15 Aug 2015
One avocet on guard. The young ones are getting flighty and it will soon be going, going ...
Jeremy
13 Aug 2015
The avocets now have two fully fledged young which are making short flights, so they will probably be gone from their breeding pool soon. Today they were joined there by a green sandpiper, a small wader on autumn passage, which flashes a distinctive white rump when it takes off, contrasting with the very dark back so that it looks rather like a house martin at first sight.
Jeremy
12 Aug 2015
Lots of dragonflies on the wing this week. I've seen brown and migrant hawkers helicoptering along the dykes and today got a close veiw of a delicate common darter resting on a bramble leaf.
Jeremy
09 Aug 2015
Not all moths fly only by night and I've just been watching a delightful little day-flying one in our front garden. it's called a 'small purple and gold' and in appearance is just what it says on the tin. My book of micro-moths (and it is tiny) says that it feeds particularly on herbs like marjoram and that's exactly the plant it was nectaring on. The Latin name literally means 'bright flyer into flames', which isn't quite as helpful (to us or the moth) as the English one.
Jeremy
02 Aug 2015
There will be a bird-ringing demonstration at the Secret Garden from 7.30am on Sunday 16 August. All welcome, including children. See birds in the hand instead of in the bush.
Jeremy
02 Aug 2015
A kingfisher in the Sluice area today. It will probably be around now for the autumn and winter. You have to be quick to see it but it perches on the reeds and the rocks near the outfall. Probably easiest to pick up from its whistled calls.
Jeremy
31 Jul 2015
Under our back door is a residential home: this summer on emerging for the morning swim I have found there: frogs, toads, lizards, snails. There have been two swarming flying ant infestations in the garden and house. Wonderful sightings of the avocets nesting near the southerly sea wall. And one glorious swim with the Little Terns fishing about me. Last week, followed the hare running quite slowly along the landward verge from opposite the Alde House garden right up to Oxley Dairy’s entrance.
Anne Page
29 Jul 2015
A reminder that there will be another 'moth morning' in the garden of The Battery from 7.30am on Friday 31 July. Be there. Could be your best chance of seeing a Flounced Rustic in the flesh!
Jeremy
22 Jul 2015
The curlew flock on the fields is now up to 60 birds. Most of the bird song in the reedbeds has now died down, though there are still a few sedge and reed warblers buzzing away and an occasional burst from a Cetti's warbler.
Jeremy
22 Jul 2015
We had a grass snake in our greenhouse yesterday. About 60-70 cms long.
Jason