Fruits

Dark Bush Cricket

I tend to expect to see grasshoppers and crickets low down, although the grasshoppers do sit on the outside house walls in Woodley.  While picking a few late blackberries though, I saw I was not the only one interested in the fruit… It was about six feet off the ground at the top of one of the bushes.  Having...
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Butterflies

Hurley Chalk Pit

We recently went to check out Hurley Chalk Pit for future visits as it is supposed to be good for butterflies.  A small setback occurred when I realised I had left my shoes at home and only had sandals and bare feet – not ideal for walking, especially in the drizzle!!  The guidebook also misled us about the distance...
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Birds

Warburg Reserve

I’ve been to the reserve quite a few times now and always enjoy it. There is a small hide overlooking a pond where you often see interesting birds and at this time of the year there were lots of damselflies and dragonflies.  It is well known for its butterflies and has a small wildlife garden that seems to attract all...
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Birds

Activity at Dinton Pastures

I have had a couple of morning walks round Dinton and while there was nothing unusual, I did see quite a few birds and the usual butterflies.  On one occasion there were about 20 Brown Hawker dragonflies whizzing back and forth across the footpath but they were much too fast to attempt a photograph.  There are lots of females...
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Birds

Surrounded by birds in the garden

I have been catching up on my gardening the last couple of days and have been surrounded by baby sparrows, blackbirds, robins and starlings.  I haven’t seen as many Blue Tits as usual, just the occasional one on the feeders but I have now got a couple of Goldfinch coming in more often than usual and one was drinking...
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Birds

Homefield Wood

As well as the Silver-washed Fritillaries and the White Letter Hairstreak, I saw many other butterflies, moths and insects while at Homefield Wood.  These are just a few of many.   I am not sure about the next one, it looked much greyer with a different spot pattern so could be a Silver-studded Blue. The butterflies were all over...
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Birds

Hive of Activity in the Garden

The garden is very busy at the moment and there are lots of young birds.  The tadpoles – well, they are still tadpoles!  I did have a surprise when watering the garden one evening – I found myself accidentally watering a large frog…. Must be one of the originals, definitely too big for a new one. There is a...
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Birds

Hawley Meadows

Last week we decided to stop and look at somewhere we have passed many times while driving to the shops and discovered a really beautiful area for walking.  It forms part of the Blackwater Valley path which includes Moor Green Lakes (one of my regular places) and is now firmly on my list for regular visits.  Butterflies, dragonflies, crickets...
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Birds

Hosehill Lake, Theale

Hosehill is always good for butterflies and they are now appearing in greater numbers and more variety.  I personally like seeing the Skippers and was pleased to see quite a few in the meadows. There were plenty of Little Heath butterflies and dozens of Ringlets which were very mobile and didn’t seem to want to settle anywhere for very...
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Birds

Sunday variety pack

This is a round-up post of various other Sunday sightings, although nothing out of the ordinary. Fairly quiet in many respects, but still good fun to get out and about. First up, a Blackbird mixing business with pleasure, searching for food and having a bit of a wash and cool down in the river. A Blackcap. The Dandelions look...
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Hoppers

A very big hopper

I spotted this very large hopper slowly making its way up a steep embankment on my way to the beach and managed to get a few reasonable shots and a short video. And a phone snap of a large toad, not completely in focus but you get the idea....
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