http://xpertsopinion.com/6426-badoo-dating-usa-54762/ Autumn is definitely in the air. The trees are changing colours, the Robin is singing from the top of the tree, Jackdaw flock are getting bigger and there has been an influx of Goldfinches, yet we still have fledglings appearing in the garden.
Greenfinch Fledglings – Great to have some of these, numbers are really down!
Insects are still buzzing, and I found a 7 Spot Ladybird and some late pupating Harlequins
7 Spot Ladybird
Loads of Wasps too. It’s fascinating watching them drink from the bird bath! Must get a photo of that
Buzzards and Sparrowhawks are flying over everyday, still waiting for a good shot of the Sparrowhawk though
Buzzard being mobbed by Jackdaw
The new Robin for the year is starting to claim his territory though he doesn’t seem as belligerent as last years.
The Hedgehogs are nightly visitors and going through food like nobody’s business. Last night all 3 were eating at the same time.
Had some nice clouds too!
And the ISS again
A Common Darter landed on the top of our bird table to sun itself.
Took this photo of the sycamore in our garden and the leaves appear to be changing already. As coincidence would have it the BBC Autumnwatch website ran an article about tree colours changing this afternoon. I must of been right, thought I was going mad!
What a great week for Astronomy! The Perseid shower reached it’s peak, unfortunately it was cloudy for most of it, but we did get the last day and some great views. The ISS has made several passes and tonight I finally got some good shots. The cloud formations we have had with the weather have also been amazing.
Tonight’s ISS Pass – 21/08/11
ISS Pass 19/08/11 – Unfortunately quite cloudy but it is quite dramatic
Perseid – 14/08/11
Cloudy Night at the Peak of the Perseid Showers – No chance of seeing them
The Clouds gave some great views, got this shot of a rainbow on the edge of a cloud
Got this shot of a Herring Gull the other day. When I looked at the photo I noticed it has a Colour Ring on it’s leg. It reads – BBV. I have sent the details to the BTO and should hear back where it came from. Can’t wait to find out.
Found this guy in our bedroom in the morning, not sure how he got there. Popped him in a jar and put it outside to release him. This was at 9am, he eventually left at 4pm. It was raining so I guess he didn’t want to get wet and enjoyed the dry of the jar!
I’ve had a bad time recently with hospital tests that have knocked me out, although I do now have a photo of the inside of my stomach! Not sure it’s for the blog though 🙂 Now it’s time to get back to blogging.
The garden has been quite busy over the last couple of weeks even though the weather has been rubbish.
The 3 hedgehogs are visiting every night, and sometimes sleeping in the hedgehog box.
More butterflies have started to appear. Holly Blue, Speckled Wood, Small Tort, Large and Small Whites, Gatekeeper and Meadow Brown.
Bird numbers and species are down but that is normal for this time of year although 4 Siskins and 5 Goldfinnches have stuck with us. The Coal Tit has returned and is looking new after it’s moult and we now have 2 Chaffinches back. Swifts have disappeared, last saw one on 1 August, but Swallows and House Martins are still regular. There are also 2 buzzards regularly hunting the area too.
I think that’s everything caught up with now, let’s get to it properly.
I took the sunflower heart feeders in for a good clean today (hygiene is very important, especially as greenfinches have all but disappeared from our garden in the last 2 years). The siskins and goldfinches sat on the feeder stand impatiently waiting for them to be refilled and put back out.
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I took the feeders in for a good clean today, the birds were very impatient waiting for them to come back #138/365
The Holly Blue finally settled on some of our Ivy long enough to get a good view and a photo. Normally they never stop, I’ve been after a shot for about a year so am quite pleased it came out so well.
Not an amazing photo, but this imprint was on the back door window this morning. Not sure what is was. There was no sign of an injured bird so hopefully it is ok.