Posted by: mynaturaldiary | July 4, 2009

Long summer evenings

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Lake Wilton shimmers in the summer’s heat, and the lilies look fantastic.  I spot a Damselfly resting on a flower in the middle of the lilly patch.

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Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula)

He flies off, and I lose track of him in the tangled green mass.

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On the lake, Canadian Geese come towards me, their image reflecting on the waters.

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Canada goose (Branta canadensis)

They have no young in tow, and none seem to breed on the lake.

Back at Cafe Twitch, the usual birds can be seen.  Greenfinchs feed from the sunflower seed feeder.

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Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris)

The female Greenfinch is clearly visible with her more stripy front.

Sparrows adorn the lawn.

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House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)

This one is taking some lifebait that I leave out this time of year back for its young.

Underneath the seed feeder, a Dunnock hunts for some fallen seeds.

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Dunnock (Prunella modularis)

A young Blackbird waits to be fed.

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Blackbird (Turdus merula)

Above the comings and goings in the gardens below is the summer sky, still light until after 10pm this time of year.  The blue vastness is occasionally interrupted by a passing House Martin.

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House Martin (Delichon urbica)

He’s too far away and moving too fast to get a close up of his black and white plumage.

Up on a TV arial, a Song Thrush gives his all.  His song carries through the still air; the sound of an English summer’s evening.

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Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos)

Eventually the sun sets, leaving a gloriously long lasting glow in the northern horizon.

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In the twilight, bats flit overhead at fast speeds, too fast to photograph; their outlines are faintly visible. Evening finally surrenders to night, which belongs to the waxing Moon, low on the horizon this time of year.

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I can hear but not see owls; the opposite to well behaved Victorian children.


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