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31 May 2019

This lovely male Yellowhammer is often to be found around the bend of the Farm Road. Here he is on a particularly rough part of the corrugated concrete surface.

Ref: DF5_20190430_0954_042+043 Yellowhammer male on Farm Road 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg

At the front of the house we have had to pollard a Cherry tree starting to grow over the roadway. The stump is a great favourite - particularly with some corn grains on the top!

Ref: DF5_20190430_1103_054 Chaffinch male on Pollarded Cherry tree.jpg

In a shaft of sunlight in the woodland, both a Speckled Wood Butterfly (in remarkably good condition after over-wintering) and a small Spider (unidentified) warm themselves on an otherwise chilly day.

Ref: DF5_20190430_1107_066+067 Speckled Wood Butterfly and Spider in Leaf Litter (acc montage for focus).jpg

30 May 2019

There are lots patches of Groundsel on our patch and the Farm field margins. The seed heads are a bit like miniature Dandelion clocks, but yellow flowers open no wider than we see here.
Dandelion  clocks watches?

Ref: DF5_20190429_1103_017 Groundsel seed heads and flowers.jpg

Even on a phone screen this top view of a Groundsel seed head will be larger than life!

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29 May 2019

Weeks ago we raked a load of Iris Roots out of the pond to open up the water area, and left them to dry on the bank so any creatures caught inside could get back to the water. Typically for us, they are still there, and now this Grey squirrel has started ripping them apart to select some of the best bits to eat.

Ref: D5C_20190428_1125_103+1126_113+115+124 Grey Squirrel ripping apart desiccated Iris Roots to eat 1-4 of 4 (montage).jpg

Dried grass seems to make a good lining for the Drey. This Squirrel wraps the grass into a bundle before running off with it.

Ref: DF5_20190428_1130_008+009+1131_012 Grey Squirrel carrying away dried grass for bedding 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg

We don't remember seeing a Grey Squirrel like this, running with back paws well in front of the front paws.

Ref: E64_20190429_0944_019_FB2 Grey Squirrel sprinting with rear legs well in front of forelegs.jpg

2 days later, we see the same behaviour at the same site, this time featuring our short-tailed (broken or bitten off) Grey Squirrel.

Ref: E64_20190501_1815_142_FB2 Grey Squirrel (short tailed) sprinting with rear legs well in front of forelegs.jpg

28 May 2019

On the second visit of the night, this Tawny Owl makes a really rather awkward landing on the post. This is the only image from the second visit, and the bird may have flown on to perch on one of the many other posts and branches that 'he' uses.

Ref: D01_20190502_0417_141_FB6 Tawny owl 2 minute visit to meadow post + landing 4Hrs later 4 of 4 (crop).jpg

The next night the Tawny Owl spends a few minutes watching the world go by.

Ref: D01_20190502_2240_023-2245_037_FB6 Tawny Owl 6 minute visit to Meadow Post 1+8+3+5 of 8 (montage).jpg

27 May 2019

Out on a morning walk we see this Fox hunting along a field margin.

Ref: DF5_20190501_0804_090+091 Fox hunting in field margin to south 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg

A couple of minutes later the Fox spots us, and decides to saunter away.

Ref: DF5_20190501_0806_092+093+096 Fox walking along field margin to south 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg

26 May 2019

A visit by the Little Owl.
Left to right we have Profile, Head-on and Rear view of head.
The rear view plumage shows false eyebrows and large dark 'eyes' make an illusion that the bird is watching you. Without optical equipment, and in the poor light, it is surprisingly effective, and we have been fooled in the past.

Ref: D01_20190428_0503_061+063+0504_065_FB6 Little owl 2mins on meadow post with rear of head eyes illusion 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg

Another short visit from the Little Owl. On the left just hanging on to the ledge, and on the right 45 seconds later standing on top.

Ref: D01_20190502_2107_019+2108_021_FB6 Little Owl 1 minute visit to Meadow Post 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg

25 May 2019

This Reeve's Muntjac Deer female is just on the other side of the hedge by our living room window, so only a few metres away.

Ref: DF3_20190427_1746_001 Muntjac Reeves Deer on other side of hedge.jpg

The Reeve's Muntjac Deer Fawn runs up to Mum.

Ref: BU5_20190430_2052_524_SC1 Muntjac Reeves Deer Fawn running to mother.jpg

24 May 2019

No - just an affectionate pair of Wood Pigeons.

Ref: E60_20190425_1915_046_FB3 Wood Pigeon Pair aligned.jpg

On the top of the double-post arrangement supporting the adjustable height bird table, a pair of our Tree Sparrows spending 'quality time' together before ...

