Sunday, August 09, 2015

Wryneck in Sussex!

Well, this one was certainly a first for me and a real surprise as a visitor to my parents garden but then as a certain David Lindo @urbanbirder Rule No. 1 "Anything can turn up anywhere at anytime"! So why not.

Having got over the excitement of a wryneck and watched it move in and out of the flowerbeds it almost got taken out by a male sparrowhawk which caused all the birds on the feeders to dive for the hedges until it flew off again.

The wryneck then hunkered down for several minutes until it felt it was safe to move again.

(Yes, not a great photo but it was shakily taken through binoculars with an iphone!)

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Summer Fayres and sand wasps

Out in the sunshine at the Telscombe and Peacehaven Summer Fayre. 

Over the course of the day these appeared in the sand just in front of us. Watched the holes appeared as they burrowed into the ground, buried their eggs and then covered them over. Industrious little sand wasps.

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Summer Weekend In The Lakes

A lovely weekend in the Lake District. The scenery is beautiful whatever the weather.

Got out for a couple of good walks in between showers, coffee, plenty of chat in good company.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Spot the froglet ...

The tadpoles are all grown up and leaving home ...

Quite a few still in the pond but also finding them out in the garden too. Great to think that this years frogspawn has turned into these.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Barrel pond

Created in a round pond container - intended for pebble fountains but just the right size for a small garden.  So easy to make- just find a level site, fill with water and a few water plants and hey presto!

There's a small water lilly in the bottom - the main reason I wanted another pond.  Strategically placed branch to allow small creatures to get out, like the froglets that will emerge from this year's tadpoles.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Roadside wildflowers

A lovely display of roadside wildflowers along the verge of the A27 into Brighton near Polegate.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Springwatch at Minsmere

Lucky enough to get an invite to Springwatch Unsprung at RSPB Minsmere for the announcement of the National Bird Vote result.  Came up mid-week to make the most of the day there.

Spinless Si's patch along the boardwalk up to the Island Mere hide.  Having watched Springwatch earlier in the week, there's a surprising lack of activity around the reserve when you consider how much filming was going on.

The Springwatch studio overlooking the reserve.  Distant view of the presenters and film crew, although I did come across Martin Hughes-Games being filmed in a ditch.

Miles of cables around the site.  You spot a few cables running along some of the trails and disappearing into a ditch or patch of scrub but surprisingly few cameras are visible.

Roadside wildflowers

A splash of poppies and dandelions along the roadside on the way in to RSPB Minsmere.