Saturday, October 31, 2009

Calm before the storm...

Today was a lovely day, warm and sunny with a light southerly breeze.



First thing outside this morning I was pleased to get a garden tick in the form of a male Stonechat perched on the phone wires above our drive. I've never had this species on any of my garden lists so its a good record. They are usually down along the coast path at Howick Haven about half a mile away. It flushed before I could retrieve the camera.




After breakfast we had a walk to the pond to feed the swans and back by the hall. On the route were 2 Gadwall on the pond still, 64 Pinkfeet and 30 Greylags flew south, 3 Redpolls and a few Siskins were in the woods. Blackbirds and Song Thrushes have arrived in force over the past couple of days with large numbers in all hedgerows / woods etc. The sun even prompted 2 Song Thrushes into song. Later, 5 Skylarks and about 80 Lapwings flew south.

This Kestrel, above, spent a while in the village too later seen harassing the local Buzzard.



In the wood this Japanese Maple was stunning...



Two butterflies today, Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell. If the weather forecast is right they might well be the last...



Above - Shaggy Inkcaps or Lawyers Wig in varying stages of growth and decay.



Above - This is the moth I thought might be Autumnal Moth?

Later we went to Craster for lunch and I had to take the picture below. An Aston Martin Vantage on the drive of an ex-council elderly persons bungalow. Imagine them popping to the shops in it. Its a better class of pensioner in these parts you know... :)


7 comments:

Warren Baker said...

Just seen the weather Stewart - looks like a write off for sunday morning.

Nice record of a stonechat for the garden

Ipin said...

have you tried making soup from shaggy inkcaps?

Lancs and Lakes Outback Adventure Wildlife Safaris said...

Sod the wildlife - Nice Aston!

http://lalows.blogspot.com/2009/05/way-up-north.html

Hope it doesn't rain too much for you over there tomorrow - not started here yet.

Cheers

D

Robyn said...

That picture of Jane and Bunty is absolutely stunning!

Michael Holmes said...

Shaggy Inkcaps chopped up and fried with some garlic in butter are lovely but you have to pick them young.

oldcrow61 said...

Fabulous pictures. The one of the maple is wonderful. Not hard to see that Autumn is here with that one.

St Ives Birds & Photo Journal said...

The Aston Martin probably belongs to the loan shark ; )