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Archive images - September 2017


Grey wagtail
A grey wagtail, Ouzel Meadows, 28 September 2017.





Carrion crow
Carrion crow, Ouzel Meadows, 28 September 2017.





Long-winged conehead
A male long-winged conehead (despite the obviously short wings) in the Ouzel Meadows on 28 September 2017.





Comma butterfly
Comma butterfly, Ouzel Meadows, 26 September 2017.





Himalayan balsam
Himalayan balsam, Ouzel Meadows, 26 September 2017.
There's not quite so much of this invasive plant this year.





Common carder bee on comfrey with spider
A common carder bee collects pollen from comfrey while a nursey web spider sits and waits, Ouzel Meadows, 26 September 2017.





Elephant hawk-moth caterpillar
Elephant hawk-moth caterpillar, Alwins Field, 22 September 2017.





Mute swans
A mute swan with two out of her four cygnets following behind, Grand Union Canal, Globe Inn, 21 September 2017.





Oak galls
Oak trees suffer attacks from various wasps that cause galls. Above left a good acorn is accompanied by a knopper gall and on a nearby tree in Linslade Woods there were oak apples. 16 September 2017.





Dock bugs - Coreus marginatus
Dock bugs (Coreus marginatus) congregate before hibernating at this time of year. These two youngsters were part of a small group in Linslade Woods, 12 September 2017.





Southern hawker dragonfly
This Southern hawker dragonfly was waiting for the sunshine to warm him up - Linslade Woods, 12 September 2017.





Sparrowhawk
A female sparrowhawk making a meal of a feral pigeon in our garden, Alwins Field, 7 September 2017.





Common lizard
A common lizard basking in fleeting sunshine, Linslade Woods (Knaves Hill entrance), 4 September 2017.





Juvenile warbler
A juvenile warbler catching flies in the reeds of the River Ouzel near the Globe Inn on 2 September 2017.





Mute swan
A mute swan cruises out of the shadows on the River Ouzel near the Globe Inn, 2 September 2017.





Small tortoiseshell butterfly
A small tortoiseshell butterfly on a thistle; the River Ouzel meadows,  2 September 2017.





Red admiral butterfly
A red admiral butterfly feasting on blackberries in Linslade Woods on 1 September 2017.





Comma butterfly
A comma butterfly at rest in the sunshine, photographed in Linslade Woods, 1 September 2017.





Painted lady butterfly
Painted lady butterfly in our garden, Alwins Field, 1 September 2017.
Painted lady butterfly close-up
This close-up shows how the proboscis (tongue) of the butterfly is made up of two tubes side-by-side, which give it strength and stop it getting in a tangle.

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