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Oxfordshire: moorhen nest

Oxfordshire: moorhen nest

Moorhen nest in the River Windrush at Burford, with two well-grown chicks. I’m not sure what is providing the platform for the nest.

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Oxfordshire: roadside meadow cranesbill

Oxfordshire: roadside meadow cranesbill

meadow cranesbill, flowering, growing by the side of a quiet country lane, at the edge of a meadow.

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Oxfordshire: jackdaw

Oxfordshire: jackdaw

A jackdaw stalking around the churchyard at Burford church, ignoring the steady stream of sightseers.

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Oxfordshire: fallen walnut

Oxfordshire: fallen walnut

Fallen from a roadside walnut tree, one of the nuts lying in the grass.

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Oxfordshire: lying donkey

Oxfordshire: lying donkey

Donkey lying down in a field. It was still quite early in the morning, but already very hot. The donkey was devoting all its efforts to trying to persuade flies to stop bothering it.

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Oxfordshire: common fleabane

Oxfordshire: common fleabane

Common fleabane coming to the end of its flowering season. On a plant growing in the extensive green space of Christ Church Meadows, by the River Cherwell in Oxford.

Oxfordshire: common fleabane
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Oxfordshire:swan and cygnets

Oxfordshire:swan and cygnets

A swan and her two cygnets which kept swimming up and down on the River Windrush at Burford. There was no sign of a cob.

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Oxfordshire: horses on a sunny morning

Oxfordshire: horses on a sunny morning

Five or six sleek horses, each with a young foal, in a steeply rising field on a very warm sunny morning. One mare running, closelfy followed by her foal. All the others standing in a group, sharing the small patch of shade cast by the neighbouring wood.

One picture in the middle of the sequence shows a horse with a coat, which was grazing in another field a little further down the same quiet road.

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Oxfordshire: gatekeeper butterfly on roadside knapweed

Oxfordshire: gatekeeper butterfly on roadside knapweed

A knapweed flowering by the side of a quiet little road. On the flowers, two gatekeeper butterflies, busy feeding, each totally ignnoring the other’s presence.

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Oxfordshire: birds of prey

Oxfordshire: red kite

A red kite and a buzzard. It’s true that I’ve seen both from within Wolverhampton’s city boundaries in the past few months. But only occasionally, and only on the leafier west side of town.

Buzzards have been resident on Tettenhall ridge for some decades now, so sightings of them are quite likely in the Smestow valley area. Red kites have been spotted flying over much the same area every spring for the past few years.

But for the few days we were staying in Burford, on the edge of the Ctoswolds, last month, we were seeing both species pretty much every day while walking round the town itself.

Admittedly, Burford is a small market town. Countryside with woods and open fields is only perhaps a minute away as the crow (or a larger bird) flies.

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Oxfordshire: cup and saucer vine flowers

Oxfordshire: cup and saucer vine flowers

Round the corner from the car park and river where yesterday’s muscovy duck hands out, the riverside houses on the way to Burford’s historic church are quite large.

One of them, in the middle, seems to have set itself up as a mini garden centre, specialising in cup and saucer vines. In a flourish of advertising, the flowers were spilling all over the garden wall.

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Oxfordshire: Muscovy, Burford

Oxfordshire: Muscovy, Burford

At Burford, a car park by the river is evidently the spot where toddlers are brought to feed the ducks. A crowd of mallards hang out there for the pickings. Sometimes, a swan with a air of growing cygnets muscled in at feeding time.

On the river bank a single muscovy duck, a drake, sat, just watching the proceedings.