Fifteenth of September; Tuesday
I’ve recently bought a new ‘trail camera’ – I’ve had ’em before and they’ve always gone belly up after a few months.
With the miniscule size of my back, and only, garden you wouldn’t think that I’d get anything worthwhile on ‘film’. You’d be wrong.
There’s sparrows by the score.
There’s starlings by the dozen
There’s collared doves five or six.
There’s pigeons three or four.
There’s the odd blackbird, robin, jackdaw and magpie.
There’s lots o’ cats.
There’s HEDGEHOGS! (note the plural!)
A squirrel (just today!).
There’s been a rat.
Here’s two hedgehogs:
A bit of a rubbish vid but it was the first I tried.
Carrying on with the pictures:
The first pic looks like a spider but it’s not – it’s a harvestman:
The Common harvestman is familiar to us as the long-legged, small-bodied spider-like creature that frequents gardens and houses. Harvestmen are a common and widespread group of long-legged invertebrates and about 25 species live in the UK. They are arachnids, related to spiders and scorpions. Many are predators, eating smaller invertebrates which they catch using hooks at the ends of their legs. However, some species are omnivorous and will scavenge anything they can find, from fruit to fungi. Harvestmen can be found in leaf litter, among foliage and in grass in a wide variety of habitats.
As a group, harvestmen are easy to identify: they have eight very long, spindly legs and a small, round body without a ‘waist’. Telling the different species apart is much more difficult. The Common harvestman is reddish-brown on top and white below; females are larger than males. The fangs are quite prominent. (The Wildlife Trusts)
The spider in the centre of its web has a finger on its spokes to feel the struggles of any fly unwary enough to be caught on its sticky crossing strands
The third picture looks like a straightforward snap of the west end of the pond; it’s actually a ‘panorama’ created from five pics bottom to top.
The canal was low and fish were basking near the surface. I’ve had at least a dozen different identifications for these two on Twitter so …
Thursday the Seventeenth of September
Spiders and a dock bug
Three panoramas from east to west along the pond
Friday the Eighteenth of September
Autumn: the season after summer and before winter, from Latin autumnus (also auctumnus, perhaps influenced by auctus “increase”), which is of unknown origin.
Harvest was the English name for the season until autumn began to displace it in the fifteen hundreds. In Britain the season is popularly August, September and October; in the U.S. it’s September, October and November. Compare with Italian autunno, Spanish otoño, Portuguese outono, all from the same Latin word.
Autumn’s names across the Indo-European languages leave no evidence that there ever was a common word for it. Many “autumn” words mean “end of summer,” or “harvest.” Compare Greek phthinoporon “waning of summer”; Lithuanian ruduo “autumn”, from rudas “reddish”, in reference to leaves; Old Irish fogamar, literally “under-winter”.
Spiders, a shield bug instar and an old unused web.
A spider capturing a crane fly that’s blundered into its web.
Sunday the Twentieth of September
In my garden:
Hollyhocks, sunflowers and bees
Walking round the pond and on to town:
Hoverfly, ‘pondorama’, shield bug instar and ripples on the canal.
Twenty-first of September
Went up to the docs – blood test.
On the way back along largely covid deserted streets I took note of a few things: there’s a tattoo ‘parlour’ with a rather nice sign outside and nearby is a feral primrose growing in the footway.
The tattoo sign is about two metres tall and the primrose about five centimetres.
Twenty-second of September
It’s interesting (or not?) that ‘second’ has no linguistic connection with ‘two’. Defined as: “next in order after the first; an ordinal numeral; being one of two equal parts into which a whole is regarded as divided;” c. 1300, from Old French second, secont, and directly from Latin secundus “following, next in time or order”, also “secondary, subordinate, inferior”.
Sorry, but I do like spiders.
I like this because it seems to be a microinstance of the whole of the area. There’s grasses, brambles and all manner of plants within a small volume.
This ladybird was patrolling the perimeter of a fence post – nice!
Three pond views