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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Goldfinches everywhere

As I leave the house of  a morning it is noticeable how much bird song there has been. The two small trees at the end of my front garden have played host to a very tuneful Robin and a few Blue or Great Tits but this week it has been really pleasing to hear so many Goldfinches! Everyday I have been serenaded by them and there has been one sitting on the TV aerial!

Now I know they've been about for a few years but they seen much more evident this year. It makes me wonder if our mild winter has meant many more have survived the winter.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

oh to be in England now that Spring is here

The sun shone (and it had some heat), the birds sang and there were flutters everywhere. Ah spring in England, is there anything better?

I REALLY should have got out of bed early and gone out but my duvet clasped me to it :)

I've spent the afternoon down at Rye Meads. I was after the Garganey which has been there a few days and ........ YAY!

Lots of butterflies about....




This Lapwing was having fun....





And after yesterday's Willow Warbler we have a posey Chiffchaff






I saw a party of baby Mallards on the HMWT side and the bird song was lovely. Lots of Blackcaps, Cetti's about. Also a few Sedge Warblers and I heard a Willow Warbler. oh and Muntjac. Nice afternoon in the spring sun.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Hatfield Forest & Paycocke's

I headed off to Hatfield Forest first thing (it was the best light of the day). The bird song was wonderful to hear lots of Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps. Highlights being first Willow Warbler and Bullfinch. There are a pair of Great Crested Grebe and they are nesting. Luckily this year they seem to have chosen a sensible place.




Amusingly there is a Moorhen/Coot nest the other side (I'm getting old I can't remember which it was!! I think Moorhen)






Hello.....



I THINK its a Willow Warbler...... there was one singing nearby.


I had to pop into Stortford so I decided to visit Paycockes. As I've said before it's a Tudor Merchants Townhouse. I do like the garden......