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Thursday 31 December 2009

Happy New Year

Butterflies of the old year

White Admiral
Speckled Wood
Small Copper
Silver-washed Fritillary
Paited Lady
Marbled White
Large Skipper
Green Hairsteak
Common Blue Butterfly
Common Blue
Clouded Yellow
This is my report of 2009
I hope that you a jolly happy new year.

Wednesday 30 December 2009

The families of Dragoflies, Damselflies, etc

Ruddy Darter
Migrant Hawker
Golden-ringed Dragonfly
Four-spotted Chaser
Emperor Dragonfly
Common Blue Damselfly
Broad-bodied Chaser (female)
Blue-tailed Damselfly
Black-tailed Skimmer
Beautiful Demoiselle
It rained again................

Tuesday 29 December 2009

The Crow family

JackdawCarrion Crow
It was raining all day, so I produced some of the Crow family.

Monday 28 December 2009

Song Thrush (Naas Lane, Lydney)

You would like to go down to Naas Lane; a lovely scene, full of old furniture that no one wants, broken glass and throw away plates & forks. But, not everything there is dirty, like the birds. There are numerous amounts of them at this time of the year. I like it.....

Sunday 27 December 2009

Saturday 26 December 2009

Wren taken on Christmas day

The so-called Boxing Day, What is it? All those presents that the kids love and admire, that's all gone now and it is time to put the boxes; no it isn't that.......... I do not know, I think it's time to look in Wikipedia.
Boxing day was traditionally a day the servants had a day off from their duties. Because of this the gentry would eat cold cuts and have a buffet style feast prepared by the servants in advance. In modern times many families will still follow this tradition by eating a family style buffet lunch, with cold cuts rather than a full cooked meal. It is a time for family, parlour games and sports in the UK.
The traditional recorded celebration of Boxing Day has long included giving money and other gifts to those who were needy and in service positions. The European tradition has been dated to the Middle Ages, but the exact origin is unknown and there are some claims that it goes back to the late Roman/early Christian era; metal boxes were placed outside churches used to collect special offerings tied to the Feast of Saint Stephen.In the United Kingdom it certainly became a custom of the nineteenth century Victorians for tradesmen to collect their "Christmas boxes" or gifts in return for good and reliable service throughout the year on the day after Christmas. The exact etymology of the term "Boxing" is unclear, with several competing theories, none of which are clearly true.
The establishment of Boxing Day as a defined public holiday under the legislation that created the UK's Bank Holidays started the separation of 'Boxing Day' from the 'Feast of St Stephen' and today it is almost entirely a secular holiday with a tradition of shopping and post Christmas sales starting.
I am not sure if I can use this! Never mind.......

Thursday 24 December 2009

Lapwing (Lydney, Naas Lane)

I am getting a bit closer, but, as I say to everyone is, always go for the head. And, I didn't do it, silly fool. Tomorrow it will be Chistmas, Merry Christmas to you all.

Wednesday 23 December 2009

Greylag Geese

I didn't go out again, this week is a tricky one, snowy and black ice on the road. And, I just don't like the cold. So, I like the car, but I don't like the roads when there is a warm house.

Tuesday 22 December 2009

A collection of birds over the week

Pied Wagtail
Song Thrush
Can you tell the difference between Song Thrush and the Redwing? Of course, it is the colours; one is yellow and the other is sky blue!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday 21 December 2009

A day in the life "Beatles"

A Robin waiting for more seeds
Blue Tit has found some
And the Blackbird is a bit frantic.