014

 

Paul says it could be an owl, but I am still with the fox, its not so much the poo that smells more the marking of the area with wee that gives off the smell. Goose Poo is very soft and smaller than that. Paul is puzzled but he is more inclined to think it is a fox.

3 May, 2014

 

Lol, looks like a huge bird dropped its load then in the affected area, ha ha ha. Next time Karen, take a sniff, lol.

3 May, 2014

 

the imagination is running riot now, I am conjuring up pictures of white horses running around rubbing in poo and Karen going around not daring to smell the poo and lovely Molly dog saying I am too much of a lady to roll in that smelly stuff. lol. What a subject, we will get to the bottom of it SORRY :o)

3 May, 2014

 

No chance Dawn...I am far too squeamish! We do hear a Tawny owl Mum...at night, in the trees near the quarry behind us...it's lovely. I shall see what I can find tomorrow am! And if there's another one like this, I shall cut it up and see what's in there!...but no sniffing...definitely no sniffing!

3 May, 2014

 

...white horses? ...have you been on the Pimms also?

3 May, 2014

 

We had a Canadian goose here for a while, was on the pond for a couple of weeks, that could leave poo the size of a JR's on the pond bank, darn thing, glad when it went. I didnt pick it up so not sure of its solidity, ha ha.

3 May, 2014

 

Now the very large bird is flying over and Pooping all over the garden. lol. I am giggling my head off here. You can just see it saying I must dump here must must must!

3 May, 2014

 

Yes, what a subject, your mother hasnt lost the plot Karen, ha ha, I said white horses like to roll in poo like white dogs. The only deposits left by our tawny owls are those pellet things they regurgiate. OMG its getting worse, what a subject....

3 May, 2014

 

Geese leave a right mess but always soft and squelchy. Nothing like goose poo :O)

3 May, 2014

 

If its fox poo, you wont need to get too near to sniff it Karen, will knock you out

3 May, 2014

 

Dawn....when I lived at the Cottage...with Mum and Paul...there was no garden....there was a greenhouse, which they removed...e-hem..(silly them)....but no garden. But there were GEEEEEEEESE! I hated them birds. Every day, when I came home from school they would run to the gate and try to eat me for their dinner. Flapping, squawking, biting nasty beasts! They were scared witless of my mother, needless to say, as she was clearly 'the boss', but they thought I was fair game. To this day I hate Geese! I don't eat them and I certainly will NEVER pluck another one...no, not EVER!!

3 May, 2014

 

Olive, arent goose and geese the same, hahaha, I think I'll switch my g&t for a Pimms, lol.

3 May, 2014

 

Oh Karen, poor you. My dad had a few geese too, they are particularly nasty when they have young arent they, they always seem to attack when you turn your back, massive, arent they and very noisy!

3 May, 2014

 

I'm off now guys, I've had a giggle, good luck Karen :-0
Bye Olive x

3 May, 2014

 

lol lol lol :O) its so funny think I would be sitting in the living room very early in the morning to look out and see what the heck it is. Paul resorted to sitting out with his 12 bore when one was coming and killing his baby ducks. Not for long though, he got bored with that idea, he then put a radio on to play at around the time the fox was visiting, now that worked, not surprised though it was a right rabble in the early hours. Last year we hung (yes hung) a scarecrow, the scarecrow was dressed as a cricketer in creams and cricket hat etc. Which was all fine until the leaves fell off the trees and the motorists and walkers passing by thought that someone had hung themselves from the tree. I had such a laugh, but the policeman was NOT AMUSED. lol. He came and cut it down a day later too many people were reporting person hung in field. lol. I kid you not, it was so very very funny. I nearly wet myself with laughing and still am giggling about it, think the cricketer scarecrow is going to have a cane shoved up his back this season. Dare not annoy the policeman again this year.

3 May, 2014

 

Lol!!! Me and Rachel have just ended ourselves.....Oh, that is SO FUNNY! Only you Mum!

3 May, 2014

 

Get up early in the morning..... me? I have to force myself out of the covers at 8am!

