I've been running today, sadly missing the two twenty minute bursts of sunshine the powers that be have allowed us today. It was too cloudy and windy for all butterflies bar the whites, but the late season bees were still very busy on the thistles on Beacon Hill Reserve. Particularly noticeable was a very vivid carder bee, so vivid I'm wondering if it could perhaps have been a striped carder rather than a common one.
It was further along my run, by the Mount School, that I came across a busy flock of what I initially thought were house martins, but what my pictures reveal also had a few swallows thrown in. A mixed pack of hirundids who obviously found rich pickings over the playing field worth interrupting their flight south for.
I poked my camera through the bars, and basically took random snaps of the birds as the wheeled and swooped for food. That I got any results at all was amazing, I think.
They were only there for about 5 minutes before moving on; I came across them high over London Road a few minutes later. Like the lapwings yesterday, another group of birds heading south, to where they will no doubt have a rather warmer winter than we have had a summer.
All text and images copyright CreamCrackeredNature 20.08.15
|Lavender bee. Is there such a thing as a lavender bee?|
|Here the very vivid carder bee|
|Joined by a friend|
|Just beautiful colours|
|Honey bee with saddlebags|
|Not much time left!|
|Gypsy cuckoo also at work|
|Native 7 spot. Barely seen any all year.|
|Bombylans hover fly?|
|Church, not house, martins|
|Small torotiseshell I found down by the river|