Thursday19th April

A really warm start to the day, and Brian’s sheep are starting to lamb.
Willow Warblers are singing everywhere, a few Grasshopper Warblers are also singing in the usual places in the area of the new paths and on top of the tip.

The Stonechat males can be seen on the top of the bushes, while the females are already sitting on eggs.

At the feeders, the goldfinch are devouring the niger, both male and female Bullfinch are still visiting, the jays have not been for a while but we have a drake Mallard that comes every day, it’s mate also used to visit but must now be sitting somewhere near.

Bob and Bri

Cow damage

Only six days after repairing the seat and erecting a new display board, one of the cows with large horns has severely damaged the display and seat, and in addition one or more have walked the narrow bridge, causing some of the cross members to split, see photos. We have had damage caused in the past with them rubbing against the table and seats, one of the reasons for a metal table, so without fencing the area off to prevent access, which has been requested in the past but turned down, the facility will slowly fall into disrepair.

Bob and Bri

Swans have started building

The local pair of swans have started building a nest on a raised dyke between two wet areas at the west side of the fishing pond, previously used two years ago. It is a good quiet area and they should go undisturbed but the problem occurs when moving the brood to the long pond, with a gate, fence and fox den to clear, without losing any.

A pair of Greylag geese are also looking to nest in the same location, caught resting at the fishing pond this morning.

We have spotted a few swallows passing through and one Wheatear at the car park and Chris reported this morning, hearing Willow Warblers in the area just after the field on the front.

Bob and Bri

New seat layout

We have replaced the rotten planks on the seat and also moved the display from the table to the back of the seat, allowing more room for the coffee and sandwiches.

Bob and Bri

Goldfinch versus Bullfinch

When is it going to dry out, today was a one out of the blue but the ground is going to require a lot more of these before it recovers.

The ponds are quite full and we have been monitoring a couple which contained frog spawn, and as can be seen from the attached shots, it has not survived very well, leeches have had their fill.

Goldfinches at the feeders are always squabbling between themselves but today they met there match in the form of a male Bullfinch, it stood no nonsense and soon chased them off.

Bob and Bri