Archive - March 2019
 

31st March

Doonfoot


It was “best in the west” as far as the weather was concerned. I chose to visit Doonfoot, a suburb of Ayr. We travelled down the M77, stopping off for breakfast at Kilmarnock Asda (good meal, but cold bacon and stodgy beans: 8/10) before travelling through Burns’ old hometown of Alloway and across Dunure Road to the Castle Walk car park close to the footbridge at the mouth of the River Doon. There was hardly a cloud in the sky as we started our walk. Immediately we got great shots of a pair of Starlings on one of the Hawthorn bushes on the grassy sandbank that separates the car park from a pond. Initially we were disappointed to find the pond deserted, however a bonny wee drake Teal flew in (also see “Pictures of the Week”, below), before being spooked by rampaging dogs and there careless walkers. I took a couple of shots of similar flowers - a Coltsfoot  and a Dandelion . At first glance these look the same but on closer inspection they are quite different.

Starling Drake Teal Coltsfoot Dandelion

We walked out along the river mouth towards the sea. I spotted a group of Turnstones on the opposite bank beside a preening Mute Swan. We next came across a solitary Greenshank sitting near some Oystercatchers. There were quite a few dog walkers taking advantage of the nice weather, but who, unconsciously or otherwise, disturbed the birds we were trying to photograph.

Turnstone Mute Swan Greenshank Oystercatcher

The view from Doonfoot of the seafront at Ayr:


A small aeroplane passed overhead, a Druine Turbulent , which appears to be a home-built kit plane. I noticed the Greenshank on a sandbank feeding further out with a large gathering of Gulls and Redshanks in the mouth of the river. As we returned to the car I managed a few shots of a foraging Rook, including a nice flight shot (see “Pictures of the Week”, below), but we saw little else. At the grassy bank by the car a patch of Daffoldils could just be seen peeking through the grass.

Greenshank Rook Daffodil

We moved half a mile to the Greenan Shore car park. On leaving the car John pointed out a shrub with striking pink flowers midst the Hawthorns. I later identified it as a Flowering Currant, Ribes Sanguineum . I photographed a flowering Red Campion as we walked south along the low dunes towards Greenan Castle . John and I were pleased to see our first butterfly of the Spring, a Peacock. I snapped it as it warmed its wings before the strong sunshine.

Flowering Currant Red Campion Greenan Castle Peacock Butterfly

We paused below the north side of the crags in order to check for Yellowhammers, as we had seen them there in previous years. Sadly we didn’t see any, but I did notice a quartet of interesting plants on the short grass. A 5cm fertile (spore producing) stem of Field Horsetail  sat precariously on the very short grass. The stem grows from underground rhizomes. Later in the year sterile stems will grow. Close by I noticed several patches of a plant with 2mm wide white flowers. A newby for us, these were Common Whitlowgrass, a member of the Cabbage family. These were very pretty when seen magnified (see “Pictures of the Week”, below). Below the thorny bushes that lined the rough path I saw some bright yellow flowers of Lesser Celandine . Interestingly it used to be used as a cure for piles and was called Pilewort. There were many very familiar, and consequently overlooked, flowers of the Common Daisy . John and I resisted the temptation to sit and make daisy chains and moved on.

Field Horsetail Common Whitlowgrass Lesser Celandine Common Daisy

On the shaded slopes below the Castle I noticed that several more wildflowers were widespread. Few-flowered Leek, an invasive non-native plant, sat in the damp patches at the base of the cliff, while half way up the steep slope were extensive patches of Opposite-leaved Golden Saxifrage, whose flowers have no petals. Another often overlooked flower is that of Dog’s Mercury (since they are not brightly coloured. It should be avoided though, because it is poisonous if eaten). Looking rather out of place half way up the slopes of bare rocks I noticed an outcrop of Primrose . It is interesting to wonder how it got up there (My guess is that it was the birds).

Few-flowered Leek Opposite-leaved Golden Saxifrage Dog's Mercury Primrose

Even further up the rocks there was a large Scurvygrass plant. On the south side of the Castle a rough path leads up to the Castle. As we briefly paused on our way up we startled a cock Pheasant. I managed a couple of shots as it scurried into the long grass.  When we reached the Castle, we missed a Blue Tit and a pair of Long-tailed Tits but we decided to investigate the edges of the fields to the east of the Castle. Immediately we heard, for the first time this year, the familiar call of the Chiffchaff. I snapped a couple of shots of it sitting in the gloom on top of a distant bush before it flew to the opposite side of the field.The north boundary was edged with Hawthorn bushes that were in all in bloom.

