Blashford Buggy Walk

After the rainy start I wasn’t holding out much hope for the Buggy Walk but luckily the rain cleared in time and it hadn’t put people off. As the local school was closed we had some older siblings joining us for the walk and once the waterproofs were on they were soon out exploring the puddles in the car park.

Puddles!

Puddles!

As we walked along by the Dockens Water we played hide and seek along the path.Hide and Seek!

One of the children saw something that looked like a beetle walking across the path, so we took a closer look….

What have we found on the path?

What have we found on the path?

As we went to pick it up it jumped! They were tiny toads bought out by the rain!

Tiny Baby Toads!

Tiny Baby Toads!

Further along the path we found an egg shell. It was a medium sized white egg but I’m not sure who had hatched out of it; any ideas welcome!

Egg Shell

Egg Shell

On the path up to Lapwing Hide the grass was really tall and had fallen down under the weight of the rain. With the warm air and high humidity it wasn’t hard to imagine that we were trekking through the jungle! (Ed and Adam are heading up there this afternoon to do some strimming so the path should be a lot clearer soon!)

Tall jungle grass!

Tall jungle grass!

We soon made it through to the other side!

A bit soggy but we survived!

A bit soggy but we survived!

There was time for a spot of bird watching at Lapwing Hide. We saw lots of canada geese, a few swans, coots and mallards.

Lapwing Hide

Lapwing Hide

And then after a quick snack it was time to head back!

Heading Back

Heading Back

We had a quick rest and studied some lichen growing on the bench.

A quick rest

A quick rest

The sunshine broke through as we walked back encouraging the insects to take to the air. We saw common blue damselflies, blue tailed damselflies, a few moths and several meadow brown butterflies fluttering through the grass. On the walk back we played more hide and seek and there was just enough time left for a game of pooh sticks at the bridge! A very enjoyable way to spend the morning!

Pooh Sticks

Pooh Sticks

Our next Buggy Walk will be on Friday 12th July meeting at the Edcuation Centre for a 10.30am start.

Kevin the bird ringer was in yesterday morning and sent through the following report:

“Things are now looking a lot better with a catch of 33 birds which included several juveniles. Our first juv Reed Warbler was encouraging along with juvenile Garden Warbler and Blackcap.

The strangest site this morning were 5 Fallow Deer feeding on the spit near to Goosander Hide – 3 were in their usual light-brown summer coat but one was white and another black! Something strange going on in the gene pool.

 Our totals were:-

 Reed Warbler 8

Garden Warbler 3

Reed Bunting 1

Chiffchaff 2

Willow Warbler 2

Robin 5

Blue Tit 1

Great Tit 5

Blackcap 3

Song Thrush 1

Dunnock 1

Long-tailed Tit 1

 Thanks to Kathryn for helping me out today”.

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