For all it was a bit grey and more than a bit drizzly at times it has to be said that I have had a very pleasant morning, nothing particularly special, just very typically Blashford-esque, to the extent that it was worth a quick blog (and not just because it allows me to put off the inevitable buckling down to writing up the Blashford Lakes Project Annual Report a little bit longer!).
It all started with a lovely view of a couple of male bullfinches in the bramble tops on my approach to the Tern Hide car park gate – and given that there were two males that must surely have been at least one female tucked away a bit more discreetly too.
Not a lot could be seen from Tern Hide, but I was pleased to be able to greet our first visitor of the morning and re-unite him with the camera he had left behind the night before! I think it is probably fair to say he was even more pleased than me!
No bittern (or great white egret) obvious from Ivy North Hide, but the Woodland Hide was its usual hive of activity and cacophony of bird song and Ivy South Hide had a nice mix of wildfowl feeding in much closer than usual:
We’re getting through quite a lot of bird seed at the moment so if you appreciate “The Woodland Hide Experience” like we do, do remember the contribution your donations make to helping us to keep them filled when you visit!
Having topped up the feeders I ambled back, stopping off to enjoy the spring fungi and flowers:
With all of these very obvious signs of spring and the very mild temperature yesterday, last night and this morning it should not have come as a surprise that the first moth out of the light trap was a spring usher – I had thought Bob was a bit optimistic earlier in the week, but given that he had one or two moths even on those cooler nights I was hopeful for more success today. And indeed it was! Not a huge selection, but very impressive by recent standards. Apologies for the poor pictures!
And finally, because I really do need to do some work on the Annual Report now, to compensate for my poor attempts at photography and because it was sent in a while ago and I have neglected so far to post it, here is a lovely photo of a goosander, e-mailed in to firstname.lastname@example.org by Andy Copleston; thanks Andy!