Birds

Wind and Rain at Dinton

Despite the bad weather, there is plenty of activity on all the lakes and lots of the ducks are looking nice and colourful in their winter plumage. The Lapwing are also looking bright and colourful and increasing in numbers. The bund is mostly under water after the heavy rain but is still a popular resting place for all the...
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Brief stroll at Fobney Lock

Another visit to the recycling plant, another quick walk round Fobney Lock! There was a bit more activity than last time, mainly ducks, geese and swans but also a nice Little Egret. There are always lots of Mute Swans there and there are quite a few large cygnets. There are still a few dragonflies around as well as the...
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A few more bits from Dinton

It is coming up to fungi time again and I have already seen quite a few including this nice specimen of a Shaggy Ink-Cap. Despite its bright plumage, it took me ages to spot this Robin which was singing really loudly. Grey Herons are all over, some at the water’s edge but others seem happier high up in the...
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Butterflies

Still a few dragonflies about and lots of spiders and webs

I am still seeing a few dragonflies despite the generally cooler weather, mainly darters and hawkers.  They can be very difficult to spot on the footpath unless you see them land and even then they seem to blend in perfectly from a distance. Even this mating pair were almost impossible to see until you were almost on top of...
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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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Moths

Hummingbird Hawk-Moth

After several days of intermittent rain, yesterday was warm and sunny again.  I went to the Warburg Reserve which is near Henley and somewhere I always enjoy visiting and spotted this Hummingbird Hawk-Moth feeding on nectar.  I wasn’t sure how long it would stay so left my camera on auto rather than wasting time changing settings. Their wings move...
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Fairly Quiet at Dinton

August is traditionally a fairly quiet time in the bird calendar but I usually see plenty of butterflies and dragonflies to make up for it.  This last week has been quiet all round and I haven’t seen much at all.  I did manage to see a male Brown Hawker resting in the brambles and got one photo before it...
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Decoy Heath

I thought I’d try somewhere new today but didn’t want to go too far.  I saw another new butterfly, the Clouded Yellow (Colias croceus) which made it worthwhile.  I actually saw about five during the walk but managed to take photos of two of them, the very first one I saw and another that kept landing on the ground. ...
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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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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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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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Garden Snippets and Everlasting Tadpoles

There is lots of activity in the garden – birds, butterflies, insects etc.  We have even had two short downpours so we have finally got some more spare water in the butts for when the pond needs topping up as rainwater is best. I’ll start with the everlasting tadpoles which seem very reluctant to turn into frogs…. As they...
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Mostly butterflies and moths at Theale

I had an early morning walk round Theale last week before it got too hot.  It was surprisingly good for butterflies and moths, but not much else. There were lots of Marbled Whites which are always lovely to see. The female has darker markings on the underwings. There were also lots of little Skippers flitting about. Then I saw...
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