Abbey Meadows

Abbey Meadows

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Late autumn colours

Stepping stones, Morpeth

Red Campion and Ivy at Ulgham

River of leaves...River Lyne at Ulgham

Old Alder at Ulgham host to the fungi Alder Bracket (Inonotus radiatus)

Fox and Cubs still in flower at Deuchar park, Morpeth

Monday, 11 November 2013

Majorca photo album

Late October/early November might not be the best time of year to see Majorca's wildlife at its best but it is still warm, the kids love it and there is always lots to see. It was alive with insects particularly butterflies and day flying moths. the most obvious was Crimson Speckled and Hummingbird Hawkmoth. Clouded Yellow, Swallowtail, Painted Lady and Long tailed Blue were numerous. I found it difficult to drag myself away from 'waste' areas such as corners of car parks and supermarkets due to the abundance of flowering plants and associated insect life. I managed a few pics but can't identify most of the above insects. Some plant pics have been stored for future identification but I did like Rock Samphire and Asparagus alba
Lots of birds to see but I wasn't running around all of the island. Eagles and Vultures are nice, Hoopoes and Cirl Buntings even better but the most charismatic bird on the island is the Sardinian warbler with its distinctive call and quirky behaviour greeting us each morning in the pines next to our balcony.