Saturday, 17 September 2016

What or who is W:099?

W:099 is the ring number of a Great Black-backed Gull that I sat watching in Saundersfoot harbour as it tried and tried to consume a Dogfish! I informed the relevant organisation and I had information back from Skokholm that they had rung the Gull as a fledgling on the 21st June 2015 and this had been the first sighting since.

The images were taken from 16.06pm to 16.26pm in that time the Gull did not get very far with eating the fish!











 

 
I had a wander around the harbour and found a few more birds.
 
 




 
 

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Devil's and a Dipper.... 29/08/2016

It was a delightfully sunny and warm August Bank Holiday Monday (for a change) and perfect for a walk around Dowles Brook in the Wyre Forest. Surprisingly not many people seen on the walk, a few people out walking and a few cyclists and only a few birds were seen! However a Dipper preening and 3 Grey Wagtails were an uplifting sight, this was my first Dipper sighting for  ages! Nuthatch, Magpie, Blue Tit, Wren, Bush Cricket, numerous Speckled Wood butterflies and a couple of worn Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary being the remaining highlights.






                                                         Devil's-bit Scabious
They looked a treat growing in abundance in a meadow we walked through.

Information taken from Plantlife:
The name 'scabious' derives from 'scabies' - one of the many ailments that flowers bearing this name were supposed to help cure.
According to one legend, the Devil grew angry about these medicinal properties and tried to get rid of them by biting the roots off. Hence why this wildflower has short and stubby roots and why it is called 'Devil's-bit' scabious.

There is always something new to learn with Nature.


                                                           

                                                          Bush Cricket.


                                                    
                                                     Harvestman Spider
 
 
                   Berries aplenty, bird food for the forthcoming Autumn and Winter Season.


The fish and chip supper was enjoyed whilst viewing Bewdley Bridge, the River Severn and several Swans and Gulls.


The Nuthatch was spotted pecking at the bark on a tree. I am not sure what it was the Nuthatch emerged with in its beak, it looked like a spider egg sac or maybe it had wedged an acorn or hazelnut in the bark and it was the fruit it had extracted?
 
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The months without an 'R' in them have now passed and goodness me they passed by quickly!
 
Soon we will have misty mornings, cooler temperatures and colourful leaves carpeting woodland floors, parks, pavements and blocking up road drains!
 
I shall embrace the Autumn when it arrives!
 
 
 
 

Monday, 29 August 2016

Wheat, Maize, Willow and a Chat.

Three perched Wheatears were a delight to see as I started my walk down the track at Whittington. To say it was overcast was an understatement, mist hung around for the duration of the walk.

 
One of the 3 Wheatears seen (at a distance), 2 females and 1male.
 
 
A party of 15+ Long-tailed Tits were most entertaining as they searched for insects along the hedgerow and in the field of maize. There were a few youngsters still being fed by adults. Super little birds!


 
 
I am going for Willow Warbler...a gut feeling!
 
A distant Whinchat.
 
A flock of 30+ Swallows suddenly appeared overhead, their trills and twitters as they swirled above me feeding on the insects was a welcome sight and sound, I watched them for a few minutes then as quick as they had arrived they had gone and all was silent once again.
 
It was lovely to catch up with some of our delightful summer visitors before they head off on their long journeys to warmer climes for the winter.
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Bandstand and Butterflies! 14/08/2016

It had been a couple of years since last visiting the Botanical Gardens. A dull Sunday afternoon was brightened by the sight of some spectacular plants and butterflies! A ray or two of sunshine would have given some justice to the flower images but that was out of my control.;-)
 
Butterfly Border.
Unfortunately there was not one butterfly to be seen on this walk, weather and a poor season for butterflies in general by all accounts.
 
 
 



 
 
The Shrubbery
This is just how I would like my garden to look.;-)

 
 
A lonesome and in moult Peacock! I have just read this on an Animals website, very apt:
 
A Peacock without his feathers is like a king without a crown, a tiger without its stripes, a cowboy without his boots.
 
 


Bands play in the bandstand every Sunday and Bank Holiday from April- October at approximately 2.00pm. I hope to catch one of the performances before the season ends.
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There are four glasshouses to explore and enjoy.  Exotic Tropical House, Subtropical,  Mediterranean and Arid Houses.



A great variety of species of Carnivorous plants were on display. Strangely not many flies were around!!!



 
 Butterfly House
 
A few images of some of the butterflies, the species are native to the climates of Central America and Africa. It would have been helpful to have had a leaflet or photographic guide on show to identify the species seen. They were all very beautiful to see whatever they were called.

I believe this butterfly is a Citrus Swallowtail.






This one maybe a Malachite butterfly.
 
That is the end of my short trip to Birmingham Botanical Gardens, well worth a visit if you are in the area!