Bug Watch

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As the weather improves more and more of the little critters are coming out to play.  Here is a selection of what I have found in the last couple of weeks.

 

Weevil Wonder

 

Watching and Waiting

 

Soldiering On

 

Longhorn Moth

 

24 Spot Ladybird

 

Ichneumon Wasp

 

Corisuz hyoscyami

 

And just for a bit of fun….

Bleurggggh!

 

And finally, quite obviously not a bug but worthy of shot anyway….

Young Wild Male Fallow Deer

 

Hands up who is enjoying the nice weather at last then?

 

 

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Wild Deer Wednesday

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My oh my, what a handsome fella.

It started off with two beautiful Muntjac deer, a male and a female, coming into the clearing. Snap, snap away I went with my camera.

Then a female fallow deer. Then another. Then a baby fallow deer. More females. Then the stag. In total a Stag, 7 females and a baby!

This handsome chap unfortunately had a very bad limp. He didn’t seem deterred and still has seven ladies trailing around after him!

Two Rather Game Birds

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Red Legged Partridge get scared by Pheasant.

I sat and watched this Red Legged Partridge (on the right) for ages as it casually sat on a mud mound.

It seemed unaware of the group of pheasants creeping along the woodland edge.

Then the pheasant popped up onto the mud mound next to the Partridge and this shot is the result.

Panic Panic Panic!

Strange as they are so often seen together.  Guess it got took by surprise.

Autumn in Full Flow

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So now we are finally getting to Autumn.  It’s still very mild outside though and there are plenty of things to see.

Another small selection from recent encounters.

Wild Fallow Deer

Kestrel

Dragonflies still handing about

Some of the usual suspects …

Robin

Blue Tit

Dunnock

Still some insects searching out for what they can …

Great Spotted Woodpecker


Pied Wagtail (by the River)

Wren

Hoping to see (and capture) some of our Winter visitors soon, when they arrive.

Summer? Autumn? Summer? Autumn? It all got confusing!

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As people of the UK will know it all went a bit weird this year.  Heatwaves in early October and apparent very cold summer (although I failed to notice this).

Below is a selection of wildlife that’s been around in the late summer/early autumn.  Changing of seasons is always a great spectacle in the natural world.  Autumn being the best IMHO.

Spider Chow Down


Chiffchaff

Grasshopper

Bumblebee

Corizus hyoscyami (a new addition to Worcestershire).

Shield Bug

Comma

Fallow Deer

Dragonfly

Long Tailed Tit

Robin

Pheasant

Fallow Deer

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Young Swan

Ladybirds

Now, let’s start on proper Autumn!

Snitterfield Bushes & Pipers Hill / Dodderhill Common

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Today we took a visit to two local nature reserves, run by the Wildlife Trusts.  The first was Snitterfield Bushes which is quite close to Stratford upon Avon.  It’s quite a beautiful wood, peaceful and relaxed.

At this time of year, there are quite a few berries.  Unfortunately today I didn’t see much wildlife taking advantage of the abundance that seems to be about at the moment.

And one for the fungi fans!

The only bird I managed to capture (just about) on our short trip was a Marsh Tit.

One thing we did come across was a cheerful group of volunteers helping to coppice the wood.  Good on them!

Pipers Hill / Dodderhill Common is another local nature reserve, just outside Hanbury, Worcestershire.  Again, it’s managed by the Wildlife Trusts.

This, in my opinion, is the best time of year to visit.  It looks just glourious in Autumn.

The only real wildlife we saw we the local grey squirrels.  Quite a few of them in fact.  A few wrens were pottering about too.

If fungi is your thing then this is the place to come.  An absolute plethora and here are just a few.

Two beautiful reserves that I can’t recommend highly enough, even if it’s just for a short afternoon stroll.