Dodging the rain and making lists....


Last week we had the sun , this week we have gone back to rain and wind, not the best cocktail for taking photos.
This rather large slug did not mind, I took the time to watch him munch through this leaf, to watch it's mouth open and take a bite, I could see how they manage to devour my plants in one night.

I love a good list and like to keep records of what I have seen and were..

Carrion Crow


 so for the past few weeks I have literally been going through all my photos from the last two years!

Bramble

I have made a list for my Garden, Park ,Yeadon banks and Chevin these are the places I visit the most. Recording what can be found in these places from bees to trees (still work in progress). 
I have even made a new place to put my butterflies and moths, thank goodness you can have as many blogs as you want on blogger. 



part of this proses has meant I have been looking at these places with fresh eyes, sometimes finding new things along the way. 


The "Footballer" hoverfly on a pink Yarrow.


A Small Heath butterfly blown in the wind.


Small green caterpillars with a white stripe, still not sure who they will be...



At the moment I am reading "A buzz in the meadow" by Dave Goulson, the most wonderful book, so to day I had a closer look at some bees at the park.

Buff-tailed Bumblebee
 Red-tailed Bumblebee
 Common Carder Bee 
A rather raggedy Meadow Brown Butterfly took to resting on the thistle out of the wind.


There is talk on the weather that it might not rain to night, 
so I'm of to set up the moth trap.

If you wish you can take a look at my lists, no need to comment, but it just means you can see so far what's going on in these places. I still have many photos to go through.
They are at the top of the page under "My other Bloggs"


Comments

  1. Lovely post Amanda and great photos especially the slug. One similar to that devoured goodness only knows how many of our Cosmos plants :( I keep many lists too but its a great idea of yours to keep them all in one place mine are all over - some handwritten, some typed, some in Excel! Am enjoying the Goulson book too :)

    Good Luck with the moth trapping - look forward to hearing what you catch :)

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    1. Thanks RR, Had thought of writing them down in a book, but then the blog can sort it all out for you dates and in alphabetical order which is a great help.
      Just a few moths , quite cool and windy..
      Amanda xx

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    2. Meant to add that I also note Minimum Overnight Temp and quantity of each species trapped plus whether or not its NFY or NFG!

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  2. I love the slug image, so much detail, they are amazing. I confess, they are the one creature that turn my stomach.
    I have a no kill policy here..........so whilst I do not like them, I leave them for the frogs toads and birds to eat........

    Wonderful bee images........my favourite subject, of course.

    I shall get the book you recommend for sure.................

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    1. Thanks Cheryl, I found him quite sweet to watch, don't like them in my garden though. We have a leaf cutter bee visiting the garden, but still have not managed to spot him on it's favourite plant...
      You must get both his books they are such a good read.
      Amanda xx

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  3. I have to admit I love lists too (why do I think I love trainspotting so much!) and when you keep consistent records of things it is very rewarding to look back and compare things on a year by year basis. I've just be checking out your new garden list as well and their are some great moths there :-)

    The 'footballer' hoverfly looks like he/she plays for Hull City in those colours ;-)

    Hope you are well and kindest regards :-)

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    1. Thanks David, I must confess I am up to ten lists and blogs including this one ! I can find things much better when they have their own place and like you said I will often go back over records and look at dates, I like to compare the sites I visit too.
      First footballer I have seen, rather striking :))
      Amanda xx

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  4. Beautiful post, Amanda. The red-tailed bumblebee is pretty. Awesome photos. Have a great day!

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    1. Thanks Eileen, they are a lovely colour red-tailed bumblebees, Have been quite happy to sit and watch the bees in my garden, it has been a good year for them despite the up and down weather we have been having...Have a lovely weekend.
      Amanda xx

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  5. Great post, beautiful photos Amanda.

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    1. Thanks Ian, how are your tadpoles doing ?
      Amanda xx

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    2. Just updated my blog this afternoon, nearly all the tadpoles have limbs now. Some have developed into froglets and have started leaving the pond.

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  6. Lovely photos. I'm not keen on slugs but that's a fantastic photo of one. :-)

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    1. Thanks Deb, Have seen a few good photos of slugs about just lately, must mean there are a lot about !
      Amanda xx

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  7. A great post. All the creatures look beautiful - even the slug! Have a good weekend!

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    1. Thanks Linda, it was not in my garden this one so I did not mind, and he does look rather cute..
      Amanda xx

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  8. Amanda, amazing photos. I keep going back and looking at the one of the slug, the orange colour is amazing. Looking at things properly really brings out so much that most of us walk by and miss each day I still can't believe the colour on that slug, it's fantastic. The probelm with listing is that each new area of interest leads to you having to learn awhole new set of plants or animals and it seems to take ages to get going. I bought the Dave Goulson books ( when I saw them recommended on Ragged Robin's blog) and must make time to read them. Good Luck John

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    1. Thanks John, slugs have never been liked so much, know what you mean about new things, moths are new to me this month and it's taking up quite some time to learn and record all the new moths I have trapped, but it has been worth it as I have seen some beautiful ones.
      Let me know what you think of his book, great writing... Take care..
      Amanda xx

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  9. I don't know how you find the time to post on all these blogs. My lists tend to be scraps of paper, haha! :-)

    Lovely photos, I particularly like the grass growing on the fence post. Can we have some of your rain please - I've been hosepiping the last three nights and we have only dry weather forecast. On the plus side it does mean butterflies and barbecues..... :-) xx

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    1. Thanks Mandy, in a way they are not really blogs they are just a place to put a photo for my records, but you are right I probably do spend to much time making lists !
      Even with the rain the garden still need a water especially the pots as the wind is drying them out...
      Amanda xx

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  10. We have just had another down pour - just after I hung the washing out! Lovely British summer! I love all your shots of the wonderful wildlife, especially the bees. I could watch these all day given half the chance! Take care xx

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    1. Thanks Chel, I too have really enjoyed watching the bees this year...
      Amanda xx

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