Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Wonderful Discovery

 Made a wonderful discovery two days ago, I HAVE BLACKBIRDS NESTING IN MY GARDEN!   It is the first time that Blackbirds have nested in my garden.  I have been gardening now for twenty years and I always have wildlife in mind so to have Blackbirds choosing to nest in my garden is an achievement.   There is a clematis, Montana, growing up the side of the shed with the Ivy, both I planted over ten years ago and now they provide a perfect place for the Blackbird to build a nest. 

My list of young birds in my garden this Spring so far: Sparrow, Dunnock, Blackbird, Wood Pigeon, Siskin(lots of these)

   View of the Ivy which covers the thick stems of the clematis, the hole is where the nest is
   You can just see two beaks of the young, there are three in the nest

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Spectacular Starlings!

I follow the blog of  'Birds of Poole Harbour' and also follow their twitter account, they have been reporting a large number of starlings murmurating at Studland this winter recently, so today we went to Shell Bay car park at Studland, it is the car park near the ferry.  We were not disappointed, the starlings were spectacular We stood in the car park and watched them flying over our heads with the sound of their wings beating together, it was an amazing experience.  The starlings are roosting in the reed bed next to the car park giving us a very close encounter.   There has always been a small flock murmurating each winter at Studland but this winter is different, the flock is large, several thousands.  This is my first set of pictures of 2017 :)

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Mudeford and the New Forest

We had a trip to Mudeford and the New Forest today.  The autumn colours are brilliant this year,  last year I don't think there was a lot of autumn colours because we had such awful wet and windy weather.  The golden colour of the Beach trees in the New Forest are looking fantastic. 
House Sparrow (Mudeford)

 Starlings (Mudeford)

Pied Wagtail (Mudeford)

Wigeon (Mudeford)

A selection of pictures taken in the New Forest