Saturday, 31 January 2009
Sunday, 25 January 2009
He is the crow in all its, through a salt encrusted double glazed window (excuses excuses), glory - regular not far away up the hill but a very scarce visitor to the garden.
Blue Tit 1
Collared Dove 1
Carrion Crow 1
Great Tit 2
Herring Gull 8
Black Headed Gull 3
Later back on the park spring was in evidence with Daffodils just about to flower, Robins twittering away, a Wren giving its usual high decibel lip and a Great Spotted Woodpecker battering the living daylights out of a dead branch.
Spent the afternoon sawing logs for the fire...its not spring yet and there will be a cold snap or two before the days warm up properly, it is still only January after all.
Where to next? Lets see what drifts in over the next few days
In the meantime hows spring (or autumn if you're in the southern hemisphere) progressing
Saturday, 24 January 2009
This weekend is the time for this year's RSPB's Great Garden Bird Watch. Literally millions of households up and down the country will be glued to their gardens for an hour's recording. The safari will be no exception, after the traditional Sunday morning bacon butty it will be pencil and notebook in hand. The garden has already been 'seeded' with sunflower seeds, a fat-ball hangs in the tree and in the morning half a loaf of stale bread will be thrown on the garage roof. The event depicted in the picture in the previous post will no doubt be repeated, but other than gulls and Magpies, will there be anything else...birdlife in the garden has been a bit sparse recently...oh to have the House Sparrow flock from my previous house!
I really miss those little guys. This is only about a quater of the full flock - wonder if they are still there and doing OK?
Trouble was no one seemed to know how deep it was; eventually two more of the chap with the very clean boots friends appeared to counter balance the vehicle whilst I was winched out backwards. Next rule...get some decent tyres, these were only 80% on road/20% off and it really showed, with decent mud terrains the initial slide to port wouldn't have happened and there wouldn't have been a predicament.
So there you go... a bit of seat of the pants fun.
Where to next? The back garden beckons after the bacon butties...update on what was spotted tomorrow.
In the meantime what have you recorded in your garden and tell us about your hair raisng predicaments.
Tuesday, 20 January 2009
Any one else feeding gulls peanuts or other unusual foods?
Sunday, 18 January 2009
The safari bunked in to the windfree and relatively warmth sand grounders hide at RSPB's splendid Marshside reserve. Plenty to look at including a couple of Little Egrets. Not so long ago these were a 'twitch' species to add to your list, not any more, common as muck - round here anyway! We watched a Great Black Backed Gull trying to be a Peregrine Falcon. It would soar and swoop over the flocks of duck and waders putting them to flight and a couple of times actually had an unsuccessful stab at catching a victim in mid air - something I have not seen these bully boys doing before. They continued to harass the flocks probably looking for sick, weak or injured birds, which the two pictured above eventually did. not sure what it was they had as it was hidden behind a tussock but it could have been a Teal. Whatever it was was picked up by its wing and given a bit of a shake but it must have had enough life left to fight back or escape as these two brutes gave up on it.
A study of the gulls in one of the pools revealed one to be a little different, perhaps a Yellow Legged Gull, but John Dempesy et al from Mersey Bird Blog (see blog links on right) who were also in the hide assured me I was mistaken. I bow to their superior experience of the species and am relieved I didn't add an erroneous sighting to the day's log.
With darkness gathering it was time to head back north, as we drove past the end of the marsh another Little Egret flew just above our vehicle, superb, just like being on the Mediterranean coast but without sun, sand or warmth.
Where to next? Anything could happen in the next few days...watch this space.
In the meantime let us know whats on your beach this week.
Friday, 16 January 2009
This large digger was nearly lost in the bog yesterday so today 'bog mats' have been brought in to support its weight on the soft 'ground'.
The site will look a bit of a mess for a few days until all the spoil is graded out, but once the machinery is off site and spring comes along you will hardly be able to tell they were ever there.
Wednesday, 14 January 2009
Tuesday, 13 January 2009
It did look as though a bunch of angels might be decending on the Lennox gas rig.
Yesterday the safari was out at Staining Nook Marsh where the Environment Agency and the rangers were pegging out for the new ponds that are being dug tomorrow to help reinvigorate the wetland. Whilst we were there a Fox dashed across the open ground in to a thicket of scrub flushing a Woodcock in tthe process. We watched where it landed and went to see if we could get a look at it on the ground, but as you would expect for a creature so well camouflaged we couldn't see it. As soon as our backs were turned we heard the clatter of wings and as we turned it was lifting out from where we had just been searching. Perfect camouflage.
Where to next? A somewhat sandy safari at the weekend perhaps.
In the meantime let us know what you haven't seen in your outback
Thursday, 8 January 2009
First to last picture about 20 minutes.
Frank looking like he doesn't like being shoved in the back. He doesn't mind really.
Where to next? Mud, mud,mud here we come...as long as there's some interesting wildlife to find as well!
In the meantime...what's in your mud?
Wednesday, 7 January 2009
Can you guess what it is yet (as Rolf Harris used to say)?
Kooky and Roo have been joined by Hoopy the Hoopoe and Caper the Capercaillie for all the forthcoming adventures.
Yes you guessed it - another Disco! Luxury version this time though...hope it serves as well as the old one did.
Where to next? I'll let you know as soon as I have shed this infection.
In the meantime let us know what you have found in your outback - illnesses permitting.
Monday, 5 January 2009
Sunday, 4 January 2009
The safari took delivery of the new vehicle yesterday...more news later.
Heres a pic of the new leaf we found last week on a small Hawthorn...only 4 months too early, but possibly a response to a Roe Deer nibbling the end of the twig off.Where to next? The new vehicle has to be kitted out and 'prep'ed for the outback, so we won't be adventuring til later in the week.