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30 Jun 2010

After 5 year of absence it was a delight to see Red-legged partridges again here. First the 2 birds we first saw on the concrete farm track.

Ref: P30_20100528_1912_254 2 Red-legged partridge on concrete track.jpg

Both took turns dust bathing in the loose soil and grit at the edge of the track, this one really relishing the moment.

Ref: P30_20100528_1919_313 Red-legged partridge 2 dust bathing at edge of track.jpg

And what made them finally leave - a rabbit more interested than anything else - one nervous creature frightening off another!

Ref: P30_20100528_1920_322 Red-Legged Partridge disturbed while dust-bathing by rabbit 3 of 4 (crop).jpg

29 Jun 2010

The first Cinnabar moth we have seen here with a striking red and black appearance that acts as a warning to birds that it tastes horrible. This one was caught in the moth trap and photographed against black, but it is also flies at dusk.

Ref: DA1_20100521_1059_225_FT1 Cinnabar moth in flight (crop).jpg

28 Jun 2010

Caught on moth trap this Green Carpet Moth shows the flexibility of it's wings as it powers along.

Ref: DA1_20100521_1006_026+1142_357_FT1 Green Carpet Moth in Flight with Red Campion flowers (montage).jpg

The red line along the wing of this Blood-vein moth is clearly visible.

Ref: DA1_20100521_1113_265_FT1 Blood-vein Moth (Calothysanis amata) in flight (crop).jpg

27 Jun 2010

The delicate beauty of the Brimstone Moth knocks us out every time we see one caught in the moth trap

Ref: DA1_20100521_1049_188+1142_361_FT1 Brimstone Moth (Opisthograptis luteolata) in flight with Red campion flower (montage).jpg

26 Jun 2010

A stunningly beautiful White Ermine moth caught overnight in a moth trap You don't see the orange body when it is 'at rest'.

Ref: DA1_20100521_1128_322_FT1 White Ermine Moth (Spilosoma lubricipeda) in flight (crop).jpg

A medium sized 'brown moth'. These are almost always far more intricately marked than you imagine from a distance. If moths of this sort flatten themselves against tree bark they are often incredibly difficult to see.

Ref: DA1_20100521_1131_341+1142_361_FT1 Small Waved Umber (Horisme vitalbata) in flight with Red campion flowers (montage).jpg

25 Jun 2010

The Cuckoo Flower (lady's smock (cuckoo flower)) has almost finished, and the Red campion is now the Orange-tip butterfly's preferred fuel. This male is a bit tatty but still lovely and flying well.

Ref: DA1_20100521_1444_379+1533_403_FT1 Orange-tip butterfly male in flight with Red Campion flower (montage).jpg

24 Jun 2010

The starlings in the loft have been fed non-stop for the last week. Some have left and others are coming to the hole in the loft demanding to be fed. There has to be more than one nest on the rafters.

Ref: DB1_20100521_0914_011 Starling feeding nestling at hole in roof 04 of 20 (crop).jpg

23 Jun 2010

A lot of the pollen producers are late this year, but the Lodgepole pine literally makes a man size clouds with every puff of wind or other disturbance.

Ref: DF1_20100521_1837_294 Pollen cloud from light tap of Lodgepole pine branch 12 of 34 (crop).jpg

22 Jun 2010

Taking a break from the hard work picking peanut fragments out of the very robust feeder, this squirrel was clearly having a little sunbath sprawled along the feeder.

Ref: FJ1_20100520_1405_009 Squirrel sunbathing.jpg

21 Jun 2010

Squirrel with a plum stone (from a frozen plum) probably to be taken off and bitten open for the kernel.

Ref: D35_20100512_1451_005_FB4 Squirrel with plum stone in mouth (crop).jpg

20 Jun 2010

Out in the early morning we waited on the bridleway to see if there were any owls about. To our pleasure 2 barn owls passed by a few minutes apart heading in the same direction. The second was carrying this rodent (looks like a mouse to us) in it's claws, rather than the traditionally photographed beak when near the nest.

Ref: DF1_20100516_0503_103 Barn owl 2 with rodent in claws flying to North over field to East (crop 2).jpg

19 Jun 2010

Detail of a frost encrusted dandelion seed head.

