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Shane



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 20 4:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Our bulbuls took the bairns out for their first hop/flight around the garden yesterday. Managed to get a few pics, that I'll upload when I get the chance.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 20 5:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Although the buddleia are in flower there don't seem to be that many butterflies in the garden except the beastly cabbage whites. However, there are plenty in the woods and a reasonable range of species by the looks of it.

Was at son's place yesterday evening and saw a hawk of some sort, but too high to identify as no idea of size, as it was against a blue sky. There are plenty of pigeons round there, so would be good hunting for sparrowhawk or peregrine.

dpack



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 20 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

invertebrate numbers across the entire range seem down this year

so is the diversity count

anecdote is not data, many anecdotes can be used as data.


ummm
i did wonder if lots of folk at home "tidying the garden etc, fixing that etc"might have been a factor
the weather has not been very odd so that seems unlikely as a reason

if folk do have data it would be interesting to try to work out if there are less inverts and if so why?

dpack



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 20 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

little bracket one was rather good at catching those two worms, very pro

smallish, maybe 75 mm x 4 mm, quite red

i have no idea what spp they are, but they are the most popular with the wormybirds

seeing them catch the big ones and slap them about can be a bit "arena" to watch
red in beak and etc

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 20 6:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I take it that bracket 1 has wandered off on its own now then. Something is digging in our sawdust heap, so I assume they are after beetle grubs, so must be some about. We are seeing a few adult beetles, but not seen too many yet. Some of the late summer plants haven't made their appearance yet either, so may be a bit early for them. Plenty of butterflies in the woods though.

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 20 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

that was little bracket one who pops by for a meal sometimes,
little bracket two seems to be fed at the nest mostly

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 20 6:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Glad little bracket one is still around.

Saw a few assorted butterflies on the buddleia today, but not as many as I would expect. No idea why it should be a bad butterfly year but it doesn't seem too good. I am not helping the cabbage white population for next year as I am de-egging my cabbages every couple of days.

Jam Lady



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 26, 20 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    



Tiger swallowtail on bottlebrush buckeye, Aesculus parviflora, today.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 20 6:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

That is a pretty spectacular butterfly Jam Lady. I am familiar with the red buckeye; we tend to call them red horse chestnut as they are very similar to our own horse chestnut Aesculus hippocastanum but don't know that one.

dpack



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 20 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

nice butterfly and snap of it

we have a few very colourful ones this side of the pond but most are quite subtly dressed

dpack



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 20 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

ai individual recognition gets a mention along with the what species thing.


Jam Lady



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 20 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Mistress Rose, very good! It is in the horse chestnut family. Native to southeastern USA, bottlebrush buckeye is a large, suckering shrub. I raised this one from seed. We moved it here when we came to New Jersey a couple of decades ago. It was in one of the half-dozen or so wardrobe cartons that were filled with shrubs, first off moving truck. I like the fact that it is summer flowering. Butterflies like it too. And this summer there are numerous tiny metallic bright little insects, unknown to me, busily visiting.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 20 7:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I looked it up as I was totally unfamiliar with it, and saw that it is native to the southeastern USA, which is probably why we don't have it here. I suspect the weather might be wrong for it as we are cool and damp. As I knew the 'red horse chestnut' was a buckeye, and with the latin name, it came up on the search engine.

Dpack, it seems you are on the right track with your sparrow ID. Nice to know that this is recognised by ornithologists, but that most rely on AI rather than constant observation as you do.

dpack



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 20 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

the amount of fruit on the brambles has made any observations let alone constant ones a bit tricky

there is more bush than airspace at the mo

the sammisons had a visitation from a ratty troll on friday night/sat morning(friday was bin day round here but another refurb has been started as well as the pub reopening)

i have not seen it since but neither have i seen a sammison

the sparrows are between broods at the mo, clutches seem to stick together for quite a while, the missing may be fallen or moved to a new colony although i have not noticed any external ones joining this colony like they do in winter/early spring

mr and mrs brack are only feeding themselves at the mo, the two little brackets are still around but not "resident"

not seen grin much for a while, or a pair of grins teaching young grin, it might be that now there are more people in the city centre there is more food for pigeons(they looked quite bewildered at a lockdown town and moved out to forage something other than kebab rinds and pizza crusts )
more pigeons=a smaller happy hunting ground

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 20 6:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Judging by the number of pigeons in our and sons garden, they have moved out to suburbia.

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