As January comes to an end the first Primroses are already starting to bloom in sheltered spots. Named as one of the first flowers of spring the pale yellow flowers are a welcome sign and will be common from now until May.
Thursday, 29 January 2015
Sunday, 25 January 2015
Wednesday, 21 January 2015
We enjoyed watching the 4pm feed recently, the warden's commentary was excellent explaining about the birds as he dispensed the wheat.
There were more than 200 Bewicks last week as the cold since Christmas has brought them over from the continent to enjoy the balmier conditions of the Severn Valley.
The photo below shows an attentive parent stirring up food from the bottom of the pond for its youngster.
Tuesday, 20 January 2015
Wednesday, 14 January 2015
Saturday, 10 January 2015
Friday, 9 January 2015
When in flight among the Lapwings the white undersides contrast with the golden brown upper plumage as the flocks turn in the sunlight making a spectacular display
Thursday, 8 January 2015
There are a few in our garden but we saw this display in Slimbridge.
Friday, 2 January 2015
Happy New Year. Yesterday our son who was home came downstairs to tell us he had seen a big brown bird in the field in front of the house.
On inspection it was a Common Buzzard walking around the field amongst the mole hills. We have observed these birds quite often, but had failed to photograph them previously, this time we managed to although still quite distant.
We have seen Buzzards even run around the field attracting worms to the surface. Our research shows that Buzzards eat worms during the winter especially to supplement other food sources. They have very long guts which mean they can absorb goodness from what is a poor source of nutrients.