Ref: P34_20100513_0706_123 Dandelion seed head in frost.jpg

A news report said that 'gardeners were having problems with dandelions this year'. We only have a few, but some of the surrounding fields are absolutely smothered in seed heads.

Ref: P34_20100514_0534_150 Masses of dandelion seed heads in field SW of local farm (crop).jpg

18 Jun 2010

Converting frozen blackberries into bramble jelly creates loads of strained pulp and pips that go out over a day or 2 as a treat for our guests.

Ref: D45_20100518_0233_127_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) eating preserved blackberry pulp.jpg

17 Jun 2010

The image for 23 May 2010 (taken 15 April) showed you Moss being taken into this robins nest. Here is a similar view 3 weeks later - the eggs have hatched and an endless stream of insect food is being delivered.

Ref: DB1_20100509_1457_043 Robin flying to nest in miniature conifer with beak full of food 3 of 5 (crop).jpg

16 Jun 2010

Very fine year for apple blossom now it has finally made it out. But no hum of bees to go with it - 'silent spring' in this regard.

Ref: P34_20100506_1620_877 Apple Blossom (orig).jpg

15 Jun 2010

Where do the starling find so much food!
A bird seems to bring in this much every few minutes. This year we notice a lot of black 'flies' in the mix and we saw a starling spending a minute or so over the garden catching them on the wing.
Rory Morrisey's Web Site identifies these as St Mark's fly (Bibio marci)

Ref: DB1_20100510_1108_043-047 Starling taking food into nest in loft 1-5 of 5 (accurate montage).jpg

Other beakful's include various caterpillars and mixes of flies, caterpillars and spiders.

Ref: DB1_20100510_1251_361 Starling taking caterpillar(s) into nest in loft (crop).jpg

14 Jun 2010

The swifts are outnumbering the swallows this year. This shot shows the interesting stepped grey of the under-feather markings and the wonderful long primary feathers.

Ref: DF1_20100511_1657_589 Swift in flight (crop).jpg

13 Jun 2010

Our dominant male pheasant does his characteristic territorial call with leap and wing flap every few minutes some days, even if we are only 10 meters away. He obliged here for the still camera providing a set of 17 pics from which we tried to pick an image that captures the moment of this gorgeous bird strutting his stuff.
We have a similar instance as a 42MB full HD movie but it is too big to include on our little site. Anybody interested please email us.

Ref: DF1_20100511_1040_128 Pheasant male calling 07 of 17 (crop).jpg

12 Jun 2010

Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) licking the stone for the remains of the peanut butter. The tiny flower is of ground ivy.

Ref: D45_20100513_2132_103_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) licking peanut butter off side of stone (adjusted crop).jpg

11 Jun 2010

Fluffed out robin. We have seen this bird looking exactly the same on a gate post a few days later and determined that it is one of the pair nesting in a miniature conifer by the conservatory.

Ref: DF1_20100504_1046_012 Robin with tousled plumage in bramble tangle.jpg

And the sleek version.

Ref: DF1_20100504_1046_015 Robin on hawthorn twig.jpg

10 Jun 2010

The swifts have been mostly flying very high but have occasionally come low enough to be much better than 'specks in the sky'. With naked eye they tend to appear as black silhouettes but a camera with exposure locked to prevent the sky forcing underexposure it can show the subtle grey markings.

Ref: DF1_20100504_1511_119 Swift in flight overhead (crop).jpg

09 Jun 2010

Much as we love them, mice IN the house are an absolute NO. When they won't go in the live trap we sadly resort to old-fashioned snapper traps. We put the bodies out after dark so whatever can use them does so, and here an opportunist magpie is making off with one next morning.

Ref: D35_20100505_0744_023_FB4 Magpie taking dead mouse from tree trunk top (publishable crop).jpg

08 Jun 2010

Big surprise one mid afternoon was this Little Owl (proper common species name - not a 'baby owl') spotted in a flurry of wings in the orchard and sat for a few minutes on top of the disused nestbox that Great-spotted woodpecker have in the past (but not so far this year) used as a drumming post.
At sunset next day this is the same owl, same perch, beautifully lit by a shaft of sunlight finding it's way through a tangle of trees and branches.
Sadly this little chap has a injured left eye which we hope is temporary - we don't know how well a one-eyed owl can manage long term.

