Posted by: mynaturaldiary | August 26, 2009

The Dove from above

That hardy perennial TV Show from Vic and Bob, Shooting Stars, returns to our screens, featuring the dove from above.  Not to be outdone, Cafe Twitch has it’s own Dove from above in the form of a nesting Collared Dove.

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Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)

They’ve left it late in the season to raise a brood.  I’ll keep you all posted on the progress.

Other visitors to the garden are Blackbirds, Chaffinches  and Greenfinches.

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Blackbird (Turdus merula)

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Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)

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Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris)

We’ve also had a return visit from the neighbourhood Hedgehog.

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Hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus)

Elsewhere in the garden and in the woods, spiders and insects abound.  Don’t squeal, they are nice too!

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Garden spider (Araneus diadematus)

Leading up into the woods are many wild rabbits.

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European Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus)

Further into the woods are plenty of butterflies.

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Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)

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Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria)

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Wall Brown (Lasiommata megera)

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Mountain Ringlet (Erebia epiphron)

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Small White (Pieris rapae)

Deep in the purple heather that carpets the Moors this time of year

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are Peacock butterflies.  They are everywhere!

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Peacock (Nymphalis io)

Finally, in the far off Moor, a Grouse rises and flies away.

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Red Grouse (Lagopus lagopus)


 


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