The Coal Tit. Periparus ater

The Isabelline Wheatear, Oenanthe isabellina. shots where taken high up on the cliff top above Aberystwyth

The Isabelline Wheatear, Oenanthe isabellina,  thank you Bob for its I D .Bobs blog is on .

Cormorants on the rock bellow the cliffs at Aberystwyth

The Coal Tit, Periparus ater, presumably Irish Coal Tit, P. a. hibernicus (note yellowish cheeks and breast)

Another poppy opened this morning by noon it was fully open. the yellow Rose is a June/July flowering species,All we need now is some frost that will put a stop to the plants that are still flowering

20.10.11 moon at 8.30

Spotted flycatcher

One of the pair of flycatchers is darker than the other so its either an adult and juvenile or a male and female.

Wood pigeon just taking a nap.

the monkey puzzle tree on fire

Male Juvenile blackbird in the thorn tree

Robin sheltering from the rain

one of the midges

this midge is almost moth like.

the midge on the window


The Coal Tit, Periparus ater

Black-winged stilt Himantopus himantopus


Black-winged stilt Himantopus himantopus.

18 months ago  i shot these Stilt  that where on a small strip of water near the tombs of El-Kab.  and if you want to see the tombs please go to
We are in El Kab  this photo was taken of the small pond just outside the village where the Stilts where photographed.

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A Sunday in October

Great tit

Great tit and a blue tit at the feeder.

Female Goosander on the severn river.

on a dash after a fish. not only do they fish under water

Female Mute swan foraging in the roots of the willow

red admiral on my front window cill.

macro of the red admiral

A rather tatty red admiral on the newly planted Pansies in the Robert Owen gardens

Great tit on the feeder

Blue tit the cap reminds me of the time I was in Israel watching the jews praying against the whaling wall in the city of Jerusalem.

Spotted Flycatcer

Magpie .Pica Pica.

Herring gull flying off one of the St David church towers


Centipede (Geophilomorpha: Geophilidae)  and the difference between Centepede  and a Millipede.

Millipedes are arthropods that have two pairs of legs per segment (except for the first segment behind the head which does not have any appendages at all

Birds in the garden

Can not wait for me to put the fork in the ground before its looking to see what the gardener has churned up it tends to go for the bugs and the smaller worms,

peek a boo. I put several big worms on the ground after digging them up , but it did not take one just prefered to scratch about looking for small worms and it ate a few centipedes. I suppose its like us having chicken but this has a hundred legs.

now the squirrels have got rid of all the hazel nuts it comes in the garden looking for the ripe fallen acorns.

Blue tit Cyanistes caeruleus

Spotted flycatcher, Muscicapa striata

Spotted flycatcher, Muscicapa striata

Spotted flycatcher, Muscicapa striata the partner seems to have some kind of grwth around the eyes

White throat .Sylvia communis

Making the best of a bad day

Got up at 7.00  felt like shite and went back to bed,   got up at 10.30 with the intention of having a day blogging.   the sun was in and out for a while  then the whole sky became sky blue with just a few clouds . thats it  I thought and packed my camera and off I went in search of fungi.

that load of mushrooms outside the gate had beed vandalized just leaving a few standing

ah well at least they will grow again

lets go find some more I thought as I headed out of town towards the Mochdre  end of town. Mochdre !strange name  that people would not translate into English.  Sloping Town or Pigs Town,  ie” mochyn is one pig, moch is pigs,  bae  is boar , hwch is sow, then there is the offspring moch/ mochyn bach,   little pig/s. any way I ended up on a walk to Mochdre hoping to find something as excotic as a Fly Agaric , thats the red and whie  spoted mushroom that everyone else has seen,  photographed and blogged . but i did get some nice shots of other things including mushrooms .

always around is the Robin singing its song not sure if it thinks my long lens is some kind of earth mover to look for worms,

here we are mid October and flowers are still coming out this cranesbill flowers they say, May to September

another species of field mallow that blooms May till September.

as you can see I really did look for the elusive Fly agaric.

Balwen welsh ewe. mamog cymraeg.

white ewe

black and white cows

white charolais calves

a field full of ewes

I even stopped to take a photo of a red ladybird on the way.

flies do not like flying in the rain

the shire stallion belongs to the powys agricultural college

fence post rotted from the inside.

just after i gave the horse a few strokes and told him he needed a haircut it started to rain again so took shelter for a few minutes then decided to head back.

Dolfor stream  is a bit more than a trickle after the showers we have had recently,

looking up to the 3 houses and the bridge and that in the pre 19 50s was Mochdre beyond the houses is the hamlet of Stepaside,

looking over the small bridge one of the 3 old houses as a nice collection of old colectables a hand rolling mangle a single furrow horse plough.

i took shelter from the rain under the trees thinking there may be some fungi amongst these old logs. no such luck so i decided to head back home then saw a walk sign along the mochdre brook. .

The grey wagtail flycatching on the mochdre stream.

and a closer shot.

the scenic shots will be onthis link

Whitethroat,Sylvia communis

Whitethroat,Sylvia communis another one that comes to the comunial feeder

Whitethroat,a bit windswept

blue tit on the peanut feeder

Great tit on the peanut feeder

another one with young somewhere

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