Saturday, 17 February 2018

A Lesser Redpoll seen today on grasses at the back of the main pool ....


Friday, 16 February 2018

Today there are some warm spots out of the wind making it feel almost like Spring and robins and Dunnocks are flirting in the hedgerows while male Reed Buntings are shouting from the high points to mark their territories .

Meanwhile, in the shelter of a ditch, this Water rail creeps quietly along, feeding in the muddy margins...



while above a female Chaffinch suns herself...


Sunday, 11 February 2018

A male Bullfinch looking very handsome in the sunshine today...


Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Another cold morning, but it didn't stop this pair of chaffinches (male above, female below) from having an icy dip in the ditch before sprucing themselves up sitting in the sun on the back hedge...





Wednesday, 17 January 2018

With a cold wind blowing, many birds were sheltering, but with a bright blue sky and plenty of sunshine it was great hunting conditions for this Kestrel hovering over the scrape today...



Thursday, 11 January 2018

A handsome Pheasant explored the meadow today...




while a Snipe was dozing on the scrape...




and a Goldcrest was hunting for food in the bramble hedge...




Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Some water on the carpark makes it a very happy new year for this Grey Wagtail ....



Thursday, 28 December 2017

As floodwater fills the meadows today, flocks of Pied Wagtails enjoy tasty morsels...


and Redwings are in abundance too...


Tuesday, 26 December 2017

And on Boxing day, a female Tufted Duck was skulking on the river...




while a Greenfinch is basking in some sunshine on the back hedge...


Monday, 25 December 2017

A dull and breezy Christmas Day meant many birds were sheltering but the Redwing here was watching out for worms in the grass below his branch...



as was the Robin...


Tuesday, 12 December 2017

A Meadow Pipit striding out on this snowy morning...



and others searching for food included a Song Thrush...



a Stonechat...



a Goldfinch...




and a Pied Wagtail on the frozen pool...



Saturday, 9 December 2017

A not so common, Common gull (right) standing with a black headed gull on the half frozen pool this morning...



while a Buzzard scours the meadow for food ...



Friday, 24 November 2017

What a gift today on this bright cold morning - the sight of a Kingfisher fishing on the riverbank...



and a Heron gliding over the river...


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...