Lots of speckled wood pics, ’cause they’re the commonest at the moment. Peacocks have had their day as have commas. Tortoiseshells are showing a slight resurgence and there’s always whites. Occasionally you see small, and they are small, coppers, the odd small blue and damsels and dragons.
A lot of the butterflies are beginning to look ragged as they lose bits off the trailing edges of their wings. Is this through trailing on brambles and such or near misses by predators? Imagine a plane with ten or fifteen percent of its wing missing
Birds are still elusive, hiding in the foliage, but sometimes they are feeding in view.
There’s plenty of food for insects and birds, rowan, elder, haws and even apples and pears. The sloe crop seems to be pretty poor this year – I think it blossomed too early as did the plums. It looks like being a bumper blackberry year.
Any flowers left are largely dying off – ragwort is slowly changing from yellow to brown but there’s occasionally reinforcement of the yellow by fleabane and lower down bird’s foot trefoil.
The great crested grebes on the pond have hatched four more chicks after the successful departure of their first brood.
So, here’s the pictures:
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Three speckled woods – 2 pics shopped together.
Apples & pears – again 2 pics shopped together.
Mum (?) and four chicks on the nest
with dad looking on
Small moth on small flower.
Low view of speckled wood.
Small copper on Ragwort
Meadow brown (1)
Meadow brown (2)
See the red eyes
All the family (at a distance)
Small whites (shopped)
Sparrows outside shopping centre.
Umnyama (Xhosa for “rainbow”) was the Nb that I ran to see
in March last year that triggered my heart attack.
Alder and elder
Buddleia well covered in peacocks
Sloes – not so common this year.
Plain- and horse- chestnut
Very ragged white
ust a touch of colour
Tiny moths (flower less than 1.5cm across)
Blackbird on rowan
Speckled wood in a spider’s web
Tortoiseshell on buddleia
Tiny moth (the flower is about 1cm across)
Nibbled small copper
Dragonfly in flight
Teasel with a bee
Loads of teasels
Lichen on fence post
Bird’s foot trefoil
Speckled wood on fleabane
Marsh orchid seeds
Blackbird meet blackberry
Sometimes they pose for the camera.
Incy wincy …
Tiny tiny flower (Solanum dulcamara)
Going to meet daddy.
One on the back, two in the reeds.
Having a stretch.
Blackbirds on rowan:
September coming up!