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Two months later…

Posted in garden, insects, oxfordshire, photography, Uncategorized, wildlife with tags , , , , , on 3 June 2017 by bramblejungle

… and the “meadow” has transformed into a (planned) wilderness: the hawksbeard (rough or beaked, I’m not sure) is over a metre high, yellow rattle is everywhere, corncockles are just starting to flower and there is white clover, cut-leaf cranesbill and a host of other plants I haven’t identified yet, plus a few I could manage without – like meadow bindweed and cleavers. The marjoram and tufted vetch are doing well, but haven’t flowered yet.

Hawksbeard

Oxeye daisy Yellow rattle

Corncockle

Meanwhile there are more bumblebees than I’ve ever seen in the Cotoneaster and Buddleia globosa – there must be Bombus hypnorum (amongst others) nesting nearby, and I’ve seen the first – of many, I hope – small tortoiseshells today.

Small tortoiseshell

Rain next week!

Looking for worms

Posted in birds, oxfordshire, photography, Uncategorized, wildlife with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 6 April 2008 by bramblejungle
Looking for worms

50mm or so of snow fell overnight, but it soon melted leaving patches of wet worm-laden ground for blackbirds and thrushes to investigate

More red kite photos

Posted in "red kite", oxfordshire, photography, Uncategorized, wildlife with tags , , , , , , , , , on 5 April 2008 by bramblejungle
Red kite 5 Apr 08 (1)

Two more red kite shots – I’m gradually getting better at capturing these magnificent birds, and these photos show the wing shapes and colours better than earlier attempts

In flight refuelling

Posted in "red kite", birds, oxfordshire, photography, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on 4 April 2008 by bramblejungle
In flight refuellingNot a great photo – see last entry – but I suspect only a few people have actually seen a red kite eating in flight, so here it is anyway.

In full song

Posted in birds, garden, goldfinch, oxfordshire, photography, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on 4 April 2008 by bramblejungle
In full song
This evening the trees seem full of goldfinches – many more than earlier in the year, so presumably mostly recent migrants

Fast food

Posted in "red kite", birds, oxfordshire, photography with tags , , , , , , , , , on 4 April 2008 by bramblejungle
Fast food
Red kite with lunch: other photos (unfortunately not distinct enough to publish here) confirm that kites can eat in flight.

Hagbourne ravens?

Posted in birds, oxfordshire, wildlife with tags , , , , , , , , on 30 March 2008 by bramblejungle

Heard a loud honk – the sort of noise you get when you put a blade of grass between your thumbs and blow hard – but I dismissed it as kids playing. That is until I saw a pair of large black birds disappearing beyond the house opposite. I can’t be sure – they were much bigger than jackdaws, and black from behind – but I’ve heard that ravens have been seen in Oxfordshire recently. Has anyone else spotted them in the area?

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