Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Smoking Pot

Smoke at Potteric Carr
Chiffchaff (c) 2009 Vince Cowell
Robin (c) 2009 Maurice Gordon
Reed Bunting (c) 2009 Michael Flowers Scratching that Itch Long-tailed Tit Nest (c) 2009 Michael Flowers
Great Spotted Woodpcker (c) 2009 Michael Flowers
Pheasant (c) 2009 Michael Flowers
Not Quite the Great Crested Grebe Courtship Dance
Little Grebes have a try! (c) 2009 Michael Flowers
Little Grebe (c) 2009 Michael Flowers
Buzzard (c) 2009 Michael Flowers
Common Toad (c) 2009 Michael Flowers
Common Ink Caps (c) 2009 Michael Flowers
Pussy Willow (c) 2009 Michael Flowers

The above title is not meant to suggest you take up recreational drug use, but instead is a reference to the burning reeds and trees taking place in at least 2 different areas of Potteric Carr. Spring is definitely taking control. We saw a Peacock butterfly, and there were more Hawthorn leaves out, plus Blackthorn blossom & Pussy Willow for the first time. We heard at least 2 Chiffchaffs, and managed to catch a glimpse of one - a better view in the afternoon. The Long-tailed Tit nest was almost complete, but the randy ducks had stopped chasing each other. The Kingfishers delighted both groups, but were too far away for a picture. There was plenty of activity among the Treecreepers and Woodpeckers - sadly, only Great Spotted & Green. The Lesser Spotted continued to elude us. That's the final planned visit to Potteric for quite a while!

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