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No scarlet tigers

Posted in "Butts Piece", birds, flight, insects, oxfordshire, photography, Uncategorized, wildlife with tags , , , on 17 June 2012 by bramblejungle

Yet. The comfrey is flowering and buzzing with bees, but the scarlet tiger moths haven’t shown up. Either the caterpillars were all washed away in the wet weather, or (I hope) they are just a bit late because it’s been unusually cold. I’ll keep watching.
Apart from butterflies and moths, life seems to be going on as usual, with thick-legged flower beetles on the wild roses at Butts Piece Oedemera nobilis (m) Lacewings on the brambles Green lacewing and a few hoverflies Chrysotoxum cautum? Another nursery-web spider was hunting on the burdock Pisaura mirabilis and I took a snap that I hoped would be a swift in flight. It’s not – it could be a Peregrine Falcon (I’m told that Peregrines sometimes nest on the tower at Didcot power station), or perhaps a Hobby. Please let me know if you can tell what it is. [It’s a Hobby – thanks, Ian Lewington for identifying it]Peregrine?

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More Spring activity

Posted in "red kite", birds, flight, garden, insects, oxfordshire, photography, Uncategorized, wildlife with tags , , , , on 14 April 2012 by bramblejungle

As we move into Spring, ladybirds are already tackling aphids7-spot ladybird attacking an aphid

The common bee-fly, Bombylius major, is looking for solitary bee nests where it lays its eggsBee fly (Bombylius major)

This nursery-web spider is looking for a mealNursery web spider - Pisaura mirabilis

and Red Kites are around (as usual, but they make great photos)Red kite (Milvus milvus)

Fledging

Posted in birds, flight, garden, oxfordshire, photography, wildlife with tags , , , on 23 April 2010 by bramblejungle

It’s the time of year when you get mobbed by angry parents if you accidentally get too close to Junior when flying lessons are in progress:
Blackbird fledgling

Holiday weekend

Posted in "red kite", birds, flight, garden, oxfordshire, photography, wildlife with tags , , on 2 April 2010 by bramblejungle

It’s a bank holiday weekend, and therefore cold and wet. The birds sang in the rain and the bugs stayed under cover, but the sky did clear long enough for a red kite photo:
Red Kite

Bluetits are getting bigger!

Posted in birds, flight, oxfordshire, photography, wildlife with tags , , , on 13 February 2010 by bramblejungle

A few weeks ago I noticed that fatballs in the garden feeder were disappearing at an alarming rate – and soon spotted the reason, in the shape of a jackdaw:
Caught in the act
This weekend, a rook took over. It’s almost as big as the feeder, and has no trouble removing big chunks of food with that cold-chisel of a beak:
Meant for small birds

Hiding in the leaf-litter

Posted in "red kite", birds, flight, garden, insects, oxfordshire, photography, wildlife with tags , , , , on 15 November 2009 by bramblejungle

The recent stormy weather meant plenty of leaves to rake up, and with them a profusion of small creatures that fell with the leaves. Here are some that were new to me:
Bug - Lygus cf. pratensis
Weevil
About to take off
Leafhopper
Meawhile, someone took a look to see if there was anything edible among the leaves
I don't like cameras!

Hedgehopping kite

Posted in "red kite", birds, flight, garden, oxfordshire, photography, wildlife with tags , , on 4 October 2009 by bramblejungle

Red kites can be quite alarming when they hop over the hedge and look at you.
Hedgehopper

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