Yesterday we noticed very small beetles skimming around the pond on top of the water, Bob identified them as Whirligig beetles, an apt name. Today managed to get a shot of them, apparently they move through the water to disturb the surface to find food.
Came across a few Silver Y moths today, named after the Y on the wing, they are day flying and usually come a great numbers but with the weather this year we will have to wait and see.
This afternoon there were a flock of Black-tailed Godwits on the shingle spit in the long pond, normally we only see the odd one, so it was a pleasant surprise.
Bob and Bri
Only a couple more days and we will be in the sunny month of July.
This wet weather does have some benefits, if not for us, it has brought out the common toadlets, they are all over the paths and are only the size of a bluebottle, only way you can notice them is when they move, see pic.
Another animal is the aquatic worm commonly used in medicine, the Leech, The ponds are full of them and this wet spell has drawn them out, plashing in the water seems to attract them, it may be a sign of a possible meal.
The other day we came across a Green Lacewing, they are very delicate and brightly coloured.
Came across four young moorhen on a fence, they always look out of place in trees and fences with there long legs and claws.
Bob and Bri
Posted by Ian
Another typical 2012 June morning,lots of cloud and rain:-The BAE fire engine was doing its usual bird scaring bit before the 7am flight, but this morning it was chasing a Hare down the runway and the poor little devil ran the full length before disappearing into the rough.I fully expected it to spread those long ears and take to the skies,but at least it was safe.
Well the weather finally warmed up. Following on from yesterday, the Kestrel was hovering 50 mt from where we saw it, but today it caught a vole/mouse, see shots, the one showing it transferring the catch is unfortunately slightly blurred.
In the afternoon found some Four Spots and also Black-tailed Skimmers, while watching them, a damselfly on the water caught my eye, it swam across the surface until it reached some blades of grass, it then turned upside down and began to crawl down the blade under the water until it reached the bottom about 100 mm and began laying eggs. I have never seen this before, it remained under all the time and it was still there when i left.
Bob and Bri
A brighter day but still managed to be out when it rained. A few more birds to be seen after the downpour over the last couple of days.
Put the remains of a hock on one of the trees near the feeders on Friday, and it was completely picked clean on Saturday morning, we have seen a stoat a few times climb the tree to get to food, but unfortunately missed it this time.
On the way back this morning we watched a Kestrel hovering for about 5 minutes, it was too busy concentrating on it’s prey it just ignored us, and managed to get a couple of shots.
Bob back from hols and Bri
Posted by Ian
Heavy rain and wind,seems a typical summer day!,walking along the right hand path came across a short eared owl perched on a fence post.It was hunched down looking wet and miserable,and I got within arms length before it looked at me for a few seconds then reluctantly flew off.
This is great weather for mushrooms, just found the odd one at the moment but should be plenty shortly.
Fed the swans and cygnets, only three now but they are growing fast, see pic.
Had a look at last years pics at this time of year, and found most of the same except for a field vole visiting the area around the feeders see pic and an unusual caterpillar in my blackcurrant bush, think it was a Pheonix.
The other day managed to take pic of adult Pipit with food but last year managed a shot of a young one.