A wild week

It was sunny and warm last Wednesday so I took a potter along part of the site perimeter bounded by shrubs and trees to be rewarded by seeing quite a lot of butterflies including this Red Admiral.

On Thursday I suddenly realised that the crows and magpies perched on the framework for soft fruit bushes on a nearby plot were being very raucous.  That was a  indication one of the foxes was nearby, and sure enough it soon appeared.

Moorhens are often seen on the small stream that runs alongside the site or on the adjacent ecology park pond. During the week I was told that one had been seen on the allotments disappearing into the long grass under the willow tree.

Three mallards have been providing aerial entertainment on a number of occasions lately by flying very low overhead circuits whilst quacking loudly.

The RSPB’s  Make Your Nature Count started yesterday and continues through to next Sunday, the 10th.  I’ll be doing my count later in the week when hopefully the weather is better again as this morning it’s dull and very wet.

Have a good week!

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22 Responses to A wild week

  1. Betty says:

    The fox looks quite healthy doesn’t it! I saw one on our allotments last year but it was in really bad condition, full of mange.

  2. Ellie says:

    You’ve had a very good wild week! That is one confident fox – he almost looks like a pet. Presumably in search of some good veg to go with the stolen chicken carcass… x

    • Flighty says:

      Ellie I did indeed. Yes this one has got closer in recent weeks. More likely going to dig up some buried bread or an egg which we keeping finding! xx

  3. Lovely Red Admiral,Flighty. I have also seen some white butterflies hovering around lately, must get my swatter out…LOL!

  4. wellywoman says:

    Ah my favourites, butterflies. Not sure the wet weather we’re having at the moment is their cup of tea though. I love foxes too. The strange thing is living here in rural Wales I never see them and yet when I lived in Berkshire they were everywhere. Sometimes there’s more wildlife in urban areas than in the countryside.

    • Flighty says:

      Welly’ mine too. You’re right the weather hasn’t been good for them lately. Good for you. It does seem strange but others have said the same thing. I don’t know about more, perhaps just different. xx

  5. nikkipolani says:

    Wild indeed! Lots to enjoy on the plot besides the plot!

  6. Your fox looks like a lovely creature, super bushy tail too! The foxes around here have skinny tails, not sure why, even the very small fox cubs that I’ve seen recently. I’ve heard the birds here set up a right old din and wondered what it meant, now I know one possible reason, thank you! Wellywoman is right, there IS a lot of wildlife in urban environments. That’s a super photo of the red admiral; is that elderflower it’s landed on? I’m hoping for a lot more butterflies this year (last year it was all cabbage whites) and am planting a variety of flowers to tempt them into the garden. Let’s hope the rain eases off soon so we can spend more time outdoors!

    • Flighty says:

      Caro it sure has. Yes it is elderflower, which along with blackberries, hawthorn and holly covers much of the perimeter. Fingers crossed for some plenty of sunny, warm weather to attract them out and about.
      That sounds good to me so let’s hope so. xx

  7. Doris says:

    So nice to see the Red Admiral and the Fox! Thanks for sharing your “wild week”! 🙂

  8. Glo says:

    Perhaps a good name for that Fox would be ‘Red Admiral’ as he seems to be in command! Lovely that you were able to photo the butterfly as well. From the looks of the celebrations in your neck of the woods (on TV here), the weather seems to be a bit on the wild side as well…hope it cheers up soon and you can be back to pottering.

    • Flighty says:

      Glo I like that suggestion. Yes I’m always pleased a get a good butterfly photo.
      Following a wild week it’s sadly been a very wet weekend, and no plotting. xx

  9. Jo says:

    You certainly see plenty of wildlife around your allotment. The fox looks to be very confident, they seem to be used to people being around these days. I was watching a Sparrowhawk circling over the house yesterday, I don’t know what it was looking at but it flew off without swooping for prey.

    • Flighty says:

      Jo I sure do. The resident foxes are used to people, although some are more wary than others. Lucky you, it’s a bird that I rarely see. xx

  10. lynda says:

    once again great photos – love the fox ;0)

  11. Liz says:

    Good pics of the red admiral and of that fox, who looked as though he was supervisory personnel!

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