An account of the wildlife I come across and hopefully pictures to bring the account closer
Thursday, 12 March 2015
Thursday 12th. March 2015
Another picture catch up post .
Last Saturday , en route to the last hedgelaying day of the season , saw a juvenile Common Buzzard
swoop across the A25 near Dorking , and land in a tree in a garden centre car park , then drop down , probably to get some breakfast worms . I tried to get closer , but as soon as I moved , it flew off .
A walk across the Common on Sunday morning produced a very vocal Jay .
Stopping off at Bough Beech Reservoir en route to the small reserve with feeders in the woods , found a pair of courting Great Crested Grebe in the early morning sun , but things changed when
another bird charged across the water at the happy couple .
I was met at the entrance to the small reserve by a pair of Bullfinch , but only the male was willing to pose .
A pair of Marsh Tits were found feeding on Hazel .
I spent the best part of an hour watching a pair of Long-tailed Tits building their nest .
Although part of the dome was still needed , one bird , probably the female , was already dealing with the interior design .
Across the site , possibly 100 frogs were calling , amongst large amounts of spawn , whilst overhead , a Raven 'cronked' as it flew high over .
A visit to Kelsey Park in Beckenham found many Rose Ringed Parakeets nesting . The female had just entered this hole and the male was guarding . Just one Nuthatch was seen/heard , so hopefully the female is laying .
Far fewer Grey Heron pairs than usual were nesting , with about 6 occupied nests , but one nest in
particular had well advanced young , begging for food as normal .
Adder numbers up on the Greensand Ridge have increased to 13 , all males . At the moment they are
willing to lie together , but that will change when the females emerge . Two animals on the shot
above , and not so easy to see , three on the shot below . Two are together on the left , the third , harder to see , under vegetation on the right .
Today , whilst working up on the Common , one Small Tortoiseshell along with several male Brimstone . Haven't managed to get one of them in the viewfinder yet though .