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Author Topic: my local patch and wildlife - Ian McDonald  (Read 135935 times)

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Re: my local patch and wildlife - Ian McDonald
« Reply #1260 on: April 24, 2024, 12:18:57 PM »
Common Sandpipers are back along the river.



Marsh Marigolds are in flower.



Siskins were seen on the bird feeders.



A Hare was on the road, as I approached it ran into a field.



Squirrels are regular visitors to the bird feeders.




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Re: my local patch and wildlife - Ian McDonald
« Reply #1261 on: April 26, 2024, 04:47:28 PM »


My first sighting of an Osprey this year, I only noticed it because noisy gulls were mobbing it.

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Re: my local patch and wildlife - Ian McDonald
« Reply #1262 on: May 06, 2024, 10:27:20 PM »
After months of cold and wet weather we have had a couple of sunny warm days. The last week has brought a good number of Spring flowers along the river, many of them are invasive, non-native species.



Leopards Bane.



Tuberous Comfrey.



Bird Cherry.



Sand Martins are back for the Summer, along with House Martins and Swallows. No sign of Swifts yet.

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Re: my local patch and wildlife - Ian McDonald
« Reply #1263 on: May 16, 2024, 09:17:27 PM »
The last two days have been hot and dry after 6 months of rain. Lousewort is flowering on a local golf course.



Milkwort is also in flower.



Sea Campion.



Gorse is full of flower, perhaps due to the wet conditions.



This is what it looks like without the rain.


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Re: my local patch and wildlife - Ian McDonald
« Reply #1264 on: June 05, 2024, 04:22:30 PM »
Last week I went with a group of Botanists to look for Knotted Clover. It,s thought that the local site is the most Northerly in the UK for the species. After a short search we found it.



Today I went for a walk past the golf course. The temperature was low, more like March. This must be the coldest June on record. Several plants of Chickweed Wintergreen were in flower.



A Jay visited the bird feeders in the wood but did not stay long.



Three Red Squirrels came to the feeders.



Someone has put a cartoon at the feeders which shows squirrels stealing a sack of food with the text....."it,s not personal-we just decided it was time to hit the supply chain.

I saw a Pebble Hook Tip moth resting on grass.


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Re: my local patch and wildlife - Ian McDonald
« Reply #1265 on: June 11, 2024, 04:43:44 PM »
Back to Winter weather, with people wearing Winter clothes and the central heating turned on again. I found 14 Northern Marsh Orchids in a new site.



Hay Rattle is in flower along the river.



A couple of Wrens were churring at me, I think they must have a nest or young nearby.



Dog Daisies are just starting to flower.



A view of the river with impending rain.



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Re: my local patch and wildlife - Ian McDonald
« Reply #1266 on: June 19, 2024, 10:11:49 PM »
Ian where your last photos were taken? I collected seeds on Gagea lutea 2 months ago which is late for us, yours are still blooming incredible.
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Re: my local patch and wildlife - Ian McDonald
« Reply #1267 on: June 22, 2024, 08:15:45 PM »
Yann, the Gagea were flowering at the end of March/early April.

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Re: my local patch and wildlife - Ian McDonald
« Reply #1268 on: June 27, 2024, 10:18:02 PM »
We went to Loch Ness last week. On the first morning the Loch was covered in mist.





In a small blanket bog were Fragrant Orchids.



A few Bogbean were still in flower in a Lochan.



A couple of Red Kite were seen.


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Re: my local patch and wildlife - Ian McDonald
« Reply #1269 on: June 27, 2024, 10:24:10 PM »
Butterwort were in the Bog.



Four-spot Chasers were on the wing.



Urquhart Castle.



Boats and the wind etc. were making waves.




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Re: my local patch and wildlife - Ian McDonald
« Reply #1270 on: July 04, 2024, 12:53:29 PM »


Some of the Melancholy Thistles are in flower.



A few Dotted Loosestrife were seen in flower by the river.



Common Valerian is showing in wet areas.



Campanula latifolia is in flower by the river, in both blue and white forms.



Several examples of the gall Puccinia urticata? were found on Nettles.


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Re: my local patch and wildlife - Ian McDonald
« Reply #1271 on: July 04, 2024, 01:16:17 PM »


A few pink forms of Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) are by the river.



A white form of Monkshood (Aconitum napellus) was found by the river.



A fungus on the old railway has been identified as The Blusher (Amanita rubescens).



Also on the railway were several garden throw-outs, including Crown Daisy and Gilia capitata.


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Re: my local patch and wildlife - Ian McDonald
« Reply #1272 on: July 20, 2024, 12:42:17 PM »
I have another camera and have been trying it out. I still haven,t got used to it but taken a few photos. I was at the bird feeders when a male Sparrowhawk flew in, scattering the squirrels and birds.



Corn Marigold is now a rare plant, due to seed cleaning but still pops up from time to time.



Driving down a small road with large Ash trees on either side I noticed large Fungi on one tree. I have been told they are Inonotus hispidus, Shaggy Bracket.



I went to a site where Osprey are regularly seen by the coast. Between 11.15 and 12.35 I saw a bird four times. The tide was going out and I did not see any Osprey after that. Perhaps they mainly fish on an incoming tide?



Common Valerian, V. officinalis, is plentiful just now. Maybe due to the wet weather we have had since last Autumn. The flowers have a distinct smell.


 


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