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Monday, 26 August 2013

Wildlife Weekend!

 Wow what a great weekend for wildlife.
On Saturday we went to Martin Mere for a couple of hours and were lucky enough to enjoy some superb aerial displays from a Marsh harrier. Luckily for us Peter had remembered to take his scope so we really had a good view, especially when it landed in the long grass at the side of the Mere. Also saw the largest Toadstool I have ever seen there. No pictures of the Marsh Harrier as it was just too far for my camera.

 Yes a toadstool!

  The Moorhen had made such a neat little nest and was sitting tight.

 Rowan berries are to be seen in great numbers this year so there will food for the birds.

 a lovely late foxglove

 A Speckled Wood Butterfly at Martin Mere

 A Comma in my Garden at last

 This shot was taken from the boat as we were going along the canal with my zoom lens. Kestrel looking out for supper.


Small Tortoiseshell at side of canal

We had two rather unusual ducks down at the canal, larger than the others and a male and female.


 I spotted this Dragonfly hovering about and saw him land on a tree ,very well hidden but managed again to use the zoom to get these shots.

 He looks as though he is feeding on the Elder berries...do they do this?

Tranquil peace on the canal

 Playful dog on his canal walk

 Dragonfly on Elder.
            So it was wonderful to see so much wildlife within 10 miles of Preston......

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Sparrowhawk attack!

 Well it has been a morning of high drama and terror here for the resident Sparrow population in our back garden hedge.
I was up in my bedroom when I  heard a horrible screeching of a bird and knew at once that a bird had attacked another or that a cat had caught something.
My first instinct to fly outside and see what had happened proved to be the wrong one as all had gone quiet and nothing was to be seen ,so I went back upstairs and there on the grass in next doors garden was a female Sparrow hawk having breakfast of sparrow.
I flew for my camera and just hoped I would be in time to take a photo and these are the only shots I got as she was soon off. It was only on Sunday that we heard another commotion and that time we saw a Male Sparrow hawk try his luck by flying in onto the hedge  but he missed and flew off.
At the moment it is not a very safe haven for small birds here as no doubt they will be back!

Female Sparrowhawk
 We said goodbye to Maya the little cat that turned up here for the summer after wandering away from her home. Her owner got hold of a trap and we watched as she went in it to get the food and it snapped shut much to Maya's disgust...... holiday over back to the home. We will miss her but are glad that she will be somewhere warm over the winter months.
 

 You can feel a slight change in the days now as we approach the final part of summer. The flowers are going over, the wasps are out being annoying and I have picked the first cooking apples from our tree.
Ollie must be feeling it going cooler as he can be found in the summerhouse in comfort!
 

Wasps in the apples

 We have enjoyed some really nice days out with Lucy and we went up to Myerscough to show her the Terrapins that live in the warm Greenhouses there, although I think the highlight of the trip was the 2 ice creams she wangled out of her Granny!
She also found it funny that the swallows were pooping on everything in the craft shop after making their nest in the beams above.


Swallow have made a nest in the barn

Thursday, 1 August 2013

All about the Alpacas!

 With all the sunshine we have been having I thought I would show some of the lovely flowers in the garden that are in full bloom.
I really love the Peachy coloured Hollyhock which I got as a very small plant last year and had almost forgotten about until I spotted it today looking so gorgeous!


 The window boxes are doing well, I keep deadheading which should help them flower a bit longer.


 Today the butterflies were out in force, Peacock, small tortoiseshell, white, and a red admiral were all on one plant.


 Viola and Dianthus were doing well.

 Although I have not had a big glut of raspberries we have picked enough for our desserts a few times and they were delicious too!

 We visited a farm shop up near Cockerham Sands recently where they breed Alpacas, who came across to see what we were eating, which was a huge ice cream each which is home made on the farm.

 They looked so funny as they had just been shorn of their coats. I bet they were very glad to as it was a hot day.


 A nice day out ,glad I had my camera.

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