Wednesday, 18 April 2018

The Hawthorn blossom is looking beautiful today and is being enjoyed by a Willow Warbler ...


and a Comma butterfly too...



Sunday, 8 April 2018

An early batch of ducklings on the main pool this morning...





Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Lots of flooding on the meadows today but in the reeds... a goldfinch...


and a wren...



Sunday, 25 March 2018

Three blackheads gulls ... "who is going to be first to jump?"....


Wednesday, 21 March 2018

With the harsh weather past, a pair of Blue tits waste no time getting down to nest building in an old tree... this beakful of moss looks very cosy...


and a Buzzard takes a rest on the goal posts...


Friday, 16 March 2018

Frolicking frogs partying down at the pool today...


Wednesday, 14 March 2018

With the river running high, a tribe of  3 male and 2 female Tufted ducks have taken to the main pool today  for a quiet bit of feeding - here is one of the males...


Friday, 9 March 2018

The Stonechats seem to be enjoying the slowly filling reed beds as they bring treasures to light!  This male is watching closely from his perch...



Saturday, 3 March 2018

Coot on ice... being watched by some Black headed gulls...


Friday, 2 March 2018

Many are sheltering as the Easterly wind whips up the powdery snow across the meadow....




but closer to the ground there is activity as a Water rail investigates a resting Lapwing...





the Lapwing carries on resting ....




while the Water rail finds a meal under some logs...




and a pair of Moorhens scratch at the edge of the path...



Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Brrr... as a cold easterly wind blows across the meadow today, an alarmed Snipe rises from the cover of some scrub....



and an unlikely pair of geese fly over the scrape together - a Greylag goose and a Canada goose...



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...