Saturday, 10 August 2013

Leighton Moss

Had a ride down to Leighton Moss, and headed straight for the marsh hides first. The water levels where quite low, but even so there was very little activity on the Allen pool, a few Redshank, ditto Lapwing, Greenshank, and this Little Egret put in an appearance.
I watched this Redshank for some time as it searched for a morsel.

Its head disappeared below the surface a few times without success.

Then at last success, just a tiny morsel for its efforts.
Along the path between the hides I came across this Speckled Wood, in fact there where two in mating display but only the one settled.

Speckled Wood.

On the Eric Morecombe pool there was more activity , with good numbers of Black-tailed Godwits, More Redshanks, and a Few Greenshanks.
In an area back at the main reserve, I came across a pair Moorhens building a nest, they where both sharing the job of gathering nest material. Then one disappeared into the reeds and reappeared with two chicks, so looks like they where getting ready for another brood.

A variety of Convolvulus
And to round the trip off, a Male Bullfinch on the feeders.
Linking to I'D-Rather-B-Birdin

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

When the sun shone

Small Tortoiseshell
Our butterflies have been showing well all over the country, from the Small Common Blue, and Scotch Argus, to the larger  Purple Emperor and Swallowtail. The sun of course makes all the difference, there is nothing butterflies like more than nice warm sun,(a bit like myself)

Small Tortoiseshell
And this was the case wandering round the patch the other day, the area was alive with this species in particular, so like a lot of birders when there is a drought as regards birding, our attention  turns to other things. so blogs all over the country have been posting photos of our butterflies.

This particular one is possibly one of our more commonest species.

And because of this is probably taken for granted, or overlooked in favour of something more exotic or rare,
But just look at this little beauty, even its colours shout out warm sunshine, its a little gem.

Saturday, 3 August 2013

If wildlife could talk

Just look at the fool, first it gobbles up half my family, now its destroying our habitat
Tastes like duckling.

OMG I've made a blue hole and we are all going to be sucked into it never to be seen again.

Now how did Martin Riggs get out of that straight jacket  (Lethal Weapon 2)

He did it under water, not working for me.

And all the while the adults patrol overhead.

Come on you've  seen enough, lets head for cover before the fools get bored
Hope you enjoyed, I'll try to be a bit more serious next time, but that is not a promise.
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Thursday, 1 August 2013

From out doors & in

Sunset over the patch----- out doors

Rain clouds through a window  in doors.
Linking to Skywatch Friday.