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April Wildlife and Links & Likes.

Hi I’m mixing up my Links & Likes  with a few piccies I took on walks at the weekend. April brings sunshine, showers ….and lots of flowers. That certainly rings true here in the Ribble Valley. Enjoy the photos and check out the blog links for some of the posts that I have particularly liked  this month. 🙂

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Cuckoo Flowers.
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Orange Tipped White Butterfly.

Binny tries out a Chocolate Afternoon Tea and I am seriously envious !

Eliza has had a break in beautiful Venice. 

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Violet.
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Wood Pigeon.
Swallow.

There’s still time to Vote for where Christine should do her next Wild Swim!  I’m thinking Brothers Water. 🙂

More beauty on Laura’s Blog as she Walks among the Bluebells. 

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Hedgerow Blossom.
Robin.

Jo finds a A Glass Menagerie in Sunderland.

Nice to discover another blogger in The Ribble Valley ! Please check out  The Alfresco Family. They blog about all things Green. 🙂 

Wild Garlic.

Peacock Butterfly.

Janey has set herself the challenge of watching 52 Films By Women this year.

Grenson is enjoying his tour of The Lakes and The Lochs. 🙂

Bluebells.
A Lesser Spotted Hugo !

 

Pheasant.

 Thanks For Dropping by. 🙂

 


 

Spring has Sprung.

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Chaffinch.

Today was glorious and sunny. The kind of sunny that actually feels warm. 🙂  I went for a walk down through the fields to the river. This is one of our usual dog walking routes, but I let Wil carry on ahead with Hugo ,so I could get a few piccies without a black labrador crashing through the undergrowth. 🙂

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Delicate Blackthorn blossom.
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Blackbird.
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Barren Strawberry Flowers.
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River Ribble.
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Male Mallard.
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Robin.
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Ivy.
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Male Bullfinch.
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And another shot….just because it’s very rare that I manage to photograph a Bullfinch.  🙂
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First Butterfly sighting. A Small Tortoiseshell amongst the celandines.
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Wild Garlic Leaves.
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Wood Anemone.
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Spring Lamb.
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Mistle Thrush.

I also saw Sand Martins , back to reclaim their sandy nesting holes in the river bank, a male and a female Goosander flying down the Ribble and a tiny Goldcrest. I think I may do one post a month,following my wildlife sightings in this tiny corner of the world. 🙂

Wildlife pics every day in October. Week two.

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8th October.  Blackberries in the park. A late Summer and Autumn fruit that can be made into allsorts of lovely puddings, pies, jellies, junkets and jams. Here is a recipe for Apple & Blackberry Crumble .

 

9th October. Today (Sunday) turned out to be a good nature spotting day as it was sunny and still warm enough not to wear a coat. Although in the morning we had spied lots of squirrels at  Gawthorpe Hall , it was our afternoon walk around Standen on the outskirts of Clitheroe that proved more fruitful. I hope I have identified these right! The fungi looks like Ink Cap Mushrooms which are apparently edible.If they are them however, they are poisonous when combined with alcohol ~ leading  to their other moniker ‘Tippler’s Bane’. :b. The Dragonfly is a Common  Darter which is one of the few dragonflies that are around well into Autumn. The beautiful butterfly is a Comma , so named because the species have a white marking on their underside similar to a comma.:)

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10th October.  View of the rather straggly honeysuckle in my backyard. It never has many flowers and those that bloom don’t have the lovely scent that wild honeysuckle has. 😦

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11th October. A-haaah my friend the Grey Heron!  There’s a particular spot on the river protected by a canopy of trees, that heron’s like to fish. I was passing with Hugo ( my dog) at just the right time to capture this photo. 🙂

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12th October.  A sunny morning though a bit nippy. These Elderberries grow by a wall which is a bit of  a sun trap. The shrub’s clusters of fragrant creamy white blossom that bloom in the summer lend their flowers to cordials and champagne. The berries of Autumn can be made into wine and preserves.

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13th October. I love the candy striped flowers of the Herb Robert. They look so delicate but can flower well into Autumn.

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14th October. One of my favourite Autumn flowers is the orange Chinese Lantern. A house nearby has an abundance of them adorning its garden.

Thanks for joining me in my second week of posting a wildlife photo every day in October…

 What have you spotted whilst out and about? 

 

 

Wildlife pics every day in October. Week One.

Inspired by the lovely Louise at Ramblings of a Roachling   , I have decided to take a photo of something ‘Wild’ every day this month. Louise who is a veteran of June’s ‘Thirty Days Wild’ is continuing with the ‘Wildness’ through October on her blog. I thought a picture a day , would be a great way to appreciate the changing seasons, as well as being  a nod to her enthusiasm!

