Autumn is here, but Summer flowers hanging on.

Yesterday took Alice for a walk along the seafront past Hornsea Floral Hall. The hall has spectacular flower beds and there were a good number of Summer flowers hanging on in there.

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Although a few have made the shift to Autumn. The dunnocks were still enjoying playing in the bushes.

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And a spectacular web.

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My wildflower meadow planted earlier in the year is starting to get going ready for flowering next year.

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Oh what a beautiful morning

On the way to work today I stopped off as some of my teaching books were rattling around in the back annoying me. I pulled into one of the lay-bys and couldn’t resist taking a few snaps. The photos don’t do justice to what a beautiful sunrise it was.

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It feels like Autumn is here now. The berries are now on the bushes. Leaves are starting to turn.

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Mimics

Today in the garden spotted this lovely striped hoverfly (Helophilus trivittatus I think). A wasp mimic that is common to gardens.

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The birds in the garden are starting to come back to the feeder after fledging. Still not a massive variety mainly pigeons and blackbirds coming in along with some doves, starlings. Then the occasional robin and blue tits.

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Birds in flight

On a walk out with Alice earlier in the week attempted to catch gulls in flight. I’m trying to get used to tracking their movements. Not the best photos, but getting a bit clearer.

Started a bit distant.

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A swarm taking off along the beach.

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Getting a bit closer.

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Going for a dive bomb overhead.

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Much easier when they stay still.

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Alice seemed soothed by the sound of waves and gulls watched contently.

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Hedgehog feeding

As part of my RSPB home for nature plan I was set the task of opening a hedgehog cafe.

 

Details of here: https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/makeahomeforwildlife/givenatureahomeinyourgarden/gardenactivities/openahedgehogcafe/

I haven’t set up the box station yet, but got a feeding tray and water tray ready next to the hedgehog home.

 

For those who have been following the blog you’ll of seen my highways and byways have had some success getting a hedgehogs into the garden.

Last night I had some of the busiest activity from my hedgehog visitor. I got some of the best footage on the trail cam. Then with Alice rising early for a morning feed at 4 I actually got to see the hedgehog this morning shuffling around the garden rather than just on the trail cam.

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A morning stroll

This morning me and Alice took a stroll out to let Amy get some more rest. We headed out across town to Hornsea Mere. Alice has been fascinated the last week any time we go under the shade of trees her head darts about looking at the branches excitedly. As we came along the path to the mere she had the double excitement of branches and bird song.

 

The mere was looking stunning this morning with the sun reflecting off the water. Beautiful blue sky and a slight breeze.

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A great variety of ducks, geese and seabirds were resting in the sun. I’m going to need to work on my identification skills seeing a greater variety. I can pick out the mute swan, the canada goose, but too many of the others are just duck currently. There are also lots of faster moving smaller birds which I think are sand martins, but my lens isn’t able to take a decent photo at the distance.

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The waters edge has some lovely wild flowers keeping the bees happy.

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We then walked home back along a section of the Trans Penine trail along the old railway track and seafront. Not too bad for a gentle morning stroll.

 

My talented nephews

In a break from my climate change petition efforts I’d like to share some nature efforts from my nephews. This morning they’ve been having a go at watercolours at my dads.

Jacob did a super shark and Joe an excellent effort at a fox.

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Then Jacob and Joe had a go with my camera at capturing some snaps of my parents garden.

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Some excellent photos by Jacob of bees in passion flowers.

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Joe took a good one of my dad, his granddad.

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Jacobs photo of the most wild thing of all.

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One from me on my phone.

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And some by me of my baby Alice being fussed over my family.

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Day 28-success of the trail cam!

This morning I set up the trail cam at the back of the school field in the wooded area. At lunchtime I went to collect it in. The camera wasn’t quite positioned ideally as a number of animals seem to of crept up close, so only half was captured. But I was happy to see this little chappy trundling past.

Then a little later in the morning this young lady popped her head in to have a look.

I was quite happy to capture the hedgehog, even if I didn’t get a clear shot. But I still wanted the to get a good sight of the foxes. So I set it up for the afternoon.

The first visitor did have a streak of red, but not a fox.

But then later in the day I got what I was waiting on.

Day 27-Foxes

Well I set the trap cam up hidden in my school wooded area and managed to capture one of the foxes again. Not as good as Fridays attempts, but they excite the kids when they saw them. Most are a bit blurry, whereas the photos I lost on Friday were clearer, so will keep trying for better.

To begin spot the fox.

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Still watching.

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In a bit closer…….

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…make a dash for it….

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Will try to continue to try to get a better clear shot.

 

Today is also national badger week, so in the spirit of the event I read my class the disgusting sandwich.

A suitably gross story about a hungry badger.