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Cold Spring

Posted in "red kite", birds, insects, oxfordshire, photography, Uncategorized, wildlife with tags , , , on 30 May 2013 by bramblejungle

The Met Office are now suggesting that this will be the coldest spring for 50 years; what the long-term effect will be remains to be seen, but at the moment it looks as though most of nature is carrying on as usual, though anything up to five weeks late.

Cold wet weather isn’t great for photographing bugs and butterflies, but here are a few shots I’ve taken recently:

A Dock Bug (common, but I had never seen one before):
Dock Bug (Coreus marginatus)

A Green Shieldbug – one of several shieldbug species that I hope are still here:

Palomena prasina (Common Green Shieldbug)

and a Speckled Bush Cricket nymph – we usually have loads of these, a couple of weeks earlier than this year:

Speckled bush cricket (Leptophyes punctatissima) nymph

Meanwhile a nearby field was cut for silage, and at least 20 Red Kites turned up to feast on (I think) worms.

What do red kites eat?

The local kestrel came along, too:

Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)
Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)

Suddenly…

Posted in "Butts Piece", birds, garden, insects, oxfordshire, photography, Uncategorized, wildlife with tags , , , , on 6 May 2013 by bramblejungle

… everything is happening. Spring has arrived, and with it migrant swallows, chiffchaffs and whitethroats

Whitethroat (Sylvia communis)

The garden is full of solitary bees

Andrena sp.

(this is the hairy-footed flower bee, a fast-moving bee that doesn’t like cameras)
Black bee

and other pollinators
Hoverfly in flight

Bugs and ladybirds are back, too

Corizus hyoscyami

14-spot ladybird (Propylea 14-punctata)

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