I tend not to go far on Bank Holiday Weekends and with the
Numptyometer still in the red around here there was time to sort out a few bits
in the garden as well as a little surreptitious Rede Common scrumping of
Damsons and Brambly Apples. There was a chill autumnal feel to the grey air but there
were still insects to be found including Volucella inanis and pellucens, Episyrphus
balteatus and Myathropa florea representing the Hovers and Bombus pascuorum and
terrestris still visiting flowers. There
were many Common Wasps around and Speckled Woods and Small Whites while Migrant
Hawkers zipped around the lee of the Sycamores.
A Chiffchaff called and a Siskin headed over along with a
solitary House Martin. The female
Sparrowhawk terrorised the House Sparrows and two Ravens kronked over.
The winds had dislodged quite a few cobnuts which I
collected and I extricated my new potatoes that I tub planted in the spring
from two old ones that had developed the power of sight. My tub of Carrots gave me a few for dinner
and even the Grapes are beginning to ripen but it was the giant Tomatoes that
needed the most help as they are so laden down with enormous beefsteak fruit
and some extra creative support structures were required.
|Toms, Carrot and Cobnuts from garden and my scrumped Damsons and Apples|
|Carrots and New Pots|
This morning was a new month and it dawned clear and bright
so after a few chores I headed out along the Medway in search of a walk. I chose well and parked up in Lower Halstow
at the entrance to the old Brickfields and enjoyed a very pleasant walk for a
few miles along the river wall back towards Otterham Creek.
The tides was well on the way back in and I hoped that this
would push any waders closer to me. It
was quite disappointing to discover that almost without exception they were
humble Redshanks and I ended up with singles of Grey Plover, Whimbrel,
Turnstone, Oystercatcher and Black-tailed Godwit along with a few Lapwing and a
distant raft of Avocet.
|Black-headed and Common Gulls and Redshanks|
A single Common and six Sandwich Terns fished on the
incoming waters and two wildfowling boats were tearing up and down in an effort
to find something to shoot on the first day of the season. Ninety-two Wigeon were an early surprise and
thankfully well out of their way. I inherently do not have a problem with
wildfowling but pushing waders from their high tide roosts in your camo boat is
not really on.
|Disturbed Little Egrets|
I was on the lookout for Ospreys but had no joy although there
was a constant swirl of activity of Chetney with about ten each of Marsh Harrier
and Buzzard often all spiralling together and several hovering Kestrels.
Whitethroat and Chiffchaff moved along the bramble and briar
patches as I walked along and two Whinchat left the ditch reeds and headed for
a mid-field hedge.
|I do like a spotty Starling|
Yellow, Grey and Pied Wagtails called overhead and a few
Swallows twittered away. It had a nice autumnal feel to it. the local Pear and Apple orchards were
heavily laden with fruit and it will not be too long before the thrushes arrive
to feast on the windfalls.
|the oilrig structures are growing |
|And I found this strange and slightly freaky thing in the woods|
I decided to pop into Queendown Warren on the way home to
see if anything was still on the wing on this lovely warm day. I was not
disappointed with Adonis, Chalk Hill and Common Blues, Brown Argus, Small
Whites, Small Heaths, Gatekeepers and a host of Meadow Browns still flicking around.
Most however were very tatty and males were still chasing down the last females
in the hope of a final roll in the Marjoram.
|Adonis Blue |
|Chalk Hill Blue|
| Common Mangled Blue|
|Square Spot Rustic|
|Dancing Chalk Hill Blues|
I was hoping for Clouded Yellow but once again it eluded me. Big clumps of one of the Boletus mushrooms were pushing through the sward. I think they may be Penny Bun but happy to be advised!
beckoned and I headed for home and with grub in hand I was entertained by three
Hobbies overhead as I sat up the garden. A Red Admiral came to visit me and
bask in the sunshine.
| Red Admiral |
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