Weekly walk, March 8th 2016

Pond from the north

It’s still cold, and not that much evidence of Spring coming, except for the birdsong, which seems to be getting more urgent, as territories are being set up to be defended. And today, for the first time, I too saw the Goldcrests – attracted by Nicki’s iPhone’s recording of Goldcrest song.  With my camera I could only get some rather grainy silhouettes, but it seems they are distinctive enough for identification.

Going round at midday, the light was better than last week, so I got a better photo of the bluebell in flower – it looks more like the native English species.

I also took my binoculars, which helped me identify some goldfinches.

Still no frogspawn – which is starting to worry me.  Are they eaten by mallards – a pair does seem to be thinking about nesting here, and today hung around for a while after I came in.

Back home I had a bit of a shock when my cat, a good mouser, came in what I thought first was yet another.  Sadly, it was a Goldcrest, with its lovely plumage spoiled. Later I went back to the reserve, and without needing the iPhone app, was able to identify Goldcrests again.

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