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Friday, 16 August 2013

Bee/Clover/Honey Bee/House Martin/Swallow/Reed Warbler/Mallard/Coot/Teasel/Thistle/Common Ragwort/Gatekeeper/Green-veined White/Ant/Brown Hare.

15:49 Grove Farm Lakes, Steventon Hill:
There is more Bee activity on the Clover flowers today, at least four different types. The large black one with the copper tail being the most numerous and the Honey Bee is the least.

















16:20 Grove Farm Lakes, Steventon Hill:
Scattered clouds 21°C, humidity 78%, wind South 11mph, pressure 1014mb (Steady).

16:48 Grove Farm Lakes, Steventon Hill:
House Martins roosting in a fruit tree, then flying of in small to large groups, hunting for insects over the lake. Sometimes they skim the water for a drink.









One of a pair of Swallows that have a nest in the large barn.

17:05 Grove Farm Lakes, Steventon Hill:
As I walked around the lake I hear, what later showed itself to be a Reed Warbler moving deep amongst the reeds, it was proving impossible for me to photograph.
Further around the lake I stumbled upon a badelynge of female Mallards. 

There was also a lot of Bee activity around the lake because of the flowers there.
Some of the main favourites are: 
Teasel,








Thistle,

and Common Ragwort.


Common Ragwort is not just the Bee's favourite. The Gatekeeper and the Green-veined White Butterflies spend a lot of time feeding of it.



The female Mallards and a Coot on the lake.

Honey Bees drinking water.



17:30 Grove Farm Lakes, Steventon Hill:
An Ants nest with the next generation of Ants getting ready to leave and find a mate.


A dead Bumblebee with an Ant investigating it not far from the Ant's nest.


20:00 Grove Farm Lakes, Steventon Hill:
Brown Hares, lots of them eating the grass. Shame it's too dark for my camera. Nothing more to report about them because they ain't doing much. A bit like watching Sheep really, only they run faster.
Wind has dropped right down and the waxing Moon is about two trees high. The Ducks are out on the lake bank, eating the remains of fisherman's bait. The Sky is clear, should get a nice showing of Stars later on.