Monday, 28 December 2009
Sunday, 20 December 2009
Sunday, 13 December 2009
Sunday, 15 November 2009
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
bearded reedling Panurus biarmicus (Norfolk, October)
juv. hen harrier circus cyaneus (Norfolk, October)
common crossbill Loxia curvirostra (New Forest, June)
woodlark Lullula arborea (New Forest, June)
kingfisher Alcedo atthis (Norfolk, October)
The MEGA ! Brown shrike Lanius cristatus (Surrey, October)
... and the bank vole Clethrionomys glareolus (Surrey, November)
Sunday, 8 November 2009
Friday, 6 November 2009
Sunday, 1 November 2009
Saturday, 31 October 2009
Remaining somewhat frustrated by my continuing inability to ID the fungi sp. growing on the garden lawn. I will be taking today's record shots along with a single fruit body to Swanwick Lakes nature reserve tomorrow to ask a local "expert" mycologist exactly what they are?
Sunday, 18 October 2009
The fungi which reached a peak count of 18 by mid week, continues to defy positiive ID confirmation due to a severe lack of fungi field skills (poss. Galerina mycenopsis). Some individual fruit bodies have reached widths of up to 20mm, but most have remained below 5mm in width - these smaller caps are now shrivelled - although new fruiting bodies are still appearing at the soil surface.
Saturday, 10 October 2009
Sunday, 4 October 2009
The Lizard, towards Kynance Cove and Asparagus Island
Dyer's greenweed Genista tinctoria
Fox moth caterpillar Macrothylacia rubi
Bloody Cranesbill Geranium Sanguineum
Burnet rose Rosa spinosissima
Cornish heath Erica vagans
Clockwise from top left: Erica vagans, (European) Gorse Ulex europaeus, Western gorse Ulex gallii
Monday, 28 September 2009
Taking a short (and much needed?) break from blogging recent avifauna spp. sightings, it is time to include the photo record of a slow worm Anguis fragilis found under felt in the shelter-belt at Sparsholt College on 22nd September 2009 Given the size and colouration of the slow worm (iridescent gold, with black / brown sides and a central dorsal stripe), I would identify it as a juvenile. This slow worm was not the only specimen to be found. However, the first was to swift (!) to be caught when the tin was lifted. The juv. reptile showed its contempt for disturbance by defecating in the hand.
ARKive provides a brief guide to the biology of this reptile, along with some stunning video footage of the sp. http://www.arkive.org/slow-worm/anguis-fragilis/biology.html Although any information the website provides regarding the slow worms legal status needs to be double-checked against both Natural England and UK Biodiversity Action Plan websites.
The slow worm is protected under Schedule 9 Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981).