Seen at Rainham Member Posts Add comments Jul 092016 This photograph was taken at Rainham. What can you see? 4 Responses to “Seen at Rainham” Comments (4) Sue & Ian says: 9 July 2016 at 4:47 pm A grey squirrel! Reply Julie P says: 10 July 2016 at 8:09 am Reckon this is a trick question as the grey squirrel is too obvious. To the left of the picture is what I thought might be a gall at first but am now suggesting some species of potter wasp nest maybe? Julie Reply Malcolm says: 10 July 2016 at 6:27 pm Not a trick question. What can you see? Malcolm Reply Malcolm says: 12 July 2016 at 12:07 pm Just received another comment “what else beside a grey squirrel?”. OK. We all saw the grey squirrel feeding close by the boardwalk at Rainham. Sally’s camera is, of course, autofocus – so, unlike us it didn’t “see” the squirrel but rather focussed on the blackthorn bush in which the squirrel was sitting. I know its a blackthorn because the hanging fruits have been attacked and distorted by a fungus which I think is called Taphrina pruni. It is actually said to be a gall. As we walked around the boardwalk Terry and Alan found two kinds of banded snail “white lipped” Cepaea hortensis and “brown lipped” Cepaea nemoralis. Just below the grey squirrel there is a snail but I don’t know which species. So, at least 4 species plus a possible flea behind the ear of the squirrel. When we are out birdwatching perhaps we should change our focus more often. Malcolm Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your Comment You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> Name (required) E-mail (required) URI This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.