Tuesday, 21 October 2014
Thursday, 28 August 2014
Monday, 11 August 2014
On a recent trip to the lagoon I was watching five hares (a good site record), and two raised themselves and started watching a fox cub that was frolicking in the freshly cut straw, pretending to pounce on 'prey'. There was very little of interest in the lagoon itself as there 29 swimmwers doing laps and upsetting the fishermen.
Highlights from the garden were three hedgehogs one evening and a hummingbird hawk moth that trapped itself in our outhouse, despite a wait of ten minutes hoping it would land and allow me to photograph it I released it before it damaged itself headbutting the window.
Thursday, 31 July 2014
I visited the Blue lagoon at about 0645 and for the second week running saw a juvenile common tern, but it did not stay long and flew away pausing only to take a pass at a hunting kestrel, I then watched the kestrel for a while and saw it try to catch a reed bunting but it gave up easily when then bunting fled for cover. A few moments later I was scanning the area with the scope and heard a rush of wings and looked up to see the kestrel 20 feet away on the cliff face, I'm not sure which of us was he more surprised.
all the pictures were taken with my iphone.
Patch list 90 with common tern
Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Tuesday, 15 July 2014
Just some of the insects seen recently on the patch, we counted thirteen different species of butterfly yesterday in a small area.
The following are some of the musings from my blog diary last Monday. The skyways were busy with a myriad of swallows witheir youngsters, a buzzard flew up from its post in the flooded meadow looking accusingly over its shoulder as if to say "no peace for the wicked".
A family group of long tailed tits foraged busily in a nearby hedgerow, one popped out three feet from my face, observed me casually and went on his way, typically I was cameraless. A blackcap caaled in a low tree above the tits and a youngster immediately went after it. A green woodpecker 'yaffled' from a nearby tree and soon after a great spotted wooodpecker drummed to declare his territory. A female kestrel watched below patiently for movement in the meadow. Pied wagtails chased insects frantically and comically, two wrens were singing close by to each other, a dunnock popped out of the hedge with a beak full of prey, normally what they pick up is very hard to see, a whitethroat called from behind the hedge and a yellowhammer was singing from the top of a tree - magic moments.
Tuesday, 1 July 2014
I had a day out at Cavenham this week whilst Lesley was engrossed in Wimbledon and attached are the pictures I got there:-