Herring Gull

Herring Gull

Monday, 22 September 2014

** Harry and Harriot. **

If you are wondering who Harry and Harriot are, well they are my 2 visiting Hedgehogs. The bird life in the garden is at a lull at the moment.
I just happened to look out of the french doors on the front lawn one evening when I saw a hedgehog finishing up some of the dried meal worms that I  had put out for a couple of visiting birds. I put some more out the following evening and again they had been eaten. I said to Pam "I am going to put some in a dish close to the doors to see what happens". I did this and about 30 minutes later it turned up in the garden and came towards the doors, and started eating them. I did this for about 4 or 5 nights and every night it arrived. I went all out and put the dried meal worms and water as close to the doors as possible.
Now at this stage Pam was as curious and excited as I was. As with the other nights it arrived and started feeding oblivious to Pam and I looking out of the window. Pam went and sat back down when I had to call her back again, why, because another one arrived. I now had 2 hedgehogs feeding together, and still have.
 After I put the food out now, I sit on the floor right up against the window. When they turn up and feed which is every evening, they haven't miss one yet, the only thing that stops me from touching them is the double glazing, they are no more than10-12 inches away, tonight the male took a small lunge at her and I actually heard what I can only describe as a little growl, after that she kept her distance. They love a mixture of dog meat and dried meal worms. There is no way that they will not make the weight required to get them through their hibernation.
I would be interested to know what any of my fellow bloggers feed hedgehogs that turn up in their gardens
I said to Pam "Everyone is tucked up in their homes tonight not realising that there might be one of these little critters wandering about on their lawns looking for food to get them through the night."
I do miss my birds, but if I can help nature in other ways, then that makes me feel good.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

** Bough Beech Reservoir.**

Today was the day that I paid a long overdue trip to Bough Beech KWT. I kept reading that there have been various waders seen there, so I thought I would go and see for myself.
Pam and I arrived at about 11.30. When we arrived there was a birder there who looks as though this was his patch, he certainly looked at home there. I took a look over the hedge to see dozens of Canada Geese preening, arguing, as the do, it was hard to ignore then, the noise they was making.
I was about to take my scope across the road to check out the shallow water when this guy, I wish I had asked him is name, came over to me and suggested that I stay where I am and scope the area to the left of the main water. I did this  and I found the bird he told me about, a WOOD SANDPIPER looking very dapper. Whenever I see one I always have a good long look at it because I have no idea when I will see another one, there are very few of these birds seen passing through. Well that made my day straight away.
I crossed the road after a while and immediately got the "ol bins" working. The first wader spotted was one I wanted to see, my first this year, a GREEN SANDPIPER, except there wasn't just 1 but 3. The next species of wader seen was another sandpiper, COMMON SANDPIPER, 5 of them. While I was looking around counting them I should have also been looking up, sky watching.  Again if it hadn't been for the same birder calling out to me I would never have seen my favourite bird drifting around, and at one point directly above the car. The bird in question *** RED KITE ***(yesss) what a bird, words cannot do it justice, I was in my element. After that, I don't think anything could have upset me. There was a small bonus that came with it, there was a Common Buzzard bringing up the rear. Then it was back to see what species I could add to my days list. My full list is as follows: RED KITE...COMMON BUZZARD...GREEN SANDPIPER...WOOD SANDPIPER...COMMON SANDPIPER...LAPWING...GREY HERON...CORMORANT...CANADA GEESE...GREYLAG GEESE...MUTE SWAN...COOT...MOORHEN... B/H/GULL...COMMON TERN(5)...G/C/GREBE...MALLARD...MANDARIN...GADWALL...TEAL...TUFTED DUCK...C/CROW...JACKDAW...WOOD PIGEON...PIED WAGTAIL...ROBIN.
Today turned out to be more about quality, not quantity.
As for my 'Bird of The Day' there can be one, the wonderful *** RED KITE*** Barcud Coch, to give it, it's welsh name, because to me it will always be a welsh bird. (In 1997 all the remaining kites in wales desceded from 1 female.)
The Wood Sandpiper came a very, very close second. If it hadn't have been for the Kite, it would have been a clear winner)
Below is a picture I took some years ago in Wales of some of the many kites feeding at Gigrin Farm. Picture quality isn't good as it was taken with a old camera.

