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?

 

 

30 Minute Riverside Wildlife

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Grey Heron

At one of my my local lunchtime spots I decided to wait a bit longer.

Lots of Canada Goose when I pulled up in my car. I then sat and watched some Little Grebes doing their thing.

Soon after the Cormorant made it’s arrival.

Then I noticed a Heron had appeared as if by magic from nowhere. Like the shopkeeper in Mr Benn.

For once, it actually took flight in front of my lens. Got a few shots of it.

Bye Bye Heron!

And finally, here’s a random Rook just for fun.

All in all, bit of a riverside bonanza today. All in 30 minutes.

Happy Friday! 🙂

Punk Rocker Chaffinch / The Unaware Sparrow

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A couple of silly shots from today.  Hey, it’s Christmas 🙂

 

Male Chaffinch with a neat hairdo

 

The Unaware Sparrow

Psst.  It’s behind you…

Buzzard Persecution

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Spent my lunchtime watching the various activites in the field near my workplace.

It’s only a smallish area but it certainly has it’s fair share of wildlife.

There are a couple of Buzzards that haunt the area. I frequently see them about. There is also a Kestrel that thinks this is it’s territory, as well as all the local Crows.

I watched the Buzzard first getting attacked by the Crows and then by the iddy biddy teeny weeny Kestrel.

The buzzard never really retaliated. Just moved on to another post or tree.

On the plus side, I did see it make a few kills.

Hawthorn Shieldbug (Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale)

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Early morning spot of a Hawthorn Shieldbug.  A very pretty bug I think.

Due to go into hibernation in late autumn, hopefully!

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!

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