But, to the birds…..
As I pulled into the car park on a cloudy, dull morning two Great Spotted Woodpeckers were enjoying the nuts in the feeders outside the shop. I parked up, grabbed my camera, and raced back. Gone! 'Good start', I thought.
There were a few Goldfinches helping themselves to the seed in the feeders, and a Greenfinch waiting his turn. I grabbed a shot of him, and a Nuthatch singing in the nearby tree; but as you can see, it wasn’t a particularly good morning light wise, for pictures.
I pressed on to the hide, just down the road. It was early, so I had it to myself. The squirrels were raiding the nuts, and doing a good job of keeping the birds away.
A Chiffchaff made a quick appearance in the bushes, came down a bit for a quick picture, then left.
Yea, not good I know. You can just about make him out. He’s the speck in the middle of all that lot.
I wandered off to the ‘Heath’ area, and the sun began to greet me as I made my way down the path. There’s a couple of small ponds along the way, so I stopped off to see what was about. Joy! Newts! I haven’t seen any newts in years, and here was a herd of them swimming around in one of the ponds. I took loads of pictures, but here’s just one,
I carried on towards the gardens at the Lodge, the headquarters of the RSPB. Last time I was here I caught a fleeting glimpse of a Kingfisher flying over the pond scrutinising the fish; but not today. Jackdaws were flying around, a few Brimstone Butterflies; but unusually quiet. The flowers were all blooming nicely though; Rhododendrons looking special, and Daffodils making a colourful carpet.
It won’t be long before the Bluebells add their dash of colour to the pallet.
I turned back to the ‘Quarry’ trail; up and down the steps, thoughtfully made for the visitors. All this fresh air and walking was beginning to take its toll, so I headed back towards the car, and stopped off again at the hide, for one last look. The squirrels had gone elsewhere, and left the birds to feast on the offerings.Then my personal favourite came running through the long grass to see what had dropped from the feeders. A beautiful female indeed.
and they began enjoying the feast laid before them.
When they’d had their fill, they quietly left……
and I did too.
An enjoyable day.
I'd like to say a BIG thank you to Tricia for helping me to sort this post out so that the pictures show larger when clicked. If it doesn't work, it's my fault; I've done it wrong :(