This is just going to be a run down of what we have been up to the last few days and some hints of what is to come. It is going to be a bit of a messy post.
First, it has been raining. The last couple of days it has been pretty much heavy rain from dawn to dusk, without any let up.
I thought that I had a new Woodpecker in the garden.
This is where a pair of Swallows are nesting.
The Swallow’s chicks have hatched. The adults have been flying out of the nest with little sacks of bird droppings in their beaks, splattering the farm yard with them. I can hear the excited little chorus of cheeps now when the adults return to the nest.
Nothing to see yet, that is still to come.
I have had Fizz living with me for a few days. Her owner had gone away and asked me to pop in and feed her twice a day. She is not allowed in my flat.
Our walks have been pretty subdued as there was not a lot going on in the rain. More play than photography.
That all changed this morning when for a good few hours the sun shone.
Look at these golden fields.
Here are a couple of animals that I photographed. I don’t know what either of these are but I will do very soon and then I will do little posts about them.
The first is a spider and I have been trying to get it for about a week.
Until today this was about the best shot that I had.
The second one is a fly. I haven’t got a clue what species but I got good pictures and it is very distinctive, so I should be able to sort this one out pretty soon too.
This next fly I know well. This golden maned predator goes by the unfortunate misnomer of The Yellow Dung Fly.
He is like an old friend and so I find myself quite embarrassed to walk in on him like this.
If you were a fly and you had to choose would you choose Robert De Niro or Rudolf Nureyev? I mean just suppose you were a fly and you had to choose.
(Rudolf Nureyev’s part was played by Sicus ferrugineus a thick headed fly)
English Oak, Quercus robur.
One last little flower and it is Red Clover again.
Now that’s a pretty picture but you can’t eat the Buttercups. They are poisonous, not fatal but can make you very ill and they taste foul. The worst poisons are concentrated in the yellow petals, let’s get rid of them….
There are now five caterpillars in the Treacle-arium. I brought two small ones back with me this morning and I wasn’t going to have any more but this evening I found some really nice big specimens that I couldn’t resist and so I collected two of them as well. But that is a story for another post
Now I have got to go and do some nature detective work so goodnight.