Another week in the ditch.

On Saturday we collected our trail cameras which had been out in the ditch in our local area for a week. The first part of the film shows how wet it had been with a good amount of water filling the ditch giving a Robin and Blue tit a chance to take a bath (note the passing dragonfly which the Robin takes an interest in).There are 2 different foxes one with a white tail tip and one without. Again the trail cameras is spotted by one of the foxes and the Roe Buck.

Walking back after collecting the cameras fungi are now appearing in good numbers.

Waxy Caps – One of the major lineages of gilled mushrooms these mushrooms are almost impossible to tell which one of the group they are by sight.

Parasol mushroom These are a fungi with a  large, prominent fruiting body resembling a parasol. It is a fairly common species they are often found in groups and fairy rings in pastures and occasionally in woodland. 

Killing fields.

Sunday’s regular walk is a short stroll to collect mine and my brothers trail camera’s which have be recording for the week. On the way a few Roe Deer were watching us approach.

This weeks footage records a fox crossing the ditch and the family of Roe Deer, the youngsters and growing well. (The same deer as we had seen on the way to collect the camera’s).

A few nature spots on the way back including a couple of Hornets hunting among the flowers in the meadow – they were actively on patrol like some combat aircraft looking for a target to engage with.

I must have looked like some sort of deranged person following a Hornet around the field constantly changing directions – many pictures of empty frames or out of focus insects!

Here in the UK we have one native hornet, the European Hornet. They are rarely aggressive. Unlike other wasps, hornets are unlikely to disrupt your picnic. Their size – which is between 2-3 cm’s for workers and males, 3-4 cm’s for queens – they are impressive and interesting to watch.

The hunting takes place at knee height among the the long grass.

A Hornet in flight.

You will have to look hard in the next 2 pictures to see the action it was a battle for life and death.

Picture 1 – The Hornet in flight on the hunt -the Hornet coming in at 45 degrees on the attack.

Picture 2 -The Bee gains height and escapes the Hornet attack.

A bit larger than the Hornet a grasshopper finally is not quick enough and is caught by the Hornet dropping on it. It was quickly killed.

Dirty ditch!

Monday is our pick up day for the trail cameras we have been leaving in a local farm ditch for a week at a time.

Less deer over the week but some interesting Fox footage. Mr Fox made his mark by defecating and cocking his leg to pee in the ditch. Raw unedited nature!. I do not think we trod in it when collecting the cameras.

We had 4 cameras out you may spot one in the video on the tree below you can see the fox spotted it, sometimes they make a slight tick when they are running.

Small Skipper Butterfly

A few small Cinnabar Moth caterpillars are starting to appear on their feed plant the Common Ragwort.

A spider with egg sack.