27-31st May

It appears to have gone sadly wrong for the swans, after sitting in the reeds of the fishing pond, for about four weeks, she has given up and left the nest with no sign of any cygnets, at the moment both are residing on the long pond.
The wild flowers are looking well in the areas not being grazed, a couple of photos attached, Goats Beard and Ragged Robin.
Butterflies are also doing very well this year, especially the Common Blue and Small Heath with a few The Wall and Dingy Skipper in between, in addition, lots of day flying moths but unfortunately too quick to identify.
Caterpillars are on the move, Drinker moth, Garden Tiger moth often seen on the paths and the Yellow-tail moth which is gorging on the willow tree leaves, cannot be mistaken with it’s bright colours.
A few swallows were feeding on insects, possibly Mayfly, on the fishing pond.

Bob and Bri

28 May, 2018 19:41

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Date: 23/05/2018 14:20
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Hi, we thought the Canada Goose family had been, shall we say eliminated and lo and behold I came across them at the top end of the Long Pond. At the same time I saw a family of Mallard ducklings with their mother. Mister mallard does not help in rearing the children….ahem.
As the Canada Goose family approached they saw other Canadas and were hostile to them chasing them off, quite a fracas.
What a morning I then discovered the Greylag Goose family again we thought they had been vanquished.
Found them back of the fishing pond and the next day saw them on the far pond, must have walked the family about 500 yds or so. Brave thing to do, as I saw fox prowling round by the long pond and could smell the foxes scent in various locations.

Bob

Cow being to Curious

A pair of Greylag geese with their brood were intercepted by a curious cow and it soon had to turn and run, see photos.
Thrift is now starting to bloom and turning sections of the marsh a soft pink colour, and it’s also time for the Burnet Rose to brighten up the grazed area.
An animal has had a good feed of a Eider duck egg, remains found on the north end shore, channel side.
Temperature is rising, came across a couple of Common Blue butterflies and also a Dingy Skipper , checked the area for Pearl-bordered Fritillary, but no sign yet.

Bri

Past few days

The wildlife is springing into action, attached are a few photos, which are self explanatory. The photo of the Latticed Heath moth was slightly unusual, the male moths were flying over the heather and only occasionally settling and as soon as the camera auto focus cut in they were off again. On the second day, it happened all over again, but one then settled in some heather, but locating it was another problem until I came across the lighter coloured female, with the original male already attached, this explained their behavior, they were all looking for a mate.

Bri

Bully has been at again

As he is the only one of the cattle with horns, he must take the blame. This morning the owl seat was lying flat with holes in one of the owls body, see photos.
Other more pleasant sightings were, first Four-spotted Chaser this season, a pair of Eider duck on the long pond, a clearer view of the Reed Warbler and also a photo of a Grasshopper Warbler taken at the south end of the long pond.

Bri

Monday 14th May

The first Canada geese for a few years, have nested on the long pond and were showing off their brood of six today.

A few Large Red Damselflies are flying around the area just north west of the tip.

Red Campion are also now in flower but the only survivors are in the thick of the brambles, out of reach from the cows.

This sunshine has brought out a few white butterflies, spotted a Green-veined in the first field this morning.

Bri

Saturday 12th May

Goldfinches are numerous this spring, last year was not so good and even in the autumn the flocks were much smaller than usual, photo of a pair taken at the start of the walk.

Just further down the same path a singing Sedge Warbler stayed visible long enough to take a photo.

The rabbit population has declined over the past few years but this morning one was out enjoying the sunshine.

Bri

Determined Carrion Crow

After throwing a couple of pieces of bread for the ducks, it was interesting to watch a Carrion Crow fly in with practiced precision and pick up some, without getting too wet.

We met Jenny yesterday at the fishing pond, watching one of the illusive Reed Warblers and managed to obtain a slightly blurred photo.

A little later on we met up again and she had just been watching a Short Eared Owl, how did we miss it?

A heron has been seen on the land west of the fishing pond, for 3 mornings, probably looking for a duckling dinner.

Bob and Bri

Little Grebe

A pair of Little Grebe have nested on the long pond and today the three young were spread out at the south east corner, managed to catch one with the parents.

The new calf has been hidden away by it’s mother for the past few days, but yesterday we caught the pair together, see photos.

Bob and Bri