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Teasels are all over the place and attract all sort of nectar feeders.
Although spending most of their lives as aquatic larva, they spend a lot of the adult phase lurking in vegetation.
The blackberry flower supplies pollen for the bee and nectar for both.
You normally see the Small tortoiseshell butterfly with the orange yellow and black patterned upper wing. This is the underwing - good camouflage.
A more obvious bowl of water was well used by magpies. We expected to see the fieldmice (wood mice) using this local source of water but the camera 'saw' none at all.
Very hot and dry, a dish of water at each feeding station (this one hidden behind the log) has attracted this great-tit.
The brood of young moorhen are dispersing. Here one of them is resting in the buttercups and clover at the pond edge.
We have cut a hole in the pig-net at the bottom of the pignet to the adjoining just cut hay field. It's just big enough for this fox to squeeze through.
Too hot to be out photographing anything that doesn't stand still, but feeding the automatic cameras memory card can be done in the cool. This young robin seems to be doing OK.
The male Banded Agrion perched in the hedge.
The female Banded Agrion perched high in the hedge.
We often seen the (blue) male Banded Agrion flitting about but we spotted the iridescent (green) female for the first time and were lucky to see them together. (We could not get them both in focus at the same time - so this is an 'honest composite' of the pair overlaid with separate individual images from the same sequence).
Photographing birds in flight is hard, and flycatchers doubly so. So getting even a half-decent image is a minor triumph.
We have to limit thistles because they are so invasive, but allow patches to grow but stop them seeding. This bumble bee is covered in specks of pollen.
A newly emerged Comma Butterfly (named after that white mark) sucks nectar from a blackberry flower. This is the underwing that looks like wood. The top of the wings are orange.
A gatekeeper butterfly on blackberry leaf.
A Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly on Blackberry flower. After a dearth of this insect for the last few years it is nice to see them again.
Still at it, this time a closeup of a pair on a blackberry flower. Well she is feeding on the blackberry flower and he is hanging on to her.
These Ginger coloured beetles always seem to be mating when you find them on just about any white flower. We once found out their proper name but have forgotten and can't find them again. Can anybody tell us?
Parts of the hedges are full of blackberry heads. Hundreds of various brown butterflies flutter over and land to take nectar from the flowers as this one is.
This cheeky looking magpie looks like it is guarding the cherry (this time last-years from the freezer) at its feet.
We had always assumed that Magpies eat peanuts whole (as we have often seen pigeons do), but this one at least is holding one with it's foot and pecking at it.
The wild cherry tree at this feeding station continues to drop it's fruit. This magpie is not complaining.
This rather sweet pair of fieldmice (wood mice) spent some time 'playing' on the log and presumably picking over the remaining spoils.
The wild cherry tree at this feeding station is already dropping some of it's fruit - a great treat for this visitor.
The moorhen pair suddenly starting a frantic refurbish this platform built a couple of weeks ago for the chicks to roost overnight. Maybe she said in Moorhen-ese 'Darling ... I'm eggy again'.
A fieldmouse (wood mouse) just after midnight, working its way along the log over several minutes picking out fragments of grain and nuts left by the birds.
A brown Butterfly sits in a dazzling sea of Oxeye daisies.
Carrying on the Robin-fest at the same site this youngster is already showing hints of red in the breast feathers.
The robin family still seem to be doing OK. Here is one of the immature birds in flight just past midnight. Birds are not supposed to fly in the dark, but this was taken only 2 days after the longest day, so twilight never really ends.
A couple of fieldmice (wood mice) at 3 a.m. No wonder humans rarely see them.
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