21 to 31 August ’13

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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A lot of the pics have captions visible when you “mouse” over.
 

Wednesday 21st

Thursday 22nd

Friday 23rd

Saturday 24th

Sunday 25th


Umnyama (Xhosa for “rainbow”) was the Nb that I ran to see in March last year that triggered my heart attack.

Monday 26th


Tuesday 27th

Wednesday 28th

Thursday 29th

Friday 30th

Friday 31st

Blackbirds on rowan:

September coming up!

6 thoughts on “21 to 31 August ’13

  1. You are so fortunate to see so many butterflies. They seem to be in very short supply in suburban gardens. The common blue appears to be very uncommon. I have seen one so far.
    Yes, autumn draws on. The nights are decidedly chilly and the rowan across the road is covered in berries. Wonderful photos as ever. Thank you.

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    • It’s quite an area with water, mini woodlands and wild grassy areas so there’s habitat for loads of insects. Common blues aren’t common at all. 90% of “our” butterflies are speckled woods and small whites with gatekeepers, meadow browns and ringlets following.

      The difference from last year is noticeable: trees that flowered early (sloes, plums, oak e.g.) have few fruits – those that were later (blackberries, apples, pears, blackberries, rowan etc.) have fared better.

      Yesterday I put heating on for first time this Autumn.

      How’s the hips?

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  2. The teasels, the lichen, the thistle and the fruit. Hmmm, that sounds like the start of a folk song or something by Keats πŸ™‚ Those were what caught my eye. Even if, as you say, the world around your photos is not serene, they always give me that feeling of a calm and peaceful microhabitat. A tranquil wee world within a world πŸ™‚

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