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Image Taken on 06 Apr 2012 at 07:28    Image of day on 29 Apr 2012

This is a detail of the lovely catkins that form on Black poplar trees. They fall long before the leaves emerge. Black Poplar are either male or female - ours and possibly all that are left are males - the females are said to smell badly at times of the year and were not planted. We propagated ours by cuttings from fallen branches, although this is a low branch on a tree planted about 1938.


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Image Taken on 29 Apr 2013 at 07:09    Image of day on 10 Jun 2013

The Black-Poplar trees (all males nowadays because the flowering females emit an offensive smell & didn't get planted) this year produce a fabulous show of Catkins giving the trees a red haze for a couple of days.


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Image Taken on 29 Apr 2013 at 07:09    Image of day on 10 Jun 2013




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Image Taken on 08 Apr 2020 at 07:27    Image of day on 20 Apr 2020

Black Poplar trees make these attractive maroon and yellow Catkins weeks before the first leaves appear.


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Image Taken on 29 May 2020 at 15:58    Image of day on 01 Jul 2020

This immaculate female Black-tailed Skimmer Dragonfly spent several minutes fluttering around the 'garden' near the house.


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Image Taken on 29 May 2020 at 16:00    Image of day on 01 Jul 2020

This immaculate female Black-tailed Skimmer Dragonfly spent several minutes fluttering around the 'garden' near the house.


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Image Taken on 30 Jun 2014 at 10:58    Image of day on 07 Sep 2014

Near a sheet of corrugated iron (to attract snakes but this year abandoned even by the ants!) we find this blackberry (Bramble) flower we have not noticed before with larger and more complex stamens than normal. It seems to be an Elm-Leaf Blackberry (Rubus ulmifolius) that has somehow found it's way to our patch and is growing a healthy clump.


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Image Taken on 11 Jun 2017 at 09:35    Image of day on 04 Aug 2017

A group of Blackberry flowers. As the flowers age the tips of the anthers turn brown.


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Image Taken on 04 Aug 2019 at 12:32    Image of day on 26 Sep 2019

A cluster of Blackberry flowers that have a particularly strong pink tint. This one at one end of the path shows this colour each year.


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Image Taken on 07 Dec 2010 at 09:05    Image of day on 31 Jan 2011

In our own patch this blackberry leaf is outlined by frost.


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Image Taken on 13 Mar 2017 at 11:07    Image of day on 22 Apr 2017

On the grass border outside our patch this blackbird was hunting in the soft mud under the grass, moving about in the characteristic 'kangaroo like' bounding motion they use. This was photographed at about 7 fps.


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Image Taken on 13 Mar 2017 at 11:07    Image of day on 22 Apr 2017

A few frames on, the bird is in mid-leap with an unusually good view of the claws


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Image Taken on 13 Mar 2017 at 11:07    Image of day on 22 Apr 2017

Finally she made for a hole in the hedge back through into our patch, and 'vanished'.


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Image Taken on 20 Apr 2017 at 09:26    Image of day on 14 Jun 2017

This female Blackbird regularly feeds on an overgrown gravel path outside the study patio doors. But here she is clearing some of last years dead grass, undoubtedly to make the nest a bit more comfortable.


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Image Taken on 02 Apr 2017 at 06:36    Image of day on 23 May 2017

A female Blackbird collecting material for her nest.


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Image Taken on 04 Jun 2017 at 14:42    Image of day on 31 Jul 2017

A female Blackbird decorating, or being decorated by, Buttercups and Clover.


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Image Taken on 09 Apr 2011 at 07:34    Image of day on 12 May 2011

... hidden in Ivy high on a South facing wall.


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Image Taken on 09 Apr 2011 at 07:32    Image of day on 12 May 2011

Female Blackbird quite near her nest with a beakful of dry detritus for the nest ...


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Image Taken on 19 Apr 2021 at 09:47    Image of day on 15 May 2021

The female Blackbird at this site gathers nest lining.
We are surprised she can see where she is going with load on board.


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Image Taken on 08 Apr 2011 at 11:38    Image of day on 29 Apr 2011

Somewhere behind the leaves is a female blackbird. We have found the nest in some trellis on a wall overgrown with ivy, but we won't be trying to get any close-up photos of the nest because we couldn't do it without disturbance.


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