Turn and Tern again

Greetings from a windswept Blashford.

The main ‘event’ today was a demonstration of wood turning by one of our regular conservation volunteers, Geoff Knott. Sadly the weather deterred a lot of people from visiting the reserve, but those who did were able to admire the skill of the craft and the beauty of the finished products.  Much of the wood used is from here or other Trust reserves and Goeff has kindly donated the proceeds from today’s sales to the Trust.

P1480258 woodturning demo

Geoff demonstrating his craft

 

Here's a few of the items he produced 'earlier'

Here’s a few of the items he produced ‘earlier’

Fortunately, for me, the lack of visitors gave me the chance to have an impromptu lesson on woodturning, thank you Geoff.

The really wet weather didn’t set in until early afternoon so we had a quick trip round part of the reserve. Not the best conditions for birdwatching, but did manage to catch up with my first view, this year, of common tern, appropriately from the Tern Hide.

Common tern

Common tern

An immature little gull was also seen (not by me) from this hide. Otherwise the bird life is much as recently reported with little ringed plover and lapwing around Ibsley Water and a collection of sand  martins, house martins and swallows over the water.

Lapwing foraging in front of Tern Hide, not the droplets of water on its back

Lapwing foraging in front of Tern Hide, note the droplets of water on its back

With chiffchaff, blackcap and garden warbler singing, it sounds like spring, even if it doesn’t feel spring-like.

Notable colour is being provided by a patch of leopard’sbane in flower close to the footbridge over Docken’s water.

Leopard'sbane

Leopard’sbane

 

 

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