Wool, Wiltshire and All Manner of Wonderful Things!

and name the flower, bird etc.  The following were all taken on my outings  for Go Wild. Are you ready to play? You may want to make a drink first….

Taken in woodland, late May.Name this insect.

My best guess is click beetle. Any advance on that?

Name which bird laid this egg, also found in woodland.

I reckoned pheasant.

This one is easier, name the flower, spotted in shade under trees, very late May.

Common Dog Violet, I think.

Another easy one, found in the same place


Bit harder, what do you reckon?

I think bugle but, I am by no means sure. I realised quite early on this month that you need to take into account so many things to make an identification, petal shape, number of petals, height of plant, leaf shape etc

How are you on fungus. This was growing on a silver birch tree.

I wondered if it is hoof fungus which grows on birch trees, but according to my book only in the Scottish Highlands, and this was in a wood near the North York Moors.

To birds, this on was on a village green sheltering from the rain.

I wondered if it was some sort of domestic duck from a farm. No idea really, but kind of cute.

Next picture taken at Whitby, and now I have become more knowledgable I can say with all certainty this is a

Herring Gull- the clue is in tha tail. Go me!

But how are you on seaweed. Growing on what must be part of an old breakwater , name this seaweed.

Not really up on seaweed, is it knotted wrack?

Never mind, an easier one next, name this bird.

Taken at Fountains Abbey, it is a Jackdaw. Apparently he told me he is quite partial to biscuit crumbs, I guess that’s what my bird book means by “has an opportunist diet.”

Now we are onto a walk I took last week. It took me through fields and woods towards a lake and a bird hide. Coming up next is a creature we hardly get the chance to see, indeed this is the first time I ever saw one. It’s very sad  that unfortunately because he lives underground the only way I was probably ever getting to see one was because he was sadly no longer with us, he is an X. So I hope you feel prepared enough for the next picture, or scroll right on down past him.

Mr Mole and so cute and so much smaller than I expected.

Moving swiftly on, and how are you doing?

Back to insects, and this one you can play I spy too.

Can you see him, just above that blade of grass. He is on a piece of fungus growing on a tree stump.

I have no idea really but wondered about a stag beetle.

Back to flowers you will be pleased to know.

Common Spotted orchid I reckon.

How about this one?

Is it Toadflax? I really don’t know.

Back to fungus, we’re nearly done, just one more to go after this.

Growing on a birch tree, is it Birch Polpore?

Time for I spy again.. My camera and I really aren’t up to this.

Found on a farm track alongside a river, I think it’s a dragonfly, but I am probably wrong.

So that’s the end of my little game which I hope you enjoyed. I have just one more picture to share, which I took from the bird hide by the lake. I sat and had a huff and puff for a while and could see precious little, but I could hear a plaintive cheeping from just nearby in the reeds.

My eye was finally caught on the far bank of the pond by a flash and a splash, so I waited and waited and eventually was rewarded by the sight of a large fish leap through the water and land with a huge splosh. Was it a trout? I don’t know, but I waited a while longer, and I could still hear cheeping.

Eventually over the pond came two ducks, one female followed by a male, they swam right to the hide and then turned to swim back and out swam a duckling, cheeping away and off went the little family. A minute or so later out popped another duckling who set off in hot pursuit.

Hide and seek do you think?

Now it’s only the 25 June, what else can I fit in this month?







Comments on: "In which we play “I spy Nature" (45)

  1. Lovely post, I love your humour throughout. I was a little stumped on the fungus and plants. I am awful trying to ID trees!Though doing 30 Days does help a lot. You learn something new every day 🙂 I think your blue dragon fly is a blue damselfly. x

    • I think you are right about the damselfly. I saw another pair today and having spent ages pouring over pictures of them are now convinced it was a damselfly. I also saw frogs the size of my small fingernail, so exciting.
      Glad you enjoyed the post. Trees are another struggle for me too! So much to learn. I think the secret is to be with people who know what they are seeing. I learned such a lot about seabirds on the puffin cruise for example.Can’t believe we are nearly at the end for 2018.

  2. I didn’t do too bad on birds and flowers but pretty rubbish at all the others 🙂

  3. […] over’ but I think that’s enough weedy eye candy for one blog post and, by chance, Cathy went wild in Yorkshire today and she has actually named some of the wildflowers for you (or her […]

  4. What fun! I don’t know the name of anything but the primrose and violet. 😉

  5. claire93 said:

    well I felt like a right idiot as I didn’t know the names for a lot of the flowers and funghi that you saw on your walk. Didn’t do much better with the insects either lol.
    Enjoy your strawberries from today – hope you’re having them fresh with a dollop of cream because it’s really not jam-making weather.

