- The first baby birds I encountered were more Long-tailed Tits - I'd gone into Pinehurst Meadow which I don't visit very often, and whilst walking between the large bushes on either side of the path was surrounded by a family of Long-tailed Tits. I even managed to get an OK photo of one of the juveniles!
- In the same area a couple of metres down on the other side of the path was a family of noisy Robins.
- In some trees overhanging the path near Merecroft Pool near the Beaks Hill Road entrance, I eventually spotted (after listening to their high-pitched squeaky calls for a while) an adult Goldcrest feeding juveniles.
- Similar squeaky rackets alerted me to a family of Treecreepers also near Merecroft Pool, and a family of Nuthatches in the Peafields/West Extension. Brilliant!
- Although the reed-fringed pond in the Peafields/West Extension nearest to Wychall Road is difficult to see into, a Moorhen flying into it carrying food alerted me to the presence of more chicks in there! I managed to get a peek of the fluffy black chicks coming out of the reeds to eat.
- Still two juvenile Coots on Merecroft Pool, looking quite big now.
- The Great Spotted Woodpecker nest near Merecroft Pool was silent this week, so I think they have fledged and left the nest.
- Likewise for the Grey Herons - I only saw one adult this week on Wychall Reservoir, so the juveniles are probably out exploring their world.
- Didn't see so many butterflies this week - just Large White.
I was also once again on the lookout for plants for an Identiplant assignment on the Campion family, and was pleased to find one of them - Ragged-Robin - in the lovely marshy area just north of the Merecroft Pool dam.
|Ragged-Robin (Lychnis flos-cuculi).|
|Juvenile Long-tailed Tit!|
|MORE Speedwell fun! Brooklime (Veronica beccabunga).|
|Grey Heron on Wychall Reservoir.|
|Two juvenile Treecreepers!|
FULL BIRD LIST
|Blackbird||Great Crested Grebe||Mallard|
|Blackcap||Great Spotted Woodpecker||Moorhen|
|Blue Tit||Great Tit||Mute Swan|
|Canada Goose||Grey Heron||Robin|
|Carrion Crow||Herring Gull||Song Thrush|
|Chaffinch||House Sparrow||Stock Dove|
|Dunnock||Lesser Black-backed Gull||Woodpigeon|