A Cotswold Year - Charting the seasons in the South Cotswolds

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Herring Gulls "dancing" and eating worms

We often see buzzards stamping on the ground to bring worms to the surface to eat so we were interested to see these herring gulls engaged in the same activity when we were at WWT Slimbridge recently. Someone described it as dancing!
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Thursday, 19 February 2015


One of our most elegant winter visting ducks in our area, the Northern Pintail will soon leave for its breeding grounds in Northern Europe.

Thursday, 29 January 2015


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.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Garden Birdwatch

Don't forget the RSPB big garden birdwatch this weekend.
We are not sure if this Common Buzzard on next door's roof counts but was a magnificent sight this morning.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Swan Feed

The cold spell has brought thousands of winter birds to Slimbridge WWT including the Bewick Swans.  This is making the Swan Feeds a very spectular event.
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

Hazel Catkins

Hazel catkins can be seen in the hedgerows everywhere so spring is on its way!

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Pregnant Ewe

On a cold January day we walked through a field of heavily pregnant ewes like this one. Mules, crossbred sheep like this one make good mothers to their lambs. At this time of year they are still out in the open countryside protected by their thick fleeces and fed extra rations by the farmer.

Snow Showers

 Looking wintry with a light fall of snow this morning.

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Mistle Thrush

The Mistle Thrush is a larger thrush than the Song Thrush. It likes to eat invertebrates, berries and seeds. We spotted this one feeding well on worms amongst the ducks at Slimbridge WWT the other day.  Apparently one of its favourite foods is Mistletoe hence its name, good job we left ours in the garden after Christmas - hopefully it might attract a visit.

Friday, 9 January 2015

Golden Plovers

Field of gold at Slimbridge WWT as thousands of wintering Golden Plovers show well in the winter sunshine.
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