Ref: D5C_20190428_0955_023 Tree Sparrow pair together on short post top.jpg

... making whoopee.
He had about 10 goes before finally succeeding!

Ref: D5C_20190428_1125_083 Tree Sparrow pair mating several times in bush 3 of 3 (crop).jpg

23 May 2019

This Tawny Owl first landed at the perch by the Kitchen window, and two minutes later arrived at the meadow post (about 30m away) for a 6 minute hunt, spent almost entirely in the pose you see on the right.

Ref: E60_20190424_2316_014_FB3+D01_20190424_2322_037_FB6 Tawny Owl on Kitchen perch visits Meadow post for 6m 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg

Not seen here since the middle of 2018, a Little Owl (the actual common name of species) made a short re-appearance at the new Meadow post shortly after dark. Both images are mirrored to place the first on the left. The bird did actually move to the other side and face the other way.

Ref: D01_20190425_2047_035+2052_039_FB6 Little Owl visit(s) to meadow Post over 7 minutes 1+3 of 4 (mirrored montage).jpg

22 May 2019

Blue Butterflies are not well represented here, so we were pleased that an hour's effort 'bagged' this male Holly Blue Butterfly which obliged with a few flights.

Ref: DA1_20190422_1459_151+20190421_1310_145_FT1 Holly Blue Butterfly in flight with Forget-me-not flower (montage).jpg

This Holly Blue Butterfly shows the top of the wings on the left, and the bottoms and on the right. As usual we then sent him on his way across the fields.

Ref: DA1_20190422_1501_165+1458_145+20190421_1545_299_FT1 Holly Blue Butterfly in 2 flights + Green Alkanet (montage).jpg

21 May 2019

A pair of Mallard Ducks that had been circling the area came down to land about 50m from us. Here is the female Aerobraking down to the ground. The male landed a few metres away and they waddled through a hedge to feed.

Ref: D72_20190422_0635_083-088 Mallard duck female dropping onto crop margin (male out of frame) 1-6 of 8 (acc montage @10fps).jpg

20 May 2019

This shows two flights by a male Brimstone Butterfly.
The top of the male's wings are a much more vivid colour than the bottom.

Ref: DA1_20190421_1338_174+1345_213+1545_298_FT1 Brimstone Butterfly male (2 flights) with Green Alkanet (montage).jpg

Comma Butterflies used to be Autumn-only visitors here, but now we see them in Spring as well. The upper and lower wings are completely different colours, the white 'comma' only showing on the bottom of the wing (right hand image of 2 separate flights).

Ref: DA1_20190421_1540_279+276+20190422_1508_188_FT1 Comma Butterfly in 2 flights with Laurel (montage).jpg

This is an overwintered Speckled Wood Butterfly - a bit tatty but not much faded. You can't see the bird peck on the rear of the far wing, totally by our choice of photo.

Ref: DA1_20190422_1227_013+1536_227_FT1 Speckled Wood Butterfly with Ground Ivy (montage).jpg

19 May 2019

This is a Green Veined White Butterfly 'visiting' which is somethimes seen feeding on Lady's Smock (Cuckoo Flower) flowers.

Ref: DA1_20190421_1301_142+1105_169_FT1 Green-veined White Butterfly in flight with Ladys Smock (Cuckoo Flower) (montage).jpg

A different Green-veined White individual flies towards the camera - a direction totally the decision of the insect. Once they are in flight they can do whatever they like!

Ref: DA1_20190421_1605_357+20190422_1507_184_FT1 Green-veined White Butterfly in flight with Garlic Mustard (montage).jpg

18 May 2019

The caterpillar food plant of Orange-tip Butterflies is Garlic Mustard, and we have managed to allow quite a lot of this to grow. So this year we are seeing more than our usual '1 or 2' adults. Although the females lay on garlic Mustard, the adults will sip nectar from other flowers, and this Lady's Smock (Cuckoo Flower) is one of their favourites. Notice the proboscis curved round into the flower.

Ref: DF5_20190420_1118_010 Orange-tip Butterfly male feeding on Ladys Smock (Cuckoo Flower).jpg

Here is the male Orange-tip Butterfly in flight, showing the upper surface of the far wing, and wonderful lattice pattern on the lower surface of the near wing.

Ref: DA1_20190421_1251_109+1105_073_FT1 Orange-tip butterfly male in flight with Ladys Smock (Cuckoo Flower) (montage).jpg

This is a FEMALE Orange-tip Butterfly - which doesn't have even a trace of the orange wing tips, but has a similar wonderful lattice pattern on the lower surface of the wing.

