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Giant puff balls!! Delicious when fried up with bacon – and one lasts two or three days! Only the second time I’ve ever come across these so I’m sure I did a little dance when we found them.

Also, look out for the huge fairy ring on the left hand side of the road up to Burton Dassett – there are so many horse mushrooms it looks like it has been snowing. Again, tasty when fried up…

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Baby blackbird caught in a thunderstorm – must have been terrified so sought shelter underneath a car.

The heavy rain meant Ernie the racing pigeon left us after more than two weeks – even though he had firmly decided that he was free to wander into our kitchen whenever he wanted.

Nice little Ruby Tiger in the moth trap this morning. Only the second one we have caught in the garden. Close inspection shows rich red colouring on the thorax and subtle crimson on the rear wings.
Also a Dusky Sallow, which took at least half an hour to identify!

The UK Little Owl Project Blog might be a bit of a mouthful but it’s worth a look.

Their main page allows you to log sightings of Little Owls and we’ve just seen one – for the first time in ages – sitting/sunbathing in the middle of the lane coming north out of Brailes. Naturally it took flight as the car approached. We have seen them much nearer Kineton in the past, but not for many years.

There’s now a new red blob on the map near Brailes.

Roger

Ernie the pet racing pigeon has settled in nicely… and now wanders into the kitchen when the door is open. Likes to be hand fed and in four days has so far only made two short flights – up onto the roof and back. Maybe he is fattening himself up before a long haul flight to France or Belgium?

(Not sure why he’s called Ernie – I wasn’t here when he arrived)