May 8th

 

 

 

 

 

 

This female sparrow hawk was on the deck   watching the empty wild bird feeder,  luckily it was empty and i had nt filled it up yet, It was 7.30 a m and i had nt filled it, this was taken through the kitchen window   while i was making coffee.

 

 

 

This was 5 minutes later having found some shoes and gone outside!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jakey on his own!    he has a limp, easy to recognise, the other drakes don’t challenge him, he is a big guy and very non aggressive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the new visiting couple,   they are afraid of me,  not easy to get close.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I printed this lovely image really big,  pleased with it!   The wishing tree at  Martinsell,    wonderful up there.

May 2nd Ham Wall

 

 

I went to the RSPB reserve in Somerset, Ham Wall.    Wonderful place, acres of marsh reeds and lakes,  scrubby woodland beautiful trees….. the whole lot … making it a beautiful place for birds.

I went with 5 knowledgeable friends, one of them being a local who knew the place well.

A male garganey duck had been seen a few days earlier and we were lucky enough to spot him and watch him for a while.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A great white egret, full breeding plumage with a yellow bill, (black in winter).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A few grayling geese peacefully grazing and preening themselves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was bright and sunny and soon the dragonflies were drifting high and we were lucky enough to witness literally a sky full of hobbies.   They were flying high and feeding on the wing. Wonderful to watch.