Monday, 31 December 2007
Thursday, 20 December 2007
Friday, 7 December 2007
hard to see clearly, a siskin, probing for those last few seeds.
there is no getting away from it, mallards are beautiful.
they seem to be mating already, is it springtime?
Sunday, 2 December 2007
A long tailed tit in the branches of the tree in the pond in the middle of the reserve. Actually there were loads of them. Apparently they like to exist in flocks of 20 or so. They hardly ever sat still for a moment though, continually running up the branches, presumably looking for bugs
A common sighting on the reserve, but not so often photographed. Jack and Howard (and Sheila, off camera) dealing with the remains of one of the trees fallen in the water. Just the branches have been removed, leaving the trunk and some lower bits as it seems to provide a nice habitat.
A nice early winter view through the willow to the sky.
two collared doves on the feeder today, quite an odd effect as the front and back of the birds are presented simultaneously.
at last a snap of this elusive fellow, a male kingfisher
-quite close to the main bridge, just as the light was failing before a huge rainstorm.
Saturday, 24 November 2007
formidable claws on show here from a male great spotted woodpecker.
he watched me for a moment then he was off (-taken 21.11.07)
also on site worthy of note: a sparrowhawk worrying the crows by the riverbank and later hunting across the Mere, also a grey wagtail and a kingfisher.
from far too long ago, during a strangely uneventful summer,
a female blackcap, hiding in the bog area
Wednesday, 21 November 2007
Sunday, 11 November 2007
Activity on site Sunday morning. Most creatures naturally adopt a pose to reduce the effects of the prevailing wind.
About a month ago (early October) we noticed this unseasonal growth on a Ribston's Pippin. Our first sign of spring?
It has managed to develop one stage further. Tasting not recommended.
Posted by steve at 16:51
Monday, 18 June 2007
another awful, rainy day, however, the wildlife seem to be untroubled by the weather.
nice to see siskin on site again, they were here last summer and winter too.
not sure, upon referring to bird books, whether they are resident in Britain or not.
Saturday, 16 June 2007
Friday, 15 June 2007
Come along to the the Midsummer Madness family fun day on the reserve on Saturday 23rd June. Festivities start at 3:30pm with various activities for the kids and duck racing on the river at 4:30pm. In the evening we'll have a BBQ - bring your own food and drink! Association members should be receiving a leaflet with full details, but you can download the leaflet as a PDF right now if you want. We look forward to seeing you.
Posted by Sam Carr at 22:45
Thursday, 31 May 2007
Sunday, 27 May 2007
It's taking a lot of effort to create the seasonal pond.............
and it will be a particularly attractive feature, believe me!
No more suggestions for the shape though, it's supposed to look natural.
Sunday, 20 May 2007
I went back and got some pictures of the fish, though it's not easy to do so when they're small and underwater. These were in the mere itself, right on the edge, next to the far end of the bridge. There was a shoal of about 50 or more.
Also spotted were both male and female bullfinches feeding at the same time. The male is the more colourful of the two, at the bottom.
I had my macro lens so I went hunting for smaller beasties. Here are some that I found. Note the three aphids line astern on the stem above the moth.
Saturday, 19 May 2007
Just went down to the reserve today and was astounded to see a 6cm greeny brown fish under the bridge nearest the river. Probably a fully grown stickleback, but my fish identification skills are limited. Lots of small (1-2cm) dark fish hiding around the edges near the next bridge, by the spit too.
I couldn't get a picture of the fish though, so here's a damselfly - a Banded Demoiselle I believe.
The ducklings were also out - just five of them, and quite grown up now. I also saw one or two moorhen chicks with mother, though they were darting amongst the fringes and so hard to be sure whether it was one chick going in circles or two in a row.
Finally - a picture of a ladybird larva for those that don't know what one looks like. They're quite different to the finished bug!
Posted by Sam Carr at 18:03
Wednesday, 2 May 2007
Tuesday, 1 May 2007
Sunday, 29 April 2007
Friday, 27 April 2007
Saturday, 21 April 2007
Friday, 20 April 2007
A new visitor . . . .brown slime,
across the Mere.
Some sort of algae.
Have not been to site for while,
so don't know how long it's been here.
meanwhile, some more pleasant sights
The last two pics show our woodpecker at the feeders, but as you can see, he was being a bit secretive!
Look closely, in the upper pic. -he's there.
From the far side of the bridge, across the Mere, I saw him arrive at the feeder. As I approached him, (very slowly and quietly across the bridge) he sidled around to the back of the feeder. You would never have realised he was there.... Luckily, we both held our nerve, the next frame captured him beautifully.
bottom: gt. spotted woodpecker