8.11.15.

Sunday.

13ºC and mostly dull and rainy conditions.

The Bird Feeding station seemed busier. Mostly the commoner species, but always still nice to watch. Also seen at the feeders today, but not photographed were Long-tailed Tits, Greenfinch and a Bullfinch.

Love these new feeders someone has put up. So did the birds, in this case a Blue Tit….

IMG_8329

Love the colour on this Blue Tit…

IMG_8430

This Blue Tit, Great Tit and Coal Tit are the 5th species I have photographed on this same piece of broken Bracken (See 5.11.15)…

IMG_8457 IMG_8469 IMG_8491

There are still a few Rowan berries left, and this female Chaffinch was making the most of them…

IMG_8424

Robin below the feeders…

IMG_8385

I’ve been reading about Caddisflies today. Never realised there were 199 different species in the UK and Ireland. Checking this one out to confirm species…

IMG_7266

After seeing my first Hoverfly Larva last week, I think I found another today on The Wardens Office window ledge. I’m pretty sure its the same as the one last week, but a bit more developed….

IMG_7127 IMG_7144 IMG_7287

Standard

5.11.15

Thursday.

Dull and Rainy morning. With it turning heavy at times, I decided to call it a day early and head off home.

I had said to Ken that I was not going to photograph anymore Mottled Umbers, after doing so over the past week. But this one I could not resist. Like the Drinker a few months ago it was really lucky it did not get stepped on. The Camouflage of the moth amongst the fallen leaves is absolutely brilliant….

IMG_7070

I managed a better photo of a Sprawler today. Only the 2nd one I have ever seen….

IMG_6993

Garden Spider, with Raindrops….

IMG_7055

At the Feeders this morning, I’m sure I saw a Marsh Tit. So I waited to see if it came back. No Luck, but did get a photo of Great Tit….

IMG_8188

Also underneath feeders, checking the floor for fallen seed was a Robin and Wren. Both photographed on the same piece of Bracken….

IMG_8214 IMG_8241

Standard

4.11.15.

Wednesday.

Still misty most of the morning on HC…

Image

At The Wardens Office there were 5 Mottled Umber, with 3 different colour forms….

IMG_6617 IMG_6728 IMG_6762

There was also a Feathered Thorn. Not sure if it gets its name from its Antennae. But this one had really feathery antennae…

IMG_6665

Side view of a Streak….

IMG_6805

Blue Tit at the new Feeding Station….

IMG_8132

Also at the feeding station was a very shy Coal Tit….

IMG_8140

The Goldcrests gave me a few better photo opportunities this morning….

IMG_8093 IMG_8094 IMG_8102 IMG_8115 IMG_8118

We heard a Tawny Owl calling this morning

Mycena with a touch of dew….

IMG_6833

Update:- This Larva from yesterday is a Hoverfly Larva. Its name is Hoverfly (syrphidae). I did not hold much hope of this being identified. But amazingly on iSpot, there always seems someone who specialises in all forms of inverts. Turns out there is also a Hoverfly Larvae book….

IMG_6566 Image 1

Standard

3.11.15.

Tuesday.

Not so foggy as the last 2 days. But still misty.

As usual we checked out The Wardens Office for Moths. We found 2 moths. This very nice Streak….

IMG_6034

Also yet another different colour shade of Mottled Umber…

IMG_6089

Really nice to see the children’s Bird Feeding station already bringing in the birds. In this case a Nuthatch…

IMG_8063

There seemed to be more Fungi about this morning. The wetter conditions have probably helped…

IMG_6095 IMG_6167 IMG_6196 IMG_6277 IMG_6377 IMG_6404

We now seem to have Moles on Goldie Heath….

IMG_6246

Loads of Sweet Chestnut seeds had opened up in this Starfish shape…

IMG_6335

Ken found and photographed this Green Moss Owl on Brants Hill…

Image

This Larva is Unidentified. Its a very unusual looking Larva. Its the first invertebrate I have found on one of the insect signs for a while….

IMG_6566 IMG_6513IMG_6601

In the mist there were still Fieldfare eating the Rowan Berries….

IMG_7868

Buzzard v Carrion Crow. Not sure who won, they vanished into the mist…

IMG_7897

Standard

2.11.15.

Monday.

10ºC, Very damp and foggy…

Image 1

Only a November Moth at the Wardens Office….

IMG_5967

Not great conditions again for photography. I did see the Long-tailed Tit flock again. They were in the same area as yesterday…

IMG_7782

There was also several Goldcrest checking out the spider webs in the Gorse….

IMG_7794

Not at HC, but I was shocked to find a Red-green Carpet at work. But when I read about them. This is actually the normal flying time. The ones we saw in spring at HC was actually adults that had hibernated….

Image

Standard

1.11.15.

Sunday

Although it was mild (11ºC) for the 1st day of November. It was not ideal conditions to see any wildlife, with a blanket of fog hanging over HC most of the morning. Top photo the Main Common…Bottom Photo Goldie Heath…

ImageIMG_5909

Started morning off by looking for moths. Only 2 moths found. This Mottled Umber was the 3rd time I have seen this species. Each time there has been a colour difference. with this one the darkest of the 3….

IMG_5706

Also another different looking November Moth….

IMG_5729

Also on the Wardens Office wall was this Harlequin Ladybird….

IMG_5680

Wren…

IMG_7704

A good flock of Long-tailed Tits flew over me and Ken. With 25+ all heading to the main Common. It was a shame it was so foggy. I like the photo of the one bird flying in…

IMG_7737 IMG_7745

Me and Ken had to laugh this morning, when we spotted this in the woodland near Hazel Alley. I would guess this maybe the children who took part in The Halloween event run by The Staffordshire Wildlife Trust yesterday…

IMG_5803 IMG_5839

I think this is a new fungi to add to my list. I am checking it out, but I think its Chondrostereum purpureum….

IMG_5767

2 different types of large Boletes….

IMG_5925 IMG_5945

Standard