Tuesday, 18 June 2019

A day of small things...

 A bee in some bramble blossom...



This guy looks like the plant he is on!...



I love the iridescence of this one...





Hi viz legs! 

Monday, 20 May 2019

A Sedge Warbler in the reed bed today...



And a Whitethroat adding to the chorus from the top of a willow...





Wednesday, 1 May 2019

With summer visitors having arrived in the last couple of weeks, the reed-beds are full of the sound of bird song....

you will hear the Reed Warbler but they are harder to see...



sitting more on the top of the reeds or in the willow, and with fluttering display flights, you are more likely to see as well as hear the Sedge Warbler...



but don't mix them up with the local residents who are always there, the Reed Bunting...



Tuesday, 30 April 2019

The swans on the main pool now have three eggs in their nest...



and this male Newt catches some lunch...



Sunday, 28 April 2019

Swan, Mrs 38B has decided to build her nest right next to the boardwalk this year, giving excellent views to passers by.... I took this picture of her (currently with 2 eggs) on my phone!


Thursday, 18 April 2019

A newt hiding amongst the plants in the ditch....


If you wander up slowly and quietly to the little bridge by the bird hide, you can spot these little guys swimming around in the almost clear water or sunbathing in the shallows perhaps.

Thursday, 11 April 2019

One of our vocal summer visitors.... a Blackcap...



and this pair of wrens were busy nest building ....



Greylag geese "on the lookout" but looking at home on the scrape...



while a Great Tit is "giving it all he's got" on the back hedge...


Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Spring sunshine brought Yellow Brimstones fluttering by in the breeze and this Comma sunbathing...




This Chiffchaff was hunting for grubs in the willow...



And down in the reed beds was the hum of an amphibian party!....

Common frog (left) Common toad (right and below)...





Friday, 15 February 2019

A number of sleepy Snipe on the scrape today, brilliantly camouflaged in the cut reeds, .... though this one is on watch!


Sunday, 10 February 2019

A pair of Tufted Ducks seen on the main pool today...


Wednesday, 30 January 2019

This fox found a warm sunbathing place in the reeds on a cold winter's day ...


Wednesday, 4 July 2018

A Bonanza of butterflies today!

Tortoiseshell

Green veined White

Comma

Small White

Red Admiral

Meadow Brown

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

A stroll along the back of the meadow...

I spy a Whitethroat using the cover of tall plants...


and pretty small flowers by the wayside...



Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Friday, 18 May 2018

Cygnets peeping through the reeds, now 3 days old...



a Greylag goose coming in to land...



and a common Wood Pigeon looking stunning sitting in the blossom ...


Tuesday, 15 May 2018

New born Cygnets lining up for their first photo shoot...


Monday, 14 May 2018

Thursday, 10 May 2018

A handsome Linnet, sunbathing on the scrub at the back of the meadow...



A Common Whitethroat shaking off the water after a bath!!...




and a male Gadwell on the scrape...



Friday, 4 May 2018

New offspring from one of the many Coot families on Avon Meadows this year ...