Monday, 23 December 2013

Time to catch up before the year end!

This year has been a funny one for blogging, why, I really do not know! I hope that 2014 will see me posting as and when trips/walks etc happen and not at least 2 months down the line!

Anyway, time to catch up on the present year.

September.

My first visit  to the Island of Jersey was most enjoyable. A delightful island and small enough to circumnavigate the island in one day, stopping at interesting and scenic areas along the way.  Several places of interest were visited and the International Air Display ( part of Battle of Britain Week) was a thrill to see and of course hear! The scenery as we drove around the Island was stunning in many areas! Birds were in all truthfullness thin on the ground, the Autumn migration had been but a trickle through of birds but had started to gain towards the end of the holiday week.  Early morning walks gave Rock Pipit, Little Egret, Curlew, Oystercatcher and Gull species on the shoreline and perched on rocks as they waited for the tide to recede.
I hope to return to Jersey sometime in the future.


Grosnez Castle Ruin.
 
 

 
Noirmont Point.

 
 
Jersey Lily.

 
 
 
The Red Arrows.

 
 
Wheatear at Noirmont Point.

 
 
 
Jersey Cattle grazing at St. Ouen's Pond.

 
 
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October.
 
I sighted my first of the Autumn Fieldfares over Whittington fields on the 12th.
 

 
 
 
Parrot Waxcap growing in my front lawn was a nice find!
 
 

 
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Portugal Holiday.
 
 
Bath White.

 
 
 
Praying Mantis
 

 
 
Clouded Yellow.

 
 
Crested Lark.

 
 
Cattle and Cattle Egret.


 
 
Zitting Cisticola.

 
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November.
 
 
Slimbridge 10th & 11th.
 
Highlights were the Common Cranes from the 'Great Crane Project', they were a treat to see fairly close with 5 being viewed at one point. There was also a 'wild' non-ringed Crane that had arrived at the reserve. Greylag, Canada and Barnacle Geese were around in good numbers but I had no luck finding a White-fronted or a Brent Goose.
A distant Green-winged Teal was a Lifer. Spot the Teal in the digi-scoped pic time!
 


 
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A Mandarin Duck was delight to see on and out of the water at Brake mill Pools on the 28th.
 
 

 
 

 

 
 
 
 
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December.
 
A Grey Heron has visited my garden pond a few times and thankfully not able to reach the fish in my pond!
 
 
A male Blackcap was a welcome sight in my garden on the 18th. I have the past few years seen them much earlier in December, no doubt the mild weather delayed their need to start visiting gardens for food.
 
 
One more post of short trip 'Up North' is planned before the end of the year.......weather permitting of course with the trip.
 
 I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2 comments:

  1. A great round up of your last 4 months Pam!

    All those great species in Portugal yet it's the Parrot Waxcaps in your lawn I am most envious of!!!! a great find!

    Have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year

    Jason

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  2. Thanks Jason!

    The Parrot Waxcaps are a colourful mushroom! Hopefully they will re-appear next Summer/Autumn!

    Thank you, have a great Christmas yourself and a Happy New Year!

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