Wood Pigeon invade my bird feeding station which I built at the start of lock down. I am not getting many birds visiting the station at the moment just pigeons. I set up my small underwater camera to catch some action
This bird can be an agricultural pest sometimes seen in large flocks and it is often shot. It is wary in rural areas, but can quite tame where it is not hunted such as towns and gardens. There are a lot of Wood Pigeon’s found in the UK some 5,400,000 pairs.
Locally known in South east England as the Culver this name has given rise to several areas to be named after it, such as Culver Down on the Isle of Wight. They need water to drink and bathe in. Young wood pigeons swiftly become fat, as a result of the crop milk they are fed by their parents. This is an extremely rich fluid that is produced in the adult birds’ crops during the breeding season.
A bright Sunday morning walk, with lots to see and record. Berry’s, acorns. Thistles and grasses have gone to seed.
Oaks are the host plants for more than 70 species of gall wasp.In its larval stage these insects that induce the plant to produce abnormal growths, known as galls, that enclose the developing larvae.
This Hornet is making short work of this Wasp for his lunch – hunting along the edge of a Bramble bush this Hornet had grabbed a Wasp feeding on the Blackberry’s. I was only able to get a picture of the hornet as he had stopped to feed. It does give you a good idea of the size of this insect.
The Hornet mimic hoverfly is the largest hoverfly species found in the UK. It is an excellent mimic of the Hornet, but is harmless to humans. It was a very rare visitor to the country up to the 1940s, it has become more common in Southern England in recent years, and spreading northwards. The adults are migratory and the larvae live inside wasps’ nests.
There were many different species of flies enjoying Blackberry’s and sunshine.
This week COVID has affected my daily life and its far reaching restrictions have pushed my wellbeing to its limits. All through our full lockdown, I used local walks and enjoyment of watching nature to maintain my mental health. Maintaining social distancing as things have lifted we have continued to remain cautious in what we do everyday. Back in March dad had major heart attack he came home in just before lockdown sporting an implanted defibrillator. Over the weekend dad was unwell with all the restrictions still in place around hospitals and health care getting medical intervention is not a simple task at this time. Cutting a long story short via a top class GP intervention on Tuesday dad was rushed to Southampton General Hospital by ambulance.
This is were the COVID reality kicks in and the way our world has changed the “new normal” impacts on everyones humanity. I last saw dad propped up on a gurney in the back of the ambulance. He waved to me as they closed the doors. No family member can go with him, no one could meet the ambulance at Accident and Emergency Department, no one can be an advocate for the sick person at the hospital. They are on their own.
After many phone calls, we find out he is on a hospital ward critical but due to COVID you can not visit you can not sit with him you can not hold his had. I understand why I and understand the shielding of hospitals at this time, but is this right? By Thursday dad had surprised us and medical staff although very poorly had rallied and was stable. I was able to have a few words with him over the phone where he told me he is “trying to fight this.” How lonely and frightening must it be fighting for your life alone with no family near you?
Over the phone when I can get through I have said to staff I know and trust that you are doing the best for the patients physical care but I can not see how you are supporting their welbeing in such isolation.Relatives can not see their loved ones or see how their loved ones are or being treated somehow we have lost direction and our values and humanity in my view.
If and when this Pandamic it over I will continue to be me and I am me because of how mum and dad treated us as kids. I have a love of nature, photography and history because of them. I consider myself strong mentally and the effects of COVID were not impacting how I feel. This week it has impacted on my wellbeing.
Today was a chance to get on to the Beach and enjoy a low tide all be it at 06.00hrs! I decided to put my little underwater camera a Olympus Tough trail camera on a rock to record the sea coming in. Having placed the camera walked on to explore the beach watch the film to see a Common tern land in front of the camera. I was happy with the results.
The fort now has 24hour security guards and is now fully fenced due to vandalism so it is harder than ever to record this Victorian Fort. I did try asking the guard to let me in to take some picture but sadly no joy there. On a positive note the fort will be protected from further damage.
I do not know what this garden plant is called I have a number of large clumps around the garden, this is one of the small specimens. I originally bought a potted plant while on holiday in Norfolk from someone selling plants from the side of the road. It likes to be damp and by mid-summer, the leaves get brown and will start to look tatty but the red flowers are a magnet for bees and insects. the flowers last right into early autumn.
I made the decision not to weed our small backyard garden this year my lockdown plan to see what grew and what would be attracted to the garden. A big clear up will be due at the end of the season!
Bee’s flies & spiders more views of the garden visitors this morning working on recording these garden visitors and residents.
Opiliones or Harvestmen are. a common group of long-legged invertebrates with about 25 species found in the UK but some 6,650 species of harvestmen have so far been discovered worldwide! They are arachnids, related to spiders. Many are predators, eating smaller invertebrates which they catch using hooks at the ends of their legs.