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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

Fox cubs in the garden this morning, West Sussex, UK

 There are THREE cubs seen so far.  And I thought that there were just two.

Strange exotic bird turns out to be a wren carrying dead bracken fronds.

 An exotic looking bird this morning turned out to be a wren struggling with dead bracken.  It has moved into an armour-plated nest box, formerly occupied by Great tits.
Why armoured?  Please see for the gruesome reason.
It is making frequent flights bringing nesting materials.

Monday, 18 May 2020

Foxes this evening in their garden, Cuckfield, West Sussex, UK

 20:15hr and the vixen is suckling two cubs.
 And then going for a walk around her garden with one cub.

 Mind the Speedwell!  It is loved by Red-girdled Mining bees.

 Foxgloves aplenty: very fashionable and appropriate.

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Sunday, 17 May 2020

Some more fox cub pictures from West Sussex, UK.

 These first three pictures are from the 15th May 2020

 And the following are from this morning at 05:40hr.  Suddenly the vixen and two cubs appeared, drank from the pond and went back to bed.  Click on any picture to expand it.

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