Scurvygrass Pheasant Chiff Chaff Hawthorn

The sky had become totally overcast so the light had badly deteriorated. We walked along the sides of the fields to the east of the castle as that area often yields some interesting finds. Our first  was a Buff-tailed Bumblebee (see “Pictures of the Week”, below) resting on a large leaf. Near it I spotted some Common Field Speedwell, appropriately enough, at the edge of the field. Also there was a couple of plants of Red Deadnettle , a flower that used to be called the “Bumblebee Flower” and, incidentally, unlike its relative, the stinging nettle, it has no sting. Further along the field’s edge, under the bushes, I discovered some pretty, violet-flowered Ground Ivy . This plant is actually another member of the Deadnettle family. I also saw another common wildflower seen in fields, Common Chickweed. As its name suggests it was once used as chicken feed.

Common Field Speedwell Red Deadnettle Ground Ivy Common Chickweed
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We left the fields and scrambled down a bank onto a road that allowed us access to the grassy common adjacent to the car park. At the start of that area I came across some Germander Speedwell. As we had a bit more time, I had a quick scan on the beach behind the car park. I managed to put up a Curlew as I sidled towards it but some Redshanks were less flighty. I also disturbed a large Herring Gull which took flight as I passed and protested loudly as it flew off.

Germander Speedwell Curlew Redshank Herring Gull

It had been a visit rich in wildflowers. Spring has certainly sprung. We had some nice bird sightings at the start of the trip at the mouth of the River Doon, but around Greenan Castle most of the birds managed to avoid us. We concluded, as usual, with tea and pineapple topped cream pastries. A tasty way to end the day.

Pictures of the Week:

Teal Rook
Common Whitlowgrass Buff-tailed Bumblebee



24th March

 Musselburgh

The best of the weather was to be in the east, so we headed for our old faithful destination, a site that seldom lets us down, Musselburgh. After a good, but not perfect breakfast in Dalkeith Morrisons (cold tomatoes, overdone links, slow service, 8/10), we started our quest at the Millhill car park beside the River Esk, about 1/2 mile from where the river flows into the Firth of Forth. It is popular with people who like to feed birds that gather there. I started our collection of shots with an attractive Feral Pigeon followed by a trio of Goldeneye  - an adult drake, a juvenile drake and a female. I also got a close-up shot of a fine drake Mallard (see also “Pictures of the Week”, below).

Feral Pigeon Drake Goldeneye Juvenile Male Goldeneye Female Goldeneye

Of course there were gulls-a-plenty. I snapped another trio, this time of Herring Gulls  - 1st and 2nd year immature and an adult.
I next caught a photo of a beautiful drake Goosander as it washed midstream (see also “Pictures of the Week”, below).

1st Cycle Herring Gull 2nd Cycle Herring Gull Herring Gull Drake Goosander

A few Greylags were amongst the many birds present. The one shown below was loitering on the slipway with some of the many Mute Swans. On the island, a Moorhen was carefully picking its way down to the water.

Greylag Goose Mute Swan Moorhen

We decided to walk further upstream and maybe see a Dipper. There were lots of Black-headed and Lesser Black-backed Gulls there, and a few restless Pied Wagtails . I also captured an image of a Grey Wagtail  busy on the opposite bank.

Black-headed Gull Lesser Black-backed Gull Pied Wagtail Grey Wagtail

John had a wee seat by the Old Bridge (often called the Roman Bridge ) while I investigated the twittering of a Goldfinch in a tree close to the recently-installed Archer statue . I didn’t manage to see the Goldfinch but I found Gorse bushes below the bridge and also some nice blue flowers, probably Aubretia Deltoidia, growing wild in an otherwise empty Council flower bed. What I’ve failed to mention is that there were a significant number of Canada Geese  on that stretch of the river. They were very lively, probably due to all the courting that was going on (see also “Pictures of the Week”, below). I took some shots of a female Goosander on an island, preening in the sun ((see “Pictures of the Week”, below). After studying an interesting information board that detailed how the Council was dealing with the threat of flooding , we decided to move to the mouth of the river.

