Sunday, 19 April 2015

Up pops the Weasel !!!!!

Today after reports of a Ring Ouzel up Berry Hill Steve took me up to try and find it as I had not seen one before... We did find it but at a distance ..
While we were standing watching it feeding Steve caught a movement to the side of us and up popped a Weasel ..... We expected it to disappear as soon as it saw us but it was more interested in Jess and kept following her about !!!
Back home a walk around the wood we found a Willow Warbler another first for me was a female Blackcap

J C B Lakes .....

Yesterday Steve took me to JCB lakes .. after convincing him I knew the way as I had been a few times I did my usual trick and got us lost !!! Thankfully even though Steve hadn't got a clue where they where he pulled it out of the bag yet again and found them ......

Friday, 17 April 2015

Migrants arrive

A walk around part of the wood this evening produced good numbers of summer migrants with 5 x Swallow , 10 x Chiffchaff , 3 x Blackcap , 3 x Willow Warbler . No sign of last nights pair of Mandarin Duck which I accidently flushed while out walking the dog by our pond.
Chiffchaff.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Oysters

Oystercatchers on the Wirral !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Warblers Arrive

The warmer weather has brought a trickling of summer migrants through the wood , with seven Chiffchaff , three Willow Warblers a single Blackcap and four Swallows yesterday . Butterfly counts are still on the low side with just four Peacock,s two Comma and a single Brimstone . Two Harlequin Ladybirds were seen again yesterday along with good numbers of seven spot . A pair of Lesser Redpoll,s are still visiting the feeders and our Nuthatch seems to be settling down to nest building just outside the window. We are still awaiting our first Pied Flycatcher and with birds arriving close by it should not be long (hopefully) . Below is a couple of images of the Harlequin Ladybird.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Nesting ....

With nesting well under way Steve put six more boxes up this morn hopefully for the Redstarts and Flycatchers... All the other boxes are taken with Blue tits and Great tits ... Nutty has successfully woowed his female into the box by our window and the Woodpeckers have made their nest in a nearby tree ..
As for the Pheasants they have no problem breeding we have at least twelve turn up most mornings for their breakfast ...

Day of Chats

A day of Chats with Whinchat , Stonechat and Wheatear all looking their best in glorious sunshine.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

A host of birds at the Wirral .....

After going to work all week just looking at the sun we booked Friday off and headed off up the Wirral. With the added bonus of the migrant birds and the residents already there it made for a great photographic day ..

First Record

Another first record for our wood . A White Wagtail (alba) a continental passage migrant was found in the farm field by my partner Tracey this afternoon.The difference between our resident Pied Wagtails (yarrellii) and the continental White Wagtail is the sharp border line between its black crown and nape and the silvery-grey back and clean flanks. Compared with the glossy black cap nape and back of the Pied and its dusky grey flanks . Numbers of White Wagtails are passing through the country at present being mostly noted around the coast .

Friday, 10 April 2015

Toooooo...... cute !!!!

The best thing about this time of year are the sweet lambs .....
But all under the watchful eye of mother ....

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Insects

Several first,s on the Insect front today in the wood with four species of Butterfly , two species of Hoverfly , two species of Bumblebee , two species of Ladybird and a very confiding Bank Vole .