Friday, 17 July 2015

Friday at the Flicks - House Sparrows & Stretch Spiders

One particularly hot day many of the local House Sparrows spent a lazy time Sunbathing on my shed roof. Who says their numbers are in decline? Here they have been breeding well this year:

I have tried several time to video the Stretch Spiders which build their webs between the plants in my garden pond. They seem to re-build them every day, if not more than once a day. This is the best I have managed so far. The webs are large and they work so quickly it isn't easy to try getting in really close:

Have a great weekend observing the wildlife around you.


  1. Hundreds of house sparrows here as well.

    I really enjoyed the spider video. Very impressive. I've had two goes at videoing macro hoverflies on hogweed and with conspicuous lack of success. I can't keep them in focus at all.

    1. Adrian: At least a web is two dimensional so once in focus it's just a question of trying to keep the spider in view. Flying beasties in three dimensional space would be much more difficult.

  2. spiders go thru so much work! the sparrows are adorable.

  3. Aaaaw, the sparrows are gorgeous! and what a little busy-body that spider is John! Here we have the Orb-web spiders that do exactly the same.


Thank you for visiting. Hope you enjoyed the pictures. Any comment, or correction to any information or identification I get wrong, is most welcome. John

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