Posted by: mynaturaldiary | September 26, 2008


We’ve just passed the Equinox, and so now we have about equal night and day.  Of course, there’s some ghastly physics that explains our orbital motion around the sun, and I’ll spare you the details.  Instead, for your entertainment, I’ve got a sun chart courtesy of the University of Oregon, showing the hourly position of the sun in the sky at the cardinal points in the year (Solstices and Equinoxes) and at monthly intervals between them at the latitude and longitude where I live, 54.5N, -1W.

Obviously, with the sun lower on the horizon means less heat, marking the colder part of the year.  So where does this leave us with wildlife?  Leaves now fall from the trees.  Autumn is well nigh.

But this means that birds have less cover, so we can see them more easily.

This is a very out of focus picture of a Wren (boy, did he move fast).  I’ve heard them all summer, but only now are they emerging from the foilage.

Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes)

OK, I’ll get a better photo soon…

Elsewhere, at Lake Wilton, the Canadian Geese still hold sway.

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

I expect there are large movements of migratory birds, going north to south, in search of warmer climes on the coast, not far from here.  I must search for them, one day.

Over in the far distance of Lake Wilton lurks a Pied Wagtail – either young or female plumage.

Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba)

Meanwhile, back at Cafe Twitch, we seem to be visited by more Tits.

Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus).

Great Tit (Parus major).

I found this insect on a tree in the garden: it’s a Shield Bug

Hawthorn Shield Bug (Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale)

Later on over the weekend, the local agricultural show was held.  It’s part of my autumn fayre to attend this, so I’ll refrain from showing you all the pictures of the rabbits, ferrits, flowers, tractors, baking, craftwork etc.  But I will share with you one picture of a duck, plucked from his pond and scrubbed up for display.

Isn’t his bill great?

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