Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Botanic Gardens 2

Great Spotted Woodpecker (c) 2009 Phil Hargreaves
Great Spotted Woodpecker (c) 2009 Maurice Gordon
Mallard Duckling (c) 2009 Michael Flowers
Whitethroat (c) 2009 Maurice Gordon
Whitethroat (c) 2009 Michael Flowers
Chiffchaff (c) 2009 Michael Flowers
Dunnock (c) 2009 Michael Flowers
Record shot of Blackcap (c) 2009 Phil Hargreaves
Buttercups (c) 2009 Maurice Gordon
Handkerchief Tree (c) 2009 Michael Flowers
A return visit to Friday’s location in slightly better weather. We saw another Bullfinch chewing dandelion heads, and the Great Spotted Woodpeckers were still active feeding their now noisy chicks. The young of Blackbirds, Dunnocks, Robins, Coots & Mallard were much in evidence; as were some strange duckling/goslings in the afternoon. A Little Grebe was seen on a nest in the morning with her mate nearby, while in the afternoon, what may have been a different Little Grebe was seen on the main lake. There were plenty of Song Thrushes, Blackbirds and very busy Starlings looking for food on the lawns. Also present were singing Goldcrest, Chiffchaff and Blackcap. The other nearby location had also improved since Friday with Whitethroats especially more active. We saw a female deer in the morning, but there was no sign of her fawn.

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