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Fungi id please

Posted: Yesterday at 22:15


I found this on a piece of oak this morning in the garden. I've googled but can't find a similar picture. It's about 3.5 inches in diameter and doesn't have a stalk.

Swallows departing?

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 21:30

I could hear  these swallows arriving this morning. There were probably between 100 and 150 if not more. These are the ones near the telegraph pole and there were plenty more on the wires to the individual bungalows.  I just had to do a quick pic on my phone at an 'odd' angle. I felt slightly emotional! Just hope that they make it back next year. 


Bee hotel has a vistor

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 21:30

Solitary bees don't seem to be in the least bit interested in us humans. They are too busy nest building and collecting pollen. We have had hundreds of the Red Mason bees over the years, just outside the back door. Not a single sting, but hubby has 'inhaled' one or two. Didn't even sting him then.

Bee hotel has a vistor

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 21:33

South East facing about 5 feet off the ground. We noticed the bees first and then put up the tubes. There are some nesting in the mortar at the moment, but sadly my hubby has started pointing the house. It's going to be a long job so hopefully they will have hatched before he gets to that side. 

Bee hotel has a vistor

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 13:50

We have had solitary bee tubes up for a few years, spent hours watching them but never seen any caterpillars being brought in. I have only ever read that the bee grubs eat the pollen that is deposited by the parent bee. I have however, seen a few parasitic type wasps (and flies) that pop into a hole when mother bee is out collecting pollen, to deposit their own eggs. Could that have been a small wasp that was leaving some extra supplies for its offspring and then the mother bee kindly sealing the cell for it?  

Photos of your ponds please

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 21:49
We have baby frogs that left the pond about 3 weeks ago. Yesterday I was surprised to see 2 tadpoles with back legs but no front ones. Do some taddies wait until the following year to become frogs?

Wild flowers

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 22:19

Bee snack.


What is this?

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 21:20
Thankyou. It must grow really fast. do you know what is making the sawdust? I was hoping for a few years of sitting on the log. Might not last long at this rate!!!

What is this?

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 20:52


A friend brought me a large log which is very handy to sit on. I've noticed a pile of very fine sawdust underneath which I presume is some sort od beetle that causes that. However, this wasn't on the log last night but was there this morning. Any ideas? It's over an inch in diameter.

Hungry beaks?

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 22:10

2litres of sunflower hearts a day here too. I think I'm the only bird feeder on our road though. Does anyone bulk buy raisins or sultanas?

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