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Tuesday the first of July in the two thousand and fourteenth year of the Common Era
There’s more: skipper(large), meadow browns, grebes, tortoiseshells, seeds, bug, goldfinch and a couple of narrowboatslink.
- Speckled wood; tortoiseshell (small); ringlet; skipper (small and large); and comma butterflies;
- a damselfly;
- sailor beetles (at it!);
- grebes with babies;
- a grasshopper;
- a fly;
- wild oats (for sowing?);
- and a young rabbit.
Convolvulus arvensis or field bindweed – small colourful flowers that rapidly cover an area.
What else? Butterflies: meadow brown; small skipper; comma. Moths: shaded broad bar; yellow shell. Birds: grebes; magpies, blackbird. Pair of damselflies.link
It’s a fair walk so there’s quite a few pics: Damsels, spider, butterflies, grebes (loads o’ grebes), lily, damsels, large skippers (they’re still small!), teasels (again), a buzzard, more butterflies, a lapwing, sailor beetles at it, a swallow over rapeseed, two rabbits and, just to finish with, an oak or northern, eggar moth (which I’ve never heard of before – or seen since) was in the hedge alongside the canal.link
Others: gatekeeper male head first, Jimmy lifting a pike on the pond, a small skipper, two biplanes, “as black as a tar barrel” a crow on a rugger field floodlight ready to fly down and interfere with the Tweedles’ battle, hoverfly on thistle, wild oats and a cock pheasant in among the rapeseed.link
What else: frog, meadow browns orgying, grasshopper, clover (hare’s foot), meadow brown on rose bay willow, ringlet on bramble, two generations of grebe, comma on bramble, family(?) of mink swimming along the canal, not so common hazel nut, multiple views of swifts, mummy grebe & the kids again and finally a couple of pics of meadow browns.link
The mink were quite a surprise as I didn’t know they’d reached here.
The grebe parents abandoned their first batch of chicks when the new ones hatched. The older ones have subsequently disappeared. I suspect they were too young to be able to fly off and have in effect starved or been predated to death.
Pics:gatekeeper, meadow browns, grasshopper, view of St John’s spire down the canal, damselfly, fish!, Nb Wigtwizzle*, aaaaawwwww, bee and another meadow brown, this time with a small tortoiseshell.link
*(Wigtwizzle is also the name of a small wood in Sheffield – google it!)
There’s more: butterflies, birds, moths, strange beasty, rabbits, dragonfly, heron, flowers, bee, narrowboat (Meander), grebes, narrowboat (Maggie May), AWACS, more butterflies, mint moth, banded demoiselle. link
Someone identified the strange beast for me but I didn’t note it down. The Plane is a Boeing E3 Sentry, presumably en route to Robin Hood airport (used to be RAF Finningley)
More:link Butterflies, swallows, soldier beetles orgying, Scofton Church across the fields, sweet little long tailed tits.
Banded demoiselle, flowers, teasel, courting whites, bridges, comma, snail.
Moer:link Hoverfly on convolvulus, a patient heron, kingfisher flashing across the pond, goldfinhches looking annoyed, a couple of narrowboats (Wigtwizzle and Rosewood) moored at the Lock Keeper, a cock pheasant disturbed in a rapeseed field, wild barley, ruby red reed flowers and a comma to finish the day.
T’ others:link large skipper, male gatekeeper, camouflaged grasshopper, dandelionish flower, NUTS, passing heron, rooks, four boats in convoy and a final miserable looking heron on the rugby field.
Tuesday the fifteenth of July in the year two thousand and fourteen
Still morelink: gatekeepers, a moth, skipper and green veined white.
More from July to come soon.