Insects

Spiders and ants

Wandering along a narrow path through dense undergrowth I came across a couple of nice webs. This first sprawling spider web was a beautiful golden colour, particularly when caught by the sunlight. Quite a large web with a large arachnid in residence. No idea what species it is, though. This second arachnid was also large, although much more slender...
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Animals

Two wet and windy outings

The weather has been variable with lots of wind and rain so not ideal for outings or photos.  I did go to Bix, near Henley and watched the Red Kites soaring overhead and occasionally skimming the grass or landing in the fields.  Buzzards were also soaring high, being chased away by crows.  At the nature reserve itself, I did...
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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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Birds

Damp morning at Dinton

The cold damp mornings are really good for seeing spiders’ webs as they glisten with dew. and some webs just look a big, sticky mess… and a few late Darters were trying to catch a bit of warmth on the footpath and among the shrubs by the path. When the wind blows, trees that look green turn a lovely...
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Animals

Short walk at Southlake and in the garden

Not much walking recently due to various ailments but hopefully will get out again more soon.  Everywhere is surprisingly quiet though so I don’t think I’ve missed much.  Southlake has the usual ducks, geese, cormorants and gulls but the fishermen are also out a lot at the moment so they are quite scattered. This Grey Heron was lurking near...
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Birds

Short local September walks

I went to Southlake again on the spur of the moment as the sun decided to shine and it was remarkably warm.  I was not the only one enjoying the unexpected warmth and sunshine… The Moorhen couldn’t decide what to do.. The reeds where I was standing were attracting several Hawker dragonflies, one of which kept landing and just...
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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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Animals

Little local outings

I haven’t been out to Maiden Erlegh or Southlake for ages so have been to both this week.  Nothing much happening at either though, certainly nothing out of the ordinary although I was pleased to see the Grey Wagtail back at Maiden Erlegh after a bit of a break. There was an adult Moorhen with a youngster walking along...
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Animals

In the garden and pond

All of the tadpoles seem to have gone from the pond so there must be lots of little frogs around.  I have seen two or three at the same time but they are really tiny and hard to keep track of. At least two of the original big frogs are in the pond most days and there are also...
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