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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

Friday 4th May

In amongst the dunes can be found clumps and patches of Wild Pansy and at the moment are in full bloom, not quite a full blown carpet but one still on the loom.

The ground Willow is also in full blossom and a few bees are found gathering the pollen.

Lapwings, which are easily disturbed, are again nesting in the second field, constantly being watched by Carrion Crows looking for an easy meal.

Bob and Bri

Young Highland Bull

This young lad has been here since a calf and is now looking very impressive, his horns go on forever, asked Bob if he could measure from tip to tip while i took the photo, had the tape and everything, but he was a bit camera shy.

Bob and Bri