Ref: DF1_20100506_2003_043 Little owl on roof of disused small nestbox in orchard with apple blossom lit by evening sun (crop 2).jpg

07 Jun 2010

The starlings and the Great Spotted woodpeckers really don't get on.
At dusk on one day ...

Ref: D3B_20100507_1901_052_FB3 Great Spotted Woodpecker & Starling skirmish.jpg

and here at dawn on the next.

Ref: D3B_20100508_0625_061_FB3 Great Spotted Woodpecker & Starling skirmish (crop).jpg

06 Jun 2010

Looks like badgers like slugs!
Bottom of the image we have a fieldmouse (wood mouse) doing its usual coexistence with slugs. Half an hour later the badger arrived and it looks like it quickly cleared the stone of slugs. With their poor eyesight and probably out of view, the slug at the bottom left of the stone may have escaped, but this was the last frame for many hours so we don't know.

Ref: D45_20100507_2211_175+2138_171_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) with slugs then badger eating the slugs (2+1 of 2) (montage).jpg

05 Jun 2010

Here a starling collected loads of the remaining feathers over the long-tailed tit nest over which we think a Sparrowhawk made or at least plucked a kill. The size & quantity of the feathers seemed too much to be a Long-tailed tit and suspect the pigeon population was reduced by 1.

Ref: P30_20100429_0749_225 Starling collecting feathers from Sparrowhawk (q) kill over Long-tailed tit nest (crop).jpg

Just over an hour later here is maybe the same bird with another load on his way to the nest in the loft - the nest has apparently reached the lining stage. One birds major misfortune becomes another bird's comfy nest.

Ref: DF1_20100429_0904_001 Starling with beak full of feathers.jpg

04 Jun 2010

We watched these 2 birds for some time in a thermal to our North. We didn't realise that one was an Osprey until later. Neither did we appreciate how fast they were rising in the thermal until we started making this montage with the top bird starting at 'constant height' but realised that the cloud features were moving downwards! So using some cloud edges (out of frame) as a new reference we see these birds rising and then tumbling down as they manoeuvre round each other. Frames are about 200mS apart except the last pair at about 600mS. The Wingspan of both birds is about 1.5m and they are rising about one third of a wingspan per frame or 2.5m/sec = 6 mph all without a flap of the wing

Ref: DF1_20100501_1030_185-190+193 Osprey & Buzzard sparring in Thermal 08-13+16 of 18 (approx montage).jpg

03 Jun 2010

Portrait of an immaculate male Chaffinch in breeding colours.

Ref: DF1_20100421_1546_009 Chaffinch male on hawthorn archway slope.jpg

02 Jun 2010

A week before this image we installed a old wooden tree-trunk in the middle of our grassy area and same night a Barn owl visited it. Here a week later we caught another visit on camera in the failing light.

Ref: D01_20100428_2045_003 Barn Owl on meadow post (crop).jpg

After quietly opening the window the bird was on the wing away from the house. It was not necessarily the window disturbed it - we rarely see them hunt from one perch for more than 3 minutes. Fortunately it perched in a willow tree behind 'Duck' pond were we could get this last image of the day. This is the first time we have seen one in a tree - we usually see them using fence posts and power poles as a hunting perches.

Ref: D01_20100428_2049_030 Barn Owl hunting from Willow behind Duck pond.jpg

01 Jun 2010

The subtle beauty of a bluetit on a grey morning.

Ref: D35_20100430_0846_003_FB4 Bluetit looking backwards.jpg

And the same evening a fieldmouse (wood mouse) made it to the tree-trunk top and spent several minutes looking for food. Here he is eating a fragment of soft fruit. A leopard slug and tiny worm have also made the 1.5m ascent - no doubt much more slowly than the mouse.

Ref: D35_20100430_2302_017_FB4 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) + leopard slug on trunk top + worm (q) on side (crop).jpg



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