Archer Statue Gorse Aubrieta  Canada Goose

We parked at the Cadet Hall and walked towards the rough coastal path to where the sea met the sea wall. As we passed the Hall a large Carrion Crow flew in with an apple core (see “Pictures of the Week”, below). Maybe it was a vegetarian. Nearby, I was pleased to see some Common Scurvygrass and some early flowering White Deadnettle . By the Hall, on the near-bank of the river, a Curlew was lazily creeping along the edge of the river searching for invertebrates. A small flock of Turnstones flew in, probably displaced from rocks by the advancing tide.

Common Scurvygrass White Deadnettle Curlew Turnstone

Slightly disappointed by the lack of birds to photograph we returned to the car and drove to the Musselburgh Lagoons ,commonly known as “the Scrapes”. The picture below was taken from the north-most hide. There are plans to further develop other lagoons in the area to create even more bird havens.


We got a photo of our first invertebrate sighting of the Spring, a wandering White-tailed Bumblebee. It meandered past the front of the hide. A pair of Shelducks were dabbling in the centre of the scrape unconcerned by a small flock of Turnstones that flew in from the sea and circled low over the waters. I also noticed a pair of wood pigeons feeding near the water’s edge.

White-tailed Bumblebee Shelduck Turnstones Wood Pigeon


After a period where they all had their heads tucked under their wings, the large flock of Bar-tailed Godwits suddenly became active. They started feeding before taking off and landing at the opposite side of the pool. The mass of over 200 Oystercatchers weren’t for moving though. Only a few at the edge of the flock occasionally shuffled about. My final shots of the day were of a pair of Teal dabbling fairly close to the hide (see also “Pictures of the Week”, below).

Bar-tailed Godwit Oystercatcher Teal


It had been another satisfying day at Musselburgh. We had seen and photographed a wide variety of birds, most at close quarters. Before the drive back west we sipped tea and demolished Danish Apple Lattice pastries as we sat behind the car on our 3-legged stools, sheltering from the stiff breeze. Lovely!

Pictures of the Week:

Drake Mallard Drake Goosander
Canada Goose Female Goosander
Carrion Crow Teal


17th March

Stevenson, Saltcoats and Irvine Harbour

It was “business as usual” on Sunday. I was fit enough to drive and the weather was to brighten from the west, so after picking up John for the first time in nearly a month, we headed for the North Ayrshire coast. Things were going well until just before we reached the M77 when a low tyre pressure warning came up on my dashboard. We had to replace the offending wheel with the spare before we could continue the journey.  However off we went onto the coast, specifically, Stevenson Morrisons for you know what - yes, our first Sunday breakfast in nearly a month. Appropriately enough it was a great breakfast that was very difficult to mark down so we gave it 10/10. A short drive then took us to Stevenson point. Sadly there wasn’t much to see there, only a Cormorant on the rocks and some Oystercatchers on the short grass. I quickly decided to move on to Saltcoats Harbour where we were immediately greeted by a wee Rock Pipit on the sea wall. The tide was going out and we could see a Dunlin picking its way through the exposed seaweed.

Cormorant Oystercatcher Rock Pipit Dunlin

At first unseen because of their camouflage,Turnstones became visible as they too moved across the weed, searching for insects, crustaceans and molluscs. Close by, a first winter Herring Gull was dabbling in shallow water, but not catching much. We walked out along the harbour and John spied a pair of Eider. The drake, resplendent in his fine black and cream plumage, was trailing behind the female who might just have been trying to outrun him.

Turnstone Herring Gull 1st Cycle Drake Eider Female Eider

The view over to Arran was very impressive. A CalMac ferry (also see below) was making its way across the Clyde Estuary toward
Brodick nestled below the snow-covered slopes of Goat Fell.



Around the harbour, the wind was quite blustery. We saw only a few diving Shag, some Feral Pigeons on the walls and a couple of Redshanks in exposed rocks. We looked in vain for Purple Sandpipers , as we had seen them there over the years. They only winter in the UK before moving to breed in Iceland and Scandinavia, so perhaps they had already moved there.

Shag Feral Pigeon Redshank

We next walked around to the north side of the harbour. Unfortunately the skies became overcast, but I carried on photographing nonetheless. The paddling pool was busy with the usual suspects, amongst which were various ages of Herring Gulls and Black-headed Gulls. I stalked a wee Rock Pipit as it galloped along the edge of a flower bed. I also snapped some bonny Starlings as they poked around in the seaweed (also see “Pictures of the Week”, below).

