This is not a brilliant photo, but I had to include it here as I have never taken a photo of one of these little birds before. It was a very flitty bird, not staying in one place for more than a few seconds, hence the difficulty getting any kind of half decent shot. I have identified it as a Greenish Warbler due to the greyish green of its shoulders and wings, together with the creamish belly. There is a yellowish steak that passes across the top of the eye and a very fine beak.
Thursday, 14 November 2013
I love this time of year when the Robins return to the garden, they are such cute little birds and are quite happy to flit around in the garden when you are out there.
The Robin was back in our garden yesterday, so I just had to take some more shots, of such a lovely bird.
Wednesday, 13 November 2013
We came across this growing in our garden, it appears to be a Slippery Jack Mushroom. The name comes from the fact that they grow around pine trees and in most climates the brown of the top of the mushroom is quite slimy. However here in Turkey and other areas with a hot, dry climate the top dries out and has more of a leather appearance and texture. The underside has a striking appearance like a yellow sponge. Apparently they are edible, although you are supposed to peel of the brown skin from the top of the mushroom. I still don't think the look of the mushroom encourages me to try it.
Now the weather has cooled and we are getting more birds in our garden here on the Aegean Coast of Turkey, the Common Chaffinch is making an appearance. This one appears to be a female, as its colours are not as pronounced as the male and it does not have the blue cap, but has a greenish grey one.
We had a little visitor to our garden this morning, it is one of a litter of five. Mum is a Tortoise Shell, the litter is made up of two Tortoise Shells, two Black Cats with a small amount of white around the head and paws and this Tabby.
Kitty, as I have nicknamed it, was having fun chasing bugs this morning. Technically this is not the best of photos, but I managed to catch some of the action.
Sunday, 10 November 2013
Yesterday while my husband was doing some gardening he came across this Praying Mantis amongst the leaves of our Aloe plant. We have a lot of cats around at the moment, so you have to wonder if this is an intentional place to be safe, he is really well camouflaged.
Friday, 8 November 2013
The Wall Brown Butterflies (Lasiommata megera) have prominent eye-spots on both the forewing and hindwing. The underside of the forewing resembles the upperside, where as he underside of the hindwing is mottled grey. I have identified this one as a female as the male has a small dark brown scent patch on the centre of its forewing, which this one doesn't have. This Wall Brown had come to rest on the stones in our garden in Turkey, which they often do to soak up the warmth from the sun. They can be seen between March to October in South and Central Europe and Southern Scandinavia.