3 May, 2014

 

lol I know, when he came to ask if I had seen anything I nearly collapsed with laughter, England had just been thrashed 5 - 0 in Australia and all I could say to him was well they deserved to hang themselves losing like that. The 'gentleman' policeman was quite amused but the 'lady' policewoman was not. Their reactions just creased me. Whilst I was out shopping the next day they came and cut him down. Poor Scarecrow. He is still in my shed though and most definitely going to have his cane up his preverbial. They did leave me a nice note saying why they had cut him down though. Pity they have not got anything better to investigate. I could just see the Inspector saying go and check it out and them going back to the station and telling him what it was. He would not be amused. I am still giggling now as I write this. lol.

3 May, 2014

 

No sense of b...... humour them Rozzers! lol! I want that scarecrow to be resurrected and displayed on GOY for all to see! So funny! They are such cowards too, cutting him down while you were out....mind you...imagine your just driving down the dueller minding your own, on your way to Morrissons and blimey...there's a poor England Cricketer hung himself up the lane....terrible...could have caused many traffic accidents! lol!

3 May, 2014

 

Just as well they didn't visit when Paul was sitting in the gaden with his 12 bore waiting for Foxy! lol! You should write a book Mum!

3 May, 2014

 

I know, I did understand really I did I did I really did, but it was so very very funny. I said that too about Paul sitting out at all hours, they, the traffic patrols, sometimes sit on the driveway end watching out for baddies etc. etc. If he had discharged his 12 bore that would have caused some right trouble. We would have had armed response. lol :O) Not to mention I would have marmalised him for waking me up. lol. Watch this space book might just be on its way. Nah too busy having fun in the garden to write stories. lol :O) Off to bed to watch the snooker. Night night!!

3 May, 2014

 

Oh dear!!! I started out feeling squeamish but by the time I reached here I'd cracked up laughing, Olive its a wonder you and Paul didn't get yourselves arrested on a public order charge, fancy hanging an english cricketer...

3 May, 2014

 

lol! You're right Lincslass! Not to mention how many people they've put in to trauma therapy!

Think I'll call it a day now too....nearly finished my Pimms. Have a good night all, and watch out for the next instalment of poo patrol tomorrow......zzz

3 May, 2014

 

Heee heee......I don't usually come on here at night!
Gosh what you get up to after you've been at the sherry trifle has me in stitches!
Now everyone wonders what I'm giggling at. :0))

3 May, 2014

 

Now that I've seen the evidence, I know exactly what it is. Karen, your nightly visitor is a ...

HAGGIS!!!!

(I bet that's what you're telling any American visitors anyway)

3 May, 2014

 

There now Andrew!
I knew I recognised the evidence just couldn't remember where I'd seen it :0)

4 May, 2014

 

Well it looks like pigeon poo to me Karen. Our PP is currently deep purple owing to the great gallumfers eating a horrendous mixture of red hawthorn blossom and loads of Mahonia berries which have bright red juice. I trod it indoors too. Disgusting greedy birds. Fox poo does stink and they leave it on top of things too. So it should have been tastefully arranged on a the threatened log. I had FP in the middle of my best Heuchera. Hedgehog poo is slim dry about an inch long and a bit glittery with minced up snail shells. They used to crunch their way round our garden many years ago and leave their calling cars all over everywhere.

4 May, 2014

 

Well, giggling here at your scarecrow Olive, brilliant! My dad put one up once (didnt hang it, but he did hang dead wood pigeons he had shot to deter others eating his cabbages) the neighbour walked up the garden late at night and nearly had a heart attack, it was dressed in my grandma's old hat and over coat, lol.

Hi Dorjac, yes you are right, foxes do poo on top of things, Bonnie left a bone outside one and next morning, there was fox poo neatly deposited on the top of the bone, lol.

4 May, 2014

 

lol Dawnsaunt, I can just see the neighbour doing a double take. lol. :O)

4 May, 2014

 

That's one gigantic Pidgeon...definitely need to get a camera! ;)) anything on yours yet Oliveoil?

