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buzzy



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Location: In a small wood on the edge of the Huntingdonshire Wolds
PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 17 8:49 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

I suspect that if Grass Snakes bite people more frequently than do Adders it is because people think "it's only a Grass Snake." But you are quite right, their dental hygiene is not of the best. I was once sitting on a low wall at the edge of a pond and a Grass Snake gently slithered out of the vegetation and lay beside me in the sun. We both survived!

Henry

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 12, 17 6:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

My first encounter was when I was a child. I had retired behind a bush and this grass snake arrived. We both shot off in opposite directions.

buzzy



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 17 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

No walk this week, because it was a bank holiday, and a lot of the places we visit tend to get filled up on holidays.

So here is a recent picture from one of my wildlife cameras:




a Muntjac (Muntiacus reevesi) doe, followed by the buck, wandering through the woodland.

Henry

Edited foe typo.

dpack



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 17 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

ace camera placement 10/10 8)

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 17 7:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

They look almost like pigs in that picture with their noses in the undergrowth. Good picture.

buzzy



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 17 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

No walk yesterday - all my lift-givers are on holiday!

So here is a picture from the other wildlife camera, taken a week or so ago:




A Roe Deer (Capreolus capreolus) apparently moving quite rapidly up the drive - as mentioned in the trail camera thread, an infrequent visitor to the garden (at least to the parts covered by the cameras!).

Henry

dpack



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 17 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

nice snap 8)

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 17 6:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Nice picture Buzzy. We saw a roe deer crossing the track we were going up yesterday. A doe, as there were no antlers. It stopped in the wood and watched us drive past. There are quite a lot of roe deer in the woods, although most dog walkers have never seen one and don't believe they exist, so why do we need to put up deer fence round the coppice coups.

sgt.colon



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 17 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Great pictures Buzzy. :)

buzzy



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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 17 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

No walk again this week, it being a Bank Holiday. But I took this picture earlier today:



Common Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) which has just begun to blossom in the last few days in the garden.

Otherwise known as May - and since today is the first of May...........

Henry

sean
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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 17 9:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You can cast a clout then, unless you're of the out meaning end of May school of proverb interpretation.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Tue May 02, 17 6:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Or until it is over being another interpretation. It has been out here for a week or two; very early this year. We have had a fantastic year for blossom starting with the Mirabelle, then the blackthorn, now the May as well as apple and other things.

buzzy



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PostPosted: Tue May 02, 17 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

sean wrote:
You can cast a clout then, unless you're of the out meaning end of May school of proverb interpretation.


Whichever, it still means I've got to wait thirty days till I wash the blankets! :)

Henry

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Wed May 03, 17 6:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

:D

buzzy



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PostPosted: Mon May 08, 17 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Today we visited a local Bluebell wood and a nearby. I was rather cold, even in the wood. We saw lots of Bluebells, though they were a bit past their best, and sadly too many people had trampled paths through them,

We saw some very young Oak Apples - not sure they will be large enough for 29th May, but perhaps size doesn't matter in the observance of old traditions. :lol:

When we got to the far side of the wood we looked over some arable land and watched three Brown Hares have a fast game of follow my leader.

The visit to the meadow to look for Green-winged Orchid (Anacamptis (Orchis) morio) was amply rewarded with a splendid display, including several of these lovely pink ones:




I will post some more pictures when I've edited them.

Henry

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