Monday, 11 August 2014

** Two good bird species seen in Norfolk.**

Last week Pamela and I went away to stay with  good friends in North Norfolk. This wasn't a wildlife visit, but we did go on a 2 hour boat trip on Hickling Broad. Swallowtail butterfly would have been a wonderful sight but on the day they was not playing ball. Thankfully I have seen them before.
Below is a picture I took of a Swallowtail caterpillar a few years ago.

The best wildlife seen was on our way home, two bird species.We stopped off at Cley-Next-The-Sea for lunch, and while we was sitting by the window scanning the scrapes 11 large white birds was showing, they was SPOONBILL, but it didn't stop there, as I continued panning along I found one more. 12 Spoonbill  is something I never thought I would ever see.

Not wanting to catch the M25 traffic I wanted to stop off at Weeting Heath to check out the Stone Curlew situation. We arrived about 5.15. Whenever I have been there whatever time of day it has never been busy, anyway I walked up to the west hide where I met 1 photographer. I sat along from him and opened the flaps where I was left speechless for a moment, expecting to see about 3 or 4, that is about what I have always seen when I have visited, this time there was a lot more, in total there  14 STONE CURLEW, one pair had 2 young. I spent a good hour observing them. I did manage to get a few pictures of them but none very close.

                                                 The parents with 1 of the young
Modern art!

Thursday, 17 July 2014

** Information About a Wasp Nest @Dungeness RSPB Reserve.**

I  paid a visit to Dungeness RSPB reserve today with a friend who has just moved back down here from up north after 6 years, anyway I am not posting about my daily sightings, just to inform birders and wildlife lovers that there is a WASP NEST in the Hanson Hide over at the ARC Pit. It is up in the top corner where the hide  angles round My friend Tony and I did have a look at the birds but this time I did my birding from the seat near the door as far away from Ken's seat as possible.Seeing a few wasps coming and going wasn't exactly my cup of tea.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

* Meet My New Friend.*

Over the past week I have got a new friend. I have been throwing dried meal worms out on the front lawn for a few birds, the main two being a Wood Pigeon and a male Blackbird. The Wood Pigeon was eating most of them so I started to move the meal worms closer towards us a little at a time. It is now a week later and we are feeding him 2 to two and a half feet from the patio doors, Pam has named him CHEEKY. The distance from the patio doors is not on the outside but  INSIDE.
Once we have opened the patio doors we know he isn't far away.  He doesn't mind the sounds coming from the television, or us talking, he just comes and goes as he pleases.
I am trying to get Cheeky to come further in to feed. When he helps himself, he often flicks some bits about, if they are a reasonable size he does eat them. I have added a few pictures of him, they are not perfect because the light is always behind him.
He can often be seen lying on the grass with his wings stretched out. In the pictures below he is not quite  as he sometimes is.  

I took this photo last week on the common but I cannot put a name to it. I am sure some of you can help me out. Is it a orchid of some description?
 I also took these of what I think is a Large Skipper.

and finally a Comma.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Red Slow Slow

I have been struggling to post pictures on my blog for while now, but after searching the web for any solutions I think I have finally cracked it. 
Someone suggested using Google Chrome so I have and as you can see it worked.
I took this picture a few years ago at New Hythe. I was wondering if anyone else has ever seen one.
Fingers crossed I will be ok now.

Monday, 23 June 2014

** Cannot Post Pics, Need Some Serious Help.**

I have been out now and again for very short spells but I didn't post anything because when I do I like to add a pic or 2 if I can, I enjoy it.
I did take some pics I just couldn't get them to upload onto the blog page. I have tried all sorts of ways but still no luck. It looks like I am going to have post without pics for a while.
The way I use to do  it was: Click on the link above for INSERT IMAGE, open, click on CHOOSE FILES,  then my pictures folder opened with  file name box at the bottom.  When I picked a photo the file name would load into the box at the bottom, I would click OPEN on the right hand side, and it use to go straight to the  CHOOSE FILES and UPLOAD. Then all I had to do was click on ADD SELECTED, and it then appeared on the post.
I know it is asking a lot but can any of you clever buggers, sorry I mean Bloggers give me any advice/help. My email address is on my profile page otherwise on here would be appreciated. Thank you.