A Bit of Drizzle!

A pretty quite day at Blashford on Monday, the heavy showers kept people indoors and I can’t say I can blame them!

heavy rain!

heavy rain!

Despite the rain there was warm sunshine in between and this brought out a good few butterflies around the Centre, including silver-washed fritillary, red admiral, comma and small tortoiseshell, but best of all there was a humming bird hawk moth.

I walked the paths to clear any fallen branches brought down by the rain and strong winds of the weekend, approaching the Ivy North hide I saw a stick across the path, then realised it was moving, it was a large grass snake.

By the time I locked up the rain had passed and looking from the Tern hide I saw this black-headed gull, it was perched on the weed mat in front of the hide. As I have mentioned before I don’t think I have ever seen so much weed on Ibsley Water, or such thick mats of it, in fact this gull was perched on weed floating in 4 metres or more of water, although it looks pretty relaxed about it!

black-headed gull on weed

black-headed gull on weed

The gulls are starting to gather on Ibsley Water now, not in the numbers they will be later in the autumn but today I saw at least four yellow-legged gull (3 juveniles and 1 first summer), a pair of great black-backed gull with a fledged juvenile in attendance, and the usual scatter of herring gull and lesser black-backed gull. The lesser black-backs included one with an almost black, rather than dark grey back, so probably a bird from Scandinavia already on the move to wintering areas on the West African coast.

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3 thoughts on “A Bit of Drizzle!

  1. Hello Blashford wildlife, I am just trying to contact someone to see if anyone there can rescue a Swan who has some fishing line caught around his head neck area, have seen this while water skiing on Ellingham Lake.The swan appears ok in himself but needs this line removing, hope you can help
    Suzanne

    • There is a wild animal rescue nearby, if the swan is still there I will give them a call tomorrow. I was at the water-ski club today, nobody mentioned it, when did you see it there? If the bird is still mobile and especially if it can fly there will be little anyone can do as it would have to be caught to remove the line. Unfortunately discarded line is a big problem for wildfowl and one that is all too common around almost any fishing lake you care to visit.

  2. Hi Robert, thanx for replying, I saw the swan today during the afternoons, actually he has been there a few days swimming around the bottom end (clubhouse dock end) to the right by the marshes and trees, only spotted the line caught on him today as he has been fairly close to the skiing area .Would be very grateful if you could contact someone in rescue to help him, I haven’t seen him fly at all.
    suzanne

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