Everything has it's beauty, but not everyone sees it. - Confucius
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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

A July post




Приветствуем посетителей из России . Мне интересно знать, как вы приехали сюда .



I've only been dipping in and out of the internet recently, and blogs have been neglected as a result. Real life is far more important anyway, even though things are pretty shit at the moment; here and in the rest of the world.


I haven't been taking quite so many pictures to post either, not really felt the need to post here, although some have been posted elsewhere.



Here's a couple though that I found quite interesting.

Germander Speedwell is a very common wild flower with blue flowers which have a white 'eye' and grows in grassy places.





but I found some that had me a bit confused.






After a bit of research I found out that the buds are often galled by a tiny midge, forming a small, cotton wool like ball. Fascinating.

The 'speedwells' are a large family of plants which can prove tricky to ID at times. Here's one other family member, before I move on.




Thyme-leaved Speedwell.

Another common one, which flowers from May to October.



I haven't seen many butterflies yet this year, but then I've not really been searching them out. Here's 3 that have happened to be where I've been, and had a camera to hand.



 Gatekeeper







Brimstone







Small Heath



A grasshopper of unknown name turned up one day.







As did an unknown bee;









No bird pictures worth showing at the moment, so here's a plant I've never really noticed before.




Water Figwort


Growing at the edge of my local lake.



Finally, one of the boy, relaxing in the sun.




Whisky



Adios. 

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Friday, 1 July 2016

Wild Flowers


It's been pretty wild here in the UK this last week.


A referendum to vote on whether we stay in Europe or leave.


The leave side and the stay side both acted abysmally. Lies, exaggerations and personal attacks. Don't you just a love a democracy?
Some of the losers attacked the old racist buggers for fucking it up for the younger generation and voting to leave Europe.
The prime minister has said he'll resign soon and the opposition are in complete turmoil, urging their leader to resign.


If this was a film, it would win an Oscar for the best fiction film of our time.



A week is a long time in politics they say; here's a few pictures from the last few weeks I've been out.




Ox-eye daisy







Sheep's Bit








Hedge Woundwort









Marsh Woundwort









Wild Carrot









Creeping Cinquefoil









 Fox and Cubs











Wall Speedwell









Wood Avens









Salsify









Scented Mayweed




and the last one is a bit sad. It's on the list of 'near threatened'. I'd been watching its progress at my local lake and today it had disappeared. A casualty to the 'let's make the place look tidy' brigade. The Landscapers, that don't know their arses from their elbows. It had been mown by order of the local Parks Trust. Wankers!


Maybe it will come back next year?






Common Cudweed


Not so common now.


bye


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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

North Wales



Had some great outings while I was in Wales, so here's a selection.






Whisky and his two brothers; Thistle on the left, Obi on the right.









Red Campion








Sandwich Tern







Little Tern









Mediterranean Gull








Red Squirrel








A pair of  Buff-tip moths enjoying a sunny day; and each other.








Mouse-ear Hawkweed










Sheep's Bit









Broad-bodied Chaser






and I'll end with one of Whisky.







Enjoy your week


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Friday, 27 May 2016

Been out



Back in Wales, and out and about most days, which is why blogging has taken a back seat.



Anyway, here's a few pics taken so far.




Whisky.

He's glad we're back here. He gets to play with his friends, his brother, and have some freedom to run around in the fields.





A visit to RSPB Ynys-hir in search of a Wood Warbler, eventually gave me this poor shot.




I'd heard five, but they were a nightmare to see.




A bold juvenile Robin was very showy.




 No wonder they are such favourites.




Another bird with a red breast:




A male Stonechat.




Loggerheads Country Park is always worth a visit; especially this time of the year.
It's home to Dippers, Grey Wagtails,





and plenty of other woodland birds; but I'd come to see the wonderful display of Ramsons.




 The picture doesn't do it justice really. And the smell in the morning air is spectacular.




Another place to show in this post is from South Stack, on Anglesey.  



Famed for its sea birds and Chough, it also puts on a great show of wild flowers.




Sea Campion.





Last place for now, was a visit to Lake Vyrnwy.

Not the best of roads to get there on, especially over the mountain, but some great birds to see once you get there.




Great Spotted Woodpecker








Siskin





and finally a bird I was hoping to find,




Pied Flycatcher.




Have a good weekend.




Saturday, 14 May 2016

Spring is in the air



The local lake has been a hive of springtime activity recently.



This pair of Mute Swans were really getting down to business a few days ago.








After all that furious splashing about, it was time to take a breather.









And then a good wash and brush up.






When all that's done, time to let the neighbours know just how you feel.








And in other news .....................



The Mallards are still frisky ...................... anywhere and anytime





with the inevitable results.





 She's got her work cut out.





The Great Crested Grebes continue doing a great job of keeping the invasive Crayfish numbers down,






and Whisky just loves to watch and learn.







Have a great weekend

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