I went with Ken to the Pegsdon hills in the hope of finding some early summer migrants (none) but had the pleasure of this kite flying straight at us as we walked up the hill. two minutes later we were enveloped in fog, so our timing turned out to be really lucky.
Friday, 16 March 2012
A bright and sunny March day took me out for a walk around the blue lagoon, but nothing came close enough to make me pick up my camera so I thought I would pop into the new Letchworth cemetery as I have got close to difficult birds there in the past and I was not dissappointed, the resident mistle thrushes walked over to my car (my good fortune) and proceeded to give me uninterrupted close up views for half an hour, quite unperturbed by the occasional click of my camera
Sunday, 11 March 2012
Next we went to Arlesey and spring was also in evidence here. There were hordes of frogs and toads some croaking quite loudly and others calling quite quietly, as shown above we witnessed a couple of 'orgies' in progress with the frogs wrapping themselves into masses of writhing bodies, we felt quite concerned about the poor females underneath all these males but at least one pair managed to secrete themselves away without any added attention as can be seen in picture three. We also saw at least two species of bumble bee like the one sunning itself on the daffodil and our first primrose in flower. There was lots of song from other bird species and the goldfinches were trying hard to outdo each other vocally, a really enjoyable day.