Second week of September

I either read or was told some years ago that oak trees are the single plant that supports more other species than any other. A bit of googling leads me to “up to 284 species of insect” and 324 varieties of lichens on any one tree. The number of insects feeds a population of birds. Jays, pigeons, pheasants, ducks, squirrels, mice, badgers, deer and pigs feast on acorns in the autumn. Something I didn’t know: Acorns are not produced until the tree is at least 40 years old. (from here)link“.

Cats and flying insects have a common ability: they have access to “warp drive”.
Many a time I have left my bedroom, with a cat sound asleep on the covers, to arrive in the kitchen to find the cat already waiting at his food dish without detectably passing me en route. Similarly a butterfly or dragonfly can jump from where you were watching it closely to appear seemingly instantly several yards away in the length of time it takes to raise a camera to the eye and focus.

September was Haligmonað – holy month or Hærfestmonað – harvest festival month to the “Old English”. I’m not sure when these “Old English” folk flourished – rootling round the web gives me 450CE to 1100CE
Ð(cap) or ð(lower) [eth] is pronounced like “th” in “the”; apparently it’s a “voiced fricative”.

On with the pics:

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Monday eighth September ’14


It’s definitely fungus time.DSC_7316MushroomsWild grasses can be beautiful; some spiders lie in wait while others hunt their prey.


Tuesday 9 Sep


To Turnerwood & back via canal, Shireoaks Woodlands and Brancliffe Farm.
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As I rounded the bend coming up to Boundary Lock (not Doefield Dun Lock as I captioned on Flickr) I was quite surprised to see a grey heron staring into the water. It remained there, only moving a foot or two when I tried to approach for a better shot, flying off eventually when a guy with a dog came up the nearby footpath. There’s a couple more pics below and all 50plus in a “slideshow”.DSC_7548Grey Heron at Boundary Lock


A Common Hawker dragonfly; a rarity on the canal – a ‘tupperware’ boat “Summer Breeze”; robins are becoming territorial; red fly on blue flower; grey/white moth – not ID’d; and (probably) a female Common Darter having a quick bask.


Someone recently said to me that Crane Flies have no redeeming feature – can’t argue with that – really ugly things; On the old pit spoil heap there’s signs that a squirrel’s been around – hazel nut detritus (I actually glimpsed the culprit but he was too quick for me to snap); I don’t know my wasps from my hoverflies, but if the term “wasp waisted” is anything to go by then this is a wasp; really annoying: can’t recall the name of these rather beautiful yellow flowers; the red ones are scarlet pimpernels, made famous by Baroness Orczy.


Two more of that heron; Just liked the pattern left by the harrow on what was until a short while ago a field of oilseed rape; can’t recall whether this common darter was landing or leaving; as leaves fall, hedgerow birds are becoming more visible.


Here’s a slideshow of all the pics I took of the heron:

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A rather ginormous shaggy ink cap – it was about 20cm tall; The bird’s a jay with an acorn in its beak; Crab apples seem to be doing well this year; a glimpse of a kingfisher – all that’s visible is a streak of blue and its reflection..



Sometime between seeing the heron and Turnerwood yesterday, I dropped my “MyFi” – a device that acts as a wifi ‘hotspot’ to connect tablet with 3G service. So I retraced my steps to see if I could find it. No luck so had to mess about canceling & getting new etc.
Also trying weird background for the pic – horrid, innit?
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At the pond: probably a chiffchaffDSC_7721bird


The two remaining great crested grebe chicks seemed to by competing in a synchronised swim; cuteness incarnate, a long tailed tit.


Commas seem to outlast other butterflies, except speckled woods, that is.


Thorns and a dragonfly; a common blue; the skyline of the road to Brancliffe Farm always attracts me – don’t often see folk walking it; a few colourful butterflies are still around.




Think this young grebe was practising for the buggerin’ off.
DSC_8153Grebe streaking across the pond


Planes from, and to, eastern Europe have started flying to and from Doncaster.DSC_8174Plane


Dragonflies are tricky to snap but occasionally they’ll hover long enough.DSC_8184Dragon


One of the parent grebes just passing by.DSC_8195GCG




A rather cute tufted duck on the pond.DSC_8208Tufty


Young grebe on t’ pond.




OK, so it’s ‘shopped, but it’s nice innit?


Spiders; buttercup; rose bay willow seeds; tiger moth; daddy long legs.


Goldfinches flock; ivy flowers, keep nets fill and copper choppers hover.


Sunday 14th September


Honey fungus lives on dead tree and shrub roots, it will kill living ones. In eastern Europe it’s quite a delicacy.
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Insects: dragonfly; bee and butterfly. Arachnids: spiders.


More soon