OscarWildlife: Blog http://oscarwildlife.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) OscarWildlife howard.orridge@hotmail.co.uk (OscarWildlife) Sun, 12 May 2013 19:51:00 GMT Sun, 12 May 2013 19:51:00 GMT http://oscarwildlife.zenfolio.com/img/s/v-5/u628343201-o739767364-50.jpg OscarWildlife: Blog http://oscarwildlife.zenfolio.com/blog 119 120 Proper Birthday Present http://oscarwildlife.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/5/proper-birthday-present Tim and Mark called around this morning and we headed off to Ketton in order to take some photographs.

The first decent image was this Grizzled Skipper:


Grizzled Skipper

Then we saw a snake:



This lovely female Adder was a bit of a tease, but we all eventually got some great images of her.


Then this happened:

The first time I have witnessed Male and female Adders in courtship! Wow!

howard.orridge@hotmail.co.uk (OscarWildlife) http://oscarwildlife.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/5/proper-birthday-present Sun, 12 May 2013 19:49:55 GMT
Birthday Present http://oscarwildlife.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/5/birthday-present The Mullein Following a large portion of curry the conversation soon turned to moths as Pete dashed outside and quickly potted up this Mullein.

It has been quite a few years since I've recorded this moth from my garden, I hope it won't be as long until next time.

A Powdered Quaker was also a first for the year.


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1.5 mile radius from my house http://oscarwildlife.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/1/1-5-mile-radius-from-my-house ]]> howard.orridge@hotmail.co.uk (OscarWildlife) http://oscarwildlife.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/1/1-5-mile-radius-from-my-house Wed, 02 Jan 2013 19:34:17 GMT 2013 Photo Challenge http://oscarwildlife.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/12/2013-photo-challenge So with no Pork Pie Posse Photo Competition for this year, I have decided to try and photograph 200 different species in my garden.

I have no doubt that most of these will be the "prettier" moths (or all of them if the new year is the same as 2012) but I hope to add a few birds and other insects as well.


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Rain in Rutland, but Yellowhammers and Grey Partridge save the day! http://oscarwildlife.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/11/rain-in-rutland-but-yellowhammers-and-grey-partridge-save-the-day Mark and I had another Sunday at Rutland Water - my second visit in 2 weeks and only my second birdwatching visit in the last 3 years!

The rain made for a very moody morning, but it was nice to spend some time in the hides at Lyndon, sheltering from the rain and watching some of common wildfowl and grebes.

There had been a Ring-necked Duck with the tufties but we didn't get to see it, but the views of drenched Tree Sparrows and Soggy Shovelers was worth the strenuous effort that I have to put in to walking at the moment.

Having had a short time out at Egleton - lagoon 1 was deserted! we decided to check on habitat for Short Eared Owls nearer home.

We are a little doubtful that there will be many if any SEO's this winter at Burton as the field margins have no grass or uncut crop to hold shrews or voles, but we did find a covey of about 15 Grey Partridges and a superb finch flock of c150 (mainly) Yellowhammers but with plenty of Tree Sparrows, some Greenfinch's, a handful of Goldfinch's and also a few Long-tailed tits were apparently tagging along.

Starlings were making their way south - presumably to a roost, whilst Common and BH Gulls were harrassed by Crows on the fields.

Roll on Summer 2013!




howard.orridge@hotmail.co.uk (OscarWildlife) http://oscarwildlife.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/11/rain-in-rutland-but-yellowhammers-and-grey-partridge-save-the-day Sun, 04 Nov 2012 20:38:21 GMT
Birmingham Grand Prix (Diamond League) with 42 Olympic Medalists http://oscarwildlife.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/9/birmingham-grand-prix-diamond-league-with-42-olympic-medalists I've just uploaded a random selection of photo's of this superb event.

We had the pleasure of sitting next to Barbora Spotakova (after she had thrown her Javelin out of the stadium)The double Olympic Champion and current World Record Holder signed our program and asked Mikey to sit next to her for a photo.

Mo Farah, Greg Rutherford and Robbie Grabarz were on show along with Hannah England, Aries Merritt and a legend of 100m sprinting Tyson Gay who looked straight down my lens! Spearmon, Bailey and Gemili made the running in the 200m with Gay but the race winner was Martina.

Carmelita Jeter easily saw off Shelley-Ann fraser-Pryce in the 100m - but they both looked great!

What superb vision I had to book front row tickets after my Olympic rejection.

We had a great day out watching some of the best athletes not only in GB but also the world. Only missing Bolt, Blake, Pearson and Ennis!

Thank you Birmingham we might have to make a regular date.


Mikey with Barbora Spotakova


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February Photo Competition http://oscarwildlife.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/3/february-photo-competition This months photo's have been uploaded - time for ALL players to vote.

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Day out with the boys http://oscarwildlife.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/2/day-out-with-the-boys Today I have decided to try Zenfolio's blog....

Mark, Tim , my old friend Louis and I have been out to play.

Frampton Marsh was the destination and I have to report on a good day out:18/02/2012 10:35 to 16:53 Frampton Marshes (Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom) TF 36551 38363 Altitude: 55.
A little sunshine mostly dull & grey but strong NW winds
Louis was our chauffer, Tim sorted the Mega breakfasts at the Roman Cafe nr Grantham and Mark kept the daily log.

4 Fallow deer and at least 5 Hares en route.

Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis), 2.
Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus). 2
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo).
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), 1.
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta), 1.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor), c.30.
Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus), c.30.
Bewick Swan (Cygnus columbianus), c.10.
Greylag Goose (Anser anser), c.50.
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis), c.50.
Brent Goose (Branta bernicla), c.2000.
Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna), 27.
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope). 1000’s
Gadwall (Anas strepera). several
Common Teal (Anas crecca).
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos).
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta), c.200.
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina), c.30.
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula).
Greater Scaup (Aythya marila), 1 (1 adult male).
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula), 2.
Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus), 1
Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus).
Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus), 2.
Common Coot (Fulica atra).
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus).
European Golden Plover (Pluvialis apricaria), c.300.
Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago), 8.
Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa), 9.
Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata), 7.
Spotted Redshank (Tringa erythropus) 1.
Common Redshank (Tringa totanus), c.12.
Dunlin (Calidris alpina), c.12.
Ruff (Philomachus pugnax), 8.
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus).
Stock Dove (Columba oenas), 2.
Barn Owl (Tyto alba), 1.
Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis), c.40.
Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis), 5.
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii).
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris).
Common Blackbird (Turdus merula).
Carrion Crow (Corvus corone).
Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris).
European Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris), c.20.
European Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis), c.30.
Eurasian Linnet (Carduelis cannabina).
Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus).


howard.orridge@hotmail.co.uk (OscarWildlife) http://oscarwildlife.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/2/day-out-with-the-boys Sat, 18 Feb 2012 22:02:51 GMT