    • I wouldn’t have known what was what without my nature guide book.
      Starwberries will be served with ice cream tonight. Certainly not making jam.

  6. I think your fungus is tree bracket fungus–I did a post a long time ago about the way these fungi get used as canvas for some artwork! I loved your very observant photos!

  7. You beat me to it – I was going to do a blog post about wildflowers around here and took some pics over the weekend.
    I have seen moles in similar (or worse) condition when my cats bring them in 😦 I always hope they had died of natural causes first but I doubt it.
    As for your beetle on fungus on tree stump, I wondered what you were going on about as I thought I was looking at a hedgehog’s face – should have gone to Specsavers.

    • Lynne you always make me laugh! At least it was a hedgehog’s face.
      It is very hot here at the moment, and from a purely selfish point of view if you posted your wildflowers I could call that my going wild activity without having to go out!
      It would be fascianting in any case to see just how many are similiar to ones here. I look forward to reading it.

      • Done and will publish later today so you can stay indoors if you want to and go wild with me instead. x

        • Excellent- I may save it for tomorrow having just got back from a walk and strawberry picking- now hot and bothered!

          • It’s scorchio here now – not before time – even the dogs don’t want to go out for too long. I’ve just nearly crocked myself by dragging a step ladder up to one of the terraces in order to climb up to the next terrace because I can see we have some cherries ripened. This, because Mr. T. has blocked up the usual pathway with some c**p that I can’t get through. I got up there, got my white shorts dirty, I scraped my legs and got nettled and the cherries are tasteless 😦

            • I am reduced to watching football on TV with a lemon tea to keep cool! Last night I went out to water Mr E’s tomatoes and he had left the watering can in mud which I proceeded to transfer to my white dress! Growl!
              Sorry your cherries weren’t quite ripe!

  8. What a fun post! I think the yellow flower might be Birdsfoot Trefoil. Loving your Go Wildness!

    • You could well be right. I have just looked in my local wildflower walks book and it does look like a very good contender. Thank you.
      Yesterday putting this post together was the best my wildness could muster in the heat. I have a cunning plan for today. Go a walk after breakfast, before it gets hot.

  9. No clue on anything, but that was a grand tour of area flora and fauna!

  10. I knew the duck! Lots of farmers in the US raise them. The first fungus looks similar to ours in the woods, probably the only reference book we don’t have is fungus! We have damselflies too. My Norwegian Grandpa called them “sewing needles” on the farm. He taught me a lot about nature. Love love love nature!

    • Glad you enjoyed this! Whata lovely name for damselflies. Being out with nature really lifts the spirits.
      We are having a hot spell here at the moment,and we are not really used to it.

  11. You have been wonderfully busy! I love that you are getting out and about and noticing, recording and researching. All this activity is so good for your brain and wellbeing!! I’m not nearly as knowledgeable about identification as you – so impressed!

    • Believe me, there was a lot of head scratching and reference to my books going on, as I put this post together. I agree though that getting out and using one’s brain are good for well being. I always feel so good after a walk.

  12. Don’t know much about beetles or fungus, but you’re right with the flowers and seaweed, and that is a Muscovy duck.

    • A musovy duck, I have heard of them, so good to know what she is. I liked that she sheltered from the rain under the tree with me.

  13. Wow! What a great selection! But I wont be any help. I think your blue flower is a Bugle. Thats about all I can help you with. Oh and the dragonfly is more probably a blue damselfly. Poor little mole. And nice Jackdaw pic. X

  14. Damselfly and possibly a Pill Beetle (or not. Some of the pics I looked at had it black and some had it brown)

  15. You know much more precise names than I do!

  16. Murtagh's Meadow said:

    Lots of wildlife there. Your bugle is bugle. The second beetle may be a door beetle and the dragonfly maybe a damselfly. Damselfly wings lay against it’s body while dragonfly wings stick out like a plane. Not great on fungi i am afraid. We saw a dead mole last year when we visited Wales (we don’t have any moles in Ireland!).

    • Thank you so much for your help. I have got one more picture of the dragonfly/damselfly, so I will look at the wings. So many things to look at to make an identification. Makes one appreciate the diversity of the natural world. I never knew that there were no moles in Ireland.

    • I didn’t know that you don’t have any moles in Ireland. Do you have hedgehogs?

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