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Photo-a-Day  (Wednesday, 28th September, 2022)

Flitting


Flitting
...not by moonlight.

Photo: Anne  (Canon HF G26 )
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Comment by: Linma on 28th September 2022 at 06:36

Ah bless Billy no mates.

Comment by: PeterP on 28th September 2022 at 07:26

Nice to see mother nature at work.

Comment by: Fred Mason on 28th September 2022 at 08:16

Cracking photo, Anne.

Comment by: Maureen on 28th September 2022 at 08:17

Awww..lovely to see..

Comment by: Gary on 28th September 2022 at 08:17

This is simply a very good photo.
Animated nature!

Comment by: Wigan Mick on 28th September 2022 at 08:19

Well captured Anne.

Comment by: Anne on 28th September 2022 at 08:24

Took this to follow my comments posted …. HEDGEHOG … 9th of this month.

Comment by: Anne on 28th September 2022 at 08:25

8th of this month

Comment by: irene roberts on 28th September 2022 at 08:26

Awwww, he's lovely! I remember our Merlin, (one of our dogs). once picking up a hedgehog on the rec at Abram and I was terrified in case he hurt it, but labradors' mouths are very gentle and he just gave up the hedgehog when I asked him to and I carried it across the rec away from where people walked. Your title made me smile, Anne. When I was little and people did a "moonlight flit" from rented houses where they owed money, it was always referred to as "doin' a moonleet".

Comment by: Elizabeth on 28th September 2022 at 08:27

They can really move quite fast when they get going.Sadly often see ones that have been run over.

Comment by: Linma on 28th September 2022 at 08:42

Thank you PeterP I was trying to work out what he/she was carrying.

Comment by: Veronica on 28th September 2022 at 08:49

Going back to his roots with all he owns… good luck! Mind those roads..

Comment by: DTease on 28th September 2022 at 08:56

“Yer get ter bed fer a good winter’s sleep and the neighbours start partying half the night!. Up with this I will not put, I’M OFF”

Comment by: fred on 28th September 2022 at 09:27

It looks like she is carrying a young one.

Comment by: Maureen on 28th September 2022 at 09:28

Once found one in our garden but it was full of little white things all over its body and he didn't look well..took it to a lady..I've forgot whereabouts she lived but it was somewhere around the Beech Hill area,she immediately said "oh let me have a look at him"then said he's full of ticks,she took them off him one by one and said "leave him with me I'll look after him." ..the garage of her bungalow was full of little creatures that she was nursing back to health..I don't suppose this lady is still with us ,this happened about twenty or more years ago and she must have been Seventy odd then..if she has passed she will surely have earned her wings ..God bless her.

Comment by: broady on 28th September 2022 at 12:21

I have had his big cousin, the porcupine, in my yard a couple of times. One night he got next doors dogs and off they went to the vet. Full of quills that are barbed at the end and can't just be pulled out. I guess he weighted 20lbs plus.

Comment by: Wigan Mick on 28th September 2022 at 14:48

Our Merlin should have been on a lead then he wouldn't have attempted to pick up the Hedgehog.
I bet the poor Hedgehog was scared to death after that, not only being in a dogs mouth but being picked up by a human.

Comment by: Cyril on 28th September 2022 at 17:10

Mick, for their safety I've picked Hedgehogs up from off the road and put them in an unenclosed front garden when I've seen them, I pull down the sleeves of my coat to stop the spines cutting in when they curl up into a ball, they do walk off after a while in the garden, so mustn't be all that terrified.

With having had Labradors I agree with Irene that they can have a gentle grip with their mouth and most likely they'd be the one to come of worse with a Hedgehog. One dog we had she was a Doberman cross and who as a pup had a prickled nose with a Hedgehog, and ever since if she saw one would go mad pawing at it like a football, so yes I'd agree they most likely would have been terrified. Dogs do need some time off a lead to have a run around for exercise, and also to have a mooch and a sniff to catch up on the wee mails that have been left around.

