It Has To Be Water Droplets!

Monday, May 29th 2017

After weeks of dry weather there were thunder storms and accompanying rain on Saturday and today it was rain and mist and damp.  Good for the plants but even better for photographing water droplets!

Water Avens are setting seed and they are ideal to catch the rain.

Water Aven seed head

The Bluebells on the moor have gone over now but their place has been taken by Pignut.   White flower heads had caught the water so that they were heavily laden.

Pignut flowers laden with water

Bird'sfoot Trefoil flowers were also decorated.

Bird'sfoot Trefoil

Bird's Eye Primrose or Mealy Primrose is flowering on the moor.  Some flower heads had caught more rain than others.

Bird's Eye Primrose

It was not only plants that received their fair share of raindrops, beetles did too.  This was probably not the best place to shelter.

Beetle

This was where the blog was going to end today but sitting having a tea break I noticed a Jay on the side of the peanut feeder.   A visitor said that it had managed to move the metal that closes the hole after the peanuts have been added.  It manged no problem.  The photos taken are not very good, through the window and in the drizzly conditions but it does show what these intelligent birds can do!

Jay on nut feeder

Getting peanuts the easy way!

Jay feeding

Before leaving I removed the peanut feeder, just in case a small bird managed to find the hole and get trapped overnight.  Colin, who keeps an eye on all our feeders, and comes up with ideas to stop damage by bigger birds and squirrels may have his work cut out on this one.


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