Ref: DA1_20190422_1258_058+1507_183_FT1 Orange-tip butterfly female in flight with Garlic Mustard (montage).jpg

We caught another male Orange-tip Butterfly on this day, so took the opportunity to show you female (left) and male Orange-tip Butterflies, so you can compare.

Ref: DA1_20190422_1303_088+1319_121_FT1 Orange-tip butterfly female & male in flight (montage).jpg

17 May 2019

At the Woodland site a couple of Red-legged Partridges feed together. This image is actually an accurate montage to catch both birds in focus.

Ref: E64_20190419_0747_072+0745_071_FB2 2 Red-legged Partridges (accurate montage).jpg

4 days after their appearance at the woodland site, what we THINK is the same pair of Red-legged Partridges were wandering on the grassy compressed gravel outside the front door.

Ref: D5C_20190423_0650_033 2 Red-legged partridges.jpg

16 May 2019

This female Reeve's Muntjac Deer is walking quietly down the hedge to our west right by the main road. The Traffic on the other side of the hedge didn't bother her at all, but she spotted us watching her from behind our own hedge, stopped for a look, and then continued her stroll down the crop margin.

Ref: DF5_20190419_0823_008+002 Muntjac Reeves Deer female at hedge opposite house by main road (montage).jpg

15 May 2019

This female Brimstone Butterfly doesn't have the bright yellow top of wings of the male, but still has the orange spot at the wing centre.
These two moments of flight are about a third of a second part.

Ref: DF5_20190418_1046_004+006 Brimstone Butterfly female in flight on Ivy 1+2 of 2 (accurate montage).jpg

14 May 2019

The Rooks have mostly finished their nests, but the other Corvids are just getting around to constructing their's. This a montage of Jackdaws collecting twigs.
The cloudy eye of the right hand bird is just it's nictitating membrane.

Ref: D36_20190416_0749_035+1453_038_FB4 Jackdaw(s) collecting twigs (montage).jpg

This Magpie, out in the Meadow, chooses something a bit more manageable.

Ref: E62_20190417_0800_163_FB5 Magpie carrying twig in beak.jpg

13 May 2019

Outside the living room this little Wren is singing its heart out.
Unfortunately the double glazing and our deteriorating hearing means we hear - zilch.

Ref: DF3_20190415_0950_001+005+007 Wren singing from top of hedge 1-3 of 4 (montage).jpg

12 May 2019

A Tawny Owl visits the kitchen perch. Bon Appetit!

Ref: E60_20190415_0235_069_FB3 Tawny Owl (crop).jpg

This Tawny Owl checked out the recently replaced post in the meadow for a few minutes, then flew to the perch outside the kitchen, and then flew back for a another couple on minutes on the new post.
Bottom Middle is the visit to the Kitchen perch.

Ref: D01_20190416_0130_017_FB6-E60_0138_018_FB3+D01_0140_027_FB6 Tawny Owl visits meadow post + kitchen perch + Meadow post in 11mins 1-6 of 7 (montage).jpg

A few Fieldmice (Wood Mice) this week at the bottom of the hedge. Here is a little montage of 3 visits over 3 nights.
Fieldmice (Wood Mice) are a Tawny Owl's second favourite 'food' here - Voles being at the top of the menu.

Ref: E63_20190415_2016_084-20190417_2252_283_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) visits over 3 nights (montage).jpg

11 May 2019

A pair of Mallard Ducks are regularly evening visitors to the main pond. Here they show us that they visit other feeding sites.
He is at the back 'standing guard'.

Ref: E62_20190414_1620_250_FB5 Mallard Duck pair.jpg

The female Mallard Dick has a major preen on the sprouting Iris roots at the edge of the main pond, while ...

Ref: DF4_20190417_1019_020+1018_013+1017_005 Mallard Duck preening on Iris roots 3+2+1 of 3 (montage).jpg

... her mate swim backwards and forwards in quiet 'guard duty', providing a chance to catch his reflection.

Ref: DF4_20190417_1018_017 Mallard drake on main pond with reflection (crop).jpg

10 May 2019

This atypically pale Buzzard was flying near the Black-Poplars being used for nesting by several pairs of Rook.

Ref: DF5_20190412_0930_073 Buzzard harassed by Rook 2 of 7 (crop).jpg

And Lo - a Rook arrives to harry it away.

Ref: DF5_20190412_0930_080 Buzzard harassed by Rook 7 of 7 (crop).jpg

09 May 2019

A gloriously coloured male Chaffinch picking up corn scattered on the concrete track.

