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The Moth-trap caught 3 different types of Hawk-moths.
This Poplar Hawk Moth is the biggest we caught at about 6cm across
Also about 6cm across is this Privet Hawk-moth
This Privet Hawk-moth on the wrist provides a better idea of size.
The Fox running for his next Meal.
The Squirrel running for his only life.
We would guess that the Squirrel made escape up the tree at the top right corner.
This rather thin adult Fox streaks past the camera with an unfortunate Corvid (presumably Crow, Rook or Jackdaw) grasped in their mouth. This was mid morning so Cubs must need a feed - Foxes normally eat small prey near where they catch it.
This Fox seems to have a Pigeon in its mouth as it trots away from Round Pond.
This fox appears every evening to search this site, and stuff themselves with Windfall apples as you see on the left.
Here is a Painted Lady Butterfly also choosing one of thousands of Privet heads for a feed. This one has a slightly damaged edge to the wing - quite normal damage from brushing on foliage. We have always felt that the name 'Painted Lady' is a bit strong for this subtly coloured creature.
Another slightly less wing edged damaged Painted Lady Butterfly gives us a lovely view of her underwings as she feeds through her proboscis forming a gentle bend lower right.
The unexpected re-appearance of this 'antique' rose complete with a 'Marmalade' Hover-fly. Many modern roses are useless to the wildlife, but this old cultivar obviously has lots of goodies on offer.
Detail from the above ...
The adult male Green Woodpecker spent several minutes preening on the top of the meadow post.
A closer look at our favourite from the above 8 image montage.
They are all of similar quality - if you want others at similar resolution just ask.
At a distant pole put up decades ago (and repeatedly repaired) we spotted juvenile and adult Green Woodpecker feeding activity.
Here the juvenile gets a feed, immediately afterwards demanding MORE.
The Tortoiseshell Butterflies have created their next generation. This one was feeding on Privet flowers, and we show here the completely different upper and lower wing surfaces. On the right the flowers are 'burnt out' in order that you see some details on the really dark bottom of the wing.
A Meadow Brown butterfly feeds on another delight of early summer - swathes of Ox-eye Daisies.
A pair of Meadow Brown butterflies flew past us in tandem (coupled at the tail ends as you see here) and landed on this grass stem to continue their tryst. We took a few photos and left them to do their 'thing'.
A delight of early summer is a patch of Fox and Cubs that each year appears at the front of the house. These are small flowers each only 1.5 to 2 cm across.
Part of our garden 'inheritance' was a row of Rose of Sharon bushes forming a sort of hedge. The Rabbits don't eat it, so we get to enjoy the vibrant flowers each year.
The Sun ain't what it used to be.
This is a Rose of Sharon flower after 2 or 3 days open, with the areas with the most sunlight now bleached to white (not photo-burn out). It's not the sun changing of course, but humans messing up the atmosphere.
The Beautiful Demoiselle 'invasion' is winding down, but some pristine insects are still about. This one is perched on a Privet leaf above some flowers (in which it will have no interest - these insects are hunters).
A brief sighting of a male Banded Demoiselle male several weeks ago is at last supplemented by 2 male Banded Demoiselle Damselflies in and around the main pond. Here one in an adjacent hedge.
This Fox spent several minutes at the hedge bottom site.
This Fox spent several minutes at the hedge bottom site - detail of the head.
Opening what we thought was a sealed plastic storage box in a shed we find a pile of bedding made from the contents of the box ( :-( ) and this little guy indignant at being evicted into the nearest wood pile. But not before this photo 'in the hand'.
We have repeatedly seen an adult Magpie with juveniles demanding food from either side. We guess we are seeing Mum and Dad at different time, each looking after 2 of their youngsters.
The whole area is now full of screaming youngsters demanding MORE FOOD, Magpies predictably making the most noise about it.
With several days of non-stop rain the youngsters of all species need to feed regardless. Here a young Great Tit waits on the pole and then top of the feeder outside the study waiting for Mum or Dad to provide the next beakful.
The Tree Sparrows have already got there last nestful out into the world, and Dad
thinks it's time to have another go even if it is still
Mum is not co-operating - yet.
The seemingly endless rain has brought the Molluscs out into view. Here a couple of snails in the foliage over the main pond - the variety of shell patterns is amazing.
Not noticed in previous years, here are two Galls on one of the 100 Lombardy Poplar
trees along the farm road. These adjacent Galls seems to be of different types
(see photo label)
Not a montage.
This female Muntjac Deer is eating the hedge at the back of the salad bed. It took several yanks to pull/bite off this mouthful, and took a long time to chew up.
This seems to have been a bumper year for Mint Beetles. The Mint started early in the atypically warm Spring, and these Beetles are making the most of it.
A 7-spot Ladybird Larva on a mint leaf.
The Great Spotted Woodpecker juvenile (right) waits on the side of the support post as Dad first collects some peanut grits from the feeder (left) and then delivers them to the ever hungry youngster.
Walking along the edge of the Wheat crop we found this Speckled Wood Butterfly perched on this Wheat stem.
Even in the wet, windy and quite cold weather a few Beautiful Demoiselle Damselflies are still hunting over the Duck-shaped pond. This is one of the males.
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