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I mentioned in some past posts that we have starlings nesting in our balcony ceiling. It's very difficult to get in there so what we often see are them flying up and down trying to get in. I was able to catch one session, though I've counted as many as 13 unsuccessful attempts in a row.



I also added a few more short bird vids to our account yesterday.

Edited to add: There's a radio broadcast going on in the background that has some U.S. political reporting so viewers may want to mute the clip.
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Since my last post we've had some new developments bird-wise, and I thought I'd also share photos of some of our other balcony visitors.
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Common house martins, Delichon ubicum, are migratory passerine birds who breed and nest in Europe then overwinter in Africa and tropical Asia. I capped a flock of them working in pairs to collect beak-fulls of mud, from ruts in a church car park, to daub the nests they build hanging under the eaves of houses.

2 images. )

July bugs

Jul. 15th, 2014 08:26 pm
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yellow coreopsis with bee-mimic hoverfly
This is a hoverfly, I think. The coreopsis was very busy with a variety of small bees, wasps, and bee-like creatures. I'd hoped to catch a green sweat bee (I've seen them here before), but no luck today.

Lots of interesting bug stuff in my garden today )
spiralsheep: Flowers (skywardprodigal Cog Flowers)
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- May flowers (but no mayflowers) and the lifecycles of lepidoptera and gall wasps: details in rollovers or click through to flickr.

Garden tiger moth, Arctia caja.

01 Garden tiger moth, Arctia caja,  Worcestershire 05-14

Horse chestnut tree flowers, Aesculus hippocastanum, and horse chestnut leaf-miner moth, Cameraria ohridella. :-(

Flowers, moths, and wasps, 9 more small images. )
spiralsheep: A raven (spiralsheep Raven Logo)
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Six small images in total. )

Tree with tangled branches.

4 Tangled tree, Malvern 01-14

A hole in the tree trunk, about a metre above ground level: who lives in a house like this?

Knock, knock. Is anyone at home? )
spiralsheep: Flowers (skywardprodigal Cog Flowers)
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Red-tailed bumblebees, Bombus lapidarius, nesting. The open cells are "honey pots" for food and the closed are "larval cells" for baby bees. A couple of bees exhibited territorial behaviour by flying at me while I captured these images but they were investigative not aggressive.

1 Red-tailed bumblebee, Bombus lapidarius, Worcestershire 07-13

Two more small images. )
spiralsheep: A raven (spiralsheep Raven Logo)
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The eldest of the four kestrels flew for the first time earlier today. These screenshots from the Worcester peregrines webcam are from a 10 minute period. I decided not to show you the one with the large pigeon leg + foot sticking straight out of the eldest fledgling's beak. /red in beak and claw

Four more images. )

5. Four young kestrels, Worcester 04-07-13 at 18-34
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We had to take a quick trip down to the coast last weekend, so the other half did the Priceline thing and bid on a hotel sight unseen. We got in after midnight after a stressy and annoying drive through at least a dozen of those towns that exist only to get you lost by putting an unannounced exit for the highway you thought you were already on way off to the left (UK etc: substitute right), so that you end up wandering through the speed traps of the dead downtown in the middle of the night. Those towns. Yeah.

Anyway. By the grace of the Maps app we found our way to the hotel and even though I was already more than half-asleep I swear I caught sight of

very possibly the least natural thing in the history of the world )

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