Ref: DF5_20190411_1116_006 Chaffinch male on concrete track.jpg

A female Chaffinch poised elegantly on a twig of a Corkscrew Hazel. Love the sharp little claws clearly visible.

Ref: DF5_20190416_1558_036 Chaffinch female on Corkscrew Hazel twig.jpg

08 May 2019

The male Reeve's Muntjac Deer wasn't pleased by our arrival and made a prompt but not panicked departure through the growing corn.

Ref: D72_20190411_0702_031-044 Muntjac Deer male bounds through winter wheat 1+2+4-14 of 14 (slight stretch montage @10fps).jpg

07 May 2019

The female Green Woodpecker spent a few minutes on the post top.

Ref: D01_20190410_1016_038+1017_040+039_FB6 Green Woodpecker female on meadow post 1+3+2 of 3 (montage).jpg

Birds don't have expressions, so this disagreeable stare from the hedge of the occasional sighting of a House Sparrow is entirely our imagination.

Ref: DF5_20190410_1518_045 House Sparrow looking back from top of hedge.jpg

06 May 2019

"I've got this lovely juicy worm, but its hard to pull out"

Ref: E62_20190407_1945_386_FB5 Blackbird female pulling worm out of ground (crop 2).jpg

Here is a female Mallard Duck quacking with a wonderful sense of joie-de-vie.

Ref: E62_20190408_1756_078_FB5 Mallard Duck female followed by male (out of crop) (crop 2).jpg

05 May 2019

Our north-side-of-the-house Wrens are still collecting moss for the nest. These birds build their nests from Moss tied together with spider silk. If we can find the nest without disturbing them we will bring you a pic.

Ref: DF3_20190407_0940_005 Wren carrying moss to nest (crop).jpg

Between beakful's of moss for the nest, this Wren stops of momentarily on the top of the hedge

Ref: DF3_20190407_1130_023 Wren on hedge top.jpg

04 May 2019

On successive days this pair of Long-tailed Tits quite often perch together on this twig pushed into the hedge outside the living room window.

Ref: DF3_20190408_1621_012+20190409_1148_023+024 Long-tailed Tit pair on stick in hedge outside living room 3+5+6 of 6 (montage).jpg

Long-tail Tits now make regular appearances at the feeders on both sides of the house. They are probably breeding on our site, but we have no idea where. Beautiful little creatures.

Ref: E65_20190405_1007_007 Long-tail Tit on Buddleia twig (crop 2).jpg

Aren't Long-tailed Tit absolutely gorgeous.
Here a single shot of a pair on a little stick poked into the hedge outside the living room, with the gap between them a little reduced in the photo editor.

Ref: DF3_20190409_1148_024 Long-tailed Tit pair on stick in hedge outside living room 6 of 6 (adjusted crop).jpg

03 May 2019

A Wood Pigeon delicately preens the first (or maybe last) tail feather.

Ref: D01_20190404_0821_032_FB6 Pigeon preening tip of tail feather (crop).jpg

A Wood Pigeon lands with the early morning sun shining through the wings.

Ref: D01_20190405_0747_101_FB6 Wood Pigeon landing with rising sun shining through wings.jpg

Obviously 'friends' as one lands and the other doesn't take any defensive action.

Ref: E60_20190410_1610_028_FB3 2 Wood Pigeons on bird table.jpg

02 May 2019

A Rook lands at this site, already peering down to see what there is to eat.

Ref: E62_20190403_1636_185_FB5 Rook landing on grass.jpg

01 May 2019

A Peacock Butterfly in quite good condition considering that it has spent 6 months holed up in a shed or something.

Ref: DF5_20190330_0908_028 Peacock Butterfly on blossom.jpg

A heat-trap made by a 'wall' of Lodgepole Pine trees facing SSW contains a wonderful selection of nooks and crannies, making this a favourite place for the British resident 7-spot Ladybird. In a couple of minutes we found 10, of which this was the most photogenic.

Ref: DF5_20190330_0918_033 7-spot Ladybirds below and on Lodgepole Pine (orig).jpg

The arrival of Bee-flies, a 'True fly, not a Bee, signals the new season is well underway. Here is one perched on some dried grass ...

Ref: DF5_20190330_1127_052 Bee-fly perched in desiccated grass.jpg

... and here a Bee-fly hovers back to camera 'into the wind'. Look for that long (harmless) proboscis - it is NOT a stinger.

Ref: DF5_20190330_1457_074 Bee-fly in flight (1st of 2019).jpg



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