Sunday 30th to Wed 3rd July

Been using the 18 – 105 lens for a change. Birds are hidden by leaves as often as not and this lens seems to be better at close ups for insects.

Not been anywhere but the lake and canal – the weather has been, if not bad, not very good at all.

Might get a bit repetitive – sorry!

Also on Sunday was “young man with a fish”link

Anyhow, here goeth:

Sunday 30th June

I put these down as small blues but they might be ringlets(?)

I put these down as small blues but they might be ringlets(?)

Small bluelink, Ringletlink. 
 
 
 
Two Speckled wood butterflies meet on a bramble leaf,

Two Speckled wood butterflies meet on a bramble leaf,

They duck under a leaf to do the deed

They duck under a leaf to do the deed

 
 
 
 
This mallard spent about ten minutes splashing and preening.

This mallard spent about ten minutes splashing and preening.

 
 
 
 
There's quite a few damselflies around the lake. Here's a <i>blue tailed</i> one.

There’s quite a few damselflies around the lake. Here’s a blue tailed one.

 
 
 
 
Skipper Butterfly

Skipper Butterfly – large or small, that is the question!

 
 
 
 
Ringlet

Ringlet

 
 
 

Monday 1st July

Meadow Brown

Meadow Brown

 
 
 
Car park sparrow.

Car park sparrow.

 
 
 
Bee coming in to land on rape(seed)

Bee coming in to land on rape(seed)

 
 
 
Dog rose bud

Dog rose bud

 
 
 
Tiny (unidentified?) moth

Tiny (unidentified?) moth

 
 
 
Even tinier wasp thing

Even tinier wasp thing

 
 
 
decidedly not large grasshopper.

Decidedly not large grasshopper.

 
 
 
Looks as if it'll be a good year for conkers/

Looks as if it’ll be a good year for conkers/

 
 
 

Tuesday 2nd July

Spiky and stingy

Spiky and stingy

 
 
 
This thrush did the <i>buggerin' off</i> and I caught it, just.

This thrush did the buggerin’ off and I caught it, just.

 
 
 
Midges on hawthorn:DSC_3349MidgeHawthornDSC_3347MidgeHawthorn 
 
 
Haws on hawthorn

Haws on hawthorn

 
 
 
Hoverfly on grass

Hoverfly on grass

Hoverfly hovering

Hoverfly hovering

 
 
 
Tempus fugit

Tempus fugit

 
 
 
Antennae!

Antennae!

 
 
 

Wednesday 2nd July

THe two gingers were kipping together this morning

The two gingers were unusually kipping together this morning

I'll have to try to identify some bee species

I’ll have to try to identify some bee species

Meadow brown

Meadow brown

Skipper but large or small I know not

Skipper but large or small I know not

Ubiquitous Speckled wood

Ubiquitous Speckled wood

All four grebe chicks.

All four grebe chicks.

DSC_3531DunnoDSC_3615FRingletDSC_3638FRingletDSC_3564MeadowBrownDSC_3600SkipperDSC_3588CommonBlueDamselDSC_3627BlueTailedDamselDSC_3673NemoMeImpuneLacessitDSC_3915BeeNettleDSC_3909BlueTailedDamselDSC_3902FDamselDSC_3896SkipperDSC_3885TortoiseshellDSC_3882RingletDSC_3861BeeBrambleDSC_3841RingletDSC_3809NbPimpernelDSC_3778YellowDSC_3751SparrowsDSC_3698Ducklings

5 thoughts on “Sunday 30th to Wed 3rd July

  1. Upon consideration, I think butterflies look better from a distance. For some reason the thistles appealed to me 😉 I had a friend who once believed that sparrows grew into pigeons. Fortunately she asked me when we were alone and I will not divulge her name here 🙂 Yours looked decidedly weather beaten, poor little fellow.

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    • Butterflies, well all insects really, heads are quite Alien (as in Aliens etc) aren’t they?

      Ever seen a young pigeon? No … neither have I so your friend was quite reasonable.

      Think the wee spadge was a young one on first outing.

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      • Poor little thing looked miserable. Yes, they horrify me increasinbly as I get older, I have to admit. But so long as you don’t print photos of cockroaches, or at least please give a trigger warning at the top!

        It’s true, I never did see a young pigeon, but I think you give my friend too much credit. She also was certain Glasgow was the capital of Scotland. Back then, there was no internet to simply search and say “See?!” Daft as a brush. And also, coincidentally, named Alison 🙂

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  2. Great results from the new lens! Ludo has a bee indentification app on his iphone. He spotted four different ones in the garden on Sunday. Love the close ups. Still saying “Ahh” at the ducklings! Haven’t they grown?

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    • Just saw a mature female mallard trying to kill a day old chick! Bonking it with her beak and pursuing it into the reeds to try again. Poor wee thing has apparently lost its mum and was trying to follow her and her older brood.

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