Sunday, 28 June 2009

The Grasshopper Season

GrasshopperEvery year around this time for a period of about 2 weeks, we seem to have a plague of grasshoppers. They hop into the house both upstairs and downstairs and when we pick them up and put them outside, they come straight back in again. They don't cause a problem, but I would love to know what attracts them inside.

I am not sure which kind of grasshopper this is - a Meadow Grasshopper, perhaps?

Wild Onion

Wild Onion - allium vineale
Each year this plant grows in the same spot. But, each year, it gets cut down before flowering, so I have not been able to identify it until now.

It is Wild Onion - allium vineale, sometimes called Crow Garlic.
The stems are about 80cm high and they are hollow with a distinct onion smell when broken.

Thursday, 25 June 2009

Slender St John's Wort

Slender St John's Wort - Hypericum pulchrum

Another new wild flower that I have not found in the garden before today, Slender St John's Wort - Hypericum pulchrum.

It was the reddish stems that helped to identify it. And, looking closely, there are black dots along the edges of the petals.

Monday, 22 June 2009

Finally a Fawn Photo

Roe deer fawn - Capreolus capreolus
I have not been able to take a decent photo of the new fawn, but luckily I captured him/her on my stealthcam, taken at 5.00am today. Mum is looking on.

He/she still has her spots so is probably less than 8 weeks old.

Sunday, 7 June 2009

Roe deer among the buttercups

Roe deer - Capreolus capreolusEach year the field in front of our house is allowed to grow without grazing. There is always a wonderful display of buttercups. Roe deer love it. Each year I try to capture a photo of roe deer among the buttercups. This is this years effort.

After years of trying to take photos through the window, I have realised that I really need to get outside. Of course, there is not much time before they see me and run off. This is one of my better efforts.