Wednesday, 1 November 2017

With much clearing going on by volunteers and sheep, the magpies can be seen scavenging across the meadow and scrape at present...


and with leaves falling from the trees there is more chance of seeing the Tree Creeper going up the trunks of the trees round the carpark... but I actually spotted this one at nearby Croome Court yesterday ...


Friday, 27 October 2017

A Swan 'making way' through the duckweed that is covering the main pool at present...



The Stonechats have returned for the winter... a male ...



and a female...



while a busy Blue tit drops his dinner...



Thursday, 12 October 2017

Today a Sparrowhawk is dozing on the back fence after a meal... but with one eye open!


Wednesday, 4 October 2017

And today ... the Green Woodpecker briefly stops and shows the back of his head...



while the Kestrel dominates the recently cleared scrape area...


Tuesday, 3 October 2017

The Kingfisher was fishing from a favourite spot by the main pool today...




and a number of butterflies were enjoying the sunshine including this one...



Wednesday, 20 September 2017

The back hedge is a riot of colour (and fruit)...



and a common darter dragonfly hovers over the surface of the main pool which is covered in green duckweed...


Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Autumn is here and a Comma butterfly was sunbathing on some blackberries today...



while a Speckled Wood Butterfly sits camouflaged on the wood chip path...


Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Eye to eye with a male Common Blue butterfly along the back path today...


Wednesday, 12 July 2017

A Peacock butterfly having a rest on the recently mown hay on the meadow...




and there are pink and purple flowers everywhere you look...


Monday, 26 June 2017

Delights of the day...

The main pool carpeted with a layer of green duckweed...



a Little egret hoping for a look in...



but a Heron plays, 'I'm the king of the castle'...



and a delicate Holly Blue butterfly suns itself on the path...





Wednesday, 14 June 2017

A Wren collecting food for her family...


and Azure Damselflies creating symmetry with reflections ...


Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Goldfinch in a willow sapling today...



A Starling in the sunlight...



A female Common Blue Butterfly on a sheltered path in the meadow...



Saturday, 3 June 2017

It's ladybird season down the meadow...




Wednesday, 31 May 2017

One of the emerging Mayflies populating our riverbank today ...


Sunday, 28 May 2017

A male Red-eyed Damselfly guarding his lily pad ...


Large Red Damselfly on the riverbank today...


Wednesday, 24 May 2017

A lovely sunny day with lots of micro life going on....

A pair of Azure Damselflies...



A male Banded Damoiselle...



An Ashy Mining Bee...



An Early Bumblebee...



and a hoverfly...



Tuesday, 23 May 2017

At the moment you can often hear the male Cuckoo calling...


you probably know his call - he sounds like this...

Male Cuckoo - Male Cuckoo song

but the female sounds very different - a rich bubbling chuckle - listen out for her too...

Female Cuckoo - Female Cuckoo song

Monday, 22 May 2017

Cow Parsley...



Cow Parsley and Buttercups...




and a fast retreating fox...


Tuesday, 9 May 2017

The meadows are full of yellow meadow buttercups...


a pair of cuckoos were flying about and calling...


and one coot family have young...