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Friday the first of August in the two thousand and fourteenth year of the Common Era
Gatekeepers really love ragwort.
Speckled woods are resurgent and here’s a great tit.
Nb Phoenix Lady
Prettiest boat on the cut
Gatekeepers male and female
The great tit landing and a couple of pics of what I think is the prettiest boat on the canal: Nb Phoenix Lady.
Small coppers are rather rare around here although they’re supposed to be gregarious and almost swarmynew word alert
Male gatekeepers have the “sex band” across their fore wings making them rather obvious,
A female Gatekeeper – they’re so pretty when their whole wings are visible – they do
The Canada geese were flying in from the north to touch down on the pond – they didn’t stay long.
Spiders are omnipresent – apparently there’s about 40,000 known species in the world and you’re always within three feet of onelink
There’s a small patch of lilies on the pond almost in front of ‘peg one’.
Up to Shireoaks “Woodlands” as the old mine spoil tip is now known. They’ve done a good job of ‘reclaiming’ it.
A speckled wood head first.
First, round the pond and up the canal:
Coot feeding apple to a chick
Gatekeepers on ragwort
The coot was chipping morsels off the floating windfall apple and passing them to the chick.
Speckled woods and spiders are really more obvious now. Damselflies are reducing in numbers but gatekeepers are really blooming – they love ragwort.
Flies on ragwort
Mum guarding the sleeping kids
Old grey – mouse hunting
Flies love ragwort too – don’t forget that flies are rather good at reducing that bane of walkers (dogshit) to earth – so I quite like flies.
The mummy duck was guarding her remaining chicks as they slept and the heron was in the rapeseed field hoping for mice.
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Here’s a green veined white on knapweed.
When I were a kid I only knew approx three butterflies: Whites, Peacocks ( which included all the variously patterned beasties) and brown ‘uns; all others were moths. I still have to think about some of them (the various whites for example) but I can now ID most.
New leaf on mini alder tree
Young alder trees (why are there so many here? They seem to be the dominant tree.) have such a variety of leaf colours. The Goldfinch so reminded me of a meercat. Even though it’s a rubbish pic, I had to share it.
Knapweed attracts all sorts
Knapweed is a popular nectar source – here there’s a large white and a strange yellow fly.
Common blue on bird’s foot trefoil
Sea of fleabane
Two years alder seed cones
A common blue on bird’s foot trefoil, a yellow sea of fleabane and two year’s alder cones on one branch.
On the top of the ‘Tip’ there’s a rather fine view, here’s almost due south:
There are skylarks in the fleabane filled grass meadow and butterflies show their appreciation of the flowers.
Two captures of the same skylark ‘shopped together
A pair of skylarks doin’ the buggerin’ off
Fleabane with peacock
Texture of those underwings!
The first pic is a composite of two ‘shopped together but the second is a genuine pair of larks. Peacocks have been less common this year than formerly but the occasional view is always stunning. Even the underside of the wing is noteworthy for its texture.
Back towards Worksop there’s banded demoiselle males doing dance battles on Haggonfields lock bywash. Down at the Lock Keeper Nb Squirrel Away complete with Shaun the Sheep and Bitzer was heading for Stret Lock.
This typifies the summer at Godfrey’s pond for me – a gatekeeper butterfly on ragwort:
Dunno if it’s a wasp or hoverfly but it’s certainly getting well stuck in. Another common visitor – a green veined white on ragwort.
Be they pigeons or doves?
Pure white among the pigeons.
Four chicks still.
Narrowboat Evolution between Town and Morse locks.
Landing swan – graceful they’re not.
Didn’t do much:
Gatekeeper & cinnabar caterpillars on ragwort
Pigeon on the school fence
Chick demanding food
I didn’t see the cinnabar caterpillars until I was back home on the computer – observant, am I not? The pigeon was standing sentry on the school fence at the top of the pond. The grebe chick was obviously begging its parent for food – and being ignored.
A view that I try to remember to take every time I pass this point. Saint John’s Church spire in line with the canal.
I might remember to make a movie out of all the pics some day – showing the seasons’ effects on the canal.
Snail crossing the new path
Bluetit on a twig
Heron in the reaped rape
Accidentally clicked on “publish” – must do better