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1st October. A Robin rests on a signpost. Robins seem to be one of the less shy birds that I see when I’m out and about. Always asociated with Christmas, because of their cheery red breasts, it is also said if you see one on Valentines day…you will marry a sailor!

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2nd October. A Red Admiral butterfly feasts on Ivy flowers. The gentle October Sunshine means that butterflies are still visiting my back yard. 🙂

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3rd October. The sunny weather this week followed beautiful Sunrises  with gorgeous pink skies. The line from the old rhyme ‘Red Sky In The Morning , Shepherd’s Warning’  did not ring true.

4th October. Typical that when I spied these two lovelies, I didn’t have my good camera with me. Whilst walking Hugo through the fields I came accross a  Dipper with it’s bright white bib, bobbing and dipping in Mearley Brook. Dippers are small aquatic birds that can walk underwater to feed. I also saw a Goldfinch flittering amongst the dried yarrow seed heads by the riverside. In Autumn they are full of inscects which the finches feed on.I was alerted to this pretty bird by it’s musical notes. The collective name for a group of Goldfinches is a ‘charm’ taken from the Old English Charme and the Latin Carmen, meaning magical spell or song. 🙂

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5th October.  I could not resist this beautiful pink Hydrangea in The Castle grounds. The summer flowers are so showy and bloom into Autumn.

 6th October.  One thing I love about Autumn is the abundance of Autumn fruits, nuts and seeds. Clitheroe  Castle Park is home to lots of Grey squirrels and it looks as though most of the Horse Chestnuts have been feasted upon already, judging by the amount of empty shells scattered around. I did find a couple of shiny brown ‘conkers’ that the rascals must have missed though.:)

7th October. Quite a miserable day weather wise , but I did notice the changing colours of leaves this morning on my way to work.

What have you noticed wildlife wise recently?

You can also bob along to Christine’s Blog and find out what she’s been photographing in October. 🙂

Down by the Riverside.

It’s been a while since I have taken my camera with me , along the banks of the Ribble.  Yesterday afternoon sounded a good a time as any. It was hot and sunny and the picnicking world were out in force. I tried to avoid the crowds and see what wildlife was hanging out by the water. Changes are a foot too. The new houses that are being built are creeping closer to the river. I’m not sure what I feel about that.

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Speckled wood.
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Water Mint in flower.
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Water Forget-me-nots.
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Thistle Down.
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Female Goosander.
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Meadow Cranesbill.
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A rabbit wondering if this meadow will get built on too. 😦
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Comma Butterfly.
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Indian Balsam.
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Spot the canoeist.
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Bee on Meadow Vetchling.
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Blackberries.
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Meadow Sweet.
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Not the best picture. It’s a Peacock Butterfly.
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Moorhen.

Thanks for dropping by. Hope you are enjoying the sunshine. :0)

Park Life ~ September.

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I’ve been neglecting taking pictures in the park over summer ( slap handies) but now i’m back! September has been an amazing month weather wise. I guess we may be having a bit of an Indian Summer. This last weekend has been especially warm and sunny. My photos in the Castle grounds include ripening harvest fruits, flowers, butterflies and even Ladybirds.

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Elderberries.

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Apples.
Apples.
Harlequin Ladybird.
Harlequin Ladybird.
And another. Maybe a Harlequin too.
And another. Maybe a Harlequin too.
Red Admiral.
Red Admiral.
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Bluetit.

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Tortoiseshell Butterfly.
Tortoiseshell Butterfly.
Blackberries.
Blackberries.
Grey Squirrel.
Grey Squirrel.
Rosy apples.
Rosy apples.
THe Castle.
THe Castle.
And a beautiful Balloon!
And a beautiful Balloon!

Park Life will be back in October.

Butterflies.

At the weekend I spent a good hour ( minus a butterfly net, I need one! ) chasing butterflies. When I took part in #30dayswild back in June, we were sadly lacking in butterfly action here in the North West. July though, and those flutterbys are everywhere. I think the eruption of summer flowers such as thistles, meadow sweet and meadow cranesbill plus the mild weather has coaxed them out of their cocoons. 🙂 As well as the butterflies spotted below, I spied Cabbage Whites and a Peacock butterfly that I couldn’t catch on camera.

Meadow Cranesbill.
Meadow Cranesbill.
Comma.
Comma.
Indian Balsam.
Indian Balsam.
Dragonfly.
Dragonfly.
Meadowsweet.
Meadowsweet.
Painted Lady.
Painted Lady.
Speckled Wood.
Speckled Wood.
Tortoiseshell Butterfly.
Tortoiseshell Butterfly.
Oh Hello there!
Oh Hello there!
Any ideas? Not sure what these little butterflies/moths are?
Any ideas? Not sure what these little butterflies/moths are?

I hope to see a few more species over the summer. Oh if you like flowers, you may enjoy my little giveaway , two posts before this one. :))