Herring Gull Rock Pipit Starling Black-headed Gull


A 2nd winter Herring Gull caught my eye (also see “Pictures of the Week”, below). A large Great Black-backed Gull glided threateningly over the pool, but the smaller gulls were having none of it, as they chased it from the area. The main occupants of the pool were a couple of dozen Mute Swans. Occasionally some passers by stopped to feed them bread - much to the excitement of the Gulls. I caught a fleeting shot of a male Pied Wagtail - our final shot at Saltcoats, as we decided to moved south to Irvine Harbour.

Herring Gull 2nd Cycle Great Black-backed Gull Mute Swan Pied Wagtail


We arrived at Irvine Harbour  just as the sun broke through the clouds. Immediately I saw a few Grey Seals about 200m on the River Garnock just before it joins the River Irvine. The photo is not clear (due to the distance) but I think there may be a Seal pup on the rightmost Seal. A bit closer to the car park John spotted a flock of Wigeon just where the two rivers meet. They took off and flew overhead (to my shame, I missed that photo-opportunity due to my monopod setup). We followed the estuary past the Bridge of Scottish Invention  that leads to the unused Big Idea Science Exhibition Centre . Below the bridge a pair of Eider were paddling upstream. The drake gave a wee flap of his wings to show the female he was well up for it.

Grey Seal Wigeon Drake Eider Female Eider

 
A bit further downstream a fine-looking Carrion Crow was foraging on a straw-strewn riverbank. On the quay above the Crow a pair of adult Herring Gulls were basking in the sun (also see “Pictures of the Week”, below). On the opposite bank a lone Curlew was working its way along the water’s edge. It seemed to be aware we were looking at it as it scurried behind a rock and out of sight. We continued out onto the viewpoint at the mouth of the river from where I took a panorama shot looking back upstream (see below). On our way back to the car I heard the familiar sound of a huge Goose flock, although when I looked ahead all I could see were a sizeable gathering of Gulsl above some feeders. As we walked on further though I did see the flock of what I think were Greylags - around at least a couple of hundred rising above the Bogside Flats SSSI .

Carrion Crow Herring Gull Curlew Greylag Geese


Below is the view East from the viewpoint at the mouth of the Irvine/Garnock Estuary. Notice, on the right the
former
Harbour Pilot House .



We ended the visit in our usual way by consuming delicious chocolate eclairs and tea. It had been an enjoyable few hours, mostly in sunny weather and although there were few surprises I managed to accumulate an engaging set of photographs. After a four-week period of recuperation I am pleased with that accomplishment and I look forward to the next trip.

Pictures of the Week:

Herring Gull 2nd Cycle Herring Gull
Carrion Crow Starling


9th March 

 Hogganfield Loch, Glasgow

With my mobility still being somewhat curtailed by an injured arm I was limited to a quick Saturday visit to a sunny Hogganfield Loch LNR  in the east end of Glasgow. My first capture was of a line of Black-headed Gulls awaiting the next person carrying a plastic bag, when they will form an noisy aerial mob as each bird competes for each morsel of bread. I’m sure though that those kind people are frustrated that the persistent aerial raids of the Gulls always manage to steal much of the bread intended for the more popular Swans.


On the water, a Moorhen was checking out the skies, for what I don’t know. A couple of quarrelsome drake Goldeneyes  were diving for food. Their diet includes insects, crustaceans, molluscs and fish eggs and aquatic plants. A large Coot was preening on the water’s edge. Not far away on the bank a large patch of Coltsfoot was blooming in the winter sunshine.

Moorhen Goldeneye Coot Coltsfoot


The water birds were brilliantly illuminated by the fine Winter sunshine, providing ideal conditions for photography. I took portraits of some Swans to highlight the obvious differences between Mute and Whoopers. My eye was then caught by an unusual feral pigeon. It is interesting to realise that these birds are descended from the Rock Dove that was effectively domesticated as Neolithic man turned to agriculture around 10,000 years ago.  A big Tufted Duck cruised past before vanishing beneath the water, re-emerging seconds later with a slight damper-looking tuft (see “Pictures of the Week”, below).

