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A nicely poised magpie
One of the parents feeding an unidentified morsel to one of 7 chicks (at last count) on the bank of the main pond.
A fieldmouse (wood mouse) peers over the log presumably to see what's on the menu, and to make sure that it isn't on something else's menu.
This cultivated Iris shows the flower's intricacy even more than the wild Yellow Flag Iris.
The Oxeye daisies are a magnet for insects.
On 26 Aug 1997 the duck-shaped pond developed a red algal bloom overnight that lasted a few days. This year the same has happened to the main pond next to the house. The moorhen continue to feed their 7 youngsters without any apparent ill-effects. The trails across the water are formed through the normal surface weed by the moorhen adults.
The fieldmice (wood mice) continue to come out in the now rather short dark hours to see what the birds have left (this was at 1:43am)
Magpies are disagreeable birds, here obviously disputing the rights to food at the site.
A blackbird male.
The Yellowhammer pair with the male in flight. Fortuitously the camera had drifted off focus so the flying bird is in focus while the standing female isn't.
Portrait of male yellowhammer.
An unexpectedly artistic result of insects feeding.
Some unexpected Oxeye daisies growing over the steps cut into the mound made from some of the spoil from 'round pond'. Normally cleared with a 'strimmer' but they will have to wait this year.
Haven't seen many thrushes lately, so it's nice to see this fine example.
Peanuts are obviously a hit with Crows. Pity they don't leave many for other visitors.
A small riot of buttercups on some of the short but un-mown patches make a glorious show of golden glow.
We never tire of Mallard Drakes in Flight. He will soon be moulting and losing those lovely colours until Autumn.
This year not many Swallows but a few swifts of which this one is an example. The BBC Springwatch website and paperwork packs include Swallows, Swifts and House Martins from our portfolio.
Robin with a huge worm just after dawn. Well the saying goes 'the early bird catches the worm'.
Another of the Wild Rose images (without the perfume). We hope to include this one in a Bud > Flower > Hip animated sequence in the Autumn.
Cheeky Crow with beak full of a defrosted blackberry.
A nicely posed portrait of a Blackbird male. We see him and his mate quite often in real and photographic form but haven't included an image for quite a while.
The yellowhammer male collects a snack of corn grain.
The wild roses in the hedge are soaking the air in perfume. Sorry this pic can only show the flowers and not the scent.
A fieldmouse (wood mouse) running along the log top. The mice at this site are noticeably greyer than those at the other site (not an effect of the camera or flash).
Happy event! The robins at this site that we see everyday in photos, and often lurk in the nearby trees when we visit this site, have obviously fledged their youngsters. This is a montage of two consecutive images that may or may not be the same fledgling.
Lots of people get confused between blossoming of Blackthorn (before leaves) & Hawthorn (with leaves). This animated image switches between the two using exactly the same view a month apart. The dates are in the bottom right corner. Note also the emergence of Leaves, Cow Parsley, and Buttercups.
Snails move so slowly that this one seems to be treated as a knot of wood as far as this Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) is concerned.
This yellowhammer female has a cranefly in its beak so must be feeding young on a nest somewhere.
The seemingly endless wet is bringing out the molluscs in quantity. 4 snails and a slug in this chance image.
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