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The Robin will sing all year round to protect their territory and to attract a mate, they have adapted to live in poor light and are one of the first birds to sing in the mornings and one of the last to stop singing in the evening, their alarm call is a loud ticking sound to warn others of a possible threat. The male and female are almost identical in shape and colour and the Juveniles have brown speckled upper and under parts with no red breast to protect them from attacks by other birds within their territory, the young birds start to get the red breast when they are about two to three months old. The breeding season starts in late March and lasts until July, they usually have between 4-6 eggs with an egg laid every day, the female incubates the eggs for 13 days and the young fledge after 14 more days and the Robins have two broods per year. They like to eat a mixture of insects, worms, fruit and seeds and will come into the garden and seem quite at ease if you are working in the garden or sitting down.

Tags:   Robin – Erithacus rubecula Robin Bird Erithacau rubelcula Robin Red Breast Sing Territory Poor Light Loud Ticking Sound March July March to July Breeding Incubates Eggs Two Broods Male Female Identical Alarm Season Evening Fledge

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The Pied Hoverfly is quite large between 10 to 15mm in length and the patterns on the Pied Hoverflies are white, with the markings looking similar to a comma on a black background, the face is yellow with reddish brown antennae and the eyes are covered in hair. The males eyes do touch in the centre but the female’s eyes are separated.

Tags:   Pied Hoverfly Scaeva pyrastri Hoverfly Pied Close Up Macro Insect Large White Comma Brown Antennae Females Eyes Males Eyes Black Head Flower Sweet William Markings Yellow Head

N 189 B 3.3K C 115 E Jul 12, 2019 F Jun 24, 2020
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These lovely plants are not seen very often these days but when I was a child they were very popular and seen in many gardens. The plant can grow up to 9 feet tall and are quite good at camouflaging fences and garden walls. They enjoy being in full sun and moist, rich and well drained soil, if you are planting seeds you need to sow them about one week before the first frost appears and the seeds only need to be sown about 1/4ins below the soil and they need to be about 2 feet apart. They do not need a lot of care and they do reseed themselves, but to prolong the flowering time it would help to remove the faded flowers.

Tags:   Hollyhocks Alcea rosea Lovely OLd Fashioned Garden Close Up Seeds Seed Self Seed Frost Prolong Remove Faded Blooms Plane Easy to Care For Alcea rosea Cottage Garden

N 30 B 636 C 158 E Sep 11, 2018 F Jun 16, 2020
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The Blue Potato Bush has another name which is Paraguay Nightshade which is part of the Nightshade family and all parts of this plant are very toxic to humans. This bush grows to about 6ft tall and can get up to 6ft across and is evergreen, they produce a profusion of lovely blue flowers with a very prominent yellow centre after the flowers finish blooming they then produce red berries.

Tags:   Blue Potato Flower Lycianthes rantonnetii Blue Potato Flower Close Up Macro Nightshade Nightshade Family Bush Toxic Toxic to Humans Pretty Yellow Centre Prominent Blooming Produce Red Berries Berries Red

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This is a male Hispaniolan Woodpecker which is endemic to the island of Hispaniola, it is only the males who have the dark red crown and nape and also they are larger than the female which makes it a lot easier to distinguish between the two. These birds tend to forage in groups and they eat a variety of food which includes insects, spiders, scorpions, lizards, fruit, seeds and sap, they are able to catch flying insect whilst on the wing and with larger food items they hit them on something hard to break them up into smaller sizes.

Tags:   Hispaniolan Woodpecker Melanerpes striatus Woodpecker Endemic Hispaniola Red Crown Red Nape Food Insescts Spiders Scorpions Lizards Fruit Seeds Sap Colourful Male is Larger Female is Smaller Forage Groups


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