Saturday, October 21st 2017
Driving into the reserve I saw the Redwings at the Stone Pile, their usual place, due to the Hawthorn trees heavy in fruit. The photographs that I took are now in the recycle bin. The Redwings were totally unco-operative. A plan was hatched - creep up on them from behind the bus shelter. Yes they were still there and yes the photos are in the recycle bin, except one, which to my great surprise, actually shows a Redwing in reasonable focus, even if it is behind branches and stems.
A beautiful Redpoll feeding on the Nyger seed feeder outside the kitchen window fared no better in a photograph, but at least I had the excuse of it being taken through the window in the rain. Two Great Spotted Woodpeckers were feeding on the peanuts until one decided to chase the other away. Other birds in the back garden included male and female Bullfinches, Goldfinches, Siskins, Coal Tits and I think a Marsh Tit.
After failure with the birds I decided that I would concentrate on the invertebrates, hoping I might find a slug or two. But what a walk. Firstly I was threatened by a looper caterpillar as it looped its way along the fence. Loop and
unloop and stretch!
Then there was the shield bug with long antenna sitting most comfortably on the seed head of Lesser Burdock. It was also sporting a drop of water right at the tip of its wings, or should that be abdomen?
A brightly coloured Bronze Shield Bug, final instar, caught my eye.
How many insects can land and feed on an Ivy flower? The whole Ivy shrub was covered in a myriad of insects.
And finally a bit of artistic photography.
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