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    Quote Originally Posted by Mossdog View Post
    Just back from a bivvy out last might on the summit of Carrock Fell. after 'yomping' an approximation of the Old Crown Round (Mosedale start/fin). While waiting for the trickle of water to fill my water bottles, at the boggy areas on the south-east corner of the top, I was buzzed by a couple of these...




    They seemed really tame, landing on the cotton-grass and heather thereabouts. I think I've got the ID correct. Times like that when a mobile (with a camera) would have been handy!
    Whilst on holiday last week in West Wales I managed to photograph two Golden-ringed dragonflies, one from above and one from below (sort of). As you can see, they do look a lot like what you thought you saw.




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    Grey wagtail, hopping from stone to stone along the Wood Brook near where the path from Buck Hill crosses it.
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    I spotted two Grey Seals lazing on a pebble/shingle cove on the quiet far side of Little Orme at Llandudno. Then as i climbed away from the sea, i turned and saw an even larger, darker Seal (i assume a male) haul himself out of the water, up the beach, and settle down next to them. Could hear the male growling/calling from quite a distance.

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    Saw at least a dozen Grey Seals again in the same cove under Little Orme. Males, females and pups.

    Included one rather brutal (and incredibly noisy) fight between what i think was a male and a female.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Whilst on holiday last week in West Wales I managed to photograph two Golden-ringed dragonflies, one from above and one from below (sort of). As you can see, they do look a lot like what you thought you saw.




    You're right. To my untutored eye they are very similar, especially as I had to rely only on my memory of what I saw, hours before, while later 'googling' at home. Thanks for posting.
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    Whilst out on a run yesterday evening I saw movement in the grass verge about 20 yards ahead. Suddenly a small creature appeared in the road and laid down flat. By this time it was only 10 yards away, I stopped, and I realised it was a Leveret.
    I also realised that it was the first time I had ever seen one even though seeing a Hare is a regular occurrence. It was so comical as it laid on the road as its ears were so long, stretched along its back, as it obviously thought it was camouflaged against the grey tarmac. After a coupe of seconds it set off like a rocket down the road, the comedy continuing as its legs, along with its ears were also too big for its skinny body.

    It eventually darted into the verge about 50yards ahead before jumping out directly in front of me as I reached that spot and legged it around the bend ahead. I wished it well as I turned off the road and had a warm feeling all the way back to my car.

    I think it was my wildlife highlight of 2021
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    Over the last couple of weeks I've been aware of multiple skeins of geese flying high overhead towards the south. Definite sign of winter approaching.

    Also, this year in particular, the rowan berries have been magnificently abundant, and the hawthorns are equally laden with berries. Folklore would suggest we're in for a harsh winter - you heard it hear first
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mossdog View Post
    Also, this year in particular, the rowan berries have been magnificently abundant, and the hawthorns are equally laden with berries. Folklore would suggest we're in for a harsh winter - you heard it hear first
    Similar abundance in Derbyshire, Mossdog.

    I was only looking at a wonderful crop of hedgerow Rosehips yesterday and am just waiting for the first frost before I pick them for syrup.

    I hope you are right about a harsh winter as I don't recall many cold, crisp and blue sky days in the hills over the last couple of years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Llani Boy View Post

    I was only looking at a wonderful crop of hedgerow Rosehips yesterday and am just waiting for the first frost before I pick them for syrup.
    Yes, I have noticed the rosehips, and in the past I have been known to simply pick a few and eat them there and then. Do they become sweeter after a frost?
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    I am told they do. I have never eaten them "raw" though.

    Presumably you squeeze the seeds out and just chew on the flesh and skin. I'll be taking the dogs out shortly so might try one!
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