Category Archives: wildlife

cold Friday & wildlife snaps

Not only is it noticeably cooler in the past two days (just over 10 degrees again today), it also rained lightly. The rain wasn’t heavy or lashing down – more of a gentle shower – but it was fairly sustained … Continue reading

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little chirpers – blue tits

We spotted these little chirpers zooming in and out of the plum and apple trees. Can you spot him in the midst of the plum blossom and branches? It appears they peck and nibble at the blossoms.  Is it these … Continue reading

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pond life with Percival

Earlier this week we spotted our palmate newt, who’d taken it upon himself to shimmy up the plastic lining of the pond to catch some sun. Percival seems to have grown and is now about 3 inches long, with a … Continue reading

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seeds a sprouting, birds a chirping…

Happy days indeed – despite the quiet covid apocalypse most of us are living through as if through a dream…   The Easter weekend was a scorcher and the days felt more like June than early April, with temperatures in … Continue reading

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getting buzzy ’bout bees too

We’ve been getting pretty buzzy ’bout bees too!  The super-dude picked up a postcard that identifies the ‘Bees of Kew’.  Using this (and the internet) we tried to identify some of the various bees we’ve been spotting up at the … Continue reading

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the sex lives of butterflies.. continued

So I kept at it.  Curious.  In other days I might have skipped over the passing query and simply let it drop into that pile of things you wonder about but never quite check up on.  But these strange coronavirus … Continue reading

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the sex lives of butterflies…

All the information about butterflies is full of marvels – the many stages of being an egg to chrysalis.. larvae and pupae… to finally emerge as a butterfly.  Wow!  Really astonishing set of physical transformations.  But the info pages all … Continue reading

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Orange Tip Butterfly

We spotted this little beauty this morning – hanging around H’s plot near the damask, supping on the nectar in vinca flowers. White wings with yellow tips – darker at the ends and points marked with lighter dots.  Blackish grey … Continue reading

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Tuesday’s toil

Just look at this beautiful bumble bee, gorging gloriously on the white blooming borage.  Awesome!  Love borage!  Love bees!  Over-the-moon swoony for bees, borage, blossoms! We went up nice and early.  Packed a picnic so we could sustain ourselves for … Continue reading

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pondlife: Percival & pals

Good news!  H is well – we saw him on the patch on Sunday.  He was arriving as we were leaving.  Earlier the big dude sent him a text just to say all ok and life abounding in the ponds. … Continue reading

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