Friday, 27 April 2012

Friday 27th. April 2012

Well , at last a half decent day to get out and about , still windy , but drier and warmer , but good to be out . I headed for Bough Beech Reservoir , forgetting just how cold it can be on the causeway when the wind is blowing down the reservoir , as it was today . Pushed for time , it's the picture and comment post tonight .
On the small island in the middle of the Roy Coles Scrape , a pair of preening Shellduck .
The female Coot had just got off this nest with at least 3 eggs , calling for her partner .
Bet she wished she hadn't bothered , all she got was a bout of domestic violence .
Over the North Lake , one of a pair of Common Terns , several others on the main reservoir .
In the woods alongside the reservoir , a Cuckoo flew close and called , then flew closer and called again , only trouble  the usual branch syndrome .
Had better luck with my first Common Whitethroat of the year , in full song .
Why are singing Goldcrests always high in the tree ?
Juvenile Slow Worm , apart from size , the thin dark line along the length of it's body says so .
Lots of Bugle / Ajuga reptans found in flower .
After failing to get a shot of a mobile male , this female Orange Tip was a poser .
Even happy for a top shot too .
Found quite a few long horn moths /  Adela reamurella , this male seems to have lost one of his antennae .
Almost got a static shot of a Bank Vole / Clethrionomys glareolus , but as you can see , the front end is just about to exit right .
And finally for tonight , I found this Guinea Fowl in a field with sheep and lambs . I just photographed it , a certain other Blogger would probably added it to his year list .
Looks like another wet one tomorrow , so will finish off today's visit then .


Phil said...

Some very nice pics today Greenie. Particularly like the Shelducks. Don't know about you but i've hardly seen any Orange Tips this Spring, maybe it's the weather.
I like your new header picture and well done with capturing the 'dance of the snakes' yet again.

Warren Baker said...

Na! I wouldn't add that to my list Greenie :-)

Unlucky with the Cuckoo shot, though the Whitethroat made up for it :-)

I'll sort some ladders out for the Owl box and come back with a date for you at some point :-)

ShySongbird said...

A lovely photo of the Shellducks and also the beautiful Whitethroat Greenie. You had a better day than we did yesterday, no sun here at all just more rain! Good to see you are seeing butterflies. They had such a bad year here last year and I fear it may be no better this time. I haven't seen any for weeks now.