Welcome to PetForums

Join thousands of other pet owners and pet lovers on the UK's most popular and friendly pet community and discussion forum.

Sign Up

Signs of Autumn

Discussion in 'Wildlife Chat' started by Jonescat, Sep 22, 2013.


  1. Jonescat

    Jonescat Don't do nothing. Do something.

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2012
    Messages:
    7,102
    Likes Received:
    7,026
    There were about 200 swallows whirling overhead this afternoon, very noisy and very fast. They all gather on the electric cables going over a meadow near here at this time of year and then one day soon they will all be gone.

    Have also noticed the leaves starting to turn, and saw some autumn crocuses in the wood this week. What is going on in your neighbourhood that says Autumn is here?
     
  2. Spellweaver

    Spellweaver PetForums VIP

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2009
    Messages:
    9,038
    Likes Received:
    2,024
    Leaves turning all sorts of lovely colours, a definite nip in the air in mornings and evenings even when the rest of the day has been very warm, nights drawing in, and several flocks of geese flying off to warmer climes!
     
  3. rona

    rona Still missing my boys

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2011
    Messages:
    39,269
    Likes Received:
    24,814
    Stood in the woods this afternoon with the dog and just looked around. Some of the leaves are falling from the silver birch, just odd ones here and there, but they were mingling with the multitude of speckled wood butterflies we seem to have around at the moment, just 100s of them.
    Also saw Wood Ants scaling a conifer tree. Don't know what for but there must be some kind of food up there :D
    The fungi have also started to appear in quantity :)
     
  4. cookiemom

    cookiemom PetForums Senior

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2011
    Messages:
    664
    Likes Received:
    21
    I saw Orion last night a sure sign that autumn is on its way.
     
  5. cookiemom

    cookiemom PetForums Senior

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2011
    Messages:
    664
    Likes Received:
    21
    Couple of recent photos, tiny little fungi and those stripy spiders who are getting very fat this time of year
     

    Attached Files:

    #5 cookiemom, Oct 6, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2013
  6. northnsouth

    northnsouth PetForums VIP

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2009
    Messages:
    6,286
    Likes Received:
    277
    Horse chestnuts all over the ground, fungi on the verges , early mist over the lake. My most favourite thing since I was a toddler kicking and scrunching through the falling leaves.Dogs and I getting hit on the head by acorns. Having to get cycle lamps out ans flashing collars ready.
     
    #6 northnsouth, Oct 6, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2013
  7. Valanita

    Valanita PetForums VIP

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2010
    Messages:
    8,266
    Likes Received:
    2,055
    While out in the garden I walked straight through a garden spiders web, like the one in your photo, Cookiemom. The creature was actually sitting in the middle of it, but I didn't notice the web until I looked down & the spider was hanging from my tee shirt. I must admit I freaked out a bit & frantically shook it of. Then I noticed it's larder was still on my shirt. Brushed those off quickly too. Ugh!!!Several flying insects all wrapped in silk.
    That is going to be one hungry spider without it's food.
    Didn't see where the spider went as I got sidetracked by a tiny yellow frog on the grass that I nearly trod on.
     
  8. rona

    rona Still missing my boys

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2011
    Messages:
    39,269
    Likes Received:
    24,814
    Well!!!! It is 3rd November isn't it?

    Was out in the woods with the dogs, lovely sunny day here though a chill wind.
    Nice sheltered area amongst the trees and there was a flash of yellow..........Brimstone yellow :yikes:
     
  9. Valanita

    Valanita PetForums VIP

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2010
    Messages:
    8,266
    Likes Received:
    2,055
    Wow! That must be unusual.
     
  10. rona

    rona Still missing my boys

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2011
    Messages:
    39,269
    Likes Received:
    24,814
    A Red Admiral today!!!
     
  11. Valanita

    Valanita PetForums VIP

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2010
    Messages:
    8,266
    Likes Received:
    2,055
    Double Wow!:D
     
  12. NaomiM

    NaomiM Love my furry, feathered and finned family

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2012
    Messages:
    2,633
    Likes Received:
    2,712
    I was just about to comment on here that I also saw a red admiral today!

    Don't they hibernate normally?
     
  13. Valanita

    Valanita PetForums VIP

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2010
    Messages:
    8,266
    Likes Received:
    2,055
    Yes, but it's maybe a bit too warm yet & they are after late flowering plants, like Ivy.
     
  14. rona

    rona Still missing my boys

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2011
    Messages:
    39,269
    Likes Received:
    24,814
    Unbelievable!!!!

    A Comma on Sunday and a Tortoiseshell today :eek:
     
  15. Valanita

    Valanita PetForums VIP

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2010
    Messages:
    8,266
    Likes Received:
    2,055
    Wow! Still not too cold yet, I think Tortoiseshells hibernate, not sure about Comma's.
    Googled & yes, they both do.
     
  16. rona

    rona Still missing my boys

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2011
    Messages:
    39,269
    Likes Received:
    24,814
    I was really shocked to see a Tortoiseshell, they aren't the most common butterfly around here
     
  17. Valanita

    Valanita PetForums VIP

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2010
    Messages:
    8,266
    Likes Received:
    2,055
    We get more of those than Comma's, most common is the Peacock, Large/Small White & Meadow Brown & Speckled Wood. Painted Ladies saw none this Summer.:sad:
     
  18. rona

    rona Still missing my boys

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2011
    Messages:
    39,269
    Likes Received:
    24,814
    I've only seen one Painted lady in the last 4-5 years :(

    Did see more clouded yellows than tortoiseshells this year, that's why it was a surprise :)

    We get a lot of small coppers, they have a long season
     
  19. Burrowzig

    Burrowzig PetForums VIP

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2009
    Messages:
    17,939
    Likes Received:
    11,527
    My last butterfly was a red admiral on Tuesday 12th Nov.

    I haven't seen a clouded yellow for years, they don't often get this far north.
     
  20. Valanita

    Valanita PetForums VIP

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2010
    Messages:
    8,266
    Likes Received:
    2,055
    None here at all.



    I don't think I've ever seen one.
     
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice