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

Wednesday 2nd May

It turned out to be a nice sunny day but with a cool wind, but that didn’t stop the emergence of the black flies (St. Marks Fly) description taken from another site

"The males have clear wings and big eyes. They swarm up and down looking for females which usually cluster on a nearby bush. They are called St Mark’s Flies because they’re usually about on St Mark’s Day, 25th April. They only live for about a fortnight so it’s a short life but sweet. They feed on nectar, they mate and the females lay eggs in the soil. That’s it. Then they die. But the larvae or grubs live on, underground, eating decaying vegetable material or grass roots. Then next April they emerge as adults and the whole life cycle starts over again."

Caught a glimpse of very smart Wheatear in the third field, see photo.

Bob and Bri

Newly Born Calf

Not the best time to be born, with very cold nights but it doesn’t appear to bother the inquisitive calf, see on the photos being chased by a much older calf, and just before this shot was taken it was butted away by another.

Bob and Bri​​​​

Sunday 29th April

This morning was bright but cool, but it didn’t stop the warblers from singing, managed to catch a Willow Warbler on the path through to the tip.
The Reed Warblers are very shy this year, they sing continuously but never put in an appearance.

The niger seed is being emptied every day by the Goldfinch, how do they manage to find time to eat between squabbles.

There are quite a few Skylarks on the tip area but not many on the reserve, but we did see one perched on clump of heather with its crest raised and singing.

Bob and Bri