Comment by: irene roberts on 28th September 2022 at 17:34

Oh, put a sock in it, Mick!

Comment by: Syd Smith on 28th September 2022 at 18:31

Cyril you sound like a dog lover who thinks dog owners can do no wrong.
I have also owned a Labrador who could break his way through a pork chop bone in just a few minutes

Comment by: DTease on 28th September 2022 at 19:47

I have a brother who can do that Syd. The sight of a broken bone poking out the side of his mouth is like something from a nightmare.

Comment by: Pam on 28th September 2022 at 20:17

Misery Mick, complains about everything apart from Shevvyville.

Comment by: Cyril on 28th September 2022 at 20:45

Syd, too right, dogs can hold your hand with the gentlest though slobbery touch, and yet they have a strong jaws and teeth that could bite your fingers off in a flash. So if you see DTease's brother cross the road.

There are, unfortunately, dog owners who let their dogs run riot as some parent let their children do the same. Though I do like a dog that chases cyclists and grabs their pants leg or nips an ankle, it certainly is great fun watching that.

Comment by: irene roberts on 28th September 2022 at 20:54

Cyril and Syd , I couldn't be bothered explaining to Mick that Merlin WAS wearing a lead when he picked up the hedgehog....Mick just picks me up on every little thing I say. The hedgehog was against the fence at the side of the rec where people walk and Merlin picked it up whilst on his lead. I got it off him and took it over the rec away from the path where people walk, I'm sure a few minutes' fear being carried to safety in the hand of a "human", as Mick says, was worth not being left by the fence where it could have been trampled on, ridden over by a bike or subjected to torment from passing children, who can be cruel. Merlin and my other labrador, Ben. loved nothing more than a pig's ear or a bone to chew on but when it came to the live hedgehog he was as gentle as a lamb.

Comment by: Wigan Mick on 28th September 2022 at 22:14

Cyril one of my dogs used to go out for a ramble and one day it came back with a little girls doll. A woman came round complaining that my dog had pinched the doll out of a pram and said it could have been the baby.
So my mother said the dog will have to go, and my dad took it to the council depot in frog lane and had it gassed.

Comment by: Veronica on 28th September 2022 at 23:14

Yes the ‘shevvyite’ strikes again…and I believe that’s a good name for him as well….
My comment early on was because Hedgy the Hedgehog looked as if he/she was carrying a handbag…”A handbag, a handbag!” I must have been half asleep.

Comment by: Veronica on 28th September 2022 at 23:17

“ A handbag, a handbag” … courtesy of Lady Bracknell..
Apologies for the slight omission to Oscar Wilde.

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 29th September 2022 at 09:44

I've never seen hedgehogs do this and there must have been something traumatic happening for it to be doing it in daylight. We have about 3 that visit our patio every night. They vary in size so we know we've 3. One year, just before hibernation, we had Mum and Dad bring 4 hoglets to the garden to feed. They stood back whilst they ate then left. I put more mealworm out and about 45 mins later, Mum and Dad were back. I've never seen them do this before or since. I thought it was a case of fend for yourself once the hogs left the nest. Not seen any for the last 3 nights, perhaps the winter nest is calling already ? A nice clear photo Anne, well done and thanks for sharing :)

Comment by: Cyril on 30th September 2022 at 06:53

Mick, more like the child had thrown the doll from out of the pram and which your dog had seen and run off playing with it, especially if the doll squeaked, also if the doll was a type of plastic some have a certain smell which does attract dogs especially pups and young dogs which like to chew on it.

You should have told the woman that she should have been keeping watch over her baby in the pram and not gassing with neighbours along with tea and Woodbines.

Comment by: Veronica on 30th September 2022 at 09:33

Well said Cyril.. and comical at the same time…
Although It’s sad how poor dogs were gassed for the slightest reason in those days. I do remember them being taken somewhere in Wigan ( can’t remember the name though…). I never had a dog but can empathise with children who did lose their dogs that way. I am sure it doesn’t happen nowadays…

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