4 May, 2014

 

It will not get here until Tuesday Karen, so we shall have to wait a bit longer. When it does arrive we have to learn how to use it, and that is not going to be simple. Paul and technology not good together, I think unless the instructions are very very simple it might take a while to get it rigged up. lol.

4 May, 2014

 

Did you get the one on Amazon....I read the reviews and it seems very simple. I don't think you'll have any trouble.

4 May, 2014

 

..the Acorn 521A

4 May, 2014

 

the Acorn 5210A it looked ok hope it is :O)

4 May, 2014

 

Olive you won't have time for gardening if you are playing with a camera..

4 May, 2014

 

I know Lincs, maybe though it will be on at night and I shall see the animals which visit the garden and just maybe I shall know how that darned rabbit gets in through my defences. BEWARE BUNNIES lol :O)

4 May, 2014

 

Does Walter chase rabbits?

4 May, 2014

 

yes he does Karen, well he killed one in the garden the other week. It was not a full sized bunny but he thought he should play with it and of course it died. Naughty dog. But really it is just what a terrier does isn't it! I caught one in a live trap the following week. Just wish I knew how they were getting in. We think they had come through the fence in the field and then across the bridge. Haven't seen any since so hoping that we have stopped off all the holes in the field. The worry is if they can get through the wire fence in the field the fox will also get through eventually. We are constantly battling to keep it out. Ah well maybe the camera will give us some idea.

4 May, 2014

 

Yuck! Yes, I hope you manage to work out how they get in. It must be as tempting as Mr McGregor's vegetable patch for them!

5 May, 2014

 

That does not look like fox poo to me, you would know if it was, by the dreadful smell, and usually much darker,more like a giant pigeon.........but there again, perhaps Mr town fox performs differently from Mr country fox, we can only wait and see.....

5 May, 2014

 

I think yes, they are quite different. Totally different diet apparently, so that could be the reason. The white on the outside means it has eaten a lot of bones, and it's poo is rich in calcium. It was the greenish colour that threw me though...we're still not sure, but we know there are foxes in the vicinity for certain. Definitely no Badgers (phew!). There haven't been any 'presents' for two days now. Scott said that the area that the poo was found in has been stinky, but I haven't sniffed it. I'm beginning to think my nose is caput! It's so cool here in the mornings and that makes smells harder to detect. The first poo I found some weeks ago was much darker. No sign of any destruction for a few days now though, so hopefully I can clothe the wooden logs with plants and they can continue to rot slowly and peacefully on their own for a couple of years until we decide what to do long-term.

Oh, and good news....my grass seed is germinating at the back, so in a few weeks we might have grass again instead of horrid dead grass and dead moss!

6 May, 2014

 

Oh good, pleased to hear the grass seed has taken, and no more visitors, so glad it wasn't a badger.

6 May, 2014

 

I hate to put a downer on it not appearing for a while, could it be a vixen who has had cubs and is feeding them so not running around as much as she was. I am sure you will see more and more deposits if that is the case. Sorry, just a thought. By the way, trail camera arrived and I am learning how to work the thing, think I have it all sussed out now. - watch this space. lol or not if I get it in the wrong position. lol.

7 May, 2014

 

ps got some lovely shots of my hands and my fingers and the garden table etc while I was wondering how the darned thing worked. Oh and my face which is quite scarey seeing yourself on film when you were not expecting to. lol.

7 May, 2014

 

Lol! We'll be watching you on YouTube next!

7 May, 2014

 

I walked over the field yesterday and there was black fox poo and rabbit fur, no sign of the rabbit , they have runs under the hedge there.
nowhere near the amount of rabbits this year......thankfully!

it was much thinner, blacker and drier than your photo.....

7 May, 2014

 

Yes, the one I found before was also much blacker.

7 May, 2014

 

I just get the feeling I've seen similar somewhere........

7 May, 2014

 

Ooh, rack your brains then Pam!

7 May, 2014

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