Whooper Swan Mute Swan Feral Pigeon Tufted Duck


There was a significant number of Lesser Black-backed Gulls on the Loch. The adults have a dark grey back and yellow legs. The immature birds are a bit more difficult to identify. The one shown below is entering its second year where the first bits of adult plumage starts to show, and the 1st year black beak becomes more yellow. Feeders emerged from their car as I was photographing the gulls. As mentioned above, the birds respond to the mere sight of a plastic bag by crowding the shore awaiting what is usually bread (although too much bread  is not good for them). At the front of the resulting feeding melee were the Swans, Whoopers as well as Mutes, packed tightly against bank, their eyes tightly focused on the plastic bags.

Lesser Black-backed Gull Lesser Black-backed Gull 1st Cycle Mute Swans Whooper Swans


Unusually, a large Grey Heron  flew fairly close to the car park, chased by some Carrion Crows. There is a Heronry on the woods at the east end of the island. They are mainly carnivorous and will take small birds, so the Crows were probably defending their territory as they too nest in those trees. I continued my exploitation of the feeding photo-opportunity by snapping some Black-headed Gulls  in flight (also see “Pictures of the Week”, below), of which there were many! When the bread supplies were finished there was still some flapping of wings as Mute Swans arrived too late for their lunch and for others, there was preening to be done.

Grey Heron Black-headed Gull Mute  Swan


I next set off on a quick circuit of the Loch and soon spotted a Cormorant  in its breeding plumage perched in the middle of the Loch. It was defending its position from marauding Gulls who fancied the perch for themselves. Roosting behind one of the many artificial islands anchored in many parts of the Loch, I spotted a pair of roosting Great Crested Grebes . Hogganfield is a great place to study these Grebes as there are usually at least a couple of pairs that breed successfully - so I’m already looking forward to photographing their offspring. The chirps of a pair of Pied Wagtails then drew my attention. They were scouring the water’s edge seeking invertebrates. The male seemed to be calling the shots as every so often it would take flight with a flourish of chirps to be followed almost immediately by the female.

Cormorant Great Crested Grebe Pied Wagtail


As I snapped the Wagtails, a handsome Lesser Black-backed Gull descended onto the Loch (also see “Pictures of the Week”, below). It added to the flock already numbering in the dozens. Just what they were up to I’m not sure. Perhaps they were new arrivals. When I reached the East side of the island I was surprised to see even more Mute Swans in the lee side of the island, most of them preening contentedly on the artificial islands.

Lesser Black-backed Gull Mute Swan

A Lesser Black-backed Gull was making a lot of noise after a short disagreement with a juvenile. I then spotted, 50m beyond the island, another pair of Great Crested Grebes. They were trying to get on with their fascinating mating ritual, only to be interrupted, annoyingly, by a noisy bin lorry circulating the park paths. My next capture was of a Blue Tit  that was busy foraging in path-side trees for insects on the branches above the heads of scores of unsuspecting walkers. Another sign of the imminent arrival of Spring was the heart-warming sight of hordes of Daffodils in bloom.

Lesser Black-backed Gull Great Crested Grebe Blue Tit Daffodils

As I rounded the path to the North side of the Loch, one of the Great Crested Grebes unexpectedly appeared from under the surface only 10m away (see “Pictures of the Week”, below). With my car in sight I was pleased to see a pair of Greylags loitering close to the bank, pleased as I had seen them earlier when the light was not quite so good. A demure female Mallard looked at me, checking for food, but I was rather more interested in a beautiful pair of Goosanders. They too were in fine breeding plumage, ready for the emergence of Spring.

Greylag Goose Female Mallard Duck Female Goosander Drake Goosander

My visit had only lasted an hour but in that time I had taken a pleasing number of nice shots. Hogganfield is an unusual Local Nature Reserve (LNR) as it is in every other way just a very well used public park. That the birds and people manage to successfully cohabit the Park is good to see and a tribute to the efforts of Glasgow City Council.

Pictures of the Week:

Black-headed Gull Tufted Duck
Lesser Black-backed Gull Great Crested Grebe


3rd March

 RSPB Baron’s Haugh and Dalzell Estate, Motherwell

I ventured out on my own on Sunday on a short visit to RSPB Baron’s Haugh, Motherwell, my local nature reserve, to see if my injured arm was up to it. The weather was sunny but a bit cold. So well-wrapped and camera and monopod at the ready I plodded out of the car park and delved firstly into the neighbouring Dalzell Estate in search of nice pictures.

