A record of wildlife in my garden and various trips to the Warwickshire countryside and occasionally further afield.
"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."
From "Auguries of Innocence"
by William Blake
Tuesday, 13 March 2012
"A Frog He Would A-Wooing Go"
Common Frog (Rana temporaria)
I finally managed to get a photo of one of the frogs in the pond this morning. The others (there are at least four) dived as I approached but this individual seemed oblivious to my presence - perhaps he/she has other things on its mind!
"His mansion in the Pool The Frog forsakes - He rises on a Log And statements makes - His Auditors two Worlds Deducting me - The Orator of April Is hoarse Today - His Mittens at his Feet No Hand hath he - His eloquence a Bubble As Fame should be - Applaud him to discover To your chagrin Demosthenes has vanished In Waters Green -"
His Mansion in the Pool by Emily Dickinson
The Common Newts (also known as Smooth Newts) - Lissotriton vulgaris - have also started to return to the pond. Brian spotted one on Sunday. None around today so in true Blue Peter fashion here's a photo I made (took) earlier (well, a year ago!).
This male Blackbird was turning over leaves in the wooded area at the top of the garden looking for insects
and this Blue Tit was just about to investigate one of the nestboxes.
And finally, I am reading a really excellent book at the moment which I can thoroughly recommend (and no I am not on commission from the publishers!)
Its an anthology of nature extracts from the last 300 years and includes some of Britain's greatest natural history writers. Some of the goodies included are: "On the Anger of Hornets" by Richard Mabey, "Hoverfly" by Simon Barnes, "The Formation of Vegetable Mould through the Actions of Worms" by Charles Darwin, "The Call of the Wild" by Mark Cocker, "Cuckoo" by Miriam Rothschild, "The Peregrine" by J A Baker, "Bass Rock" by Eric Ennion, "The Pine Wood" by Richard Jefferies, From "Wild Hares and Hummingbirds" by Stephen Moss, From "The Natural History of Selborne" by Gilbert White and many many more extracts.
Some of the books mentioned I already have but the only disadvantage of this lovely book is that its encouraging me to buy yet more books!!
Welcome to my blog. I have been interested in natural history from an early age and we have tried to create a garden attractive to wildlife. I also enjoy reading, photography, collecting fossils, visiting historic buildings and gardens and supporting Aston Villa. Please feel free to leave a comment and, if you would like to email me, my email address is ciraggedrobinsATgmail.com - remember to replace AT with @. Thank you for visiting.