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
Friday, 15 April 2016
I paid a brief visit yesterday afternoon to Marsh Lane Nature Reserve as it's been a long time since my last trip there. After a lengthy ten minute session trying to work out how the padlock and catch worked on the new gate, I finally made it into the car park!
This small pool which is right next to the car park is good for dragonflies in the summer months. The field beyond, now ploughed, is used to grow crops which are left over winter to provide a food supply for seed-eating birds.
Gorse in flower along the Causeway and it was good to see my second Blackcap of the year.
A pair of Mute Swans on another of the smaller pools and a
coot nesting in the reeds.
Near Oak Hide Pheasants were hoovering up seeds under the feeders - other birds feeding included Blue Tits, Great Tits, Blackbird and Starling.
A view of Car Park Pool
Railway Pool and Sidden Hill Wood in the background. The channel just in front of the hide is a good place to see Snipe.
Another view of Railway Pool towards the rail bridge. Birds on the water included Canada Geese, Lapwings, Cormorants, Great Crested Grebe, Black-headed Gull, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Gadwall, Moorhen, and my first Common Tern of the year.
and my first Oystercatcher of the year. At this point the camera battery went flat! - I had taken along the Canon Bridge SX50 as (once I get the hang of it - yes, I am still struggling!) I think it will be more versatile on nature reserves than my Olympus dslr with 70-300 lens attached.
Despite the warm weather, there were no butterflies about although I did spot a few white-tailed bumble bees whizzing around (too far away and moving too fast for exact id).
I called into the hide overlooking Car Park Pool on the way back - similar bird species to those mentioned above but Oystercatchers were feeding very close to the hide - shame about the camera battery :(
I stopped off at the farm shop on the way home to buy a couple of lavender plants and an Oregano. The lavender is for my Green Man pot and I think I will sow some Nasturtium seeds around the edge and I am going to grow even more herbs this year as the flowers act as magnets for bees and butterflies.
In other garden news (can't be bothered to do a post on the other blog!) B has ordered a dozen or so Yellow Rattle plants for the Wild Flower Meadow just in case the huge pack of seed he sowed last autumn fails to germinate! He is determined to tackle the couch grass!
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.