Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Fishing, tussling and runners!

No, I haven't taken up new hobbies!

A Grey Heron has returned to my garden several times lately in the hope of catching a fish in my pond! More often than not it does not stay around for long when the Crows spot it or if it catches sight of me watching it!!

 Showing it's crest, a Crow had mobbed it and it was not a happy Heron!
On the ground for seconds before it took flight!
Brake Mill Pools have a new species on the water, Indian Runner Ducks! I thought they were maybe hybrids from a local park until I was reliably informed otherwise whilst on a Sunday stroll by the pools. They have been introduced by the owner of the pools and local farmland. I shall hopefully see them out of the water one day, I think I will recognise them from the Mallards due to their size, erect stance and running as opposed to waddling!
A couple of male Blackbirds had a right old tussle/scrap in my garden yesterday. I have this week spiked soft apples on a couple of trees so maybe it is a food territory fight or maybe 'Spring' is in the air and they are vying for the attention of the female Blackbirds that frequent the garden. With cold weather imminent in the next few days I hate to think what might happen if Fieldfares spot the food in the garden as they are a very feisty bird and guard food with a vengeance!
When I initially spotted the birds fighting the one with it's beak open in the photo was on it's back with the other bird over it as though it was a bird of prey with it's kill and was pecking away at the grounded bird! Woodpigeons disturbed the birds and the one on it's back eventually shot up off the ground with a flurry of feathers floating down to the grass. I presume the open beak is due to shock and hopefully not as a result of an injury, it did not close it's beak as the other bird followed it around the garden for a short while. The Blackbirds in my garden for food earlier this morning all looked ok, I hope 'beaky' was one of them

Wren, Blue, Great and Coal tits, Long-tailed Tits, Dunnocks, Robin, Jackdaws, Carrion Crows and  Grey Squirrel are regular visitors to my garden along with 2x Red Fox that I have captured on a camera trap set throughout the night.

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Happy New Year 2019.

My first bird of the new year was an early morning (5.30am) Blackbird in my garden! Woodpigeon, Dunnock, Robin, Bullfinch, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw and Magpie were the later arrivals.

An hour spent at Brake Mill Pool this afternoon added a few more bird species to my list, they being, Grey Heron, Mallard, Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Coot and Black Headed Gull.

Not a great number of species but it's a start and it was good to be outdoors on a walk.

Monday, 24 December 2018

A whirlwind 2018 !

Where has this year gone? It seems as though Summer has only just ended...well if you think hard enough!

With 2019 just around the corner I thought I had better end 2018 with a short post.

These last few months have been eventful in more ways than one hence my walks and wildlife sightings have been very much on a hop and a catch, the start of 2019 will also be similar.
However my garden sightings have been a delight these last few weeks, highlight species being Bullfinches, Great, Blue and Coal Tits, Long-tailed Tits, Dunnocks, Blackbirds, Robin, Crows, Jackdaws, Magpies, Jay, Heron and a lone Starling a couple of days ago, a species along with House Sparrows that are a rarity now in my garden. A single Fieldfare was sighted perched high up in a neighbours tree and Redwings were very busy earlier in the week as they sought out the local Rowan tree berries! They appear to have now moved on so I will have to have a local walk over the Christmas period to seek some out. The Foxes are still regular visitors!

I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful New year.


Sunday, 21 October 2018

Autumn colours at Bodenham Arboretum, Worcestershire. 17/10/2018

Once upon an Autumn Day.......Joseph.T.Renaldi
Once Upon an autumn day,
Colorful leaves began to fade
In the midst of a chilly, frosty air
As multitude of trees grew steadily bare.

Once upon an autumn day,
The whispering breeze was here to stay
Moving aimlessly through the countless trees
Scattering leaves with the greatest of ease.

Once upon an autumn day,
The leaves whirled freely in every way,
Until at last they came to rest
Finding a haven in which to nest.

Once upon an autumn day,
The trees were dormant, and the leaves lay
Waiting for the winter snow to fall
                 To quickly obscure them one and all.

Delicious autumn!
My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.

George Eliot.