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Thursday, 11 June 2020

Goldfinches hate cats. They love cat's-ears seeds. A Sussex garden today.

 A greenfinch was eating the leaves of Cat's-ear. describes an illustrated talk of the evolution of the garden to its present state.

Thursday, 4 June 2020

Wolstonbury Hill, Nature walk, 2nd June 2020

 Butterfly orchids were in their prime this day.
All the pictures were taken from the paths and mostly with a zoom lens to avoid flattening dozens of orchids to photograph the best one.  Sadly one sees that too often.

Butterfly orchids in a "forest" of Common Twayblades.

 Early-purple orchids had gone over except an occasional late one in the shade.

Fly orchid

Fragrant orchid

Dyer's greenweed, Genista tinctoria

Dyer's greenweed, Genista tinctoria

Meadow Brown

Grass-veneer moth

Grass-veneer moth

 Spotted Crane-fly, Nephrotoma crocata copulating.

 Adonis Blue butterfly, female.

 Small Heath butterfly.
 Beware this prehistoric monstrous serpent lurking in the woods.

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

All's well that ends well for a pair of Bullfinches this evening in my garden. He is a lazy bird though!

 Around 20:10 hr this evening it was a delight to spot a pair of bullfinches.  They have been here for some weeks but this has been the first chance for a picture.  The male is perched, top left on the vegetable cage.
The female was hunting around under a courgette plant.
 He didn't budge whilst she somehow got into the metal cage protecting lettuces from....birds!
 My heart sank.  How will she get out?  Will I need to lift the cage, scaring her for her to escape?
 She is collecting nesting material and fortunately easily got out through chicken wire at the end of the row.
She flew off with the nesting material and the lazy male followed!  Well, what do you know!
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Friday, 22 May 2020

Bird's-nest orchids, Box Hill, Surrey today.

Lacking chlorophyll these orchids live a saprophytic life, here under beech trees.
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 A zoomed picture of the centre of the first picture.

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

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