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31 Aug 2006

A cloudscape over the fields to our North. We really do enjoy a view of the skies after decades of living in towns.

Ref: P32_20060822_1636_791 Cloudscape to N.jpg

30 Aug 2006

Our fox either isn't bothered by, or puts up, with the flash in order to hunt the creatures clustering round the food supply. This view from a few inches above the ground may be a 'prey's eye view'.

Ref: D35_20060820_2235_038 fb2 Hunting Fox (crop 2).jpg

29 Aug 2006

These two photos taken 3 days apart seem to be of the same bird who has probably had a bad encounter with a Fox or cat and lost its tail by degrees. Will watch to see if it keeps visiting the site and whether the tail re-grows

Ref: D3E_20060820_1859_017 & D3E_20060823_1937_241fb1 Montage of Young Dunnock losing Tail.jpg

28 Aug 2006

A first sighting for us of what we think is a Female Black Redstart. We have a more conventional view, but this shows the glowing orange tail to good advantage.

Ref: D3E_20060822_2008_166 fb1 Black Redstart Female (Q) in Flight.jpg

27 Aug 2006

Particularly winsome fieldmouse (wood mouse) with elegantly draped tail. Now that plenty of fruit is falling from hedge and fruiting trees some of our fruit-based bait gets left, but the mice still clear up the mixed corn.

Ref: D3E_20060823_0132_217 fb1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse).jpg

26 Aug 2006

Woody Nightshade is also know as Bittersweet. Don't be fooled by it prettiness - it is in the same family as Bella-donna and all parts of it are poisonous.

Ref: P32_20060819_1041_734 Woody Nightshade.jpg

25 Aug 2006

The Persian Speedwell is an old introduction and now the most common form. Today we guess conservationists would have been trying to exterminate the invader!

Ref: P32_20060819_1042_742 Persian Speedwell.jpg

24 Aug 2006

Its tiny flowers time of year, these growing in our drought wrecked vegetable plot. First is the Scarlet Pimpernel.

Ref: P32_20060819_1043_746 Scarlet Pimpernel.jpg

23 Aug 2006

Another young robin, somewhat less mature than other we have seen, possibly indicating the brood of another pair.

Ref: D35_20060815_0407_083 fb2 Young Robin.jpg

22 Aug 2006

This montage of two images taken late morning 14 Aug 2003 shows another image of swallows feeding in flight. The camera takes just over 3 frames/sec so these are about .3 second apart (left to right).

Ref: D10_00699+00700 swallow feeding young in flight (processed montage about 300mS apart).jpg

21 Aug 2006

A fox with some idea how to position itself in the frame - this is unprocessed and uncropped. Taken at 21:30 there can only have been scraps left to eat.

Ref: D35_20060809_2134_023 fb2 Fox.jpg

20 Aug 2006

The swallows have returned to feeding over our own and the surrounding fields. Now the youngsters have gained some skill in the air they chase after the parents and sometimes get fed on-the-wing. They ascend together and transfer the insects near the top of the sweep - the moment shown here. Its all over in an instant and very hard to film or photograph.

Ref: D10_20060811_1215_025 Parent feeding young swallow in flight (web crop).jpg

19 Aug 2006

A fieldmouse (wood mouse) and slug make a pair of unlikely overnight snack companions (3:25 a.m. BST)

Ref: D3E_20060806_0325_136 fb1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) and slug.jpg

18 Aug 2006

This is cattle country so we have to be careful not to let the poisonous Ragwort get where cattle could eat it. But this 'safe' patch attracts hoverflies.

Ref: D10_20060730_1256_012 Hoverflies on Ragwort.jpg

17 Aug 2006

We are used to Silver Y moths in the (harmless) moth-trap but have not noticed them in the day before. This one is taking nectar from a teasel.

Ref: D10_20060805_1223_035 Silver Y Moth on Teasel (daylight).jpg

16 Aug 2006

Here you can see both upper and lower wings. See also 7 Aug 2006 entry.

Ref: D10_20060805_1242_065 Adonis Blue Butterfly (web crop).jpg

15 Aug 2006

The Teasel head on the left has finished flowering, while that on the right is yet to flower. The spider's web at the top deteriorates and get 'refurbished' every few days.

Ref: P32_20060805_1030_276 Teasel 4 Seq (web crop & proc).jpg

14 Aug 2006

A fox makes another appearance at the hole in the fence.

Ref: D3E_20060731_2337_016 fb1 Fox entering though hole in fence.jpg

13 Aug 2006

During the day we had 30mm of rain in 30 minutes - a real storm that flooded Milton Keynes central shopping mall. The wet conditions after weeks of dry brought out the gastropods - two slugs and a snail, along with a fieldmouse (wood mouse) in this frame.

Ref: D35_20060727_2327_013 fb2 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse), Snail & 2 slugs.jpg

12 Aug 2006

Less spectacular than many, the skipper butterfly is smaller and holds its wings in a characteristic way.

Ref: D10_20060723_1550_888 Small skipper Butterfly on Teasel.jpg

11 Aug 2006

Coiled like a watch spring below and left of its head the feeding proboscis will soon be uncoiled and back in action.

Ref: D10_20060729_0938_005 Meadow Brown butterfly with coiled proboscis on Teasel (web crop).jpg

10 Aug 2006

The huge feet of young moorhen are now looking less disproportionate. Nevertheless they provide a good platform for this fruitless tugging on a Iris frond.

Ref: D60_20060729_1128_026 Young Moorhen pulling up Iris frond.jpg

09 Aug 2006

The young robins are developing well. Robins and similar birds have nearly all-round vision so their vision 'sweet spot' is not ahead but to one side. Hence the quirky head angle to examine and maybe also listen to the ground.

Ref: D3E_20060727_0847_056 fb1 Young robin looking inquisitive.jpg

08 Aug 2006

How long will it take a fieldmouse (wood mouse) to eat this bit of waste peach?

Ref: D3E_20060723_2253_039 fb1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse).jpg

07 Aug 2006

The Adonis Blue Butterfly is in the news today (7 Aug) as having returned to an old site in the Cotswolds after a 50 year break. We have seen this butterfly here occasionally for a number of years but this year we see are currently seeing it every day. This is the beautiful underwing - the top wing (which shows when the wings are spread) is predominantly sky-blue.

Ref: D10_20060728_1103_007 Adonis Blue Butterfly (underwing) (web crop).jpg

06 Aug 2006

Peacock butterflies are very common but beautiful nonetheless.

Ref: D10_20060723_1735_928 Peacock Butterfly on Teasel.jpg

05 Aug 2006

Teasels are now spikily rampant and many are flowering in their unusual rings of florets. The Painted Lady is a summer visitor that have only been common here in the last few years. Here two are refuelling on the nectar.

Ref: D10_20060724_1239_027 2 Painted Lady Butterflies on teasel.jpg

04 Aug 2006

Magpies are beautiful even if they do rob nests and generally behave as pests.

Ref: D35_20060720_1938_040 fb2 Iridescent Magpie.jpg

03 Aug 2006

Our moorhen pair with two of their youngsters making a surprise family visit to a feeding station.

Ref: D35_20060721_1819_066 fb2 Moorhen Pair with 2 youngsters.jpg

02 Aug 2006

A chance image of a Orange Swift Moth (Male) as it flew by. Rarely seen with wings spread, identification books always show it with the wings folded down the body.

Ref: D3E_20060720_2357_018 fb1 Orange Swift Moth Male in Flight.jpg

01 Aug 2006

The young robins are starting to develop the characteristic red breast feathers.

Ref: D3E_20060722_0603_068 fb1 Young Robin with some red breast feathers.jpg



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