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My photograph of the month for November

The winter nights are drawing in, the weather is getting colder and times are getting harder for our wildlife. Mealworms, sunflower hearts, fat balls can all be an important lifeline to our precious feathered friends.
That is why this hungry Great Tit I caught on camera, is my November pick!

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You can have a peek at my photograph for last month here.

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Day 8 & 9 #30DaysWild

Day 8
My day was mainly filled with (necessary) housework, not a particularly wild thing to do. Though short pause was needed to escort a Ground Beetle out the back door so I could continue vacuuming! I did take a break, stretch my legs and get some sun. I took a short walk around my neighbourhood wild patch. Not only was it nice to feel the warm summer air on my skin, but I also spotted my first, second and third Damselfly of the year!

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Day 9
Today has been full of much needed rest and relaxation! This did include another walk around my neighbourhood wild patch and also a little further into the surround fields

Though I had only visited the wild patch 24 hours earlier, I knew that some things would have remained the same, but there’s always something different to see!

The bees that yesterday covered the invading gooseberry bushes, were still busily buzzing round the flowers today. The call of a Whitethroat filling the whole area with song was again singing loudly today! But the three Damselflies I spotted yesterday were now joined by an abundance of the little beauties! The Large White butterflies were fluttering in the sun just like yesterday, but now Speckled Wood butterflies also enjoying the warm sun light on the trees. The songs of the Chiffchaff and Great Tit of yesterday were now joined by the accompanying calls of their newly fledged chicks! And to cap off today’s visit, as I arrived the air was cut through with the piercing cries of a low flying Buzzard that flew just a feet about the meadow as it departed!

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My walk into the fields did take me past an ice cream van. A FAB was bought and thoroughly enjoyed, as was the aerial display from the House Martins and Swallows!

As I relished a slow walk home I noticed a couple of Wolf Spiders stood proud over their egg sacks. I stopped to take a closer look. I started to count … I got to 20 and gave up as I noticed another group close-by. There must have been 40, possible even 50 individuals in a few square metres of the long grass! Quite a sight to see!

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My 2015

My 2015 was a good year, it was also a very busy one!

Choosing a photograph per month to blog was both enjoyable and a challenge. It’s something I’ll be carrying through into 2016.

There were many other photographs that I loved to, so here are a few highlights .

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Have a wonderful 2016 everyone!

 

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Things that Spring

The days have been getting longer and the anticipation has been growing stronger. Spring is here! The time of year that delights everyone! Migrant animals start arriving, the hibernating beasts awake and the naturalist relish every minute.

 

Frog SpawnA mass of tadpoles!

 

 

 

 

Froglet

 

 

 

 

 

It’s the time of year where you can watch spawn turn to tadpoles, tadpoles to froglets, froglets to frogs.

 

Young Smooth Newt

 

 

 

Smooth Newt

Smooth Newt

 

 

 

 

 

Common Newts wake from their muddy winter hibernation and migrate to local ponds. A new generation is brought about by captivating flashing of tails.

 

Dung Fly

 

New sightings can be made. To me, cow pats are something to avoid rather than take a closer look at, otherwise I might have seen this odd looking Dung Fly before. There’s always something new to find in this big wide natural world.

 

PeacockSmall Tortoiseshell

 

 

 

 

Speckled Wood

 

 

 

 

 

Peacocks; Small Tortoiseshells; Speckled Wood start appearing and flitting about!

 

Blue Tit fledglingGreat Tit

 

 

 

 

 

Blue Tit and Great Tit chicks are heard and then seen. Some are keenly watched by millions from egg to first flight; others families are the private delight to a loyal naturalist visiting their treasured local spot.

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