Thursday, 25 August 2016

Garden - Groundhogs

The Second Summer in 2 days yesterday when, not exactly to my liking, the mercury reached +43°C in direct sunlight outside of Slight Return II and hardly a breath of wind, roll on Winter! Although there was little, or nothing seen during the first hour around sunrise
the loom of light
was attractive enough as it peaked through the trees on the
Golf Course.
and while in that area it was decided to take a longer look than usual at
Hugh's New Vegetable Patch
which is looking most healthy in all respects.
 GARDEN

My garden is all overgrown and the weeds are creeping up on my home,
Grass has grown over two foot high and the trees are blocking out the sky.
French windows won't open any more from the moss that's grown outside the door,
Hundred birds are nesting in the trees, looks like a wild-life sanctuary.

Good job we decided to linger as fate played a beauty sending a
HOBBY

directly overhead which is the first we have ever recorded in August.
The Irrigation Pond held little save 'bad news' that the
COOT FAMILY
has been reduced from the original c4 chicks to just a single.
Moving on to the Gravel Pit, there was a shortage of Birds but this pristine
SMALL TORTOISESHELL BUTTERFLY
certainly made up for that,
  video
along with a small 'charm' of feeding 
GOLDFINCH
It only needs the Current Bun to come out and there are the
Butterflies to go with it, first at Merritown Heath being
SMALL HEATH
strangely in tandem and markings suggest a male and female?
This white-winged juvenile
CARRION CROW
has been knocking about for a few days now, but never reaching the lens.
Today, in direct sunlight it was thought worth a try to walk past it
even at a range of just 10 feet, it worked so Click, Click, Click!
Pushing my luck even further walking back to Strange for the 
small camera and then returning
video
we also managed this short video clip.
That's when a couple of
CLOUDED YELLOW BUTTERFLIES
turned up adding to the day total.
WHEATEAR
video
(with Meadow Pipit)
has also never been recorded here during any August, but the most
obvious spot for them, the large Solar Panel Compound, has been visited
daily over the past week in the hope of securing such a record.
video
video
We found a minimum of c5 there along with this
most obliging
COMMON BUZZARD
so just continued snapping away.
 But I'm not going to cut a single blade of grass, my garden will look just like the distant past,
Before the days of agricultural land, before the time when pebbles turned to sand.
When I leave this house I'm going to stay, I'm forsaking my comforts to live another way,
Get my clothes from heaps, my food from bins, 

my water from ponds and have tramps for my friends.
Last thing, we took a look at the
CRAB APPLE TREES
which are also full of ripening fruit.
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