As I passed along wooded paths I could hear shuffling in the branches above my head. It was a pair of Grey Squirrels searching for food. These cute creatures are much-maligned  in certain quarters, rightly or wrongly, but they photograph well (see also ,”Pictures of the Week”, below). The woods of the Estate are often filled with a rich variety of bird life but I was struggling to find them. The ripening cones of a huge Cypress tree caught my eye as did the Old Man’s Beard Lichen (Usnea) draped on the young Silver Birch trees. Eventually I came upon a little Blue Tit busily searching for food on the twigs and branches.

Grey Squirrel Cone Lichen Usnea Blue Tit


In an area close to Dalzell House  I came across, Wordsworth-like, a host of golden daffodils, and Crocuses. They weren’t wild of course, but they were lovely.  Still struggling to spot any birds I was delighted when a few Jackdaws passed overhead and then I snapped a wee Coal Tit  amongst the coppices. (see also ,”Pictures of the Week”, below).

Daffodil Crocus Jackdaw Coal Tit

I last visited the Dalzell Estate on a Thursday morning a month ago and managed to see Nuthatches, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Song and Mistle Thrushes. I wasn’t so lucky on Sunday. The weather was similar but perhaps the increased number of weekend walkers (and their dogs) had made the birds pull back.

Nuthatch Great Spotted Woodpecker Song Thrush Mistle Thrush

I next left the Estate into the RSPB Baron’s Haugh Reserve and passed along the Chestnut Walk (see map) to the River Clyde. Looking south I saw some Goosanders about 100m upstream. I walked north scanning the river as I walked, as I’d been tipped off that there were geese on the opposite bank. Sure enough I located about 20 Canada Geese and a pair of Greylag Geese. Close by I also snapped a pair of Mute Swans at the near bank. Annoyingly, these pictures were all taken “contre-jour”, as the sun was shining directly behind the birds.

Goosander Canada Goose Greylag Goose Mute Swan

As I walked I came across the first, of what will be many, sightings of a flower that heralds the arrival of Spring, a Lesser Celandine . It was a favourite flower of the Victorian Lakeland poet, William Wordsworth, who wrote several poems  expressing his admiration of the pretty yellow flowers. Another yellow bloom that has been ever-present, even throughout the Winter, has been the Gorse flower of which there are many lining the paths of the reserve. I was also delighted to see quite a few tiny Barren Strawberry flowers below the west-facing bushes. The final flower I saw by the Clyde was an early-flowering Dandelion. Another sign of a very mild winter.

Lesser Celandine Gorse Barren Strawberry Dandelion

Eventually I reached the Centenary Hide from which I got a lovely sunlit view of a flock of around a dozen Curlews about 100m out from the hide.



I also noticed a Lesser Black-backed Gull, with its charcoal grey back and yellow legs. after a quick rest I next headed further round the course of the river to the Phoenix Hide. I paused briefly at a bench by a bend in the river to observe a pair of Buzzards doing aerobatics, probably part of a courtship display. On a shingle bank on the river a few Mallards were resting just opposite the Phoenix Hide ( so-named, apparently, since it rose from the ashes of the original wood-built hide that was torched by vandals). Just below the hide I could see a pair of Little Grebes diving for small fish. These are also known as Dabchicks  (see also ,”Pictures of the Week”, below).

Lesser Black-backed Gull Common Buzzard Mallard Little Grebe

Near the Dabchicks, a Coot was chewing on pondweed, but little else was showing around the hide. I could see across the Haugh to the Causeway Hide. There were birds on the water around that hide, so I walked round to check them out. On the way, some Carrion Crows were perching high on trees that line the fields east of the Haugh. As I arrived they had been scouring the field for invertebrates and they moved back down off the trees when I’d passed. From the Causeway Hide I took some pictures of some feeding Teal. I also photographed a solitary Herring Gull that had been making a fuss about something or other.

Common Coot Carrion Crow Teal Herring Gull

I soon moved to the Marsh Hide but was disappointed to find it devoid of birds. I did though capture some nice shots of Reed Mace and Goat Willow catkins . I finally trudged up the hill back to the car park. My last captures of the visit were of a Magpie in flight over a field and of a Robin singing on a shadowy hedgerow at the entrance to the car park.

Reed Mace Goat Willow catkins Magpie Robin

A view of Baron’s Haugh, looking west:


I think you can see from the pictures I’ve gathered that my injury has not held me back too much. So I’m looking forward to next weekend, although the weather prediction doesn’t make nice reading.

Pictures of the Week:

Grey Squirrel Jackdaw
Little Grebe Daffodil


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